Author: Sierra Cartwright
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: November 28 2014
This is book two in the Bonds series, see the full series listing here
It had to be her. He won’t be satisfied until he claims her.
Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering.
When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with.
Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy’s attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she’s vowed never to walk down the aisle again.
It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome Dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer.
But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.
Claim is book two in Sierra Cartwright’s Bonds series. This is a series that follows four powerful and dominant men as they each step forth into the unknown world of love and commitment. Both the first book and this one can be read as standalones; however, as is the case with many series such as this one, I feel it is better to read the series as a whole. You get a better feel for the characters, particularly the men in this case.
Kennedy Aldrich and Mackenzie Farrell come across each other once again at The Hub, a BDSM club hosting a gathering. The pair had met once before shortly after Mackenzie had ended her short marriage to a cheating bastard of a husband. Kennedy is the CEO of Aldrich Enterprises. He is rich and determined and is skilled at staying away from any romantic commitments beyond satisfying his base urges. Kennedy may have a playboy image thanks to the press; however, in reality he keeps his romantic entanglements simple mostly preferring to play at BDSM gatherings. Mackenzie is the owner of RightNow, a professional staffing company. She also shies away from anything that resembles a relationship seeing as she has been burned in the past by her former husband and has learned the hard way that relationships simply are not worth the trouble. Now she scenes with Doms at clubs but never allows it to go too far.
When Kennedy and Mackenzie meet once again there is definitely an instant attraction/connection between the pair. For the first time ever Kennedy wants more from a woman. The way Mackenzie melts for him shows him how perfect she is for him as a submissive. He wants nothing more than to explore things with Mackenzie and take their relationship to a deeper level; however, her distrust of men in general and the hardened outer shell she tries to hide behind are obstacles that Kennedy must fight to overcome. Can Kennedy break through and convince Mackenzie that he is worth taking a chance on or is this couple doomed before they even begin?
This was an entertaining story but I did have a hard time connecting with the heroine. She frustrated me and I hated how emotionally cold and detached she tried to be. She kept trying to remain emotionally detached when it came to her time with Kennedy but the second they were together she fell easily into a submissive role that obviously came very naturally for her. I just did not understand why she played hard to get for so long when Kennedy was exactly what she needed. It made it hard for me to make an emotional connection with the romance taking place between our hero and heroine. I did love Kennedy and how he knew exactly how to win the heart of the one woman who was not making it easy for him. He was patient and determined, definitely a force to be reckoned with.
All in all, Claim was an enjoyable read. If you are a lover of BDSM reads, this is a series that I would recommend you check out. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Hello, Mr. Sexy Dom…Oh, I Mean, I’m Pleased to Introduce Kennedy Aldrich
I admit it. Kennedy Aldrich is the type of man who fascinates me.
If you’re like me, you at least flip through those glossy magazines at the beauty salon. I turn straight to the Who Wore it Best feature. And I love hearing the inside scoop on people’s lives.
I’ll also confess to being a Business Insider fan. I check out the site daily, not just for their news updates, but also because I adore their interviews with “business” stars.
Maybe from my years running a company, I am as intrigued by business people as I am by the Hollywood glitterati.
Unlike a lot of my self-made characters, Kennedy Aldrich was born into wealth. The trouble is, that hasn’t always sat well for him. He grew up with formidable parents who had high expectations of their firstborn and only son.
I’ve often wondered what it might be like to have your life charted for you while you were still a child. Not only was he groomed to take over the family business, his schools were selected for him, and his mother also expected him to marry well, preferably to a Mayflower descendent.
Kennedy rebelled against the rules, as much as he was allowed, both by his parents and his own morals. Instead of heading straight for an Ivy League undergrad degree, he decided to go to the University of Texas, at Austin. Since UT has a well-respected business school, his parents agreed.
He quickly formed friendships with a group of guys, and he was introduced to BDSM. That also appealed to him. His powerful personality makes him a perfect Dom. He adores and respects his subs, and he enjoys taking care of them.
After graduating from UT, he returned to Boston for grad school. That didn’t surprise his friends. Despite the fact he insists he’s a rebel, Kennedy’s integrity means he always does the right thing for the people he cares for. He used his trust fund to help his friend Julien establish his company, Bonds. When his father fell ill, Kennedy immediately took over running the family business. Under his stewardship, it’s surpassed the success created by previous generations.
Despite all this, he’s kept his heart to himself. Maybe because his mother has always pushed him toward marriage, he’s made an art out of dodging it. That is, until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM club.
He’d met her years before, when she was a newlywed. Mackenzie had seen her husband with another woman. Unable to stand aside idly, our hero swooped in, and gathered her close for a slow dance.
And now, the gorgeous woman is single and submissive. For the first time, he’s smitten. She makes all of his protective urges surge, and he’s determined to Claim her for his own, even though he’s forced to overcome her very real objections.
Please meet Kennedy, a hero and Dom I’m in love with…
Kennedy had met Mackenzie a couple of years ago at a fundraiser. A mutual friend had introduced them, and he’d noticed the color drain from her face when one of his business rivals had walked through the door, a woman all but dangling from his arm.
“My husband, Brian,” Mackenzie had explained. Then she’d smiled bravely. “At least until the divorce is final. Twenty-seven more days. Not that I’m counting.”
Making sure her soon-to-be-ex was watching, he’d lifted her hand to his lips then invited her to dance. He’d enjoyed having her in his arms, and she’d settled her head on his shoulder when he’d told her that Brian was staring.
At the end of the song, she’d smiled her gratitude before disappearing.
“Come on,” Alma, their mutual friend now insisted. “Tell me how you know each other.”
“We don’t, really,” Mackenzie replied.
“I think it’s time we change that,” Kennedy offered.
Mackenzie met his gaze.
“I’ll leave you to it,” Alma said as someone from across the room shouted her name with an exuberant squeal. “Try not to behave.” Alma gave Mackenzie’s wrist a quick squeeze.
After that, she was gone.
And he was alone, inches apart from the alluring Mackenzie. He hadn’t remembered the color of her eyes being quite so startling, so riveting. He didn’t want her to look away. Her hips and chest were wrapped in supple black leather, and he knew her bare midriff would haunt—and warm—his nights. The new revelation, that she was also a submissive, walloped him, the emotion raw, insistent. And fuck if he could let her walk away again.
About Sierra Cartwright:
INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR
Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!
Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)
Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.
She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.
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