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Submerged (Bound Together Book 1) by [Black, Lacey]
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One night. That’s all it was supposed to be.

Blake Thomas’ entire career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has led up to this one job: submerging himself in a lifestyle of fast cars and even faster women. He’s deep undercover, building a case to bring down an intricate criminal ring of car thieves in Las Vegas, with no time to think about the one woman he can’t seem to forget. He never imagined his past would become tangled with his present, threatening to be his downfall.

Two years ago, Carly Mathewson planned for a one-night stand with a perfect stranger. What she didn't count on was being reminded of him every time she looked into the emerald eyes of the daughter they unexpectedly created. Since that night, she's devoted herself to keeping her life simple. But when her past refuses to stay buried, she's determined to do everything she can to keep it from jeopardizing what she's worked so hard to achieve. Suddenly, everything and everyone Carly has known aren't quite what they seemed.

Every present has a past. Before they can secure a future together, Blake and Carly are forced to admit that their lives are linked by so much more than just that one night. Without warning, they’re bound together for life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523418273
  • Publisher: Lacey Black (Jan. 26 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0190P5EPQ
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Wow!!! This book is, in my opinion, THE best of Lacey Blacks' to date....it has everything you could possibly want in a book; HOT alpha (check), sexy, want-her-to-be-my-friend, sassy heroine (check), suspense out the ying-yang (check), lots of BOL moments (check), sweet, tender, Aaaaawwwww moments (check) and I-didn't-want-this-book-to-end feels when you finish it because the sexy scenes are amazeballs!!! (check,check and check) Lacey hits it out of the park with this one and I can't WAIT to read the next in this series! <3 (less)
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HASH(0xa3b73bac) out of 5 stars 2.5 stars Feb. 1 2016
By Nmmomof4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Overall Opinion: Meh. It was ok. A little less than ok if I'm being honest (hence the 2.5 stars vs. 3). I felt like the characters weren't really delved into, and I never fully felt connected with either of them. I struggled a lot with the pace of the story and it keeping my attention. It had some mild angst, but overall it was a pretty light read...which I know a lot of people enjoy. It just wasn't for me.

**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Carly and Blake's story. They meet one night and end up really connecting and having a ONS. They knew it would only be for one night, and didn't exchange information. Skip ahead 2 years and Carly has a daughter from that one night, and Blake is working under cover. They both have thought a lot about each other in the past 2 years, but can't really do anything about it. They bump into each other in an way that is related to his under cover persona, so it just complicates things. There are some sweet moments, some sexy moments, some family drama, drama with Blake's job...but they get their HEA ending.

POV: This alternated between Carly and Blake's POV.

Overall Pace of Story: Not so great. This was probably my biggest complaint about the book. The book showed their ONS in the prologue, but then took another 30% to reunite them! Too slow for my tastes, and I actually started skimming a good bit.

Instalove: Yes. They both seemed to develop instalove (with instalust) for each other that first night.

H rating: 3.5 stars. Blake. I liked how he stepped up being a father right away, and lived both the h and their daughter completely. He had sexual relations during the separation, but he never got over the h and was undercover so seeking her out was out of the question.

h rating: 3 stars. Carly. She seemed like a good mom, and to really care for the H. She pushed him away (for understandable reasons), but otherwise I had no big complaints...she was just ok.

Sadness level: Low. No tissues necessary

Heat level: Moderate. I actually skimmed some of the scenes as they were kind of boring (and somewhat repetitive).

Descriptive sex: Yes

Safe sex: Yes and no. Condom use for all encounters except one where it was forgotten (H does mention thane had never been without, but h doesn't say if she had or not).

OW/OM drama: Mild, see below spoiler

Sex scene with OW or OM: No

Cheating: No

Possible Triggers: Mild

Closure: This had some good closure and what I'd probably call a HEA ending (even though I would've preferred more of a jump into their future)

How I got it: I paid the $0.99 on Amazon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c64498) out of 5 stars Amazing new read Jan. 26 2016
By Tiffany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't know where to even start. This book blow me away from the first page to the last. This author is flawless everything just flows and no Errors. I've read every book by this author and I have to say this is by far her best work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74603cc) out of 5 stars 5 Steamy, Suspenseful Stars! Jan. 26 2016
By Danielle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I became a diehard fan of Lacey Black's about half way through the reading of her first book, Trust Me. With each of her releases, I became more and more devoted to this author's work. She just has a way with her writing of hitting all the must-haves on my perfect book list, and I haven't read anything she's written that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. This book, however, was unlike all of the others she has written, and, quite simply, I was blown away.

"If I only get one night with this woman I want to be able to remember it for the rest of my life."

Carly and Blake meet in a bar. Carly is out celebrating her new job with her best friend, and Blake, an FBI agent, is out having drinks with his brother the night before he leaves his real life behind for a deep cover assignment. The minute Carly walks into the bar, Blake is completely taken with her. Carly and her friend join Blake and his brother for a drink, and they immediately click. They're laughing, dancing, flirting and enjoying each other's company, when Blake boldly asks her to come home with him. She surprises them both by saying that her place is closer, but when they arrive there, it's Blake that drops the big surprise of the night when he tells Carly that this night is all they can have, that he's leaving in the morning for a job. They share an amazing, life-altering night together, and Blake leaves the next morning before Carly wakes up having not even exchanged last names or phone numbers. A month later, Carly learns exactly how life-altering that night with Blake truly was when she discovers that she's pregnant.

"...I'm basically letting go of something that was never meant to be... crying for the loss of something I never even had..."

