Review: Master Professor (Lessons from the Rack Series #1) by Tara Sue Me

Title: Master Professor
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 4/4/17
Length:   304 Pages
Series:  Lessons from the Rack #1

Overview

Students are begging to be held after class…

Andie Lincoln is madly in love with Terrence Knight—her childhood friend-turned-Hollywood’s newest golden boy. But he’s a Dominant and wants her trained as a submissive before he’ll consider a relationship with her. He enrolls her at the RACK Academy with strict instructions for her teachers: Do whatever you need to, but don’t take her virginity.

Fulton Matthews, the director of incoming students, is enthralled by Andie. Though he questioned her enrollment at first, watching her discover her submissive nature is hotter than his most intense fantasy. Under his control, her sexual awakening brings him to his knees.

Yet they can go only so far. Andie belongs to another, and Fulton is bound by a contract that strictly forbids relationships between teachers and students. But when Terrence comes to collect his prize, Fulton discovers it’s not easy to let Andie go. . .

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of the other series that introduced me to our author and of course that means when a new one rolls around, i have to pick it up.  Like the intro to this story says, sometimes it’s both a blessing and a curse to start something new because you have all new characters to write about and intertwine yet you don’t have any of that continuity that sometimes helps a story along.

So in this first installment on a completely new journey, we meet Andie who is in a relationship with a guy who has been her best friend for years and is now something more.  As part of that more, she learns that he’s got a Dom side to him and that’s part of his life that she’s interested in learning about and exploring to see how she fits.  As part of that, she’s been granted entry into the best BDSM academy for the summer to learn about being a sub and if it’s who she is at the core.

It’s always interesting to me to see the dynamics of relationships with D/s characters.  we know for the most part that Doms Do Not share yet in this case, Terrance, Andie’s boyfriend is an actor and is on set filming so he’s ok sending her to the academy.  For me, i knew that it would scream Danger and of course that’s what we get from the moment go.

Enter Fulton – the professor that has been designated the instructor for the summer, and who has to write up the plan for Andie upon her arrival.  There’s animosity there of course and that means that there’s going to be some under lying chemistry to deal with.  So from the minute they meet, you can see that there’s something there – and it’s just a matter of time until we see how that something manifests.

Throughout this first book, we get to see Andie learn about the basics of being a sub and what the lifestyle includes.  There are some rather steamy scenes where she gets pushed beyond her limits but all in all rather PG 13 since she’s a virgin and has told the school that it will stay that way upon graduation.

What throws me of course is that we often see a lot more playing and kink when we have series that have ‘lessons’ in them – sub training schools and the like.  But in this case, in the style of our author, we get more of the character story and the emotions behind their actions.  It’s a nice change, since it makes this book less about the BDSM life persay and more about the relationships that these characters are building.

The twist of course comes when there’s a proposal, a stolen boat ending up with a hospital visit and a suspension.  All that need to happen in order to get us to a point of closure and discussion towards the end.

The nice thing that Tara Sue Me does for us, is that she sets up the whole sense of the next story in the book.  We know that there’s a dark and painful past for Lennox (the headmaster) and Mariela (another instructor) and we see that there’s something keeping them together while pushing them apart too.  (or vice versa).  personally i’m really desperate to find out what that means for them since it’s so complicated and complicated often means hot and steamy!!! Enjoy!

Review: Capture Me (Royals Saga #6) by Geneva Lee

Title: Capture Me
Author: Geneva Lee
Publisher/Year: Geneva Lee 12/8/15
Length:   291 Pages
Series:  Royals Saga #6

Overview

Smith and Belle’s captivating story races towards its breathtaking conclusion in Capture Me.

I never expected to fall in love with Smith Price. Now he was more than my lover. He was my obsession. My savior. My future.

But someone had to pay for the sins of our fathers. Ghosts don’t always haunt you. Sometimes they stalk you down and demand retribution.

We promised each other forever, but we might not live to see tomorrow.

