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Double Bound (Tales from Ballena Beach #2)

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Book Description Nick Nolan’s Double Bound reunites us with many of the characters introduced in his delightful Strings Attached: Jeremy, now in a committed relationship with fun-loving, hotheaded Carlo; Arthur, Jeremy’s protector, confidant, and mentor; and Katharine, Jeremy’s wealthy benefactress, still hiding a slew of secrets and hidden agendas. This sequel displays th ...more
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Lake Union Publishing (first published October 22nd 2008)
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
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Kassa
Aug 31, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago I read Nick Nolan’s first book, Strings Attached, which is a warm coming of age, rags to riches story about a young gay man that comes to find acceptance and happiness. Double Bound picks up exactly where the previous book leaves off instead the focus is now on Arthur, the bastion of strength, guidance, and care from the first book. Now the story becomes a look into the complicated, rough life of a middle aged gay man struggling with serious bouts of depression and inappropriate ...more
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
I loved book one, but it took me a while to get to the second book. I'm glad I finally continued this series.

In the beginning I was confused. While I hadn'T 'visited' the characters in a while, I didn't know any of the characters in the Prologue and the setting was foreign. Probably a good thing that I didn't 'know' them and cared for them as characters yet, because even with strangers the events that take place were brutal and upsetting. It kind of sets the stakes very high and shows readers wh
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Not a very happy story but well written and entertaining
Benjamin
Nov 09, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following close on the heels of the appealing Stings Attached, which centred on the young Jeremy Tyler's rise to the fortune to which he was entitled, comes Double Bound. The central character here however is Arthur Blauefee, ex-Marine and more recently ex-FBI agent and now butler and estate manager to wealthy Katherine Tyler, and protector and unofficial surrogate father to Jeremy. Here the story is told very much from his perspective and as such it steps back in time to provide some insight to ...more
Chancey Knowles
Objectively I felt the story deserved 4 stars for the writing and plot. But personally, I would not rate it as high. I read almost solely for escapism. I'm one of those who wants that HEA / HFN endings. To a certain degree this book gives the reader hope / glimpse into a possibly happy future but not in the traditional sense. On that note, this story was a little too dark for me. I don't want to finish a story being sad or feeling like real life has intruded upon my fairy tale. Yet, the story ke ...more
Martin Belcher
Jul 10, 2011 Martin Belcher rated it it was amazing
Double Bound is the sequel to the first book Strings Attached where we are introduced to the beautiful young swimming hunk Jeremy Tyler and the rags to riches story of how he ends up living with his very rich Aunt and mysterious Butler, Arthur in a sprawling mansion in Ballena Beach, California.

Double Bound begins with Arthur Blaufee and his early years and how his first relationship with Jeremy's father influences how he feels towards Jeremy. Arthur is a multi faceted character and it is wonde
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Tami (synchro from BL)
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A
Apr 30, 2013 A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There's something a little manic about my love for Nick Nolan's writing. He continues to captivate me with his characters that I, in equal parts, adore and despise. In this follow up to Strings Attached, we get a glimpse inside the life of Arthur, who managed to break my heart -- just completely obliterated it to pieces. Arthur and Carlo and Jeremy travel to Brazil to check on a family investment there. While there, they get mixed up in some messed up shit. And when I say messed up, I mean delic ...more
Jay
Jun 27, 2014 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Double Bound (Tales from Ballenna Beach, #2)
Author: Nick Nolan
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Reviewer: Jay
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel (10 hours & 17 minutes)
Heat Rating:
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Nick Nolan does such a fantastic job with his characters. The characters are real and come across as “normal” individuals where one might expect heroism to prevail. You love, are enraged by, ache for the characters, but for some reason
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Brie
Apr 13, 2010 Brie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I like the mystery part of the book,the suspense and unexpected turns were wonderful and you had to turn the page. BUT! The best part of any erotica (c'mon you know this) was lacking for me. His partner was adorable but always had him wondering if he was enough and doubting himself. Murdering his self-esteem most of the time. I have never liked it when the protagonist has to go through hard times, and his JUST KEPT COMING. The entire time I could barely concentrate for thinking of how I wouldn't ...more
RomanceLoverMA
Oct 05, 2015 RomanceLoverMA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-m-m-listened
Second in this series
this is such an amazing listen. like a telenovela
Can't wait for the third , and sadly , last installment
Jayson James
Jeremy and Arthur were just as loveable as they were in “Strings Attached.” I connected with Arthur and how he was feeling along with the emotions and anguish. The way his story was told and intertwined with that of Jeremy’s was well written. This was a great book, with an end I did not see coming! The author mentioned he had other endings to the book and I wish he would have chosen one besides the one he had. I would love to see another book with these characters in it!
Travis Hay
May 13, 2015 Travis Hay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was a big fan of the first one. Lots of well developed characters, a cool plot, and well written, invisionable events. I was excited when I saw this was a trio, because I came to really enjoy the characters!

