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Honor Bound #10

Ready For His Rule--A WILD Boys Novel

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**READY FOR HIS RULE is a full-length novel of 352 pages**

READING ORDER for the WILD Boys of Special Forces Series: suggested but not required. Every story stands on its own.
1: SAVED BY HIS SUBMISSIVE (Garrett and Sage)
2: HANDCUFFED BY HER HERO (Zeke and Rayna)
4: A WILDER WONDERLAND (Winter special--4 mini stories plus set-up for book 5)
5: WET FOR HER WARRIORS (Kellan, Tait, and Lani)
6: HOT FOR HIS HOSTAGE (Shay and Zoe)
7: A WILDER KIND OF LOVE (Dan and Tess)
8: MASTERED BY THE MAVERICKS (Rhett, Rebel, and Brynn)
9: WILD CARD (Sam and Jenny)
10: READY FOR HIS RULE (John and Tracy)

Are you ready?
Angel Payne's alpha military heroes, the WILD Boys of Special Forces, have swept away readers across the globe with their fierce passion and suspenseful adventures. The warriors of the First Special Forces Group come together in one final book, featuring the Dominant team leader everyone's been waiting for...

Captain John Franzen.

Inside the lines...
It's the definition of life for Tracy Rhodes, and she has no choice about that. Lines--lots of them--are what happens when one is sworn in as second-in-command of the free world.
But the lines are crushed beneath the boots of Captain John Franzen, assigned as a special advisor to her security team for a high-profile event in Vegas. The towering warrior with the haunted stare shatters her composure, invades her libido, and makes her yearn for things she shouldn't. Sweaty, illicit things...with her body pinned beneath his...

Outside the boundaries...
John Franzen, six and a half feet of rigid composure on the outside, is a lost man on the inside. Why the hell is he even alive? A guy isn't supposed to survive eleven years in Special Forces, especially after the crazy missions he's been assigned. Accepting the security gig in Vegas is just a favor to a friend--a way to fill time that's become too damn empty lately.
Until the cushy "babysitting job" becomes the most treacherous mission of his life--and the politician he's protecting becomes the woman in his bed. The lover beneath his bonds...

The submissive he longs to claim forever.

Breaking all the rules...
She's destined for marble halls and an oval office.
He's wired for dirt and violence.
Will her passion be enough to tame his demons...to claim the ultimate wild boy as her own?

352 pages, Kindle Edition

Published March 28, 2017

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Angel Payne

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Writerly sort, with angst + kissing + other stuff.
USAT Bestseller.
Pop Culture Geek.
Passionate Traveler.
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SoCal Girl.
Love is the best super power.

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Books & their fun facts:

Blood of Zeus Series: Modern mythology, Dante-type hell dives, Professor/student, star-crossed love, fish out of water--and Brock O'Hurn covers!

Farther Than Forever: Immortal rock stars, romantic suspense, glam world travels.

Shark's Edge (Books 1-6): Glam family saga, romantic suspense, billionaires and their secrets, workplace shenanigans.

The Bolt Saga: Tony Stark meets Christian Grey. Super-powered hero meets sassy heroine for electric attraction. Bad guys follow. Body count rises. More "electric" fun.

Honor Bound: Military Doms and their headstrong heroines in romantic adventures across the globe.

The Cimarron Saga: Dark & brooding royal heroes on a Mediterranean island that's been sealed off from the world for 150 years.

Temptation Court: Cimarron spinoff set in modern-day New York. Yep; another dark & brooding hero too.

Secrets of Stone: Sweeping family saga with emotional twists and turns. And maybe a few "kissing parts". And maybe a little more than that...

Misadventures with a Time Traveler/Misadventures with a Duke: Time-traveling brothers in modern-day settings, meeting their destined loves.

Suited for Sin: High heat alphas who know how to knot more than a tie.

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Profile Image for Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic.
2,565 reviews1,249 followers
December 10, 2018
Sex. Politics. Corruption. Conspiracies. Mass murder. Have I caught your attention yet?

Tracy was many things... Widow. Mother. Vice President of the United States and future leader of the free world... or what was left of it anyway. John's resumé was nothing to sneeze at either - Former soldier. Honorable man. Newly hired muscle to protect the VP at all costs. Oh and he was one gorgeous AF Dominant.

