Tamed (Club Sin #5)
USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy returns to the tantalizing world of Club Sin in an enticing novel of control and surrender.
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.
Themes: erotica, BDSMRating: 4.5 stars
Time for another trip into the erotic and sometimes emotional world of Club Sin and the Dominants and Submissives that play there. I have noticed that this series, while definitely erotic, seems to focus more on the emotional needs of the D/s relationships that form each novel, which I have to say I LOVE! So often series that revolve around “dungeons” or “BDSM” focus only on the sexual aspects of those relationships, but I have learned there is just so much more to those relationships, and Kennedy is a master of bringing that to life. I enjoy all her characters, even when they often frustrate me and I want to smack some sense into them, but the core of her writing is the way she pulls her readers into the lives and traumas of those characters and reminds readers that everyone deals with their pasts and fears in their own ways. Kenzie is the Brat of Club Sin, challenging every Dom that she has ever played with, so when she is asked by the owner to serve as Porter’s test to become a Master she is more than willing to play with the sexy new Dom. Porter knows he has a challenge in Kenzie, but as he studies her and learns what makes her tick, not only does he begin to suspect she has some very serious issues, but he begins to fall deeply under her spell.
When danger begins to stalk Kenzie, Porter’s protective instincts are riled and he forces his way into her life to keep her safe, leading them both down and emotional, turmoil filled journey. Kenzie has protected herself in the only way she knows how, distance from everyone, but Porter is not going to allow that distance for long. Determined to meet Kenzie’s true needs, Porter will do whatever it takes to make her understand that the chemistry and connection between them is not to be denied and in the end only by truly giving up control can Kenzie get everything she wants and needs. I loved this story, even more than the others in the series, but I am wondering who will find their mate next and have their lives forever changed by Ms. Kennedy’s skillful hand. A truly great series that shows that love can develop anywhere if you allow yourself to feel those emotions.
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