My Thoughts

What we have here is the roller coaster of a finale to Smith’s and Belle’s story.  There’s so much going on between them and around them that you really have no idea who’s going to last and what it’s going to mean.

Throughout their story, we know that Smith’s past is dark and dreary yet we don’t know the extent of it and i don’t know that we’ll ever learn about what it truly is.  We know that he’s controlled by Hammond and that his father was as well, but there’s so much more to the story.  Even to the point that Smith’s working with Alexandra to take Hammond down.

Of course that means that Belle will again be caught in the crossfire.  While her past isn’t the best, she’s making her future with Smith, and that’s coming with it’s fair share of pain and suffering.

We know that they secretly got married while in New York and we know that they want to make a life together, but each is a target now for Hammond and each will do whatever they need in order to keep the other alive and safe.  That comes at a Price (no pun intended).

So throughout this final installment to their story, we see that they are torn apart, pulled together, scared out of their minds through car jackings, murder etc, that you wonder if love is enough to keep them together.

Tying it all together, we get to see how the truly dominant side of Smith is the perfect thing to keep them together – Ms Lee is really doing a great job with this story line giving him that persona – so that we get to see that what he was raised to do within the lifestyle isn’t what he needs in his life but it’s come in handy when certain skills are needed.  It’s hot and passionate and exactly what’s right for this story.

So all in all, we get closure on things with quite a few surprises.  Characters that we love aren’t where they are meant to be necessarily in the end.  And in the author’s notes, there’s the teaser that there will be more so i can’t wait to see a story for Edwards, and hopefully for Lola and Georgia as well.  Enjoy!

Review: Covet Me (The Royals Saga #5) by Geneva Lee

Title: Covet Me
Author: Geneva Lee
Publisher/Year: Geneva Lee 9/29/15
Length:   211 Pages
Series:  Royals Saga #5

Overview

Belle Stuart walked into my life with crimson lips, and a smart mouth to match, that made it impossible not to put her in her place—and on her knees.

She should be off-limits. Claiming her was reckless. Keeping her is dangerous. But she’s more than a conquest, she’s my obsession.

I’ll do what it takes to protect her, even if it means letting her go.

But she’s the one woman I can’t give up. She’s the one woman I can’t stop craving.

She’s the one I covet…

My Thoughts

Well, it didn’t take long for them to find that they can’t keep their hands off each other and that it’s going to lead somewhere bad (and maybe a bit good).  The path that this next installment takes us on is one that’s quite the roller coaster.  Belle has no choice but to follow her heart and body into the arms of Smith, and he feels the same.  the challenge though is that Hammond is still trying to pull strings to keep a vendetta going, and that means that things will be bad.

So at the end of the last installment, Smith had ‘fired’ Belle in the hopes of getting her off Hammond’s radar, and therefore prompting Belle to start her business Bless.  That’s starting to get legs, and she even finds herself with an opportunity to fly to New York for a huge interview for a magazine.  Of course this comes at a good time because she’s beyond miserable because of what’s going on with Smith – he breaks up with her in the most disrespectful way, and that means that in addition to being a target, she’s got a broken heart.

Lola, Clara’s sister begins to take a larger role in things, we see her coming on as a partner for Bless, and that’s the help that Belle needs.  We also see that Edward is continuing to be the voice of reason, although he’s got definite opinions about Smith and none of them are good.

The trip to New York brings around new revelations for Belle and Smith, with even more secrets being created and hidden.  IT’s all a set up for what’s to come towards the end of the story.  We see alliances that we were unsure about before, attempts at murder and even murder itself.  Someone that we love seems to be dead, and now there’s not one but 2 attacks on Belle that leave her on a ledge.

So all in all a great continuation to the story.  And if that angst and anxiety weren’t enough, we see how Dominant Smith truly is even if he’s not willing to live the lifestyle anymore and it makes for some incredibly steamy scenes.  Thank you Ms Lee for writing all that in, and i can’t wait to jump into the next installment tonight.  Have a good one all!

