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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drea's Review: Bound To Be Tested

Title: Bound to Be Tested
Author: Becca Jameson
Series: Emergence, #3
Format: e-book
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Length: Novel (308 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo
Rating: 3-stars 

Drea's Review:

Submissive Lori was desperately in love with Jude and he with her. But Jude also had responsibility to a job. Given he was a badass Army special ops guy responsible for taking down terrorist masterminds, the job came first. But when he walked out the door one day with no warning, he broke Lori’s heart with lies about how he didn’t love her anymore. For a man who didn’t think he’d make it home from his last mission, Jude thought that was the best way to leave his beloved sub.
Fast forward two years, Jude turns up and ruins now Domme Lori’s sexy scene at BDSM club Emergence. His arrival effectively destroys the year-long relationship Lori has had with her sub Margaret. An accepting Margaret even moves out of their shared home to give Lori time. But just when Jude thinks his past is over and he can start fresh with the woman he needs, his past rears its ugly head and threatens everything he holds dear. Will he make the right choices for everyone this time or muck it up as badly as the first?

Bound to Be Tested is a second chance romance featuring two emotionally scarred people pulled apart by duty. However there’s far more sex than romance in this story because the love never really went away for Lori and Jude. And the sex is definitely not vanilla. Fans of fulltime BDSM relationships will love this story.

I was interested in this book because the blurb said former sub Lori is a Domme when her ex Jude turns up in town again. That sounded like a recipe for some fireworks, and I love fireworks! Unfortunately Lori puts up a token fight when Jude takes over her shibari scene, and then she basically folds beneath his commanding voice…just as she does when he suggests they get back together on a trial basis. Her reason? No one has been able to make Lori feel a fraction of what Jude can, and that is a powerful motivator.

Jude doesn’t do much in the way of earning back Lori’s trust for the way he left apart from reinstating his domination over her. Instead Lori realizes she still loves him, always will, and will have to accept him the way he is—apologetic for leaving her yet unable to explain why he did it. She’s a far better, accepting woman than I could ever be, and that makes for an interesting read. It helps that Jude is a patient, firm Dom with some interesting techniques.

Bound to Be Tested is the third in the Emergence series and features characters from previous Emergence books. A reader new to the series can pick this up without feeling lost. There’s also an obvious setup for future books…one with Margaret for sure so be prepared to add some extra books to your wish list!

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a BDSM with a full-time D/s relationship and loads of sexy times with a hot military man who is more about pleasing his woman than himself, Bound to Be Tested is for you.

Challenges Update: This is the first book toward the 2015 Erotic Romance reading challenge and because this author is new to me, it also counts on the New To Me 2015 challenge. I'm starting off with a goal of six in both, but hope to do more!

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  1. Hmmm I didn't know about this one but I confess that I'm not sure it's for me. thanks for the review!

  2. LOL yeah sounds like she's a much better woman than me because oh someone would have to do some serious groveling. Whew boy! I do love some bdsm though so maybe one day :D Thanks for the intro!

    1. Uh huh, there needed to be some serious butt kissing

  3. Ooh a Domme! If I were to read BDSM again I sure would prefer dominatrixes over Masters. Women cracking the whip is sexy!

    1. Have you read Natural Law by Joey W Hill? That one has a good Domme

  4. I have found that BDSM is not a genre I pick on own, but I like indulging if it comes highly recommended and I do mostly for the emotionally charged stories that can be found in that genre. This doesn't sound like it fits that category.
    I'm glad it wasn't a total miss for you Drea :)

    1. Yeah I've got to be in the mood for it, too. I'd probably like the ones you do...