ARC Review: Desired by Stacey Kennedy

Posted July 22, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 6 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: Desired by Stacey Kennedy

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Series: Club Sin,
Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on July 22, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

With each book in the Club Sin series, I fall more and more under Stacey Kennedy’s spell as a romance writer. Filled with more than just a paddle, this book explores the differences of abuse from BDSM. Two lovers learn the differences, the desperation of honesty and have a hope for a passionate future.

Club Sin is a sex club owned by Dmitri, the hero from the first book in the series. All of the trusted Masters get a tattoo of a dragon on their forearm to denote they are a Master. And all of these Masters are truly yum worthy of being licked up and down!

In past books I have been kind of scared of Kyler Morgan. He is a Master and a police officer. I don’t know he just kind of had me inching away from him when I read about him in the story when he didn’t do anything to deserve it. He comes across as a hard ass, but in his story, he really is a gentleman with a healthy sex drive and a need to be in charge.

Ella Snow (all I kept thinking about when I read the name Snow was Game of Thrones) is living life to the fullest. When a radio show challenges its listeners to live their life like they only had six months left to live, Ella takes it seriously and starts making changes to her life. The first being moving to Las Vegas and getting a job as Aiden’s legal assistant. Aiden’s the hero from book 2 and loves Ella like a sister. With flowy dresses that make her feel beautiful, Ella reminds me of a shy, 1960s pin up girl.

At Aiden’s and Cora’s wedding, Kyler can’t take his eyes off Ella even though she is as vanilla as it gets. Right away Kyler knows he wants more from Ella than a one night stand, but Ella pushes back with the excuse she just got out of a relationship. The “relationship” is what she keeps secret from Kyler and is a little of a sticking point on morals or ethics some people might not like. Kyler leads her into a little spanking, holding down and alpha love making with a promise of friends with benefits he doesn’t plan on keeping.

The two move along and Kyler knows there is something Ella is keeping from him, but he pushes on bringing her into the BDSM world. The play is pretty light even for Kyler, but he won’t go forward until he knows Ella’s secret. Ella for everything isn’t letting go of that secret even though it confronts her several times.

While there were some things I wanted to roll my eyes at, I found in the end, I really didn’t care because I enjoyed the story. I should make note of them though. The Doms at Club Sin are all about easing what they feel is pain for their submissives. Well, after a while I got tired of the word pain as it was over used and hey, I know there shouldn’t be secrets between a Dom and sub, but reliving a bad experience isn’t always the greatest thing to go through. The second thing that made me wonder is these guys and gals going to Club Sin every weekend without fail. I know this is a way of life, but seriously, going to a club all the time seems to be overkill. But to each their own.

None of that got to me detracted from the story and me sitting down to read it. I was supposed to be cleaning house, but I couldn’t put it down and completed front to back before anything got cleaned in this house.

With each book, Stacey Kennedy grows in my heart. I love how real emotions are portrayed. How the characters are all real people, with real jobs, but who love kink. Most of all I loved how Kyler loves kink, but he can also tone it down for the situation as needed. These two characters have a place in my heart and I hope to see more of them as the series continues.

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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Braine TS
7 years ago

This isn’t my favorite but I love the series overall. SKennedy was successful in writing and delivering what Maya Banks’ Surrender Series failed to give me.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

I totally agree. Stacey Kennedy is fulfilling the writing needs I feel that Maya Banks hasn’t delivered on in a while. I love Maya, but something has been off in her writing lately. I keep getting drawn back to this series and Stacey delivers for me.

Book Lovin' Mamas
7 years ago

I have to find time to read this. I love this series from Stacey Kennedy. The life of a stay at home mom with two girls who refuse to let me read. LOL

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

I totally get the life of a stay at home mom. Everyone thinks we just sit around and read all day, lol. I am a SAH mom of 3. This series is worth barricading yourself in a closet or bathroom to read!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I have got to start these. I’ve got the first two just haven’t ever managed to open them up. I swear the tbr pile is a scary place! lol

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

They are really quick reads. I don’t know why, but I blow through each one quickly and then want more.