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July 21, 2014

Broken Heroes & Desired by Stacey Kennedy

Desired
Club Sin 3
Stacey Kennedy
July 22, 2014
Loveswept
BDSM-Erotica

Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey are sure to love Desired, USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy’s latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.

Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.


After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves? 


Desired is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. 



Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.


Ever since FSOG exploded, us readers have been bombarded with various BDSM erotica. I must admit, I jumped on the Mommy Porn bandwagon but soon tired of it. The influx of kinky tales assailed me left and right, lots of authors wanted to unseat E.L. James from her throne, confident that they're better writers therefore their work could and would easily be the next FSOG. 

Unfortunately not all BDSM erotica that was released were good even if it's better written. Too much sex for sex and a lot of them followed James' formula which is ironic as a lot of them were quick to critique James' trilogy. 

As for me, I slowly tapered my erotica reads. I grew wise in picking what to read, who wrote it and what it's about. I've read Stacey Kennedy's paranormal work and erotica or not, she has her own brand of sexy that I find effective. So there's no question that I will be behind CLUB SIN and sure enough, none of the books disappointed me.

Now we're on book 3 and DESIRED is going  live tomorrow. I love this series and I want more of it. This is one of the better kink-series out there and it's worth trying. There's a balance between plot, romance, and smex so we're not dealt with soft porn instead we have a beautiful kinky romance. 

By the way, I had the honor of reviewing DESIRED for Romance at Random, you can read my full review here. And today I have Stacey Kennedy, I can't help but ask her if tortured heroes are requirements for writing BDSM. Find out what she has to say about the issue.




First, thank you to the fabulous, Braine, for letting me visit today. Second, no I don’t think it’s a requirement to have a broken character in BDSM erotica, but I do understand the draw to them. I believe we, as women, will often find ourselves wanting to help a person in pain. I think that’s a natural mothering instinct that’s in some of us. It makes us want to reach into a book and make things better for the hero/heroine.

I happen to love quite a few stories that have completely broken characters. I feel more drawn to them and often find myself addicted to them, but I’m also well aware that I wouldn’t want that person in my life. I like life to be a little less complicated, without drama.

That’s why my stories tend to have characters that will have a personal issue they must overcome. As in, they’ve never moved on after a death, or they have an insecurity that’s holding the back. I think most of us that have fallen in love know when you meet a person something in your past might be in the way of being truly happy. That is what I focus on when writing any love story – it’s that sweet joining of hearts where past hurts just don’t matter anymore and a person can be truly free from it all.

Truth is, while I like reading about a broken hero/heroine, I just can’t write anyone who is too broken, because I don’t think it’s a good start to a healthy relationship. I like to think of myself being put into the characters shoes and what I would do if I were them, and if I stood in front of a hero who was entirely broken I know I would never start a relationship with him.

Sure, if he had trust issues or something else to overcome, I could deal with that. But truly broken with issues up to his eyeballs would make me run away…and run away fast! What can I say, I’m a big believer in “healthy relationships”. And I think because I feel so strongly about it, it comes out in my writing.

So, to answer the question, I would say a flat out NO. Just because there is the element of BDSM doesn’t mean the characters must have broken pasts. I would say that in reality most people involved in the BDSM lifestyle are extremely strong and very put together. In fact, their relationships are based on communication and trust, which are the very bones of a healthy relationship. And it’s that which I base CLUB SIN off of – strong and confident individuals who just so happen to love kink and want desperately to find their one true love.

Even though I’m not known to write them, you’ll never hear me complaining about those broken heroes that win our hearts. They can and often do make for an excellent read!







STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy. Today she’s answering this question: In BDSM erotica we often meet characters with a broken past. Is this a requirement in this genre?


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34 comments:

  1. Good to hear this one is standing out in the sea of not so great erotica exploding after Fifty

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    1. So true! FSOG isn't all that great despite it being such a trailblazer at the same time it set some sort of benchmark and some authors got it, others just piggy backed on it. Stacey Gots it!

