Title:  Bound

Series:  Fire on Ice

Author:  Brenda Rothert

Published:  December 2013

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt – to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.

Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.

When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

Ana will put Bound on her third shelf!!

There is so much to love about this book.  A hunky hockey player (and being from the north, I know hockey players can be hunky! lol), characters who carry devastating pasts and heavy baggage, emotions at every turn and a simmering love story.  All the elements are there for an enjoyable read.

The storyline deals with loss and heartache at its core.  This is a book about finding it within yourself to move on and to look forward instead of back.

Both main characters have experienced tragedy and see something in each other that may prove to be healing.  Jason Ryker…Ryke to all…is strong and has made all the right decisions to help him overcome the tragedy he has had to face.  In Kate, he discovers that soft spot within him that has been missing.  Kate is also no stranger to despair but she’s moving a bit slower and has to dig deep to see a glimpse of the future.

Although I liked both these characters, I did find Kate a bit wishy-washy at times.  To quote a well-known movie…her mood swings were kinda giving me whiplash.  I totally understand the need for her reluctance but, at times, I felt like she was just leading Ryke on and then pulling back.  And that didn’t always sit well with me.  The other thing I would have liked to see done differently is the fact that I needed more woo.  You know…woo…the act of wooing.  Ryke was gentle and kind but I longed for him to be more romantic.  Not quite sure why I needed that but, somehow, I feel the book would have benefited from it and I would have been more invested in their story.

Overall, this was a good read and the issues I’ve raised didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.  It’s a story with lots of emotion and heart and tackles difficult situations well.  And, for those of you who like to read series, the next two books are already available.

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