by Nina G. Jones
By all appearances, Shyla Ball has an enviable life: a loyal boyfriend, a great job, and family that loves her. She doesn't realize how deeply unsatisfied she is until she has an embarrassing encounter with a handsome stranger at a coffee shop.
Taylor Holden, a successful businessman, takes a sudden special interest in her and offers her a job she cannot refuse. Soon after, she learns there is much more to this intensely private man than meets the eye. He is hiding many painful secrets, including why it is that he has seemingly plucked her out of obscurity for such a lucrative position. Her "perfect" world is turned upside down by her infatuation towards Taylor and in just a couple of months, her life looks nothing like it did before. While she is frightened by the changes she sees in herself, she cannot resist the lure of Taylor Holden.
As Shyla slowly gains Taylor's trust, she learns of his complex history and how it has molded him into the person he has become. When elements of Taylor's secret past resurface and threaten to destroy them, Shyla finds out there may be more to Taylor's story than even he is aware of.
Strapped is a story of passion, manipulation, obsession, and family secrets.
“You forgot your jacket.” It is still on my shoulders. I turn around to offer it up to him.
“Thank you Shy,” As he says this he takes both of his hands, grabbing each shoulder of the jacket and oh so slowly pulls it off of me, grazing my bare arms and back as he pulls it off. I close my eyes taking in his touch. Each caress of his fingertips feels like one thousand little sparks. How can just the faintest touch from this man set me off like this? Please kiss me. Kiss my neck. I won’t say no. I hold my position for a second more than I should, but it feels so tortuously long. There is nothing, not another touch, not a kiss. I turn to face him again and bid him goodnight. His face looks sad, almost guilty. Every word, every touch, every action tonight was an implication. This keeps us safe from one another. It keeps me safe from him.
“Goodnight Shy,” he says as if dismissing me from his presence.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Nina G. Jones was born and raised in Bronx, NY and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two crazy Boxers.
She is the author of Strapped, and is currently working on the sequel for Strapped, slated to be released in early 2014.
Nina lives a pretty wholesome life, but is fascinated with the dark side of things. She loves watching true crime TV shows and it creeps her husband out to no end. Nina has a degree in Psychology and uses her characters as a vehicle to explore the human psyche.
She also totally gets it if you want to throw your Kindle at her when you reach the end of Strapped, but please let her know so she has a chance to duck.
After the first few pages, I was totally hooked and could not put this book down.
The story begins with Shyla and her stable, but too comfortable relationship, with her longtime boyfriend Rick. A chance meeting with Taylor Holden introduces her to career opportunities that she could only dream of and a chance at a relationship that is the total opposite of everything she was used to.
Taylor Holden is a man with a troubled past who keeps everyone at arm's length, literally, until Shyla Ball enters his world and just her very presence sets him at ease and keeps his demons at bay.
The couple face many struggles and when Shyla discovers Taylor's secret, it is almost too much for her to bear, but not for the reasons you think. The discovery opens up a new world where Taylor can entertain his fantasies. It draws Shyla in and awakens a desire in her she never thought possible.
The dynamic between these two characters is powerful. Both are perfectly flawed in their own way and they bring out the best in each other. Your heart aches for Taylor, and you feel as torn as Shyla when she finally breaks out of her comfort zone with Rick and embarks in new territory with Taylor. You feel her trepidation, her excitement, and when she breaks through his walls, you will cry with her for the pain Taylor has endured. But don't let Shyla fool you. She harbors her own secrets.
Just when you think you have this book figured out, Nina Jones throws you for a loop and sends the reader in to a world where the strongest of people harbor their own secrets and just when you think you have a character figured out, Nina Jones throws you for a loop that has you salivating for more.