FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SIERRA CARTWRIGHT
Book one in The Donovan Dynasty series
No way will he have a marriage in name only…
Desperate to save her family’s fortune, Lara Bertrand turns to the only man who can save her—Connor Donovan, a devastatingly ruthless billionaire, and her father’s sworn enemy.
Connor has spent years trying to acquire the Bertrand business, and now the smart and seductive heiress is in his office, offering her pretty little self as a sacrifice, one he’ll accept. For a price. The business isn’t enough. He wants Lara as his wife.
Lara will do anything for her family. Until she realizes that wearing Connor’s wedding ring will give him erotic rights that leave her breathless. As she looks into his dark, determined eyes, she wonders if she can pay his price.
Outstanding Industry Reviews
This was an emotionally charged, highly sensual book with excellent characters and an intriguing plot. ~ BDSM Book Reviews
This was…AWESOME! ~ The TBR Pile
Bind was probably the best book I’ve read by Sierra Cartwright to date! ~ Ms Romantic Reads
Bind is a beautiful story about two people who were never looking but finding the love that they deserve. ~ Fresh Fiction
About Sierra Cartwright
EVEN racier than 50 Shades! ~ Mail Online
Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!
Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)
Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.
She invites you to take a walk on the wild side but only if you dare.
Cartwright kicks off her Donovan Dynasty erotic contemporary series, set in Houston, Tex., with a reasonably strong union between a traditional setup a heroine offering herself to save her family's legacy and a hero who refuses to believe in love and her hardcore brand of BDSM erotica, which is not for the novice reader. Lara Bertrand knows that her father's refusal to modernize their family's (rather vaguely described) enormous conglomerate will destroy it, so she offers to enter into a temporary, in-name-only marriage with business mogul Connor Donovan, her friend's brother, if he agrees to save the company. He makes a counteroffer: he'll do it if she lives with him, sleeps with him, and submits to him sexually. Connor consistently treats Lara with care and introduces her to erotic dominance in intense scenes; she's skeptical at first, but soon finds that submission fulfills her. Connor's satisfying but last-minute moment of emotional awakening helps mitigate his earlier obtuseness about matters of the heart.
Mature characters, fluid writing, erotic, romantic and sexy!
*Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
BIND was probably the best book I’ve read by Sierra Cartwright to date! The beginning was reminiscent of Fifty Shades, but where Fifty seemed reliant on “shock and awe”, BIND was more pleasing in all aspects. The smattering of humor throughout did a great job of diffusing the intensity of the developing relationship.
Lana Bertrand, CFO of Bertrand Holdings Inc., had learned all about the family business from her father. She was a daddy’s girl through and through, until she completed graduate school and began to challenge his outdated business decisions and practices. The fact that she had contemplated giving up two years of her life to save the company spoke a lot about her dedication, determination, loyalty. She was a workaholic with no time for relationships, and she’d been repeatedly disappointed by past lovers and the way they handled her kinkier desires. She was confident, bold, and generally unafraid to express herself sexually. Dealing with developing romantic feelings did not come easy to her at all.
Connor Donovan (27) had been appointed president of his family’s company, Donovan Worldwide, at the age of 23, after his father had died tragically in a car accident. His parent’s marriage wasn’t perfect, but what he knew was enough to turn him off of pursuing any serious relationships. I loved his relationship with his siblings both in and out of the business. When he was first introduced, from Lara’s perspective, he seemed aloof, a bit cold, and he definitely commanded the space in which he moved. Since the story was told from alternating POVs, it turned out he was anything but cold and reserved. I just loved the way he talked—everything he said was measured, considered, charming and intelligent. For someone his age and in his position, he was very down to earth.
Probably the most intriguing aspect of this story was Lara’s proposal and Connor’s conditions and whether or not a reader would see him as taking unfair advantage of her predicament. Her position coupled with his promises of giving her a taste of what she'd only fantasized about was definitely a catalyst for the fast pace of their sexual relationship. Also, the way he treated her as an equal outside of the bedroom and his unwavering support in business showed her that being able to rely on him was a core element of his personality and not just a selfish means to get laid. Personally, I enjoyed the set-up and the execution. It was anything but trite because the characters were so compelling. The BDSM parts were kept to introduction to the lifestyle and spanking, but the seduction and the sex were incredibly hot.
The side characters enhanced and complimented the couple, and I adored Lara’s mother and her “ESP” abilities, as Lara liked to call it. And for fans of the BONDS series, Julien was his usual awesome self and returned for a bit of meddling.