*I received a free copy of Mine from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Dmitri Pratt is living out his dream. Not only does he own the ultimate playground for the BDSM lifestyle, he’s found a special connection with his deliciously sexy sub, Presley Flynn, the woman who complements him in ways that go far beyond the bedroom. But when an anonymous blackmailer threatens to expose the elite, high-profile members of Club Sin in a notorious tabloid, Dmitri’s perfect world spirals out of control.
Before she met Dmitri, Presley never imagined she would find a Master who could deliver on all her hottest fantasies. Dmitri’s love and his sensual artistry surprise her every day, until he suddenly turns distant and cold. For the first time, Presley wonders where Dmitri’s heart truly lies: with her, or with Club Sin. As the life they’ve built together begins to crumble, Presley can only trust that Dmitri has what it takes—to defend what’s his, and win back the woman he cannot live without.
Mine is the seventh story in the Club Sin series, and this might be one of the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it all that much – not having read the other books in the series. However, I also found Presley to be very insecure and quite naïve, and Dmitri didn’t really seem all that dominant to me.
My Mine review:
I do kind of wish I had read the other Club Sin novels before I got to Mine, but at the same time, I really wanted to read this! A short, sexy romp was what I was looking for, and I didn’t really get that, though. There is a lot going on in Mine, and very little of it has to do with what is happening at Club Sin, or even in Dmitri and Presley’s bedroom. After two years living the BDSM lifestyle, I found some of Presley’s reactions to be quite strange, especially because she didn’t really trust Dmitri 100%.
Dmitri was very upset over a security leak at the club, with photos of several members having been taken without any of them realizing it. Wanting to take every necessary step in order to take care of that problem, as well as his job as the president of Ace casino, he wasn’t really present for Presley. Which to me seemed quite natural, really. Even a married couple know that sometimes, the job has to be done, and in order to do so efficiently there might be less coddling and taking care of personal feelings for a little while. Presley only managed for two days before she decided it was too much, that she needed more respect and love, and so she left while Dmitri was away on business. So on the one hand, she wanted him to take care of her, to be the submissive who needed her dominant at every turn, on the other, she wanted to be treated as a partner, but she didn’t really do much to show that she could be that for him.
The writing in Mine is well done, and I am sure that fans of the series will find this more enjoyable than I did. The past tense in third person perspective worked well, as it showed both Presley’s and Dmitri’s inner thoughts. And I know I will be reading more of Kennedy’s stories in the future, as I think this one was a case of it’s not the book; it’s me.
Some of my favorite Mine quotes:
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. People who visited Las Vegas were typically on the hunt for a wild weekend getaway. Others wanted to spend their nights in a casino. For Dmitri Pratt, Vegas was his home. He enjoyed what Vegas could offer those who visited the city, but he preferred saying, What happens in Club Sin stays in Club Sin.
He knew this situation couldn’t wait, and he hastily reminded himself that his members counted on him to make this right. Shoving away his selfish needs to feel better than he did now, he fastened the other cufflink to his shirt, taking in Ace’s Presidential Suite.
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