Book Review: Bound by R.M. Gauthier

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫4.5 out of 5 stars  

The mystery of Landon Miller keeps getting bigger and deeper! Just when I think I’ve come up with the perfect explanation, Ms. Gauthier slings something new my direction and the conspiracy theory wing-nut who lives inside me just gets all a-twitter with grander and crazier possibilities. I dig it!

Whereas the first book showed us a Lexi who was worn down and frustrated, in this book we get a Lexi who is pushed against a wall, ready to break, but still willing to fight tooth and nail for the man she lusts. That’s right – I said lust – because I’m still unsure if what they have is love… I’m rooting for love, but at this stage in the game, I think anything goes. 

Tensions are high in Bound, literally picking up moments after the conclusion of book one. For those of you who, like me, were screaming WTF at their Kindle / tablet / computer screen or throwing the paperback of Control across their bed, don’t expect any instant resolutions. Landon’s choices still don’t get any real explanation in Bound, but the possibilities are oh-so-tantalizing. Ms. Gauthier has me completely sucked in! I’ve lost track of how many theories I’ve created, and I think I’ll continue to create outlandish theories until she resolves things for me. 

With less Landon page time, there was more of an opportunity to really delve into Lexi’s past and some of the secondary characters. Hailey as the rock-solid but hot-tempered BFF is wonderful. Agent Johnson (remember him? the FBI guy asking veiled questions in book one?) is back and develops into a really likable, relatable character. Honestly, he almost stole Leroy’s spot as best supporting character. Almost. I think they’re tied at this point. 

Now, back to that cliffhanger ending from book one: rest assured, the end of Bound isn’t quite so shocking. It feels more like a cliff-dangle. Maybe because we were so steamrolled by book one’s swan dive off the peak of Mt Everest? I feel quite a bit more at ease this time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m chomping at the bit for resolution, but I don’t have that feeling that someone (*shakes fist at Ms. Gauthier*) just played soccer with my heart. 

The pacing of Bound was excellent, flipping between current events, flashbacks to “that night,” and some even bigger flashbacks to events 15 years earlier. The flashbacks were a well-used device, and readers will have an easy time delineating where in time they are as they read. 

Fans of mystery, crime, romance or suspense will find happiness in this series. Highly recommended!

**I received an electronic ARC of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

You can read Bound (and its predecessor Control) for free on Kindle Unlimited. Grab your copy HERE.


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