Review: Ruled by Angel Payne

When the lines are erased, the passion begins.

Lines define Tracy Rhodes’s life, and she has no say in the matter once she is sworn in as second-in-command of the free world. But the lines are crushed beneath the boots of her security team’s special advisor during a high-profile event in Vegas. The towering warrior with the haunting stare shatters her composure, invades her libido, and makes her yearn for things she shouldn’t. Sweaty, illicit things…with her body pinned beneath his…

John Franzen, six and a half feet of rigid composure on the outside, is a lost man on the inside. What’s he doing here? A guy isn’t supposed to survive eleven years in Special Forces, especially after the crazy missions he’s been assigned. Accepting the security gig in Vegas is just a favor to a friend—a way to fill time that’s become too damn empty lately. Until the cushy “babysitting job” becomes the most treacherous mission of his life, and the politician he’s protecting becomes the woman in his bed. The lover beneath his bonds. The submissive he longs to claim forever.

She’s destined for marble halls and an oval office, and he’s wired for jungles, dirt, and violence. Will her passion be enough to tame his demons? To claim the ultimate warrior as her own?


★★★★☆

Sex. Politics. Corruption. Conspiracies. Mass murder. Have I caught your attention yet?

Tracy was many things... Widow. Mother. Vice President of the United States and future leader of the free world... or what was left of it anyway. John's resumé was nothing to sneeze at either - Former soldier. Honorable man. Newly hired muscle to protect the VP at all costs. Oh and he was one gorgeous AF Dominant.

It takes just one moment to throw the world into chaos and to change everything you used to know. Tracy's life was in more danger than ever and John was willing to do whatever it took to protect her and her son from harm. I think he was halfway hoping to protect his heart in the process.


Nice try there, John. This story was a journey of intrigue and sexual awakening, at least for Tracy. There was nothing hotter than John in crisis mode except for maybe whenever he spent intimate time with her. Watching these two fall in love amidst the dangers that surrounded them simply added another layer of dimension to this book, giving me a much needed break from the drama. I loved every interaction they shared, especially when Tracy got all sassy.


These characters were not only beautiful together, they were also erotically satisfying in so many good and sexy ways. Angel Payne created an entertaining story with people I couldn't help but be invested in, rooting for their happy ending right from the start.

Release: December 11, 2018
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat: 4
Standalone - Honor Bound #10
Format: Ebook ARC provided by Bare Naked Words

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