ARC: Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

Restrained Under His Duty is a pulse-pounding romantic suspense tale with some kinky times on the side. I read through this one fast!

31295309Ryder has been the chief of security for California’s senator for many years, and when the tabloids start to link Ryder and the senator’s daughter, Hadley, he’s on a quest to find out the culprit of the gossip. But with hackers and political maneuvering, he’s pulled tight. The last thing he needs is his relationship with Hadley to become more than gossip in the rags. But he’s helpless to resist her.

Hadley becomes the victim of blackmail, and the only guy she relies on is Ryder. It brings them close together and soon, their making the gossip a reality. Hadley won’t have it any other way. The man finally sees her. But when enemies strike, it’s all-hands-on-deck. Can they be more with Ryder’s loyalty stretched? Or will it be too much for them both?

The suspense and nail-biting action in this story is ridiculously on point. One thing after another after another, and I was riveted to the action. The first scene has the conflict in full-gear. Ryder confronts Hadley about a picture he received—one where she’s wrapped in bondage—and Hadley is the one on the prowl for Ryder. Hadley’s been dropping hints, but Ryder has such a loyalty to his character. He’s looked after and protected the senator for many years, and he doesn’t want to complicate anything. Hadley weasels into his view, and I always love seeing a confident alpha break a few of his rules.

But I was also surprised by how playful Ryder is. From the blurb, I got that there was going to be some BDSM in it, and Ryder was part of a group of dominants. I’m used to seeing Doms cast as alpha and protective to the core—which Ryder is, no doubt—but he’s also so down-to-earth and funny, a hint of mischief too. It’s a heady combo for Hadley. But don’t expect a lot of this element because there wasn’t. Besides one scene, BDSM doesn’t really play a huge part.

I also enjoyed Hadley who takes everything in stride. She’s been through a lot, and emotionally, she doesn’t let herself feel. She needs Ryder to help make this happen. It wove into the external plot really well and kept me on the edge of my seat. A lot happens in this book. There’s so much intrigue as they try to find out whose behind numerous plot elements. The surprise at the end sent me reeling, and I am dying for the next book in this series.

I highly recommend this one for those who enjoy high action driven romances. I had a darn good time trying to figure out who has these two in his or her cross-hairs. 4.5 stars!

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