Release Blitz and Rachel's Review: Secrets by Claire Thompson

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By Claire Thompson


Secrets protect…but they also destroy. 

Allie Swift has a secret—one that has kept her from finding a Dom willing to take her where she longs to go, far beyond the slap-and-tickle approach of BDSM-lite, into the deep reaches of true sadomasochism. 

When she meets Liam on a BDSM personals site, she senses he’s different from the Doms she has been with before. His darkly compelling nature speaks directly to her submissive heart.

Liam Byrne had it all—a great career, a hot body, and a submissive fiancée.  That is, until a year ago when a head-on collision with a drunk driver shattered not only his leg, but also his life. Now Liam harbors an ominous secret, one that’s tearing him apart and causing him to hold the world, including Allie Swift, at arm’s length.

As the intensity of their D/s exploration increases, Liam and Allie must confront their fears. Together they must decide if the bond they share is strong enough to survive bringing their secrets to light.

Secrets is the first novel in Claire Thompson’s new edgy BDSM romance series: BDSM Connections. Prepare for a powerful, emotional experience.

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The rope around Allies wrists was tight, her arms pulled taut and secured to the headboard. His hard body covered hers, his cock pummeling insistently inside her. The foreplay had been, if not quite as intense as she liked, certainly spicy, with plenty of spanking, nipple torture, clit teasing and even a good, thuddy flogging. 

He had almost, though not quite, sent her flying as the whip licked and kissed her skin, the intensity increasing as he got more and more excited. Yes, yes, yes, yes, shed silently shouted as the pain edged in that magical way toward something powerful and sublime. 

Allie had only experienced that kind of pure, ecstatic release that comes from handling, overcoming and finally embracing erotic pain once or twice in the scene, but it had been enough to keep her coming back for more. 

Hed quit just before the miracle, though hed seemed entirely unaware of what hed done, or rather, failed to do, and Allie hadnt told him. In her mind, if you had to tell them, then the connection wasnt there, no matter how much you wished it could be.

I own you. He thrust hard inside her. She shifted, trying to find a better angle. He took that as a positive sign. Yeah, thats it, Im going to make you come so hard, babe. You belong to me.  I am your Master, to do with as I will.

Okay, so hed been reading too many bad erotic novels, or, more likely watching too much lousy BDSM porn online, but at least he was trying. The guy was sincere, if a little overbearing, and he appeared to be nearly as into her as he was into himself. 

He pounded away, his breath rasping in his throat, his heart thumping beneath his sweat-slicked skin. His stroke was good now, tapping at her sweet spot from the inside out. Maybe, just maybe, it would be enough?

Come on, slave girl, he gasped. I can feel it—youre almost there. No one can resist Master Gene. Come for me. I order you to come. He swiveled and thrust, urgency radiating from him like heat. Do it. Now.

Give him what he wants. You can do it. Meg Ryan has nothing on you. 

Allie moaned and arched her hips upward. She began to pant. Oh, oh, oh, oh! Yes, yes, yes! She shuddered and stiffened, gripping him hard with her thighs. She squinted through slitted eyelids to peer at his face looming over hers. His eyes were squeezed shut, his head thrown back, the tendons on his neck distended as he hammered her into the mattress. She continued to sigh and moan in syncopated rhythm to his orgasmic cries.

Finally he lay still, the steady beat of his heart against hers the only sign of life. He was heavy and limp on top of her. The tip of Allies nose was itchy and her right calf was cramping. She longed to shove him off her. She wished fervently the ropes around her now chafed wrists would miraculously evaporate. She desperately needed a shower and a cold drink, preferably something eighty proof

Allie closed her eyes and uttered a small, silent wish: disappear
It didnt work.

Finally he lifted himself on his elbows and peered down into her face. Hey, you. You alive? I told you Id make you come. Master Gene knows how to treat a sub girl, huh? He grinned, the pride evident on his handsome face. 

Allie smiled back and sighed, letting him interpret the sound as she knew he would. Oh, yeah, she breathed. Thank you, Sir.

