This series is a spinoff of the Broken Bonds serial which must be read prior to beginning this first book. Contains spoilers to the Broken Bonds serial.
Detective Ethan Quinn has questions. The Arlington Slasher case is closed, the UNSUB no longer a threat—but Quinn can’t quiet the suspicion he harbors toward his partner and the young, attractive M.E. Not only does he loathe his uncertainty, he’s torn between doing his job and protecting his team.
But burying himself in cases no longer works. He’s restless. On edge. And tired of fighting his compulsions. Quinn has always viewed the law in black and white. Only now his world is swirling with a murky gray that threatens to devour him.
When lead medical examiner Avery Johnson careens toward a dangerous path, she pulls the unwitting detective into a dark web of deception and lust, triggered by a spree of recent killings.
Is this new player linked to the Bathory murders, or is it another copycat?
Time almost took Avery from him once before. As the clock ticks, Quinn will stop at nothing to protect her, refusing to let Avery become a victim again. Against his uncompromising logic, Quinn can’t deny his feelings. Avery forces him to acknowledge his darker desires, tempting his control—which weakens with every second he spends with the feisty M.E. as they hunt down the perpetrator threatening to tear them apart.
“Good and evil. Yin and Yang,” she says. “One doesn’t exist without the other. We have to fight our way through the darkness in order to save the things we love the most.”
“A man obsessed is a dangerous thing.”
Move over Sadie and Colton, there is a new couple in town!! As much as I loved the darkness and intrigue that surrounded Colton and Sadie, I have to say, I was super excited to get Quinn and Avery’s story. You see, I have been curious about these two for quite some time. There was always something about the two of them that just drew me in, and now their story is finally being told.
Told from dual points of view, With Ties That Bind picks up right where Broken Bonds #3 ended, but now it’s Quinn and Avery’s turn to tell their story. And boy what a way to start of their story. There is a new criminal in town and his actions will not only shock you, but they will leave your head spinning. Quinn has one agenda; one thing on his mind and that is to protect Avery. He wants to keep her safe, no matter the cost. But, of course you know that nothing can ever come easy and in With Ties That Bind, the stakes will be higher than ever and only time will tell if Quinn is able to keep his promise.
I have to say, I was really impressed with Quinn. I’ve been intrigued by him for a while and I really enjoyed getting to see this other side to him. I loved getting the chance to get inside his head. He’s got a lot of internal struggles going on and I really enjoyed experiencing those struggles first hand as he fought himself and his self imposed rules. And Avery, she has been through so much and the hits just keep coming for her. That being said, I really enjoyed seeing her new connection to Sadie. It gave me a lot of insight not only to their characters, but also brought some new insight into the events of Broken Bonds #3. And I have to say, I really liked the connection between Quinn and Avery. Their relationship started off with a real slow burn and slowly built into something scorching.
I think this series is off to a fantastic start. With Ties That Bind is dark and thrilling. It’s full of danger and surprising twists and turns. It is sexy and full of steam. Trisha Wolfe does not disappoint and really knows how to take her readers for a crazy ride. Her stories are filled with suspense and mystery, with twisted darkness thrown in for good measure. And With Ties That Bind is no exception. It definitely delivers and will leave on the edge of your seat, begging for more. I am really looking forward to seeing where this series will go and what dark and twisted journey Trisha Wolfe will take us on next.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*