Then I started reading the second book, and almost read it as a 'screw you' to the reader. One plot was developed that, without spoiling it, comes off as just straight up creepy and inappropriate - and I'm certainly not a prude by any stretch. I came to despise this plot so much, I found m
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Chris
Nov 28, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, done, 2010, fiction, ebook
2.5 stars. Ok m/m romantic suspense that was all over the place. This book focused on the butler/bodyguard from the previous book. Unfortunately, especially the closer to the end of this book I got, it felt like the heir (the main character from the previous book) was back to being Pinocchio, with others deciding things for him.
Bo
Dec 26, 2014 Bo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breaks Your Heart, Rescues You, And Leaves You Wanting More

This book's opening chapter will scare the hell out of you, break your heart, and give you new insight, perhaps, into the reason why Brazil is such a messed up country. From there you will be transported to Hawaii, Southern California, back to Brazil and back to California on a trip through the lives of Jeremy Tyler and his entourage which you met in Strings Attached, most especially his mentor and protector, Arthur Blaufee, and his now
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Michael
Mar 17, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this second story about Jeremy and Arthur. The cast of characters played good roles in the story set up here, even if it was fantastical. The Brazilian plot was intriguing and had lots of good twists to it. I look forward to the third in the series!
Ryan
There has to be a book #3!!!! If you read the first book you should read this one. So much drama and really a great storyline. (view spoiler) I guess that is how Nick Nolan keeps us in suspense.
Denise
Apr 27, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I liked this book, I didn't understand Arther that well concerning his feelings about Jeremy so I was very happy with how it ended for all. I would like to see all these guys again especially Jeremy.
Michael
Sep 19, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nick Nolan did great research for this book.

Plus, some sexy writing.
Mary Myers-Huff Barger
What an awesome second book! Nick Nolan weaves a very clear and crisp tale of Jeremy trying to grow into his new life after his mother is killed and his uncle tried to kill him and his boyfriend Carlo, but Uncle Bill was the only dying that day. Double Bound let's the reader get to know Arthur on a much more personal level and some of his secrets are shocking. Aunt Kathrine needs them to go to Brazil to check on an investment, they had no idea just how dangerous this trip would be.
One of the thi
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Chris
Aug 30, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***
Elisa Rolle
First of all, I'd like to point out that this book is a very easy read, meaning that the story flows smoothly and it maintains always an high pace. The first chapters are also very time consuming, trying to summarize 20 years of Arthur's life in few time. Arthur's past life is not the main focus of the book, but it shaped the man who he is now, and so it's essential to identify the character. Those first chapters allows also a first time reader to take in hand Double Bound without necessarily ha ...more
Chris
Aug 16, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
His first book was a good quick entertaining read. This one is a little to cliche and I felt it was a little ridiculous that a stunning beautiful 18 year old with a gorgeous and perfectly bonded 18 year old boyfriend would abruptly leave his lover for the damaged 40 something ex of his father. It just got to muddy and was trying to hard to be deep and emotional. It came off as more disjointed and confusing if not predictable in chunks.
Bo
Jun 15, 2014 Bo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breaks Your Heart, Rescues You, And Leaves You Wanting More

This book's opening chapter will scare the hell out of you, break your heart, and give you new insight, perhaps, into the reason why Brazil is such a messed up country. From there you will be transported to Hawaii, Southern California, back to Brazil and back to California on a trip through the lives of Jeremy Tyler and his entourage which you met in Strings Attached, most especially his mentor and protector, Arthur Blaufee, and his now
...more
Absynthe
Reading this book, I kept saying to myself "How did they ( the characters ) think this could possibly be a good idea?!?!"

Some things were so obvious to me as a reader that I couldn't help but be irked when the characters went along with stupid crap blindly.
Micha Meinderts
While Nolan improved his style and character development greatly, he definitely still needs to work on structuring a story. The pacing didn't always work out, suspense was poorly built or crushed because of too much showing of what was going on and the aftermath was choppy. A big shame because I really enjoyed reading about Jeremy and Arthur. I just couldn't get over the fact that everything was so obvious and the clarifying "Author's notes" made me feel really underestimated as a reader, just l ...more
Riva
Nov 16, 2014 Riva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-version
I really enjoyed the audio version of this book. The narrator, Luke Daniels, was excellent. It is a continuation of Jeremy's adventures from Strings Attached, but from Arthur's POV. In addition there is quite a bit of Arthur's backstory. This is not a HEA, but a HFN. I can't say I liked the ending, but it was OK. I wanted something different for Arthur, but I understand why the author went the way he did. It has a lot of action that the narrator does an excellent job of bringing to life and keep ...more
George
Jun 05, 2013 George rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. Like don't even waste your time horrible. This book tried to take several semi developed plot lines from the first book and tries to stretch them out into the second book. It ends up being very depressing in terms of Arthur's story, super unbelievable in terms of Jeremy's story, and just totally nuts for Carlo's story. Again the ending is complete rubbish. Sadly I was stuck on an 8 hour flight with nothing else to read, otherwise I would have found something better to occupy myself wit ...more
Greg
I think this was a good follow up to the previous novel, but that's the problem, it doesn't measure up. Perhaps I put Nick Nolan on a very high bar, but I enjoyed Strings Attached so much. I would say that if you enjoyed Strings Attached, go ahead and read this, but if you didn't enjoy the first, this won't make a difference. I hope Nolan does continue the series, but retools it within the style of the first book.
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Nick Nolan worked nights and weekends selling furniture to put himself through college. After graduation he went on to direct a group home for homeless and abused LGBT youth, and during his scant spare time began writing. Inspired by the works of authors Gordon Merrick, Paul Russell and Paul Monette, Nolan penned his debut novel, Strings Attached, the ...more
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