Review: Bound to You (At Your Service #1) by Shawntelle Madison

May 7, 2016 Review 0

Review: Bound to You (At Your Service #1) by Shawntelle Madison

Through grace, talent, and hard work, personal concierge Sophie Ashton has turned international corporate warfare into an art. But when she meets her new client, a suave CEO who radiates masculine heat, she knows this is no ordinary job. Given her painful past, Sophie tries to keep her professional relationships exactly that: professional. But Xavier Quinn is a man who knows how to get what he wants, and soon Sophie is tempted into his wicked dance of seduction.

Xavier needs Sophie’s charm and finesse to land a coveted contract with a Japanese tech mogul, yet he’s even more intrigued by the woman in front of him. He can tell that Sophie has a darkly sensual nature, that she’s been hurt before, that the passion inside of her is struggling to break free. Xavier is used to taking risks in work and in life, but the stakes have never been higher. Because the game he plays with Sophie will bind them together—or destroy them both.

Title: Bound to You
Author: Shawntelle Madison
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Surrender to You
Series: At Your Service #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Surrender to You
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Publisher
Published: May 10th 2016
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romance
Pages: 231 pages
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Bound to You is the first book by Shawntelle Madison I have read, and it is the first book in her new At Your Service series.

Sophie is extremely good at her job of a high-level personal concierge. She is the go-to girl to get things done. Tickets for the hottest concert tonight-done. Reservations for the trendiest restaurant for tonight-done. She prides herself on being the yes-girl and can turn a situation around on a dime! She is a strong, confident woman in her work persona, but totally submissive in her bedroom. She’s very wary of men-dominants in particular-after she was devastated by her previous boyfriend and dominant. It was heartbreaking and I felt so bad for her. Even after two years, she is still struggling emotionally.

When Sophie takes on a new client to procure a coveted contract from a tech mogul, she is taken aback by her instant chemistry with Xavier. She has a hard-fast rule of no client dating whatsoever. She was burned so, not going to happen. Xavier knows what he wants and stops at nothing to get it. He decides he wants Sophie in his bed-at least for awhile- and tries to get her on board fairly quickly. Sophie is resisting, but Xavier exudes his dominant side and Sophie is like a nail to a magnet. Things end up complicated real fast.

Xavier is over and above in all things. When he hires Sophie and he feels that spark, he is determined to have her. He wars with himself and with his demons of the past, but can not deny what he is feeling for Sophie. When he realizes she’s is really a submissive away from work, he is overjoyed and doubles his efforts.

The story was good but it lacked a few things that would have propelled it to greatness. I loved Sophie and her ability to make everything work out! Very quick on her feet and a smart girl. Growing up in the foster care system, she’s only relied on herself and a few friends. Things didn’t just happen for her-she made them happen with hard work! I also liked Xavier. He is a strong, Alpha male, who gets what he wants. Some past baggage rears it’s head here and there though, muddling things up a bit.

We are treated to dual points of view and I love that! The reader is privy to their backgrounds, but I really wished and wanted them to confide that baggage to each other. I think that’s what held me back from saying this book was great. Yes, I was interested throughout, and definitely wanted to see how it all wrapped up in the end, but I still felt that intimate aspect missing. When someone still wants to be with you after all your baggage is laid out on the table, that’s when the true magic happens. This story was missing that oomph.

This is a contemporary romance that gives us tidbits of BDSM. Her friends visit a BDSM club regularly and it doesn’t seem like a stretch that Xavier would’ve been to one too. The scenes we were treated to are sexy, and most will find them delicious, I just wished for more. There were lots of hints, but I would’ve liked to witness some of their kink first hand. Since this is the first book in a new series, I’ve got to believe we will explore this side more in the next books. I also hope to get a check-up on what’s going on with Sophie and Xavier!

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