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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  7,227 ratings  ·  707 reviews

In the new Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman’s desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her….

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little tim
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by NAL
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Tallulah A. Scribbles This book is part of a series (The Mastered Series).

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Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who have a boner for sensei-masters
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 30%

I don't usually do full out reviews, usually just my reactions to the book, but this time I'm gonna go full throttle on this bitch because it was not only bad but RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY NOT EVEN ON PURPOSE.

Disclaimer: I know this book isn't supposed to be overly good and is intended to simply be smut but I'm gonna treat it like it's a real book. Furthermore, I am reviewing the first 30% so maybe this all goes to an amazing place in the last 70% but I sincerely
~ Becs ~
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Ronin made that low rumble in the back of his throat, and it vibrated against her skin. “At some point tonight I will have my hand up your dress and you will come for me. Anything I want, any time I want was a very dangerous promise to make to me, Amery,” he whispered against her jaw, “because you have no idea what I want from you.”

Oh, boy this is hot, hot, HOT! I’ve never actually read Lorelei James before but I know her by reputation as an absolute Queen of down and dirty, kinky erotic romanc
enqi ☁️✨
Bound was, to say the least, ordinary. When I picked it up, I hadn't read anything BDSM for a while so I decided on this book because of the whole alpha-male-who-does-karate-and-is-also-a-dangerous-ninja trope. And also because the book has a rating above 4 stars on Goodreads, which is pretty rare for many popular erotic romances. I went in with high expectations, and this book fell flat of them all.

He stared at her, equally mesmerized. In that moment she knew what would happen if she let hi
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KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

When you think of sexy cowboys, the name Lorelei James comes to mind, right? Well, as much as I love her to die for cowboys, she has proven without a doubt, she can write outside of her norm. The setting may be different and the men may not wear cowboy hats but the writing style, the characters, and the story is everything I’ve come to expect from her and then some. The first book in the new series, Bound, The Mastered Series is one of those b
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Meh Stars...

It's been awhile since I read a BDSM type of exotic little diddy so I saw the blurb for an alpha karate dude and thought, why not?? The question I ask now is Why?? Why?? So we do have a hot karate dude and a sassy lonely heroine who catches the eye of our hero, by guess what? Her sassy mouth. Omg, never been done before, eva!

Needless to say, I was bored. It was very predictable all the way through. There were some hot scenes don't get me wrong, but I didn't care cause I didn't get
Jan 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, reviewed, 2015
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Lara Adrian
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can never go wrong with Lorelei James when it comes to intense characters and pulse-pounding emotion. She pushes me out of my comfort zone for romance a lot of the time, and I love it! She's quickly become an auto-buy for me.
5 Stars for Bound (audiobook )by Lorelei King read by Rachel Vivette. This was a reread for me. I just love this series. This was the first time that I’ve gotten to listen to the audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration. I had forgotten that Amery has a slight accent.
Kim O
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lorelei James is an auto-buy author for me because she knows how to tell a fantastic story with dimensional and relatable characters who draw you in, tug at your heart, and leave you wanting more. BOUND, the first in a new series by this accomplished author was no different. As anxious as I was to see how she would fair outside of her norm, I was not in the least disappointed. I laughed, I hurt, I rejoiced, I panted, and I yelled because the author has the ability to make you feel exactly what t ...more
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The BookChick
My Rating: ★★★★
VERY GOOD: The characteristics of a 4 star book include: a great story; I loved the characters; and there was an interesting plot and unique story elements; there may have been a few odd things kept the story from being amazing. I would read it again and I would recommend it to a friend.
Bound is the inaugural book in Lorelei James' new series, The Mastered.

I will confess that when I first started reading the book I thought it was going to be yet another redux of Fifty Shades of G
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
4.5 stars

Bound took me by surprise.

I figured it was going to be your typical BDSM book. I approached it with some measure of trepidation, because many BDSM books don't appeal to me. It's the submissive part of the relationship I always have the biggest problem with. But, I wanted to try Bound because it's by Lorelei James, and from what I've read by her, she masters super strong characters.

Surprise number one - Bound is NOT a BDSM book. Surprise number two - there isn't a single cowboy in this
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
5+++ stars!!!

WOW. Bound is the first book I have read by Lorelei James and let me just say I am adding all of her books to my TBR list RIGHT NOW.

BOUND blew me away. Literally stayed up until 4:00 am reading this book, that’s how elegant and sexy Ms. James’ writing is. There is no insta-love here, there is a beautifully written, slow build-up between the characters of Ronin and Amery, and a deliciously slow burn of a development of their relationship. You think you know Alpha? You haven’t met Ron
Kimberly K
2:5 stars

This book was mostly just okay for me. It took me some time to get into. Some things in it were just weird. But hey, it's a bondage book, and my first one, so that's to be expected. In many ways, it was a 50 Shades with straight bondage instead of all bdsm.

I liked the lead female pretty well--even though I hated her name, Amery, and wanted to pronounce it differently than I think the author meant. She was smart and I liked the exploration of herself she went through. I just wish that t
Whew... It's 5 in the morning and I just finished this - all I can say is that it's driving me nuts because the second book is two days away!!!
I didn't know it had a cliff-hanger and now I'm counting the hours until I can read the rest of the story.
Anyway, Lorelei wrote a great story (again) and it goes on my favourites shelf.
It's a story about learning to be bold and confident, even if this means taking a road you didn't expect. This book focused on the heroine's journey and I'm looking forwar
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B+

“I’m putting myself in your hands, Ronin.”

