Rewritten by Bronwyn Green (Bound #8)
Released: September 27, 2017
Reviewed by Mandi
This one had its ups and downs for me. For the most part I enjoyed it, but it did have a little slower beginning and a rushed ending – and I wasn’t super into the BDSM aspect of it. But the hero and heroine are cute together.
Angus is a Scottish popular sci-fi author who has a hit a rut. A big rut. He was going to end his series, but then was offered a bunch of money for one more book. But that was five years ago – and he just can’t concentrate enough to get this book written. He is ignoring emails and his mind is just a mess. Now with a big movie channel interested in this series, there is even more pressure to keep writing. His editor is tired of waiting, so she sends an assistant to keep Angus focused on writing, up to date on emails, and on time for his conference appearances. Angus is not too happy about having a minder.
Eliza is a huge fan of Angus’s work and a secret writer herself. Eliza takes Angus and his grumpy mood in stride. Her first impression of him isn’t great, but when she gets him to his sci-fi conference on time, and sees him interact with his fans, her opinion changes. He is warm and funny. He cares about listening to them and he goes above and beyond for them. Eliza really starts to like him – but she has secrets. She has a very dark past that she hasn’t moved on from. Eliza likes to submit but a previous dominant partner treated her very badly. Changing her name and hair color, and constantly looking over her shoulder, she is terrified of seeing this man again. Angus also enjoys the BDSM scene, and once she trusts him enough, she starts to submit to him. Angus doesn’t know the details of her past though, and all of that comes to a dramatic conclusion towards the end of the book.
I knew there was a BDSM element going into this book based on the blurb, so that wasn’t a surprise or anything. But, I would have liked this one more without it. It’s actually not a huge part of the book nor is it heavy BDSM, but it just didn’t fit into the story that well, in my opinion.
Otherwise, this is a really cute story. Angus is all growly and has given up hope that he will ever finish the book. Eliza is high-strung and anxious yet soothes Angus’s nerves and becomes his muse. She critiques his work and isn’t afraid to ask him the hard questions. She pushes him to write and to get his life in order. They were really sweet together.
“I get that you’re afraid. That you have some kind of secret past. And I get that it haunts you. And if I’m not missing my guess, you lost some people in your life because of it.” He shrugged. “Maybe you’re even used to seeing everyone in your life through that lens. They’re either already gone or on their way out.”
He wasn’t wrong. Sudden weakness surged through her body, and if he hadn’t been holding her, she would have slumped to the floor. She stared down at the rug beneath their feet, tracing the pattern with her eyes.
“I need you to hear me. Truly hear me.” He waited to speak again until she looked at him.”I don’t care about what came before. I care about now. I love you. I love who you are at this moment.”
There is a bit of suspense with Eliza’s ex BDSM partner causing her trouble. I felt it all a bit rushed in the end. However, I loved Angus and how he deals with it all. It’s super romantic.
BDSM stuff was not my favorite, but otherwise I liked this one and these two together.