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Review: Bound by Brenda Rothert

The tie that binds them together may tear them apart…

College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt – to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.
Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.
When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.

This story is equal parts tragic and happy because they’ve both been through so much but Kate and Ryke want to heal one another. He’s immediately drawn to this beautiful sad woman and even though she’s afraid to let him in, he wins her over by being sweet and kind and just wanting to support her in every way possible. They’re both carrying guilt that complicates their grief so nothing is simple but they make it work.

Their story is steamy and bittersweet but I loved every moment. I liked the characters right away and loved them both by the end, especially Ryke. Their pain is palpable in the beginning but they learn to deal with it together to get their HEA. This is my first book by the author but I’ll definitely continue the series.

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