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the tied man


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

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

G&J – 5 emotional heart breaking stars

The Tied Man was a challenge for both of us. It was such an emotional, harrowing, disturbing, sometimes hopeful and definitely compelling experience which tested us in so many ways. We felt helpless reading the story of Finn and Lilith and wish we could have jumped in and made them safe. This Author is without any doubt a brilliant writer and we are in awe of her right about now!

Below are our text messages word for word through this reading experience. We decided that our review should be our emotional journey as we read rather than our afterthoughts….Hope you get from this what a truly dark and disturbing ride this was for us.


Gitte: Oh Jenny this book is beyond upsetting, I am crying like an effing baby and can’t stop. I feel sick, dizzy and like I am going to faint. I have no words but I want to crawl into my kindle and hit them with a baseball bat. My heart hurts…I feel so bloody helpless and I am making a voodoo doll of Blaine!!! You HAVE to read this one. I know it will test you but you have to read it.

Jenny:  Oh god G I don’t know if I can. I really want to but it sounds way out of my comfort zone. Oh God I am scared….I am really scared….but I do want to go there. Okay, I’ll message you when I’m into it.

Gitte:  Read it. I’m here for you, but this is one I want you to read.

Jenny:  Wow this writing is so intelligent but I have this sick feel of absolute dread in my stomach..

Gitte:  Yes! Her writing is amazing…brilliant.  My baseball bat has now been engraved with the name Blaine and Coyle on it….

Jenny: I hate her already and I have just met her….how old is she

Gitte:  I don’t care how old that effing bitch is

Jenny:  Don’t worry, I found out.  God, this woman is definitely an evil cow.

Gitte: The shock factor is worse I think cause I didn’t know anything going in….

Jenny: I know. I have no idea what this book is about. Stay put, I may need you soon…OMG this is going to be a rough journey, I’m  scared…

Gitte: Sobbing here….

Jenny: I feel sick….

Gitte: I am there with you holding your hand…

Jenny:  Thanks G. I need you. This is just….it’s bloody heartbreaking. Every time I feel a smattering of hope…..Gah… heart hurts so bad.

Gitte: Yeah…heart gets truly broken…gets worse before it gets better

Jenny:  I’m trying to prepare myself but don’t know if I can. I have never truly hated characters so much in my life. Blaine and Coyle are deprived fuckers. Oh god I despise them…This is breaking me…really and truly breaking me…deep breath and I’m back into it. Don’t go anywhere!

Gitte: Yeah she is an ultimate villain no doubt, I wanted to jump into my kindle so many times and pull them out…not going anywhere

Jenny: I have no words Gitte I feel utterly sick and my heart just hurts

Gitte: Yeah it’s fucking inhumane….

Jenny: It’s beyond sickening.  Love Lilith with all my heart. She is so bloody perspective and cool.

Gitte: Yeah she is so beautiful, passionate and strong

Jenny: And Finn….how can one person go through so much and be treated so badly….he is beautiful. I want to help him

Gitte: Finn is amazing…I want to save him…I feel so bloody helpless

Jenny:  Do you think we feel this worse because we have sons because this is breaking me like nothing I have ever read.

Gitte:  Could be, I’ve thought about that.  We’ll discuss when we’re finished. You have a way to go yet.

Jenny: Oh God this is beyond anything I expected…It’s pure evil, I feel sick to my stomach…So depressed, can’t stop crying…I can’t speak. Harrowing, shocking, sad and tragic.

Gitte:  Yes it is and I can’t get out of this black hole of sadness….

Jenny:  I know. I just feel complete sadness. Oh god G, this line crushed me……….” With hindsight, I should have marked the date in a diary – it would be the last time in a while before any of us felt like smiling again” That sense of foreboding is back.

Gitte:  Yeah, that did me in too

Jenny:  G, I have never felt such helplessness reading a book. I feel like I need to do something but all I can do is stare at the wall. What an effing rollercoaster this is.

Gitte:  I know….hang in there. It’s amazing that simple words on paper can do this to you isn’t it?

Jenny:  G, this is beyond anything I could imagine and yes! How do you relay so much just through words. I am in awe.

Gitte:  Do you hate me for making you read it?

Jenny:  Nope, couldn’t hate you. In a strange way I’m so glad you made me read it.  It hurt but it was truly something amazing. I will NEVER forget this book or the characters

Gitte:  yeah I agree, my heart still hurts and no way can we forget this one. Definitely a 5 Star for me. I’m still sobbing…

Jenny:  Me too. How could we not give this book 5 stars for what we’re feeling.  I’m in a funk and can’t think of anything but this book. True testament to this author’s talent.

Gitte:   Absolutely agree. It sure is.

Jenny:  We need fluffy filth next

Gitte:  LOL yep we sure do!

Jenny: Ring me. We need to debrief. Now!

Gitte:  Ringing you now….I’m thinking this is going to be a few hours’ worth of sobfest for us!

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Release Date: TBA 


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