Bound and Determined (Sexy Capers, #1)
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Bound and Determined (Sexy Capers #1)

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"A searing...adventure of suspense, love and passion"("New York Times" bestselling author Lora Leigh) from the popular author of "Decadent."
With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, Kerry Sullivan can't face one more humiliating hang-up from the man she's begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country-an...more
ebook, Nook, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Berkley Books
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Isis FG
Rating: 3.5 / 5

The first half of this book was a little weak for me, but I thought it picked up in the second half. I enjoyed it overall for the most part, but I wouldn't say it is one of my favorite books or a book that I'd want to read again some day.

Summary: Kerry Sullivan considers herself to be just your average girl. She works in a dinner to make money to go to college. She's curvy instead of being a size 2. She's never been in a relationship. And the only family she has is her older brot...more
Jane Stewart
I wanted more interesting characters. Not enough “showing” of the mystery and suspense part of the plot.

STORY BRIEF:
Someone with deep computer skills stole money from a bank, transferred it to the Cayman Islands, and framed Mark who worked at the bank. He is in jail awaiting trial. His sister Kerry called Rafe to ask for his help to find evidence to free Mark. She was too emotional, babbled, and didn’t make sense, so he hung up on her and wouldn’t take any more of her calls.

Rafe is coming to Mar...more
Tiffany
Being tied up never looked so good

Kerry Sullivan is desperate. Her brother Mark has been accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the bank he worked at. She knows he’s innocent and is trying to prove it. The only way she knows how is to get into the bank’s computer. Though she has no idea how to do that. She finds someone who can, Rafael Dawson, one of the top electronic security experts there are. She tries to call him, beg him to help. He refuses time and time again. She becomes even mor...more
MK (Food actvist)
Oct 02, 2009 MK (Food actvist) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of erotic romantic suspense
The saving grace of this erotic novel was the fact that you could see the man change. I will admit the plot fizzled for me but the intrigue of the growing romantic relationship of the H/H was what kept me turning the pages.

Kerry Sullivan is a 20-something, curvy virgin waitress living in FL.She needs to remedy her brother's dire situation, by any means neccesary. Enter: Rafe, e-securties expert. Kerry's brother has been accused of embezzling funds from the bank he works at and while she can't af...more
Lise
Considering myself lucky to find this title of Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)as it was one that I hadn't come across in my first obsessive acquisition of all of her titles, I enjoyed a wonderful read on Saturday. It is not a Wicked Lovers title, and in fact it has a lighter tone than those books do, with less of an intensity about the D/s relationships, but with equally as much humanity and heart, and two equally tormented characters. Kerry Sullivan's had a tough life. The only man wh...more
D.G.
**2.5 stars**

I really had a difficult time rating this book. I think the whole idea was for the plot to be funny erotica with sexy love scenes and zany situations. Well, if that was the author's aim, it delivered. The book was sexy and I laughed several times:

"Should have listened to his instinct that a woman in the midst of heartbreak needed comfort, not a turkey on rye with light mayo."

"Yes, that would happen as soon as the Cubs won the World Series." (I laughed hysterically at that. Sorry, Cu...more
Kerry
Well, let's start by saying that the premise of this book is ridiculous. Kerry Sullivan is trying to get her brother out of jail and she thinks that she can do this by kidnapping, stripping naked and then tying to a bed computer security expert Rafe Dawson? When he wakes up in this predicament 36 hours after the drugs she gave him have worn off, did she expect him to be happily willing to help her and her brother? Oh, and let's not forget that she is a virgin and that the place she is holding hi...more
Marie
Kerry (with a K) is in desperate need to prove her brother isn't guilty for stealing money for the bank that he works for. Which is why she needs Rafe, she's tried to get a hold of him multiple times prior to hear out her situation and hopefully offer some assistance. But Rafe (who has turned his hobby of hacking into a business -- smart man) has already decided that he has no interest to help her. So desperate Kerry comes up with a plan. Kidnap him. She's brilliant, isn't she? So she does exact...more
MaggieReadsRom
Trying to prove her brother's innocence when he's charged with embezzlement from the bank he works at, Kerry Sullivan needs the help of big time computer-security expert Rafael "Rafe" Dawson. But every time she tries to enlist his help he blows her of without listening to her story. Kerry decides to take matters into her own hands and abducts him in order to make him listen. When Rafe discovers his kidnapper is the same woman who has been phone-stalking him the past few weeks he comes up with a...more
Dalesia Sayers
omg this book is awesome, i wanted to know more n more, n it kept me captivating, shayla and shelly good job, i so love rafe
Christina
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

