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Title: BIND ME (Capture Me, #2)

Author: Anna Zaires

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

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Blurb

He’s determined to break her.

For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

His obsession could destroy her.

She’s determined to escape.

For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Between The Sheets Promotions in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release promotions.

I’ve always loved Anna Zaire’s dark romance books. I first fell in love with her in her Twist Me trilogy. I think that was the first dark erotica that I really liked, and I looked forward to each installment until I got all three. Now, here we are with the second installment of that trilogy’s spin off. I loved the first installment, Capture Me, because the events coincided perfectly with the evens from the Twist Me trilogy. Also, that book introduced the heroine’s back story.

This book, though, is full on sex on almost every page. I’m not complaining, of course. But in this book, it showed how the relationship between the main characters became deeper mainly because of sex. But that wasn’t all. The hero obviously felt something more for the heroine. The same could be said for Yulia. It’s just sad that they were both fighting against their feelings too hard. It was understandable on Yulia’s part because she had someone important that could be used against her by her employers.

I cannot wait to read what’s next in their story. This spin off is truly riveting. I couldn’t stop reading it. When I got to the end, I was both thrilled and pissed off. Pissed off because now I have to wait to the next book. But I was also beyond thrilled because the story’s excitement just keeps escalating. I really like the way Ms. Zaires keeps her readers on their toes.

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She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him.

Now she will pay.

About the Author

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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

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Title: BIND ME (Capture Me, #2)

Author: Anna Zaires

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

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Blurb

He’s determined to break her.

For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

His obsession could destroy her.

She’s determined to escape.

For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

 

 

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Between The Sheets Promotions in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release promotions.

I’ve always loved Anna Zaire’s dark romance books. I first fell in love with her in her Twist Me trilogy. I think that was the first dark erotica that I really liked, and I looked forward to each installment until I got all three. Now, here we are with the second installment of that trilogy’s spin off. I loved the first installment, Capture Me, because the events coincided perfectly with the evens from the Twist Me trilogy. Also, that book introduced the heroine’s back story.

This book, though, is full on sex on almost every page. I’m not complaining, of course. But in this book, it showed how the relationship between the main characters became deeper mainly because of sex. But that wasn’t all. The hero obviously felt something more for the heroine. The same could be said for Yulia. It’s just sad that they were both fighting against their feelings too hard. It was understandable on Yulia’s part because she had someone important that could be used against her by her employers.

I cannot wait to read what’s next in their story. This spin off is truly riveting. I couldn’t stop reading it. When I got to the end, I was both thrilled and pissed off. Pissed off because now I have to wait to the next book. But I was also beyond thrilled because the story’s excitement just keeps escalating. I really like the way Ms. Zaires keeps her readers on their toes.

 

 

 

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She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him.

Now she will pay.

 

About the Author

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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

 

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Title: CAPTURE ME

Author: Anna Zaires

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: December 8, 2015

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Blurb

A new dark romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me

She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him.

Now she will pay.

 

NOTE: Capture Me is the first book about Lucas & Yulia and has a cliffhanger-ish ending. It’s a long novella/short novel of approximately 45,000 words (about 200 pages) and is a spin-off from the Twist Me trilogy. It’s not necessary to have read that trilogy to enjoy Capture Me, but the book does contain major spoilers for books 2 and 3 of Twist Me.

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Between The Sheets Promotions in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release day promotions.

My first book from Anna Zaires was Twist Me, and I loved that book so much I followed the whole trilogy. When I learned that she was going to write a spin off with Lucas’ story, I was immediately excited about it. That’s why I just couldn’t let the chance to read Capture Me pass. As with any other book I’ve read from her, Capture Me is twisted and sexy in a delicious way.

We have a heroine who was the reason why Lucas and Julian’s plane crashed. How ever way you look at it, she sentenced the hero to death. Yes, she may have regretted it, but it doesn’t change the fact that if Julian and Lucas did not survive, their deaths were on her hands, along with the rest of the men who died when the plan was bombed.

Our hero is someone loyal to Julian. He’s always been interesting even in the other series, so reading about his story now is entertaining. And he is one kinky son of a bitch, by the way. I really enjoyed this first installment, and I look forward to reading the next part of Lucas and Yulia’s story.

 

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Excerpt

Author’s Note: This is from Yulia’s POV. For those of you familiar with the Twist Me series, this scene takes place in Moscow, when Lucas & Julian were there to meet with the Russian officials.

 

He steps into my apartment as soon as the door swings open. No hesitation, no greeting—he just comes in.

Startled, I step back, the short, narrow hallway suddenly stiflingly small. I’d somehow forgotten how big he is, how broad his shoulders are. I’m tall for a woman—tall enough to fake being a model if an assignment calls for it—but he towers a full head above me. With the heavy down jacket he’s wearing, he takes up almost the entire hallway.

Still not saying a word, he closes the door behind him and advances toward me. Instinctively, I back away, feeling like cornered prey.

