Bound by Honor by S.E. Jakes
A promise forces two men to bare themselves…completely.
Men of Honor, Book 1
One year ago on a mission gone wrong, Tanner James failed to save the life of Jesse, his Army Ranger teammate. Before dying in that South American jungle, Jesse extracted a promise that won’t let Tanner rest until it’s fulfilled—no matter what it costs him.
Damon Price loved Jesse, but problems in their relationship had come to a head right before Jesse left on his final mission. Now a reluctant Dom and a man still in mourning, he’s not happy when Tanner appears at his BDSM club. And even less happy with Jesse’s last request—that Tanner sub for him for one night.
After a rough start, Damon realizes that the tough soldier, despite his protests, aches for someone to take control. And Tanner senses a hesitance, an insecurity in Damon that makes him wonder if he’s simply a placeholder for Jesse, or if their tentative connection could grow into something more.
For Jesse’s sake, they agree to try one weekend together. Then duty calls, and a series of attacks that have been happening near the club hits too close to home, making both men wonder if giving their hearts is a maneuver fraught with too much risk…
Warning: Contains rough language, rougher sex and warriors who fall hard for each other.
I must admit that at the beginning of the book I did REALLY not like the story. The way that BDSM was portrayed and the military men just wasn’t sitting well. Most special forces men aren’t these over the top power looking guys. (Now from the description of LC I could believe him to be one.) Those men are in shape, have to be, but a lot of them are ordinary in order to fit in that is how they usually are. Now there are exceptions but it seemed like LC was the only norm.
The story did get better. Actual BDSM in the story is not really a factor. It is more restraints than anything. I never warmed up to Damon, Tanner gave him too many chances to stay instead of every time running. As a military man I have a harder time believing that Damon wouldn’t have seen to at least some of his issues but that is just me. The relationship really doesn’t develop. It just starts and has these jerky movements and then it is full blown love…umm, yeah, no real development. I just didn’t see this as being at all realistic.
The writing wasn’t as good as I had hoped. It wasn’t bad it just didn’t make me believe. There isn’t great detail and it is rather jerky in development. The characters aren’t great. I got LC more than the main characters. Tanner has very little background other than he seems to be a brat of a rich kid. Damon also has bits of information thrown out there but I ended up still feeling like I never knew them. There was just not a connection made to these characters.
The storyline itself was interesting. I think I could have enjoyed it more if the development was better. I liked the premise of the story and the mystery of Damon’s background and who was after them. I didn’t like how the author put it all together. Still I found some enjoyment in the read so it wasn’t all bad.
Posted on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, TJ, Two Roses and tagged BDSM, M/M Romance, Novel, S.E. Jakes, Samhain Publishing, Two Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.