Restrained Under His Duty
By: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Dirty Little Secrets #3 but can be read as a standalone
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
An uninhibited politician’s daughter falls for her loyal bodyguard behind closed doors in this scandalous novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and Tied to His Betrayal.
As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.
Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.
Stacey Kennedy is my go-to author when I need something down right dirty. Her Club Sin series sucked me into a world I knew nothing about and fell in love instantly with each story she wrote. The Dirty Little Secrets series did the exact same thing! Even though this book can be read as a standalone it is highly suggested to read the first two in order to get the full affect from each of the characters’ and their back stories.
The characters were written amazingly well and readers can connect with them instantly. Ryder is a wealthy security bussiness owner who takes his work quite seriously. He has an alpha/dominant personality like all Mrs. Kennedy’s beautifully written men, but it doen’t overpower his sense of self. It’s there in the background..you can see it and feel it, but there’s so much more to him than that. Even so, his alpha tendencies want to come out when his client’s daughter, Hadley, is around.
“This little firecracker, who’s beyond her years, is going to make me do one thing I never do: Break my oath to my duty.”
Hadley is wild as she is beautiful and she’s loved Ryder ever since she was a little girl. She isn’t your usual innocent heroine who falls for the player….no….Hadley is her own woman and is in touch with her desires. She knows what she wants and she’s never been afraid to voice it or go out and get it. I think that is why I loved Hadley so much…she wasn’t my usual type of heroine, but Stacey made me fall in love with her all the same! And the chemistry between Ryder and Hadley is smoking hot, in true Stacey Kennedy fashion! I swear, ya’ll won’t be disappointed at all! I had to stop and fan myself a few times because I swear I felt as if I was on fire! That’s how hot this book is!
“You deserve for me to be gentle,” I tell her, adrenaline rushing through my veins, quivering my muscles. “I can’t be gentle.” “You know that’s not what I want,” is her reply.
The overall storyline is more than just an erotic romance, it’s shrouded in drama and mystery. The plot went deeper than the two main characters finding love…it was about political overtaking, kidnapping, blackmail, and loads of corruption. This book had me hooked from page one and I devoured. Stacey Kennedy left me wanting more!!
About the Author:
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USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than 30 romances, including titles in her wildly hot Club Sin, Dirty Little Secrets, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love…in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems. To keep in touch with Stacey, get updates right to your inbox at http://www.staceykennedy.com/newsletter/.