Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Obsession by Cassie Ryan Blog Tour

In this story of temptation and total surrender for readers of Sylvia Day and J. Kenner, a powerful master gives his dream girl a new beginning in the dungeons of decadent ecstasy.

Running from a troubled past, Sandra Barry spent years hiding out in New York City’s BDSM scene, finding satisfaction and even a sense of community as a sub at a large dungeon. But when a stalker joins the dungeon posing as a Dom, he crosses her personal boundaries, giving her no choice but to return home to Arizona. Seeking refuge once again in the kink lifestyle, Sandra meets a sexy new Dom whose tutelage drives her wild—although there’s something familiar about him she just can’t place.

As a teenager, Brent Weston was a nerd. Now he owns the hottest dungeon in Phoenix, enjoying the power and success he’s always craved. All that’s missing is the right woman to share it with. Then one day Sandra, his secret high school crush, walks into his club. She’s just as beautiful as he remembers. She’s also scared as hell. Brent has been waiting for this moment, and now that Sandra’s in his sights, he’ll do anything to protect her, pleasure her—and prove that he’s the only master worthy of her devotion.

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Sandra’s blood raced through her veins as she approached the large double doors of the very elite Club Desire, set high on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Her old dungeon in New York had looked like an office building compared to this semi-gothic castle that had seemingly erupted out of the desert mountainside. The explosions of stars scattered across the dark sky behind it only added to the effect.

Even the energy surrounding this place exuded sex and kink like musky perfume lacing through the tang of creosote and desert night. If she hadn’t come here willingly, she might feel like a fairy princess being lured to her doom. If she were very lucky, it would be an erotic doom.

She smiled at the thought and forced her attention to the man standing just to the side of the large double doors. As she approached, he gave her the same head-to-toe perusal that most men did.

She mentally shrugged. After all, this was a sex club, not a YMCA. Here it wasn’t rude to peruse a stranger like that.

The man was attractive and well muscled, but from the way he carried himself she could tell he wasn’t a Dom. Maybe an employee who was a kink enthusiast?

“Good evening. How may I help you?” His voice confirmed her opinion. Not that he wasn’t masculine; he definitely was. But Doms had a certain air about them, a certain underlying arrogance and presence that laced their every word and action, in or out of the dungeon. A description that most Doms would balk at. And something that this man lacked.

Sandra rolled her eyes at her inner monologue and gripped the envelope in her hand a little tighter until the sound of the crumpling paper made her stop. She hesitated for a long moment, trying to find something coherent to say. She finally settled on, “I’m here to petition for membership?” She held up the crumpled envelope, locking her knees against the urge to leave.

She’d just run from New York to the familiar city where she’d grown up. She’d risked dredging up old, painful memories to come here, so she refused to run again.

She would rebuild her life here, and wouldn’t let anyone tell her otherwise. Now she had to figure out how to make that happen, and how to keep her resolve strong while she did.

The man held out his hand and she placed the envelope on his open palm. She’d never even broken the seal, so she wasn’t sure what her old Dungeon Master had written. He’d only told her that if she ever wished to join this particular dungeon he knew the owner, and he had given her a written recommendation.

Now that she’d handed it over, curiosity burned inside her to know what he’d said about her. But it was too late to ask for it back now.

“Please, come inside.” The man opened one of the large doors, and a welcome wall of cold air hit them. “We’re a few months from when the summer nights are nearly as hot as the days, but it’s still a bit warm out here.”

He motioned her inside and down a hallway to a comfortable waiting area surrounded by large windows that looked out over the main floor of the dungeon. Or at least she assumed this was the main floor. There were few basement levels in Phoenix.

Sandra took a chair that gave her the best view of the floor and the play currently in progress. She was alone in the waiting area, so she shamelessly leaned closer to the glass to soak up all the erotic details of the scenes before her.

Wet heat flooded her core. She definitely missed this.

Sandra had discovered she liked to watch—especially the things she was too much of a coward to try for herself, which seemed to encompass a lot so far. She hadn’t really explored too many of the different kinks. At the New York club, she had made friends with the other subs and gotten comfortable with the idea of the overall lifestyle. From there it had been easy to meet a Dom she liked and begin to explore the lifestyle that way.

The play session directly in front of her involved a short, curvy woman wearing only a red thong with a matching red rope wrapped around her torso so that it lifted and plumped her full breasts—a push-up bra, bondage-style. Her arms were stretched high over her head, her wrists bound in the same red rope and attached to large rings, strategically placed for a myriad of kinks and purposes. She stood barefoot, balanced on the balls of her feet since her arms were stretched so high, but the way she moved conveyed arousal and sensualityanything but discomfort.