Review: Crave Me (Royals Saga #4) by Geneva Lee

Title: Crave Me
Author: Geneva Lee
Publisher/Year: Geneva Lee 7/21/15
Length:   209 Pages
Series:  Royals Saga #4

Overview

Belle’s story begins in the captivating fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling series. I made myself a promise: No men. No romance. No waiting around for a prince that’s not going to come. Because some girls don’t get happily ever afters. Some girls only get broken hearts. Which is exactly why I should stay away from him. He’s vile. He’s arrogant. He’s controlling. And I don’t trust him. But some men get into your blood-under your skin. Some men you just can’t get enough of. Some men you just crave.

My Thoughts

Well if you didn’t get enough in the main series with Alexandra and Clara, you know that there’s so much more that could be done with Belle, Clara’s roommate.  We last knew that Belle had been cheated on by her fiance Phillip and she was now starting a new chapter in her life – trying to move on.  She’s now in a different situation though cause she has no job, and Phillip had provided her with financial support which she no longer has.  So this is the story of how she begins to stand on her own two feet.

That of course takes us to the law offices of Smith Price – a man who is looking for a personal assistant.  Somehow Belle manages to land that job, and she’s in way over her head since from the second they meet, there’s an electricity between them, so much heat and tension that it’s palpable.  (and very different than what we had in the first bits of this series).

So the journey that we go on is one that’s heated, intense and quite complicated.  Our author keeps things very close to the vest in the sense that we really dont know what we’re getting into – we don’t know what Price’s background is aside from that fact that it’s shrouded in mystery and danger.  Belle knows this but still manages to get ensnared in all that is him.

We see a variety of folks come into the story that want to hurt both of them, and we see that one in particular, the man who gave Price his start is really after him for something or another.  We don’t yet know what the end game is for either but we know that it’s not good.  Add in Georgia, Price’s pseudo sister and Hammond’s ‘daughter’ and we learn that there’s definitely a bit of twisted ness going on.

Top that all off, we get a glimpse into the Alpha male that Price is – his need for control, dominance and submission.  we learn of Velvet, a BDSM club that he’s involved in and yet we don’t know what the extent of all that is.

Where we are left at the end is a place where we totally expect to be – Price is trying to protect Belle at all costs and that means that their relationship has to change and not in a good way.  soo…onto the next!

Review: The Dom who Loved Me (Masters and Mercenaries #1) by Lexi Blake

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Title: The Dom who Loved Me
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher/Year: DLZ Enterainment 9/7/11
Length:   372 Pages
Series:  Masters and Mercenaries #1

Overview

A routine mission … turns into a dangerous seduction.

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She’s the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean’s every dark desire. She’s living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure-intimate acts of trust she’s only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?

My Thoughts

Im usually a huge fan of Lexi Blake and all that i’ve read by her, and in this instance, i’m on the fence a bit and i’m not entirely certain why.  What we have here is a sweet story of the expected Alpha Male, and the innocent woman who kind of finds herself in a situation where she needs to be rescued.  Of course said dom man is the one to do it right?

This story starts off where Sean Taggart finds himself on an assignment to hopefully find an ecoterrorist who’s been up to no good for  while and off the radar because of some fairly impressive means of plastic surgery and the like.  While he’s learning about the job, he sees a photo of a woman who may be an ‘in’ to this guy, and of course all that maleness comes to the forefront when he’s attracted to her.

The story from there is watching Sean trying to get his job done while also allowing himself to be incredibly attracted to Grace and teach her the ways of his life.  We know that Sean and his brother and their friends are part of the BDSM lifestyle and Sean seems to think that Grace has been part of it too, although he learns that it’s really just from reading a lot.

Anyhow, we have 2 story lines here – one of the attraction between the two and seeing how that plays out since Grace is fairly sure of herself and she’s a bit older than him so she knows what she’s going to bring to the situation.  Then there’s the story of trying to find Patrick who’s the guy that’s gone rouge.  There are hints throughout the story on who he is and i think that it’s just a matter of time until he slips up and they’re able to get him.

