Bound by Love Book Cover Bound by Love
Toni V. Sweeney
Contemporary/Paranormal Romance
Boroughs Publishing Group
February 19, 2019
269

LOVE, RECONSTRUCTED

Dylan Roth is back home, and not by his choosing. After a nasty divorce, he wants to find his footing and his place in the world. He joins his dad and brother in the family construction business and is assigned to the renovation of the old Mercier house, which is being filmed for the TV show Dream Homes, Unlimited. The last thing Dylan wants is to fall for Scarlett "Letty" Mercier, but an undeniable attraction is making it hard for him to say no to the redheaded beauty. When he learns the Roths' and the Merciers' pasts are entwined, he starts digging, and family history can no longer stay buried. Dylan and Letty are bound by a haunting secret that threatens to tear them apart unless they can break the ties of the past.

Reviewed by: Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Dylan Roth never thought he would be back in Hahira Georgia, but after a very contentious and public divorce it was his sanctuary. Back living with his parents, working in his father’s construction company, he was going through the motions while he figured out what he wanted to do with his life. Write another book?

Then she walked into his life, or drove, that gorgeous BMW z5 which was parked in front of his father’s office. He gets the job of working on the renovation to the old, rundown Mercier house. Of course, the woman, Scarlett “Letty” Mercier is the owner who wants it done and it’s going to be on the TV show Dream Homes, Unlimited. As the banter pointed out at their first day on the job, she’s pushing back on anything that could start in the romance department. It’s only a job. Only. A. Job.

However, there’s a problem no one wants to talk about, a big secret that no one seems to want to address that is connected to the Roth and Mercier families. With accidents happening at the job site, things going on inside the house, and the secret his parents have been keeping about the situation, Dylan can’t just leave it alone. His former job was as an investigative reporter and he leans on that experience while trying to figure out why his and Letty’s families were connected and what it could mean to their future.

If he survives the experience.

Bound by Love is an interesting book. It starts out like the usual contemporary romance, boy meets girl, girl is gorgeous, intelligent, and both are trying hard to not fall into a relationship. As it goes along, there are signs that this romance isn’t going to be strictly a contemporary, something much darker is going on.

And yes, I’m not going to spoil it for you.

I got hooked into the story and could visualize this one as a movie I would want to see. The characters are richly developed, engaging, and the premise is totally believable. The mystery is a good one and there’s not too much in the way of hints, a problem that a lot of these kind of books suffer from. Toni V. Sweeney has crafted a wonderfully entertaining mystery wrapped in a great romance.