Bound & Determined is the story of what happens when desperation is all you have left. Kerry is a twenty three year old virgin that has no one left in the world but her brother, Mark. Mark is currently awaiting trial for embezzling millions of dollars from the bank he worked at. The only way Kerry can help Mark is to enlist the help of computer security specialist Rafael Dawson. Unfortunately Rafe, as he prefers to be called, is arrogant and far...more
Stacy {Texas Reader}
....sigh......every girl should have a fantasy .....I do like her "Wicked Lover's" series better, but this was a nice story for a Sunday afternoon. I liked the characters, and the plot guided them through the story enough that the sex didn't seem to out of place. I found the book charming in its innocence of Kerry's character and the "little boy lost" of Rafe. Not a best seller or a keepsake book, but a nice read anyway. Looking forward to Mark's story.
Kimberley
Ok, so I am a huge Shayla Black fan (Shelly Bradley) and her Wicked Lovers series is one of the best! I figured, why wouldn't her others be just as good? Right? Meh.....
It's not that this book is bad, it's not. It's good. Not great, but good. I am just so over the whole 21 year old 'virgin-esq' heroine thing. Seriously! I was rocking things out at 21, so mabe I just don't identify...but neither do any of my bookie friends! The story of Rafe and Kerry was ok, the sex was H. O. T. But the rest was...more
Thanh Tran
Easy reading - after YA trilogies like the Hunger Games n Birthmarked, my brain needed a vacation from outraged disbelief posed from the endings of these YA trilogies!!
Gina
Not bad, not bad I say! It's the first Shelley Bradley I've read, and I liked it. It's put under contemporary, but I'd put it under erotic. The language, some might call it smut, me... well written and well worth the read, LOL! Regardless of the way it was written, it was more than plenty to make you hot under the collar and squirm in your seat, and I love that in an exotic contemporary novel. Bradley chose her wording well! The story has it's own little mystery, all together with action (in bed...more
Sandy
3.5 stars


BOUND AND DETERMINED is the first book in Shayla Black’s Sexy Capers re-released contemporary, romance adult series. This is Kerry Sullivan and Rafe Dawson’s story.

Kerry Sullivan needs to prove her brother’s innocence. Charged with the theft of over three million dollars from the bank in which he works, Mark Dawson awaits trial in prison not knowing who or why he was set up to take the fall. Kerry hopes to get computer expert and one-time hacker Rafe Dawson to find the proof that her br...more
Michelle Kelly
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~ Stephanie Lynn ~
I am a HUGE fan of Shelley Bradley AKA Shayla Black.

