Friday, 14 October 2016
Review: Bound to Submit - Laura Kaye
He thinks he caused her pain, but she knows he’s the only one who can heal her…
Kenna Sloane lost her career and her arm in the Marines, and now she feels like she’s losing herself. Submission is the only thing that ever freed her from pain and made her feel secure, and Kenna needs to serve again. Bad. The only problem is the Dom she wants once refused her submission and broke her heart, but, scarred on the inside and out, she’s not looking for love this time. She’s not even sure she’s capable.
Griffin Hudson is haunted by the mistakes that cost him the only woman he ever loved. Now she’s back at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, and more beautiful than ever, and she’s asking for his help with the pain he knows he caused. Even though he’s scared to hurt her again, he can’t refuse her, because he’d give anything to earn a second chance. And this time, he’ll hold on forever.
Hard Ink Series:
Hard as It Gets
Hard as You Can
Hard to Hold on to (Novella)
Hard to Come By
Hard to Be Good (Novella)
Hard to Let Go
Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Raven Riders MC crossover novella)
Hard Ever After (Novella)
Hard to Serve (Novella) (This is a Blasphemy crossover novella)
Raven Riders MC Series:
(This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Hard Ink crossover novella)
Ride Wild (October 2017)
(This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
Hard to Serve (Novella) (This is a Hard Ink crossover novella)
Bound to Submit
Mastering Her Senses
Eyes on You (Novella)
Theirs to Take (Crossover with Reveal Me by Jennifer Probst)
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Kenna and Griffin had been in a Dom/sub relationship for nearly a year when she confessed she'd fallen in love with him. Griffin wasn't ready for a serious long term relationship so feeling hurt and rejected Kenna decided to move on with her life by joining the Marines. Griffin regretted letting Kenna walk out of his life almost immediately but by the time he decided to fight for her she'd already gone and she'd left him no way to get in contact. Now, five years later, Kenna has returned but she's not the same woman she once was. She's scarred both physically and emotionally after an IED attack took her arm and the life of her best friend. Kenna is back in Baltimore but she's floundering and desperately in need of a way to take back control of her life, she's missed being a submissive so she returns to Blasphemy looking to let off steam. When Griffin sees Kenna walk through the door he knows he's been given a second chance with the one woman he could never forget but she's not quite as willing to open her heart to him this time around so he's going to have to earn her trust the hard way.
I knew I was going to love this new series as soon as I read Hard to Serve but oh boy the heat has ramped up in this book and Bound to Submit was off the charts awesome! I absolutely can't wait to meet all the other Masters properly and find out what all their kinks are and I'm really, REALLY hoping that all 12 of them are going to get their own books. You can't beat a second chance romance, there's something about reconnecting with an old love that I find really appealing and I love unravelling the history between two characters and seeing just how well they fit together. Kenna and Griffin have both changed since they first met but even though their pieces now connect to form a slightly different picture they're still a perfect match.
Kenna has been through so much and she's understandably traumatised by everything that has happened to her. She's closed herself off from the people she loves while trying to carry the huge burden of her emotional distress alone and you can see how much it is weighing on her and affecting every aspect of her life. I loved that she found a way to get out of her own head even if it was just for the time she spent with Griffin at the club and I thought Laura Kaye did a brilliant job of showing how much of an impact that had on her. What I appreciated the most was that sex or love didn't automatically fix her, she still had to work at putting herself back together but Griffin helped her get into a better head space to deal with everything. Kenna was just such an incredibly brave woman and she's so easy to relate to and root for.
Griffin was the perfect Dom, he knew exactly when and how to take control of the situation with Kenna in the club but he didn't just want a submissive he also wanted a life partner who was his equal in every way. I loved that he pushed Kenna but didn't overwhelm her, he just supported her and gave her everything she needed from him. Griffin was also willing to own up to the mistakes he made and fight to win her love for a second time. It definitely didn't hurt that the chemistry between them was scorching and if you've ever had even the slightest interest in Shibari Rope Bondage (and if you haven't before then you definitely will after reading this!) you'll love the scenes between these two. It was incredibly erotic picturing the art Griffin created on Kenna's body using well placed ropes and knotwork.
We also got to know a few of the other Masters a little better and I honestly can't decide whose story I'm most looking forward to. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that Laura Kaye is creating what is sure to be another favourite series of mine since I've loved all of her books for years now but she really does seem to continually push herself and grow as an author and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.
I'll just leave this review with a few of the teaser graphics that I was sent for the Bound to Submit blog tour, they should give you a good idea about what to expect from this story and it really is one you don't want to miss.
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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