Review: Brand (The Donnovan Dynasty #2) by Sierra Cartwright


Title: Brand
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Publisher/Year:  Totally Entwined Group 9/22/15
Length:   253 Pages
Series:  The Donovan Dynasty #2


Book two in The Donovan Dynasty series

He wants her subject to his will. She’s scared she may never want to get away.

The first time Sofia McBride meets the strong and determined Cade Donovan, he warns her to keep her distance. She tells herself to heed his words, but she’s stunned to realize her depth of attraction to this intimidating man.

She knows she should stay away from him, but try as she might, she’s unable to resist him or his sexy, erotic demands. The deeper she becomes ensnared, the more she realizes she may never want to escape.

All his life, enigmatic rancher Cade Donovan has chosen women who don’t expect too much from him. But when a storm strands him with Sofia, his lovely, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer event planner, all his dominant and protective instincts flare.

Cade wants everything she has to offer, but he soon discovers Sofia’s beauty hides a determination he hasn’t counted on. Her untamed responses send him on a journey that will banish his demons and change them both forever.

My Thoughts

I’m enjoying this look into the different brothers lives and how they are intertwined or not.  I think that the way that Ms Cartwright is telling this series is a nice smooth progression since each story gently rolls into the next.  When we first met this family, we met Connor and Lara through their interesting story – and here we are with Cade now – the brother who’s always been a bit distant from the family – not really because he’s a half brother since everyone has accepted him but because he feels that he shouldn’t be getting the bits of life and family that he has.

So that’s really where we come into this story.  Connor and Lara are celebrating their marriage in Houston,and Sofia’s event company has managed all of the arrangements.  It’s when they meet on that day that things change completely for them.  There’s a chemistry and link between them that you know they have to act on, and it’s just a matter of how they choose to do it.

It’s when Cade’s family suggests that Sofia help plan the centennial event of their family ranch that things start to fall into place. During a tour of the property, Sofia’s eyes are opened to a side of Cade that she expected somewhat based on what she knows of his brother connor, and well, things fall into place after that – since you know that they can’t possible just tamp that one down.  It’s full on heat ad steam and naughty bits all together.

What we always get from Ms Cartwright in her writing is something that comes through here in full force.  Both of our main characters have a past that’s not so stellar and they’ve either chosen to let it make them stronger or to become a crutch. Sofia decided to be better from it, while Cade lets his demons eat at him and knowing that Sofia will push and push to get that to come to the forefront – it’s also the same thing that will break them apart.

The journey we take here is twofold.  The first is of sexual exploration – we know that Sofia hasn’t had the most experience and Cade’s the one to give it to her – but what boundaries will be pushed and what does that mean.  Then on the flip side, Sofia will push Cade, and we know that he can’t be pushed, and that leads us down a very bad path.

It’s through forces of nature around them, family coming to support and do a bit of ass kicking and just realization that you’re better together than alone – well…it’s all something that has to happen and does happen.

I think that the place where this story ends, and leads into the next installment is such a natural flow.  You only want to see good things happen for these brothers but they are their own worst enemies.  It’s no surprise that they have each other’s backs to the extent that they do, and i can’t wait to see how it plays out in book three.  Enjoy and HAPPY FRIDAY!

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