REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Secured and Free
SERIES: Entwined Book 2
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 236 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues.
Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level.
But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?
For those of you that don’t know the Entwined Dreams series is a kind of spinoff of The Dark Angels series which is a huge favourite of mine. Book 1 was Andrew and Zack’s story and they are the link to my beloved rock stars. Secured and Free was a bit of a surprise (a good one!) as I hadn’t realised it was a ménage – don’t be fooled by that beautiful cover as there are definitely three men involved in this one.
Orion Gordon has been left damaged and feeling incomplete by an abusive Dom who broke his trust and left him scared but yearning for something he is no longer comfortable with. Any time he tries to do anything remotely submissive he safewords from fear causing more frustration for himself. Orion has almost got to the point of walking away from the lifestyle he loves and craves when he meets Marcus and Hunter.
Marcus and Hunter are in love – of that there is no doubt. They are both involved in the BDSM lifestyle but as much as they both try they can’t fully be what the other requires. Their needs and desires are very different and recently they have considered taking on a third person permanently rather than just for the odd nights of play. When they meet Orion it becomes obvious that he may be just what they have been looking for but the path to happiness is painful and difficult and although it’s quickly clear they will gel it doesn’t happen easily.
I love this authors writing. She always gives me characters that I end up being invested in. Her writing is always descriptive and leaves you feeling as though you have visited the places she describes. She has a great sense of fairness that I always feel shines through and I often feel like I have learned something new and important when I finish a story.