Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Erotic Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Peter Mainwaring, Viscount Herridon, fell in love with Amy in the Assembly Room at Bath. When he waylaid her in a moonlit garden and introduced her to erotic bondage and submission, he thought he’d found his bride. But Amy, frightened of her response, fled and married Peter’s best friend John instead.
Amy loves John, but his gentle caresses leave her cold. When John confesses his unhappiness, Peter offers to help. He comes to Amy as a masked stranger and teaches her to embrace her desires. But when it’s time to return to her husband, Amy realizes the masked man is Peter, and that she cannot give her heart—or her body—to John alone.
“Frayed Bonds” is a short historical romance that includes some light bondage. Set in a society that vilified sensuality, Ms. Thorn crafts a novella that will leave you melting and asking for more.
Like most women, Amy is afraid of who she truly is. She has allowed society to dictate how she should feel and respond to sexual stimulation, which has left her timid and unfulfilled in the arms of her husband. It isn’t until Peter shows her what she truly wants that she is able to acknowledge her darker side and ask for what she needs.
Unlike most other ménages that I have read, the sexual trio is not equal. At the end, John holds the power in the relationship between the three, which I didn’t think was fair. The ending also left me wondering where they would go from there.
It was an overall satisfying read and I would read more from Ms. Thorn.
4 Tea Cups!