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Bonds of Trust

(Wicked Play #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,607 ratings  ·  247 reviews
After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…

At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers
ebook, 280 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Carina Press (first published 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Bonds of Trust is the first book in the Wicked Play series, written by Lynda Aicher, a new-to-me author. The story is sexy, romantic, sexy, touching, sexy… and did I mention it’s damned hot? There are many things to love about this book, but most of all I am thrilled to have found another BDSM author who knows that there can be more to an erotic tale than floggers and nipple clamps.
After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step i
Blacky *Romance Addict*

I liked this one, not very extreme with the BDSM, and that's great :) Sometimes the scenes just freak me out, but luckily everything was fine here :D

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The story

Cali applies for membership at an exclusive BDSM club, and Jake (one of the owners) is there to interview her and decide if she's suitable. Of course, he's intrigued by her from the start, and once she opens up a bit to him, he realises he can't allow anyone but himself to be her guide in the BDSM world Photobucket
Cali is fascinated by Jake, and
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read with Becs, Anna, Michelle...pretty much the AA/Treeola crew
New Sub-Genre Category : Middle-Aged BDSM Lite for timid divorcees who also require intimacy with their floggings.

Yep. I invented it. Choke on that, mommy porn!

Gah...what were my feelings about this book? Honestly, I felt rather conflicted. This kinda felt like a housewife's fantasy of BDSM - you know, the "don't really want to commit to it, just want a hot guy to rock my world in the bedroom and give me multiple O's without me having to work for it."

Cali was one lucky chick in that aspect. She
~ Becs ~
This is another BDSM club style romance novel and I know that there are a lot of these around right now but I did really enjoy this one. It’s deeply romantic and revolves around the central theme of trust, something that is very important in a BDSM relationship.

After a long, sexless marriage that has ended in divorce and two grown children, Cali has decided to investigate her submissive desires by signing up to a very exclusive BDSM club – The Den. Jake, a co-owner, is the Dom who is going to ta
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Erotic/BDSM Romance fans
My rating: 4 stars or B-

After twenty-two years of non-connubial bliss, recently divorced Cali Reynolds is ready to live out her fantasies at “The Den,” an exclusive BDSM club. She’s longed to give up control and be pushed to the edge of her comfort zone. Cali hopes a Dom delivers the sexual gratification her marriage denied her.

Jake McCallister, Dom and part Den owner, can never stay in one place for very long. His two foster brothers had him sign a five year contract to help manage their BDSM c
Sláinte Wanderlust
Cover & Title - 5 out of 5
Favorite line - "Love is an illusion easily shattered by reality" & "Almost free, in a way I'd never seen before. That's when I realized how much you pretend."
Favorite Character - Cali

I let you see the parts of me
That weren't all that pretty.
And with every touch
You fixed them.

I really enjoyed this book, it was sweet & kinky. I am a big fan of mummy porn/clit lit & I also enjoy reading BDSM so this book totally worked for me. I also love reading books that have stea
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This is a 2.5 star. It is more than okay, but I can't quite say I liked it. Ms. Lynda is a new to me author. Her covers are cute and the title is interesting. The story blurb caught my attention. I'm hoping for a story with a mature woman who is trying to explore her new found sexuality. This is kind of how the story goes. Cali is a forty something divorcee looking to explore her kinky side.

I can appreciate how difficult it is to become comfortable in one's own skin. For someone who is as old a
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-doms, spanking
I can't recommend this story enough! I truly enjoyed every minute of the read. I thought the characters where well developed, believable and without over the top drama. Cali's story was actually so believable that I could see a friend or two of mine being her character. Jake's was a little more of the trope, feels responsible for his parents death, foster care, basic lost soul with 2 close friends that are like brothers. But it all works because the story, IMO, never takes it to the over the top ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: If your interested in light BDSM and an average story.
Overall Rating = 2 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 2 Stars
Character Development = 1 Stars
Story Appreciation = 2 Stars
Worth the Chili = N/A Stars (Read an ARC and not sure what it will sell for)

I really didn't care for this book much. I probably wouldn't have finished it, but it was a buddy read with Stacia, Anna and gang. Nothing about it stood out in the story department. A few things didn't ring true for me, and this, for Michelle, is a deal breaker. BDSM? Not
Rating: C+ ... Heat: Sizzling


This story has elements of BDSM: D/s, light bondage, voyeurism and exhibitionism, and spanking.


