‘Innocence Defied’ is the third book in the New York series by Lainey Reese. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. Gage is a Dom who is looking for a fulltime sub. He is working in New York due to business. Zoe is the youngest sister to Gage’s best friend who is also in love with Gage as long as she remembers. She manages to have time alone with him to show him she is all grown up. When Gage’s resistance crumbles, Zoe’s dreams come true until her brother discovers them. Now Zoe will have to choose between Gage and her brother. Can she get both?
Zoe is a twenty-year-old woman who is just figuring what she wants in life. The only thing she is sure off is she wants Gage. She effectively put her life on hold because she wants to be what he wants her to be. She has no experience when it comes to relationships and a virgin as well. She is a smart and determined young woman.
Gage is thirteen years older that Zoe, who feels he is too old for her. Gage is a hot and sexy man. When he tries to explain what he wants in bed to scare her away. What happens is not what Gage expects. I really liked that as Zoe came out of her shell Gage started to think they were better suited together.
The chemistry between Gage and Zoe is blistering hot. The sex scenes are hot and spicy. I loved how what Gage wanted in the bedroom did not even intimidate her. I enjoyed the care that Gage took when showing Zoe everything so not to scare her. I liked how open Zoe was to everything Gage was showing her. She did not judge anything or anyone.
I enjoyed the ending a lot. It sends the right message in regards to education and the future. Overall, this was a fabulous story. I will be picking up the other books in the series shortly.
He denies himself nothing…except the woman who means everything.
When business brings him to New York City indefinitely, Gage Hollister is sure that somewhere in this massive city, there must be a woman whose need to be dominated matches his thirst to dominate.
But as his search through the local BDSM clubs drags on, he begins to despair such a woman exists. When he’s asked to chaperone his best friend’s younger sister, who’s on her first solo trip as an adult, he welcomes the distraction.
Zoe Marshall has been in love with Gage forever, and has saved herself for him alone. Now, after careful planning and a bit of luck, she finally has the chance to show him she’s all grown up and ready to be his.
Gage believes himself too old and jaded for an innocent like Zoe, but she is relentless in her innocent seduction, and soon his resistance crumbles. But as their love blooms, reality tackles their dreams. And in the aftermath, the choices they face will strain the bonds of friendship and family. Perhaps beyond repair.
Warning: This book contains graphic language, BDSM elements, M/F/M ménage, a Southern Dom who’s a gentleman; and the woman who brings out his inner scoundrel.