Review: "Bound By Law", by SE Jakes + Giveaway!

Filed in Giveaways , Review , SE Jakes , The Danger Lover Posted on August 8, 2011 @ 6:00 am 23 comments

Format Read: e-ARC submitted by Author for Review
Length: 157 Pages
Genre: Contemporary, GLBT, BDSM, ménage à trois
Series: Men of Honor Book #2
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Formats Available: eBook, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Publisher, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook

Book Blurb:

The one man he can’t forget is the one whose memories could destroy them all.

After the one man he trusted disappeared, it took Law Connor ten years to take a chance on another relationship. Trouble is, right about the time he’s finally ready to let go of the past, the past stages a hostile takeover.

Back when they were teens, Styx was the boy with no memory. He and Law had each other’s backs until he was forced to leave to keep Law safe. Now a CIA agent, he’s finally discovered who he is, and why he’s a hunted man.

Detective Paulo McMannus has almost succeeded in helping Law forget his lost love when Styx comes plowing back into their lives. No way is Paulo giving up his lover without a fight.

Suddenly Law finds himself on the run with Styx, the man who can still bring him to his knees…and with Paulo, the man who brought him back to life. The worst part? He can’t choose between them. And it’s getting harder to remember why he should.

Product Warnings:
Contains rough language, rougher sex and warriors who fall hard for one another.


My Thoughts:

It has been ten years since the love of Law Connor’s life left him and during the entire decade he has not committed himself to another lover. No one has enticed or loved him the way the strong enigmatic Styx did. Then he meets Police Detective Paulo McMannus and try as he might Law has been unable to forget him. So, after 3 months of denying his feelings Law turns up at Paulo’s door uninvited and unannounced, and he allows Law back into his life. Paulo has been waiting and hoping that Law will want him enough to return.

Just as Law and Paulo are reacquainted, CIA spook and Law’s ex-lover Styx crashes into their lives bringing a semi-truck load of danger. All three of these men have pasts laced with emotional trauma and heartache caused by their biological families. Styx has no memory of his life prior adolescence. During his intensive CIA training various methods were attempted to allow him to remember his youth but the memories remain elusive. Now, a violent insidious threat has come back to haunt him and it threatens to take the one man he loves in the world, Law, and Paulo is involved purely by association. Styx is now forced to deal with the hurt he caused Law when he abruptly left as well as Law’s handsome, beautifully tattooed, virile new lover.
There are a number of tense action scenes in this story and Paulo proves to be an extremely intelligent, focused professional policeman. The only reason I’m mentioning this is because Law is ex-military, special ops Delta Force to be exact, and Styx as a highly trained CIA field agent is “like Delta Force on Steroids”. However, Paulo shines through regarding his bravery and ability to make significant sacrifices to protect not just one but two men for whom he cares deeply.
Law and Paulo are forced to flee their homes and go into hiding with Styx to allude a powerful, elusive assassin who has a network of associates. It is winter and as the men hold up in an isolated cabin in the middle of a storm a close bond grows while they embark on an emotional and sexual journey each helping the other to confront their demons. Bound by Law is a sexually explicit ménage à trois novel. There are scenes of bondage, graphic m/m & m/m/m sexuality and submission which I found appropriate given these men are all tough alpha males. Each of these men has endured horrible suffering during their lives and their stories touched me deeply. Significant page time given to the building of the relationship and trust between Paulo, Law and Styx, and I felt their rough intimate encounters were fitting given their backgrounds and personalities.
SE Jakes introduces CIA operative Tomcat, Styx’s partner who helps to orchestrate a sting operation and ferret out the bad guy. He also offers outside Intel and protection. I really liked Tomcat and hope we see more of him in the next novel in the series Ties that Bind. Readers are also given a glimpse into how Damon and Tanner are fairing, the heroes of Book I, Bound by Honor.
At it’s heart, Bound by Law is a dramatic lovers reacquainted story, but I would also describe it as an emotional cabin romance with an intense suspense subplot. IMHO the title is perfect because Law is the catalyst that binds the three men together. If you are interested in reading this story I would suggest you read the Men of Honor books in order because the plot of this story does follow and build on the first book in the series.

