Bound by Honor

Men of Honor, Book 1

Bound by Honor by S.E. Jakes is an emotionally charged, thought provoking read that kept me captivated with it from start to finish. This is the first book I've read by S.E. Jakes and it definitely won't be my last.

Tanner James lives with guilt. He's seen and survived many horrors of being an Army Ranger. While on mission, things go horribly wrong and he ends up taking a dying wish from his friend, Jesse, that when Tanner returns to home he must look up Jesse's lover and BDSM Dom, Damon Price, and have an intense scene with him. Although Tanner doesn't understand or necessarily want to do Jesse's dying wish, honor and friendship will not allow him to break his promise, and so a year after Jesse's death, Tanner finds Damon and tells the still grieving man Jesse's wish.

Damon isn't thrilled with Jesse's last wish. He doesn't understand why his lover would insist on him having a scene with Tanner, and he's reluctant to do it. But, soon Damon realizes that he's unable to deny his dead lover's request, and agrees to do the scene. As the men reluctantly come together, they somehow form a bond through their grief and confusion. But as forces try to pull them apart, will they be able to work past their fears to possibly have the greatest love they've ever known?

Both Tanner and Damon are Alpha males. They are strong, masculine, willful and sexy men who are very likeable, realistically written characters that lived and breathed off of the pages of this book. Both men are grieving and have their own personal hell that they must work through. Even though they fight for dominance and argue, they cannot deny the strong bond that has formed between them. I loved watching their relationship evolve as the book progressed and easily rallied behind them to find their own happy ending together.

This book was a labor of love for me because the passion and intensity between the characters was so emotionally gripping there were times I had to put the book down and walk away from it a couple of times. I truly loved the sexually charged chemistry and the eroticism between Damon and Tanner and even though it wasn't always an easy read for was more than worth it. I loved Bound by Honor and it has earned a permanent place on my keeper shelf.

Bound by Honor is the first book in the Men of Honor series. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and will definitely be looking out for more books my S.E. Jakes in the future.

Book Blurb for Bound by Honor

A promise forces two men to bare themselves…completely.

One year ago on a mission gone wrong, Tanner James failed to save the life of Jesse, his Army Ranger teammate. Before dying in that South American jungle, Jesse extracted a promise that won’t let Tanner rest until it’s fulfilled—no matter what it costs him.

Damon Price loved Jesse, but problems in their relationship had come to a head right before Jesse left on his final mission. Now a reluctant Dom and a man still in mourning, he’s not happy when Tanner appears at his BDSM club. And even less happy with Jesse’s last request—that Tanner sub for him for one night.

After a rough start, Damon realizes that the tough soldier, despite his protests, aches for someone to take control. And Tanner senses a hesitance, an insecurity in Damon that makes him wonder if he’s simply a placeholder for Jesse, or if their tentative connection could grow into something more.

For Jesse’s sake, they agree to try one weekend together. Then duty calls, and a series of attacks that have been happening near the club hits too close to home, making both men wonder if giving their hearts is a maneuver fraught with too much risk…

Warning: Contains rough language, rougher sex and warriors who fall hard for each other.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 5.00