The challenge in this story is twofold.  one is that Grace is somehow put in the middle of things and when things go pearshaped, she’s the one that gets the focus of the blame.  It o course has the chance to tear her and Sean up and i think that it’s a nice journey that we see them go through since they do end up split apart.  Then there’s the story of how Grace and Sean really work together.  She knows that it can’t be forever since he’s not from Dallas but she’s willing to do right now until things go wrong.

All in all, it’s a sweet story.  It’s nicely written and there are some intensely steamy scenes – yet i don’t know what about it makes me hedge a bit.  I know that there’s more to the series though which i’m going to stick with for a bit just to see how it goes.  Anyhow, have a great day and enjoy the Super Bowl if that’s your thing!

Review: Tied to his Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets #2) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: Tied to his Betrayal
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 11/15/16
Length:   248 Pages
Series:  Dirty Little Secrets #2

Overview

In a dazzling novel of passion and power from the bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series, a commanding man gives up his most prized possession to win back the one that got away.

Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.

Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.

My Thoughts

I love this series almost as much as i love the original, and i think that where this one is going is a really great direction.  So you’ll have to remember from the first installment of this spinoff that Taylor is Allie’s best friend who lives in San Diego and who had a bit of a romance with her half brother about 5 years ago.  Well, the last scene in the first book was of Taylor showing up on the doorstep of Allie’s condo beaten up by her ex boyfriend.  So that’s where we pick up the story now.

Taylor has left her boyfriend who beat her up in a drunken rage and is now with Allie trying to put her life back together.  If that weren’t enough, ironically when she shows up on Allie’s doorstep, it’s the same nigh that Darius is there – her ex whom she still hasn’t gotten over.  Knowing that he’s a Dominant and that she’s been hurt, he’s going to go all caveman on the situation.

That’s where this story goes.  Darius not only still loves Taylor but feels that he not only has to protect her from everything around her but from him as well since he seems to think that he’s not worthy of anything emotional or good.  Taylor disagrees but there’s only so much that she’s able to do to convince him otherwise.  What she does eventually do is allow him to help her with a job since being tied to him through papparrazzi pics has now made things complicated and she’s able to get her feet back on sturdy ground.

There are a few supporting story lines in this 2nd book which makes it great.  there’s the issue of Taylor and Darius in the ‘will they won’t they’ type situation since we know that there’s insane chemistry between them.  It’s a fight that we watch for the entire book.

Then there’s the issue of her ex shawn who’s come to San Francisco to likely find her and we don’t know what he’s going to do.

Then there’s a problem with the tabloids.  Usually they print lies about Darius, Micah and all the others, but recently they’ve been actually publishing true facts about the guys and there’s really no way that they would have known that information unless someone’s feeding it to them.  So that’s another bit of the story that we’re trying to figure out.  who’s the mole and what’s the motivation.

There’s a lot that we don’t get resolved in this 2nd book and a lot that’s setting up for the next installment that we learn is about Ryder based on the last scene in this one.  We see him running in with information that he’s going to be the target of the next story that’s tied to one of the people that he’s doing security on.  And of course the nature of the story is quite damaging.

The one thing that i’m a bit intrigued by and a bit surprised by is that the original series by Ms Kennedy was very much so about the BDSM world and how involved those Masters were and while these leading men are part of the DC and own clubs, they actually aren’t really that into the lifestyle.  It’s just a facet of who they are.  It’s interesting to me because i actually assumed that they would be even more engrossed into it all and they’re not.  Although that’s the case, there’s absolutely not shortage of hot scenes in either book so far – and you can practically feel the heat and passion coming from the couples.

so i can’t wait to see what happens next, and sadly i’m all caught up on the series now so i have to wait until April.  So now….i’m on to find something else to read.  Have a great day all!

Review: Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: Bound Beneath His Pain
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 7/5/16
Length:   275 Pages
Series:  Dirty Little Secrets #1

Overview

Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?

When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah’s her new boss. For another, he’s as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives in to his dangerous games. She knows he’s got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she’s willing to go to light the way for love.

