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Nick Nolan
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1 Jun 2010 Tales from Ballena Beach
Nick Nolan’s Double Bound reunites us with many of the characters introduced in his delightful Strings Attached: Jeremy, now in a committed relationship with fun-loving, hotheaded Carlo; Arthur, Jeremy’s protector, confidant, and mentor; and Katharine, Jeremy’s wealthy benefactress, still hiding a slew of secrets and hidden agendas. This sequel displays the same wit, verve, style, and sense of adventure that were so engaging and fresh in Strings Attached. And where Strings Attached playfully alluded to Pinocchio, Double Bound has fun with the Jack and the Beanstalk fable.

Just as Strings Attached was Jeremy’s story, Double Bound is Arthur’s, exploring his troubled relationship with disapproving parents and his precarious years as a troubled Marine. However, there’s an added element this time out—the stakes are higher, the repercussions more dire, and the choices harder and more consequential. There is a darker feel to this novel, which not only adds depth to the characters but highlights Mr. Nolan’s growth and confidence as a storyteller. We’ve moved beyond high school concerns into real-world choices, where outcomes are not always tied up in neat "happily ever after" packages.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982555024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982555026
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,079,130 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, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great followup 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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3.0 out of 5 stars In two minds about it 11 Sep 2011
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This book is the sequel to strings attached, which is best read before this one to understand who is who and the relationships between the main characters. While it is an enjoyable story filled with intrigue and humour, I found it at times too predictable and ove the top when it came to the descriptions to set the scenes throughout the book. Having said that, it was a pleasure to read and very good entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting sequel to Strings Attached. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Betrayal,and Intrigue 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. We can feel the affection between the two youths, as well as the angsty feelings accompanying one's first true love, and the pain of a heart healing and feeling love again after a lifetime of regrets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TIME TO REASSESS? 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
Whilst being quite a good page turner, the story is right out of Mills and Boon with the exception of the sexes!
Published 3 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel
In this lively sequel to his 2006 novel "Strings Attached", author Nick Nolan continues the rags-to-riches story of young Jeremy Tyler and boyfriend Carlo as they jet off to Brazil... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by Libretio
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant second in series, fantastic of amazon to publish
Totally loved this, read in one sitting. Having fully loved the first book in series, "Strings Attached", this explores familiar characters from first book, that you actually want... Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by Mr. M. L. Cawood-campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight
It is awkward, writing a critical review of a novel that is bound to, because it was designed to, have populist appeal. Read more
Published on 4 July 2011 by Son of Nietzsche
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Following close on the heels of the appealing Stings Attached, which centred on the young Jeremy Tyler's rise to the fortune to which he was entitled, comes Double Bound. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Young, gay 'James Bond' is back. Even better than 'Strings Attached''
I wondered if Nick Nolan could repeat the magic mixture of his first book. In fact, he has excelled. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow up to 'Strings Attached'
This is the follow-up novel to 'Strings Attached, Nick Nolan's debut, which I picked up as a holiday read just over 12 months ago and must say thoroughly enjoyed. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2009 by R. L. Judd
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