“Hello, Yulia,” he murmurs, stopping when we’re out of the hallway. His pale gaze is locked on my face. “I wasn’t expecting to see you like this.”

I swallow, my pulse racing. “I just took a bath.” I want to seem calm and confident, but he’s got me completely off-balance. “I wasn’t expecting visitors.”

“No, I can see that.” A faint smile appears on his lips, softening the hard line of his mouth. “Yet you let me in. Why?”

“Because I didn’t want to continue talking through the door.” I take a steadying breath. “Can I offer you some tea?” It’s a stupid thing to say, given what he’s here for, but I need a few moments to compose myself.

He raises his eyebrows. “Tea? No, thanks.”

“Then can I take your jacket?” I can’t seem to stop playing the hostess, using politeness to cover my anxiety. “It looks quite warm.”

Amusement flickers in his wintry gaze. “Sure.” He takes off his down jacket and hands it to me. He’s left wearing a black sweater and dark jeans tucked into black winter boots. The jeans hug his legs, revealing muscular thighs and powerful calves, and on his belt, I see a gun sitting in a holster.

Irrationally, my breathing quickens at the sight, and it takes a concerted effort to keep my hands from shaking as I take the jacket and walk over to hang it in my tiny closet. It’s not a surprise that he’s armed—it would be a shock if he wasn’t—but the gun is a stark reminder of who Lucas Kent is.

What he is.

It’s no big deal, I tell myself, trying to calm my frayed nerves. I’m used to dangerous men. I was raised among them. This man is not that different. I’ll sleep with him, get whatever information I can, and then he’ll be out of my life.

Yes, that’s it. The sooner I can get it done, the sooner all of this will be over.

Closing the closet door, I paste a practiced smile on my face and turn back to face him, finally ready to resume the role of confident seductress.

Except he’s already next to me, having crossed the room without making a sound.

My pulse jumps again, my newfound composure fleeing. He’s close enough that I can see the gray striations in his pale blue eyes, close enough that he can touch me.

And a second later, he does touch me.

Lifting his hand, he runs the back of his knuckles over my jaw.

I stare up at him, confused by my body’s instant response. My skin warms and my nipples tighten, my breath coming faster. It doesn’t make sense for this hard, ruthless stranger to turn me on. His boss is more handsome, more striking, yet it’s Kent my body’s reacting to. All he’s touched thus far is my face. It should be nothing, yet it’s intimate somehow.

Intimate and disturbing.

I swallow again. “Mr. Kent—Lucas—are you sure I can’t offer you something to drink? Maybe some coffee or—” My words end in a breathless gasp as he reaches for the tie of my robe and tugs on it, as casually as one would unwrap a package.

“No.” He watches as the robe falls open, revealing my naked body underneath. “No coffee.”

 

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Bind Me (Capture Me, Book 2)

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He’s determined to break her.

For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

His obsession could destroy her.

She’s determined to escape.

For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

NOTE: Bind Me is book 2 of 4 in Lucas & Yulia’s story, and it ends on a cliffhanger. It’s a novel of approximately 51,000 words (~250 print pages).

 

 

About the Author

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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

 

Connect with Anna

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Main Characters: Nora Leston, Julian Esguerra

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“The devil does indeed wear a beautiful mask.”

Review

Dark erotica has never been my favorite. However, I have to say that Twist Me got me glued to its pages until the very end. If I had to recommend a dark erotica novel, I’d mention this book in a heart beat.

When I first read the synopsis, I thought to myself that this was another of those rape/abduction fantasies that was just a poor excuse for writing about rough sex. I was proven wrong.

As the story progressed, I found my self more and more intrigued over what was going to happen. The author did a good job of narrating the details, the events and everything else that was going on with Nora.

Julian was both a dark man who had very little redeeming qualities and a man who was so obsessed with Nora that it was incredible. The fact that he kidnapped her and forced her to do many things a man in a normal relationship wouldn’t ask a woman to do may turn off some people. However, if you are not faint hearted, you will enjoy this story until the end.

You will be surprised to find yourself rooting for Nora and Julian instead of cringing everytime you remember that he kidnapped her, took her away from her family, and threatened her friends as well.

As someone who is not a fan of dark fiction, I would gladly rate his book five red hearts because this book surprised me and took me into a journey that involved kidnapping, a beach in a private island, torture, moving on, and falling in love. While this is not your usual love story, this is how I like my dark erotica. It wasn’t too hopeless or crude or brutal. It was bordering on those premises, but, as a reader, you would also know that despite all the transgressions, there was a happy ending to look forward to.

 

“It’s not the sweet, tender kind of love I always dreamed of, but it’s love. Dark, twisted, and obsessive, it’s both a compulsion and an addiction.”

 

 

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“We look at each other–predator and prey, the conqueror and the conquered–and in that moment, I feel an odd sort of connection to him. Like a part of myself is forever altered by what’s happening between us.”