Monday, October 20, 2014

FREED by Stacey Kennedy

(Club Sin #3.5)
by Stacey Kennedy
ARC Review
Release: November 4th, 2014

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️

"Fans who can’t get enough of USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy will love this wicked, wild spinoff novel that explores how sexy life can be outside Club Sin.

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."


A beautifully mature, erotic love story, masterfully told by Stacey Kenney.

For those of us who have read the previous novels in the Club Sin series, have come to know Mary, since she has appeared as an occasional character before. She was married to Charles, her Dom and mentor to Dimitri, the owner of Club Sin and hero of the first book in the series.

Stacey outlines the life Mary has settled into since the death of Charles, four years ago. When Mary withdrew from a fairly vibrant social existence as well as an active D/s sexlife. Today she focuses on her career as family physician and stays in contact with her adult children. There is no real outside contact beyond that. The only people she occasionally associates with are Dimitri and Presley, his girlfriend. 

That is where she meets Elliot, a mature business man who recognizes the submissive nature of Mary and challenges her to let it out and play. Intrigued and eager to explore the unexpected feelings of arousal she experiences in his presence, she concedes to a night of play. However, when the play doesn't only awaken her senses but feelings promised only to her deceased Master, she becomes conflicted and chooses denial.

Elliot is a very self-assured Dom, who recognizes in Mary something he has been searching for. Married once before to someone more interested in what he could provide financially rather than emotionally. In Mary he sees someone he can share a lifestyle with and after spending some time with her, he senses he is falling deep fast. When Mary balks at further involvement, he resists pushing her, sensing she has unfished issues to deal with. Accustomed to getting what he wants, his patience doesn't stretch far, and it isn't long before he lays it all out for her.

Stacey Kennedy shows a deep empathety in the way she describes the emotional struggle and disentanglement for someone trying to move on after losing the 'love of their life'. The characters are delightfully mature in how they deal with their own issues and each other, most times shooting straight from the hip and without unnecessary game-playing. The D/s play is hot and erotic while at the same time respectful and beautiful. To me, the kink portion of the story was not necessarily a red thread, but rather a catalyst for the transformation.

✨Fabulous 'RIPE' read and entirely too short!!✨

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