ARC Review: Claimed by Stacey Kennedy

Published: August 5, 2013
Random House, Loveswept
Series: Club Sin #1
Authors Website
Sex: R - Strong Sexual Content
Source: NetGalley
Available:B&N / Amazon / iBooks / Kobo
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Overall I feel Claimed is a likeable BDSM erotic romance tale which is why I’m giving it four stars. There’s enough heat and tension between this couple that is enjoyable without the story itself being over-dramatic and annoying. I enjoyed the relationship between Dmitri and Presley and I liked the fact that he demanded honesty from her. Also, being that Presley was new to the BDSM scene, Dmitri always prompted her to be more upfront about her feelings and if she had any issues to address them with him verbally and not hold anything inside. Both Dmitri and Presley were likeable characters even though Presley was a little annoying sometimes.

My only issue and its not just with this book…its really with most BDSM romance novels, is this. These shy inexperienced woman who within the first couple of chapters are now pros when it comes sex in the BDSM world. Like for example how Presley was an almost pro at giving Dmitri head, but the girl couldn’t even get naked in her own bedroom without blushing…

I just don’t understand what the attraction is of these almost virgin like women that seems to be such a draw to these experienced Doms. I also don’t get why these women are put through extreme BDSM situations so quickly, like whips and canning. I mean if I was new to this world, I surely would not expect to get a whipping with my second scene. I understand that these are fictional romances, but I just don’t buy into it and its getting frustrating to keep coming across these type of characters/story arcs.

Still, Claimed is a good story and I did enjoy reading it. I love Stacey Kennedy’s writing as she always able to draw me completely into her worlds and this one was no exception despite my frustrations with some parts of the story.

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