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Sweet Restraint

Beth Kery

















Berkley Heat

Release Date:
July 7, 2009

Contemporary Romance
 Romantic Suspense BDSM


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Reviewed by
Natalie S.

Review Posted:
July 2009


Straight as an arrow Shane Dominic doesn’t know what it is about Laura Vasquez but the woman makes him insane.  She always has.  Ever since she left him to marry someone else he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her or stop loving her.  A Special Agent in Chicago, Shane is working on stopping a global theft ring and Laura’s now deceased husband is right in the middle of the case.  Laura knows more than what she is telling and Shane is having none of it.  With kidnapping in mind, he whisks her away to try and get her to confide in him the only way he knows how – between the sheets and up close and personal.  Add in a touch of dominance and Shane firmly believes that Laura will sing like a bird.

If Laura Vasquez has learned one thing in thirteen years of marriage, it is to keep her mouth shut.  The lessons she learned so long ago are still very clear in her mind and no matter what Shane throws at her, there is no way he will ever get any information from her or out of her.  Laura yearns and aches to feel Shane’s strong arms around her but she doesn’t want to be in a cage – she’s had enough of that.  She craves his dominance with a submissive nature that surprises her but she can’t fully commit until she knows the danger is gone. When an unlikely suspect tries to get to her, Laura continues to hold what she knows close to her heart – a move that definitely puts her in mortal danger.

SWEET RESTRAINT will touch some buttons – it touched mine.  I love to savor a well written novel containing D/s and SWEET RESTRAINT has that and so much more.  The question of Shane’s kidnapping Laura in order to get her to talk made me question myself for about fifteen seconds – long enough for me to read Shane’s emotions.  He loved Laura with every ounce of his being, and had for over thirteen years.  She was the other half of his soul and the thought that she was in danger and stubborn to boot, almost sent him over the edge.  He loved roughly, he loved tenderly, but most of all he loved Laura with a passion that was undeniable.  Laura learned the hard way what it meant to love someone so much that it hurt.  She knew firsthand how her feelings for Shane would be construed and she tried to hide them – deep down, however, in her heart of hearts, Laura’s soul cherished Shane Dominic and there was nothing anyone could say or do about it.  Laura was stubborn and I got tickled more than once at how much it made Shane crazy.  He wanted his Laura on a pedestal and she wasn’t about to capitulate. 

In my book, Beth Kery is three for three!  SWEET RESTRAINT joins two strong previous NY print releases, DARING TIME and WICKED BURN, on my keeper shelf.  SWEET RESTRAINT kept me turning the pages, on the edge of my seat, and blushing all at the same time.  I emphatically recommend this highly erotic, emotionally gripping novel. Beth Kery has definitely come into her own as a storyteller and I couldn’t be more excited!



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