Branded Irish

Sara Brookes
Branded Irish
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
March 2015
ISBN
9781623008765
Series
Book 2 of Sinners & Saints
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
She's a genius with biotechnology. He's a sadist in tailored suits. Their business arrangement is about to get personal…in more ways than one.

For workaholic Arden, the vacation to a tropical paradise was supposed to be relaxing. But when a past lover unexpectedly crosses her path, every desire she has been smothering roars to life. When Garvey offers her a lucrative business proposition handling technology that will revolutionize the industry—and change the world—like a moth driven to flame, she can't resist.

One year as president of Riding Irish, and Garvey is struggling to balance the burdens of the motorcycle club, his personal life, and his security firm. Weighed down with responsibilities he is convinced he can't manage, he is near the breaking point. But Arden's reappearance is a perfect distraction. And his second chance with the only woman he ever loved.

When Garvey teaches Arden to turn the pain he gives her into the pleasure she craves, dark desires are awakened. Limits are tested. And the line between play and love starts to blur. Just as they discover how far they're willing to go, a heart-breaking deception is revealed that threatens to extinguish their rekindled passion.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Apr 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
176 people found the following review helpful
When long lost lovers reunite, the heat nearly burns up the ereader in BRANDED IRISH!

Garvey McShea is juggling so many balls that he's not sure which way is up and which is down. The virtual reality program he and his team are working on isn't coming together like he wants, and as president of his motorcycle club, Riding Irish, he's dealing with threats and fundraisers. In a twist of fate, Garvy runs into a former flame from his CIA training days, Arden Everheart, and the years melt away as the two rekindle their romance. Bonus: Arden could possibly be the missing link to help him figure out the VR glitch!

The couple learns to reconcile their early relationship with their current one and finds that the sexual appetites that drew them together all those years ago are even more intense now--his sadist to her masochist. His need to inflict pain and hers to receive it. His to protect and cherish and care for a submissive in the bedroom, her need to be protected and cherished and cared for. With deadly trouble facing Riding Irish and Garvey's willingness to straddle the line of morality with his clients, the two of them will have some obstacles to face down before they get their HEA.

BRANDED IRISH is the second offering in the Sinners & Saints series and can be read as a stand alone. This series has a darker erotic side than a lot of the BDSM-leaning books out there, and while the more extreme S&M aspects don't appeal to me (think knife play and major tissue bruising), they are nonetheless fascinating for their taboo nature and wicked display of sexuality.

Both MC's were not what they seemed at first glance. They both had so many different facets that it was almost hard to reconcile former top CIA operatives with the tech genius--one who runs a badass motorcycle club and is a sadist, the other who works from home in Betty Page pumps and is a masochist. At times it almost felt that none of those sides of the characters could be fully developed independently since all aspects were integral parts of the plot.

But, as a love story, BRANDED IRISH was well written with an underlying sense of tension that I appreciated. While the sex scenes didn't do much for me personally since they were so much more extreme than I prefer, they were so well written that I could appreciate the raw, animalistic encounters anyway. Their love was strong and all-consuming and I would love to just be a bystander to their passion. I will absolutely be looking for the next in this sexy and emotionally brilliant series.

Bottom Line: While this is a stand alone, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. It's a magnificent series that will make you believe in the power of love.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
May 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
Ms. Brookes is quickly becoming my go-to author for techie BDSM erotic. BRANDED IRISH is a stimulating mating dance between two highly functioning intellectuals. Whilst the physical sex is delicious, it's their mental foreplay which is erotically deviant.

Arden is a woman who loves her job and is glad to be away from "The Company". When she bumps into a former colleague from the CIA, she renews their friendship with misgivings. Garvey used to work for the government and now he owns his own technology company. On top of this, he's a president of a motorcycle club.

Ms. Brookes is a mad scientist author who concocts a story with bikers, intelligence agencies, BDSM and speculative robotic technology. How she brings it all together, I have no idea. All I know is that it works and it works well. The second in this series is just as enjoyable as the reader is treated to great world building, engaging characters and hawt kinky sex. This story is smooth from beginning to end. The end is a little fast in the resolution and a bit of a stretch when the rest of the book is realistic and plausible.

Ms. Brookes writes great scenes and infuses it with eye catching dialog. This makes the book enjoyable to read and sometimes, a reader may spontaneously burst out laughing.

"Barely said a word through the members meeting, and you're the fucking president. Now suddenly you're grinning like you tripped face-first into some choice pussy." (pg. 34)

This is vivid imagery and not only does it cause a reader's eye to pop a bit, it may raise a few questions. Such as, where are pussies lying around for a person to trip face-first into? And what exactly determines choice pussy? Are there grades to pussy, similar to meat grade? Like Grade A Prime meat?

When vivid dialogues are included in sexual banter, Ms. Brookes definitely turns up the heat.

"Then stay and enjoy a day in hell." [Arden]

"As delightful as that sounds, I do have to attend these meetings. And…" He [Garvey] gave in to the desire storming through him, dragging his tongue against her neck to luxuriate in her flavor.

"When I do finally get inside you, I will not be rushed. Because when I do eventually fuck you, you will be restrained. Ass burning from the lashes of my belt or my hand. Legs spread wide. Your swollen cunt on full display. And after I've hurt you, after I've feasted on you, only then will I fuck you."

He backed away until he'd put the length of the bathroom between them. "Enjoy your shower." (pg. 81)

All thoughts just leaked out of my head. The only thing I can focus on is this explicit detail of what Garvey will do to Arden. Ladies, copy this little piece out and provide it to your lover for inspiration because this script is pussy-wetting material. This is just one of the erotic tidbit Ms. Brookes treats her readers. This kinky erotica is recommended to sapiosexuals who love smart bad boys on motorcycles.
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