Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Freed (Club Sin #4) by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Freed (Club Sin #4)
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Length: Novel
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2 (my likes) - 4 (writing style)
Sexual - 4

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her
husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

Note: Freed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
This book was not my style for several reasons (even though I still love the series).  It was just too depressing for my taste.  I think Stacey Kennedy hit the nail on the head with the emotional trauma that Mary was going through, but it was just too much on the down side and not enough hopefulness and strength.  There are several scenes where we experience her husband's death with her all over again, and it just made me want to walk away from everything.  In this case, Kennedy's amazing way of conveying emotions might have done more harm than good.

Elliott knows that he wants Mary, but at times it seems like he isn't willing to really go after her.  He keeps leaving the ball in her court, which seems a little counter-intuitive for a Dom.  I wanted to see him work through more of the issues face to face instead of her having to deal with so many on her own.

I really don't want to discourage anyone from reading this story.  It was beautifully told and full of emotions - just not the right ones for me.


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