It takes just one moment to throw the world into chaos and to change everything you used to know. Tracy's life was in more danger than ever and John was willing to do whatever it took to protect her and her son from harm. I think he was halfway hoping to protect his heart in the process.

Nice try there, John. This story was a journey of intrigue and sexual awakening, at least for Tracy. There was nothing hotter than John in crisis mode except for maybe whenever he spent intimate time with her. Watching these two fall in love amidst the dangers that surrounded them simply added another layer of dimension to this book, giving me a much needed break from the drama. I loved every interaction they shared, especially when Tracy got all sassy.

These characters were not only beautiful together, they were also erotically satisfying in so many good and sexy ways. Angel Payne created an entertaining story with people I couldn't help but be invested in, rooting for their happy ending right from the start.

Release: December 11, 2018
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat: 4
Standalone - Honor Bound #10

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Profile Image for Linda Dunn.
1,009 reviews24 followers
December 1, 2018
The Dragon and his Kitten...

This is the 10th book of Angel Payne's Honor Bound Series, Ruled. She definitely saved the best for last. Give me a story with a Special Forces Alpha man, a woman that is fiery and kickass and you have caught me hook line and sinker. Captain John Franzen, all 6 and a half feet of gorgeousness literally walks into a room and all the women lose their breath by his mere presence. Tracy Rhodes experienced this first hand. A strong powerful woman, Second in Command to one of the most supreme nations in the world, turns into a speechless, tongue-tied teenager when Franzen invades her world and yanks her heart out of her chest.

Captain Franzen was asked to do a favor by protecting the Vice President, but he did not count on Tracy rocking his world. All his BDSM desires rushed to the surface by just the touch of her hand. All he wants to do is tame this sassy kitten to be his submissive and to conquer and rule over her. The mission he signed up for takes a different turn when John and Tracy experience first hand that lines have been blurred and there are enemies everywhere. Tracy faces insecurities she has never had to before. She juggles many emotional balls of being a mother and a leader, but also a woman with needs and desires that Franzen fulfills 100%. Franzen has insecurities of his own that he has pushed so far down, he is not sure he can bring them back to the surface.

As the bonds of evil forces get tighter, Tracy and Franzen need to dig deep to make live altering decisions that affect her family, their relationship and the outcome the country.
Profile Image for Erin Lewis.
4,450 reviews139 followers
December 10, 2018
5 Star review of Ruled (Honor Bound # 10) by Angel Payne
I have been waiting for John Franzen’s story since this series began and Ruled was so worth the wait. From the first to the last chapter I was captivated by his story and found myself reading well into the night; so much so that I went to work exhausted.
This is only the second author where I have read about a Dom/Submissive relationship based in the political arena and I was interested to see how this story would work.
Have you ever wanted to read a book so badly but dreaded diving in because you knew after it was finished that that would be it? That is the position I found myself in with Ruled. This has been one of my top series of all time from Angel Payne and she certainly has ended this series with one heck of a book.
Ms. Payne has assembled a cast of characters that will stay with you for a long time. I knew going in that it would take a powerfully strong, independent and yet vulnerable woman to capture and keep John’s attention. After all he was the commanding office of the WILD boys and he has always led by example. Frustrated and with plenty of time on his hands, he agrees to a favour for a friend, little knowing that it will change his life completely. Tracy Rhodes’s is just the woman, Vice President of the Unites States, a mother to a teenage son. she is a woman of power and yet underneath it all she is a woman who longs to submit. The attraction between Tracy and her bodyguard John is off the charts, not to mention forbidden and dangerous for them both.
When danger rears it’s ugly head with John be able to save the woman he has come to care for so deeply or with the unthinkable occur?
I believe Angel Payne has truly saved the best for last and Ruled has jumped into my number 1 in this series and that is saying something. I have loved each and every story she has written. I adore the romantic suspense genre, throw in BDSM and I am in heaven.
Congratulations Ms.Payne you have a winner on your hands.
Profile Image for Corinne Akers.
900 reviews6 followers
December 14, 2018
John Frazen has always been the leader of a group of special ops military men. When that title is stripped from him and he is no longer special ops he struggles to find purpose. Enter Tracey the newly appointed Vice President of the Untied States. She’s in Las Vegas to give a speech and because one of the special ops guys assigned to protect her gets called away, John Frazen is called in to protect her! When terrorists attack the hotel and convention center she’s speaking at, their group is forced into hiding!! What entails is a story of danger, suspense, heartache and love!! Angel has really gone above and beyond with this book!! It’s the best of the entire series so far - and that’s saying a lot as every book so far has been amazing!! You’ve got to read this book!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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1,898 reviews517 followers
December 12, 2020
Are you seeking a political thriller that is also romance and is super hot and spicy? Well, that's oddly specific BUT YOU FOUND IT!

