Author: Nina G. Jones
Series: Strapped #1
Publication: August 1st, 2013
Genre: Adult Erotic Mystery/Suspense
By all appearances, Shyla Ball has an enviable life: a loyal boyfriend, a great job, and family that loves her. She doesn't realize how deeply unsatisfied she is until she has an embarrassing encounter with a handsome stranger at a coffee shop. Taylor Holden, a successful businessman, takes a sudden special interest in her and offers her a job she cannot refuse. Soon after, she learns there is much more to this intensely private man than meets the eye. He is hiding many painful secrets, including why it is that he has seemingly plucked her out of obscurity for such a lucrative position. Her "perfect" world is turned upside down by her infatuation towards Taylor and in just a couple of months, her life looks nothing like it did before. While she is frightened by the changes she sees in herself, she cannot resist the lure of Taylor Holden. As Shyla slowly gains Taylor's trust, she learns of his complex history and how it has molded him into the person he has become. When elements of Taylor's secret past resurface and threaten to destroy them, Shyla finds out there may be more to Taylor's story than even he is aware of. Strapped is a story of passion, manipulation, obsession, and family secrets.
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4-4.5 INTRIGUING,TWISTED, I NEED MORE STARS!
I don't even know how to start.I went into this book thinking oh it's going to be a book similar to 50 shades something like that with a hot alpha male and we will see where is goes from there.Well damn did it go places!
Shyla Ball has it all right, the loyal boyfriend, great family and job then why does she feel so unsatisfied? so lost? Her relationship with her boyfriend has lost its spark, they are stuck in a comfortable place yet it's not enough.Everything changes when she spills her coffee all over the hot, sexy and mysterious Taylor Holden.
I have a mask just like the one that Taylor wears.It allows you to walk the earth pretending you are like all the others...When we bumped into each other the first day, he recognized it.He could see right through the flimsy veneer.And so, we measured each other, tried to see if the other recognized our darkness.Bit by bit, we chipped away each others facade.
Taylor at first I was comparing to Christian Grey but yeah he is pretty closed off and there are similarities but Taylor has a much darker, edgier element to him.Both Shyla and Taylor have secrets, darkness that consumes them, but when the dark past begins to chase them and blends with the present will it break them apart for good or bring them together?
I have been in love, but this is more than that, this consumes my entire being.This is more than love.I am infatuated.I am possessed.I am bitten.I am sick.He has infected me.
I am infected.
Okay as you should all know, I hate cheating but I let this one slide because it worked in my favour, well its complicated I don't mind cheating as long as the people they are cheating with, are supposed to be together (in my eyes) and then after they cheat they get their shit together and be in an actual relationship. Am I making sense?
This book will leave you reeling, your emotions all over the place and for a good few minutes when you finish the book you will be numb..anddd then want to throw your kindle against the wall, then you will want to switch places with the kindle and throw yourself against the wall!!
Near the ending I was like omg somethings wrong, I have a bad feeling and I was screaming at Shyla, something is wrong!!! RUN BITCH RUNNNNN!!! But yeah bloody idiot ignored me..I know right? How could she? How could she not hear me? I nearly jumped into the book to save her!!
And then the ending..oh my, like my feelings arent already in mess sure just hit me with a cliffhanger and leave me!!
Why?? I ask. Why you gotto do this to me? Whyyyyyyyy!! *Sobs*
All these books ending on cliffhangers and the next book..yeh where the hell are you?! Oh that's right you ain't even finished *hibernates until next book is released*
"Why is it", he said, one time, at the subway entrance, "I feel I've known you so many years?"
"Because I like you",she said, "and I don't want anything from you."
**ARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review**
Nina G. Jones was born and raised in Bronx, NY and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two crazy Boxers.
She is the author of Strapped and is currently working on the sequel to Strapped, slated to be released in early 2014.
Nina lives a pretty wholesome life, but is fascinated with the dark side of things. She loves watching true crime TV shows and it creeps her husband out to no end. Nina has a degree in Psychology and uses her characters as a vehicle to explore the human psyche.
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