Bound By Guilt
Title : Bound by guilt
Author : Sandra Bard
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : May 27, 2013
Kit Mason works at Eddy’s, a boutique where the clothes are chic, the paycheck’s weak, and Kit has no qualms about snagging rich older men looking to pay for play. When Cory St. James walks in, he checks all Kit’s boxes: he’s middle-aged, the entrepreneur of a pharmaceutical company, and already has a kept boy at home—what’s one more? Kit sets out to seduce Cory and bulldozes through his denials, but when Cory finally gives in, his lover, Sasha, catches them with their pants down.
Sasha isn’t the pampered toy Kit expected. In fact, Kit may have misjudged him. And the consequences that ensue when Sasha catches Kit and Cory together leave him alone. Unwilling to be weighed down by guilt, Kit decides to look after Sasha himself, even if Sasha can’t stand the sight of him and there are a few things about Kit’s past he doesn’t want Sasha to know. But Kit isn’t willing to do all the work when it comes to forcing Sasha to rebuild his life. It’s a slow process of growing trust and learning to stand on their own—and together.
Bound by Guilt is a contemporary m/m romance. The setting is vague but has the feel of a part of town that is industrialized with shops and businesses but also not well kept. The place where Kit lives and works feels bleak which lends itself to explaining why he does some of the things he does.
Kit Mason works in a clothing boutique. It is a small shop and his pay is minimal. Kit supplements his income by seducing older men. It does not matter if they are single, married or in a committed relationship. He doesn’t want long term. He meets Dr. Corey St James in the boutique, where Dr. St. James is shopping for a friend. Dr. St James is middle aged and successful, just the type of man Kit is looking for. It doesn’t matter that he tells Kit he is in a relationship with someone. Kit is determined to get what he wants. Dr. St James does indulge in dinners and conversation with Kit. Kit actually starts thinking of him as a friend but is not content to have it remain that way. When Corey describes Sasha, Kit envisions Sasha as a privileged, spoiled, kept young man. When Kit pushes Corey to the point he stops resisting Kits advances, they are caught in the act by Sasha.
What happens next in the story is a pivotal point for all involved. Kit realizes Sasha may not be the spoiled kept man he thought he was and Kit discovers things about himself that he did not think he was capable of.
While reading this book, I found myself thinking that Kit was one of the most unlikable characters I had read in a while. He was selfish, shallow and had no qualms about using people. He was coarse and crude in the way he labeled people. I saw Sasha as a victim and felt like he had been cheated. Then as I read more about the characters and what brought them to this point in their lives my perceptions shifted. There was no good or bad but two people that had been through some very tough situations and dealt with them the only way they knew how.
I was never completely enamored with either Kit or Sasha. They were similar in many ways and Kit was more the tragic figure as we learn more about him and his past. The title Bound by Guilt becomes very clear as we see events unfold within the story. There were times that I found it difficult to believe some of the interactions would really happen between two men in this situation but as much as they annoyed me I wanted things to work out for them. The book was engaging and felt somewhat like a “Happy for now” ending or more optimistically an opportunity for a second chance.
Rated 3.5 stars by Deb