What started as kinky fun just became deadly serious.
All summer, Tom's biggest worry was keeping the women who owned him happy. It was a cushy gig until a .22-caliber bullet and a dark truth changed everything. Just how far will he go to repay those student loans? At times rough and raw, this is a story of love and trust, deception and revenge, and its own definition of family, told with a good share of tongue in cheek humor.
This fast-paced, dark, psychological thriller set in Boston is much more than meets the eye. With a cast of kinky characters who think nothing of swapping partners or teaming up on one another within their private world, there is no shortage of heat and sexual intrigue. But that's not what Bound is about.
The steamy sex lives of the humble man and strong women of The Arch Nathan Foundation family are a subtext. It is in how these characters interact with the outside world that drives the drama in the Wicked Dark Boston Thrillers Series. In these very visual tales, you'll find spies, gangsters, and other random representatives of the Boston underworld who betray and murder one another almost casually.
BOUND IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. If you are uncomfortable with much profanity, kink, and the language of BDSM—including the words "slave" and "master" in their most fetishized and politically incorrect usages, you won't stick around to see that this is really a story about love and trust as the cast struggle to find some sense of home and family in their unconventional relationships while keeping their world secure.
For all the kinky, adult themes, there is little sex in Bound. IT IS NOT EROTICA. You don't get a complete sex scene until about halfway through the book and it's short. This was intentional. Of this decision, says one reviewer: "[it] allowed the story to move along freely, without the interruption of overwhelming or repetitive erotic scenes. However, the nature of the relationships and the language which is used to both describe [them] and…the characters' dialogue make this book unsuitable for those that wouldn't normally be interested in reading erotic novels." Triggers: Bound only contains references to past sexual violence.
Murder and betrayal drive the story in Bound and Tom is just an average guy. That puts it in the crime noir/thriller category. But there's also drama and intrigue within the characters' relationships and Tom and Ginger's hearts. In that way, it is also a psychological thriller.
Bound is a revised version of The Family Trust Books 2 and 3.
After 24-year-old Tom graduated from college, his mysterious benefactor, The Arch Nathan Foundation, suddenly demanded full repayment. Without a dollar to his name, he fell right into the trap set for him and became the indentured servant/slave of two of the sexiest strong women in Boston.
The 1st book in the series, Bound, picks up at the end of that summer when his relationships with the women of The Arch Nathan Foundation have grown from exploitative to fulfilling and fun. But there's trouble in the home. Ginger and her partner, Jacqueline are struggling, and Tom thinks he is "onto" their assistant, Stella, who abuses him whenever she can get away with it. It's bad enough that he is willing to risk what has become a cushy gig to document her breaking one of the twisted little family's rules.
In the first of several twists, Tom and Ginger soon find themselves tangled with spy-turned-gangster Jimmy Connelly's underworld associates. It will take all the trust and luck the good guys can muster to keep from losing everything.