Ruled by Angel Payne is a delightful thrill ride with lots of sex, a bountiful amount of politics and enough angst to blow up a high school. Seriously, it's kinda amazing how much was fit into this book!

Tracy Rhodes is the Vice President/second in command. She's got a pretty powerful position and she's one strong woman! Then walks in one hunk of a man and within a blink of an eye the two are totally hot for each other. Seriously, the sexy vibes go WAY up the minute they start talking. It's quite the sight. John Franzen is the man we are talking about, and he just takes the cake for his rough and tough demeanour.

This story is entertaining and mighty smutty. I feel like I needed to read some of the past books to understand this one though. I felt very confused on what was going on. It's still a great book though!

Two out of five stars - solely because I needed to read the prior books and I seem to be veering away from this genre? The book is great, but not for me.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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766 reviews346 followers
December 2, 2018
Yet again, Angel Payne proves to me she cannot write a bad story. The author is flawless. Honest. She cannot write a bad book in my opinion, and Ruled was no exception.

Angel is known for her HOT, kindle melting, intense romances and this was no different.
I’ll admit I was late to the party when it came to the Honor Bound series. It was a series that I kept saying I would start next, but would end up reading something else. I fully regret waiting. Like really really regret it! I don’t know what took me so long to start this series! I’m now a complete sucker for a good, hot and kinky military/action story and Angel Payne specialises in them with this series!

Ruled is book 10 in the Honor Bound series, and has now become my favourite. It’s not a short read, and it’s not a light read. It’s intense and it consumes you from page one in all the right way. It’s kinky as hell, anyone that knows me, knows how much I like my kinky reads. But it’s not just about sex. She brings more to a story. She throws you into a plot with so many twists and turns that it’ll have your heart pounding, your body squirming, and your mind totally captivated.

Book 10, well damn. How do I put this in to words?

Action packed.

Those are just a couple of words on how to describe this book.

John? Hot, intense, alpha dom that worked for the First Special Forces, but now is back on home ground and trying to live a somewhat normal life and his assessment now is to look after the biggest politicians in the country, VP Tracy Rhodes. Seems easy right? WRONG! Never in his life did he expect to want this woman. A submissive that his dominant side wanted nothing more than to bring to her knee before him.

Tracy? She’s a delight. Strong, independent, and worldly. But behind the mask she wears for the world, is a woman craving the touch of a dominant man. So when John comes waltzing into her life. It’s the beginning of an insanely intense and all consuming love story.

This book had it all. Humour, action, steam, passion, suspense, thrill.. and there were a few moments in the book that I found myself with silent tears running down my cheeks.

Will Tracy be able to tame this Wild boy? Will she capture his heart? Will he be what Tracy has been longing for?

I guess you’ll have to read to find out!

Absolutely loved this book and reading Johns story. I highly recommend this book!

It’s a 5 Star from me!!
Profile Image for April Symes.
5,009 reviews411 followers
March 28, 2017
Angel Payne has done it again!! Wild Boys are back and just as good, oh so good! She has written another winner in the Wild Boys series and when I heard another Wild boys book was coming out, I did a extreme happy dance.

Ready For His Rule (The WILD Boys of Special Forces Book 10) is as fresh as if this was book 1 and has all the action , suspense, romance and mystery that I have come to expect in the Wild Boys books. In book 10, we have Tracy Rhodes as the second-in-command and she is just under a lot of stress. Her life isn't hers yet this is what she has responsibilities and knows she just has to suck it up and do it. To be a woman cant happen due to the way her life is right now yet suddenly when danger suddenly looms in her life , it takes one handsome Dom to show her she can be a woman -oh yes, she can like it and love being a woman.

