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Bound and Unbroken (Out of Bounds #1)

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Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.

To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a m
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Published February 24th 2014 (first published February 23rd 2014)
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Pam
3.5 stars
Good bye, control.



Lena has been a prisoner of her own making, focusing on the things she can control, she keeps to herself with nothing to distract her from her memories that try and break through. Eric sees Lena alone in the bar and when he looks into her eyes, he sees someone who wants to forget their troubles as much as he does, at least for one night. A couple of drink, some light conversation and shared cab ride later they end the night with a simple kiss, one so innocent it cr
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Heather
Mar 06, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bound and Unbroken was so much more than I thought it would be. I honestly was hoping for a good storyline amongst the BDSM. What I got was a beautiful storyline amongst the BDSM. If you follow my reviews, you know that when there is something happening underneath the sex, there is growth happening, important changes are happening, the relationship is deepening, those are the books I love. I rarely enjoy a book where it is just all about sex. I need more than that to my stories.

In Bound and Unbr
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Bound and Unbroken by Skye Callahan

Lena "Loaner" & Eric "Master Rusty"

MY HEART WAS BOUND AND MY SOUL UNBROKEN

This journey of self discovery and acceptance was one that will stay with me for quite some time. I went from full on tears (ugly tears!) to laughing out loud. So many mixed emotions that will keep you on your toes and have you turning pages like they're on fire!

Lena is so much more than you think. In fact once I started learning more about her history, I still felt like I was poking
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Angie
Jul 26, 2016 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~

If you read the blurb about the book you know that you are in for a roller coaster ride. Eric has issues, Lena has issues. How they meet and give each other nicknames is cute and when they actually start their relationship the nicknames are still used which I found to be heartwarming for some reason. This book covers some touchy subjects for some people; there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the book warning
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Hooked On Books
Before I start this review let me first say I have so much respect for authors that sit down and take the time to put our dreams and fantasies on paper. But after saying that I must say I found Bound and Unbroken a hard book to finish. The book started off extremely slow with the Eric and Lena meeting in a sports bar and bantering back and forth. Lena had several issues from her past that I feel were never addressed in the book fully. Eric as a Dom is trying to help her cope with these issues ...more
BadDirtyBooks
Jul 17, 2014 BadDirtyBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This book was Skye's first leap away from paranormal and let me just say it was a total success.

I had my reservations at first when I started the book. They were quickly whisked away by the second chapter. It was different than what I initially expected from the teasers, but a very good different. I don't like to read the same story over and over blah blah blah cookie cutter BDSM or any genre for that matter. This book really touched on some aspects that pull at my weaknesses. Non-t
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Robin Malone
Mar 16, 2014 Robin Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book as part of a Promotional Tour, in exchange for an honest review and I’m so thankful I did! I loved it!

The Review

Lena is a school teacher who has a horrible and secretive past. She protects her heart and secrets with jokes or by running and if that doesn’t work, her roommate Jeremiah steps in to protect her like a big brother. Her last boyfriend Landon was her roommate’s best friend and things never seemed right. Lena suspected it was because she had darker tastes,
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Janina
Feb 25, 2014 Janina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across Skye Callahan by chance and read about the storyline of her next book - Bound and Unbroken - and was hooked immediately.
After tracking her on every possible media site, I took the opportunity to promote her upcoming release.
This went along with receiving an ARC of Bound and Unbroken for an honest review.
And... wow... did I enjoy this book! I was attracted to Lena's and Eric's story from the very beginning.

While Lena is a shy elementary school teacher who lives kind of reclusive
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Monica Cullip
Apr 04, 2014 Monica Cullip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Bound and Unbroken
Skye Callahan
This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
This was the first story that I have read by this author. I love discovering "new to me" authors and this book had a funky cover. I was intrigued.
Lena has been dragged to the local sports bar by her best friend and roommate Jeremiah. He was talking with his friends and she was sitting at the bar alone when she was approached by a new guy.
A harmless flirtation follows, she names him Rusty because of his r
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Breanna Eichhorn
Lena was in the last place she wanted to be on a Friday night. She was at a sports bar called Diggers. Her roomate Jeremiah insisted that she needed to get out of the house. While she was alone at the bar because Jeremiah was talking to an old friend a man came up and sat beside her. She thought he was invading her personal space. After staring at him for awhile they strike up a conversation. He used a bad opening line on her and he told her that he was rusty. So Lena decided to call him Rusty. ...more
Christine
Nov 03, 2014 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, romance, arc
3.5 Stars

