Review: Damage Control (Dirty Money Series #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: Damage Control
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: St Martins Press 2/21/17
Length:   263 Pages
Series:  Dirty Money #2

Overview

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.
Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since we’ve been in the world of Shane and Emily and i had to remind myself where we were left off.  the great thing with this 2nd book though is that Ms Jones, our brilliant author assumed that some of us may need a refresher and gave us that quick summary of things before we jumped back in.

In this second installment, we find ourselves in the midst of who knows what with these two. We know that Emily’s got quite a few secrets that are yet to be revealed and that Shane’s business is in a  bit of trouble because of some deals that his brother has been making with some less than savory folks.

What’s interesting here and kind of expected since we see it a lot in this genre is that the secrets between these two bring them closer together – and we see that what was potentially something good but fleeting turns really serious really fast.  Shane is willing to trust Emily from the moment go and that means that he’s going to give her protection from whatever it is that she’s hiding from as well as move her into his home as a permanent fixture in his life.

If that made his life easier we would be great but unfortunately that’s not even the tip of the iceberg of what he has to deal with.  In true form of our author, we have a lot going on at once.  We have the story line of which brother will get control over the company once Senior passes away from Cancer.  We also have Senior making shady deals with people that we don’t quite know their motivation.  Then we have Derek, Shane’s brother who’s literally in bed with the mafia and helping traffic illegal drugs.  So you know that things are going to keep getting exciting throughout this story.

If that weren’t enough, we have some really great chemistry between Shane and Emily and i think that they are a great match for one another.  Lisa Renee Jones does a fantastic job of writing women who are beyond capable of handling themselves in all situations and it’s not just Emily that we see it from.  Jessica, Shane’s secretary is just as amazing and i think that there’s definitely a spin off in the works for her.  or there should be.

As we go through this second book, there’s a lot that’s resolved but even more questions that are left for us to answer.  there’s still no idea how Shane’s going to clean up his company and what role his brother, father and even mother will have in it all.  then there’s the question around Emily’s family and what their deal is.  there’s something going on there that’s going to make for a great twist in book 3.  I’m bummed that we have to wait so long for it but i can’t wait to see how it all ends.  enjoy!

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!

ARC Review: The Billionaire Beast (Billionaire Fairytales #2) by Jackie Ashenden

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Title: The Billionaire Beaste
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Publisher/Year: St Martin’s Press 3/7/17
Length:   198 Pages
Series:  Billionaire Fairytales #2

Overview

Nero de Santis: Damaged. Bastard. Beast.

Nero hasn’t left his house in ten years. He demands the world come to him, and the world is only too happy to bend to the strong-willed billionaire.

Ruthless, cold, and selfish, Nero wants for nothing and takes care of no one but himself. His last handful of assistants have left his house in tears, but the prim redhead applying for the job looks up to the task. Nero has spent his life shut within the walls he built, with no care to have more than a window to the outside world. But the fiery passion he senses beneath his reserved assistant’s exterior makes him want to break down the barriers he lives behind, and unleash the beast within.

Phoebe Taylor: Uptight. Misunderstood. Engaged.

Phoebe needs the obscene amount of money that comes with being Nero’s personal assistant for one thing, and one thing only—to pay for the mounting hospital costs that her fiancee’s two-year coma continues to incur. She’s heard rumors that the de Santis beast is a force that cannot be tamed—but even she isn’t prepared to handle the smoldering intensity simmering beneath his hard shell of feral dominance.

Nero is hiding something, something he is fighting with every step he takes. Yet he can’t help but stake his claim on this woman who has shaken up his life, and Phoebe can’t believe this animal of a man is the one person to ever look into her eyes and see her soul. Nero wants to keep her. He wants to devour her. And Phoebe just might let him.

My Thoughts

First off i should thank the folks at Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for sending me this advance copy since i’m really a fan both of this author and a lot of what comes from the publisher.  Anyhow, you’ll remember that we began our journey with this family – the de Santis when we met Laurent in the first book – when he saved a girl Cinderella style from being homeless and bringing her into a life of stability, wealth and love.  This 2nd book gives us more of the Beauty and the Beast aspect as the title suggests.

So we have Nero, the son that no one knew about for a while – or did they?  He had a very interesting life up until he was about 15, and that’s shaped the man that we know now.  He lived in a 5×6 room for 10 years, his mother hid him from his violent stepfather (or did she), and because of that, he’s got this insane fear of being outside and in the public.  He’s therefore closed himself off in 2-3 rooms in his HUGE house in new york city, and it’s turned him into a demanding person/employer and that’s where Phoebe comes in.

Phoebe is a Brit who’s moved to new york with her fiance, a man who we learn is in a coma as a result of a car accident 2 years prior.  Caring for him has become her life as she’s devoted all her time and money to ensuring that he’s got the best care in the hopes that perhaps he’ll wake up.  this is what leads her to Nero and that’s where our story goes.

Throughout this story we see two really broken people come together in a way that’s expected but sweet.  Aside from what Phoebe’s going through now, her past isn’t that great either as we learn about her sister and parents, so it’s not surprising that she and Nero find that they’ve got something complex together.

Nero’s demanding ways shows us that he’s going to have some type of controlling passion that will be unleashed, and Phoebe’s insane calm and innocence means that we’re going to see Nero’s alpha dominance bring out a side of her that’s so sexual that she never expected it.

What we get is Phoebe learning more and more about herself and how to pleasure not only Nero but herself too.  Nero as a result starts to come out of his shell a bit and not just open up to things that he’s terrified of, but to her too.  It’s sweet and hot all at the same time.

