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Bonds of Desire

(Wicked Play #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Book three of Wicked Play

Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den—despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. Aroused by both men, Allie should turn the case down. But she can't…

After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with anot
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Carina Press (first published 2012)
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Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, scribd-read, menage
3.5 RATING- I'm surprised this story rated so low for some people. It wasn't my favorite ménage story but I didn't think it was bad either. I did think there was a lot of energy spent by the characters on why they couldn't be together. At some point, you just have to say "fuck it". I did like the chemistry between the characters and thought the steamy parts were done well. Overall, I'd recommend this book for readers that like MMF menage story lines and those that have enjoyed other books in thi ...more
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Lynda Aicher just solidified herself as a autobuy for me. Exceptional writing, the perfect blend of sexy and angsty. Loved it....even with the F in the middle :)
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe

“It’s a good thing I find that controlling thing sexy.”

Sometimes, I hate the multiple POVs but considering this book is about a threesome, I actually appreciated and love it. And yes, I haven’t highlighted anything so I had to go back and finds something. I owe it to the book for making me feel and because I absolutely love it.

I won’t delve deeper into each character but that what I can say is that their character is what complement each one of them and make the threesome work. I like the
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, I have to confess I am not sure how to rate this book. On one hand this was awesome and too much sometimes. On the other there were parts where it was not enough

Tyler especially was a great character. I adored him and his story made me hurt for him. Seth was strong, honest but sometimes I just couldn't believe him being a Dom or Master. Allie was a bit selfish sometimes but nevertheless believable

All in all, I liked the story but still not sure about it
Liz F
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Evie at

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via RT Con 2013.

Bonds of Desire is Book 3 in the Wicked Play series. I don't think you need to have read Books 1 & 2 to enjoy this one but you may want to go back and pick them up AFTER you read this! Also, it looks like this series will continue but this book is the third in the original trilogy.

This is something very new for me: Threesomes! Anyone who picks this up is going to need an open mind. You'll be seeing
Pheonix Fanfiction
My thoughts and feelings while reading:

0.0% Never read a menage book before, so we'll see how this goes ...

12.0% He tightened his grip on the armrests, flashes of the past merging with the present to showcase his failures. I wonder what happened in Seth's past??

14.0% "Is one of you going home with him?” “Yes.” The unison answer blended in the room in an odd harmony. I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress with these three!

21.0% Okay, I was a bit worried before. Wasn't really into it,
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I’ve read what I would consider a generous amount of m/m/f stories and the way Aicher tells this one is a happy departure from the norm. It’s already in my re-read file. The only thing missing was that it wasn’t longer.

Disclaimer: I didn’t read the first two in the series so I’m not going to have an opinion on how this story compares to those. Now that’s done, moving on. Closer to forty that she is thirty, Allison English has a few things going for her - her best friends Kendra
Maria Rose
In this menage romance, we have the story of Seth, Allie and Tyler. Seth is the co-owner of a high end BDSM club. He's seen everything and then some. But when he finds what's supposed to be a consensual scene turning into abuse, he is swift to stop the play and rescue Tyler, promising to take care of him and offering to let him stay in his loft above the club while he recovers. He brings in Allie, a friend of his co-worker Jake's girlfriend Cali to see to Tyler's legal needs. But when the three ...more
Jane Stewart
Did not finish. Too much description and ponderings. I did not understand things. Not enough happening.

I stopped at 38%. I felt like nothing was happening. Following is a conversation that was spread out over ten pages. My use of the word “descriptions” is descriptions, thoughts, and ponderings of the two men having the following conversation. In each case an entire page or more goes by before the other guy answers.

Page 1: Is Allie coming back?
(descriptions for a page)
Page 2: Would you like that
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm
After Bonds of Denial and after I met Tyler there, I could not resist. The reading sample starts immediately with full gas. And Seth rescues Tyler in a bad scene from the St. Andrew's cross and a whipping, which was out of control.

It is a menage - MMF. But that did not frighten me. Tyler and Seth are simply awesome.
The start was really good. With full steam ahead. Although - quite honestly - I didn't like Allie's character. Typical female behavior :( One step forward, two steps back, the woman
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 three-way lovin’ stars

We’ve met Allison over the course of the last few books. She’s a little conservative and although she has judged her friends for their private lives, she doesn’t quite understand it.

Seth is the one third owner of The Den, the exclusive BDSM club. He has known Deklan and Jake since they were kids, but we haven’t known much about him other than him not being in the exact same boat as the others when it came to his start to life and being the one behind the desk with a bi
Bonds of Desire is the third book in Lynda Aicher's Wicked Play series and I have to say it was also my favourite. We have already met both Allie and Seth in previous books, not only are they friends with the previous main characters but Seth is also the third owner of The Den.

Allie has been secretly fantasising about submitting to Seth since she first visited The Den with Kendra and Cali but she has no intention of taking it any further. She is just too focused on her career to take time out fo
Thomaidha Papa
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mfm
3.5 Hearts

Review written for Chocolicious Reviews


An abused male-escort having no desire to be dominated again, a strong lawyer who hates falling in the trap of the stereotyped weak-woman role and a Dom who craves not one, but two loving subs…

I admit, it has been written and re-written many times. Sometimes there were all male and sometimes there we two males and a female. Mostly the m/f/m thing didn’t work well and the woman came across as plain stupid whi
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Carina Press via NetGalley

I have been waiting quite awhile for Allie's book. In the last two she has been the supportive friend but also carried an air of judgement as well.

