Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy #Review

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy #ReviewBound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

Series: Dirty Little Secrets #1
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept on July 5, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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If you have read the series Club Sin, then you were introduced to this series based upon four men, the Dominants Council, who control the sex club scene in San Fransisco. While they are introduced in the last book of Club Sin, you don’t get a lot about them. No need to run out to read that series (except it is a really good series) to understand this one.

Micah Holt is the first candidate for this new series. A real-estate mongrel, Micah Holt keeps his dark desires private from the world that knows him as a bachelor millionaire. When his successful business takes over a smaller struggling one, it’s normal business until he sees Allie Bennett smile. She’s the best at what she does, confidant in who she is and is one sexy package Micah wants to own. Micah begins a single pursuit of her that excites him in ways he hasn’t felt in a long time. Her pure, caring nature calls to the beast inside of him, but he shelters her from his dark side.

Allie is not immune to the draw of Micah’s appeal, but she also is harboring her own secret that she doesn’t want to get out. Being with Micah will out her and that’s not going to happen. While Allie is a good person, she isn’t an angel. She can feel Micah is hiding part of himself from her and she guards herself for what is to come.

One thing that has been bothering me lately with some BDSM stories is all about this frickin’ pain business. Not the BDSM kind but the internal heart kind. WTF. I am sorry, but I don’t feel there is any need to constantly harp on someone’s pain. Yes, something happened to Micah to make him so private and in a way damaged. But let’s use a different word choice than pain. That’s just something that has been irritating me lately. Why does everything in BDSM stories have to have some internal pain that needs to be off loaded? Moving on.

The BDSM is extremely light and non-existent until towards the end of the book. As someone says, Micah is the gentleman dom. He doesn’t do much in the way of dominance when they are getting it on. In fact he thinks Allie is just to pure and good to do much more than get sweaty with between the sheets. She actually has to draw him out of his cocoon.

I like Allie. She comes from money, but want’s to do the work on her own. There is a reason why and I found it kind of flimsy as reasons go, but oh well.  She works hard, she’s fair with her assistant, but she keeps who she really is under tight lid. Her half-brother is rich in his own right and puts money into an account she never touches. You find out more about him and Allie’s best friend in the story, but I don’t want to give any more of that story away.

Overall, I liked the story. It just had a few things in it that have been irritating me lately that I had to get out in my review. If you are looking for a BDSM books, them find another story. If you want light BDSM, then this is it or even very little BDSM, then this will do. The story has some hard hitting moments and some moments I wished hit harder. Still enjoyed it and it went fast.

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About Stacey Kennedy

Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She loves in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, True Blood and Lost Girl.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • A gentleman dom sounds a little different from my usual ones and I’m curious to read about this pair. You do have a point about the pain. Just for a change up, I like to find the stories where the dom and/or sub come to their kink just because they like kink and aren’t necessarily hiding a painful past.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The author has been putting to much of this pain thing in her books lately. Not everything in life equates to emotional pain. What happens to Micah would scar anyone, but I too want a romance where they come to kink because they want kink and not a way to ease they frickin’ pain.

  • RO

    This sounds the perfect “starter book” for those delving into BDSM Romance. Whew! I can tell you about a lot of hardcore BDSM novels, so this one sounds like an interesting story. Love the review. Hugs…RO

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yes, it probably is a good starter book. I can take hardcore BDSM and light BDSM. I just get tired of messed up people all the time that we want to label as “pain”.

      • A.L. Goulden

        There’s a real misconception about BDSM desires coming from a person’s tormented or painful past. It’s frustrating, right? Seems that a lot of readers think they go hand in hand, probably because they only know of it in the formula books they read. A book about a sexy, stable man/woman who just gets a kick out of kink would be nice.

        • Shari Delighted Read

          Exactly. This one the hero is in college and does a lot of porn or research on BDSM. This causes a horrible event to take place that has scarred him. So he doesn’t reveal his BDSM desires to innocents or women not in the lifestyle. Kind of like PTSD from what occurs. It is horrible and would scar anyone, but I really just wanted him to be healthy. There there all the dear ole daddy problems for him. It just wasn’t what I wanted to read.

  • oh you are making me want to read this one. I usually stay away from the BDSM themes, but I don’t mind BDSM lite books. I like the idea of a gentleman dom though—definitely not the norm in this theme.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The BDSM for the most part comes at the end. He is dominant, but doesn’t do all the BDSM stuff till she forces his hand. A lady in the book labels him the gentleman Dom because you don’t really see him in action.

  • It’s good that the series is over then. I guess we’re all getting tired of the formula: Oh I was hurt in the past so now I crave it for release.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yep, I so am tired of the formula. Why can’t we have normal people who want some kink. I don’t mind a few things, but this line is stories are getting on my nerves.

    • A.L. Goulden

      I completely agree. I find myself sampling over and over just looking for something different.

      • Shari Delighted Read

        An author I always go to for BDSM is Cherise Sinclair if you have any interest in BDSM. Her Master of the Shadowlands series was one of the first series I ever read on BDSM. She is my go to author for about anything. Now I have had one or two not meet what I expected, but overall it is all pretty good. Master Z is the best!