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    Steamy start to this new BDSM themed series!

    Bound to Submit is the first story in Laura Kaye's new BDSM erotic romance series, set at club Blasphemy in Baltimore. I've read some of this author's other stories and enjoyed them all, so I was interested to see what she would do with a BDSM theme. The story definitely lives up to its description as an erotic romance with some hot and heavy scenes mixed in with a second chance romance and is a great start to this new series! Kenna thought she'd found the life she wanted in her relationship with Griffin. Though they'd started out playing together at club Blasphemy as submissive and Dom, she'd developed feelings for him. But when she shared those feelings, Griffin wasn't ready to admit to his own feelings for her and rejected her offer of making things more permanent. Reeling from a broken heart, she made the decision to do something else with her life, and enlisted in the military. It was a good choice for her, and she is proud of her service for her country, even if it ended in tragedy. Her best friend died and she was seriously injured, losing her right forearm and hand. She's gotten used to the prosthetic but still deals with daily pain in her phantom limb, and the effects of PTSD. Gathering her courage, she decides to revisit Blasphemy now that she's back home again, hoping that the endorphins released in a scene might help with her pain. When she encounters Griffin at the club again (the man she both hoped and dreaded seeing), her buried feelings for him are there but she's determined to keep them hidden, not wanting to be vulnerable to him again. What she doesn't know is that Griffin deeply regretted his decision to reject her and spent time looking for her but was unable to find her, as she'd moved out of her home and gone off to serve overseas. Now that she's in his orbit once again, he's not going to make the same mistake. Can he convince Kenna that he's willing to go the distance with her if she'll give him a second chance? Right off the bat what I really liked was having the war veteran in this story be the female character. There are an abundance of romance stories featuring male veterans, so I really appreciated having the viewpoint of a woman who had been injured in combat. Kenna has learned to deal with her injury as best she can, though she still feels guilt for surviving the blast that killed her fellow female soldier. I thought the scenes with her dealing with the reality of having a prosthetic were well written. She tends to keep it hidden for fear of being pitied unless she's doing an event as a motivational speaker, but this isn't going to fly in a sex club. Once she and Griffin reconnect there he takes it in stride, reassuring her that he sees her whole self and not just the parts. Griffin treats her the same way as he did before the injury, to Kenna's relief, and this goes a long way to re-establishing the trust between them. Griffin definitely comes across as the good guy hero, ready and willing to make amends for the mistake he made in letting Kenna go in the first place, and knowing exactly what gives her pleasure. Whether they are doing a scene or not, he's an attentive lover who obviously cares for her. While BDSM stories obviously can encompass a lot of different kinds of scenes, the keys to this one are the bondage and domination ones. Kenna likes being bound and Griffin is an expert in Shibari, the japanese art of erotic rope bondage and this makes them very compatible. She also is a submissive, and this pairs perfectly with Griffin as a Dom. For those who are leery of the SM part of BDSM, this story steers clear of that and Kenna makes it clear that it's not for her (though a little discipline is okay, but nothing too painful). We get a glimpse of what else goes on in the club though, and with introductions to several of the other characters, this is definitely a series that will have lots to play with (pun intended). The second chance romance is tied up very nicely with a happy ending, and I look forward to reading what will come next in the series!
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    Griffin and Kenna were made for each other.

    * Book Synopsis Excerpt #1 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… * My thoughts: Oh my word! Just let me say... WOW! All of this book blew me away! Nice job, Laura Kay! * Book Synopsis Excerpt #2 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. * My thoughts: Talk about miscommunication. Or no communication. I felt for Kenna and understand why she thought what she did. * Book Synopsis Excerpt #3 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. * My thoughts: Griffin was an excellent man and I liked him a lot. Like, a whole lot. He was perfect for Kenna and wanted her back when she entered his life again. No, needed her back. For him. Bound to Submit was brilliantly written and the characters fleshed out. I look forward to reading more of Laura Kaye's books!
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    Bound to submit

    Loved this story of lovers reuniting. BDSM and sex scenes get you wrapped up completely. Looking forward to reading more of the Hard as ...... from this author.
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    Laura Kaye is not afraid to delve inside the human

    Laura Kaye is not afraid to delve inside the human psyche. Some of her best stories tackle tough and controversial subjects. Bound to Submit is her latest. Kenna is a complex character. Having endured the tragedies of war and a career ending injury, she shields her emotional pain. Her broken body and bruised spirit has lead her to seek out a dark avenue of expression. In order to feel alive, she thrives on the physical expression of pain. In that moment she can expose herself without the prying eyes and the heartbreaking looks. Griffin is no white knight. He has his own demons to contend with, but nothing hurts him more than the shell that Kenna has become. The distance between them is like a chasm. Heartache broke them apart, can tragedy heal the rift? There is no black and white with Bound to Submit. The story is designed on feelings and the power they have. Disturbing, sensual, tragic, inspiring -there is no halfway with Kenna and Griffin.
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    3.75 stars--positive and moving

    3.75 stars--BOUND TO SUBMIT is the first full length installment in Laura Kaye’s contemporary, adult BLASPHEMY BDSM romance series focusing on the exclusive BDSM club Blasphemy. This is Master/Dominant Griffin Hudson, and former Marine/submissive Kenna Sloane’s story line. There is a prequel introductory novella –HARD TO SERVE-found in the 1001 Dark Nights multi-authored series, as well as part of Laura’s Hard Ink series. Told from dual third person perspectives (Kenna and Griffin) BOUND TO SUBMIT follows the second chance romance between Master Griffin, co-owner and Dominant at the exclusive BDSM club Blasphemy, and former Marine Kenna Sloane. Five years earlier Kenna proclaimed her love to Master Griffin but was met with rejection and no hopes for the future. As her personal life began to unravel, our heroine enlisted into the Marines and found herself stationed in Afghanistan where everything went to h*ll. Upon her return to American soil,tTwo more years would pass before Kenna makes a decision to re-examine her life as a submissive because she knows that something is missing from her life. Enter Griffin Hudson, the man she has always loved, and the man who will give Kenna the control that she has been missing. BOUND TO SUBMIT focuses on recovery and acceptance. Kenna’s return from Afghanistan brought with it memories of death and destruction, and she needed some stability and order in her life. As a submissive, she is expected to follow orders and her time in the Marines was perfect until the day she lost more than she could handle. Griffin is a man who made a mistake five years earlier but he was too late to make amends when the woman that he loved, walked away to places unknown. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense. Griffin is a Dominant into rope play and bondage-the BDSM element is light and never crosses into hardcore territory. Laura Kaye takes the reader up close and personal with the various aspects of BDSM bondage. There is very little conflict between our story line couple. Kenna is a woman willing to forgive and forget; Griffin is a man who knows that Kenna is the woman for the rest of his life. There is no outside interference, and the drama is limited to the rekindling romance, and Kenna’s need to confront the past. BOUND TO SUBMIT is a quick and easy read; the premise is positive and moving; the characters are passionate and forgiving; the romance is sensual and energetic. Because of the lack of conflict I did feel that there was something missing in the telling of the story-the energy level was too even without the emotional highs and lows.
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