Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 3/10/15
Length: 239 Pages
Series: Club Sin #5
Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more.
Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.
Finally – we get to see kenzie’s story and then see how it intertwines with Porter since that’s already been set up for us. We all know and love Kenzie to be the bratty sub who gives doms a hard time, but clearly there’s something behind that which makes her who she is. It’s Porter who’s job it is to figure out how to get through to her, partially because as a Dom he should but partially because that’s just who he is.
In Porter’s quest to be name a full master at the club, he’s taken on Kenzie for a month, and his personality is to go into it with the best of intentions. We learn quickly on that he’s actually quite taken with her and has been for a while, but just never went there since he’s not really interested in taking on a sub that’s mouthy.
If that weren’t enough of a story line to keep us interested, to see who breaks first, there’s the added tension and anxiety that comes from a man who’s bought the block that Kenzie’s bookstore and apartment are on so that he can build a casino and he’s trying to strong arm Kenzie into selling so he can have the space. Mind you, that’s not something that she’s open to as both belonged to her grandmother, the woman who raised her, and she needs to keep that one last great memory alive.
We see Kenzie get threatened and attacked and living her life in fear because she’s afraid to let anyone in to help her. It’s because Porter is so in tune with how she behaves that he notices something is wrong and pushes her. We come to learn that the man who’s threatening her is untouchable by police and that he manages to get off of anything that’s brought against him.
It’s Porter and Sawyer who come to her aide, however what keeps coming back to Kenzie is that they are helping because they have to as Doms, not because they want to help her for her. So that’s the round and round that we go on this one that keeps us interested.
The nice thing about this couple is that from what we know from previous installments is that Kenzie loves pain and needs it to get off. Porter however pushes her so far that we see that maybe that’s not what she needs and he takes another approach. Seeing how masterful he is at this makes you so excited to see what’s next. The writing here is so vivid and exciting and i think that’s part of what carries us through it so quickly.
So much to wonder about in this book 5 both with relationships with kenzie and Porter and the broader D/s relationships, It’s a nice family that we’re seeing come together here and i think that there are just a few more masters left for us to meet to have everyone’s stories complete. Enjoy!