Review: STRAPPED by Nina G. Jones

Review: STRAPPED by Nina G. JonesSTRAPPED by Nina G. Jones
Series: Strapped, #1
on July 29, 2014
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Erotic Romance, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
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By all appearances, Shyla Ball has an enviable life: a loyal boyfriend, a great job, and family that loves her. She doesn't realize how deeply unsatisfied she is until she has an embarrassing encounter with a handsome stranger at a coffee shop. Taylor Holden, a successful businessman, takes a sudden special interest in her and offers her a job she cannot refuse. Soon after, she learns there is much more to this intensely private man than meets the eye. He is hiding many painful secrets, including why it is that he has seemingly plucked her out of obscurity for such a lucrative position. Her "perfect" world is turned upside down by her infatuation towards Taylor and in just a couple of months, her life looks nothing like it did before. While she is frightened by the changes she sees in herself, she cannot resist the lure of Taylor Holden. As Shyla slowly gains Taylor's trust, she learns of his complex history and how it has molded him into the person he has become. When elements of Taylor's secret past resurface and threaten to destroy them, Shyla finds out there may be more to Taylor's story than even he is aware of. Strapped is a story of passion, manipulation, obsession, and family secrets.

Please note: Strapped contains adult themes and content. This series is dark and will likely not elicit warm, fuzzy feelings. Some characters have mental health and emotional issues and are deeply flawed. This is not a typical romance novel.



Shyla Ball received the opportunity of a lifetime. Who knew spilling your coffee on a hot, sexy stranger, would lead to a job offer? Taylor Holden, gorgeous CEO of Holden Industries, went with his gut when he offered a job to Shyla. He knew something was different about her, something special. This wasn’t just ANY job, this position came with perks like a new designer wardrobe, new “company car,” and you get to travel to exotic countries with a beautiful man on your arm. When the attraction between Shyla and Taylor gets stronger, the job becomes more complicated. Taylor has secrets, secrets that he doesn’t plan on telling anyone, EVER. It’s because of these secrets that he can’t have the type of relationship that Shyla craves, that HE secretly craves. These feelings, this intense attraction that Shyla feels for Taylor has changed something inside of her. She has never loved, never lusted, never felt this way about another man before. Can she be what Taylor needs her to be for him once she learns the truth? Can a relationship full of secrets survive on love alone? These questions will not matter if the ghost from Taylor’s past gets what they want.

 ❝This man makes me cry more than anyone else in the world, and while that should be an ominous sign, I think it is because he makes me feel more deeply and strongly than anyone has before.❞

Strapped by Nina G. Jones was a dark, enticing, sexy as sin read. It has everything you want in a dark erotic romance. Taylor Holden is a mysterious, sexy, damaged man who has been through some horrible things. You can’t even imagine what he went through as a small child. You will understand why he is such a private man who let’s no one close. How does a man so broken, so tormented, become so damn successful? He has found a way to obtain control. You will be able to tell right away that this man is a Dom. Taylor is serious, brooding, and he dominates every page of this book. He is in charge, and EVERYONE knows it. When a certain spitfire of a woman touches him, and makes him test his control, he decides he has to have her, in whatever capacity he can.

Shyla Ball is our leading lady, and a perfect fit for our boy Taylor. She is strong, independent, and intelligent. The immediate attraction to Taylor has caught her off guard. She is the only one that has chipped away at his unbreakable walls, slowly but surely gaining his trust, and is finally seeing why he is the way he is. When she learns of his past, her heart breaks for him. She wants to heal him, she wants to teach him how to love.

 ❝I am addicted to him,❞

Past demons are getting in the way of everything. Dangers come to light, and lives are threatened. Strapped is a mix of pure romance and disturbing erotic events. It’s beautiful, emotional, dark, and sometimes twisted. It was one hell of a thrill ride. It is full of passion and intensity that will have you holding your breath scene after scene. Very good writing, plot twists that will blow your mind, and characters that will drive you mad with lust, complete one hell of a book. Fifty Shades of Grey is a thing of the past. Novels like Strapped is where we are going, and where I want to stay. 

WARNING TIME: I feel like I should put some warnings in my review, even though you all have a pretty good idea on what books I am obsessed with. Strapped contains dark events and some heavy BDSM scenes. Some scenes will be hard to read. You might even have to set the book down for a little bit to let it all sink in, and let all the various emotions flow through you. This can be intense for some people, but SO DAMN worth it. I also must warn you that you will be left with a cliffhanger from HELL. You might get pissed, but don’t worry, book 2 is already out and ready for you to pick up. Just in case, to avoid any anxiety attacks, you should probably go ahead and purchase the second book as well. You will LOVE me for it!


*Gifted copy provided by the author*


AVAILABLE NOW! BOOK 2 in the Strapped Series:




About Nina G. Jones

Owner of Boxers, lover of chocolate, writer of twisted “love” stories…for now.
A little obsessed with abnormal psychology and I think you’ll notice my characters reflect that.
STRAPPED is her debut novel and will launch on August 1st, 2013.
Here is the fancy longish version:

By day, Nina G. Jones works for an internet startup and is a freelance copywriter. She lives with her husband and two dogs.

By night, she explores the hidden recesses of the human psyche in her writing.

Nina has a background in Psychology and uses this as a starting point for her writing. She adds depth to her characters by exploring their psychological motivations. Due to the nature of the topics she explores, Nina does not shy away from explicit language, sexuality, or violence. Despite covering some heavy topics, Nina finds a way to infuse humor into her writing as well.

She has a particular fascination with people who appear to be “normal” or “successful” by all outside appearances who are hiding a secret life.

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