Book Reviews

Bound by Honor (Men of Honor 1) by SE Jakes and Stephanie Tyler

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-November-2017

Book Blurb

A promise forces two men to bare themselves…completely.

One year ago on a mission gone wrong, Tanner James failed to save the life of Jesse, his Army Ranger teammate. Before dying in that South American jungle, Jesse extracted a promise that won’t let Tanner rest until it’s fulfilled—no matter what it costs him.

Damon Price loved Jesse, but problems in their relationship had come to a head right before Jesse left on his final mission. Now a reluctant Dom and a man still in mourning, he’s not happy when Tanner appears at his BDSM club. And even less happy with Jesse’s last request—that Tanner sub for him for one night.

After a rough start, Damon realizes that the tough soldier, despite his protests, aches for someone to take control. And Tanner senses a hesitance, an insecurity in Damon that makes him wonder if he’s simply a placeholder for Jesse, or if their tentative connection could grow into something more.

For Jesse’s sake, they agree to try one weekend together. Then duty calls, and a series of attacks that have been happening near the club hits too close to home, making both men wonder if giving their hearts is a maneuver fraught with too much risk…



NOTE: This book was previously released by Samhain Publishing in March 2011.


Book Review

This book is about two men who have been wounded in their past, both too proud to admit it, and both looking for something they think they need - only to find out that is only part of the truth. While the book is labelled as a BDSM title, and it can be read it as such, I don't think that is actually true in the “literal” sense of the word. The characters play with domination and submission because they think they need it, but for me, that wasn't what the story was about.

Tanner is trying to deal with losing Jesse, a team mate, during a military mission. Jesse's last wish was that Tanner see Damon, Jesse's boyfriend, to submit to him. Tanner doesn't think he's a submissive (and he isn't, not in that sense of the word), but goes to see Damon anyway. The misunderstandings and pain these two manage to inflict on each other before they sort themselves out are scary.

Damon carries a dark secret - and isn't any more a Dom than Tanner is a sub. He may like to dominate, on occasion, but that isn't who he is. Tanner needs to figure out what happened in his past to make him think he is before there is any hope.

This story is intense, not for the faint hearted and more about the psychology of two wounded men finding healing in each other than anything else. I look forward to the next volume, and am hoping that LC can find a solution for his problems as well.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 60950 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-September-2016
Price $2.99 ebook
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