Book Review: ‘The Ties That Bind’ by Rebecca Norinne


Title: The Ties That Bind: A Forbidden Romance

Published: 15th February 2017

Author: Rebecca Norinne


Twitter: @rebecca_norinne


An eye for an eye. A heart for a heart.

When Xander St. John’s brother Jayce orders a hit on Arabella Wilson, the daughter of their greatest rival, Xander has no choice but to obey … except Xander and Arabella have a long history filled with passion and regret. Arabella might have broken his heart, but he can’t bring himself to kill the woman he once asked to marry him. When Xander hesitates to do Jayce’s bidding, his brother issues a deadly ultimatum: get the job done or be next on his hit lit. Now Xander has a choice to make, one that has the potential to destroy him. Someone has to die; it’s just a question of who. Will it be his brother or his lover, his darkness or his light?


Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book you didn’t want to put down. Once I had started this I was hooked and it soon became a one sitting read. So we finally get to see the story unfold that Cameron Scott was filming in the authors other book Lucky Star. Very much a gritty Romeo and Juliet style love story to get your teeth stuck into – much like it was described in Lucky Star. The book is solely told from Xander’s POV which I loved as it gave it more of a darker grittier tone, which worked really well with the story itself.

So you have the St. John and Wilson families pretty much at war with each other. I think it goes back so far that they themselves have forgotten what they were originally fighting for or why it started. Xander St. John and Arabella Wilson never should have met and wouldn’t of under normal circumstances but when the death of a higher matriarch meant all families held a ceasefire on her funeral the children could play freely. Seems Xander must have made quite an impression as a child because years later at a mall when he (along with his twin brother Jayce and their friends) bump into her and some of her friends you can see the spark ignite. She may know who he is but he has no idea. Seems even with the cat being out the bag though it doesn’t make him back away. A connection was formed within minutes and it seems they are addicted to each other from then on. Well until unforeseen circumstances force them apart that is, almost destroying them both in the process.

A few years later with his father gone and brother Jayce now in charge his role within the family has become the enforcer. With what he has done over the years it has made his emotions grow harder against others. He is the one called in to sort out tricky problems, to make them go away. So when Jayce asks him to sort out the issue of a fire at one of their warehouses he knows its not going to be simple. Jayce seems to be balancing on a knife-edge with how unstable he is. He is so far gone into the world of drugs, booze and paranoia that it’s a matter of when his downfall will happen not if, and by whom. Especially when he says that they need to hit back harder at the Wilson’s who he thinks are responsible for the fire even without proof. Somewhere the man in charge will feel true pain – like say by killing his only daughter Arabella. So Xander has a choice to make and one that when he truly thinks on doesn’t take long at all. Does he keep his twin brother safe by killing the enemy or does he keep the women who stole his heart safe by killing his brother? Like the blurb says – his darkness or his light?

Love the interactions between Xander and Arabella right from the start. It’s like a Mexican stand off to begin with, love that even though he thinks he knows her she still manages to shock him. The years slowly start to fall away and they can no longer deny the chemistry that’s between them, chemistry that never truly went away. Very passionate characters that would clearly do whatever it takes to be together again. No one is pulling them apart this time. They just have to out smart the ones in charge by staying one step ahead – can’t be too hard can it? Good job they have some people they can trust on both sides with Xander’s best friend Ben and Arabella’s cousin Ceecee. Ceecee’s boyfriend on the other hand you want to make sure is on your side because to be on the other I fear would mean the end of you. Good job Ceecee has him wrapped around her finger then isn’t it? Romeo and Juliet eat your heart out because these two are about to take your place. Though saying that you really don’t want it matching too much like the original because where would the fun be in that. If these two families were to ever stand as one I’d say they would be a force to be reckoned with. One that no other would mess with, no matter the price.


5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading Challenges, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Romantic Suspense

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.