My Thoughts

I loved Club Sin which is the origination of this series and i think that it’s great that we get to learn a bit more about those Doms up in San Francisco that Dimitri is so close with and went to for help with his club. So when we got this first installment of the spinoff where we’re able to meet Micah the leader of the DC (Dominants Council), and find out how he ticks.

His story interweaves with Allie’s story – a successful Real Estate agent who’s made her success by being a great listener and finding a home for her clients, not just a house.  It’s partly due to the type of woman that she is and partly to do with her past, as her parents were killed in a plane accident when she was 15 and she was raised by her half brother.  The way that the story gets interesting is that her half brother is a great guy – 10 years older and took her in when no one else would even though he didn’t have a relationship with her mom since his father wouldn’t allow it.  So the life that her brother had and the life she had were quite different since he’s from money and has everything, and Allie really doesn’t want anything to do with that once she’s able to make her own choices.

That’s where we find ourselves now – Micah’s company has bought the one that Allie works for and she’s being absorbed into Holt where she’s making more money and has the opportunity to sell some amazing properties.  She still continues to live meagerly though, since she’s learned the lesson in life that money changes people and how they look at you.  Micah however is a man with endless means, and when they discover an attraction between them, it’s his lifestyle that continues to put a wall up between them.

Their connection is instant as it usually is in these types of stories, and it’s fun to watch how they play around each other, waiting for Allie to crack under Micah’s pursuit and then hope to see how amazing they can be together.

The journey that we go on in this story is one where Allie is trying to find herself, Micah’s trying to get past demons that continue to haunt him, and they both realize that they NEED each other but that there’s a cost to it all.  Micah has a very dark past which brought him to need BDSM and Allie sees deep inside him where he’s trying to keep everything secret.

The interesting twist that we get is that Micah and Allie’s half brother Darius are quite close and Darius ironically is part of the DC.  So there’s a bit more of a complication there when figuring out how to handle all that.

What i really enjoyed about this story though is that it feels similar to club sin but completely it’s own thing.  The chapters are written in alternating POV so that we get to see Allie’s side and then Micah’s and that’s something that we didn’t have in the other series.  We also see that while Sex is quite important to them, BDSM doesn’t play a huge role in this story.  there are moments of spanking or flogging and a bit of bondage, but no playing in a club or dungeon which completely surprised me.  all in all though, a great intro to this new series and i can’t wait to see what happens next since the last few lines of this one really set us up for heartbreak.

Review: Mine (Club Sin #7) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: Mine
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 10/27/15
Length:   180 Pages
Series:  Club Sin #7

Overview

Dmitri Pratt is living out his dream. Not only does he own the ultimate playground, he’s found a special connection with his deliciously sexy sub, Presley Flynn, the woman who complements him in ways that go far beyond the bedroom. But when an anonymous blackmailer threatens to expose the elite, high-profile members of Club Sin in a notorious tabloid, Dmitri’s perfect world spirals out of control.

Before she met Dmitri, Presley never imagined she would find a Master who could deliver on all her hottest fantasies. Dmitri’s love and his sensual artistry surprise her every day, until he suddenly turns distant and cold. For the first time, Presley wonders where Dmitri’s heart truly lies: with her, or with Club Sin. As the life they’ve built together begins to crumble, Presley can only trust that Dmitri has what it takes—to defend what’s his, and win back the woman he cannot live without.

My Thoughts

Ahh how things come full circle in this finale of the series.  I’m kind of sad to see everything come to an end since i’ve been reading the stories of the club masters and their subs for so long, but i guess all good things come to an end.  What’s interesting here though is that i thought we’d get the story about Miles since he’s the last dom that didn’t get his story told, however that’s not what we get here.

Things seem to be looking all nice and rosy for everyone in the story, but of course that means that something horrible is about to happen.  There have been marriages, babies, pregnancies and the like, all things that Presley wants with Dimitri but things that she hasn’t gotten.  She’s feeling like something is missing and that perhaps she’s not going to get it.  So when catastrophe strikes, and someone has pictures of the club that now has the threat of being published in a tabloid that things spiral from bad to worse.

