Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Bound for Trouble
Author: E.M. Lynley
Heroes: Daniel Kane/Ryan Griffiths
Genre: MM BDSM
Length: 260 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.
Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.
When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.
Review: This turned out to be a really steamy read! It isn’t quite the typical romance though, as Deke and Ryan spend most of the story not being together.
Deke basically has one more chance to not screw up a case after a bad call on the last one resulted in innocent deaths. He brings in (coerces) Ryan to be their confidential informant to gain evidence against Russian bad guy, Petrov.
Ryan is really sweet. He has had it pretty rough since being on the streets at 17 and resorted to stripping/hustling to get by. This is pretty much all he has known relationship-wise. With the help of one of his old tricks, he left that life for a regular job and the promise of finishing college if he stayed away from that life. That is, until Deke forced his hand to work for the FBI.
Ryan and Deke had an immediate attraction, which led to some great tension as they both struggled to maintain their roles. Deke, for obvious job-related reasons, and Ryan having to come to grips with the fact that there is more to sex and relationships than a body and a transaction.
Then there is Petrov, who I actually really liked (at least until his switch flipped and he became abusive). Ryan works to catch his eye, and eventually, Petrov agrees to train him as his sub. There are spanking scenes, some flogging and whipping, but overall, the BDSM was pretty light.
I liked how even though Deke (and even Ryan) were new to the BDSM scene, this never felt like BDSM 101, even when Deke attended the class. The scenes were very sexy and erotic, and it was easy to feel the sexual tension on all sides.
The action/mystery picks up toward the end, and I found myself eager to see the case solved, if nothing more than so Ryan and Deke could explore their relationship further. I was a little confused by the end results, as to who did what and why exactly. Again, for most of this story, Deke and Ryan are not together due mostly to their roles in the case. When they finally are able to take things further, it is beautiful. While on the outside it seemed as though Ryan was the one doing all the suffering, poor Deke had to sit by and watch Ryan with Petrov and others, though no sex actually took place.
So, yeah, this isn’t the typical romance, but it is full of a lot of other things people might enjoy. There’s mystery, the investigation, romance, excitement and hot smexy scenes in this fast-paced story, and I found it a very enjoyable read.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*