Book Review: Bound to Me by Christy Pastore

Title: Bound to Me (The Harbour #1)
Author: @christypastore
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars

We set the rules…
Well, I set the rules… he agreed.
I left before we could break them, or so I thought I had…

Ella Connolly is looking forward to starting a new adventure in her life. After putting her party girl, headline-grabbing tabloid exploits behind her, she has become a responsible and successful entrepreneur. Moving across the pond to Manhattan, she’s determined to make the dream for her boutique to become an international retail brand come true.

While in the States, her overprotective brother insists she have a full-time security detail. This complicates Ella’s plans in more ways than one.

Alex Robertsen’s life is in shambles. After losing the woman he loves to his brother, he’s been on a steady diet of booze and easy women in an effort to make himself numb. Things needed to change.

Change is good.

Good, that is, until Alex finds himself thrust into an all too familiar situation.

He’s obligated by a professional oath to protect Ella at all costs.

She’s vowed to not let distractions, even the ruggedly handsome ones, keep her from her goals.

But old habits die hard…

We’d broken the rules… more than once.
We were bound to… and we agreed it was worth the risk.
He left before it shattered us both… or so we thought.

Bound to Me follows two characters previously introduced in Perfectly Scripted and Fifteen Weekends.

Full length, Crossover, Standalone, Adult Contemporary Romance.

This story contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature individuals over the age of eighteen.


If you’ve read the Scripted Series by Ms. Pastore, then you already know about Ronan’s little sister Ella.  Don’t get your knickers in a twist, you don’t have to read it first, but you should eventually … because Ronan.  Anyhoo, so Ronan being the overprotective big brother, hires Alex Robertsen as her shadow.  Oh wait, guess what, they had a little bow-chic-a-bow-bow moment the night before they met.

Can I say how much I adored Ella!  She was extremely sassy which made me love her even more.  She’s in the U.S. trying to get her clothing business up and running, now if she only find the right place.  Alex is seriously yummy from the start.  I will admit, reading the Prologue, I thought I was going to get a very distant and brooding Alex, but he really took his duty in protecting Ella seriously, and of course, he also took his duty in loving her as well.  But will Alex’s past as a special operative get in the way of really giving his all to Ella? Will Ella’s party girl ways from back in the days come to haunt her now in the present?

Ms. Pastore’s words are refreshing and insightful.  I did love the element of suspense she threw at me, so unexpected, but she did it and wrote it well.  I loved how NYC and Montauk was visually appealing and wanting me going for a 2 hour drive just to go hang out in Montauk.  If you’re looking for a strong independent heroine with a bit of sass and a sexy alpha hero, then Bound to Me is just for your reading pleasure.  This is by far my favorite of Ms. Pastore’s books.  Her writing keeps getting stronger, and I look forward to more of her words and writing chops in the near future.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

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  1. Thank you Michelle for your lovely review of Bound to Me! I am so happy that you had the opportunity to read this book. xx CP

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