John Franzen was a Captain in the First Special Forces Group. He took on a favor for a friend to look over and protect one of the highest ranking politicians in the country, Tracy Rhodes . What he thought would be an easy peasy assignment turned into a life changing moment - This Dom meets a submissive who longs to break free and he wants to be that DOM who gives her what she deserves. Will she be the woman who can calm the storms that rage underneath his surface ? Will she be the woman who can settle him down and give him peace? Will she be the woman who can make him only her Wild"Boy" ?

OMG I can only tell you, I needed a long , cold drink and some place to cool my passions after reading another Wild Boys book. It was awesome and Angel Payne knows how to get the BDSM kinks written tastefully and beautifully but with some dirty to it. Oh kudos to her for a job well done!! You will rage, you will cry, you will be full of heat and in the end, you will be happy for the couple in this book. It is wonderfully fabulous!! I need more WILD BOYS.

My rating: 4.7 stars ****
"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Profile Image for April Symes.
5,009 reviews411 followers
December 15, 2018
Angel Payne has done it again!! Those Honor Bound boys are back and its so good, oh so good! She has written another winner in the Honor Bound series and when I heard another HB book was coming out, I did my extreme happy dance.
Ready For His Rule (Honor Bound Book 10) is as fresh as if this was book 1 and has all the action adventure, suspense, angst, twists, turns, mystery , passion romance and sizzling heat that I have come to expect in the Honor Bound stories. In book 10, Tracy Rhodes is the second-in-command and she is under a lot of stress. Her life isn't hers yet; she has responsibilities and just has to suck it up and do it. To be a woman with the type of job she has and let loose cant happen in her life just right now yet suddenly danger looms in her life , it takes one handsome Dom to show her she can be a woman -oh yes, suddenly being a woman has quite an upside all thanks to John Franzen.
John Franzen was a Captain in the First Special Forces Group. He took on a favor for a friend to look over and protect one of the highest ranking politicians in the country, Tracy Rhodes . What he thought would be an easy peasy assignment turned into a life changing moment - This Dom meets a submissive longing to break free and he wants to be that Dom to give her what she longs for and deserves.
Will she be the woman who can calm the storms that rage underneath his surface ? Will she be the woman who can settle him down and give him peace? Or is theirs just an honour bound commitment, that will be broken once the danger is over? This story will keep you glued from start to finish. This is a fantastic addition to the Honor Bound series.

My Rating: 4.7 stars *****
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9,530 reviews64 followers
December 13, 2018
Tracy has her hands full as she finds herself a single mother to her son since the death of her husband and the newly appointed Vice President. When one of her security detail is called away as a favor John agrees to step in and replace him.

John was a Captain of the Special Forces and is a mountain of a man who commands attention and respect wherever he goes. It was supposed to be a simple assignment of providing security during her speech but when the location is attacked the adventure begins.

She may present as strong and confident but her true nature is that of a sub and it calls to the Dom in John. The chemistry between them is electric but will they be able to escape with their lives.

These two are perfect for each other. John allows her a break from the demanding stressful job she finds herself in and she is the one person who makes him feel at peace. Full of heat, twists and suspense this is a story you won’t be able to put down. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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3,772 reviews151 followers
November 27, 2018
When the free world is under attack and the VP is all that America has left, keeping her alive is the one job John Franzen needs to do. But Tracy, being the VP and a single mom does not go into hiding without putting up her own fight. But when sparks fly and passion ignites will the two continue to fight with each other in a power struggle or give into finding love in the wrong place at the wrong time? This book had me on the edge of my seat from the first few pages and I could not put it down until it was complete. Angel Payne has a way of making the reader feel like they are walking though danger with the characters and are feeling the same angst and horror through out the storyline. This is one of the best series I have had the pleasure to read and cannot wait for more!!
Profile Image for Tiffany {Beyond the Stars}.
205 reviews54 followers
December 12, 2018
The men of Honor Bound always leave me wanting more, and I'm happy to say that Angel signed on for two more books in the series!

I'm so glad we finally got Franzen's story! And equally as glad that he met Tracy. This story is such a suspenseful, dramatic addition to the series, and I loved every minute of it.

The ROMANCE in Ruled is unlike any of the others. It's as unique as the characters and I found it really helped me understand the BDSM dynamic.

