Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review - Bound (Bound Hearts, #1) by S.N. Garza

by S.N. Garza
Series: Bound Hearts, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 31, 2014

Courtland spent his childhood watching his mother turn tricks and bow to her abusive pimp. It taught him a lot about relationships and how never to get involved in one. When he meets sweet Adelaide, his life is forever changed. Her gentle personality has his thinking maybe his vow to never commit is misplaced. Until she disappears out of his life.

Adelaide knew the only way to escape the darkness she’s lived her life in, is to go back to the one place that’s haunted her dreams. Home. Reuniting with Courtland is the last thing on her mind until she becomes helpless to his every kiss. Hopeless to his ever touch. And no matter how far she tries to run, her heart is irrevocably bound to him.

I really enjoyed the emotional ride that Bound took me on. From the tragedy of both Courtland and Adelaide’s pasts, to the angst surrounding the journey they both needed to take to find their way back to one another, this book had my emotions all over the place. The story being told from alternating POVs helped give insight and emotional depth to the characters, which really helped connect me to the story.

Adelaide has been damaged from her past. She sees herself as broken, and although she has sought help to deal with the issues from her past, she is still shamed by them and can’t bring herself to have any sort of emotional intimacy in her relationships. When she meets up with Courtland again, he begins to chip away at those walls, which frightens Adelaide.
“He made me feel more alive than I've ever felt and that would lead to me opening myself up to him. I couldn't tell him what happened. It was my burden to bear. My shame. I didn't want that touching him. Sex? I could do. Anything else? I just couldn't.”
Although Courtland didn't realize it at the time, he has always loved Adelaide. When circumstances and time force a 10 year separation, the last thing he expects is to fall so hard and fast when he meets up with Adelaide again – something that he never expected to happen or even welcome in his life.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Adelaide and her Gram. It was nice knowing that Adelaide was able to find a home with love in it when she finally escaped from her parents. And Gram was quite the character – I’m sure there would be quite the story in how she and Grandpa met! I loved how supportive she was of Adelaide, and how accepting she was of all that Adelaide was.

This was such a wonderful story that centered on some very disturbing subject matter, which in my opinion was handled very well. The events that led up to the ending showed the strength that Adelaide had and I was so happy that she was able to resolve many of her issues (you’ll have to read the book to find out what & how!!!). Courland was wonderful – he could tell that there was a sadness and hurt that surrounded Adelaide, and was just there for her, trying to gain her trust to let her know that he was strong enough to bear some of her burdens. And what a romantic…those roses…**sigh**. And don’t get me started on just how hot these two were together!

Although I would have loved more of an ending, where things were left off seem to set us up for the next book in this series – so bring it on, I know JR needs some loving after what his ex-Sylvia put him through!

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.


  1. Oh that sounds amazing. I love when they have a history like that and ahs I can already tell she's one that would totally tug at my heart.

    1. Yep, definitely an emotional one...and what I failed to mention was what a dirty talker Courtland was...he definitely knew what he was doing and wasn't afraid to let Adelaide know all about it...nice!


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