Saturday, December 13, 2014

Captured Innocence by Kennedy Lane

Title:Captured Innocence
Series:CSA Case Files, 1
Author:Kennedy Layne
Publisher:Kennedy Layne Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F (spanking, anal play, oral sex)
Page Count:391 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
When former Marine, Connor Ortega, was ordered into the offices of Crest Security Agency on a Saturday morning, he didn’t expect the latest case to hit so close to home. A submissive has been murdered in a particularly vicious manner and to bring her killer to justice, he must go undercover. Not hard to do considering he’s already part of the BDSM lifestyle.

Lauren Bailey, a local vendor of bejeweled erotic implements, lives vicariously through her clients due to her fear of bondage. When Connor’s dominant side can’t resist trying to ease her anxieties, she accepts his proposal and agrees to his one stipulation…keep things casual.

When the killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to rethink their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren’s heart?

This was my first time reading author Kennedy Layne and with Captured Innocence the first in her CSA Case Files she has secured a fan.  I was hooked from the very beginning with this tale.  Ms. Layne started with a bang and managed to keep the intensity high even as she wove a wonderful story of love.  Both Connor and Lauren had issue with trust and they had to navigate land mines even as they grew closer in spite of themselves.  I loved that the chemistry between them kept pulling them together against their better judgment.  I thought Ms. Layne did a wonderful job of articulating their desires and their fears.  While this story touched upon bdsm it was just an element of the story.  Ms. Layne managed to make the “lifestyle” almost a character which I found a bit amazing.  I enjoyed learning about Connor and his co-workers.  The respect between them was apparent along with their willingness to support each other with little question.  I also loved that Lauren was a strong female struggling with her fears but not allowing them to define her.  I loved the closeness she had with her sister and the love and support she gained even as she talked through her issues and desires. 
Ms. Layne gave us a story that was well developed and well written.  It was clear, concise and suspenseful.  I loved that it wasn’t obvious early on just “who done it.”  I loved that she combined mystery with love.  I loved that her characters were flawed but willing to learned and grow.  I am so looking forward to reading more from this author.

                                       Five Shooting Stars 

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