If you are late to the Angel Payne train, it's not too late to hop on! Start with the Honor Bound series today!
Profile Image for Angela.
268 reviews8 followers
December 7, 2018
John Franzen and Tracy Rhodes

You've seen bits and pieces of, Franzen throughout the entire series, and finally, he gets his own book. And Angel, saved the best for last.
In Ruled, the 10th book in the Honor Bound Series, you get an over abundance of emotions thrown your way. Anger, sadness and lots and lots of heat, to keep you turning the pages to see what happens next.
As I've said from Saved to now, Ruled, this is a series you don't want to miss reading. Kudos, Angel Payne, in writing such a fabulous series.
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8,184 reviews16 followers
December 10, 2018
Ruled by Angel Payne is book 10 in the Honor Bound Series. This is the story of John ‘Dragon’ Franzen and Tracy Rhodes. This can be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Tracy is the Vice President in need of a security detail. Tracy is a widower with a teenage son named Luke. John is a former Captain in the First Special Forces Group. When John's friend asked him to do a security job for him, he goes forward to do so. After meeting Tracy, he knows this will be a much harder job with the feelings she is bring out.
With Ms. Payne's writing you get excitement and some hot scene!

Profile Image for Debbie Watson.
349 reviews
March 29, 2017
Franzen is my favorite Wild Boy!Absolutely loved this book! Angel Payne definitely delivered. Was sad to see this series end, but talk about going our with a bang! Franzen and Tracy's story tugged at my heartstrings and also had me laughing in spots. If you've never read this series you're definitely missing out.
Profile Image for Debbie Watson.
349 reviews
December 11, 2018
Franzen is my favorite Wild Boy!Absolutely loved this book! Angel Payne definitely delivered. Was sad to see this series end, but talk about going our with a bang! Franzen and Tracy's story tugged at my heartstrings and also had me laughing in spots. If you've never read this series you're definitely missing out
December 15, 2018
Again I'm up really late because of Angel and her books! So worth it. Love John and Tracy's story. The most emotional book of the series.
I'm so in love with those WILD Boys. Thank you for them
Profile Image for Johan Bastiaanssen.
122 reviews7 followers
April 15, 2018
A book that reminds me of Lexi Blake's Masters & Mercenary series, with strong Alpha Hero's that own a private BDSM club, but outside the dungeon take part in worldwide intrigue and covert operations. John Franzen is rushed in at the last minute to provide additional protection for Tracy Rhodes, newly appointed vice president of the USA when she visits Las Vegas. How do you find a balance when he is a bodyguard and a Dom, and she is sexually submissive, but also in line for the presidency. As usual in these cases, the woman needs to convince the man that they can make it work. You may enjoy this story if you are not scared of a barrage of metaphors and exalted statements that are meant to convey feelings and emotions, but to me, very much distracted from the story.
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269 reviews62 followers
December 10, 2018
It took me a while to get into this story. I liked the storyline in general, but not loved it. The last third of the book I really loved, but up until then I had to push myself to keep reading. I can't really point to any particular problem, it just wasn't doing it for me.
Profile Image for Ceej Chargualaf.
227 reviews7 followers
December 11, 2018
(You know it's the mark of an amazing author when you struggle to write a decent review without spoilers.)

Ruled (formerly Ready for His Rule) by the unparalleled Angel Payne is a story that blew my mind, making it another 5+ star read!! This story had me from the very first sentence! Angel just has this way of bringing sizzlingly HOT action movies into my head with her Honor Bound Men!

Tracy Rhodes is a woman with immense responsibility constantly pressing down on her. As the second-in-command of the free world, her life is no longer her own. She’s never free to be the woman she had always known, much less the woman she had no idea she really was. Who knew it’d take heart-stopping danger and six and a half feet of a Dominant to show her? The words that come to mind that describe her are grace, poise, beauty, feisty, and strength. Especially strength. A woman who can bring John Franzen to his knees is one with incredible inner strength. I mean, can you imagine John Franzen with a weak woman? Hell no!

