Review: Bound


Cover Design: Cover Me Darling

Release Date: April 19, 2017


It took me awhile to wrap my head around Stephie Wall’s Bound because it is one of those heart-wrenching novels that you think about for a long time after you consume the very last word.   Gut-wrenching, incredibly poignant and  deeply touching, Bound tells a love story that will make you question the things that people are willing to do for love and the extent of what one will tolerate in order to hang on to a love that is so powerful and life-changing that it is nearly impossible to let it go.

I am going to be honest here: Bound made my heart bleed.   The level of frustration and anger that I experienced while reading Annie and Gray’s love story was astronomical and my emotions were in such a tizzy that I had a hard time finishing this book.  I had to take breaks while I was reading because I got so wrapped up in these characters and some of the crazy events that occur between this couple.   Even so, I could not look away because the author tells a tale that is filled with such tremendous passion that I was inevitably forced to continue.

The prologue grabbed my attention immediately.  My jaw dropped and my eyes nearly bugged out of my head before I literally shed tears.   For me, it represents the essence of the title “Bound,” because it showcases the fact that one can become irrevocably bound by love in spite of the fact that it can become unhealthy, perhaps even toxic.

Annie and Gray experience an immediate spark that singes them both and leads to a epic physical and emotional connection.  They run red-hot and then ice cold, and the fall out obliterated everything in its path.  There were so many times that I wanted to slap both of these characters; Annie for some of her poor decisions and her inability to remain strong,  and Gray for being selfish, manipulative and just plain cruel.

Stephie Walls makes a very powerful statement in the introduction of this book, and it should not be taken lightly.  This is one of the most realistic romances that I have ever read and it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.  Trust me when I say that if you are looking for fluff or a “feel good” romance then you should skip this one because Bound hits hard and you will FEEL it bone deep, right where it hurts.

Bound is a wild ride, and after I finished it I immediately started Freed, part two in the duet.  I am not sure where this journey will take me, but after the way that Bound ended I HAVE to know what happens next.

Should you read Bound?  I think so, because Stephie Wall’s story-telling ability is out of this world and the overall message that I gleaned from this prolific tale left me shaken and contemplative.   This is a novel that will make you think and evaluate your own personal stand on several issues when it comes to love and relationships.

I say READ it, if you dare!!!!

That is this Naughty Girl’s final world.

Overall:  A solid 4.5 stars!

Heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥/5 flames for some seriously SEXY times!


I want to prove my worth, show them what I have.
I may be flawed; we all are.
But I’m smart, driven, and ready to take on the world.
No one needs to know the rest.

I wasn’t counting on him, couldn’t imagine someone like him coming into my life.
The blue eyes, the chiseled body, the man I can’t resist.
Truthfully, I have no plans of ever resisting him.

He has the carefree, playboy life he wants,
The one he created and refuses to give up.
But he didn’t count on me waltzing in and changing everything.

Gray can’t deny his passion for me—all parts of me,
Even the truth I try to bury—the flaws he knows I’m hiding.
And trust me, he’s imperfect too.

But sometimes, we need more than love—more than we can give.


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Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has eight novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world. She has another novel on its way to bookshelves in Spring of 2017. Be on the look out for the re-release of Bound!

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