The Commitment by S E Lund

This is the sequel to The Agreement. This series has a total of four novels, all of which have already been published

Synopsis

Despite the carefully-worded agreement meant to keep their relationship strictly professional while Kate explored BDSM for an article in her college’s newspaper, Drake and Kate broke their own rules and fell in love.

Now, in the weeks before they leave for Africa, Drake takes Kate more deeply into the D/s lifestyle. In the process, the walls between them continue to crumble as they explore each other physically and emotionally and they fall even more deeply in love. But before they can even leave Manhattan, the past returns unexpectedly to challenge their blossoming relationship.

Is Kate and Drake’s commitment to each other strong enough to stand the test?

By the Amazon Bestselling Romance author S. E. Lund, The Commitment is the much-anticipated sequel to The Agreement,Book 1 of the Unrestrained Series

via Goodreads

Review

This part of Kate and Drake’s story picks up a few weeks after the first book ends. Kate and Drake are starting to explore their relationship a bit more, and Dawn is still being a pain in the butt.

So we finally get to meet Drake’s ex-wife and Kate’s ex-boyfriend. Only to have them cause so many issues for the new couple to deal with. This feels like something that may actually happen.

Of course, this also throws their plans for Africa into way farther in the future. It allows Kate to start working on her art again, but then there’s the whole child with cancer situation. Her father and stepmother are very supportive the whole way through.

Drake’s ex and her husband, well let’s just say that they are terrible people. Honestly why keep it from Drake only to need him to improve the health of said secret and then not allow the child to know. I really don’t like them. They’re just ridiculous.

And Kate finally gets to meet his band members. It’s nice that he’s finally combining the various parts of his life. I’m glad they were able to deal with all the issues that arose and look forward to reading the next one.

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Buttons & Hate by Penelope Sky

This book is my everything and I really have become obsessed. Check out my review for Buttons & Lace before checking this one out. Because, let me tell you, the story only gets crazier from there.

Synopsis

I’m working off my buttons.
But I’m also giving them away.
The more I fall for Crow, the more I want him to do the things that I want. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach.
Everything comes at a price, and quickly the hoard of buttons I worked hard to earn are depleted.

Will this go back and forth forever? Or will someone run out of their buttons first?

-Via Amazon

Review

Oh my god, where to start? I honestly don’t know. But hey here are some of the tweets during my reading of this book

I literally only just started #ButtonsandHate and there’s already drama between the main characters. Like its the first page 😂😂

I love that Crow is the one that says he doesn’t want their relationship to end #ButtonsandHate

Lol she knows exactly which buttons to push with Crow 😂😂😂😂. I love it #ButtonsandHate

So, Pearl now knows why she finds herself in her current situation. Did I mention that I truly don’t like the boyfriend? Yeah, that’s why. Anyway, she’s kind of fallen into a depression. Who wouldn’t after discovering something like that. Crow is giving her some space, but he’s seriously concerned.

So that deal they made with the buttons back in the first book still stands. Only now it’s a different reason for Pearl wanting the buttons. I actually think her reasoning is sound but it makes me think, is this Stockholm’s? I mean seriously, she is basically his prisoner.

Anyway, there’s the whole Cane and revenge situation. Yeah that is a HUGE problem. Like life-and-death huge. Yet, somehow, Pearl manages to forgive him. I actually find their relationship towards the end of the novel really hilarious. But that is still a very complicated relationship.

And then there’s Crow. He’s so complicated! I mean really, he’s just in denial ALOT! Sure I understand why he feels that way. But doesn’t that mean he should be doing more to protect those he loves. Anyway, I was actually so upset by his reaction to Pearl’s confession. Maybe more so than Pearl, if that’s even possible.

All I know is that when this series end, it better have a wedding because really, why go and complicate things so much and not have a wedding.

