Series: Club Sin #3.5
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Published by Random House
Reviewed by Jo
Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny. Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.
Mary Schmidt is a woman of many hats; she is a caring doctor, a mother with adult children, a lonely submissive, and a woman who lost the man she loves and her Dom. Mary lived the lifestyle that gave her and Charles so much love for many years, but since Charles died of cancer, Mary just can’t bring herself to try and find another Dom. Mary has spent several years now living her life, but she is missing that huge part of her life which was entitled ‘bdsm’.
Elliott Foster is a business man who knows what he wants and how to get it. Elliott is also a Dom who never really found the submissive that he knew would be the one. Among his many business investments is working with Dimitri, the president of a casino in Vegas and a much younger Dom. Then one night, while eating dinner with Dimitri and his submissive, Elliott meets Mary and feels a tingle that makes him know she could be someone special.
Mary is surprised at how she felt anything when she met Elliott and how much his type of control and giving orders reminded her of Charles. Even more surprising is the invitation that Elliott dared Mary to accept—a night at his invitation-only bdsm night for the mature crowd. Accepting that dare will put Mary in a place she never thought to be again, which is a submissive under a Dom’s control. Elliott learns quickly that Mary is a very special submissive and woman and learns just as fast that she is still mourning her deceased husband. Elliott tries to help Mary and instead of coming closer together, they seem to fall farther apart. But fate isn’t about to be denied and, once again, Mary and Elliott have a chance to find that special relationship that Dom’s and their submissives have. But only if Mary can find a way to let go of the past and accept a new love in her future. With Elliot’s loving guidance, Mary discovers that love, be it older or newer, is all accepting if you give it a chance.
A second chance at love is usually more than most people can hope for, but for one special doctor, it is right in front of her if she can just accept it. Mary and Elliott have many hurdles to overcome in Freed. I was so happy to see that Mary was going to get a happy ending. I wasn’t sure what type of man would have the patience and strength to help Mary get on with living, but Elliott was just that man. I loved watching him gently help Mary embrace a future in a new relationship, while not losing the many memories of her first love. Mary and Elliott’s story was so amazing in that it showed just because you were no longer in your twenties or thirties, you could still have that tingle when love is discovered. There are so few books where both the characters are mature professionals that make me fall into them and become believable, and yet Ms. Kennedy did just that in Mary and Elliott’s story. If that wasn’t enough, she also put them into the unique lifestyle of bdsm and again made it believable that this was a lifestyle that both had lived in for many years. Freed is one of the ultimate mature love stories with two characters that will make you love them while following their path towards a future filled with play and passion.