Youre welcome, sub girl.

 I read No Safeword by Claire Thompson and freaking LOVED when I saw this pop up for review I couldn't wait to get ahold of it.
The opening?  Great!  It opens in the midst of a BDSM scene for Allie and some Master Gene she's trying on for size.
We get to meet Allie mostly through Lauren and their girl talks. We find out what it is Allie is looking for, what she has and hasn't found out there. Fate leads her to a website that could change her life.
Liam Byrne...OK, just the name inspires total sexiness, no?  And the descriptors?  Yummalicious.  It's ok that he's scarred, doesn't feel whole. We can help, eh ladies?
Claire's characters are wonderful, full of life, vigor, fears, passion, hope, love. And she writes their story line SO well. Her incorporation of BDSM into a love story is awesome.  It's not like you're reading all about sex, and it's not that love story you'd let your teenage daughters read. It's simply perfect.
I love how Allie has issues connecting. I love the fact she hasn't really experienced that orgasm of the love makes her so real, because yes, there are tons of us out there...just like her.  Add in her inner dialogue, even her dialogue with Liam while in the midst of draining scenes and she IS SO FREAKING REAL.  And Liam, he is what so many of us are searching for...the perfect book boyfriend...well, let me rephrase, the perfect book Dom.
This was a great read, loved the story, the characters. The whole book just resonated really well with me.  The lessons of trust, great ones to learn.
Definitely can't wait for this series to continue! and I've gotta go pick up HUNTED...that should be my next read. LOL

5 Stars

Meet the Author

Claire has been writing for nearly two decades and has published over 70 novels. She write BDSM romance and non-con abduction tales, spanning both m/f and mm/genres. 

She has received numerous awards for her bestselling work, including the 2010 NLA-Int’l Pauline Réage Award for best BDSM fiction.Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of
sadomasochism. Ultimately her work deals with the human condition, and our constraint search for love and intensity of experience.

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By Claire Thompson

“Your former life is over. Your apartment will be emptied, your car disposed of, your life erased. You are now the property of Pirate Island, to be used and enjoyed as we see fit. Your life is quite literally in our hands.”

Mara Stevens jumps at the chance for a job at a new premier resort on the North Carolina coast. All she has to do is fly out to the private island and get through one more interview. Unfortunately, what should be a shiny new career opportunity turns into a living nightmare.

Upon landing, she learns the truth. She’s been taken to serve as a plaything to the owners and their chosen guests—high-powered, dangerous men who see her as nothing more than their sexual toy to use and abuse at their whim.

With no escape possible, Mara is forced to submit to the training and discipline of a sadistic taskmaster—or suffer the consequences. Good girls are rewarded; bad girls are punished—severely. Deep into her harrowing journey of forced sexual servitude and submission, Mara becomes prey for The Hunt. Naked and alone, Mara must summon all her courage and cunning, drawing on the indomitable spirit that still secretly burns inside her.

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¸.•No Safeword
By Claire Thompson

“My safeword,” she said hurriedly. “We forgot to discuss my safeword.”
“This isn’t some amateur scene at a BDSM club. There’s no negotiation. There is no safeword. You signed that away when you joined The Enclave.”

Jaime Shepard fantasizes about being bound in chains—her heart, body and soul the possession of a Master who won’t hesitate to take what he wants. Unfortunately, exploring dreams of sensual submission has taken a backseat to the daily grind of life, yet she never feels more alive, more vital, more herself than when engaging in a scene at one of the local BDSM clubs.

When the sexy, mysterious owner of Asheville’s premiere underground BDSM club makes Jaime the offer of a lifetime, she jumps at the chance to experience The Enclave, a secluded community dedicated to the passionate realization of a 24/7 BDSM lifestyle. Against the backdrop of a luxurious mountain resort, Jaime’s rigorous, full-immersion indoctrination begins. Erotic discipline and intensive slave training push Jaime to the very limits of her boundaries and force her to reach deep inside to discover the grace and inner strength necessary for true submission.

One thing she isn’t seeking is love—but it might find her just the same.

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