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  2. The author had some very good points in her guest post. I really enjoyed learning about this series and how much you love it Braine!

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    1. Do you read BDSM? You should give this a whirl ;)

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  3. I loved all the books I read by this author but I didn't know this series I confess, I'm not into erotica as yoy know it but who knows maybe one day.

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    1. Maybe one day...

      Hey there's always PNR erotica!

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  4. I agree, I would think in order to trust your partner you would need to be strong and confident. Great post. Braine I love your new look!

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly!

      Yeah, trust is a big thing for me esp since I have major trust issues. Control freak is more like it LOL

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  5. I love this series, especially Stacey's way of writing BDSM and her characters. If I need to recommend erotica with a BDSM slant, this is always my first example. This guest post only reinforces that. Thanks for the great post, ladies!

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    1. This is the only place I'll say this: STACEY KENNEDY accomplished what Maya Banks failed in her Surrender trilogy.

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    1. Sunday! I'm assuming you're asking about the blog redesign right?

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  7. I'm a totally evil reader and love broken characters to bits, I really do :D Desired sounds like an awesome read.

    And wow, the new look!! Loving the colors, I must say :D

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    1. You should try this series then!

      Glad you liked it :)

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  8. Whoa, first, I like the new look! Second, BDSM is not usually my cuppa, but I like that Ms. Kennedy takes the approach of using healthy characters, I could handle her books.

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    1. Thanks, Heidi!

      There's always a first time for everything. let stacey kennedy hold you hand as you take that first tentative step.

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  9. First of all AHHHH - your blog scared me! Congrats not he new design :-))

    I am so over the BDSM, erotica, sex just to have sex craze and I'm slowly finding my go-to authors in the genre. Glad to hear there's another one to add to my list.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth


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    1. You and me both! Girl, I'm liking you more and more, sounds like we are compatible readers ;)

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  10. Thanks for dropping by everyone -- I'm so glad you all enjoyed the post. I agree, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new design! And thanks so much for all the kind words! Big squishy hugs!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by too, Stacey! I hope our little feature gets the series a few more readers. There's never enough.

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  11. Wonderful guest post.
    Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures

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  12. If you give your stamp of endorsement, I know I'll like this series, Braine. You're right about there being a glut of kink in the market following FSoG and I got tired of the same ol'. I'll be sure to give this series a whirl. :) Thanks for sharing the guest post, too. Yep, I'm a sucker for a broken hero/heroine. But I think you knew that. ;)

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    1. Make sure the hubs is close by, Stacey writes HOT scenes. The kind where she'll make you grab someone ;)

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  13. Whoa! Hello new look! That was such a surprise! lol I've got this series on my tbr pile. So many of yall love it I've really got to find the time. I own them at least! Small steps. lol

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    1. Make them big leaps! You gotta read book 1 soon!

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  14. I love reading erotica that has much more to the story than 'just' sex... and the sex has to be written well, too. I don't want stuff to be either too technical (like anyone could actually think all that much if they were really into what they're doing right then...) and I always have to feel at least a little connection to the characters.
    I am adding this series to my TBR, of course. Because we tend to enjoy the same kind of stories, Braine, and you are always able to put your finger on exactly what works and what doesn't.
    Happy reading!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thanks, Lexxie, I love that compliment. And I agree, too much details can ruin the scene. We just do and feel when we're in the sack, we don't think much, it's all instinct.

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  15. First, I LOVE the new layout! Second, I'm exactly like you. After FSOG I was all about the mommy porn, but I burned out quickly, b/c most of what I found was SEX and no substance. I NEED substance, Braine. This definitely looks like it has substance. Great post!

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    1. Yup, I always say if I want porn I wouldn't read it, I'd watch it. Im glad you like my new look ;)

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  16. I love that her characters don't have to be broken like so many BDSM characters are. Great guest post.

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