It’s when secrets of his past are finally uncovered and Phoebe’s forced to face a change in the situation with her fiance that we finally get resolution here and all in all it’s nicely sorted out.  It’s such a sweet and intense story all that the same time and i can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.  Have a great day all!

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!

Review: Freed (Club Sin #4) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: Freed
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 11/4/14
Length:   192 Pages
Series:  Club Sin #4

Overview

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

My Thoughts

I love this series, and what i’m actually really appreciating from our author is that she’s not giving us the expected path of stories, and keeping us on our toes.  Personally i thought that this 4th book was going to be Kenzie and Porter, yet what we get instead is Mary and Elliott. Mary – a character that i didn’t necessarily think was going to get her own story and Elliott, a guy who we never heard of before.  That’s original!

So we know a bit about Mary and her background from when she met Presley in the first book.  From there, we have come to really respect and love her since she’s like a mother figure for Dimitri yet she’s got her own life.  She’s still mourning her husband who passed away and from that, we see that anything resembling moving on is not an option for her.

So when Elliott enters the picture, he’s bringing up feelings and emotions that she was never expecting and kind of not open to, that any sense of a relationship between them is really a huge question mark.

They meet at a dinner at Dimitri’s house and he invites her to a play party.  there she comes alive under his guidance and has a night that she’s been waiting for, yet the emotions that come to the surface in the morning and the conversations that follow make her want to run.  and that’s what she does.  This frustrated Elliott to no end since he sees inside her when she’s just not looking.

The journey of this story is one where Elliott continues to push her to be the woman that she should be and to live her life for her.  Mary fights him at every turn and essentially makes it impossible for them to have a relationship.  Even with their chemistry and the way that he’s able to dominate her to bring out the best in her, we continue to see the memories of Charles her husband come up and it shows even the reader that there’s no chance that she’s going to move on.

Elliott being ‘seasoned’ knows when to cut his losses even if it pains him and sends her one last message in the hopes that at least she will heal herself, and it’s sweet to see that he’s willing to do something for her to help her get over everything even if it means that there’s little chance that he’ll find happiness.

Personally i think that it’s nice to see that there’s an installment peppered in that has these older characters – that aren’t directly tied to the goings on at Club Sin.  It gives you a different perspective on things and also shows us what life is like after you’ve found your perfect D/s relationship and age and illness take you and there’s one person left to pick up the pieces.  All in all, a nice 4th book to the series.  Can’t wait to get into book 5 now.  Enjoy!

Review: Desired (Club Sin #3) by Stacey Kennedy

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Title: Desired
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 7/22/14
Length:   292 Pages
Series:  Club Sin #3

Overview

Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.

After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?

My Thoughts

I really enjoy this series – i think that there’s such an interesting dynamic among all of the main characters that there’s always something great to see in the various installments that we get.

So it’s about time that we got to see Kyler’s story.  He’s one of the masters in the club and he not only showed that he’s an amazing friend to Cora (in book 2 if you’ll recall) but he’s an all around great guy to everyone.  So you want to see the best happen to him right?

It’s the day of Aiden’s wedding to Cora where we pick the story back up and at the wedding Kyler is quite taken by a really pretty blonde at the reception, who turns out to be none other than Ella Snow – the assistant to Aiden that we met in the last book.  Personally i had a spidey sense that we would see her come up again and here she is.

Ella has her own story that’s definitely complicated enough and it seems like it’s the perfect situation for Kyler to take on.

So at the wedding it begins.  Kyler makes his move and approaches her, with the warning from Aiden of course to handle with care – and we see that there’s a mutual instant attraction.  Ella feels like there’s something amazing right there in the moment with Kyler and the fact that she’s made a decision to live life like she’s going to die in 6 months means that she’s open and willing to do just about anything.

After a whirlwind weekend with him at the wedding, we see them come back to reality once the work week starts.  Kyler made it clear that he wants to see more of Ella but she’s not ready or open to a true relationship right now so she keeps him at arms length but they agree to see where it goes.  This of course making life even more interesting for Kyler as he knows that she’s ‘vanilla’ but he senses that maybe there’s a natural sub waiting to be woken up.

We see how Ella thrives under Kyler’s attention and how his dominating nature seems to be exactly what she’s never realized that she needed.  He hasn’t told her that he’s part of a BDSM club nor that he’s a true Dom but they seem to find a good middle ground for a while in the hopes that he can break through to her that it’s ok to be interested in that lifestyle and that maybe she wants to explore it.  I think that it’s such a sweet approach and journey in how Kyler begins to get Ella to open herself up and it’s so passionate and sweet.

If that weren’t exciting enough you know that we have to add in something from someone’s past to make life that much more exciting.  In this case, we know that Ella ran from something in Savannah to make her move to Vegas.  While it seems like it could have just been a life change since her parents and grandparents were no longer alive, we come to learn that she was married and that she is going through a divorce from a man who abused her and sent her to the hospital during a drunken rage.  She’s trying to get him to sign the papers but he’s not really willing to do it.

We see him creep in at first in texts trying to get her to call him back.  then he calls and then he shows up.  It’s a big issue given that she’s got a restraining order, but when he shows up one night drunk, that takes things to another level quickly.  Ella wants no one to know about her past and that’s fine except for the fact that she’s with a dom who’s job it is to be super perceptive of everything and then add in the fact that Kyler is a cop, well you know that he’s bound to find out everything.

So what happens when he comes to her house to confront her and what happens when Kyler learns of everything? That’s something that you’ll have to find out when you read the story.  That and what Ella’s reaction is to the notion of Club Sin and the other masters and their subs.

All in all it’s a nice continuation of the series and i think that through Ella’s story and cora’s experience, we begin to see more into the hearts of the other ladies and that helps  carry the series through to book 4.  I hope you guys enjoy and have a great day!