Morgan Ashbury
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
January 2011
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

Bethany asks Jordan Fitzpatrick, owner of Reckless Abandon, to find her a Master, agreeing to accept his choice. But never would she have guessed that he'd choose young hard-body Jonathan Steele. Fifteen years her junior and a friend for years, Jonathan soon lets her know, in no uncertain terms, that he is coming for her one way or another.

Jonathan's sights are on Beth, and though she readily accepts her true sub nature, he knows he's in for a struggle. Beth has been taught by her late husband that she can only depend on herself--a lesson that will be a challenge for Jonathan to undo.

With the help of best friend Peter Hamilton and the atmosphere of the city's premier BDSM Club, Reckless Abandon, Jonathan knows it's a challenge well worth meeting. The only uncertainty is whether or not he can get Beth to completely surrender to him before another does her harm.

A Siren Erotic Romance

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Feb 16, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
188 people found the following review helpful
What's better than a strong, virile man who is Dominant and loving? Try two men who fit that bill. Are you intrigued yet? Well, you should be because SHACKLED is a red-hot read with love, hot men, and mild BDSM. It is sensual and sweet and extremely erotic all at the same time.

Bethany is ready to start a new life. Widowed after being married to an verbally abusive and destructive man for 25 years, she's ready to explore the feelings that she suspects she's had her whole life. So when she asks, Jordan, the owner of the exclusive BDSM club Reckless Abandon, to find her a Master, she had no idea how drastically her life was about to change.

Jonathan has been in love with Bethany for a long time, so when Beth comes into Reckless Abandon, he knows that he's going to claim her. She's always had to be so in control, so he's going to have to work hard to get her to submit. Between him and his best friend, Peter, another Dom, he may just be able to do that. But after a night of the three of them together, they realize they all want it forever.

There were so many wonderful things about this book. Bethany is a fantastic heroine. She's 48, and she's been in a horrible marriage for 25 years. But through reading erotic romances, she finds that BDSM intrigues her (I love that!). She's always been in control of everything because she had to be, so she's not certain she can let go of it. Submitting to Jonathan awakens something in her, and watching her transform was amazing.

Then Jonathan...YUM. Sexy, Dominant and wildly in love with Beth. I love that the two of them have this history together, and it's one that had nothing to do with sex. Jonathan is 15 years younger than Beth. It's mentioned a couple of times in the book, but I like the way that it's handled. It's not this big Cougar/cub type thing. It's just the way it happens to be. Then there is Peter, Jonathan's best friend. He's brought in towards the end of the book, but when they come The three of them are hot together.

There's a great story along with all this steamy sex. Beth is coming into her own after living with a man who stripped her of all self-worth. Jonathan's patience and understanding allows her to come out of her shell. The BDSM aspect of the book was light with some paddling, some bondage, and Dominance/submission, but it was nothing severe or heavy.

There was only one thing that kept me from giving the book a higher rating: the sub-plot involving one of Beth's family members. It wasn't very suspenseful, and I felt it detracted a bit from the great story that the author was telling. I felt as though it could have been developed a bit more and been great, but as it was, I didn't feel that it was needed in the story or added anything to it.

Otherwise, I felt that it was a fantastic read, with a great story of love and getting the life you want after years of dealing with the life you had. The HEA was loving and sweet and wrapped the story up nicely.

Let me note that this book is loosely tied to Reckless Abandon and Brazen Seduction as they center around the club Reckless Abandon. However, you do not need to read those other two stories to enjoy SHACKLED.
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