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Bound by Secrets

(Cauld Ane #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  114 reviews
18+ for language and sexual situations...

Brodie Gunnach has endured a horrific childhood, along with his brothers and sister within the Cauld Ane royal family. When he meets his mate, he is alarmed to learn she is only fourteen and they cannot be bound for another eleven years. He makes a heart-wrenching decision to leave in an effort to save them both from years of
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published September 1st 2017 (first published September 2nd 2013)
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 Leo (Queen of the Rants)
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Oct 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
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FREE on Amazon U.S. & on iBooks today (10/6/2019)! ...more
Lover of Romance
Brodie Gunnach, had a horrible childhood, and still suffers from the scars from that time. He is a member of the royal family; he enjoys his seclusion, and escaping his guards. But when he finds his mate, he is elated, until he learns that she is only fourteen years old and he will have to wait ten years before he will be able to claim her. The bond he feels for her is intense, and decides to withdraw from her, but still keeps in contact. Payton, has been in love with Brodie for years, but she ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this as a box set with Bound by Blood and Bound by Fire. The premise is great and enjoyed them to an extent and understand they are deliberately not explicit and though I do not deliberately go for 'clean' books I do enjoy innocent romanticism on occasion though my preferred styles include Cherise Sinclair, J.R. Ward, Tina Folsom,Bella Andre and the ultimate romantic writer Jane Austen. I have to admit in these books found myself concerned by the fact that making love is not described at ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book could be great with serious editing

First off, this book is not a stand alone story, so part of my dislike was I picked it up as a free book offer and started in the middle. That's on me.

However, the book just.... makes little to no sense. There are major gaps in the story telling, background, and character development. Severe enough that it feels disjointed, random, and all around disappointing. What did the editor think letting this go to print?

The author has some fun ideas that a
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
I'd like to give this one 2 stars (for effort), but I just can't. At the time of this review, its rating is 4.42 stars out of 706 reviews. WTF?

It's pretty awful, for too many reasons to count, but I'll list a few:
There are 93 instances of some form of "giggle," (the book is only about 300 pages) mostly pertaining to the nauseatingly saccharine h.
She's an unbelievable prude before she "bonds" with her mate, which can't happen until she's 25. Or was it 24? Who cares?
Then she unexplainedly morphs
Brenda .
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very very very boring. I feel like this is an old married couple, everything seemed very very predictable. I am glad that I didn't pay for this. Uggg read these kind of books for a hot book boyfriend not old married life.
Toni Pearson
Got it free on Book Bub, wasn't a bad read. It's crazy out of order, but you get the gist ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It wasn't bad, but it's one of those books that made me tedious to finish ... I don't think I'll continue the series
Carrie Lahain
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-effort
BOUND BY SECRETS is the third book in Tracey Jane Jackson's CAULD ANE paranormal romance series. This installment explores the relationship of Payton McFadden and Cauld Ane royal Brodie Gunnach. Payton is only fourteen when Brodie discovers that she's his soul's match. Though she has strong feelings for him from the beginning, she can't be completely certain about the bonding until she reaches Caulde Ane maturity at age twenty four. Followers of the series will have met the couple about a year ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. When reading the original version of this series, this was the book I was most excited for. I loved Brodie and Payton from earlier books and was really interested in the premise of their story. I thought the whole concept of them meeting prior to Payton's 25th birthday and "coming of age" to be such an interesting twist. As a result, I had pretty high expectations for this book and was a little let down when it wasn't as amazing a I had hoped. That's not to say it's bad--not at all-- I ...more
I was really excited about Payton and Brodie's story because I had read so much about them in earlier books. Suffice to say I was a bit disappointed. The story seemed weak (the characters were already in love with each other even though in earlier books there was conflict between them) and the danger seemed minimal. The family secrets of "who's parent slept with who?" has left me completely confused about the hierarchy of the Gunnach family. Also if you had not read Bound by Blood, you probably ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this story, I love the characters, but I felt lost in this book several times. There were a couple of editing issues, but not enough to distract from the story. I love how romantic and clean these books are. Every intimate scene is behind closed doors, and after they are married. This book felt disconnected to me, like we were hearing the story in a condensed version. Like it was a recap or something. The first half of the book was very vague and lacked details. I didn't feel the building ...more
This is a nice continuation of this series. I will admit, that I didn't look back at the other books before I began; and it took me nearly 50 pages to recall how everyone was connected. I had fun reading it, but I would warn those that haven't read the books before this, to wait to read this until they had. Payton and Brodie are almost too sweet and too in love but it works for me, And I feel all warm and fuzzy now. I'm still looking forward to more in this series. I really want to read Max's ...more
Elle Schroder
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Cauld Ane are a form of immortal Vikings, who moved from Iceland to Scotland in the 1400s. The core team that the stories revolve around (at least to start with) include siblings Kade, Connall, Brodie and Fiona, along Fiona's mate Angus and his sister Payton. Most of the Cauld Ane are hundreds of years old, with some of them having been born in Iceland in the 1400s, although Payton is only 14 at the start of the series. There is virtually no explanation as to why they differ from humans. ...more
Suzanne Radcliffe
Bound By Secrets is book 3 in the Cauld Ane series and is about Payton and Brodie. If you've read the first two books (highly recommended but not absolutely necessary), you've got some information about this couple. Brodie is one of the Gunnach brothers and when he senses who his mate is, he is shocked to learn that Payton is only fourteen years old. Though she will not know for sure who her mate is until she turns 25, Payton has been in love with Brodie since she met him.