The skin of her shapely ass was already striped with red marks from the leather straps of the flogger her Dom currently wielded.

The man stood with the confident stance of a Dom, dressed in black leather pants and a sleeveless vest. He held the flogger loosely, his hungry gaze devouring the sub before him, his hard cock easily visible against the front of his tight pants.

His face held an intensity as the next blow fell, and Sandra clenched her jaw, waiting to hear the sound of leather hitting flesh. Too many years of surviving abuse from her mother had left her with a phobia of those types of sounds. But when the sound never came, she relaxed and enjoyed the flash of arousal spiced with adrenaline that spiked through her veins.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

My Obsession (Club Desire #1) was everything that you’d expect from a BDSM Erotic novel.

We have our main character, Sandra, a woman who’s running from her abusive ex-Dom, Diego. Then we have Brent, an old school mate of Sandra’s. Brent has made a name for himself back in Sandra’s home town, running his own BDSM club, Club Desire.

Sandra finds herself back in her home town after leaving Diego to try a fresh start. Finding a new BDSM club puts her right back within Brent's domain, he's the owner and resident Dom of Club Desire. Brent just happens to have had a crush on Sandra from high school and can’t believe his luck that she walks back into his club after all this time. Will he be able to take care of her needs without her past, her ex-Dom, and their old history getting in the way? The story that follows flowed well and had decent action with the crazy ex, Diego, thrown in the mix! Also, we have some good chemistry between Brent & Sandra during several hot, kinky scenes. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys the classic BDSM book.

I really enjoyed this book. Sandra has been in the BDSM lifestyle for a while, but then things go wrong with her Dom and she moves across the country to get away. Missing the BDSM lifestyle Sandra applies for membership at a new club and the owner is someone from her past but she doesn’t realize that. Brent is sex on a stick and he remembers Sandra when he sees her but she doesn’t remember him because he is not the nerd she used to know. The chemistry between Sandra and Brent is off the charts and so steamy. Just when things are going great Sandra’s past catches up with her. This book had a little angst, some drama and a lot of hotness. It was a great start to a series I will continue to read.

Characters: Well written and believable
Sex: Yes, holy hotness
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: This is the first in a series
Genre: BDSM/Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

I loved this book. It was very hot and I loved the way the BDSM lifestyle was portrayed.

Brett was so sweet and caring yet an incredibly sexy Dom. Sandra had a lot going on in her life, but the way she handled it all was so believable and made me really relate to her and her fears.

The naughty scenes were HOT. The BDSM was excellent. For once we saw the measures taken to protect everyone in the scene and the true gift of submission given to a Dom instead of it being taken.

I only wish we'd gotten to see the party that'd been booked. I'll never complain about too many BDSM scenes or sex as well written as this was mixed in with a nice plot with twists that were surprising.

Sandra has been running most of her life, whether it's from her abusive mother or an abusive ex-Dom, she's been on the run. Returning to Phoenix from New York, she needs to find another dungeon. Her kink is the one constant in her life. Armed with a note from one of the Doms in New York, she walks into the hottest dungeon in Phoenix, Club Desire.

Brent Weston was that geeky kid in high school. He was always left out of the popular crowd. But time has been good to Brent and he is nothing like the geeky kid he used to be. He is now the owner of Club Desire. When Sandra walks into his club looking for a membership, Brent knows it’s every fantasy he's ever had.

Sandra is finding Club Desire fits her perfectly. It's a community, a place where she can find friends and maybe the perfect Dom for her submissive nature. That is until her worst nightmare makes an appearance. Can Brent defend her at any cost?

I enjoyed the story. It has a great set up for the series. Club Desire serves as a great backdrop for these characters. I am hoping I get to see more of Dex and Logan. I did find there is some over explanation of the BDSM scenes, but otherwise I was entertained with the overall story.

This was a very enjoyable and entertaining read. It had enough plot and angst to not be too romantic; enough back-story to be engaging; plenty of lust-filled moments to get the reader heated; and a desirable conclusion. I thought that the twist in the plot worked well, and was not overplayed. The gentle steps through D/s worked well against the backdrop of her past. And the side characters such as Dex, Logan and Michelle will hopefully all get more input in future story-lines. A trip to Master Mason also would seem in order.

There could have been a little more informal speech, but generally the tone was good, and the writing style flowed easily – making me read it in almost one sitting, as I was so thoroughly invested in the outcome. I look forward to more from Ms. Ryan!

Cassie Ryan (aka Tina Gerow) started her career writing steamy paranormal romance under another pen name. However, when one of her critique partners suggested she try her hand at contemporary romance, she gave it a shot—and Cassie Ryan was officially born. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and besides being a write-a-holic, is a frequent speaker on several writing and motivational topics.

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