With Seth and his dominate ways, you know that there was a story there I just wasn't sure what it was so it was so great to see that Allie and Seth had a pull to one another but it never felt complete until....

Tyler who has a dark past but has a big heart and ends up being the missing link
Laura Carson
*I was given a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars

Seth Matthews, Master Seth as he's known at The Den, thinks the day is just like any other. That is until he sees something that disturbs him on the monitors. A man who Seth already views as a poor excuse for a Dom, is with a sub in a private room, but what catches his eye is the treatment of the man chained to the St. Andrew's cross. Master Rex has taken things too far, causing him to intervene. What he c
Lucie Paris
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Playfully sensual, dark and sometimes hard, Linda Aicher's erotic stories are always exciting.

In this third part, which can be read independently of the first two, the reader finally follows the adventures of Allie and Seth. Except that the owner of the exclusive club is bi. Suddenly, a new player appeared in the person of Tyler.

An awesomely hot threesome!
If Allie brings freshness and curiosity about the novelty in her sexuality, Tyler has lost his innocence. Having been abused with a difficult
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A lot more intense than I thought it would be, and a lot less BDSM. Honestly, this book is a tough cookie. This story is so much more than...everything. So much more than erotica, so much more than menage, so much more than BDSM, so much more than romance. Just so much more.

I haven't read the other books in the series, and honestly, after reading this one I don't know if I want to. I loved this one so much I'm afraid the others will be too much of a letdown. I fell completely in love with Tyler
Aղցela W.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Wicked Play series. Seth Matthews is one of three owners of The Den. When one of guest Tyler is injured in a scene Seth puts a stop to it. Tyler is a male prostitute working to pay off a debt that his abusive father left when he died loan sharks Tyler is so messed up and broken know one has ever did anything for him without wanting something in return. Seth sets out to care of Tyler in doing so, he asks Allison English to come represent Tyler and protect him. Alliso ...more
Kerry  sullivan
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, romance
First of all I would like to say I have not read the first 2 books in this series but I will be and soon. Not because it is necessary this can easily be read as a stands alone but I really want to know how the other 2 couples got together. This is an emotional and beautiful story of 3 people learning to trust I love that they are all battling their own demons. When it all blew up I was in tears and felt like shouting at them all but the journey was so worth it and when book 4 comes out I will be ...more
S.M. Johnson
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Bonds of Desire as a light, fun, and very sexy read. I hadn't read books 1 or 2 in the series, and this one stood alone just fine. The M/M/F scenes had great chemistry, and I really liked the dynamic of Dom/switch/sub.

That being said, I also have to say that the number of typos in this book was shocking, and I expect better from a Harlequin imprint. And this has been mentioned in enough reviews that I'm surprised the publisher hasn't fixed it.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this author and this series. Seth has been a mysterious character in the first two books of this series so I was really looking forward to his story and I was not disappointed. Three people thrown together who are better together than alone. I love how in the end everyone realized on their own what they truly needed and who they needed. Bring on book 4!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I did enjoy reading this book but something was missing for 4 star.
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Sarah.
This series improves with each book :)
Aelin Galathynius
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it. It was HOT AND OMG SO SEXY but no this is not BDSM?! There’s more bark and no bite on that front but oh my! I loved it for that exact reason. Mostly. I’ve never been into the who S&M scene and I was perfectly fine with the mind kinky-fuckery that went down.

But there were things that just didn’t let me get invested like how weirdly trusting Tyler and Seth were with each other even though they had no prior communication. Allie was the only smart one here. And how they seriously di
Heidi Gonzalez
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seth seethes as he watches a man being abused in one of his clubs rooms. He wants to stop it but his business partner Deklan tells him to wait that the sub hasn't said no or used a safe word yet. When he does they race to save the poor man before he is even more seriously injured.

As Seth takes Tyler down from his bonds and wraps him in warmth and whispers kindness too him Tyler feels himself slipping. If there is one man he wished to never see him like this it would have been Seth. As an attorne
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
This is the third book in the “Wicked Play” series and I think it is my favourite. While “Bonds of Need” and “Bonds of Trust” dealt with one-on-one relationships, be it in a BDSM environment, this book centres on a threesome.

Master Seth, one of the three Doms owning and running The Den BDSM club, and Allison (Allie) English haven’t seen each other since Allie made her one and only visit to the club a few months ago. Unbeknownst to them, they haven’t been able to get each other out of their mind
Joanne Carr
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seth liked Allie but never acted on it since the first time they met. Allie was very judgmental at first regarding his life style. A mishap at the club with a submissive being beaten by a Dom until Seth broke it up.
Her friend Kendra called her in an emergency and told her what happened. She rushes to the hospital with Seth and Tyler and assumed that Seth did the damage to Tyler. Allie also thought that Seth and Tyler were lovers which made her feelings towards Seth a nonissue. Seth takes Tyler a
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
bleh, the book isn't terrible but it opens with a pretty horrifically graphic depiction of sexual assault and it doesn't handle the sex worker character very well.
Kristen Lahr
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I was not expecting what happened in this book to happen, but I'm not mad...
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Meh...didn't really enjoy this one as much as the first 2 in the series. I didn't really feel the connection between the 3 of them.

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Other books in the series

Wicked Play (7 books)
  • Bonds of Trust (Wicked Play, #1)
  • Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, #2)
  • Bonds of Hope (Wicked Play, #4)
  • Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play, #5)
  • Bonds of Courage (Wicked Play, #6)
  • Shattered Bonds (Wicked Play, #7)