The Tied Man
Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle.
On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, B ...more
***THIS REVIEW ISN’T FOR YOU LIGHT-HEARTERS OUT THERE. THIS IS A VERY CRUDE REVIEW. AND IT ESPECIALLY ISN’T FOR ANYONE BELOW THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN.***
♦ Such a beautiful story. ♦
This is a book that’s going to take you out of your comfort zone, guys. I’m going to tell you that right now. So before you read The Tied Man, I want you to pick out a quiet and very dark corner in your home.
Because you’re going to need it to rock yourself to sleep later.
The thing about this book that nailed me right be ...more
For years, Finn has been the unwilling entertainment for 100s of cruel and twisted clients. Coerced into selling himself by a wealthy Englishwoman, he must submit to the perverse whims of a steady stream of strangers or else risk the safety of his two younger sisters.
However sadistic the customers may be, Finn has yet to encounter one that was crueler than his boss/owner, Blaine. She gets off on hurting him, both physically and emotionally. While she uses threats ...more
Some of my emotions while reading this story:
This book was unlike anything I've EVER read. It was dark and disturbing to the max, but at the same time it was so eloquent and beautifully written that I ended up loving it to pieces. The topics that are addressed in this novel aren't the most conventional ones, but that's exactly what makes the story so unique. The author does not make an effort to hide the ugliest aspects of life and inst
Two hundred and twelve breaths.
That's how long it took me to risk moving again.
4.25 stars. Don't judge a book by its cover is an overused statement, but also completely appropriate her ...more
This is not an easy book to review... It wasn’t an easy book to read. All of the heartbreak and devastation was worth it. Such a beautiful story with characters you will fall in love with, and other characters you will despise. Here goes nothing...
This was a story about an artist named Lilith
Lilith gets stuck doing a work of art for Lady Blaine Albermarle. While there, she meets Finn Strachan.
The very first time I met him, Finn Strachan stole my breath.
“Just o ...more
4.5 SOLID STARS
The summer I met Lilith Bresson, I had begun to die. Not physically, you understand. I had never been that lucky. But each day a little more of my soul disappeared, and Blaine sensed it.
Wow, this was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. But I made it! Thanks Shannon for recommending this one to me. It was dark but I think I had a fair idea that it was going to be before reading it so maybe it was not as shocking as others who read it without any hint of the storyline etc.
First off ...more
POV: First Person - Dual
Lilith Bresson was a famous artist forced to return to her homeland to repay her father’s debt by doing a painting for Lady Blaine Albermarle. She was invited as a guess at Albermarle Hall not knowing the true horror hiding behind the luxurious gateway façade.
Finn Strachan was Lady Albermarle’s handsome young companion. Behind the prim and proper persona, he was a man desperate for any kind of escape he could manage ...more
"Welcome to Albermarle Hall ...where all your darkest fantasies are made true..."
'The tied up man ' is a basic angst story that involves the makings and breakings of an abused escort and about the danger of falling in love with someone with a damaged soul...
“It was easy to forget that other people lived in a world where rules and laws and common sense could keep you safe. A world where, if you did the right thing you were allowed to get on with your life in whichever wa ...more
Sorry guys but this is yet another less than stellar review from me. Honestly I'm trying to figure out if there's something wrong with me lately that I can't seem to shake out from this book funk. I had high hopes that this would be the one to pull me out since my fellow dark junkies rec'd me this & seeing everyone loving it. Sadly, it was not for me.
Again, this is another read that I didn't like but I didn't hate it either. Good news is that I found it to be a very refreshing read b ...more
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me ..." Psalm 23:4
I am not a religious person but, while my mind was being thoroughly fucked as I was reading this book, that's what was going through my head.
This book is a true testament that women are much better at fucking with one's head than men ... If you happen to be familiar with "Consequences" and "The Dark Duet" books and thought those were hard to get through, to quote Bachman Turner, "you ...more
Great debut novel, Tabitha McGowan!!
I had to sit and digest a bit before coming to a conclusion as to whether I liked this book or not. Then I had to tell myself, my rating isn't exclusively on if I LIKED the story, but how well it was written. Well, the writing was superb. It's written by a British author and in England so I was, once again, marveled at all the British-isms. In fact, a lot of the terms or slang spoken, I had zero clue what they meant. That ...more
4 1/2 Chuisle Stars
The Tied Man grabbed my attention from the start of this dark story. I was hooked and although this book came with a WARNING (please read it before starting and take it seriously) there was no turning back for me nor did I want to abandon Finn. My need to know had me reading through some of the toughest scenes I’ve come across in a novel. I found that nothing in this book was erotic nor did I find it very romantic. I did however find it extremely well written.
This story is tol ...more
But I am tempted to bump it up to 3.
I am writing this review with the most peculiar look on my face; the expression is a mix of fascination, befuddlement, annoyance, and complete and utter boredom.
Fascination: I’m in awe of Blaine’s character. Yes, you heard me. I think the author has done a brilliant job of portraying an outwardly beautiful, elegant perfectionist but also a diabolical, conniving antagonist. For me, her character intrigued me the most.
The writing is very eloquent ...more
... at the end of the day, everything I do cost me. The only question is how much.
We have Finn...
A nocturnal junkie, scared of needles and scared of the dark. The irony was hilarious.
"I see what I want to see."
"... his despair arouses her beyond measure."
Don't even ask me how I survived this book. It will forever remain a mystery. I'm still sitting in shock at the events that have unfolded in The Tied Man. Let me tell you, this takes the cake for d ...more
Before you consider reading this book, you really need to heed the author's warning: Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sexual activity.
If you have any issues with these topics, this may not be the book for you.
