Book: Secured and Free
Series: Entwined Dreams #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover art: Art by K-Koji
Cover artist: Paul Richmond
Publication date: May 26, 2017
Length: 226 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues.
Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level.
But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?
I love me some BDSM! I hadn’t read Z. Allora until now so I was super excited. I’ve heard amazing things about this author and eager is what I was to start this. Now, this is book 2 of the Entwined Series. I never read book one and I will say without a doubt this is a standalone. Though there’s mention of the couple before this book I wasn’t lost and didn’t feel like I was missing something.
With BDSM books there’s the worry that so much will go unmentioned, rules won’t apply, or the author didn’t do proper research. With Secured and Free that is not the case. If anything I felt like Z. Allora was hammering it in. The rules and what happens to subs when rules aren’t followed.
Abuse in the BDSM community happens and in this we see Orion, a sub who was abused by a Dom, trying to heal. He wants to give up on BDSM because he can’t untie the permanent restraints he feels imprison him. Of course Orion never expected not one but two amazing guys to come into his life.
Marcus and Hunter are in an established relationship when this opens. Clearly, they love each other but they can’t give each other what they need. Marcus wants a third and until that happens they have an open relationship. Who would have thought that Orion would be the one to save them and together make them stronger.
I loved the growth of this story. I also loved how the author didn’t skimp on the facts, rules, and at times clinical conversations and scenes.
If you’re a fan of BDSM you’ll love this. I will happily be reading more from this author.
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