What is it about Irish characters and settings that suck me in every time besides the collective unconsciousness of my heritage--feisty. If there's one thing I like, its the portrayal of women, that they are strong without being cast in some "bitch" category. Sinead is just that--independent, driven, and feminine. The ability to fight and submit are not mutually exclusive. Of course, a man like Jack is the kind that makes you want to roll over for. Bound and Determined is typical Cartwright fare with straight up yet tender D/s with a capable, wealthy Dom and a newbie sub. Loved the characters and the superstitious premise that ties it all together, but the conclusion was rushed. Solid entertainment for the money.