ARC Review: Bared by Stacey Kennedy

Posted February 10, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 9 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Bared by Stacey Kennedy

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Series: Club Sin #2
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept, Random House
Released on February 10, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Club Sin is a new series by Stacey Kennedy that has me adoring every book. Bared is the latest installment and my heart was ripped out and stomped on, then cherished and put back into place. Dramatic? Probably, but there is a lot of emotions running high in this story.

Aidan Knight and Cora Adams have enjoyed a D/s relationship at Club Sin, but outside of the club, they are strangers to each other. For years Aidan has trained Cora to be the perfect submissive, but he keeps his emotions out of the club and only considers Cora a friend. But what does he really know about her? Pretty much nothing.

After a scene, Aidan sees a look on Cora’s face that has him demanding what is wrong, but she can’t reveal it to him, even if she is to be honest in everything to her Dom. Aidan being the Dominant male he is, goes after her. Digging into places he isn’t ready to accept and he definitely isn’t ready to move on from his own heartbreak.

Aidan’s past conceals heartbreak and while he feels he has moved on, he really hasn’t opened his heart to the possibility of finding another woman to love. This causes Cora to become the submissive he needs to heal, but not the submissive she needs to be. She loves Aidan and won’t confront him with her own needs and love. While he continues to dig into her as to what her pain is, she tries to retreat back into herself and not reveal what she truly has pain for.

Cora is a submissive that just kind of stumbled onto the life style. She councils runaway teens in real life and needs the stress relief that being a sub gives her. It’s her time to escape the dark world she advises in and at times cries over. She falls hard and fast for Aidan, but realizes he hasn’t gotten over his past. She becomes exactly what he needs, in spite of her own needs. Protecting Aidan with a ferociously that the Doms at Club Sin think is getting out of hand. When faced with what she has become and the fact that Aidan won’t get over his problems with time, she has to decide her course.

Aidan is a very strong character, but is also lost in what he needs, wants and what is right in front of him. Cora is equally strong in her life, and then becomes Aidan’s crutch in the kink life.

There are some sweetly erotic scenes in this book. By sweetly, I just mean SWEET, as in the term. They are full out erotic, painful at times, but also shows just how in tune the couple is with each other. There are some emotionally painful scenes as well, when all parties are confronted with the truths they aren’t acknowledging exist.

There are two other Doms that are Cora’s friends mostly, but they do also support Aidan. These are the men we wish were in every BDSM club. They saw what was happening to Cora and they pulled her out of the situation. They don’t let Aidan off lightly either. The make him face what he wants, needs and is willing to go after.

There is also the right balance of smoking hot, panty dripping sex to plain ole vanilla time outside of the club. We get to know the characters outside of the BDSM club, which is refreshing because 100% club time gets exhausting. I also like it because I don’t want to lose the women’s personality in the Dom. I want to see them be the dominant, caregiver outside of the club.

Club Sin is one of my favorite series now. Not only do we get to know a new couple, Aidan and Cora, we got to see Dmitri and Presley from book one. We also get to meet one Dom from the first book, Kyler, and added a new Dom who has just joined. Both of these men need to find a panty dripping sub of their own for me to read about. Yes, Ma’am…get to working on those Doms please.

Bared to you is light on the BDSM, medium on the erotica, and totally a lusty ride to the end. Stacey Kennedy has created a world I would love to live in and get to know. These are real people you can relate too with real lives that allow for a kink club on weekends. I recommend this one as I stayed up all night to read it, not wanting to put it down to sleep!

How much BDSM do you like in your books?
Do you think Doms are Gods who should be able to protect their subs from everything?
What are your thoughts on subs losing themselves into their Doms? Being all they need?


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!

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Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Hey, its a Stacey Kennedy so I can totally believe its good stuff to read. I have come to not mind BDSM in stories, but like you I enjoy it when it is not The story. I like the characters to be more than their roles of Dom and Sub. I don’t mind the Dom having flaws so long as he grows from them. I hate arrogance so I don’t think I would tolerate that for long if I didn’t see the person changing or moving toward change.

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Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I am getting tired of BDSM, but some authors I will read no matter what. Stacey Kennedy is one of them. I loved how the Dom in this one is flawed but not the way he thinks he is. I do not believe a Dom needs to know everything going on in a subs mind, especially if it isn’t in a scene. He goes overboard thinking he has to solve her pain. I love this series!

Braine TS
7 years ago

I love this series too! I’m tired of BDSM erotica but I love how SKennedy gave the genre a fresh feel with Club Sin.

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Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

I am so tired of BDSM and erotica lately, but this is one series I still want and need to read!

Sharonda Lowman
7 years ago

I have picked up a bdsm/erotica book in a minute, but I do have some authors I’ll still read.

7 years ago

I have picked up a bdsm/erotica book in a minute, but I do have some authors I’ll still read.

Sharonda Lowman
7 years ago

I have this one on my review list and can’t wait to read it. Definitely don’t think they’re god, they’re human so they are going to make mistakes along the way. As far a subs go, I’m not a fan of a bratty, talk to much submissive. I mean whats the point of being a sub if you’re going to be talking smack or doing things to endanger yourself or your dom? But I don’t think I would want to see one that is too weak either. I wouldn’t want to lose myself to any man even if he is… Read more »

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Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

I like with Doms get knocked off their pedestals..they think they know it all when the little subby lady can’t think for herself, lol. I just liked how he had to realize he didn’t know how to fix this. He just thought he could do something when it was out of his power and he had to realize he isn’t a God and couldn’t have controlled what happened. I love this series…it has so many good and bad points to balance it all into a great book.