Mini Review [Giveaway/Excerpt]: Bound to Submit (Masters of Blasphemy, #1) by: Laura Kaye

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Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life.

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

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About Bound to Submit:

From the ruins of an abandoned church comes Baltimore’s hottest and most exclusive BDSM club. Twelve Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…
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.

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A searingly sexy story with some of the hottest scenes I’ve read in a long, long time. Laura Kaye shows her mastery of the BDSM world. I’m eagerly anticipating more in this bold new series!” ~ Cherise Sinclair, NYT Bestselling Author of the Masters of the Shadowlands Series

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Rene’s Thoughts:
  • This novel focuses on a particular kink in BDSM, Shibari; which is the Japanese style of bondage where ropes are artistically wrapped around the body (the submissive). Shibari in Japanese literally means “Decoratively Tie”. Master Griffin is an expert, and his scenes with Kenna involve her being beautifully tied up and at his mercy.
  • One aspect of the story I really enjoyed was the past connection between Master Griffin and Kenna, it made their scenes together hotter and the emotional connection between them more realistic. They have been separated for years, but it is clear that they have been been pining away for one another. Jumping back into a relationship seemed only natural.
  • I loved that the heroine is a US Marine and wounded warrior, too often female soldiers are forgotten especially when it comes to their battlefield injuries. Just because she’s tough, doesn’t mean Kenna can’t be a sexual submissive. She needs what Master Griffin can give her, now more than ever – as she heals from her wounds and the trauma of war.
  • Master Griffin may not be perfect and has messed up with Kenna in the past; but he proves that he can learn from his mistakes and be the Dominate that she deserves and needs. It was easy to fall for the hot alpha, especially one willing to admit when he’s been an idiot.
  • I can’t wait to read about the other Blasphemy Dominates and their submissives! Personally I really enjoy BDSM novels when they revolve around a club or group of friends; you get glimpses into the H.E.A.s of past characters which is always fun. In this novel we briefly get to see Kyler and Mia from Hard to Serve: A Hard Ink, and we are assured that their relationship is still going strong and burning hot.

 

EXCERPT

“You came for me,” Kenna whispered, peering up at Griffin standing at her front door. She hadn’t thought she wanted to see him tonight after their fight, but now she knew she was wrong. Because, God, his rugged face looked a whole lot like coming home.

“I did,” he said, stepping closer. So close that his heat warmed her body. “And I’ll keep doing it until you tell me to stop.”

“Griffin,” she whispered, the intensity in his voice stirring so much inside her. Feelings, memories, desires.

“Aw, baby, come here,” he said, pulling her into a bear hug so comforting that she choked out a little cry from the sheer relief of it.

Kenna buried her face in his broad chest and breathed him in. Her arms circled his strong back, and then they stood there for a long time, just holding each other. How could he make her feel so much when they’d been apart for so long? Why did this feel so natural with Griffin despite those years? How could she find a moment like this one, of such peace and solace, after all they’d been through?

She didn’t know, but part of her wondered if the whys and hows mattered. Some people waited their wholes lives to find even a fraction of what she felt in that moment. Maybe that was what mattered. Maybe that was all that mattered.

“Can I please come in?” he asked, his lips against her hair.

She nodded, motioning for him to enter. “It’s, um, it’s not much.” She looked around the small studio—it looked like a dorm, only without any personality or color.

“It’s where you are,” he said. “That’s all that matters to me.”

He was killing her with his sweetness right now, he really was. “Um. Okay.” She grasped the end of her stump, shielding it with her hand. “Can I get you something to drink? I think I have—”

“Baby.” He got right up in her space again.

“What?”

Baby,” he whispered, leaning in close. His lips brushed her cheek. “You don’t have to entertain me. You don’t have to hide from me.” Gently, he pulled her fingers from what was left of her forearm.

She released a shaky breath. “It’s not pretty.”

He shook his head and made a noise low in his throat. “No, it’s not. It’s fucking beautiful. Because it’s a part of you. A part of you that got injured in the service of your country, Kenna. Your arm is a damn badge of honor as far as I’m concerned. Come here.”

A warm pressure expanded within her chest. What was he doing to her? Because right now, his words were wrapping around her as tight as his ropes ever did.


laura-kaye-headshotABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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