Cali Reynolds has spent most of her forty-four years enduring an unfulfilling sex life. Never sure what the problem was between her and her ex-husband, Cali assumes the blame lays with her. Looking to change, to actually feel something during sex, she scours the internet to figure out what turns her on. Which is how she discovers BDSM and all it has to offer
Michele Realitybitesblog
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bonds of Trust
By Lynda Aicher
Also posted at http://realitybites-letsgetlost.blogs...

Release date for book: November 26, 2012
Copy provided by publisher for review through Netgalley.

Forty-four year old, divorce Cali Reynolds is looking for acceptance in her sexuality. After being married for over twenty years to a man who had no interest in sex, she is ready to explore her sexuality. She hesitantly joins the local BDSM club The Den. She doesn’t know what she wants, but knows that she wants to feel
WOW!! This book was really good. What happens when a divorced woman over 40, who has never had mind blowing sex, decides to take a walk on the wild side?? She gets the nerve to join a BDSM club to satisfy her needs!! There she meets A Dom named Jake. He is a man that knows her needs and desires without her having to explain them. He takes her to the edge of desire and ecstasy and releases her inner sub..this book has lots of SMOKIN HOT sex, AND a good story. Loved it!
Lady Heather

4.5 stars

I LOVED reading, and experiencing Cali's growth, and how she became more comfortable with her desires, wants, and finally her acceptance that she was a Sub... Jake's Sub.

I LOVED Jake's constant battle within... between his role as a Dom (something he's always been), and allowing Cali to break all his barriers and making it personal. Jake getting jealous when Marcus stepped in had me in knot's, but it was also necessary for Jake to finally realize how important Cali was to him.

Right fro
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cali is forty-four and divorced. She’s also sitting in an office being interviewed, not for a job but to become a member of The Den, the exclusive BDSM Club. It wasn’t that her marriage wasn’t a happy one, it was – it gave her lovely children and her husband was her friend. But there was nothing else. No spark, no sex. Years of feeling undesired, years of feeling ashamed for the way she wanted a man to touch her – the things she wanted done to her... these things all led her here.

Jake is one of
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous "light" BDSM Adult Romance. I started this book last night and finished it in about 4 hours... I didn't want to stop reading... The story flowed from page to page. Yes, the setting is a typical BDSM club as many book addressing the BDSM lifestyle do BUT the emotions run so high in this book that being in a "club" is the last thing you're thinking about. You're more in tuned to what the characters need and what they're feeling to care where they are and what's going on around t ...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Oh man, I just enjoyed the heck out of this one. So many of the books I have read recently have been filled with so much angst, drama, and crazy plot twists. And while I'm not going to deny that I certainly enjoy that, it was so nice to get back to a book that was simply about two characters falling in love.

Ok, given that this is all set in an exclusive BDSM club, I guess my definition of "simply" has probably been skewed a bit. I just loved both Cali and Jake. Cali is a forty-something divorcee
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-male, bdsm
I have just recently begun reading what I don't know how to describe but as mild BDSM books. Not sure if that is even a correct description. These mild BDSM books have to involve a love story and there can be no degradation. I am not sure what got me into this genre,...maybe 50 Shades. Not sure and don't remember.

I read a excellent review on this book(by a GR friend) and had to check it and so glad I did.

A 44 year old woman, Cali after being in a loveless, non-physical 22 year old marriage div
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story and sex scenes were good. However, I found Jake to be a weak Dom; he was too soft on Cali. And I've not read of a Dom who wants to be called by his first name in a scene?? ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I’ve enjoyed the story very much. For the most part it’s gives a rather accurate description of D/s dynamics. After the first scene and after the collaring more aftercare should and would have been given in real life in a proper BDSM environment.
What I appreciate about the story is that it’s about 40+ people with normal jobs, bank accounts and lives. The have friends, they have a living to make and they have children.

