Title: Silver Bound
Author: Ella Drake
Publisher: Carina Press
Buy Link: Buy Silver Bound Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Sheriff Guy Trident doesn't have much to do with off-worlders; he has his hands full keeping his own planet safe. But he'll do anything, go anywhere to save Jewel Quinn. She broke his heart years ago when she left to marry a Terraloft aristocrat. Now she's run away from her husband, only to fall into the clutches of slavers.
Posing as a wealthy playboy, Guy arrives at Zuthuru Station to learn he's too late: Jewel's memories have been erased. She's been tipped in silver, a process that leaves nothing behind except her body, sexually bound to pleasuring her master. Unwilling to give up hope, Guy buys her.
Jewel fights to reclaim herself, recalling a different connection to the handsome sheriff, remembering the frightened eyes of a young boy and the events that made her run. Together she and Guy search for her cure, plan her son's rescue from her ruthless ex, and test if they have any kind of future...before the past catches up to them.
Nothing is more enjoyable than the unexpected, and Silver Bound by Ella Drake is certainly in that category. Who wouldn't be surprised by the idea of a science fiction romance that centers around slave trading, with mind-wiping thrown in as a bonus. Somehow Ms. Drake manages to put her vision on paper and succeeds in a spectacular way. Guy Trident is the quintessential hero, with a twist: he is not flawed as much as he is conflicted. And while Ms. Drake is very talented in relaying his turmoil and angst to us quite clearly, she does so without darkening the tone of the book, or altering our perception of Guy's character. Guy might be conflicted, but above all his actions are based on love, and Ms. Drake is clear outlining that throughout Silver Bound.
In addition, she manages to convey Jewel's sad and occasionally heartbreaking confusion as she struggles to remember pieces of who she was and is, again without changing the overall tone of the book. If the romance was the only reason to read Silver Bound, it would still be a great novel, but adding all the other elements elevates it to an even higher level. Ms. Drake adds a number of unforgettable secondary characters: some quite charming and some sinister enough to leap off the pages into our worst nightmares. Having such strong secondary characters is a bonus in what is already an entertaining novel. Is it any wonder why I loved this book? The real question is how could I not? If someone is looking for a wonderful novel with plenty of action, a great plot and a touching love story, Silver Bound is the one to read.