Review: The Bonds that Bind us by Stephanie Johnson

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Part of the Forever Bound Trilogy Series

I was approached by fairly new author, Stephanie Johnson who asked if I would like to read/review her book, which is part of a series. I jumped at the chance to read a new story and said yes and I am so glad I did, because I got the chance to meet some new, interesting characters. 

Before I get into my review of this book, let me introduce you to the author, Stephanie. (Fab name by the way!)


The Author

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Stephanie Johnson – The following was taken from her webpage
www.sjohnson-author.com

‘I was born in Luton but grew up in Gosport, Hampshire with my parents and two younger siblings. It was a beautiful little seaside town that inspired many an imaginative idea!
For as long as I can remember, all I’ve wanted to do was write. I took part in writing competitions and even had a poem published when I was in Junior school! As the years passed, I started getting older and I, unfortunately, had to put that dream on the backburner to let life happen.
But now, at 27, I’m finally fulfilling it and have recently published my second novel!
I moved to Bristol in early 2009 and lived there for seven years before finally settling in Paignton, Devon two years ago. It seems that this girl can’t stay away from the seaside for too long!’

Social Media Links
Twitter – https://twitter.com/StephyBecks
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17980661.Stephanie_Johnson


About the Book

Jackson Alexander lives two lives. In the world of fashion, he is an up and coming stylist to some of the biggest names on the runway and silver screen. At home, he lives in constant fear of the abuse that has plagued him for years.
While working a routine photo shoot, Jackson’s life is forever changed the moment Luke O’Neill, star of the show Living Pretty, saunters on set. A colorfully inked and auburn-haired Irishman, Luke is instantly attracted to Jackson, and persists on getting to know him.

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Their immediate chemistry causes heads to turn, including those of some members of Jackson’s homophobic family. As their relationship grows, so does the physical abuse at the hands of Jackson’s father and brothers.
After a series of horrific and avoidable events, will Luke and his family be enough to help Jackson find the strength and confidence within himself to survive it all? Or is he already too broken that not even his Superman can save him?


My Review

From the very first page, I was drawn into the way the characters were written. The flow of the writing was so very easy to read and it made for a very enjoyable, relaxed reading experience.

The dialogue between the characters was put together very well and this helped to create a picture of each person, especially our main characters, Jackson and Luke.

The drama and tension is easy to see and we are taken on a dramatic journey as Jackson fights to stand his ground in a world where he is quite often bullied into being something other than himself. The pain he experiences at the hands of his family is very difficult to read at times, I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a big cuddle. It was nice to know that he had a ‘superhero’ in Luke; the gorgeous Irish actor who shows him another side; someone who showers him with love, rather than abuse. 

This was a really good read and one that I recommend to anyone who wants a romantic read with a dramatic kick!


Conclusion

This is a good read. It is both charming and dramatic, making a really good story. I would definitely recommend. 


Rating

4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks for reading this review. 

S x

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