I loved the banter when Eric and Lena when they first meet at the sports bar. I love when characters have that type of initial meeting. Flirty and fun. Before they knew each other’s names, they had nicknames Eric (aka Rusty) and Lena (aka Loner). Those initial scenes were my favorite. The author did a nice job connecting the reader to the characters.
Eric is a Dom. He tries to help Lena with her issues by introducing her to the BDSM world. However, throughout the book, I never felt like
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Heather Way
May 09, 2014 Heather Way rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with Lena being forced to go to a Sports bar with her roommate Jeremiah. Then she meets Eric there. Their chemistry is instant. She isn’t sure why she feels safe and wanting to obey him but she leaves with him only to share a cab ride home.

Then Eric comes to where she works and they bump into each other again. From the start looks like fate wants them to either meet or get to know each other. Eric point of view is strong and sure and can’t help but want to know more about L
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Mary
Mar 08, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book advertised on Goodreads months ago and marked it for reading. It came out this week and I finished it in one day, staying up late last night to finish it.

From a work perspective, my week has been very stressful. This book was a lovely diversion from all of the angst!

I loved the main characters, Lena and Eric, I could feel their chemistry instantly. Lena is potentially submissive and she meets Eric, an established Dominant who returns home to raise his newly orphaned nephew. Ms. C
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Amazeballs Book Addicts
Bound and Unbroken is a good read! There is a disclaimer in the front of the book. It says "This book contains explicit sexual content (including BDSM themes), graphic language, and situations that some may find objectionable: M/F anal play and sex, bondage, spanking, exhibitionism. In addition to the content mentioned above, there are scenes that deal with self-harm and discussion of previous sexual assault. If you have difficulty with any of these subjects, proceed with caution." There are a ...more
Marie- Naughty Moms' Story Time
Bound and Unbroken was a well written romance with just a touch of BDSM.

Lena meets Eric in a bar. They each feel drawn to the other and after an amazing kiss in a shared cab ride, they can't stop thinking about each other and Eric is persistent in keeping Lena around so he can get to know her. As her learns more about her life and past, he uses his skill as a Dom by using his need for control to help her overcome the painful memories she's kept with her since she was young. Of course, if it were
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Shelby
*I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads*

I have VERY mixed feelings on this book. I liked the beginning, Lena sitting at a bar and being "chatted" up by Eric (or Loner and Rusty, if you prefer). Their banter was entertaining and it just felt like it could really happen!
As the story progresses, though, I felt like many parts were rushed (including many of the "erotic" scenes). I didn't really empathize with either character. I understood that she had a rough life (
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Shweta Choudhary
3.50 stars

This book is about a girl aka loner. lol I loved the name who has a past and about a guy who has just gained custody of his nephew trying to adjust to new life style. They crash into each other in a club where Lena the Loner doesn't usually go and her life takes a complete twist.

The starting of the book was interesting but bit slow and felt like a little forced. The guy Eric seemed too sweet but as and when the story progressed it got more engaging ! There are situations which will mak
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Kylie Lacovich (The Reading Cow)
Lena was all kinds of messed up at the beginning of the story. But you couldn't help but love her, with her shy and self protective nature. Over the course of the book, as bits of Lena's past get revealed, you begin to understand why she is that way. And then you love her more.

Eric was a lot easier to understand from the beginning. Although he did have a few secrets of his own behind his handsome, caring persona, he was very easy to connect with and relate to. I just loved his character! I loved
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Maria York
Apr 26, 2014 Maria York rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bound and Unbroken is an amazing story about a woman that has a troubled past, works as a elementary teacher and lives with her best friend who is also her brother. Although they are not blood siblings they have a fondness for each other as such. He has helped her out, cared for her and been her rock for many years. Until one night he talks her into going out just to get out the house. Everything changes for her that night and the man who changes it will continue to change it, but for the better ...more
Cassy Witthar
Mar 03, 2014 Cassy Witthar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC given for an honest review.

