An uninhibited politician’s daughter falls for her loyal bodyguard behind closed doors in this scandalous novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and Tied to His Betrayal.
As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.
Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.
Ryder’s story is probably the last one I really wanted. He turns out to be a complex guy, but really I am not sure his character needed that level. While the author feels Hadley’s actions were wild, I felt they were actions made by a woman coping with something no one wanted to address. In general this delighted me to allow two damaged souls to find each other and start the healing process.
So this series is about the four Dominants’ Council men that control the four big BDSM/Sex Clubs in town. While I thought this series would be more focused around BDSM, please note that it isn’t. In fact, each story moves us away from that genre. While there is some mild BDSM like tying her down, it doesn’t delve in deep.
So each of the four is being taken down for love, while in the background someone is spying on them and they aren’t sure why or for what end. Micah fell in love with a young and upcoming realtor who was hiding secrets that she was Micah’s best friend’s little sister in Bound Beneath His Pain. Next came Darius, the older brother re-kindling a love affair he broke off years ago in Tied to His Betrayal. And then there were two: Ryder and Gabe. Now I will admit I am wanting Gabe’s story more than ever, but I had to stick with Ryder for now.
Ryder has a family he loves, but he was focused on his military career and afterwards the security firm he built from the ground up. One man helped him above all others, Senator Winters. Senator Winters has been a mentor, best friend and father figure all wrapped up in one, but now someone is threatening him and his family. Ryder feels he is connected, but also starts to see things about the one woman he can’t have, Senator Winters’ daughter, Hadley. Getting involved with her is a big mistake, but he can’t fight the attraction any longer.
I shift the particular thong she’s discussing to the side, cursing my damn cock as it hardens to steel in my pants. That lace has touched her in places I want to touch her … no, where I wanted to taste her. I’ve never been so jealous of a pair of panties in my life, so I refocus my thoughts. I ignore how incredible the garter belts, bras, and every other damn lacy thing feels against my fingers as I ensure there’s not a damned recording device in her drawer.
Hadley is the beloved daughter of a Senator. While as a child she walked up to Ryder and proclaimed they would be married one day. Something Ryder never believed or cared. A tragic accident in her teens leaves her emotionally scarred. So scarred she has turned to BDSM to make herself feel again. Now a sex tape has shown up with her in a very compromising position that could end her father’s career.
You guessed it! Ryder to the rescue. Now he is faced with coming to terms with what he feels and what he should do instead. Being Hadley’s bodyguard comes with troubles and benefits.
I struggled to understand why Ryder was so hesitant to fall for Hadley. He had the Senator’s blessing, the desire to fuck her and the common sense to like her for her. He pushes her away to the point it starts to really hurt Hadley, then goes in gung ho like he deserves it. Protection is in his soul and he does a good job of trying to protect Hadley. When he learns of what she went through as a teen, he tries in a way to heal her, which seemed half-assed at best.
“You know about the sex tape.” I frowned. She laughs awkwardly shifting herself into the corner of the couch. “So I guessed right, huh?”
Hadley for her part seemed spoiled rotten. Not that I didn’t like her, but whooo to be a rich kid of a lawyer/politician who covered up everything. One thing he didn’t do was figure out she never quite healed emotionally. While I don’t judge what she did to get through as it wasn’t bad, she was just a little reckless in what she gets caught doing to help herself. Something every submissive should not do of course.
This isn’t a long story, so I won’t go on and on about it. I just want to say I am not sure I like the tone of this series as if the men know better and must fix everything. There is some suspense that felt a little corny, but for the plot it was needed. The suspense isn’t something you will right away know about because you aren’t introduced to them until it’s in motion.
Overall, this was a good story with some plot holes that left me feeling let down. The lovemaking was passionate, the love needed some tending too and the suspense needed to be flushed out more.
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Books ‘N Tunes
Need a song to go with the book? Might I suggest… Tearin’ Up My Heart by NSYNC
I was never a big NSYNC fan, but this song seemed to fit this book so well.
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