‘We’re from KMW. Do exactly as you’re told and you won’t get hurt...'
Being grabbed off the street, blind folded, tied up and thrown into a van was not what Izzy expected to happen when she stepped out the door that morning. But when an accidental kidnapping at the hands of the sexy Ethan Chase and his 'Kidnap My Wife' sexual fantasy business leads to just that, Izzy seizes the chance to turn her misfortune into a brilliant new job opportunity…
Since then, life has been one big tangle of new client meetings, fake kidnapping pick-ups, and handling the temperamental, but drop dead gorgeous 'bad boy' Mr Chase. But, as liberating as being tied up in Ethan's life is, Izzy knows the time is fast approaching when she must make some decisions and take charge of her future. The only question is: will Ethan allow himself to be a part of it.
I was given an ecopy of this book as part of a blog tour organised by the author in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.
I read the synopsis, was very intrigued and totally hooked by the absolutely gorgeous cover, what I wasn't expecting was the confusion I felt when right at the beginning of the book Izzy the main female character was abducted off the street by masked men - surely with a cover like that it couldn't be a thriller - could it?!
Luckily, it turns out she was abducted by mistake and even then it was all play-acting as part of the main, male character Ethan Chase's business 'Kidnap my Wife' - a business that kidnaps women, with their consent as part of a couple's fantasy, role playing.
Amelia has done it again, created characters that are engaging from the very beginning right up to the end. Ethan and Izzy sparking off each other - both strong and wilful, both having a history that has made them who they are. Ethan's initial arrogance thinking that the best way to tamper down any potential problems caused by the bodged kidnap is to throw money at Izzy as a way of compensation, ultimately hoping to keep her quiet. What he doesn't bargain for is Izzy - she'd recently lost her job and needs a temporary one until she heads to Australia, deciding that 'KMY' needs some organisation and she's just the women to do it - no hush money would be enough, it's a job or nothing.
Tied Up With Love was an addictive read, one minute I was laughing out loud, the next I was sitting back and watching the fireworks. The heat and sparks coming off both Ethan and Izzy was electric. The attraction was mutual but both have a history and neither is looking for love. 'Kidnap my Wife' is a family run business, Ethan employing two brothers and a cousin - they caused much of the mayhem, each kidnap resembling a Laurel & Hardy sketch. Izzy has so many skills and is such an asset, blending into the business like she'd always been there it was no wonder the boys felt threatened.
No matter how many times Izzy and Ethan tell each other they're not right for each other, they each have too much baggage you just know they're going to be drawn together again like magnets, the energy when they're in the same room is palpable. I kept wishing for a happy ending, time and time again thinking we were going to get one only for something to occur to change the field on the magnetic force - repelling each other again.
There are so many twists and turns, people and events that conspire to keep them apart as a couple but with each their friendship growing stronger. Time and time again they are there for each other supporting each other as friends, understanding each other but not able to give commitment to each other on a personal level. Through confidences shared they each know that at the end of the day, they have to let each other fly - each not wanting to be the one to hold the other back - the love and emotion pouring from the pages made for difficult reading - it's hard to read when you feel choked and your eyes are blurred with tears.
The job was only ever temporary for Izzy, she had plans to travel Australia - does she go or does she stay? You'll have to read the book and see for yourself. But, be prepared on the one hand to laugh out loud, snigger and sit with a stupid grin on your face. On the other to feel anger, rage and hurt and you'll more than probably cry too. In the end, when all the other characters move out of line, Ethan and Izzy are left with a choice, follow their heads or their hearts.
Hugest thanks to Amelia for a fantastic, book that I read in one sitting and have recommended to everyone who'll listen to me - I can't wait for the next!