Friday, April 17, 2015

review || SECURED HEART { blog tour }

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Secured Heart by Measha Stone 

Publisher: Orzel Publishing (4/12/2015)
Series: Windy City, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: IndieSage PR
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Rating: ★★

As a child, Kelly dreamt of having a handsome husband, beautiful children, and a dog playing in the backyard. But life rarely turns out the way you plan, and she fears her clock is ticking. Still on the prowl for the perfect husband, she becomes more bold in her search. A night that starts out like any other, ends up being the one that changes everything. 

As the owner of a security company, Kendrick McFall takes safety very seriously. His first instinct is to keep Kelly at arms length. However, she isn’t his to command,and she isn’t easily persuaded to stay away from the world in which Kendrick lives. A world that she craves. 

 Taking her under his protection seems to be the only way to keep her safe from the ghosts of his past, and protect her from new threats. Along the way he doesn’t just seek to secure her safety, he wants to secure her heart.

Measha Stone

about Measha || Measha Stone lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their children. By day she works as a healthcare administrator, and by evening she steams up the computer screen with her erotic romances. No stranger to the BDSM community, Measha feels right at home within the erotic genre. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Her vanilla writing has been published in the online magazine efiction and the DuPage Writers Group annual journal Possibilities.

{ review } .

This is the story of Kelly and Kendrick -- two very headstrong people. An avid reader, Kelly is curious about the club scene... Rather, the sex club scene and BDSM as a whole. 

At the beginning if the story, she's downtown with friends when a man approaches her. While she thinks he's on the greasy side, she agrees to a drink. When he states he had another pace to go and she finds out what it is, her curious mind has her asking to tag along.

No worries, she's at least semi-smart about it and finds her own way. 

Kendrick's company runs security and while this particular dungeon isn't one he likes nor plays at himself, it's a place that needs a good set of eyes on it. While there one night, he sees his nemesis, Ted, with a very vanilla newcomer.

Kendrick saves Kelly this night. We learn that Kendrick is a former cop, has issues with some if his old co-workers, and he is NOT Ted's biggest fan. He's also a stickler for rules and has a thing for a certain red head; how so quickly, he has no idea. He makes Kelly promise that if she were to visit a scene like that again, she does it on a night he's doing security and at a safer club. 

He figures she'll pass the offer, that she scared off.


Sorry, Kendrick...

Much to his chagrin, Kelly shows up the next night. After watching her, he offers to teach her the ins and outs of the lifestyle. Kelly and Kendrick enter a relationship of sorts, and sure enough, the emotions come along with it.

I liked Kendrick. I thought he was tough, protective (even if a bit possessive), and an altogether good Dom -- he taught well. He expected and demanded honesty, as does any good Dom. And at the beginning of their agreement/relationship, he's sure to demand honesty of Kelly.

But when she starts to remember her original dreams for life, she starts to pull back. Kendrick senses that she's holding back, but at that time, doesn't demand the answers -- so that was on him, I feel.

I felt that Kelly made some rash, stupid decisions... She puts herself in danger too many times for me to continue to care, but luckily for her, Kendrick believes in them and knows when to give her space and when to pull her in.

Altogether, this was a good read. On a BDSM scale, it's a good one. Probably will go down as one of my favorite series of the sort (next to Club Sin by Stacey Kennedy). So while the characterization, the description, the plot... they all pulled me in, it was Kelly's character that had me holding back.

{ also in the Windy City series... } .

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September 26, 2014

Jessica Stanley is comfortable in her orderly life as a paralegal at a high end law firm. Having dated her fair share of liars and manipulators, Jessica views men through a pair of thick, cynical lenses. Men are good for one thing in her eyes, and one thing only. 

 Her predictable life is thrown into a whirlwind of new experiences when she meets a dominating man at a casual dinner with friends. 

 Royce Bradford is a man of intent and is used to getting his way. Until he meets Jessica. She is wound tight, and he finds himself yearning to unravel her secrets and her passions. 

Jessica declares their relationship casual. She’s tempted by his seductive tone and unusually powerful demeanor to give him that much. But for Royce, it’s not enough. He wants more. 

 Except Jessica has built a secret tomb around her heart, and it will take a lot more than sensual play times and verbal commands for him to be allowed entrance. Royce never backs down from his desires. He takes up the challenge to seek out her Hidden Heart.

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