Genres: Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on October 25, 2016
Full-filling a dying father’s wish, talented violinist, dark protector, and danger surrounding them really drew me in and made me eager to experience my first book by the author. While I have mixed feelings about this book, I’m not sorry to have read it.
Kept is actually book three in The Enforcers series. The first two books were about one couple and this book started a new romance arc with a new couple and the ongoing trouble with the mafia types out for revenge. I didn’t read the first two books, but I did alright jumping in with this one because the author set the table well bringing the new reader up to speed on the situation and characters.
I went into this one loving that the heroine, Hayley, is attempting to fulfill her own dreams and her father’s dying wish that she attend a prestigious school and hone her musical talent. She works hard and faces the big city alone. I was also captivated by this dark soul, Silas, who is moved by her music during the night and it gives him peace even though his life has been anything, but peaceful.
I had high hopes of loving this pair and their story.
But then, it stopped working. This was instant everything and it rushed it way through each moment in the romance and character development. I might have tolerated this better, but for a few factors.
First, Silas introduced BDSM elements that was not addressed or presented in a healthy, safe, well-developed way. They’ve known each other for mere days and this is their first serious conversation about a relationship. After a five minute general (no specifics) convo about his unique control needs in the bedroom and his need to control her whole life, she basically nods and is all in. They don’t really know each other and she has no idea what he means or what she’s getting into. Other than his physical attractiveness, her feelings hinge on her gratitude for all he has done for her and that he seems this dark, lonely type. This naive innocent is ordered to present as a submissive right after he gets done swiftly telling her that he has control issues with no details or discussion and then she just does with no questions or hesitation. She goes along with everything from bedroom control to control of her life after only meeting him a few weeks before. And this is while she thinks he’s got another woman and he’s with this other woman. What is wrong with this girl?
There was just no depth to Hayley and the part that is introduced about Silas doesn’t really factor in for long other than overblown dramatic feelings of guilt over stuff and ‘his darkness’.
This romance was just there for two near strangers with no development or explanation or conversation- and it’s a dominant/submissive too. They both wallow inside their heads about stuff and don’t talk.
And for the second half of the book, I was left scratching my head over the new layer of conflict for the pair. Like I said before, I didn’t read the first two books about the previous couple, but there was enough of an explanation to get the gist. So, here in this one, same scenario (sounded like it was exactly the same) and Silas, who was there all along, does all the same wrong stuff that Drake did and caused the same drama. Made no sense.
In summary, it wasn’t a total loss in that I was able to finish the book and remember some high points in the midst of it all. Too much of this needed more time and development and shouldn’t have been introduced into the plot if it was just going to get raced over like potholes in a swift moving car. I want to still try her older books particularly the historicals, but I’m not at all sure I want to touch another modern.
I rec’d this book from Penguin Group in exchange for an honest review.
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