5* Review Collared By The Cowboy Susan Arden

Collared By The Cowboy is the latest in Susan Arden’s Bad Boys series and deals with the darker side of relationships and addiction.  Here’s what it’s about. Please note the disclaimer below:

The following story is intended for an adult audience and contains mature themes, strong language including graphically detailed sex, violence, and drug use portrayed in a fictional setting.

The room at the end of the hall in Spurs & Leather, a private club in Paris hasn’t seen any action of late. Brandon as head Dom locked the doors after his last lover burned him good. Diving into his work at Evermore Ranch, he’s got his hands filled with taming wild horses until a red-leather wearing woman crosses his path. Tempted back into the saddle, he sets his sights on taming a different type of filly…one with a sassy little mouth, a mind of her own, and hot body that won’t quit. He’s got the goods, if she willing to let him take the lead both in and out of bed.

Last semester of grad school and all Mia needs is a stellar thesis that will skyrocket her chances of landing a therapist job somewhere far, far away from small towns and small minds. Case studies in female sexuality sure as hell aren’t the ticket out of Texas and Mia sets her sights on learning all she can about why women enjoy being dominated–thank you fifty shades of I’m out of here by May! Undercover, she enters the secretive BDSM world within a club known to offer decadent delights. With one minor SNAFU: she becomes the target of the head Dom, a man with a reputation of equal parts bark and bite. When the door marked no is thrown open by one commanding cowboy, Mia can’t resist temptation waiting on the other side.

Now, Mia is wearing Brandon’s collar, calling him Sir, and loving every minute of being dominated by her powerful lover. Yet Mia can’t have her cake and eat it too. Torn, she must decide if her future involves walking away from Brandon when her heart is telling her to stay, stay, stay.

My Review

 Collared by the CowboyThe latest story in Susan Arden’ s Bad Boys series is the darkest she has written. This book is an adult read and not for those who are easily shocked but that said it is a compelling story full of heat and emotion.

Brandon leads a double life. He breeds and trains horses on the Evermore Ranch but also part owns a sex club. His shadow life lets him be his true self the one he hides from his close-knit family but lately being one of the club’s Dom’s hasn’t gone to plan.

Mia wants to escape from being her father’s princess. She needs her grad school degree to do it. First she has to complete her thesis and carrying out research at a sex club is a necessary evil.

After a stormy first meeting full of heat and misunderstanding Brandon insists he is the only one to show Mia what happens in the club. He longs to tame her but will she cede to his dominance ? After visually sampling some of the club’s activities Mia is intrigued but can she objectively carry out her research given her magnetic attraction to Brandon. In the name of science Mia agrees to wear Brandon’s collar but there is fine line between observing and participation and her emotions make it hard not to cross the line.

The ethos of the club and the roles played within its inner sanctum are absorbing. Shocking and graphic but like a horror movie you have to read what happens next even if it’s through half closed eyes. The antagonist’s actions demonstrate the evils of drug abuse in a thoughtful believable way.

The McLemore’s enhance the story with cameo appearances and soften its gritty edges with their understanding and support of Brandon and Mia. Selma and Esme the twins are also important characters used cleverly to show Mia’s skill and Brandon’s softer side and illustrate the vulnerability of girls and women.

Collared by the Cowboy combines a deeply emotional love story, the light in a dark world full of abuse and desperation. A must read for all fans of erotica and erotic romance.

Collared by the Cowboy by Susan Arden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Collared by the Cowboy
Susan Arden

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