The journey in this final installment is that of Dimitri trying to make everything right by protecting the club and then figuring out how to make things right with Presley since she’s reached her breaking point.  He has taken on all of the responsibility of things and wants to protect all of the members, but it’s coming at the cost of his relationship.  The biggest question is of who’s behind it all and i’m sure all the readers like me knew exactly who to point the finger at immediately although it takes these guys a bit longer.

It’s a tough situation to be in, trying to keep things a secret from the public and keep the members happy while your life crumbles around you, and Dimitri has shown us that he’s not as perfect as we thought.  He reacts differently than the guy that we’ve known and his friends are surprised as well as Presley.  Its sad to watch how their relationship implodes because she’s not getting what she needs and it’s even more sad that it was coming for a while since she’s felt like he’s not quite understood what she’s wanted for the past 2 years.

The nice thing about how we resolve it all is that our author takes us on a journey of not only putting closure on things but setting the stage for a spin off – showing us that there’s a future for these folks that really makes us have hope for another exciting series.  The other nice thing is that while i was under the impression that Miles perhaps wasn’t going to get his happy ending, we see how that’s resolved in this final 7th installment as well.  It shows me that i need to have patience and faith in the author to really see that things can work out for the best.

So, on that note, i’m sad that this series is done with but i believe that there’s another series for me to pick up all around the DCs that we met thanks to Dimitri.  Enjoy!

Review: Commanded (Club Sin #6) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: Commanded
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 7/7/15
Length:   195 Pages
Series:  Club Sin #6

Overview

dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.

My Thoughts

we all knew this story was coming – There was a connection that we saw between Chloe (a PI who works for Porter) and Sawyer from their first meeting – so it’s interesting to see how that plays out in this 6th installment to the series.

What’s unique in this story is that we start off by learning that Chloe has been dating the same guy since high school and of course that creates a bit of a problem for her, while really none at all for Sawyer. he’s just THAT confident.  Luckily for the two of them, Chloe and her boyfriend realize that they aren’t meant for the long haul and break up amicably.

The downside though is where this story starts for Sawyer and it’s not a good place.  while mentoring another Dom in the club, he’s called away by his father after learning that his sister has been beaten severely, likely by her boyfriend, and is in the hospital.  So that’s where the biggest bit of the story takes shape.  Sawyer needs Chloe’s help to locate the boyfriend and that’s what she’s put out to do.

In being thrown together, Chloe’s forced to admit her feelings for Sawyer, feelings that as a Dom he’s quite aware of.  It makes the experience and the interactions so much more intriguing to watch because Chloe is quite vanilla and doesn’t seem to be a fit in the kink world that the others live in.  she submits to him sexually but doesn’t understand the allure of everything else.

This quest to find Travis, the boyfriend that beat up Sawyers sister turns up empty in a lot of cases, with every resources turning up with little to go on in the hopes of finding him.  he’s being hidden by his family and friends and while everyone refuses to give up in finding him, it’s not coming easy.

While all that is going on though,  at least it gives time for Chloe to learn more about Sawyer and vice versa to see what’s there.  Chloe’s very pure and innocent to a sense, and Sawyer has this fear of corrupting that and ruining it.  He even makes decisions for her that Chloe may not agree with in the hopes of keeping the essence that he loves about her intact.

So what this means is that we’ll have a lot of amazing sceneing, and lots of great make up anger sex and then hopefully in the middle of it all, they’ll catch a break and find Travis.

Where they come across him is completely unexpected and what happens from there is even more so a shock.  It prompts a lot of things to happen at once and a few changes that are quite shocking from what we know of the characters in the series thus far.  It’s left me wondering what the final installment can give us since this one shook me up a bit and thankfully i’ve got that last book handy so i can check it out now.  Enjoy!

Review: Tamed (Club Sin #5) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: tamed
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 3/10/15
Length:   239 Pages
Series:  Club Sin #5

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

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!