Sadly I wasn’t impressed by the narrating. The voice of Cali was to young and i
Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader
This book is well written and would probably earn 5-stars from me if I hadn’t already read what feels like thousands of books with the exact same storyline. I would recommend this for a BDSM newbies, someone who hasn’t already read about BDSM romance. However, if your like me and have read quite a bit of this genre, don’t expect to find anything extraordinary or unique in this book.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Kat Morrisey
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5000 freaking stars! YAY!!!!! This book was so good and it gave me all the warm and fuzzies inside!

I came across this book somewhat randomly via my recommendations the other day. I had never heard of the author but I knew of the publisher because I follow them on twitter. So I figured what the heck and hit the purchase button on my Nook. Note: this is part of a series, but there is no cliffhanger. I believe each book follows a different couple. These are my fave kind of series.

I am so flipping
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, light-bdsm
The first few chapters of the book had me almost tossing this it aside to read something better but after reading another chapter about a woman who has never been in the BDSM lifestyle and only knows a small bit cuz of the info on the net, I slowly got pulled back in with the help of Edith, the old lady with a big personality. She’s one of Cali’s neighbors. The engagement party for one of their neighbors at the condo Cali lives in reunites Cali and her Dom from a few nights back. Unbeknownst to ...more
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KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

4.75 Stars

Bonds of Trust is the first book by Lynda Aicher that I have read, and I have to say I got so much more than I was expecting!! This is a beautiful story of a woman discovering her true self through her learning of submitting to the right man, and a man’s life taking on a whole new meaning with this submissive he can’t hand over to any Dom.

Cali Reynolds comes to the Den to finally get someone to touch her, and to live out her darkest fantasies of
Melissa Portillo
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bonds of trust - Lynda Aicher
Carina press
This ebook is on Amazon right now for $2!! Go go buy it now it will be money well spent!!

Cali is at a cross roads in her life she's just ended her 20 plus year marriage to a man who she was sexually incompatible with. With grown kids is it even possible she can go after what she wants, her deepest fantasies?l

Jake is the owner of the most exclusive Dom/Sub club on the scene right now. Only people who are screened and interviewed can be members. After 5 yea
Brenda Demko
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is definitely an adult book! If you are like me and the multitude of other readers who devoured Fifty Shades and wanted more, this needs to be on your what to read after Fifty Shades list.

Cali Reynolds has decided to finally get some satisfaction. She's looking for something and someone to fulfill her needs. She finds that and more when she goes to The Den. The problem is one time isn't near enough and she's embarrassed about acting on those types of desires in the light of day. She's afra
Brandy Dorsch
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for review. This is one of those books that draws you in and keeps you there for the whole story.

Cali Reynolds is a 44 year old divorcee who is searching for something. She is hoping that she will find it at The Den, the Twin Cities most exclusive BDSM club. Her marriage fell apart since her husband seemed to have no interest in sex. On the first night at the club, newbies are usually paired with a Dom that helps them explore the club and become acclimated. The Den
Nadine Bookaholic
This was the first book that I have read by Lynda Aicher and I am thrilled to have a new author to add to my must read list. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Cali and Jake. Cali, 44, mother of two (son 21, daughter 19), accountant/bookkeeper, divorcee that has never experienced good sex. Jake, 35, partner in The Den (BDSM club), always leaves before any bonds can be made other than the two friends he's had since he was younger (the other two partners in The Den). Cali finally gets up the n ...more
I really enjoyed this. It was a relief to read a book about BDSM without the Dom being a filthy rich CEO, or an evil, power-tripping MoFo with an axe to grind against women. Jake is a Dom with no excuses or apologies but is experiencing a bit burnt out. He's missing something in his life, but isn't sure what that is until he meets the lovely and sub-curious Cali, ex-wife of a man who wanted nothing to do with her in bed. Together they explore her desires and we the reader get a front row seat to ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
See my full review soon at (11/12)
This is a NetGalley ARC read.

WOW! An incredibly touching story of self-discovery, personal growth, love, and let’s not forget the steamy sex! It is emotionally connecting from the beginning to the end, impossible to put down, and will have you craving for the next book.

Cali is an incredibly brave and strong woman to take that first step, and alone no less. Her strength throughout her breakdown and growth was truly inspiring...

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