Hearts in Chains

Wounded is the first book in The Hearts in Chains series by Cheyenne McCray aka Jaymie Holland. Amanda Lassiter joins a friend at a BDSM resort in Sedona Arizona. Cavern Creek Resort is an exclusive resort designed for intense BDSM play. Amanda meets Master Neill upon entering the resort. She tests all of his self-control. By the end of the day, he bids on her so no one else can have her. Each test each other in ways neither expected. At the end of one week Amanda is falling in love with Master Neill but at the end of an intense scene has Amanda’s trust broken?

Amanda is a writer that edits for other authors as well. She uses an alternative identity to write under to protect her privacy. So when she is asked at the resort she keeps her real job a secret because who wants to be blackmailed? She is a strong woman who wants to learn about BDSM and the feeling it invokes inside. She also has wounds that time has not healed.

Master Neill has his own wounds that he does not want to talk about. He is attracted to Amanda in ways that he does not expect and the more time he spends with her the more attracted he is to her. He is a good Dom because he pushes her boundaries right up until the day he breaks her trust in him. He did that so she would leave him. What I wonder is if he did not find out about her occupation would he have pursed her?

The chemistry between Master Neill and Amanda is sizzling hot. The sex scenes were hot and spicy. They fell in love with each other immediately. These two make a great pair as soon as they learn to talk to each other more.

Overall, I loved this book. I found it interesting and had a hard time putting it down. The secondary characters were interesting even though we did not see many of them for long. I wonder what other stories will come out of this resort? I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Book Blurb for Wounded

Having discovered an attraction to dominance and submission, Amanda Lassiter joins a friend on a trip to a secluded resort in Sedona, Arizona. Cavern Creek Resort caters to an exclusive Dominant clientele, by-invitation-only submissives, and intense BDSM play.

From the first moment Master Neill meets Amanda, she intrigues him but also tests every last bit of his self-control. One thing Neill never does is lose control. With work obligations on his mind, Neill thought to allow Amanda to be chosen by another Dom at the resort’s welcome night auction, but once again Neill loses precious control and bids on her. No one will have Amanda but him.

Guiding Amanda through her first BDSM experiences tests Neill’s body and mind. Gradually, Neill shapes the submissive Amanda was born to be while drawing out the wounds that she keeps buried deep inside. More than her submission, he wants to heal her wounds and make her whole again.

Conversely, Neill knows that his own wounds will never heal—he is much too scarred from his experiences. The only love or care he ever knew died along with his parents when he was a child. As an adult he can’t comprehend what a loving relationship could be like and only his control keeps him sane. But Amanda weakens his control and makes him think that he might just be capable of loving someone.

Even though she has only one week with him, Amanda knows she is falling in love with Master Neill. She hopes he can come to care for her in the same way but is her willing submission and love enough to heal him?

During an intense scene, with Master Neill’s control slipping through his fingers, he betrays the only woman he ever knew he could love. With Amanda’s trust in Master Neill broken, can she ever forget his actions and forgive him? Or is their love lost forever?

Jaymie Holland is Cheyenne McCray’s ultra-erotic alter ego!

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2013 4.00