Friday, 23 August 2013

Review: Olivia Cunning's "Tie Me (One Night with Sole Regret)"

Review: Olivia Cunning's "Tie Me (One Night with Sole Regret)"

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His heart is tied to his past…
When Sole Regret’s rhythm guitarist, Kellen Jamison, vowed to be faithful to his fiancée and love her forever, he meant it. He never expected to lose her to cancer so early in life. He’s certain he’ll never love again, but destiny has another plan for him.

Her heart is tied to her work…
Grammy-winning classical composer and piano virtuoso, Dawn O’Reilly, is overwhelmed with music-writing deadlines, a fickle muse, and high-expectations. She doesn't have time to find love, but chance seeks to interfere with her carefully devised plans.

They’re bound to become entangled...
From the instant Kellen hears Dawn’s latest musical composition, his spirits rise. The stirring melody and the remarkable woman responsible for its creation are impossible to resist. His attraction is undeniable; her passion unquenchable. Kellen teaches Dawn there’s freedom in bondage, while her sensuality drives him to unleash his tightly controlled self-restraint. Will the ropes Kellen uses to secure Dawn’s body be the force that binds them together or ultimately sever all ties between them?

Review: Surj

I knew "Tie Me" would probably be a little different to the other books in the "One Night with Sole Regret" Series and I was right. I was emotionally invested right from the outset and Kellen's story definitely tugged on the heart strings. 

When the love of his life died, Kellen vowed to keep all the promises he had made to her. Little did he know that these promises would end up being  a noose around his neck, stopping him from living the life he deserved:

"The woman I planned to marry died, so technically I'm not attached. But spiritually  
and emotionally I'm in a relationship that doesn't exist."

A leather cuff served as a constant reminder of that commitment and even when he'd tried to take the cuff off, to move forward, the cuff had come back to him, serving to reinforce the fact that it wasn't time to let Sara go. My heart really broke for him because it was like he was stuck. Each time he tried to take a step forward, the guilt would start eating away at him and he'd end up back at square one. I could really understand why Owen had regretted giving him the gift:

But when music drew him to Dawn O'Reilly's home on that fateful night, I really hoped that this would be a turning point:

The piano melody built- an inspiring crescendo- soaring higher. Higher. 
Drawing him out of the darkness. Clearing his thoughts. Freeing his heart. 

It was hard not to fall for Kellen's character. He was that tormented, broken soul that needed fixing (just the way we like them). He just seemed so fragile at times and I could see the constant internal battle eating away at him. 

Dawn O'Reilly was an Grammy award winning pianist and composer who didn't know the meaning of failure. Despite her success though, she had never felt more alone. When Kellen turned up at her house, there was an immediate connection, and not just a physical one but I just knew that man would fight it with every breath he had. And how could Dawn complete with a dead woman? 

"I wish your heart was free, Kellen. I wish that for me, but I wish it for you even more." 

She wanted this man and would do anything to keep him at her house and so it began. But as the evening progressed, Kellan moved the goal posts of the promises he'd made. He manipulated them in such a way that as long as he LITERALLY didn't do what he had promised, then all was OK and he was guilt free... yeah right? 

The sexual tension was off the charts in this book and with the backdrop of the storm and no electricity, this just added perfectly to the intensity of the story. Yes there was a physical relationship but again, it was different to the previous books. For Kellen, a physical relationship wasn't just about sex, it was so much more and I could see that in the way he behaved and in his actions. Both characters experienced new things (hot wax, the Japanese art of Shibari) and even I learnt something new!!! lol 

I truly loved this book and despite being a novella, it still gave me depth in terms of the characters and the story. Kellen's story was emotional and it was heart breaking but I wouldn't have it any other way:

"But it's like dawn. A beautiful departure from darkness. The end of the inky 
night sky. The awakening of light that turns the sky blue again. The beginning of a new day."

And then she realised he felt that way about her. She was his dawn. The end of his darkness. 

I really hope I see more of this couple in future books ... maybe even another novella for them?
I rated "Tie Me" 5 Huge Hearts

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