Friday, March 14, 2014

REVIEW: Strapped Down by Nina G. Jones

Synopsis: The much anticipated second installment of the Strapped Trilogy, Strapped Down picks up where the first installment concluded.

Eric is not going down without a fight, but Shyla and Taylor are willing to go to equally dark lengths to make him pay for his betrayal. In their quest to seek revenge and find happiness, deeply guarded secrets from their pasts begin to surface, revealing they are linked to each other in ways they could never have imagined.

For every secret they uncover, another seems to surface as they find themselves raveled in a web that extends much further than the confines of the darkroom. As Shyla and Taylor become more entwined with each other, she learns that Taylor’s dark side is far more dangerous than she believed. Will Shyla continue to follow Taylor into the darkness, or is he far too gone for her light to shine through?

Note: This is not a stand alone novel. Strapped (book 1) should be read before Strapped Down.


I try to embrace him, but he grabs my wrists and pins them overhead, elevating his upper body so that he can take in the scenery. “I need you to just surrender to me. Just fucking surrender,” he commands in a breathy voice as he thrusts into me. “You can’t keep fighting this. I can see how bad you want this. You won’t lose yourself, I promise.”
But there is that last part of me, the last hand I haven’t showed. If I don’t fight him anymore, all doubt will be removed. I am a goner.
“I…I just can’t,” I whisper.
“Just fucking surrender to me. Let me take it all.”
I stare at him in silence, unable to let go of that last piece of my old self. He presses my face with both hands and leans in close. “Just fucking surrender to me already,” he says powerfully as he goes deep inside of me.

Erin's Review: Strapped Down is a bit darker than Strapped. Now that Shyla and Taylor know more about each other, the real challenge begins. Just how far will Shyla go to help Taylor in his revenge against his brother Eric? How far can Taylor push her before she finally submits completely?  Their relationship is tested on many levels and at times, I really wasn't sure if they were going to make it through. Shyla is bound and determined to help Taylor though the demons of his past so their future together can be a happy one, but she quickly learns, sometimes the past is much darker than she originally thought. Taylor and Shyla evolve even more in Strapped Down and seeing everything from Shyla's point of view made you feel everything she felt. You get a glimpse at Taylor's past and begin to understand why he wants to keep it buried. He and Eric take sibling rivalry to a whole new level!  Shyla's tenacity is a testament to her devotion to Taylor.  She will follow him to the ends of the Earth and he just can't let her go.
 The storyline with Henry and Liz had me screaming for more. There's something about Henry! He's a lovable cad and I really hope that that storyline is explored more in the next book. I think he and Liz would be explosive together!  Shyla's friend, Kristin, also makes a reappearance and gets a taste of Shyla's world. All I'm going to say about that is, that pool party was freaking HOT!!!
 The ending blew me away. It had me on the edge until the very end. I held my breath until that very last sentence. I kept wanting to skip to the end because I HAD to know what was going to happen-I was good though and I read each and every word.
 I have a feeling we are just scratching the surface of Shyla and Taylor's story and that there is much more to come. I also have to know if Henry finally opens his mouth to Liz, and he damn well better! Strapped Down is everything Strapped was and more. I cannot wait until the next one!!


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