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.
Reviewed by Ashley 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Kate Landry is a single mom and owner of the Bluebird Saloon in Trustworthy, TX. She has not had an easy life but has always risen against her odds and made something of herself. Maintaining so much control over everything in her life, she has forgotten how to actually live.
Liam St. James has been wondering through life after he was left heartbroken. He never stays around long enough for a relationship so he won’t get hurt again. On his travels he ends up at the Bluebird and gets hired as a bartender so he can make some quick money and move on to the next town.
“His sole objective had been to make enough money to get to the next town. To keep running. He hungered to plant roots, deep roots, permanent roots.”
Both Kate and Liam have deep trust issues but will their attraction to one another help them overcome their pasts? Will both learn how to trust one another, or will they be pushed to their limits?
I have to say this was not a typical love story. Kate has had a horrendous past where she was deceived into becoming a submissive and abused. When she found out she was pregnant she ran away only to be turned away from her father and left to survive on her own. I loved how strong of a person she was to not only survive that, but also to come out on top with owning her own business.
In order to help Kate get over her past, Liam shows her how the BDSM lifestyle can be healthy and rewarding. Being an experienced Top, he wants to show Kate that how she was treated before is not the norm and that she was worthy of so much more than she thought.
“He’d make goddamn sure she experienced the best from him. Because that’s what she deserved.”
This is truly a BDSM book, and gives the reader insight as to how the lifestyle really is. Not necessarily all kink but how trust is such a huge factor in the relationship. I did enjoy this book but I felt as though the ending was rushed. I gave this 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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.”
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.
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.
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