ARC Review: Claimed by Stacey Kennedy

Monday, August 5, 2013

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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  1. Thanks for sharing your review of Claimed. I enjoyed this book also.

  2. Thanks for stopping thru was a good book.

  3. It really is amazing how many of those women pop up in BDSM or really romance in general. I don't mind them being inexperienced in BDSM really but total pros at everything if they're totally virginal? Nah no thanks. That was a big issue I had with the 50 Shades books. Just couldn't buy that part of it. Very nice rant. lol

    I do want to read this one though. She's been an author I've wanted to try for a while now.

  4. Me either Anna...I can do with the in experience, but these vrgins or virgin like chicks have got to stop. Its so unrealistic...sorry about the rant, but man is this type of character is getting old..lols.

    I did enjioy the story and I absolutely adore S Kennedy's least she didn't give me an annoying brat :))

  5. Or at least be realistically done. I know quite a few ladies who still were virgins late 20s/early 30s so I'm okay usually with that part but when all the ones in romance are automatically masters in bed it drives me nuts. Have you read Amanda Quick? It's been ages for me but I loved her heroines. A lot were virgins (they're historicals) but the first few encounters were always so funny and more what you'd expect for someone just starting out.

  6. Exactly! at least let it be realistic. OMG...I can't stand it...lols. I mean how you all of a sudden good in bed when you just didn't know anything? smh.

    I know some virgins too (I'm alwasy looking at them like they came from outta space..lmbo!) but I haven't read Amanda Quick though, but in Historical virgins are like a norm..ya know, so I kinda expect them there...hmmm, I might have to try her out.

  7. I know! What's up with these virginal women?! First of all, they're kinkier than average so being gun-shy about things just doesn't make sense. i guess that's the Anastasia effect (50 shades).

  8. ha! Anastasia effect...lmbo! I guess so. But you're right it doesn't make sense at all..smh. I like characters like Nora from T Reisz's Sinners series...there was no shame in Nora's game & I'm fine with that. We need more of her characters like now.

  9. Very good point! I at least like say when they say what they were lacking in experience made up for in enthusiasm because lets face it no chick is expert at a BJ first time out the gate.


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  10. Rotfl...gurl aint it the truth. Its just not happening at all. But Im getting bored with these chicks & I cannof believe that grown ass sexually aware women still want to continue to read about these type of characters. Mind boggling. ...