by Harper Kincaid
Published By: Entangled Publishing: Brazen
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Pages: 132 pages
His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves...
Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It's a place she isn't sure she's ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he's trying to hide matches her own.
Security expert David Cavill has more secrets than any man should. Secrets that forever shut down any possibility of love, marriage, or family. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can't resist. But as their bond deepens, Cassidy must decide if she can love a man whose heart is bound tighter than the form of bondage he craves...
This was a quick read with great suspense and a few twists I found interesting. David is a great wingman for his buddy who runs the BDSM club and is often called on to do demos for those members who appreciate his use of ropes. Cassidy is along for the ride when her friend and roommate begs her to go with her on her first night at the club. She is reluctant and knows it is not her type of scene, but she goes because she promised herself she would step out of her comfort zone and try something new.
And boy is this new and different for Cassidy. An encounter that begins as a friendly introduction to a friend of a friend, soon becomes the answer to a question neither of them knew they had about their lives. Both Cassidy and David are lonely, but for different reasons. Cassidy has only her grandmother left in her family and David has secrets he'd rather not share about his own family who are very much in his life. Both have to be willing to take a risk and let the other past the walls they have so carefully constructed.
As I mentioned before, this book was a quick read and that led to the story rolling along quickly. I was skeptical when they fell "in love" so quickly, but that seems to be a consistent theme in romance books lately. They meet, sparks fly, and they are suddenly in love. There is not a slow build. I did appreciate Cassidy's feisty attitude when it came to David and the BDSM world. I also liked David's protective personality and love for his family. He saw it as a weakness and it was in fact that strength that drew Cassidy to him and allowed her to trust him. There was more of their story to tell though, thus the disappointment with the length.