In case you don’t know, I have a huge obsession with cliffhangers. I literally live for cliffhangers. And this book’s ending has given me the best cliffhanger I’ve read in a while. Like how is Pearl just going to go ahead and do that but Crow not do anything about it!!!

Needless to say, but I really really NEED Buttons & Pain

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Buttons & Lace by Penelope Sky

Oh my god this book was so insane I literally pulled an all-nighter just to read it. Needless to say, I NEED the next book!

Description

I owe him a debt.

A big one.

The payment can’t be settled with money or favors.

He only wants one thing.

Me.

Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he’ll let me go.

He’ll let me walk away.

But I have to earn every single one.

By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I’ve ever known.

** TRIGGER WARNING ** There are some dark and disturbing scenes of abuse and punishment.

-Via Amazon

Review

So this book is one of three and let me tell you it’s kind of intense. Between arms dealers, human trafficking, and other very very despicable topics, this novel is certainly horrifying but somehow it just makes the story enjoyable.

It focuses on Pearl and Crow. Yes those are really the main characters names. And this is one of those novels where one of the characters goes through a horrific experience and somehow ends up finding her true love.

Honestly I had to tweet while reading this because I just had a lot of thoughts about it.

    “Who names a character Lars??? Like ohkay”

“It always amuses me when the main love interest say he doesn’t believe in love. Like hun ya gonna end up marrying the main character”

“Lmao he claims he isn’t impressed by Pearl yet he was distracted by her. Me thinks the sir doth protest too much 😂😂😂”

Those are just some of the tweets I posted tonight while reading.

Anyway back to what you really came for.

The novel starts off with Pearl living with her boyfriend and she describes how the relationship is not what it used to be and whatnot. Said boyfriend has a few portions of dialogue and I already did not like him. Turns out he is a very very very deplorable person than I originally thought.

While on a trip with the aforementioned “boyfriend”, Pearl gets kidnapped and auctioned off. She ends up in the hands of a ruthless man who creates weapons and sells them to the highest bidders. So you can imagine this guy is wealthy. Anyway, yeah he’s a terrible person, truly awful. And that man did a horrible thing to the Barsetti brothers. Which then leads them to kidnap Pearl as part of their plan for revenge.

Things go from bad to worse when Crow becomes fascinated with Pearl. At least in Crow’s opinion. I was actually not surprised when they started a physical relationship. It was bound to happen. Those two were constantly at each others throats. But they had such great chemistry.

Let’s take a moment to discuss Pearl’s character. I don’t think there is one of few female characters that represent how strong women truly are. She is an engineer, so she’s educated and beautiful. She’s also a survivor, lord knows she went through hell while being Bones’ captive. Like it’s seriously very graphic and disturbing. But even after a few months being treated the way she was, she continues to fight for her freedom. And while being Crow Barsetti’s captive, she tries to make the most of her terrible situation. I honestly don’t think I’ve admired a female lead more than Pearl. Well maybe Rose Hathaway but that’s a whole other story

And Crow Barsetti isn’t as bad as he’d like us to believe. In fact, where can I get me one, because literally he heats up this novel more than Jamie Dornan heats up the box offices with Fifty Shades Darker. Maybe I’m exaggerating but seriously Crow is H-O-T! I thought it was odd when he suggested the whole buttons in exchange for her freedom. I mean really just most of their exchanges are actually very amusing.

I have a problem with Crow’s brother. How savage is he really? Is he going to pose a problem for Pearl? Like what’s going to happen in the next two books? And what about Bones. What’s going to happen there? And with Pearl’s horrible boyfriend back in New York? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!!!

Needless to say, I’m officially hooked!

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Drake Unrestrained by S.E. Lund

There isn’t much to say for this novel so let’s just get started.

Synopsis

Drake Morgan, MD, Neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist – Dominant.

He doesn’t do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn’t do breakfast in bed the morning after. He has his surgical slate at New York Presbyterian, he has a charitable foundation providing surgical tools to hospitals in Africa, he has his Brit Invasion cover band, Mersey, and he has his secret life as a Dominant in Manhattan’s BDSM community.

