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Blog Tour & Review: Bound by Brenda Rothert




Synopsis


Published November 23rd 2013 

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.


Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.


When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.



About The Author
Brenda Rothert started her writing career as a print journalist. She now writes Romances, some Contemporary and others with a twist of dystopian society and adventure. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.



Ramona's Review


Bound


My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.

Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.

When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

Hmm. It's been a VERY long time that I've read a hot book that places more emphasis on relationship and a way lot less on sex. Bound is a beautiful story in that way - so much so that I would love to shake Brenda Rothert's hand and congratulate her on writing a meaningful book that doesn't rely on shocking sex scenes or the use of profanity instead of quotation marks, comma, and period in a paragraph.

Kate comes from a place I understand very well and the trauma she has to work through after her miscarriage is real. It's natural that she would be wary of having a relationship with a hot guy that also happens to be her boss. Complications galore, especially around her friends who don't know how to treat her anymore and her ex who won't leave her alone.



Ryke is one man any woman would love to hook up with, a nice, normal guy or as normal as a pro hockey player/underwear model could be; unfortunately for him, he sets his sights on the only woman who refuses him - Kate. That he has baggage of his own with the untimely death of his wife doesn't make it any simpler.

The grief therapy group they share helps them ease though their problems but it's heartwarming that they both open up more outside sessions rather than in them. It's a genuine caring they have that gives them a better, more solid foundation than any quick falling into bed would have. It's not like they don't have the hots for each other but they need more than just the physical satiation to make their connection work. Ryke is extremely special in that way, using the right head (not his little one) to dictate their pace and accept that Kate is still in the process of healing.

Could I kill Kate at times? Yes, especially when the moment is almost there and she stops it for a seemingly useless reason. Thankfully, Ryke is patient and serious about her. But even that part I get. Depression and trauma aren't things that make sense to people that haven't gone through it; you think it's something they can just snap out of, a small incident. Doesn't work that way at all. And he could understand that better than anyone.

“This is the prize I want,” he said. “Let me spend tonight with your heart instead of your head.” <Sigh.> I can say his mental and emotional sides are even sexier than his physical one! Almost.

You know those movies that just leave you feeling good about yourself and what's coming up in your life even if it didn't have all those special effects or heart-stopping action scenes? This book is like that. A little shade more than real life that leaves you wishing dreams would really come true.

Note: I received an eARC from the author and Twinsie Talk Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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