Bound to Protect by Alyssa Fox
Genre: romantic suspense, BDSM romance
Length: novel (125 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Katie and Chad have danced around their attraction to each other for four years, mostly due to Katie's distrust of strong men and Chad's promise, unknown to Katie, that he will watch out for her. Katie is hiding out from her abusive ex, an ex-military man who tried to kill her when she broke up with him. Chad has his own demons related to Katie's ex, but she is completely unaware of the shared tangles in their past. Added to all this Katie's over-protective brothers and her submissive desires and there are plenty of interesting things going on in this story.
I enjoyed watching the push and pull between Katie and Chad. They both seemed to want to see where the attraction between them would go and to fight against it at the same time. There were several moments in the story where I wished they would both hurry up and lay all the secrets out on the table because they were driving me crazy with them, but at the same time watching all the little truths spill out and fill out the complete story was enjoyable. The ultimate scene with Katie's ex and the make-up with Chad were both great endings to those parts of the plot, and the Dom/Sub parts of the story were a good addition rather than taking it over. I really liked Katie's strength after everything she had been through and Chad's willingness to admit his wrongs and admire her were very sweet. They make a believable couple and a great read.