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Monday, May 3, 2010

Saddle Broke by Darah Lace

Saddle Broke by Darah Lace
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (98 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Lindsey Baker knows Clay Talbot’s dirty little secret—he likes to watch, he likes to share, and he likes his sex a little on the rough side. So does she. Six years ago he was quick to brush her off for being too young and inexperienced. Now she’s back in small-town Grayson, Texas, determined to show Clay she’s all grown up and knows exactly what she wants—him.

Clay doesn’t play in his own backyard. His dark cravings are better fed at Silver House, a private fetish club where his identity is protected and his privacy respected. And where the women know the score. But Lindsey Baker pushes all the right buttons and he soon finds himself torn between keeping her at the edge of his world and dragging her into it.

Saddle up for a smokin’-hot turn between two cowboys who like a little twist with their ride.

Ever since the day Lindsey got a forbidden glimpse of Clay engaged in a ménage inside his barn years ago, she’s been unable to fantasize about anything else. Clay, however, has other ideas. He likes to watch, and when he does decide to participate, it involves kink that only women in the lifestyle can understand. A chance encounter allows Lindsey to reveal her naughty side, but it takes some pressure and a bit of scheming to get Clay to reveal himself -- and his sexual preferences -- entirely. When that happens, she’ll get all that she desires -- and so will he.

A few words come to mind when I think about Saddle Broke, including hot, sexy, and explosive. Darah Lace writes heat like you wouldn’t believe, but even better, she gives life to characters that are complex and unforgettable. The result is a story that you won’t want to put down from start to finish, even as you’re guzzling down ice water to keep your body temperature regulated along the way.

Lindsey was someone I related to. She wants Clay but knows her desire for kink is her own -- not his. What she discovered in that barn years ago sparked something deep inside, and while uncertain of how deeply her own desires run, she’s willing to explore and test her boundaries. Clay, on the other hand, is very dark and complex. As the story progressed I was eager to learn more about him. I wouldn’t call him noble so much as he is contemplative, especially since an event in the past taught him just how wrong things can go when the person you’re involved with isn’t receptive to your eccentricities.

The material is well-written and-fast paced, and I was pleased that the story contained supporting characters and subplots that added depth to the work. I’m not sure if there will be another story following this one, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’d certainly love to read something in the future about Evan. While Clay is the hero, Evan did manage to steal a scene here and there, and it was more than enough to pique my interest.

Those looking for a scorching hot story with heavy BDSM elements, ménage, and a whole lot of kink will love Saddle Broke. It’s got everything you’re looking for in a solid erotic romance and then some.


Darah Lace said...

Thank you, Fern, for the wonderful review! I'm so happy you enjoyed Saddle Broke and that you liked Clay's complexity and Lindsey's tenacity. I know Evan's story, I just have to figure out the perfect heroine for him. Hopefully soon!

KyAnn said...

excellent review. I loved this story too.


Darah Lace said...

Thanks to everyone who voted Saddle Broke "Book of the Week". You rock!

Lily said...

What a great review, I'm really looking forward to reading this one, Darah.