Not too long ago I wrote a recommendations post asking for book similar to something Cherise Sinclair would write. One of the recommendations I received was Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher. Since I am always on the hunt for better, more realistic BDSM books I jumped at the chance to read something from this new to me author.
Bonds of Trust is a club scene book. I know a lot of people do not think club scene BDSM books are very good. They lack the romance and emotional connection that people are looking for in a book. So when I get a club scene BDSM I am looking for something that will get me emotionally involved. It can’t just be about the tie me up and spank me aspect, there has to be something else offered.
Jake, Seth and Deklan have formed The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. They are very strict about what goes in The Den because the tides are always changing when it comes to clubs. They are serious about keeping the respect of the community. When they formed the club the partners made Jake commit to 5 years. He has a tendency to leave when the situation gets comfortable and never allows himself to form ties. He has many BDSM contracts with people but has never taken a sub of his own. To take a sub would open him up to emotions better left buried.
Cali Reynolds is recently divorced and wants to be touched. She has come out of a marriage where her and her husband had not been intimate for 7 years. She has two grown children she has given everything for and now she wants something for herself. She is not submissive in her normal life but has longed for someone to just take control in the bedroom. She has finally worked up the courage to apply for membership to The Den.
Jake’s five-year commitment to his friends is mere months from coming to an end when Cali walks into their club. She has something that calls to him. Normally when they see a 40-year-old woman she is a cougar looking for some fun. Cali is different. Without knowing why Jake agrees to be her Dom for the night. When the immerse themselves in a scene Jake asks for complete trust from Cali something Cali really struggles with. Slowly but surely Jake wins Cali’s trust and they form a deeper relationship and for the first time Jake decides to collar a sub. But something intrudes on their perfect world breaking them apart.
I liked this book. It offered me the emotional connection that I was looking for. It wasn’t just a club book. I felt more connected to Cali because I thought we were in her head more. It wasn’t until the end of the book we found out what caused Jake’s commitment issues so I felt a little disconnected from him for most of the book. But Cali was in a place a lot women can identify with. She has lived a full life but now is in a place where she has to figure out what she really wants.
My biggest issue with the book was Cali’s snap decisions. There were several times she made a judgement against Jake without having all the information. At the end of the book she humiliated him so badly that if it were me I am not sure I would have forgiven her. He stuck his heart on the line and she kind of stomped on it. Her explanations were not logical, to me.
Overall, this was a good BDSM book. There were a couple of times where Jake would put on his Dom persona and it was yummy stuff! I look forward to the next book in the series. I think Ms. Aicher did a good job on the first book in this series. Final grade- B
This man, Master Jake, owned his sexuality and desires without shame. He was decadence and freedom rolled into one delicious package.
And he scared the shit out of her.