Reviewed by Caroline and Cinnamon
TITLE: Tied to You
SERIES: Wild Side book 2
AUTHOR: Riley Hart
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 239 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017
Miles Sorenson prides himself on his brutal honesty. Facts and logic are a hell of a lot easier to deal with than emotions. He’s got his career and a small, close-knit group of friends, and he doesn’t need nor want anything else. The total opposite of Quinn Barker, who doesn’t take life too seriously and thinks a good laugh can cure anything.
When Quinn takes Miles home, it’s supposed to be a one-time deal. Except they really click in the sack and end up spending the weekend together, enjoying each others’ bodies as much as their company…to Miles’ dismay. Matters get even more muddled when, months later, they run into each other at the popular West Hollywood bar, Wild Side, and pick up right where they left off.
On the surface, Quinn and Miles are like oil and water, but the draw between them is undeniable. As their lives further entwine, they realize there’s more to their connection than the way they singe the sheets together.
But demons from the past have a way of catching up, and no matter how strong the link is tying Miles and Quinn together, the pressure may be enough to make it snap.
Tied to You is my new favourite of the series and where I wasn’t too sure I was going to like Miles after meeting him previously I absolutely loved him by the end of the book and Riley really couldn’t have made him and Quinn more perfect as a couple. As children both men had a similar start but where one was adopted and grew up with love and security the other was tossed around in the system never knowing what a real family was like.
Miles is adored by his parents and he adores them right back but there are very few people in the world that Miles feels truly at ease with. The way he started out in life has really played a number on how he interacts with people as an adult and getting close and falling in love – giving away all that trust and power is just not on the cards for him anytime in the near future. He has a small group (you can count them on one hand) of friends who he trusts with his life and when he has an itch to scratch he hooks up, gets off and walks away.
Quinn had a tough time growing up and trusting people doesn’t come easy. He also has a massive fear of being left and this is something he opens up about to Miles and Miles promises never to just walk out on him. His insecurities cause him to fear sleeping; he needs to feel safe to conquer this when it happens and it’s amazing how quickly he trusts Miles enough to fall asleep in his arms.
Even though Miles is left terrified by his new feelings for a man that was only ever supposed to be a hook up he is always brutally honest. I loved the tentative way both men stepped out of their comfort zone to start a relationship that isn’t really a relationship in their eyes. The cheeky text messages, the constant “I hate you” that clearly meant something else and the hope from both men that this could be something more. There is a slight wobble for them when one of them does something behind the others back but it’s done out of love and with concern so it’s just a glitch on their road to a HEA.
Tied to You is the second full length novel in the Wild Side series and if it’s possible Riley Hart could up her game one more notch. I truly loved Gone For You but this story is just the absolute perfection for my romantic taste and it hits all the right notes in my heart and soul. It is even more minimalist than the first book and the main focus is the love and connection Miles and Quinn share.This is a pure love story in the best, most simple way possible. The depth and layers of our two MCs are perfectly enough to carry the whole story and be enough for the reader without any big drama or extensive action and adventure.This is my favorite kind of love story where we get to know two guys and see how their connection is deepening, how their love is blossoming and their relationship is forming.
Both Miles and Quinn are strong, wholesome characters with established lives, great, satisfying jobs and wonderful friends. They bond over a weekend long extension of a one night stand and form an unexpected connection that shakes both of their lives to the core. They share something from their pasts, which is difficult to explain but is present and gives them an undeniable feeling of belonging. Accepting something this unexpected is not easy for either of them. They fight, they argue but they can’t stay away from each other. I absolutely loved the build-up, this slow burning of emotions, the expanding feelings and the inner struggles. It’s been a long time since I cried over a story but it happened. This is a definite must read if you enjoy love stories with strong characters, sizzling hot sexy time and a slowly building, all consuming love. Highly recommended.
My only comment that has nothing to do with the story is that I do not care for the drawings. They distracted me as my image of the characters were totally different. They are lovely on their own, but they did not add to my reading experience.