I loved this story. I love books with this type of theme. Make sure to read the warning at the beginning of the book and synopsis, so you don't venture into something you aren't comfortable with. With that being said, This book blew me away. I loved the characters, Lena and Eric. I could put myself in the book right beside them. I loved their banter back and forth in the beginning and loved watching their relationship grow. Sometimes it felt like a little cat and m
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Johnnie-Marie Howard
May 16, 2014 Johnnie-Marie Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
WOW and WOW holy mother of freaking HOTT!!! I really enjoyed reading this story of BDSM. I didn't think I would after reading the note of what may be contained in this book but holy hell it was great. I loved the writing style that the author has chosen it was able to catch me and not release me at all which is wonderful. I wasn't left with a cliffhanger to bad although now I'm left in amazement as what maybe Book 2 might hold or if their will even be a book 2. This story was more then just BDSM ...more
Renee at Book Happiness
I received this book for an honest review and all I have to say is OMG it was absolutely the best. I personally do not usually care for the BDSM type of books. This one so good because it was truly about the trust and understanding that you do need to enter into that kind of relationship.

You First meet Lena has defiantly has some ghosts in the closet and then you have Eric who enjoys a different kind of lifestyle. (I am not gonna say anymore)

I just absolutely LOVED this book and you will happy
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is the first time Ive read a book by this author and I was very happily surprised.
Lena is a really lovely girl. She's a teacher and keeps herself to herself. One night she's forced to go out to a bar with her room mate and meets the sexy Eric.
Eric is a Dom. He wants all of Lena. Lena however has issues from her past that's holding her back. Buy this book and read their brilliant story.
BDSM, hot sex and rape are mentioned in this story.
I loved this story. My fingers are crossed that Cade
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Sheila Dool
Feb 25, 2014 Sheila Dool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't the first book I have read by this author and it won't be my last! I loved the story. It was fun and held my interest all the way thru. I enjoyed the love story and the lifestyle parts of the book were just enough, not over the top. This story does touch on the BDSM lifestyle and the coping mechanisms the young lady uses to deal with a trama from her teen years and how Eric helps her deal with it in new ways. I really can't wait to read more in the future.
Babus
Mar 07, 2014 Babus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The intensity of this story is high, which left me with a book hangover. I loved Lena at the beginning because she was spunky and guarded. Eric is amazingly hot and Alpha. He knows what he wants and doesn't stop until he gets it. But he's also tender and caring. The way the author handles the delicate issues that Lena has is very well done. The sex is HOT! I couldn't put this book down and I'm anxiously awaiting another book with Lena and Eric! 5 out of 5!!
Toni Lewis
Jun 21, 2014 Toni Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story you got so much more than what you first thought you were gonna get in the beginning of this book with Eric and Lena , you learn so much more as the story goes and you see the type of person that Eric is and really wants to be . With everything that has happen to Lena in the past this story turned out to be great and I think the author wrote the story line perfect for this book .. Loved it Looking forward to the next book
Carrie Stevens
Apr 06, 2014 Carrie Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~*~My Thoughts~*~
A 5 Star Rating
I really enjoyed this book!! I love bdsm books in general, but this wasn't all about the sex. It had a really good story line on top of great sex. Lena was a great character who had her issues and it was great to see her get over them. Eric was awesome he was a super good dom and i really enjoyed seeing things from his point of view. All in all its a short review but a great book!!


Received a complimentary copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books)
It's time to step out of your comfort zone...
This was my first Skye Callahan read and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to more in this series. Eric & Lena's story was written beautifully, in a way that gradually introduced her to the BDSM lifestyle. I loved how the author was able to describe their connection, how Eric somehow knew what she needed, even when she didn't know. I also enjoyed their witty banter and their friends. I'm hoping to see more of them in future books.
Jennifer
Apr 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC from NetGalley for review

This was a really good book. It was only 226 pages but didn't feel like it was that short at all. My only complaint was that I didn't like the ending. I thought there could be more to the story. Now I can't decided if I want the second book to be more of their HEA or Cade's. It's nice that Eric/Rusty has hot friends.
Tracy
Aug 12, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: OVER 18
Recommended to Tracy by: face book
This book was so awesome, I slowed down my pace for reading this book. Sooo good I enjoyed reading this book at a slower pace then normal. I just didn't want the book to end. The characters were amazing written by the author. Eric and Lena story was thrilling and erotic. But sad in other part of the story. Thanks for writing an beautiful and heartbreaking book for me to read.
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