John Franzen was the Captain in the First Special Forces Group. Six and a half feet of muscle and command. As a favor to a friend, he took a job protecting one of the highest-ranking politicians in the country. Little did he know that the job he thought of as “babysitting” would turn his life around. John Franzen, I will now always think of him with his actual first name (don’t know it? Gotta read it!), just blew Zeke out of the top Honor Bound hunk spot for me. John Franzen…holy hotness. Maybe he calls to the island girl in me, but I love him. I need one like him. Give me a moment to wipe the drool off my chin… Okay. Need to focus. He’s a Captain for the Special Forces. Can you imagine the horrors he has witnessed and how it affects him? As a former Army brat that knows many members of the military, I’ve seen that the composure these men must maintain is hard won. It’s the same for Franzen. I would keep going, but I don’t want to spoil it. You need to see for yourselves. What I enjoyed about him, amongst many things, is his eclectic tastes in escape. What he found with Tracy was a thing of pure beauty. It’s something many of us search for and never find. Tracy needs to give me Franzen. Really.

Ready For His Rule took me from smirking to glee to holy $#!% to sighing to more glee to the need for a cold shower to “oh no she didn’t!” to tears of happiness. Another rollercoaster for me from the amazing Angel Payne! Also, she brought a little bit of comfort for me in Franzen. Being so far away from home, this was the balm I needed. Thank you, Angel, for this astonishingly stunning adventure!
127 reviews10 followers
December 12, 2018
Keoni John Franzen, the CO of our Honor Bound Boys, finally gets his story and we get to know this enigma - and it is so worth the wait! John is absolutely mesmerizing; his depth of character, his dominance, his heart, his soul - it all adds up to why this ‘dragon’ is the leader of this group of Alpha men, who love with everything they are. Add in Tracy Rhodes, Madame Vice-President and John’s ‘Tigress’, his ‘kitten’, and the true Master is revealed and declared by this sassy, smart and strong woman.

This series is about heroes who are Alpha to their core, but they are so much more; they are strong in their integrity, profound in their loyalty (to country and each other), and absolute in their love and passion for their women and submissives.
And speaking of the women - they are made of such strength of spirit, poise, no-nonsense attitude, but deep abiding love for their men.

Only Angel Payne can bring us these intense, amazing, awe-inspiring, inspirational characters. Only Angel can tell these stories with twists, turns, ups, downs, life-altering moments, and unconditional love that brings these wonderful people together. Only Angel can weave D/s into her plots with such grace and beauty, but with all kinds of HEAT and OMG moments!

I am always guaranteed Angel Payne will not let me down with any new books she composes - she is truly a first-class writer and this series is a thrilling, imaginative, passionate ride where Angel let her muses fly, her imagination intensify, her kink soar and her genius rule!

Thank you Angel for the Honor Bound books! You are blessed with a unique and rare talent that you share with us, the readers, and we are privileged that you let us read your beautifully written words.
August 16, 2019
John Franzen is my absolute favourite

Ever since Angel Payne first began writing about her WILD boys and then her HONOR BOUND men, I have been waiting to read about the mysterious John Franzen. I knew his story would be one that would keep me entranced and hooked on every word. Angel did not let me down. Ruled is magnificent and my absolute favourite of the series.

John Franzen is the C.O. of the WILD boys, he leads by example and expects his men to follow without question. He is one tough, strong and very dominating alpha male. Struggling with too much time on his hands, resulting from a mission that went wrong, he agrees to help a friend out doing some protective security work. A favour that will lead to his entire world being turned upside down.

Tracey Rhodes, Vice President of the USA and single mum to a teenage son, Luke, is a strong independent woman who has a sassy sexy side to her that just needs a little nudging to make an appearance. She has a vulnerability about her, a submissive nature that is just begging for the right man to dominate and show her what she is missing in her life. A trip to Las Vegas will change her life forever.

Angel has written a superb story regarding personal discoveries. Ones which must contend with assassinations, terrorists, betrayals, danger and heartache. John and Tracey's story sizzles from the minute their eyes meet and only proceeds to get hotter and hotter. There are numerous twists and turns throughout that will have you literally sitting on the edge of your seat. Join them and all the WILD boys in this adventure that will have your heart pounding.

This book had everything and one that I highly recommend be read.

