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Tiffany Morgan has been in love with Kyle Sinclair since she was ten years old, when he’d turned her over his knee for attempting to swim, but instead nearly drowning, in a raging white water river. Though she’d been furious with him at the time, Tiffany never told her family what Kyle did. Instead, she began trailing after him like an annoying younger sister as she tried to gain his attention.
Now, eleven years later, Kyle, a patrol officer, is finding it much more difficult to maintain his distance from the irresistible and vivacious redhead who continues to invent ingenious ways to attract his interest. Though he dismissed her initial attraction to him as infatuation, as she grew-up, his own feelings of desire and protectiveness deepened. So, despite his constant struggle to resist the spirited little minx’s lures, Kyle has to finally admit that he is losing that battle–badly.
However, when Tiffany’s attention-seeking pranks escalate to the point of endangering her life, Kyle decides it is past time for him to take a much firmer hand to Miss Morgan’s deliciously rounded backside.
Kyle is a firm supporter of law and order, and a man’s rightful dominion over the woman he loves. So, to make sure Tiffany understands and accepts his mastery when it comes to her safety and well-being, Kyle lays down the law, and his hand, with loving firmness. Tiffany will learn to obey him, or else. Especially now that he’s decided she is going to be his wife.
Having read A Dom’s Dilemma yesterday, I was excited when I reread the synopsis forArrested by Love and realized that it was the same Kyle and I was going to get to read his story. The opening scene was priceless and had me hooked on Tiffany’s character almost immediately. That girl was trouble with a capital ‘T’ but the kind that left me laughing at her antics rather than worried about how things could go badly. Although after that first spanking as an adult, you would think Tiffany would have learned to tread more carefully around Kyle, but then how would that have made for an entertaining read?
I enjoyed watching Tiffany make her plays for Kyle’s attention but not nearly as much as when years’ worth of sexual tension finally overrode his control. I really liked that Ms. Blake showed bits and pieces of Kyle’s courting of Tiffany and made it clear that it occurred over several months despite them having known one another since childhood. What I did not enjoy was finding out the collateral damage of Kelly’s scene with Jim at the police station – but that was because of how it affected Tiffany, and Kyle as well. Even though I understood Kyle’s willingness to abide by Tiffany’s father’s wishes, I will admit that I was surprised it took Kyle so long to stop abiding by them especially as they had been working toward what seemed to be a Domestic Discipline relationship. But what broke my heart even as it made me happy was the uncertainty and insecurity Tiffany had to deal with once she and Kyle got back together. Not only did the author provide the couple with a nice resolution, but she also gave Tiffany a new friend from a rather surprising source.
My main complaint and where the story lost my attention was the large portion of the book that overlapped with A Dom’s Dilemma. To be fair, Arrested by Love was released first which means that the scenes are actually from this book and were repeated in A Dom’s Dilemma, but being as I read the books out of order (according to publication dates), I found myself bored through a decent portion of the book as the occasional commentary from Kyle regarding Jim and Kelly’s relationship meant I had to reread multiple scenes so that I could gain more insight into Kyle. Truth be told, as bored as I was with the replay of those scenes, they actually impacted my rating very little. In the end, while I enjoyed Arrested by Love more than A Dom’s Dilemma, I still consider it to be a good and solid 3-star read for me. I do look forward to reading more of Ms. Blake’s writing in the future.
Though A Dom’s Dilemma is Kathryn R. Blake’s first BDSM novel and second spanking romance (a romance where spanking takes a prominent place in the plot), it is not the first book she has written in which the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. To date, all of her heroes are Dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love. However, part of that protectiveness includes the desire for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. In fact, it is something they refuse to tolerate, and will take firm steps to ensure the undesirable behavior is not repeated.
Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys reading and acting in the community and regional theaters. Though a passionate lover of animals, she currently has no three four-legged beasties underfoot. She does, however, own a tank of small, finned entities that say little and eat much.
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