Title: Strapped (Strapped Series) Released: 8/1/2013 Genre: Erotica/Suspense
By all appearances, Shyla Ball has an enviable life: a loyal boyfriend, a great job, and family that loves her. She doesn't realize how deeply unsatisfied she is until she has an embarrassing encounter with a handsome stranger at a coffee shop. Taylor Holden, a successful businessman, takes a sudden special interest in her and offers her a job she cannot refuse. Soon after, she learns there is much more to this intensely private man than meets the eye. He is hiding many painful secrets, including why it is that he has seemingly plucked her out of obscurity for such a lucrative position. Her "perfect" world is turned upside down by her infatuation towards Taylor and in just a couple of months, her life looks nothing like it did before. While she is frightened by the changes she sees in herself, she cannot resist the lure of Taylor Holden. As Shyla slowly gains Taylor's trust, she learns of his complex history and how it has molded him into the person he has become. When elements of Taylor's secret past resurface and threaten to destroy them, Shyla finds out there may be more to Taylor's story than even he is aware of. Strapped is a story of passion, manipulation, obsession, and family secrets.
Shyla Ball has a comfortable life. She's a freelance designer who lives with her long term boyfriend. When she meets Taylor Holden she notices the gorgeous man who seems interested in her. Her comfortable life is stable, sometimes too stable. She's wondered about breaking out of the mold, but she's afraid. Afraid of hurting her boyfriend, afraid of ending up alone, afraid of what admitting her feelings could mean.
Taylor Holden is a secretive man. You can't just Google him and find out his life story. It's all under lock and key both figuratively and realistically. As his attraction to Shyla grows and she scurts his typical oddities he finds she may be the one person able to heal what ails him.
This book is HOT, HOT, HOT!
From the moment they meet you can't help but imagine that Taylor is an alpha with a capitol A. He's determined to have Shyla works for him. It makes her start thinking about how her career has stagnated. Once she goes for an interview everything becomes blurred. She asks Why? one hundred times a day and the conclusion keeps coming to is absurd to her.
Everyone has their secrets, but some are much deeper, much darker than anyone would care to imagine. As Shyla tries to dig she may not want to know or be ready to accept what she finds. The chemistry between Shyla and Taylor is SPOT ON. Oh how I'd love to see this one the big screen. It's so beautiful in my mind. I'm preparing to one click the next book in the series. The ending will leave you reeling.
This is SO far BEYOND a FIVE star story.
Strapped (my first book): http://amzn.com/B00E9GH1T4
Strapped Down (released 2/1/14): http://amzn.com/B00I65MS8S
"I have a mask just like the one that Taylor wears. It allows you to walk the earth pretending you are like all the others. I had worn it for so long and so well, I had almost forgotten. When we bumped into each other that first day, he recognized it. He could see right through the flimsy veneer. And so, we measured each other, tried to see if they other recognized our darkness. Bit by bit, we chipped away at each other's facade. Then this dance, this masquerade culminated today. When someone has the whole picture of who you are, it it a powerful weapon that can be used against you. You spend your life guarding the darkness until someone comes along who makes it no longer possible. The exposure is maddening and exhilarating all at once."
Nina G. Jones was born and raised in Bronx, NY and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two crazy Boxers.
She is the author of the Strapped series, and is currently working on a novella, Gorgeous Rotten Scoundrel, slated to be released in Spring 2014.
Nina lives a pretty wholesome life, but is fascinated with the dark side of things. She loves watching true crime TV shows and it creeps her husband out to no end. Nina has a degree in Psychology and uses her characters as a vehicle to explore the human psyche.
She also totally gets it if you want to throw your Kindle at her when you reach the end of Strapped, but let her know so she has a chance to duck.