Bonds of Need by Lynda Aicher
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Bonds of Need Published by Carina Press on March 4th 2013
Genres: Bdsm, Erotica, Romance
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When Kendra Morgan attends a party at an exclusive sex club, she's not driven by mere curiosity. Hoping to prove she's put the past behind her, Kendra must instead face up to needs she's denied for too long. Despite her lingering fears, she can't resist the temptation to play…
Deklan Winters has had his eye on his attractive neighbor for months, but only senses Kendra is no stranger to the BDSM scene when she walks into his club. And he can tell that's not her only secret. What surprises him is his own overwhelming desire to give her what she craves—and to show her a side to the Dom/sub relationship she's never known.
With Deklan's guidance, Kendra begins to accept her forbidden needs and to recognize the fine line between pleasure and pain. But when her former Master returns to reclaim her, it will take all her courage—and all of Deklan's love—to defy her past
It feels like every BDSM story post Fifty Shades is somehow trying to make it an illness or a personality quirk that has to be “fixed” which makes Aicher’s books such a refreshing step away from that. That may be why I’m giving it such high markings, but it’s honestly a really good read and a really hot one, too.
What I really like about Aicher’s books is that the D’s are not egomaniacal, overly possessive a**holes who like to be D’s because they want control of everything. They’re in it because it’s who they are. And her Sub’s don’t come off as mindless ninnies who are so overpowered by the big power hungry and controlling man they’ll do whatever he wants. Again, it’s just who they are. Her characters are flesh and blood people – which sounds odd when talking about fictional characters – but their messy is believable and in most cases something the reader can relate to.
Another great aspect of this book is that through Kendra’s past traumas Aicher shows an understanding for what healthy and unhealthy D/s relationships look like.
Getting away from the ‘serious’, let’s talk sex…
Hot, steamy, kinky, loving and sweet…this book has it all. You get just the right amount of danger to make it exciting intermixed with the right amount of safety so you’re not turned off. It seems to be a rather difficult formula to perfect for most authors. And they are made even more steamy, at least for me, because I was emotionally invested in these characters.
I cannot wait until the next book.
This is definitely a series worth reading and keeping on your bedside table…for whenever 😉
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