Saturday, July 9, 2016

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

The USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin novels kicks off a deeply sensual new series by introducing readers to Micah, a man who takes what he wants—until he meets the one woman he needs.

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.

Bound Beneath His Pain is intended for mature audiences.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Stars
Bound Beneath His Pain is the first book a spin off series from Club Sin.

Micah is the product of a bad childhood, but despite his upbringing he goes on to be extremely successful. He's the in control businessman, with a side of dominance that he tries to hide.

Allie is successful in her own right. She's worked hard to get where she is and she knows what she wants. When Micah's company buys out hers, there is an instant attraction between them. Micah feels the need to hide that dom side of himself, knowing that Allie will leave him if he shows his true self.

To me this book is more romance with a side of BDSM. Comparably, it's a very light version of BDSM. Micah was a bit dramatic for me. He made a big deal out of everything, that really wasn't. Allie seemed to have a handle on herself more.

The second book looks like it’s going to be about Darius – which would make for a very interesting read.

This is a hot read, which does a good job of using some traditional moves and making us look at them in a slightly different way. I was glad that there was some delay in the romance blossoming, as the tension worked well to ramp up the passion. Holt definitely was lucky to have some real friends, and Darius was probably much calmer than I expected – but we shall see how that works out given the ending of the book.

I look forward to seeing the current relationship develop and the new ones unfold...hopefully we will get inside one of their clubs at least once...

Good start to a new series, thank you Ms. Kennedy.

Micah Holt has impeccable control. He's on top of his game in the real estate business and he has things just how he likes them. When his company takes over a smaller real estate business, he comes across a woman who tests his boundaries and brings out the darker side of his nature, he wants to consume Allie. Allie is a self-made woman. She's worked hard to be taken at her merit and not on the millions in her trust account she's been given by her half-brother. When Holt Real Estate takes over her company, she has to open her mind on her pre-made prejudices of the rich owner, Micah.

The story unfolds a bit slowly, but picks up speed well mid-book. There's some basic, formulaic aspects to the story, but it was written well enough to keep me engaged and interested. The story falls along the rich guy, innocent girl, dark secrets lines, but with a little twist. I enjoyed it overall and found the ending a good set up for the next character, which I'd gladly buy. Solid 4 stars for me!

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not plugging away at a new story, she’s either hiking, canoeing, relaxing around a campfire, or obsessing over Suits, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones. Stacey lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband (who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame), their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy to read and review.

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