Series: Club Sin #4
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romance
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Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny.
Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.
I’ve read a few Stacey Kennedy books, and even a few from this series, and I have to say I did enjoy them, but this book just wasn’t for me. I am a little bit particular when it comes to BDSM books, as long as they are character driven, then chances are that I will like the book. And Stacey Kennedy’s books are very character driven, but in this case, the characters in the book just didn’t work for me.
I know a lot of people prefer their characters to be older or younger, normally depending on their own personal age, but honestly for me as long as the characters have something about themselves or their personalities that I can identify with, then really age doesn’t bother me at all. In this book the characters are older, Mary is a widow, and the author makes a big point at the characters wanting to be around other people who both like the scene as well as in the more mature age range. I thought they had interesting points of view, and I was actually pretty excited about this book. But the thing is that I really didn’t bond with some of the characters, so much so that I didn’t really enjoy the book as a whole.
So as I mentioned, Mary is a widow, and she hasn’t really moved on from her husband after he passed away. But one day when she is having dinner with her friends, she meets Elliot, and he is an older Dom, just like her husband was, and it kind of awakens something in her. I was ready for Mary to get into a relationship with him, but I don’t think she was; yes it was 3 years since her husband past away, but still. Honestly, in almost every interaction between Mary and Elliot, she is spending a huge amount of time thinking about her husband, like there are literally flashback scenes of her and her husband being intimate in the middle of present day scenes of her being intimate with Elliot. It is honestly so off-putting, it makes it almost impossible for the two of them to have real chemistry together.
Mary was so stuck in the past, that it made it really difficult for me to find a connection to the two people together. I liked Elliot he was fun to read, and I enjoyed him, but he really needed to find someone else who was emotionally ready for him. I wanted to like this book, I really did, I just couldn’t connect with Mary.