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Review: Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy

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The USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin novels kicks off a deeply sensual new series by introducing readers to Micah, a man who takes what he wants—until he meets the one woman he needs.
Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. As a founding member of the Dominants Council that oversees San Francisco’s sex club scene, he keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?

When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah’s her new boss. For another, he’s as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives in to his dangerous games. She knows he’s got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she’s willing to go to light the way for love.

My Review

“That pull that I feel toward you is rare. You make me do things I would never do; break rules I would never break.”

“Every time I shut my eyes, you’re there. Every time I try not to think about you, you’re all I can think about. You’re haunting me. Every minute, every second, there’s nowhere to hide.”

“Then I find him. The strongest, most broken man I’ve ever known. But I realize he’s not the only broken one. We’ve both come from pasts that could’ve broken us completely, and yet somehow I can’t help but feel that they somehow had to happen, to make us. That without the one side, the other wouldn’t have been fulfilled. It makes me think that life is this big circle that’s been spinning in the wrong direction for a while, and right now, in this moment, our lives are going to correct themselves.”

I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I haven’t read a lot by this author, but the synopsis had me intrigued, so I decided to give it a try. Bound Beneath His Pain was an intriguing read for me. It follows the story of Micha and Allie. The moment these two meet, they are drawn to each other like magnets. Micha can’t get Allie out of his head and will stop at nothing to win her over. Allie, has worked hard to get where she is in life. She desperately wants to do things on her own and not repeat her mother’s mistakes. So, when Micha comes into the picture she tries her hardest to stay away from the rich, sexy man. However, the more time she spends with him, the quicker she sees that he is nothing like she thought…..

Bound Beneath His Pain was a quick, yet enjoyable read. The characters intrigued me and captivated my interest. I thought the story-line was a lot of fun and that it was entertaining. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good BDSM story and I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. I found this story to be well written and it just sucked me in. It had me wanting to see how things would play out with Micha and Allie. I liked Micha right away. He was smart, sexy and intriguing with a hint of darkness. But, that darkness didn’t consume him. You could easily see the light in him and he was able to control the beast that was inside him. The fact that he was into BDSM, didn’t consume who he was. It was a part of him and something that he did need, but it wasn’t taken to the extreme. And Allie…I really liked her character. She was strong and not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. Yes, her past kept her guarded, but when she takes a chance on something, she gives it her all. She was just what Micha needed in his life. She gave him the light that he needed.

Overall, I think this new series is off to a great start. The characters are really likable. I think this book had just the right amount of sex, drama and intrigue. And while it did deal with BDSM, I enjoyed that this story wasn’t dark. I liked the fact that it had a softer edge to it. All in all, this was a good read and I’m looking forward to continuing on with this series and seeing where it will go next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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