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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469242389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469242385
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,889,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Nolan was born and raised in Los Angeles, the city he has haunted for over two decades. Working nights and weekends selling furniture to put himself through college, Nolan went on to direct a group home for homeless and abused GLBT youth. During his scant spare time, he began writing. Inspired by the works of writers like Armistead Maupin, Paul Russell, and Paul Monette, he penned his debut novel, Strings Attached, the first in a planned trilogy. Shortly after its release, Strings Attached was named the 2006 Gay/Lesbian Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine, hit #1 in Gay Fiction on Amazon.com, and spent nearly a year in that genre's Top 10. Two years later Nolan's second thriller Double Bound won Book of the Year awards for Gay/Lesbian Fiction by both ForeWord Magazine and ReaderViews.

Nick, his partner and their two beloved dogs divide their time between their home in the San Fernando Valley and their cabin high in the mountains of California. A third novel is expected soon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benson VINE VOICE on 22 July 2011
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Read this on account of having read the book that precedes this one. I enjoyed it just as much as the first with its writing style similarly gripping and a particular page turner.

I would say the story of this book moves in a bit of a different direction to the first novel, as 'Strings Attached' was very Beverly Hills 902010 esque. 'Double Bound' moves away from the teen centred "California dreaming" life and explores slightly more intense issues of kidnap, infidelity, trust and betrayal.

'Strings Attached' familiarised us with the backstory of Jeremy while 'Double Bound' gives a better insight into the character of Arthur Blaufree who was a particularly likeable character from the first novel. Setting the story in Brazil is an interesting choice but seems well researched and works well. I don't want to give too much of the story away but I particularly liked the unique idea of using a bizarre religious ceremony as a central part of the story.

You would probably enjoy this without prior knowledge of the first novel but I would recommend 'Strings Attached' first to enhance your understanding of the characters and the relationships that are already established in this book. If you liked 'Strings Attached' you'll enjoy this one also!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2011
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This book is the sequel to Strings Attached, which you really need to read before this one in order to get know the back story of these characters and their relationship dynamics. Strings Attached had a lighter feel to it, which was entirely appropriate as the novel centred around young Jeremy and his exploits while taking vengeance out for his parents when he discovered the perfidy that had destroyed them and robbed him of his rightful place in his father's wealthy family. This time, the book is darker and heavier, reading much more like a spy thriller and that too is just fine. This time Jeremy and his young boyfriend Carlos are back, but the novel focuses more on the older Arthur. Arthur is not only his bodyguard and mentor, but the former lover of Jeremy's own father. Things are getting complicated however, as not only are they on a trip to Brazil trying to uncover some corporate espionage while cultish murderers are out for blood and killing foreign tourists, but a definite attraction is beginning to more than simmer between Arthur and Jeremy, leaving Carlos out of the romantic equation entirely. It is a coming of age story in more than one way: Jeremy's to recognise love vs crush, and Arthur to recognise that he is able to truly love again but having to fight against what he sees are his obligations to others even if it means denying himself and the one that loves him back.

As a thriller, it stands up well. The action is plausible and the villains chilling. As a romance, it also does quite well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2011
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It certainly helps to have read "Strings Attached", all the better to appreciate how the characters evolve. Little time has passed, but circumstances have changed - Jeremy not what he was since avenging the deaths of his parents; Arthur not what he was either. Once lover of Jeremy's father, he now pines for the youth himself. Then there is ex-schoolmate Carlos. How long before he realizes he may be the third that makes a crowd?

First of all, an assignment! The three are off to a luxury building complex in Brazil. Is "El Gigante" Dom Fabiano ripping off Aunt Katharine? Ahead lie adventures with a horrific climax.

The Arthur-Jeremy relationship forms the core of the novel, the details sexually explicit. Flashbacks interestingly flesh out the older man's character - the father determined to beat the "perversion" out of him; the homophobia rife in the Marines; the two loves of his life suddenly killed (one on 9/11).

Less impressive are those episodes in Brazil. They begin promisingly enough but become increasingly melodramatic and implausible. (Nolan himself refers to cliches when describing an escape.) It for long puzzled why the State Department did not delay by a day or so its pressure on Aunt Katharine when the three would have been safely home again. Eventual explanations (and surprises) do not entirely convince.

In short, a mixture. At its heart, a love story which often proved moving. Final sequences, however, seem dragged out as though the author is reluctant to let go. A particular highlight is that powerful, chilling first chapter with its macabre Sao Januario's Day religious ceremony. (It could stand on its own as a dramatic short story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Belcher VINE VOICE on 10 July 2011
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Double Bound is the sequel to the first book Strings Attached where we are introduced to the beautiful young swimming hunk Jeremy Tyler and the rags to riches story of how he ends up living with his very rich Aunt and mysterious Butler, Arthur in a sprawling mansion in Ballena Beach, California.

Double Bound begins with Arthur Blaufee and his early years and how his first relationship with Jeremy's father influences how he feels towards Jeremy. Arthur is a multi faceted character and it is wonderful that Nolan can spend time in this second book filling us in on his background, his disastrous relationship with his own father and how this rebounded in him joining the US Marines.

The story itself revolves around a fated trip to Rio in Brazil by Jeremy, his boyfriend Carlo and Arthur as bodyguard to oversee a high security island resort being part financed by his Aunt Katherine for the super rich worried about terrorism. The resort is being managed by Dom Fabiano "el gig ante" a Brazilian mobster up to his ears in shady dealings and illegal practices. What begins as a carefree vacation mixed with work ends up in a surprise kidnap and a double cross.

The book ends with a few question marks and I do hope Nick Nolan can continue both Jeremy Tyler and Arthur Blaufee's story in a third book.
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