Stephanie is burnt out with competing and her relationship with her father. At a Karate competition she gets beat by a young woman, whose brother Stephanie is interested in. The complication is that their fathers used to be best friends, but are now archrivals.
Bound by Tradition was fun to read. Not only do you see the effects of over scheduling and no breaks in training, but volatile family relationships can have a big effect on someone. I liked that Shiro was willing to try to help Stephanie realize there was more to life and that she had a right to find her own happiness. The way he went about it was intriguing to say the least.
I have heard about Shibari and have attended a rope class once where some of the knots and techniques were shown. The author’s descriptions were accurate with my limited knowledge. The art is a beautiful one but one needs to be sure the person doing it is trained and knowledgeable and a very big safety point was brought out in the book, which I appreciated. It was interesting watching Stephanie comes to terms with the fact that she enjoyed being in ropes.
This book is more about relationships and the way Shibari relates to a person and about the journey of coming to terms with oneself. I found the relationship between Stephanie and Shiro great and pretty realistic with young people finding their way.
Recently divorced soccer mom and paralegal extraordinaire Charlotte Sullivan has a secret past life that returns to haunt her on her birthday in the form of a perfectly gift-wrapped, blood-red velvet bustier. A summons from her once Master, François Rene de Hart, follows.Pure lust awaits a mere train ride away, but she fears the journey may break more than her heart the second time around. With her teenage daughters in Europe for the summer, Charlotte’s opportunity to relive her youth with a man she once loved seems too good to be true. It’s also a chance to be bad, which she hasn’t been in a very long time. Curiosity and temptation win out over logic.But more surprises are in store. François’ current lover, Pierre-Louis, is very much a part of his life. If she wants to be truly reunited with her Master, she must learn to love the other man as well.Reader Advisory: This book includes same-gender sex. Variety’s the spice of life, after all…
Before opening this book a reader could come to the conclusion that they were in for a story about a slave returning to their Master. This would be true, but it is only a part of the story. Charlotte does go back to see her Master whom she left years ago because he refused to have children with her after he sends her a gift. Turns out he is willing to take her back, but only if she is willing to now become a part of a menage since her old Master now has a young, male slave as well.
The menage aspect was unexpected during the reading and seemed a bit much. Charlotte struggled with the idea of a menage a little, but then agreed too easily. When she explained the situation to her family it seemed awkward and not believable. Then again, the ending seemed unbelievable and a few things were left unresolved.
Something else that sound be mentioned is the cover doesn’t give a hint at a menage, and the woman on the cover is too young for the actual character in the book. As far as the rating goes, the story was well written but the end seemed rushed. And for BDSM and kink, while a lot of scenerios were discussed they weren’t actually scenes in the book.