Bound (Bound Brothers #1) by Samantha Wilde


Blurb: One of the most dangerous men in the country just became her only ally.


Investigative journalist Lexi Ivanov needs one thing to crack the most important case of her career: the top-secret ledger belonging to Lionsgate Kinship—the organization that murdered her family. And it’s in the possession of Nash Holmes, the elite brotherhood’s deadly enforcer. Fighting her attraction to the monster who helped take everything from her, she drugs Nash before their romp in the bedroom goes too far. And then, with the ledger in hand, she runs.


Having a woman drug and steal from him is the ultimate shame. Nash fell for the sexy seductress’s trick and now he has to pay the price. Asking for forgiveness from his adoptive father, who is also the brotherhood’s Grand Chancellor, is even more humiliating. But he’s given a mission that will allow him to redeem himself and stop the lying vixen from selling their secrets to the media: he must kill her.


Following Lexi’s twisted escape route, Nash finally locates her. Only he soon learns she has something much greater than what he’s after, and not just a smokin’ body—information so dark and deadly that he’s forced to investigate. If she’s telling the truth, everything he’s ever known has been a scam, and he’s aided the world’s most heinous criminals.


Review: This book started off with a bang. Literally. But also not literally. Read it, you'll understand the joke. But there's definitely no easing into the plot with Bound. Author Samantha Wilde just tosses you right into the action in the very best of ways.


This book is definitely a must-read for people who love their romantic suspense and want their books exciting from beginning to end with hardly a moment to breath. Lexi is on the run from the very first page and she doesn't--can't--slow down or she'll end up yet another victim in a long line of victims of the Brotherhood. She has a mission that all readers can understand: revenge for her family. And, though she may be in a position that 99.9% of readers have never been in, Wilde makes sure that she's relatable. She has the right combination of fire, bravery, and boldness to make her the perfect romantic suspense heroine. There were a couple times that I worried she was edging into too-stupid-to-live territory (i.e. that grave place where heroine's sometimes stray where they would prefer to making daring moves than safe ones, usually culminating in the hero having to rescue them from themselves), but overall I think she stayed just on the right side of the line, making understandable mistakes, but not outright ridiculous ones.


Nash was a great hero. I was worried he was going to be all alpha-hole the entire book, but he quickly morphed from is this hero really the bad guy to good guy in a bad situation. If you love your heroes to be full blown alphas who can still be brought to tears and panic at the idea of their woman being hurt, then he's perfect for you. And he's sexy as sin, so that helped. I am extra intrigued about his mysterious older brothers--one's a freaking assassin--and loved their appearances in the book as well.


The book was a little less sex than I expected (not less hot, just less legitimate sex on the page) but honestly that was a little refreshing because they were on the run from bad guys almost the entire time and sometimes I'm rolling my eyes wondering how they're fitting in so much nooky time when a bad guy with a gun could barge in at any time and catch them with their pants down. Still, the sparks between these two characters could set the pages on fire.


It's a human trafficking/secret organization plot, so if neither of those float your boat you might want to look elsewhere. But seriously, it was a really intense read with good plot, interesting characters, and spice. What more could you want?


Out now.