The Tied Man (The Tied Man, #1) - Tabitha McGowan Buddy read with Sara and Jo :)For me, reading The Tied Man was like taking a tumble down the rabbit hole and ending up in a very intense, dark, & twisted place that is controlled by an evil bitch. Before you consider reading this book, you really need to heed the author's warning: Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sexual activity. If you have any issues with these topics, this may not be the book for you.Lilith Bresson is a strong, independent, and successful artist who values having control over her life. Her control, however, is tested when her father forces her to repay one of his debts by painting the portrait of Lady Blaine Albermarle. In order to complete this project, Lilith must stay at Albermarle Hall, an island estate that Blaine owns where electronic devices such as computers, phones, MP3 players, etc. are not allowed. During her stay at Albermarle Hall, Lilith learns about the horrific business being conducted on the estate and that Blaine is not the woman that she appears to be. She also meets Blaine's "companion", Finn, who is a quiet, disturbed, and very unhappy man.I felt a whirlwind of emotions while reading this book: anger, disgust, sadness, hopelessness, a little happy, and a lot of hatred toward the villain. I think the hardest part of this book for me was Finn's situation. His story ripped my heart out and I just wanted to whisk him away and protect him from all the horrors he had to live through. Finn: "I want to keep hold of just one or two poxy secrets in the car crash otherwise known as my life in vain hope that once or twice a year I can pretend to have some bloody dignity."Finn to Lilith: "You came back," he whispered. "You did all that, and you still came back."Overall, I would give this book 5 dark & emotional stars. If you think that you can handle what the author mentioned in her warning, then I encourage you to read this book. I am looking forward to seeing Finn & Lili's story continued in the second book. I did feel that the ending of the Tied Man was a little abrupt, but I can understand the author's view that an epilogue really wouldn't do this story justice. Finn and Lili both have a lot of healing to do and demons to overcome. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~My thoughts before starting the bookBuddy read with Sara and Jo tomorrow! Not gonna lie.. I am a bit nervous about this one. I have heard it is INTENSEApparently this might be me by the end of the book...Blueberry vodka anyone?But I am excited for my first buddy read! =D