“You have no idea how much that appeals to me,” he murmured.

Amery goes with her friend Molly to a self-defense class and immediately finds herself up close and personal with the serious owner and super-elite (yes, he has a high level that’s stated, but to me he’s about one level below super hero status with his abilities) black belt, Ronin, who gives her an introduction to self-defense on his own
Anna's Herding Cats
Mini Review 1/23 Other than being incredibly pissed this ended in a cliffhanger and wasn't a complete story the book was amazing. Incredible characters, fantastic setting, steamy as all hell and just captivating. The surprise non-ending without even a happy for now though...yeah. Pissed off reader girl and brought it down to a 4 star.

Full review 3/3

Below is the original review as it was posted on Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
on 2/2/14. Lorelei took great offense to the sanitized ve
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Steamy martial arts with a serious Fifty Shades feel…..

Opening Sentence: “So this is where you’re learning to kick some ass.”

The Review:

Amery attends a self defense class with her friend Molly, as support. Molly wants to come out of her shell after being attacked. Amery is immediately noticed by Ronin, aka Master Black, the Sensei of Black Arts! Okay total side note, when I saw the name of the dojo I really did wonder if this was a paranormal ro
Molly Calloway has been having a hard time coping after becoming the victim of an assault so Amery Hardwick talks her into taking a self defense class at a reputable dojo. Molly's anxiety level makes it imperative that Amery be there but the dojo has a 'no observer' policy which means Amery will have to take the class herself to be present.

Things go from bad to worse when the owner Ronin Black singles her out for infractions in the club's policies and lack of respect to his staff. After clearin
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. And my emotions ran in the extreme on both ends. But I suppose the author’s responsibility is to make me feel, so in that respect, the author did a fantastic job.

Amery, our heroine, goes to a self-defense class after her friend and employee is attacked. She’s not really interested for herself, but wants to be there for support. This is where she has an unexpected and quite entertaining encounter with our hero, Ronin.

Ronin is definitely an alpha male
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I have been anticipating this book for a while now. I love Lorelei James and couldn’t wait to see her writing an erotic romance not about cowboys. There are many things that I liked about BOUND.

1. I love the hero. Ronin Black is, in two words, sexy and intense. Boy! Is he intense! With the martial arts background, the tragic past you know it’s lurking beneath the surface, the mixed heritage…the love of tying women up. This guy is focused to a fault, he gives his all without cracking a smile
Ena May - Swoon Worthy Books/Enticing Journey Book Promotions
This was my very first Lorelei James book and I have to say she didn’t disappoint.

The story of Amery and Ronin Black is oh so sexy and steamy. I love erotica and although I would consider this erotica there is a great storyline behind all the sexiness.

Amery is living her dream as a graphic designer and after a close friend signs up to take self defense after a recent attack Amery comes along for support not know that she too will be thrown into the class and in turn thrown right into the path of
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Wow! Okay, so this was intense and majorly hot. Super interesting story with intriguing characters. Great read!

I thought both Amery and Ronin were great. Sometimes I loved them, sometimes I wanted to throttle each of them but they definitely got under my skin. Loved their meeting and the chemistry that built from the push and pull they shared. After that, they had a super fast, instant-type of relationship. I really wanted to know more about Ronin but he didn’t give much away, he was extremely g
Laz the Sailor
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A new series from Lorelei - yay!

Unintentionally, the last 3 books I've read have all been about alpha males with BDSM kinks. I didn't really like the first one, the second was much better, but it seems I've kept the best for last.

Ronin, the alpha, is dark and dominant, but he's not arrogant or an ass. The girl Amery is a bit naive, but she's got a strong core, and she doesn't take bullshit from anyone. These two bump heads in a very amusing way, and quickly find that they can really burn up the
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. So when I started this book I knew the heat would be off the charts, but what I didn’t expect was the depths to which the story would affect me. Lorelei, you have made a new, instant fan and I will be devouring the rest of the series just as soon as I am done typing this up!

Amery is a small town girl who moved to Denver, CO with her ex. When she found him cheating on her soon after, she threw herself into her graphic design business and made a name for herself. She is also the daughter of a
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cliffhanger ending warning. Huge cliffhanger. The next book is scheduled to be released in March.

I really liked this book. The hero, Ronin, is the owner of a dojo and a rope bondage master. He sees the heroine in one of his classes and is immediately enthralled.

They start seeing each other and he gradually explains the things he really likes to do in his intimate life with ropes.

The best part of the book is the mysterious hero, Ronin. He is hot, sexy, has that edge of danger, and is really into
P.A. Lupton
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

I will admit I was a little worried going into this one. I mean, I love Lorelei James’ other books so I shouldn’t have worried, but this is something totally different for her. I almost didn’t read it because I heard there was a cliff hanger ending, so let me just say to anyone holding off on reading this because of that: I hate cliff hangers, and this wasn’t that bad. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll want to immediately pick up book two, but I didn’t feel like I was left hanging too badly.

The other c
Casey (KcLu)
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this book enough!!! PREORDER IT NOW!
Wow...Wow...Wow....I had to read each chapter and take a break/shower in between...Can't wait for the rest of the story!!!
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Holy incoherent thoughts. That was good and I will start the next book, because that ending. That ending.
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