Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?
When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah's her new boss. For another, he's as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives in to his dangerous games. She knows he's got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she's willing to go to light the way for love.
Bound Beneath His Pain is intended for mature audiences.
Bound Beneath His Pain pairs up Micah Holt with Allie Parker and from their first meeting there's a tension that just oozes through. Micah would dearly love to explore what's between them but Allie has a history that means the idea of being a rich man’s plaything is the last thing she needs. Yet Micah breaks through her barriers as Allie learns more about him but both have secrets which will really upset their particular apple cart!
If I'm brutally honest, I didn't really become enamoured by either of these characters. Micah constantly fears the darkness that's within him and yet he didn't strike me as particularly dark in any way. In point of fact, I thought he carried more sadness than anything else. Admittedly Micah has a taste for kink but it's not graphic or really rough in my opinion. Allie is a loyal sort which I liked but I never quite understood why Micah saw her as innocent. Bright, loving, and perceptive yes, but not particularly innocent. I think that's my issue here as Micah seemed to forget that BDSM practices are accepted far more now than previously and exploring one’s sexuality is not a no-no anymore.
Okay, bottom line is I liked the set up here as there are three more members of the Dominants Council to come out and play. Bound Beneath His Pain wasn't a hard dirty erotic story and I think many will find this a bit, well frankly tame. Perhaps there will be more suspense in the next story as for me this book just lacked something. Two people with issues find each other and begin to heal with an epilogue that's very interesting indeed!
I was gifted a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.