Review: Kaylee’s Keeper by Maren Smith

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Review: Kaylee’s Keeper by Maren Smith
Kaylee's Keeper

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Series: Masters of the Castle #2
Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Blushing Books Publishing
Released on July 5 ,2013
Pages: 243
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Returning to the Castle where your fantasies can be realized for a fee, but also with talented Masters and submissives. But what happens when you lie on your forms saying you have more experience than you actually have? Getting sent to the Master of Masters office never felt so good.


Warning, this is a very fast moving romance that happens within 3 days. Most of these stories in this series are like that. Very quick, falling hard, and dealing with a large range of kinks, issues, and situations.

Kaylee has saved up her pennies for a 3-day vacation at the castle. Her fantasies and books have prepared her (in her mind) for all the spankings, canings, and sex she can take, but reality looks nothing like what she expected. The Castle is very mysterious. You arrive in the town close by that has a Starbucks at the bus station where you board a bus, leaving your real life behind for all the pleasures and sin you can wish for. Meeting a fellow submissive on the bus, Selena, the two oh and ah over everything. We do learn that Selena is a returning customer and more throughout the series, so I won’t ruin that part even if she doesn’t get her own book.

Registration and orientation are given by the head housekeeper (a Domme). Each person is given a color-coded wristband(s) and separated into groups to be taken to the wardrobe and onto their fantasy vacation. All except Kaylee, who is separated as a “pro” submissive and taken to the dungeons. They have something special for her, whahahaha. And this is where things start to take shape. We meet Dominick, a sadist Master who with little effort scares Kaylee out of the dungeon yelling the universal safe word, onion(s). This brings down security right away where we meet Jackson, head of security, but also a Master in his own right. He knows she isn’t experienced, but Kaylee refuses to give up on the lie. Next comes the big man, Marshall. Master of all.

To be fair, this story never lets us see Marshall’s side of things other than his interactions with Kaylee. That isn’t the same in the other books (and yes, I have read the series). Just this one, but we do know Marshall knows she is a novice. He tries to allow her the graceful out that her admission forms are all a lie, but Kaylee sticks to her guns. No one though leaves Marshall’s office without a spanking. And so Kaylee receives her first spanking and first BDSM experience from Master Marshall, but he cautions her, this isn’t a love match.

Marshall though can’t keep her to himself, but instead, he places her in the schoolgirl room, where she also learns more about her kind of kink. Onto the Little Maids, where we find there are three levels of maids, from those needing to feel of service to those looking to submit for pleasure. But through it all, she learns she only desires Marshall’s brand of discipline. But what does Marshall feel? We don’t know. And what happens with her vacation time is over?

This was an improvement of story building than the opening novella, Holding Hannah. I actually read this one first as Holding Hannah wasn’t available at the time I started. So I was indoctrinated into the Castle through this story. The Castle fascinates me as people can have any kind of fantasy they want here. I did learn some rules in this story that seem not to hold through every situation. Like no modern-day clothing. Once you hit wardrobe, you better not be wearing jeans or anything considered modern. But security is exempt as they wear black shirts denoting this with jeans at times. They even have wardrobe selections for a superhero. There are no major appliances or visible electrical outlets except in the personal rooms. But all the wall sconces are electric, not fire, and with good reason. There are kitchens with refrigeration. So not everything is set back in the regency.

There is a no gag rule and the universal safeword. Onions will have security running to intervene, but a private safeword is often negotiated for when you don’t need security coming down for every little issue. You can get special permission to use a gag, but the scene will be closely monitored. Every fantasy you can imagine is on the table. There is a room for people to give in to their little kid side with Daddy Doms and Nannies. School rooms with hard disciplinary professors. Royalty from princesses to princes. A stable for pony play to furry mosh pits. Skimpy maids to hard-core maids doing hard work and still getting a switch. Kitchen bitches to fireplay to a dungeon. Every pleasure is available if you have a partner and even if you don’t. And Marshall is in charge of it all.

Kaylee learns exactly what she wants even though she thought she wanted it all. Her emotions get tangled even with a warning this isn’t a love match. And when it is time to go home, Kaylee realizes just how dull her life really has become. This does have a happy ending or else I wouldn’t recommend this story, but for a bit, you wonder if this is going to be a story you have to put down. I enjoyed visiting the Castle and watching the Master fall, but through it all, he remains in control.

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About the Book
Kaylee's Keeper by Maren SmithKaylee’s Keeper by Maren Smith

Welcome to The Castle.

Kaylee Waters has saved her pennies for almost two years, mentally debated for six months, changed her mind no less than two-dozen times and finally purchased a three-day pass to what promised to be the vacation of a lifetime: The Castle, the kinkiest theme-resort-to-end-all-vacation-resorts.

So what if she’d fibbed a little on her online application? (Everyone does!) So what if she’d never “actually” engaged in BDSM before? (She’s thought about it a lot.) So what if she’d never even been spanked? (She’s read tons of books.) This was the Castle, after all, and it promised to change everything. Unfortunately, her first scenario is a catastrophe and sends her from the room in tears, only to be sent to Master Marshall’s office – like a bad girl sent before the principal.

Marshall Leaf, founding partner of The Castle, has seen a lot in the three years since the resort opened, but Ms. Kaylee Waters pretty much takes the prize. As far as he can determine, the only truthful thing on her application is her name, and he’s not even completely sure about that. She lied so heinously about her past experiences (which are exactly zilch) that what he should do is refund her money and put her on a fast bus home. Instead, for reasons he can’t quite understand, he gives her the first spanking of her life, and then sends her back out into the resort. He doesn’t give a damn whether she wanted the spanking or not: it was exactly what she needed.

Kaylee should be ecstatic. She’s already gotten a spanking, and The Castle is perfect: everything she’s dreamed of – and more. She can be anything she wants: sassy maid, naughty schoolgirl, bad “baby” in the nursery, captured princess in the dungeon. But, even though the ice has been broken, why isn’t she still fitting in anywhere? Why does everything just feel wrong? Why does she break the rules again and again, and find herself right back in Master Marshall’s office?

Why indeed?

“Kaylee’s Keeper” is the second book in Maren Smith’s Masters of the Castle series. Set three years after “Holding Hannah: Masters of the Castle Book One, it is a stand-alone story.

Kaylee’s Keeper features explicit BDSM themes in a romance setting, including spanking, anal play, mouth-washing, schoolroom play, and lots more. If these themes offend you, don’t buy this book.


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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
1 year ago

Oh man, she sounds pretty naive and I can’t figure out why she didn’t cop to her lies when it must have been obvious. Still, the setting sounds like a great part and I’m glad the development was much better in this one.

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

That really sounds good. I think I would probably enjoy this book.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I didn’t realize that those were legs in tbe cover lol. Im using my cellio so the photo is so small. I was staring at the cover for a while trying to figure out what was happening haha