Lilith Bresson is a strong, independent, and successful artis ...more
✥ Very interesting start...my mind started thinking all kinds of theories!
✥ Everybody has secrets!
✥ I loved getting both Lilith and Finn's POVs.
✥ There were some very difficult scenes to read. My heart really went out to Finn and Lilith.
✥ How could Finn not win you over? And I loved their times of "just being together."
✥ I enjoyed the painting elements.
✥ I don't know who I hate more...Blaine or Coyle! I do think Blaine didn't get her just rewards!
✥ I think Henry is adorable and ...more
This book is most definitely not for the faint of heart. It portrays some really sick sexual behaviour, non-consensual sex, heavy drug abuse and extreme violence. Mature audience only - I can't stress this enough.
And to think my worst fear was that this was a historical romance of some sort (It's not! It's a contemporary.) I just wasn't prepared for this.
I loved the bo ...more
Such a harrowing dark story, but god...Did I love it!!
I fell in love with Finn not necessarily for his beauty, but with his being, as broken and as sad as one person could be, he was like a flame, a slow flickering flame...the merriest gentle breeze would be all it would take to blow it out, then be submerged into total darkness.
But in the darkness he shone,
He held me captive with his soul,
His story, albeit a harrowing disturbing story...was decadently rich w ...more
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THE TIED MAN is a book that's been on my radar for years, but I never got around to reading it myself until Heather invited me to buddy read it with her via Kindle Unlimited. The premise is pretty interesting, even though it seems like standard new adult fare at a glance: beautiful and sexually autonomous heroine, Lilith, is a professional erotic artist who ends up being invited to an exclusive and prestigious estate to do a commission t ...more
THE TIED MAN is a dark fairy tale where the Princess comes to save the Prince.
♦Lilith♦ is the princess in this twisted tale.
♦Finn♦ is the "Rapunzel" of Albermarle Hall.
♦Blaine♦ is the evil queen.
The Tied Man is kind of like the 'boy' version of Captive in the Dark and Escape from Paradise.
My only issue I found with the story is the foreign lingo because it kept tripping me up. The writing style made it hard for me to be fully immersed in the story because it took awhile to get use to it. Other ...more
♥♥♥ 5 'Destroyed Me' Stars ♥♥♥
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"It was easy to forget that other people lived in a world where rules and laws and common sense could keep you safe. A world where, if you did the right thing you were allowed to get on with your life in whichever way you chose."
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I have no idea how to review this book. No bloody idea. This might end up being quite brief because I just don't know what t ...more
The whole bloody world, populated by monsters.
This is the hardest book I’ve ever read. I have a really dark place inside my brain, and I’ve read some dark twisted stuff, but this takes the cake. You know those dark books that give you a little hope to hold onto? This is not one of those books.
This book highlights the worst of humanity. Who do you become when you think no one’s watching?
The story is set on an island resort. The resort provides your every wish, your every dre ...more
If you love a total EMOTIONAL .....
you'll probably love this book!
I loved Lilith and Finn as much as I have any characters ever. Lilith is my favorite type of heroine; strong, smart, independent and she has a hilariously smart mouth. She is able to see Finn in a way no one else can and she's able to see more in him than he can see in himself.
Ah, Finn...poor Finn doesn't "live in a world where rules and laws and common se ...more
I just have to say, this book had me hooked from the beginning. The writing itself is far better than most of the books that I’ve picked up recently, it’s smart without becoming unrelatable. The dialogue is fantastic, and the descriptions are just enough paint the picture without bogging you down in extraneous details. There is a hunting, “creepy” quality to the book, and I’m not totally sure exactly how the author pulled off, but it was there, in every page.
This isn’t “dark erotica” – ther ...more
And yes, there was something to even smile about
But in the end, I was going
I still really loved this book though.
Finn, my poor broken Finn...
"Christ, you're and wreck, Finn." ~Lilith
"Yeah, I know." ~Finn
Lilith, you strong, persistent, sassy woman...
"You're the first person in this whole fucking place who's ever asked permission to touch me, you know that?" ~Finn
I can't do this alone, Finn. I need you beside me." ~Lilith
The situat ...more
“It was easy to forget that other people lived in a world where rules and laws and common sense could keep you safe. A world where, if you did the right thing you were allowed to get on with your life in whichever way you chose.”
Alright, this is not my usual read
Before you consider reading this book, you really need to heed t ...more
‘What did you call me?’
‘Ah. A chuisle. Gaelic. ‘My darling’. I prefer the proper translation, mind you.’
He gave a bashful smile. ‘My pulse.’
This book was.. I yet don't have many words how to describe this book. It was insane, amazing, crazy, DARK, and as frustrating as abstinent would be for a sex addict.
Loved the author's writing style and to top it all it had the whole british slag to it; totally makes me SWOON! :D
She's got humor, I'll give her that.. Amazing humor and ...more
I mean wow, crazy, funny, hot, sickening, shocked, sad, hopeful and just plain ol’ WTF?
This is going to be a funky review as I just do not know how to express my feelings over what I read. I am going to use a few Disney gifs to assist in my review, but know that there really is nothing 'Disney' about this book... I think?
First off, the book is good- it will probably not be for everyone, but I love a book that can challenge my comfort zone and one that is not a co ...more
It feels so strange to say I loved it or enjoyed it because the subject matter it deals with is really extreme, dark, and sad. But I did, I was blown away by how good this book is!
Lilith Bresson is a very successful artist. The richest and most powerful people in the world covet her work. The thing is, Lilith Bresson doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to do. She is a no-nonsense, blunt to a fault realist. I instantly loved her! Her past has been somewhat shady ...more
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I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 20 years, predominantly as a playwright. This gives me my love of strong dialogue; even now, I tend to develop my characters b ...more