REVIEW: Leather & Lace by Samantha A. Cole Was Everything I Didn’t Know I Was Looking For in a Romance

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Title:  Leather & Lace
Author:  Samantha A. Cole

Series:  Trident Security #1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Publication Date:  April 21, 2015

Synopsis

How does a “vanilla” woman write a BDSM novel? With hands-on research!

Kristen needs inspiration and first-hand experience for a sequel to her unexpected and kinky bestseller. Devon, an ex-Navy SEAL and private club owner, is all too happy to help.

Soon, a single weekend of hot and dirty sex turns into something more. But while they fight their connection, a killer has Devon in his sights. 

Will they survive with their hearts and lives intact?

Review

One of my goals for 2018 was to try and broaden the horizons of my reading.  For years, I stuck to pretty much the same genres, rarely branching out into other sub genres due to the simple fear of the unknown.  I’m a creature of habit, and I get really comfortable in a place and find it hard to move away from my the norm.  It’s why earlier in the year, I read my first sci fi romance (which I loved, btw), and also why I’ve been working to read more new authors and different romantic tropes.  Throughout this all though, the one thing I’ve been really hesitant to read is BDSM.  The only real experience I have with reading BDSM is the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and there’s been so much controversy surrounding those three books, plus add in the fact that they don’t really contain stellar writing either, and you have a recipe for disaster.  So with that in mind, I stumbled across the Trident Security series when one of the girls I follow on Bookstagram was raving about them.  After reading the synopsis I was hesitant because of the topic and style of romance, but I decided to trust my instincts and give it a try.  And I can now attest to the fact, that it was absolutely worth the effort.  I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue with the series.

Kristen is a romance author, who has moved to the Tampa area after her recent divorce.  She’s working on her second novel featuring a group of Dominants, when she stumbles upon the “Sexy Six Pact” as she dubs Devon and his group of friends and colleagues.  Devon looks eerily like her newest hero, and she finds herself fantasizing about him as a Dom, and using her latest thoughts as inspiration for her new book.  Needless to say, he’s rather shocking to Kristen when she discovers that Devon is actually a Dominant in real life, and part owner of a private sex club.

Devon is a retired Navy SEAL, who owns both the club and a private security firm with his brother and several other men from his SEAL team.  He’s never been the type for a committed relationship, and doesn’t believe that Kristen will be any different.  Devon is sweet, but also intimidating.  His Naval background, plus situations in his past, have closed off some of his emotions and he’s learned to control his feelings through the BDSM lifestyle.  I enjoyed seeing him open up and learn things about himself at the same time that he came to know Kristen.  I thought that their relationship would be much more possessive than it was, and rather than finding it to be a turn off, I really enjoyed how the hero and heroine interacted.

The biggest positive for me in this book, was the suspense and mystery surrounding the story.  At one point, my mouth literally fell open because I absolutely was not excepting things to take the turn that they did, and from that point forward I couldn’t put the book down.

Leather & Lace had just the right amount of humor and suspense to balance the sexual elements and to make it much less a story about BDSM and rather a strong romance with really well developed characters, and an intriguing plot that kept me hooked from page one to the end.  This book wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I originally thought it could be, and it appears to be really well researched.  I’d recommend this one to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense and doesn’t mind it mixed with a little bit of dominance.

4/5 Stars!

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