The story is about Kerry trying to convice computer nerd security consultant of investigating her brother's criminal framing. Except Rafe the consultant thinks she's a nutcase and won't give her the time of day on the phone. As a last resort, Kerry kidnaps Rafe and chains him naked to a bed. It's a little far fecthed, but a nice typical erotica romance lead in. From there, Kerry and Rafe strike a bargain, in return for his investigating he gets...more
Lesley
Every time I read a book by Shayla Black I swear it's the last one. I've never enjoyed one, yet I keep coming back. This one seemed interesting and since she'd originally written it in another name, I figured why not. Here's why not...it drags, I didn't feel the chemistry and the whole book was a lot of sex with some mystery every now and then. With 3 chapters left, I couldn't figure out what was left to write about. Seriously, I'm now done and won't be reading anymore by this author.
Silviene
I really, really loved it. Its easy to read, its compelling, sexy hot and keep you glue to read how the story will unfold. Its a story about Kerry that comes from foster background, and she is fighting to prove her big brother's innoncence in embezzelment. To prove this she kidnaps Rafe Dawson a computer IT security Expert. But what he asks in return for he's help may lead them both into something that neither wants to give.,Talking about opposites attarcts each has something the other lacks and...more
Kimberly
9.9 times out of 10, I love everything from this author, so I was surprised after starting this one that I did not love it right off the bat.

For the most part I enjoyed the story and very likeable characters, but then I kept noticing all the similes that seemed to be on every page. This took away from the book for me as they became a distraction. I don’t know if it was the sheer number of them in the book, or the somewhat odd use of them at times that detracted from the flow of the story, but a...more
Georgiann Hennelly
There is nothing Kerry Sullivan would not do for her brother.Kerry is running out of patience and time her brother is being wrogfukky accused of embezzling millions of dollars and Rafael Dawson may be the only man who can help her brother he is one of the top electronic security expers in the country -only he won,t take her calls . S o Kerry decides to kidnap him and take him to her secret hideaway. where she keeps him tied up and naked . oh there are lots of things she longs to do to him. He is...more
L8blmr
I judged this book by its cover; or, rather, its title. I expected mostly bondage, pure and simple. It was more, in that it included a developing romance, some mystery, a little crime drama - lots to keep one entertained.

The only thing that bothered me was that the author really enjoyed using similes and metaphors to the point that there were almost too many and they didn't always seem to match the situation. Some were almost comical, in fact, at times they shouldn't have been. Along those lines...more
Manuela
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Amarilli Settantatre
Almeno stavolta ho riso di gusto. Questo romanzo della Black è leggermente più frizzante, almeno all'inizio. Kerry si aspetta di rapire e sedurre un tizio occhialuto e sovrappeso, mago del computer, e si ritrova un manzo pazzesco, di fronte a cui non può non pensare: Signore, che figo!
Poi, come al solito, la Black infarcisce la storia con quelle sue descrizioni leziose e inverosimili da donne-zerbino ai piedi del fusto: lui è "Mani sicure, bocca sapiente e voce di velluto". Ma per favore, non è...more
Brandi O'Berry
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ൠSinful
To be honest when I finished the book I thought it was just straight romance. A strong story between two characters who were decently developed. It didn't play out exactly the way I expected, which was good, but you can count on your HEA. There is a strong plot of a mystery/who done it running along side the love story.
It surprised me that it was erotica. I guess, I've read enough that isn't classified as erotica that curled my toes more. There are no menage scenes- straight up m/f only, and not...more
Mιss •kαthєяίиє•  Τhε Emεrαℓd Pяίиcεss®
When her brother is accused of embezzling in his company and gets arrested, Kerry decides to ask help from one of the best in computer safety. After seeing that talking to him from the phone is near impossible, she takes a decision. She will kidnap him, take him to her brother's friend Love Sack, bind him and make him help her. But she soon finds out that Rafe is nothing like she had imagined and help from him will require something else in return. Mixing work with pleasure will lead her to get...more
Justine
This was a fabulous read. Shayla Black is just an amazing writer. Clever, thought out stories that grab you by the heart strings. Xxx
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jul 02, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of erotic romance
This book demonstrates that an erotic romance can have a well-thought-out plot where the sex scenes actually serve to illustrate improvements in the relationship between the protagonists.

I liked that she did not "go all the way" until after she'd realized how she was coming to care for him. Main and secondary characters were well-illustrated, the scenery varied enough, and we get a happily-ever-after to boot.

I was happy that the hero was able to solve the mystery and rescue the heroine's brothe...more
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