I give Bound by Law 4 Bookies


SE Jakes has generously offered digital copies of Book I Bound by Honor, & Book II Bound by Law to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment about the review.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

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Giveaway ends on Saturday, August 20, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!


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Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • debbie August 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I thought your review was great. I would like to read the book.

  • suem2 August 8, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Lovers 'reacquainted' is always a favorite theme of mine – add romantic suspense as well… It's a win-win situation for me! I'd love a chance to win these 2 books.

  • June M. August 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

    This book sounds terrific. I love a good m/m story so a m/m/m book is definitely something I would LOVE to read. Thank you for the great review and both you and the author for the wonderful giveaway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  • IreneRJ August 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

    After reading the review I definately want to read the book! A good action suspense romance.

  • Ju Dimello August 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I'm all for sexy hot men. Menage is just icing on the top! The story seems really fantastic too. I'd love to read this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway. count me in. judimello AT gmail DOT com

  • Lea August 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    @Hi Debbie: Thank you for your comment. I'm no m/m aficionado but I enjoyed this read very much. I really like SE Jakes voice. 🙂

    @suem2: Thanks for your comment! Definitely lovers reacquainted. Actually Law is reacquainted with two lovers! lol I hope you enjoy if you decide to read the books. 🙂

    @June: Thank you for your comment! This is definitely a hot one! These guys engage in a sexual marathon. lol 😉

    @Irene: Thank you for your comment. 🙂

    @Hey Ju! Thanks for your note. Yep Hot sexy men and romantic suspense. 😉

    Good luck to all of you!


  • Jen B. August 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    The first time I saw the cover of Bound By Law I stopped and read the blurb. I thought the cover was wonderful and the blurb really struck me. I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks!

  • Morticia Knight August 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Great review. Thanks for the recommendation regarding reading the books in order. Sometimes with book series you don't have to, but I never know when it's appropriate or not, so that helps!

  • diannakay August 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    This is a new review blog to me! The books sound interesting.

  • Kaetrin August 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I haven't read this author before but the story sounds great so I'll have to put the series on my To Buy list if I don't win a copy (*crosses fingers*) 🙂

    hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

  • Louisa August 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I like that you give a review without giving the plot away.

  • Erica Pike August 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I have never read a menage with three alphas. That has got to be interesting!

    Great review ^.^

  • Beatrice August 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Haven't read any of S.E. Jakes's books before, but the M/M/M storyline is great. (Not to mention it sounds really hot.)

    Please count me in!

    beatrice.g.tan [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I would love to win these books! Very interesting..

    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  • Anna N. August 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I've read book 1 of the series, Bound by Honor, and like the character Law a lot. The review is very intriguing yet not revealing spoilers.

  • Anna N. August 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I forgot to leave my contact information:)

  • Anonymous August 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I'm glad this is turning out to be m/m/m since it wasn't so clear in the excerpt which way Law would go and I didn't really want him to have to choose between them. 🙂

  • Anonymous August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Oops. That anonymous up there was me —

    It said I'd have to sign in after submitting my comment but that never happened…?

  • wildeeper August 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I'm glad to learn that it's m/m/m. When I read the excerpt, it wasn't clear which Law would end up with and I didn't really want him to have to choose. Hooray happy endings for all! 🙂

  • Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I haven't read anything by this author yet but love to read a good m/m story every now and again and am always on the hunt for a new good author! The premis of this series sounds great!

    Thanks for the chance!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • StacieDM August 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations on the new release! I adore m/m romance and I also love heroes in law enforcement. I think this series sounds perfect for me. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  • Cassandra August 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Oh, menage:]

    I haven't yet read anything by this author, but the blurb sounds great!

  • Alma W August 20, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Nothing is better than a hot, delicious threesome with military men! Especially not, when one of them is tattooed. 😉 pure yum!

    Of course, I would like to join.

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