Brodie cannot fathom
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third in the series and the stories just keep getting hotter. Brodie is the recluse of the brothers. He'd rather be shut in at his castle than just about anywhere. All that changes when Payton finally comes to her twenty-fifth birthday and all the questions about his fidelity and devotion are answered. There isn't anything that Brodie won't do for Payton, and that includes spending more time in the city and away from his sanctuary.
As the pages turn, we're seeing glimpses of information that
Trudy Dowling
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First the disclaimer--I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC of this book. There was no requirement to review, but I needed to tell everyone --GRAB THIS BOOK--IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!! This series just keeps getting better and better. I loved the clean version because the series was so unique, so exciting written under Tracey Jane Jackson. I didn't think it could get better, but I was wrong.

The author added just enough sex to let me know just how much love there was between Brodie and Payton. She added
Kim  Brewing
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shaking the family tree causes all the nuts to fall out....
I have been looking forward to Brodie and Payton's story since I read book one. Brodie has known since meeting Payton she was his mate. Unfortunately, she was only 14 at the time and would not know that he was her destined mate until she turned 25. He made a decision to go away for a few years as being close to her was a form of torture to our hero. He may have been away, but he worked from afar to care for Payton. Payton was really hurt
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yay for Brodie and Payton’s story!!! If you have read the first two in the series then you like me you are so excited for this book! I think that Brodie and Payton have so many obstacles in their path but most of their obstacles are a lot of misunderstandings and miscommunications. They not only have to work through these trials between each other but they also have to deal with the outside forces that do not want them to be together. I loved this book and I loved the way that Brodie and Payton ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bound by Secrets is an amazing story that continues on the Cauld And Series. It follows Brodie and Payton and it kept me reading the whole time. Payton is a character that you can relate to and is someone you would want for a friend. Payton doesn't want to trust Brodie because of this woman he refuses to discuss. On top of that there are secrets on top of secrets that these two characters face.
They have a lot they have to process if they are to be together. There also seems to be a lot of
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a great book. We once again get to visit with our beloved Cauld Ane characters. Except this time the story is told from Payton and Brody's POV. The beginning of their story is so heartbreaking. The wait they both had to endure, the insecurities Payton felt, the hopelessness Brody felt at times. It is all enough to make you truly hope for their happily ever after, sooner rather than later. Plus, we hear a lot more about both of their pasts, together and separately. Truths are revealed and ...more
Stacy McAskill
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like how these books interlink and the way the plot has been woven through all three books. I have been looking forward to getting my hands on Brodie and Payton’s story since they were introduced in the first book, and what a good story it is, we are took back to the first meeting between them and then given snipes of what has happened from then till the present time. From there we get to follow them as they become a couple, and the steam at times was so hot you will be fanning yourself.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as good as the first two, but with a few more answers as to who did what and why. There are quite a few (and surprising) twists and turns.

I loved Payton and Brodie. I felt for Brodie that he found his mate at such a young age. He then had to wait for 11 years for Payton to reach the right age before she would know, without a doubt, that Brodie was her mate. These two just clicked well.

But I really thought Brodie’s mom was a nasty piece of work, but I think Payton’s mom might
Mickie Troubetaris
I received an ARC for an honest review! Ive been anticipating this book because I have been very couriois what the back story is for Payton and Brodie.... well let me tell you it was epic! Don't want to give to much away but Brodie finds out who is mate is when she is vey young and he struggles with knowing he has to wait years for her! It's torturous for him so he must leave! Payton falls for Brodie very young when one night they spend talking and getting to know one another only for him to ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Am enjoying this series

Book three gives us the story of the last of the three brothers in the main family. It also ties up some storyline holes from previous books. Payton has been a favorite character of mine since the start so it was nice to finally get her HEA. Brodie is still a bit of a mystery though we get lots more back story on him. And once again, as part of that backstory something that appears to be hugely significant is thrown out and then never addressed further. The number of times
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a tangled web!

Having read the first two books of the Cauld Ane series, I think Brodie is my favourite of the Gunnach brothers. There’s a vulnerability to him that Kade and Connall don’t have. In this book, the family secrets come out and we discover why Brodie was treated differently from his brothers. And then there’s Payton, the girl Brodie has waited on for 11 years. She’s loved him from afar since she was 14 but she feels that he’s snubbed her more than once so she’s been on the
Shelly Blevins-Middleton
So I have have the pleasure of reading Bound by Secrets. This book is number 3 in the Cauld Ane Series. In this book we get Brodie and Peyton love story. Brodie has know for a very long time Peyton was meant to be his mate. Peyton was not sure however that Brodie was the one. Peyton is very young when they meet for the first time, torn Brodie does the only thing he thinks he can at the time and leaves Peyton behind. Peyton is hurt by his actions. Brodie has to make things right with his mate and ...more
Clarie Giselle Mercado
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Elise Hargreaves
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better!

Out of the Gunnach brothers, Brodie has to be my favourite - he is such a softie at heart! I loved how we got to see Brodie and Payton's first meeting and then snippets of their story from years before and then we are brought to the present time. I really like how all of these Cauld Ane stories are interwoven and there were many things that came to light in this book regarding Brodie as well. This was a wonderful addition to the series so far and I just
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