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.
Strapped (my first book): http://amzn.com/B00E9GH1T4
Strapped Down (released 2/1/14): http://amzn.com/B00I65MS8S
“The click of the seat belt securing into the buckle is the only sound to break the awkward silence. I feel his warm breath on my neck as he reaches and I take a deep nervous inhale. His scent fills my nose, it is clean and warm, just like in the coffee shop. The smell of his skin is delicious. I try to stop these thoughts, but they are invading my brain in a way that has never happened to me before. Not even with...Rick. I try push him back out of my mind at this moment because I feel a sense of guilt. Rick and I are frozen. That’s the only way I can describe us. He is faithful, he is steady, he is nice, but he is not like this man in front of me: new, mysterious, and unpredictable. Rick and I are in a state of comfort, but like much of my life, I am becoming more and more discontent with comfort.”
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.
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Life is good Shyla has a good job working from her nice home and a loyal boyfriend. But it's all crap she just doesn't realize it until she spills coffee on a man, a man who them offers her a job she can't refuse. As time goes by she sees just how unhappy she was with her stable life, and even though she is still with she boyfriend her attraction to Taylor becomes harder and harder to deny with each passing day. He has issues and secrets but it only endears him to her more because he lets her in. When one night changes everything the two have to decide if what they has is worth it and more importantly can the issues between them work themselves out? With so much mystery surrounding his past and a darkness that he tries to hide from her can Shyla break through the barriers and can she handle what she finds?
Shyla is strong and determined when she sees something she wants she goes after it even if that philosophy causes problems for her at times. She is who she is and makes no apologies for it, her strength help Taylor open up to her. Right away you see he has quirks and at times a darkness surrounding him but you see how Shyla brings out the best in him and helps to set him free. The companionship between the two is obvious and you see how they balance each other out. I loved watching the story unfold and it's not all hearts and roses there's a story there and you turn each page desperate to find out more. Great book but with one of those EVIL cliffhangers!!! Can't wait to read more.