Series: With Me in Seattle,
Also in this series: Rock with Me, Fight with Me, Breathe with Me
Published by Self-Published on 18 March 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Police or Firemen, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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Also by this author: Rock with Me, Fight with Me, Safe with Me, Breathe with Me, Listen to Me
Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington
First Line(s): “Why are we here?” I ask Bailey for the fortieth time since we arrived at the Seattle Arts Center
Since starting Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle series I’ve been curious about Matt Montgomery and have wanted his story and finally after five other books we get in Tied With Me. When I first read the synopsis I was a little disappointed as I was kind of hoping that Matt would be gay but instead he’s just a Dom and not one of your typical alpha-hole ones either. It seems that a new trend in a longer romance series is to have at least one character that is into BDSM and here it is Matt who likes to be in control and more specifically to engage in a form of bondage called shibari. Matt first meet Nic when she goes with a friend a BDSM conference of sorts and she lets herself get talked into a shibari demonstration performed by Matt. They connect on a lust filled level that soon leads to Matt leading her out of the conferance and driving her to her place…all while she’s still bound…and after a night they both find fantastic, life happens and they don’t see each other again until the wedding of Brynna and Caleb.
As a BDSM novel this one is very very light and can almost be called an introduction to the world. If you like this then you might like moving one to some more detailed erotica/BDSM stories. Matt may like control in the bedroom but outside of it he is far less dominant. He is no Gary Stu by any means but he is a nice guy who likes to do nice things for the people that he cares about. He’s funny and sweet and I really liked getting to know his character. I liked how he and Nic interacted and believed in their relationship and felt that they had chemistry. I did think that Nic harped on things that weren’t really issues but then that is a big thing in romance novels these days. There is always a conflict and that usually leads to the main characters breaking up and then pining for the other. When all they need to do is have a simple conversation or get over themselves and stop letting their ego get in the way. The pointless conflict is an ingrained formula in stories and yet sometimes I wish that we could just skip this step and just have two people meet, connect and then find their HEA.
The pointless conflict in Tied with Me shows up at the 81% mark and lasts until 87% and when it was resolved I made this comment on Goodreads “And the clouds of pointless conflict lift as sunshine and roses appear like magic to whisk the imagined problem away.” So I don’t think I was very happy with it. lol When the resolution to a pointless conflict results in everything turning around in a blink it just takes away from the realism of the story and highlights just how pointless that conflict was in the first place. Tied with Me was a fast paced story and I did enjoy it. I especially loved the secondary characters of Nic’s BFF (blanking on her name, Bailey maybe?) and Matt’s partner Asher. I really wish that Kristen Proby would write a story for Asher but I don’t think that is going to happen and it makes me sad.
As with all the other books in the With Me in Seattle series I like how the whole Montgomery clan is featured with this story. I like how Nic found her niche in with the clan and she and Matt compliment each other. I believed in their story and would have rated this one higher if it wasn’t for the pointless conflict. If you are looking for a hard core BDSM story than this one isn’t for you. It is very light and Tied with Me is at its heart more of a traditional love story than not. Tied with Me was a nice installment in the series and I look forward to how Proby deals with the final two brothers in the family.