Thursday, November 20, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Shattered Trust by Lynda Bailey

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Book Title: Shattered Trust 
Author: Lynda Bailey 
Genre: Erotica/BDSM Romance 
Release Date: August 2014 


Learning to love is the easy part…

As a young woman, Kate Landry trusted the wrong man, and she paid dearly for her naiveté. Alone, pregnant and destitute, she survived by the sheer force of her will. Now forty-two, Kate has made a good living for herself and her daughter as the owner of the Bluebird Saloon. But she’s forgotten how to live. That is until he comes into her bar…

Liam St. James loved a girl once. And only once. After an accident paralyzed her, she didn’t trust he would continue to love her. Brokenhearted, Liam left and soon discovered a world where women did trust him—to be their sexual Dominant. He plays out the scenes masterfully, but the unexpected request from the stoic bar owner will pose his greatest challenge yet…

Kate and Liam embark on a journey to uncover repressed urges and, in the process, they discover new desires. They also fall in love with one another. But when you’ve been shattered as badly as they have by mistrust, deceit and abuse, loving is easy. Trusting is harder, if not impossible, especially when the heart is involved…

Shattered Trust is a BDSM romance. It contains explicit language and graphic love scenes, including bondage, domination, spanking, whipping and multiple partners. It is intended for mature readers only.

For years—years—she’d fought her internal opinion that she was a slut. A whore. She wasn’t. She was a good person. A person worthy of love and respect.
But was she? Stripping for Liam, a man she barely knew, didn’t classify her as admirable. Tears filled her eyes. She wrapped her arms across her breasts, her head bowed.
“Why did you stop?” Liam’s question echoed in the quiet room.
“I…I can’t do this.”
“Why not?”
She sniffled. “I just can’t.”
“That’s the answer a child would give.” Censure hardened his voice. “Look at me.”
Shuffling her feet, she turned.
He sat forward in the chair, his elbows braced on his knees. Tension crackled the air as his reproachful gaze bore into hers. She shook so hard, it was a wonder she stayed standing.
“Part of your problem is that you’re thinking too much.” His words stung like ice chips. “It’s not your job to think, but to do. To do as I say. I’m here because of you. If you want this to stop, if you don’t trust me, you know what to say. I’ll leave and we’ll be done. Otherwise, uncross your arms and continue.”
Fear clutched her heart. Fear of continuing? No. Fear that all…this would end. She’d only just begun…could she so easily abandon her pursuit for some semblance of normalcy in her life? Or was she prepared to spend the rest of her days alone?
Like dead weight, her arms fell to her sides.

This book is packed with emotions, and not all of them are good. You can't help but to feel sympathetic towards Kate for all that she's endured in her life, yet you want to applaud her because she's stronger than she thinks and was able to make a life for not only her but her daughter as well. But with her early experiences, Kate has sworn off any type of romantic relationship. Of course, things slowly start to change once Kate has met Liam, the new bartender at her saloon. Somehow Liam manages to both unnerve her, yet she is still drawn to him, as much as she doesn't want to admit it.

Liam also has his own tragic past, and while it is sad, it's not nearly as bad as what Kate endured. He is definitely a likeable character, as it was shown throughout the book by how he was accepted by the town's residents. I just wish that we could have gotten a bit more on his back story, essentially what we know is pretty much detailed in the book's blurb.

But they both have great chemistry together, and Liam was especially patient with Kate as he learned more about what happened to her. This book is not short on angst, but it's not so overly done as to be ridiculously unbelievable, and it all ties up at the end. But I will say this: wait until you meet Kate's father. That dude is seven tacos shy of a combo plate.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.

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Meet the Author

Lynda has always loved stories, especially romances. For her the only thing better than reading a romance is writing one. That and drinking red wine while eating dark chocolate. Her romances are full of passion, with heat levels that range from hot to sizzling! She’s proud to have been a 2010 finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart®. Please join Lynda for laughter and love, and where the good guys always win in the end. Lynda lives in Reno with her husband of thirty+ years and their two pampered pooches.

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