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3.5 stars. I didn't care for the narrator. There were times that I couldn't tell the difference between Chase & Devon's voices. I would have liked a little more of a D/s relationship, it was rather tamed. But I loved watching these two fall in love, though it did happen pretty quickly. I would have liked more of Devon's backstory as we don't get much of it.
I’m not completely sure what went wrong for me in Wrapped Up in Chains, or rather I’m not sure if it was more a case of the story or narrator that made me struggle with this audiobook. I rarely read books with a BDSM theme, but after reading reviews that this was a fairly tame BDSM book and primarily a sweet romance, I decided to try it. Perhaps my lack of enthusiasm for the trope was a reason I didn’t fall in love with this story, but it simply never secured my full interest.
This is the first book I’ve read by Miss Sutherland, and I found her writing okay with well-flushed out characters and an interesting plot. Wrapped Up in Chains had a hurt/comfort vibe to it and the author did a good job balancing the difficult, sometimes traumatic things Devon and Chase faced with the positives they experienced together. I also liked how Chase grew and matured over the course of the book. Though much of the conflicts were interesting and added a nice element of angst, toward the end of the book the resolutions felt simple at times, only to surprise me with an over-dramatized twist. The up and down momentum of the conflict felt odd, though I think part of that was my lack of connection to the story overall.
The narrator for the Wrapped Up in Chains audiobook was new to me as well. John Anthony Davis had a good tone and rhythm to his performance, but I didn’t much care for the voices he used for the characters - particularly Chase. The voice Mr. Davis chose for Chase was reminiscent of the 16-year old naïve boy Chase was when he first ran away. With Chase being a 23 year old man who lived through a number of traumatic experiences, it simply didn’t fit and it made the sex scenes particularly awkward to listen to as the BDSM play came back into Devon and Chase’s relationship.
Unfortunately, there were a number of aspects in both the story and narration of Wrapped Up in Chains that didn’t quite work for me and prevented me from ever feeling a strong investment in the story. As I tend to not be a huge fan of the BDSM trope, I’m rounding up because that certainly could be where I lost some connection to the characters and there were enough positives and hurt/comfort elements to make this a good choice for other readers.
*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*