REVIEW BY JODI: BOUND FOR TROUBLE BY EM LYNLEY

 

 
 
 
Title: Bound
for Trouble
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Press
Rating: 5/5 Smooches
 
Blurb:
Daniel
“Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on
desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead.
He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating
is the Help Wanted ads.
 
Ryan
Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his
father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his
john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client
gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new
world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.
 
When
Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for
the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest
in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return,
Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination,
Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.
 
Now Deke
has to choose between Ryan’s safety and his own future.
 
Review:
 
Bound
for Trouble
is EM Lynley’s first novel-length BDSM-themed book. This novel
is not as light-hearted as the stories in the
Delectable series or the recently release Out
of the Gate
. The main characters in
Bound for Trouble are realistic,
intriguing, broken and conflicted. This is a superb story that is teeming with
action, hot sex and a bit of violence.
 
When readers first meet FBI agent Deke Kane, he is literally
waking up from a nightmare. A bad decision during a drug raid not only has his
career hitting rock bottom, but also his self-esteem is in the gutter. After
all, what good is a lead FBI agent who doesn’t trust his own decisions? Not to
mention the fact that his fellow agents and his superiors don’t trust him
either. While Kane is waiting to be cleared for regular duty, the agent is
spending “his days poring over Facebook and Instagram for idiots who posted
photos of themselves committing crimes or spending ill-gotten gains.” Clearly
he is depressed and dejected.
 
Even
the white-collar unit got more action than Deke did on his desk.
Once
he spotted something suspicious, he used a variety of techniques to locate the
perp; then a team of “grown-up” agents got to make the collar. Deke got a
silver star on his report card for the assist, but the takedown team got the
gold star—and the glory.
 
He
wasn’t sure how much longer he could endure this. If he wasn’t already a little
fucked-up in the head, this would surely drive him around the bend. It was the
Bureau’s way of easing him out when they couldn’t easily fire him. He’d heard
from a friend who did a stint in Tokyo that when a Japanese company wanted to
get rid of someone, they put him on an impossible task or put him in a room on
his own and made him feel like an outcast in the company. Japanese companies
didn’t like to fire people; it went against the corporate culture. Eventually,
the guy would quit, and the company would save face.
 
Deke
understood very well how successful that strategy must be. Every morning as he
knotted his tie and prepared to leave his apartment, he wondered just how much
longer he could keep this up. How many more days of mindless web surfing could
he take before he either handed in his papers or just offed himself? Probably a
good thing he didn’t have his service weapon after all.
 
Maybe
that was for the best, he thought on nights like these when the dream—the
nightmare—woke him up. Tonight he’d actually had the dream twice. That only
happened once in a while, but he knew it didn’t bode well for his future.
 
Kane has one last chance to redeem himself. Maksim Petrov is a
bad man. He is a criminal mastermind who seems to be just out the FBI’s reach
at every turn. Capturing him is a high priority … allegedly. And that is where
Ryan Griffiths enters the picture. A former stripper and prostitute, Ryan is
trying to turn his life around. Ryan’s former boss and client is helping him on
the condition that Ryan stays away from the strip club where he was dancing.
Ryan wants nothing to do with his former strip club or anything affiliated with
Petrov, but he feels an obligation to try to set things right for his friend
Rocco, and that is why he agrees to help the FBI.
 
… maybe they realized he’d made up the story he’d told when he
called the hotline, tying Petrov to a rent boy who’d gone missing. But they’d
finally called him back in for a face-to-face, and this time Ryan had something
real he didn’t think they could ignore: the gun conversation he’d overheard.
But he’d fucked up again. Of course the FBI would be suspicious of someone
volunteering information like that. What had he been thinking?
 
Maybe it was for the best. Ryan didn’t want to tangle with
Maksim Petrov in any way, shape, or form, even via the FBI. People who went
against him ended up dead. Even people who weren’t involved with him could get
hurt.
 
He’d never forget that night two years earlier when he and his
best friend, Rocco, had been partying with a trick in the Tidal Wave Inn. Ryan
had left to get some more booze, and when he’d gotten back, he’d seen a figure
with a shaved head leaving the room. Inside, Ryan had found Rocco dead and the
trick bleeding out, both with their throats sliced open.
 
He’d called 911 and run like hell, hoping no one had seen him
going in or out of the room. He’d stayed away from the Tidal Wave after that,
and the cops had never caught the killer. Ryan had never seen him before or
since—until his last week at Club Kiwi, when he saw the shaved-head killer
shaking hands with Maksim Petrov and sitting down with him for a drink.
 
There had to be a connection between
Petrov and Rocco’s murder.
 
Ryan and Deke are instantly attracted to each other. But Deke
needs to hide his attraction since his career is at stake, and he is not
officially out at his job.
 
Deke flipped open the file with the basic information he’d
collected earlier. Not much, but intriguing. It would be the basis of an
interesting interview. He watched as the guy tapped his fingertips on the
tabletop as if he were playing an invisible piano.
 
Griffiths was quite a looker. Not just hot in his own right, he
matched the kind of men Petrov had been seen with recently. Deke kept that in
the back of his mind as he evaluated the information in Ryan Griffiths’ file.
If Deke played this right and got his way, tempting Petrov with Ryan Griffiths
would be like giving candy to a baby.
The usual technique would be to sweat the guy for a while.
Deke figured another twenty minutes would do it. He went into
the observation room, sat, and checked his quarry out through the one-way
glass.
 
Griffiths was wearing a pale-green polo shirt that hugged his
upper body in all the right places. Glancing under the table, Deke noticed he
was wearing shorts. He’d get a better look soon, but for now, he would enjoy
the view.
 
Oh
yeah, Deke wouldn’t mind some of this candy himself. He unhooked from the case
for a minute and imagined how Ryan Griffiths would look naked, spread out on
the interrogation-room table. Deke’s cock thickened, and his pants felt far too
tight. Well, it never hurt to look. He’d heard plenty of comments from his
colleagues when they had hot women in the room. What would Serah say if she
knew how attracted Deke was to Ryan Griffiths?
 
 
The FBI investigation is intense, and Ryan, who winds up in the middle
of the action, is in way over his head. Ryan is looking for love and someone to
take care of him, and Petrov knows exactly what do and say to get Ryan to
relax. The BDSM in the story runs the gamut from mild to intense to abusive.
Lynley does a great job exploring not only the trust components of this
lifestyle, but she also shows what happens when trust and power are abused.
 
There are some interesting plot twists in this story; not
everything is as it seems, and Lynley does a great job keeping the reader
captivated. With this intriguing cast of characters, Lynley has developed a
great plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. With Bound for
Trouble, Lynley shows not only her mastery of character development, but also
her ability to tackle taboo subjects with finesse.
 
 
 
Thank
you to EM Lynley and Pride Promotions for providing a review copy
of this
title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *