Sunday, December 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Bound by Brenda Rothert


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.

4.5 star review by Jen Skewes

What first drew me to this book was the fact that the hero was a sexy hockey player.  I am such a sucker for a story with a hockey player in it.  But this book was so much more than that.  Bound is about love, loss, grief, and moving on from the pain of losing someone you love.

Kate is a college student who suddenly finds herself pregnant and no longer with a boyfriend.  The father of her child freaked out and walked away, leaving Kate to take care of her baby on her own.  But just when Kate was really coming to terms with being a mother, something tragic happens, and Kate's world comes crashing down in the blink of an eye.  After months of shutting out the rest of the world she finally decides to get up and try to move on.  She decides to join a grief support group, where she meets Jason "Ryke" Ryker.

Jason Ryker (sigh),  how I absolutely loved him.  Jason is a professional hockey player who suddenly became a widow at the age of 25, a little less than 2 years ago.   He is still going through the grieving process but there is more to it for him.  He loved his wife but there was a lot more to his marriage than most people would understand.   Along with his grief also comes guilt.  When he meets Kate, the new girl at his support group he notices how beautiful she is but also how vulnerable and sad she is.  He wants to talk to her, find out what happened, get to know her.  There is just something about her that causes him to be drawn to her. 

Ryke and Kate form a friendship and Kate eventually ends up working for Ryke as his personal assistant.  But at some point their feelings for each other become more than friends.  Ryke starts feeling things for her that he has never felt for a woman before, and that scares the crap out of him.  He is an amazing hockey player and when it comes to woman he is great at one night stands.  But a relationship with someone he actually cares about, well that is another story.  Even though he was married once, his marriage was not what it seemed to outsiders.  The guilt from his relationship with his first wife I think has a lot to do with the fear he now feels about falling for Kate.   But the truth is that he cannot deny the feelings that are starting to stir inside of him when it comes to her.  He wants her, and not just in his bed.  He wants all of her.  But how much of herself is she willing to give him?

"Since I'd met her, it wasn't just sex I wanted anymore.  It was Kate.  Vulnerable, sweet, sexy little Kate, who was making me wonder if maybe there is such a thing as a second chance."

Kate is still dealing with her own grief and pain from her loss.  She likes Ryke and really enjoys spending time with him.  She feels comfortable with him and he understands exactly what he is going through.  But Kate's fears get in the way of their friendship becoming more.  She is afraid of intimacy with Ryke.  She is afraid if she moves forward that she risks experiencing the same loss again and she isn't willing to take that risk with her heart again.  Ryke is there by her side to help her see that she deserves love, and that it is ok to let go of the pain and guilt and move on.  

I loved this book.  First let me just say how amazing Ryke is.  He is this hot and sexy hockey player who has an amazing heart.  He is genuinely a good guy.  He was so patient, caring, kind and loving when it came to Kate.  He understood her fears and reservations and never pushed her.  He wanted to protect her and help her heal.  And for a sexy, popular hockey player he was very down to earth,  and enjoyed experiencing the normal things in life with Kate.  

"This beautiful vulnerable woman was winding her way to a place in my heart no one had ever been before."

Brenda Rothert did such a wonderful job with this story.   Bound was written in alternating point of views which I love.  I always love reading a story and experiencing it through both the hero and heroine's eyes.  Bound deals with real issues and I think that the author did an amazing job capturing the emotions and feelings that these characters went through.  I think that most people can relate to the loss that both Kate and Ryke experienced.  Most people have had to deal with the loss of a loved one before, whether it be a friend, spouse, parent or a child.  No matter who it is doesn't make the pain of it any less.   You understand their pain and emotions.  As the reader I went through the emotions with Kate and Ryke.  When they hurt I felt their heartache with them, when they laughed I laughed.  I cried, became emotional and just kept rooting for these two damaged people to find their happiness together. 

Bound takes us on the journey of two people who have lost someone that they loved.  They are both trying to move on and get past the pain that they feel.  Once they meet each other they are bound together by their grief.  They help each other to heal and to move forward.  Through their grief they both found a friend to lean on, someone who understood what they were going through.   They formed an amazing bond and they also found love.  Together Ryke and Kate were perfect.   The ending for me was honestly real and true to the story, but I am selfish and still wanted more of them.  I am happy to say that we will be getting more of Ryke and Kate in the future and I for one cannot wait!

Excellent job by Ms. Rothert.

"The two of us were bound together by the thread of grief but it wasn't just our mutual losses that united us.  We'd survived them, found each other and discover that sometimes from darkness can come light."

Brenda Rothert started her writing career as a print journalist. She now writes Romances, some Contemporary and others with a twist of dystopian society and adventure. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.

Facebook Author Page:!/authorbrendarothert
Twitter: @BrendaRothert

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