Review: Tied Up With Love by Amelia Thorne

Thursday 12 February 2015
Title: Tied Up With Love
Author: Amelia Thorne
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 14th February 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
‘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?

In the opening to Tied Up with Love, I wondered whether Amelia Thorne had turned her hand to crime fiction when our main character, Izzy, is thrown into the back of a van and kidnapped. Even more so when the kidnappers discover she wasn't the intended target and have to decide whether to kill her or let her go. It is all however just a horrible mistake, the kidnappers work for Kidnap My Wife, a service that works pretty much like you are now thinking it does (with the agreement of husband and wife) and rather than kill Izzy, they take her to their boss which is where we and Izzy meet the formidable Ethan Chase. Izzy ends up using the situation to her advantage, by blackmailing her way into a job at KMW, and sets about making some much needed changes to the business.

I absolutely loved Izzy from the minute we met her and as we discover more about her, learning about a previous business she owned that some readers might just recognise. The opening of the book is very funny, giving us the first of many laugh out loud moments as we are introduced to the various larger than life characters that make up Chessingburyford (God that's a pain to get right) but it is of course Izzy and Ethan who are the stars of the show. To say they clash in the beginning would be an understatement, described as a bit of a womaniser (aren't they always) and gorgeous (of course) it was very easy to see the attraction between the pair to the point where I almost shared in their frustration as the novel progressed. Ahem.

I absolutely loved the idea for KMW and liked how Amelia managed to make a story that has been done countless times before seem fresh and original. The actual idea for the company isn't as seedy as it might first sound (though I did find myself hoping the company had a very good cleaner for the house where this all takes place, which thankfully they do)! It also makes for some fantastic scenes inside the house between Izzy and Ethan, honestly, you will howl with laughter. If you read this on public transport the funny looks will be more than worth it. Readers who might perhaps be put off by the idea of the book should know that there's so much more to it than that, it takes a lot to shock me so I didn't bat an eyelid, and I do love an author that isn't afraid to take risks.

Humour aside there is so much more to Ethan than the man we meet at the beginning of the book and readers will definitely fall for his charms, as the story progresses and secrets are revealed this is definitely a couple you will be able to root for. I had an idea of how the story would ultimately end, but no idea of the twists and hurdles Amelia would put in the way before the conclusion. A conclusion which I felt was a little bit rushed but still a satisfying one nonetheless. I did at times feel this book would have worked better on a grander scale, and I would have liked a couple more twists, but I did really enjoy the book and would love to read about Izzy and Ethan again. I have no hesitation in recommending Tied Up with Love, releasing Valentine's Day it is the perfect time to pick it up.


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