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Sweet Restraint

by Beth Kery

Berkley | December 3, 2013 | Mass Market Paperbound

Sweet Restraint is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Desire becomes obsession in an electrifying novel of scandalous secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine and When I’m with You

It’s been thirteen years since Laura suddenly left Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic and he’s never forgotten her—or stopped wondering why she left. Until the murder of a criminal mastermind draws Shane back into Laura’s shadow. He knows this is his last chance to get to the truth about the woman he loves—and he’ll get it any way he can.

Laura’s feelings may still run deep, but she’ll never tell her secrets—even when Shane takes her as his captive to a secluded cabin, and subjects her to his every torturously erotic whim. As her defenses melt away she has no choice but to trust him with the truth —one that will expose them both to a danger closing in like wild fire.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.81 × 4.28 × 0.89 in

Published: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Berkley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425266524

ISBN - 13: 9780425266526

Found in: Romance

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK There was a bit of a plot. The chemistry between the two main characters was OK. It was a quick read that was good but nothing spectacular.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensuous Story Of Reacquainted Lovers At 38 years of age, Shane “Dom” Dominic has climbed rapidly up ranks of the FBI to be ‘Special Agent In Charge’ of ‘Operation Serve and Protect’, an investigation into the largest organized police theft ring in known history. The FBI uncovered evidence that indicates the corruption stretches back at least 10 years and involves senior officers in the Chicago Police Department. Dom is an absolute ‘force of nature’. He is handsome, brilliant, driven and has an innate ability to comprehend people’s motivations and to predict how they would act in a certain set of circumstances. This is one strong, enticing hero and I can say without hesitation that I fell in love with him. Dom is soon to be married to Clarissa, a smart and successful financial analyst, who has been extremely patient with his long hours and obsession with the investigation. Dom, however, is having second thoughts about his marriage to Clarissa who, in the short glimpse we are given of her, is a lovely woman. When Dom was in his twenties he was involved in a short, very intense relationship with Laura Vasquez, a beautiful, very reserved and brilliant artist. Dom had been besotted, head over heels in love with Laura, however it ended in betrayal when she suddenly married Huey Mays, a cop and creepy slimeball ten years her senior. Laura never explained to Dom why she did it. He only knew she left him devastated. He tried hard over the years to extinguish the torch he carried for Laura. However, it continued to smolder and at times burn brightly. Ironically, Huey was the linchpin for the FBI’s continued investigation into the corruption at the Chicago Police Department. He was arrested, jailed and then makes bail. He subsequently commits suicide leaving a note. It is in these unlikely circumstances that Laura and Shane meet again and their explosive passion is rekindled. As a side note, she is one of only three people on the planet that call Dom, ‘Shane’. After 13 years of pent up desire detonates between them resulting in an intense scene of spontaneous lovemaking, Laura refuses to talk or meet with Shane. He then devises and institutes an unorthodox plan to force her to acknowledge her desire for him, trust him and finally divulge her secrets. Shane knows in his bones Laura is a natural sexual submissive. Shane is a sexual dominant who has found satisfaction practicing a BDSM lifestyle over the years. Needless to say, Shane calls off his marriage to Clarissa. Risking all, Shane handcuffs Laura and takes her against her will to a remote cabin in northern Illinois. There, he nurtures her desire for him by making love to her. The scenes at the cabin are emotional, tender and sexually explicit. There is bondage and submission and Laura does respond to Shane in this context. IMHO, the character development in this novel is exemplary; I got to know these two people, felt the pain of their lost love, their frustration and their joy at finally being able to touch and become reacquainted with one another. There is one particularly powerful scene where Laura’s pent up anger bubbles to the surface with such fury she lashes out at Shane. He, in turn, feels remorse and questions his belief that he has done the right thing in essentially kidnapping her. Laura is a very stubborn and private woman. She has dark secrets that she keeps locked deep inside because she feels she must. There were times where I, along with Shane, was very frustrated with this heroine because she cannot give him her trust and refuses to confide in him. However, as the story progresses to its riveting conclusion, I came to understand and respect why she felt she had to keep her secrets so close, literally bricking up a thick wall around herself. Readers are also introduced to Elizabeth and Alex Dominic, Shane’s kind and understanding parents. There is a particularly poignant exchange between Laura and Elizabeth when they are reacquainted after so many years that brought tears to my eyes. Laura’s only living relative is her brother Joey, also a policeman on the force, who plays a pivotal role in the story’s suspense subplot. The antagonist in this story is a cruel, powerful man with a Machiavellian complex who has 35 years of tenure on the Chicago Police Department. Nothing happens in the city without Randall Moody knowing and he manipulates Shane, Laura and the secondary characters of this story, in surprising plot twists and turns. The path to Shane and Laura’s HEA is not an easy one but if you are willing to ride the bumpy road with them, I hope you will find reading their story as emotional and special as I did. I will say, I think if you enjoyed “Wicked Burn”, you will find “Sweet Restraint” equally gratifying. “This time, he'll never let her go.” As a reader, I was relieved he didn’t.
Date published: 2009-07-05

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Sweet Restraint

by Beth Kery

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.81 × 4.28 × 0.89 in

Published: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Berkley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425266524

ISBN - 13: 9780425266526

From the Publisher

Desire becomes obsession in an electrifying novel of scandalous secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine and When I’m with You…

It’s been thirteen years since Laura suddenly left Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic and he’s never forgotten her—or stopped wondering why she left. Until the murder of a criminal mastermind draws Shane back into Laura’s shadow. He knows this is his last chance to get to the truth about the woman he loves—and he’ll get it any way he can.

Laura’s feelings may still run deep, but she’ll never tell her secrets—even when Shane takes her as his captive to a secluded cabin, and subjects her to his every torturously erotic whim. As her defenses melt away she has no choice but to trust him with the truth —one that will expose them both to a danger closing in like wild fire.

About the Author

Beth Kery lives in Chicago where she juggles the demands of her career, her love of the city and the arts, and a busy family life. Her writing today reflects her passion for all of the above.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for national bestselling author Beth Kery Recipient of the All About Romance Reader Poll for Best Erotica

“Wicked good storytelling.”—Jaci Burton

“One of the sexiest, most erotic love stories that I have read in a long time.”—Affair de Coeur

“A sleek, sexy thrill ride.”—Jo Davis, author of Sworn to Protect

“One of the best erotic romances I’ve ever read.”—All About Romance

“Nearly singed my eyebrows.”—Dear Author

“Action and sex and plenty of spins and twists.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

“Intoxicating and exhilarating.”—Fresh Fiction

“Some of the sexiest love scenes I have read this year.”—Romance Junkies

“Scorching hot! I was held spellbound.”—Wild on Books

“Nuclear-grade hot.”—USA Today
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