Two years later, Blake is deeply immersed within the hierarchy of a large criminal organization, and while he hasn't seen or spoken to Carly within that time, she's never been far from his thoughts. Carly is haunted by that night, both in her thoughts and through the daily reminders of him when she looks into her daughter's the eyes, the same piercing green eyes as Blake's. She hasn't forgotten him or their night together, and she certainly hasn't moved on from it. But maybe now is the time for her to let him go, besides, it's not like she really ever had him in the first place...

"I just hope when it all blows up, we're strong enough to come out on the other side unscathed."

Surprising them both, Carly finds herself smack in the middle of Blake's case. Not only has she been the victim of a crime, but she's learned some shocking news that changes everything she thought she knew about her family for the last 20 years. Right as she is in the midst of having this long overdue conversation, Blake walks into the room stunning them both. Later that night that, though, Blake is one who gets the surprise of a lifetime.

"I'm here to stay, dammit."

Blake and Carly spend the next month getting to know each other and realizing that the connection they shared that night is still there, stronger than ever. But Blake is keeping secrets, things about himself he's told Carly that he can't share with her yet. He's asked for her trust. Can she give it? What will happen when the case Blake has been working on for the last two years blows wide open? Will Carly forgive him for his deceptions? Is there more danger on the horizon?

"Love is just a word until the right person comes along and show you the true meaning."

I loved this book so much! Lacey Black did a fantastic job with her first foray into a suspense-centered romantic plot. It was exciting, it was fast moving and there was a lot going on. She's no stranger to writing a steamy romantic relationship, and her skills definitely shine in this sexy novel. There are many reasons why Lacey Black is one of my favorite authors and all of them are on full display in this incredible book. This is Lacey Black at her best, at the top of her game, and it is, in my opinion, her best work to date. I can't wait for the next book in this series! Well done, Lacey!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa43ef204) out of 5 stars Amazing Start to a New Series!! Jan. 26 2016
By Sandra Shipman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Submerged is the first book in Lacey's new series, Bound Together. I loved her Rivers Edge Series so I was extremely excited that a new one was releasing. Now, onto Blake and Carly's journey to love...

Blake and Carly had one amazing night together. That night changed everything. Blake didn't realize when he took Carly home that he would fall for this dark-haired beauty so hard. And in the morning when he had to leave her without even a goodbye, that it would be the hardest and most painful walk out the door. It was his last night as Blake Thomas, FBI agent before he became Blake Crisp, criminal. And two years later, he still misses her and dreams of her every night.

Carly hasn't forgotten her one night with a stranger and looking at the daughter he doesn't know exists, reminds her daily that she fell hard for that man. She doesn't know much about him but he took pieces of her heart and soul with him when he walked out that door. She knew it was only going to be one night because he was starting a new job, God knows where but she still dreams of him and thinks about what it would be like for their daughter to have her father.

Two years. He hasn't seen her in two years and she is now right in front of him in the most unexpected place. Why? Why now? He is submerged into this undercover investigation and so close to the end. He can't compromise the mission now but he also doesn't want to walk away again. He won't. And when he meets the little green eyed girl that looks just as beautiful as her mom, it hits him. He is a father. Her father and he will not let her go. But can he be Blake Crisp and keep his family safe?

The chemistry between Blake and Carly is still there. Hot as ever but they have more to think about than just hot as sin sex. Blake needs Carly to trust him without giving her all the facts. Carly senses something is off but Blake is exactly who and what she wants but when she finds out the truth will she walk away or stay? Can Blake, Carly and Natalia be a family or will Blake have to be a part-time daddy?

I love Blake and Carly! And of course I love their daughter Natalia as well. Blake and Carly are on fire but also sweet and funny. And well, Natalia is a little cutie with a good set of lungs.

Overall...Submerged is suspenseful, sexy, funny, emotional and sweet. It made me swoon, get hot and bothered, laugh and cry and the storyline hooked me in. I can't wait for the next book...the secondary characters are going to have some amazing books in their future. Yum!!!

Quotes:

That night, Carly and I kisses passionately, laughed joyfully, and made love beautifully. It was the perfect end to the night. The perfect way to end Blake Thomas.

He looks good enough to eat, and tonight, I’m famished.

“Have you been watching the Hallmark Channel while I was away?”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3fb09d8) out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect! Jan. 26 2016
By Kristin Marvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It is absolutely no secret that I love Lacey Black and everything that she writes. This book is no different.

Blake and Carly meet at a bar while out celebrating their respective new jobs. They share one night of passion that leaves each of them reeling but knowing that it can't be more than that because Blake's new job means the end of Blake Thomas and the beginning of Blake Crisp, undercover FBI agent.

When Carly finds herself pregnant she knows that she will be doing this alone. She has her mom and her best friend, Tara, she doesn't need the baby's father. However not needing and not wanting are two very different things. Since that one night, Carly has not been with or thought of anyone but Blake. Not knowing his last name or anything about him leaves her totally unable to contact him regardless of how she feels.

Blake is undercover with the FBI at a local auto shop and he's not there for fundraising and helping the poor. This straight laced, law upholding man is now doing things that would make someone not in law enforcement cringe. The only positive in his world is the one night he shared with Carly. The night he can't forget with the woman he compares every other woman to. No one comes close.

Unbeknownst to her, Carly has lived her life shrouded in secrets and lies. What happens when those secrets and lies come to the surface and crash into the one person Carly can't let go of? What happens when she finds the green eyes of her daughter in the face of the man she can't forget? Can Blake carry out the biggest lie of his life for the sake of the greater good? Can Carly forgive him for lying to her at the same time she finds out everyone else in her life has been lying to her?

I absolutely LOVED this book! I highly recommend it to anyone! Definitely Lacey's best yet!