Into bondage, D/s and the occasional dungeon scene, Drake keeps every part of his life separate, the divisions between them neat and tidy. His weeks are filled with surgeries, music and D/s sex, and none of the well-planned and scheduled parts of his life intersect.

That is until Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up.

Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, for Drake is smitten and things are going to get messy…

Drake Restrained is a novella in the Unrestrained Series, which explores the early days of the relationship between Drake and Kate from Drake’s point of view.

-Via Goodreads

Review

So basically this is supposed to be a novella for the Unrestrained Series, but who am I kidding, it can be a whole series all by itself. This is the first book in the Drake series. It’s basically Unrestrained as seen through Drake Morgan’s eyes. Since I have already reviewed it’s counterpart, The Agreement, I won’t bore you with the same details.

It’s actually very entertaining reading Drake and Judge McDermott plot behind Kate’s back. Actually it’s hilarious, but hey that’s just my opinion. And getting to learn more about Drake makes me love him more as a character.

While I did have a slight problem with Drake being a little too pushy, that isn’t my biggest pet peeve with this particular novel. I get that Drake is the older, more educated man that Kate has fallen for, but was it absolutely necessary for the word “for” to be used so continuously? I found it kind of irritating, but that’s just me.

Other than that, I enjoyed this novel and hope you will too.

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The Agreement by S E Lund

Amazon, Amazon, Amazon. The one and only place where I’m likely to find another book series thanks to its Facebook ads.

And on that not…where can I get me a Dr. Drake Morgan, because I’m absolutely obsessed. Such a great story and such funny moments. But hey let’s start.

Description

Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father — a Justice on New York’s Supreme Court with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it’s just research and nothing personal for she can’t afford to become the target of gossip or scandal. She hopes that the carefully worded agreement she writes up will keep her relationship with the Dominant she will interview strictly professional.

Then ‘Master D’ – Drake Morgan – walks into the interview and Kate is mortified for not only is he gorgeous, he’s the son of her father’s best and oldest friend…

Drake Morgan, MD, bass player, philanthropist – Dominant. Known as Master ‘D’ in Manhattan’s BDSM Community, Drake must keep the kinky side of his life secret to protect his very successful career as a neurosurgeon. After a heartbreaking divorce, Drake doesn’t do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn’t do breakfast in bed the morning after. He keeps everything in his well-ordered life separate and under his firm control.

Then Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, and no longer under control for Drake is smitten and things are going to get messy…

From Amazon Bestselling Romance author S. E. Lund comes a story of two people who find themselves in each other’s arms. The Agreement will stay with you long after you read the final page.

Review

I really love this book, like really LOVE. There’s drama and romance, but there’s also blackmail and the end of a long relationship.

Kate is so saucy! She’s such a relatable character. I mean, asserting her independence, her curiosity about the BDSM world, her doing something she doesn’t want to just to please her father. Some of these more so than other traits, but she’s an absolute joy to read.

Drake Morgan is such an interesting character, I fell in love with him along with Kate. He’s a little mysterious, but quite entertaining. The man has got determination! And Drake plotting with Kate’s father, those two are sneaky.

While Kate’s father is absolutely fine with Kate and Drake, despite knowing about about his, hmm I guess the best way to put it would be, preferences. Kate’s best friend, on the other hand, is not. Which absolutely is heart-breaking, because, hello what happened to girl power? Although, It wasn’t Kate’s fault. But really, S E Lund? Did a friendship have to be ruined because of a guy, that is not alright at all.

Despite all that, it made it a little suspenseful; would they get caught or not, would they begin an actual relationship or…? I actually love this series. although this is not the first time I’ve read this novel, or series, I enjoyed it like it was the first time I read it. If you decide to read this novel, be prepared for laughter, a few tears and a great read.

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