Read and Reviewed for Reading Is Our Satisfaction.
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1,897 reviews11 followers
December 16, 2018
This book “ruled” my heart from the get go and kept it until the end. Sometimes in life we wind up in places where we never thought we would. Tracy and her son are thrust into the wonderful/challenging world of politics with the dream of doing the best that she can for her constituents and the population as the appointed Vice President of the United States. John, aka Dragon, is a former member of a special operations team that is called in for protection duty when a member of Tracy’s regular detail is needed elsewhere. Each one has their trials and tribulations from their respective pasts but as the world blows up, they are forced to fight the unexpected and discover the traitor in their midst. Adding fuel to the already burning situation is the intense chemistry between Tracy and John. However, Tracy is a mother to her son first and foremost while John has some inner battles that need to be dealt with and obliterated. Can they both put aside their inner musings and do what needs to be done? Like the other books in the series, this one can be read as a standalone. It is filled with drama and penned with intensely vivid descriptions that have one falling back to the adage: keep your friends close but your enemies closer, with a slight twist….as if to say what if they are one and the same? This is one book, I highly recommend and look forward to the next book in this series.
I volunteered to read an advance copy of this book.
161 reviews2 followers
December 5, 2018
John Franzen has always been the leader of a group of special ops military men and we have seen him in every book of the series so far. He is always ready, willing and able to help his men and the women they fell for in any way they need him to. After a particularly tough mission that title is taken from him and he is floundering a little with what to do with his life. When one of his men needs a favor John jumps at the chance to help. He had no idea that what was supposed to be a small security job for the new VP would turn FUBAR so quickly. They are forced to go into hiding and Tracy (the new VP and single mom) has some very strong opinions about the whole situation. While trying to figure out who attacked all the leaders of the free world and keep her safe John also tries to fight the attraction that started the moment they shook hands. There are many twists and turns and the suspense this series is known for as well as some HOT moments between John and Tracy as he helps her find her inner submissive and they give in to the attraction. I am sad to see the series end but what an ending it was.
December 8, 2018
Ruled is the 10th book in the Honor Bound Series. Each book can be read as standalones.

This is Tracy Livia Rhodes (Vice President of the Free World) and Captain John Keoni Franzen’s story. Even Vice Presidents have a sex life.

For some reason, I didn’t get that this could be a political romance and it really wasn’t but, it bordered on it, given that Tracy Rhodes was a VP. It gave me trepidations when I started reading it because that isn’t the usual type of book that I love or even like. Well, let me tell you I enjoyed the H…. out of this book!

Oh and this story was Hot, Hawt, Hot! I had a LOL moment after reading that he was learning the secrets of her back grotto. So there is some back door play in this book.

John Frazen is very much an Alpha in which I LOVE in my books. He knew how to dominate Tracy given that she is a VP and a very strong woman. But, is submissive to John most of the time. Unless she has to go into Tigress or mom mode.

I enjoyed reading John and Tracy’s story. There is an HEA which I always love and I can’t wait to read Angel Payne’s next book. 4.5 stars
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617 reviews8 followers
December 11, 2018
This story is one I waited for with an impatient heart. I longed to get inside the man that we have known for so long in the Honor Bound series. John Franzen or "Dragon" has been the gentle giant of the group of Special Ops. Franzen, the burly islander who traded his surf board for a pair of fatigues and a weapon eleven years ago, now finds himself protecting the second in command of the US government. This assignment proves to be more than just regulation security detail especially when the second in command wears kitten heels and an intoxicating scent that calls to his dominate side.
Tracy Rhodes carries more responsibility now than she ever imagined. Yes, she is the Vice President, but first and foremost she is Luke's mom. They both lost everything once and she'll do whatever it takes to protect her son. When a simple change of plans finds the brigade running from an explosion the security detail takes on a new meaning. John and Tracy cannot deny the fuse that is lit when they touch for the first time, or the blast of fireworks that erupts when the both let go of the pain.
All I could imagine was The Rock as John and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Tracy~just a magical story!!
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619 reviews4 followers
December 11, 2018
Holy freakin' smokes!! Way to save the best for last! Ruled is the 10th book of the Honor Bound Series and boy was it a scorching hot read! Give me a man in a uniform, who is alpha and demanding to boot and I will swoon! Captain John Franzen is one swoon worthy man!

John meets Tracy when he is asked to do a favor by protecting the Vice President! He does not count on Tracy winding up being a major part of shaking his world up though. He signs up for one thing and winds up going a completely different path once their lines have been blurred together. They both realize enemies are everywhere. Each has insecurities and issues they need to get past, but they are stronger together and can conquer anything thrown their way.

