Damaged Goods (New York #2) by Lainey Reese


Title:  Damaged Goods
Author: Lainey Reese
Publisher/Year: Samhain Publishing, Limited 8/21/12
Length: 200 pages
Series: New York #2


Dominance. Submission. Murder. And that’s just before lunch.

New York, book 2

Homicide detective Brice Marshall’s current case has him stymied and frustrated. A serial killer is slaughtering young women. After a long, fruitless day poring over the most gruesome evidence he’s ever seen, he needs a break.

Stepping into his cousin’s BDSM club is a reminder that there is another part of himself. A part that has been left empty in a life ruled by work. The fact is, he’s a Dom in search of a sub. When he bumps into Terryn, a slender redhead who’s new to the scene, her wide-eyed eagerness even in the face of her nerves attracts him like gravity.

Terryn is the sub of his dreams, with the power to ease his soul. Without warning the murder case reaches ugly tentacles into the most private part of his world—the woman he wants to claim as his own. The woman whose stubborn search for the delicate balance between sub life and independence could put her directly in the path of the killer.

My Thoughts

coming off of reading ‘Table for Three’ – the first book in this so called series, although i wasn’t blown away, i figured that i’d give this one a try.  The tone of this second installment is much different than the first.

The Plot:  we are reintroduced to Brice who is Cade’s cousin and a detective.  Brice is working on a case where women are being brutally murdered and he thinks that there’s a link between those murders some how….but just can’t figure out who is doing it.  One night when Brice is looking to blow off some steam since he’s getting no where on his case, he goes to Cade’s club and finds himself a new sub (Terryn)….one that is his token favorite in looks – a redhead.  As we’ve come to expect in these books, Terryn is VERY new to the whole BDSM lifestyle and is a brand new sub and is quite innocent.  Given that we know that Brice is an experienced dom, we can only imagine that she’s in for quite the wild ride.

Turns out of course that Terryn is linked to the girls that were murdered as she was friends with them so there lies our link to how this story will continue.  The focus of the story to me seemed to be more of the murder mystery than the erotica, but don’t get me wrong – there was plenty of that.  Brice is definitely more outwardly into playing than Cade and Trevor were in book 1.  they were more about sharing than toys but it’s a nice change i suppose we don’t want to read the same book over and over again.

i found this story to very expected –  i figured out the twists and the ending long before they unfolded but that’s probably just the nature of the story itself.  It was a nice read- i’d say 3.5 stars out of 5 if i went to a rating system.  worth checking out if you have a few hours to kill.

A Table for Three (New York #1) by Lainey Reese


Title:  A Table for Three
Author: Lainey Reese
Publisher/Year: Samhain Publishing, Limited, 2/1/11
Length:  208 pages
Series: New York #1


She’s taking two bites out of the Big Apple. New York, Book 1 Riley Ramirez knew that moving to New York would change her life. She just didn’t expect it to start on her very first night in town. Her attraction to nightclub owner Kincade Marshall is instant, mind-blowing—and mutual. When she finds he is a Dom who requires her complete surrender, even when it comes to submitting to his best friend, Trevor Wellington, she finds herself willing and eager to embrace the sexual adventure. From their earliest days, Cade and Trevor have shared everything, including women. Yet it only takes one night with Riley to know she is their forever lady. Convincing her that this is more than a temporary fling, though, will take every tool in their sensual arsenal. As Cade and Trevor set their sights on Riley, however, they’re unaware—until it’s almost too late—that someone is targeting their fragile relationship. Someone who’s taking deadly aim at Riley. Suddenly their struggle to keep their forever woman is a fight to keep her alive… Warning: This book contains m/f/m ménage, bdsm play, lots of steamy p.d.a, and a fine dining experience that will leave you salivating for more.

My Thoughts

i’ve come to expect and actually enjoy love triangles, but this story took it in a completely different direction – a good one at that.  I came across this book at the recommendation of another erotica/romance fan and although it’s a short and quick read, and not all that believable, it was enjoyable.

The Plot:  small town girl (Riley) moves to NYC for a job and is completely innocent and naive of all that can happen in the ‘big city’.  On her first night out, she finds herself in a club that’s no regular night club but on that’s relatively private and caters to a clientel that has ‘specific needs and wants’.  The owner (Cade), furious that she managed to get in at all (since she’s so innocent) find that it’s that same innocence that’s like a drug to him.  He of course can’t help himself and dives head first into finding out more about this lovely girl.

The love triange comes as a result of the type of relationship that said club owner has with his friend Trevor.  These 2 guys have been best friends since they were children – both raised in a wealthy lifestyle, given all of the opportunities that they could have, and yet they still turned out ok.  Kind, gentle, and a sexual drive that cannot be contained.  both are into the BDSM lifestyle and cannot only read their shared subs mood quickly but each other’s as well.

yes – i said ‘shared sub’ ….ergo the love triange – however there’s definitely no love lost – they really do share- EVERYTHING – and i do mean that.

In line with what we have come to enjoy with this style of a book, we get introduced to a lot of kinky sexual activity that brings us to the brink right along with Riley, while we learn more about dom/sub relationships as well as actually learning about your own personal sexuality.  Of course though, that can’t be it – it would be too easy right?  Of course, there’s an undercurrent of something bigger and sinister happening, but we aren’t certain who, who’s the intended target and what’s going to happen in the end.

so – all that being said – i’d recommend this one out.  It’s an easy read and rather enjoyable.  Not quite deep enough to me, you don’t really get into a lot of the character relationship development that i’ve come to appreciate – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad thing.  I wish sometimes that since we know the story is based in NYC that we got to see more of the city – being a New Yorker myself, i get the impression that the author is not one, and has actually probably never been in NYC.  no fault of her own, but a big discouraging to someone that has come to appreciate those little details in a story as well.

anyway – check it out.  i know that Lainey Reese has another book in the ‘New York’ series so i’m going to pick that one up as well.