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Leesa Joy
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The humidity that blankets the city of Clearwater, Florida, is no comparison to the steam that’s about to blow from this pot. Evy, quirky and fierce, capable of truly getting under a man’s skin, has the world at her feet, and after meeting Nathan, a sense of impending doom in her nightmares. Nathan is quiet and severe and the most beautiful thing Evy has ever seen, yet she keeps her walls up, certain that he's too good to be true. Nathan, so determined to disarm Evy’s shields, doesn’t notice he’s not the only man watching her. Driven by obsession and the need to earn a dead man’s love and approval, John has a shackle with Evy’s name on it. His psychological break could be detrimental to everyone as family secrets long ago buried, slowly boil to the surface. As his captive, Evy must find her command over John. With her beauty, her ferocity and her sassy mouth, she bosses him, entrances him and drives him absolutely bat-shit crazy. John has only known love through captivity- Evy’s quirks and demented sense of humor could be the light to his darkness... if Nathan doesn't ruin everything.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.25 out of 10


Plot: Joy's plot is a neverending trip down a dark, winding staircase of emotions and macabre events, culminating in several surprising revelations about characters and their mysterious backstories.

Prose: Joy's attempts to capture the confusion and angst of high school mindsets are uncannily accurate, but sometimes disturbing. More attention could be paid grammatically/mechanically.

Originality: Bonds is certainly a unique book, a novel with several sharp, wicked twists and turns and an ability to cultivate a foreboding sense of dread in the reader.

Character Development: Joy captures the innermost emotions, fears, and desires of her characters, as well as their outward demeanors and appearances, to remind us that monsters are hiding everywhere.

Date Submitted: August 09, 2017


5 stars Gripping

ByMuriel Barkeron July 10, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

A gripping read through and through. I couldn't put it down. Truly believable characters in an unbelievable situation. The main character had the smarts that I wish I had.

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Read in August 2017

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a standalone novel. 
This book is amazing, I read it straight through. I had no idea of what I was getting into when I started reading it. This book is dark and has some triggers for anyone that has been assaulted or has been held captive.
I know I shouldn't have, but I felt so bad for John and the life he was dealt with. His poor mother, such a sad life. This book has tons of twists and I really didn't see the ending turning out the way it did. I was hoping John would get his happy ending and some help with all that happened to him. I loved the chemistry between Nathan and Evy, but it was brief and I felt it was rushed. You can tell the author is going to be a great one because of how easy I was able to suck myself into this book and read it in one sitting. 
Can't wait to read more from this author