Bound to Submit by Laura Kaye
Everything changed for Marine Kenna Sloane when an IED killed her best friend and left her with a prosthetic arm. As Kenna struggles with survivor’s guilt and lingering pain she realizes her only choice is the BDSM club that provided her that mind-numbing relief that only a submissive can achieve. But returning to Blasphemy means running into her old lover, Master Griffin — the man who turned her away after she confessed her growing feelings for him. Griffin Hudson has regretted losing Kenna every day for the past five years but by the time he realized his mistake, Kenna had disappeared from Baltimore. When Griffin sees Kenna back at the club he’s determined to show her just how much he cares for her.
“Kinky amputee. She totally needed that on a T-shirt.”
I’ll start off by saying that I haven’t read too much BDSM/erotica but Laura Kaye is one of my all time favorite authors so I figured I would give this series a try. I ended up really enjoying Bound to Submit and plan to read more in the series even if the kinks and intimacies are a bit out of my personal interest — that’s what fantasy is all about right? Kaye has always been a wonderful writer who really knows how to embed emotion into her stories and I felt so much for her characters right along with them. Kenna’s journey throughout this book was heart-wrenching but you can see how each day she gets better and better as she learns to accept herself and what happened overseas.
A large part of that acceptance comes from Griffin who supports Kenna and shows her that she’s still the strong, beautiful woman she’s always been. When it comes to heroes, Griffin was pretty perfect; he realized he loved Kenna after she left and no woman has been able to reach his heart. In fact, he even has a tattoo of Kenna’s face on his back, that’s how much he loves her. He’s always assumed he would never see Kenna again so when she shows up at Blasphemy he goes all in to earn Kenna’s trust and love. I adored the way Griffen took his cues from Kenna and went at her pace. He understood that she was vulnerable and working through her problems and he made sure he was there to support and encourage her without trying to take over.
As for the chemistry, these two were on fire! They’re clearly perfect for each other as they can easily read what the other needs in and out of the bedroom. BDSM is certainly outside my wheelhouse but Kaye does an excellent job of showing the culture of BDSM in a positive and caring light. I can certainly understand how it can provide the mental and emotional relief that Kenna desperately needed from her own dark thoughts. I’m really looking forward to reading the next in the series which features the sexy and charming Master Quinton.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
Heroine with prosthetic arm from IED blast
Heroine with PTSD
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.
Published by Laura Kaye on October 11, 2016
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