Title: Bound to Me
Series: The Harbour #1
Author: Christy Pastore
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017
“Some girl’s dream of a Knight in shining armor is nice, but scars tell deeper stories.” ~Ella
Let the record show that I am an absolute sucker for a good romance with a haunted, damaged military hero. Rest assured that Christy Pastore’s Bound to Me is all of that and more!
The prologue alone had me crying. I was shocked and tremendously upset; my emotions were in such a tizzy that I was unsure if I should continue reading! I did not know if I would be able to handle it!
I am SO glad that I did not give up on Bound to Me due to my misguided reservations because Christy Pastore just sparked a flame inside of my chest with this heart-stopping emotional joyride that left me gasping for air at the same time that it made me crave more of this author’s phenomenal writing!
The hero, Alex is a man with a tragic past; he is a military veteran who experienced the type of heartache and loss that no one should ever have to endure. He spends his time drinking and womanizing, wasting away under the weight of his depression and emotional turmoil. Enter Ella, a passionate, ambitious young woman from the U.K. who moves to the U.S. hoping to become an entrepreneur in her own right as she strives to open her own high-end boutique. An accidental meeting forces Ella and Alex’s worlds to collide, setting them both on a course that sets the stage for the rest of their lives.
You cannot help but empathize with both of these characters and some of the scenes are straight up gut wrenching! The fact that I felt so deeply for Ella and Alex says so much about the author’s story-telling ability. Bound to Me is a forbidden romance that kept me obsessed at the same time that it possessed and owned me until I had consumed every last word of this amazing novel!
I am being intentionally vague about several details, because I truly believe that this book is worth exploring based on its own merit. Bound to Me is my first experience with this author’s work, and this woman has opened up an entirely new world of previously undiscovered books that I am eager to delve into!
READ this remarkable, extraordinary novel that chronicles the liberation of the human spirit and highlights the power of what unconditional love can accomplish when one opens their heart to it. #FiveStarRead
That is this Naughty girl’s final word.
Overall! 5/5 stars!!!
Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥/5 binding flames!!!
Well, I set the rules… he agreed.
I left before we could break them, or so I thought I had…
Ella Connolly is looking forward to starting a new adventure in her life. After putting her party girl, headline-grabbing tabloid exploits behind her, she has become a responsible and successful entrepreneur. Moving across the pond to Manhattan, she’s determined to make the dream for her boutique to become an international retail brand come true.
While in the States, her overprotective brother insists she have a full-time security detail. This complicates Ella’s plans in more ways than one.
Alex Robertsen’s life is in shambles. After losing the woman he loves to his brother, he’s been on a steady diet of booze and easy women in an effort to make himself numb. Things needed to change.
Change is good.
Good, that is, until Alex finds himself thrust into an all too familiar situation.
He’s obligated by a professional oath to protect Ella at all costs.
She’s vowed to not let distractions, even the ruggedly handsome ones, keep her from her goals.
But old habits die hard…
We’d broken the rules… more than once.
We were bound to… and we agreed it was worth the risk.
He left before it shattered us both… or so we thought.
The duo snogging didn’t bother to make room for us, leaving me no choice but to stand on the same side of the lift with Alex. With our arms brushed against one another, heat spread across my skin like a raging wildfire. The two of us snuggled close in a compact space. My hand still tingled from his touch. It was impossible to concentrate on anything other than him. He was here. Right next to me, looking gorgeous and smelling perfectly divine. All sense I had retreated from my brain as I stood there fantasizing about pushing him up against the wall and allowing him to shag . . . fuck the hell out of me.
Shut up, Ella, you dirty bird.
When the car reached the fifth floor, and the couple playing slap and tickle walked out, I stifled a moan of relief. Unsure if I was comforted due to the fact that they left or that I had Alex all to myself. I glanced at him, trying to get a sense of his thoughts. His mouth was pressed into a hard line, and his eyes remained forward, fixed on the numeric panel.
The lift came to a halt at the lobby and Alex stepped out, his head turned left and back to the right. The unrehearsed movement was fluid. He motioned for me to walk in front of him, but I had no clue where we were going.
“You lead the way.”
“All right, but keep your pace with mine,” he instructed. His voice was firm not angry.
I nodded, and did as I was instructed, keeping my stride with his as we passed through the spacious lobby. Something had changed his demeanor during the ride in the lift . . . elevator. Mentally I noted that I needed to brush up on my American English. If I intended to do business here, I should at least make the effort to know the proper terms.
Once outside, his hand reached inside his jacket pocket, pulling out his sunglasses. As we approached the valent stand, he put them on, shielding me from seeing his gorgeous eyes that reminded me of glowing golden sunlight sifting through deep green leaves.
Snap out of it, Ella. He’s your bodyguard.
Straightening my shoulders, I hauled my handbag higher onto my shoulder. I vowed to lock all my scandalous thoughts away.
Christy Pastore lives in the Midwest with her husband, two lovable dogs and their crazy cool cat. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising and Marketing. Writing has always been a part of her life. Her first writing gig was for a celebrity entertainment website. Later she went on to create her own blogazine and media company combining her love of writing with fashion and marketing.
When’s she not writing flirty and dirty books or updating her celebrity fashion blog, she loves shopping online, binge watching her favorite shows and daydreaming.
She believes books, especially love stories are an escape from the real world.
A few of Christy’s favorite things:
Bold Heroine’s – Swoony Hero’s with a Naughty Side— Guilty Pleasure Reads and TV Shows – Designer Handbags – Men In Suits – Black and White Photos— Sexy Accents— Snow— Pinterest – Twitter – Instagram— Wine— Champagne— Soy Latte’s – Gummi Bears— Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Pickles—Popcorn— Sparkling Water— Eye Cream— Pedicures— Traveling— 80’s Music— Musicals— Movie Trailers – Celebrity Red Carpet Interviews – Award Shows – Making Lists.