This book was so so good! I couldn't stop turning those pages and I even found myself skipping major sentences with key facts to find out faster what was going to happen next. Just a tip, read it all don't be a skipper like me, because I had to reread sections after I realized I had missed key things I needed to know! Angel Payne never disappoints! Another 5 star read by this goddess!
1,798 reviews12 followers
December 13, 2018
Action-packed, seriously hot and fantastic! This one starts out with a bang (well, several bangs) and then goes ballistic. As the POTUS in waiting Tracy is on the run with her posse, her son and a group of badass Secret Service agents after a nefarious foe changes the world forever. The agent in charge is new to the group and former Special Ops with a big ole Alpha streak. John is tasked with taking the group off the grid and he's the one experienced with going dark along with a few friends. John and Tracy have an instant steamy connection and John is itching to get his hands on Tracy especially when she disobeys his instructions. Tracy is used to being in charge as VP but it doesn't take long for her to realize that John not going to put up with her disobedience. Whew, he's hot when he goes full on Dominant and makes her obey. These two sizzle as John teaches her a few lessons in submission. Hot, hot, hot! Spectacular storytelling, fabulous characters, steamy romance and a terrific political thriller makes this a must read. It's full of danger, suspense, adventure, mystery and really hot sex. My favorite of the series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
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1,657 reviews
December 9, 2018
The highest profile story yet. The Dragon and the Tigress. John's mission is to protect the asset. Tracy's mission is to protect her son and save the world. Who will come out the victor and does it really matter? When Keoni John Franzen is asked to help guard and protect the second highest in command of the country, he never expected her eyes to "see" him nor did he expect the feelings that she evoked.

Tracy, a widowed working mom with high authority, never thought that she would ever love again. Caught up in a whirlwind not of their making, Tracy and John are caught in their own vortex as John brings her into the Dom/Sub dynamic he loves and thusly they find more than gratification, they find love and trust.

"She sees my scars but believes in my perfection. She knows my violence but calls it passion. she peers into my darkness and doesn't try to change it or heal it - but because she dives ito it with me, she changes it. She has changed it." ~ John
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1,019 reviews6 followers
December 11, 2018
RULED By Angel Payne
This is the 10th book in the Honor Bound Series. I think this is one of the very best of Angel's series. Ruled can be read as a stand alone. This is the story of Keoni John Franzen, who is the former covert special forces commander (side note, John is my personal favorite) and Tracy Rhodes, who is Vice President of the USA, as well as single mom of teenaged Luke. They meet when John is asked to provide protection for Tracy during a speech in Las Vegas. Things swiftly go awry when the building Tracy is booked in blows up. What starts as a simple protection gig ends up as so very much more. They are drawn together from the start.
The story has amazing hot intense chemistry, BDSM, a solid story line, and very well developed characters. It is always great in my opinion when people from past stories come back to work together. We have several guys from the Honor Series come to help John keep them safe. This is another 5+ star book from Angel Payne
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1,009 reviews8 followers
December 11, 2018
Ruled is the tenth book in the Honour Bound series. Tracy Rhodes is the Vice President, in Las Vegas to give a speech when a series of lethal attacks wipes out most of the world’s top leaders including the President leaving Tracy as Leader of the Free World albeit in secret as, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, she also fell victim to the international conspiracy raging across the world. John Franzen is the ex-special forces operative, who after doing a favour for a friend and stepping in to help provide security cover for the Vice President, now finds himself tasked with keeping her safe until she can assume her rightful role in Washington.

I wanted to love this book. I’ve loved the glimpses of John Franzen that we’ve had in the previous books in the series but for some reason, in this book, I discovered I don’t actually like him very much. The intimate scenes were explosive, as we’ve come to expect from this author but I just didn’t feel any connection between him and Tracy that made me care what happened to them. I really enjoyed the plot of the book and also catching up with some old faces – only Sam could get away with “Do ya have a brain to claim in that thick skull, ya hormonal numpty?” And yes, I did read that in a Scottish accent - but I eventually found myself skimming over the parts where it was just the two main characters. All in all, it’s not one of favourite books by this author.
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