THE TIED MAN by Tabitha McGowan
Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle.
On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin. She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits.
As the weeks pass, Lilith finds that she too is drawn into the malign web that her patron has spun, yet against the odds she forges a strong friendship with the damaged, dysfunctional Finn. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer.
Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sexual activity.
THE TIED MAN by Tabitha McGowan
Wow! Heartache. Anger. Pride. Love. Hate. Hope. Anguish.
I feel all of these things after reading this book.
This was an absolutely amazing book!
From about the second chapter onwards, I had this heavy, empty feeling in my chest and even though I’ve finished it, it hasn’t gone away.
- LILITH – Lilith is a brilliant character. She is an extremely talented artist with a very perceptive mind that allows her to read the people she meets within seconds.
She is so blunt and honest I was in love with her from the start. She’s the kind of person I wish I had the balls to be. She just does not care who you are, she’s gonna tell it like it is.
Unfortunately, that can come across as cold and rude…but she doesn’t care!
Her ass of a father gets himself in a bit of bother with a fancy Lady and he’s offered up his daughter’s talent as an apology of sorts.
Furious, Lilith goes to this Lady’s castle (kind of, lol) and as soon as she steps foot in the house, her life as she knows it is over. All of holy hell ensues. She meets Finn for the first time and is floored by his beauty but straight away she knows everything is not as it seems with him. And she just can not get a read on Lady Blaine. Warning bells go off in her head, but it’s too late.
FINN – Oh holy hell! I love this man. Carved by the gods themselves, this beautiful Irish man is living in agony. Both mentally and physically. Guys, it’s utterly heartbreaking to read what his life was like both growing up in Ireland the way he did, but also what his life has become since Lady Blaine got her hands on him.
He is so strong and brave and he hasn’t given up. He manages somehow to compartmentalize the atrocities that happen to him. And he was holding on by a thread until Lillith came into his life. She is the light in his very dark world but she could also be the one thing that brings his sanity crumbling down around him and if that happens, he won’t be able to glue it back together again.
In the dark I was forever fourteen, in my second care home and kneeling in front of a pock-marked young priest who bound my eyes with a ripped sheet so that he didn’t have to look into them as he forced me to take his cock into my unwilling mouth, or lying silent in my bed and listening to his sobs as he thrust against me again and again, praying out loud that the cover of darkness would hide his sin from God’s sight.
LADY BLAINE – I used to think that I was one of those people who could never truly hate another person. LOL! Not any more! This woman (she-devil) is the lowest of the low. She gets off on seeing people in emotional and physical pain. She has no empathy at all. The lengths she goes to in order to control people and get her kicks is beyond disturbing. Give me five minutes alone withthis bitch. Just five?
- SEX SCENES – This book isn’t about the erotic and steamy sex at all. It is about the emotional connection. There are many sex scenes in there but they are extremely dark (not between the MC’s) and non-consensual / dubious-consent. Be warned. This. Is. Dark.
FINAL THOUGHTS on THE TIED MAN by Tabitha McGowan– This book took me to every dark corner of my mind. It made me feel things that I didn’t want to feel but I couldn’t put it down. This is a book about two souls that fought everything to be together.
The writing, world-building, characters…everything was perfection.
I am gutted to see that although there was talk of a second book the author seems to have stopped writing! If you are reading this Tabitha McGowan, I beg of you, please write some more!