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Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey are sure to love Desired, USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy’s latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.
Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.
After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?
Desired is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

269 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 22, 2014

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Stacey Kennedy

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Stacey Kennedy is a USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romances full of heat, heart, and happily ever afters. With over 50 titles published, her books have hit Amazon, B&N, and Apple Books bestseller lists.

Stacey lives with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario—in a city that’s just as charming as any of the small towns she creates. Most days, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or venturing into the forest with her horse, Priya. Stacey’s just as happy curled up indoors, where she writes surrounded by her lazy dogs. She believes that sexy books about hot cowboys or alpha heroes can fix any bad day. But wine and chocolate help too.

Stacey absolutely loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at stacey@staceykennedy.com.

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July 28, 2014
ARC received on behalf of Random House Publishing Group.


Master Kyler enjoys playing at Club Sin, but seeing his friends having everything he wants in and out of the dungeon, ignites a desire within him. He is in complete control of his life, in every aspect. A career as a cop, a Master at Club Sin... all that is missing is the woman that is willing to share it all with him, to be his completely and one that he can give his devotion to.

Ella fled her home and her husband for a new start, working as Aidan's assistant has given her the means to start over. Challenging herself to live each day like it could be her last, Ella is not about to turn down the chance to experience the world that Kyler has offered to her. But accepting it and giving herself over to him completely prove to be two different things.

As Kyler falls deeper, he wants her trust him enough to share the pain of her past so he can finally free her of it. But for Ella, moving on means not ever going back to that place.


Stacey Kennedy's Club Sin Series has become one of my favorite BDSM themed reads. Each story gives us such a contrast to the one before it and even though these men love to dominate, they love to cherish even more. Kyler was the ultimate good guy, sweet to his core and so protective of those he cared about. I loved that he was ready to embrace what he felt without reservation and that even though he had his own needs, he weighed those so heavily before he ever acted. Ella was a strong heroine, especially given her past. Often times when abuse is used as a theme, authors can focus too much on the events and in an attempt to draw the character out, unintentionally make her appear weaker. For Ella, that was never the case, her need to push away the past and start over was her strength.

Each time I pick up one of these books I find myself wondering if the next one will be able to top the one before it. Kyler was on of my early favorites, but with Porter and Kenzie up next - part of me thinks her sassy attitude and how she is going to push Porter to his limits might end being my favorite of the series.

If you enjoy a little kink to your romance, this is the perfect series. Although each story is a BDSM theme, it is done in a way where the romance is the focus and the kink is just part that makes it even better.
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850 reviews61 followers
July 25, 2015
I guess I should start this off by saying that I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started this book. I got an email from Netgalley with a list of new romance titles, and I requested a bunch of them without reading the summaries. (That was my first mistake.) I saw that this was a slightly different type of romance than I usually read, but I went with it, thinking it would be a good introduction to the genre. Of course, the fact that it has almost a 5 star average rating helped. I'm sorry to say that I just didn't get this one. I don't understand why everyone liked it. I didn't think it was sexy - I actually found Kyler to be very creepy, and while I liked Ella at the beginning, I was very disappointed in the way her character devolved from a strong, single woman to a woman totally dependent on, and totally willing to change, for a man she barely knows.

In Desired, Ella has just gotten out of a bad marriage. Her soon-to-be ex-husband was a violent alcoholic, and she moved from Savannah, Georgia to Las Vegas to start over. She hears a challenge on the radio to live like you only have a few months left, and decides that she wants to spend more time saying yes and less time saying no. She wants to try new things she never would have done before, and then she meets Kyler. Kyler is a police officer who's very much into BDSM. As Ella and Kyler get to know each other, the pull to bring her into his world - where he's a Master at Club Sin - gets stronger and stronger. But how can he bring Ella into his world of BDSM knowing that she's had an abusive past?

The thing that really bothered me throughout this entire book is that everybody thinks they know better than Ella. She says she doesn't want to talk about her past, that she wants to keep it in the past. But no, everybody is going to badger her about it until she breaks down and starts crying - but this is good, because it means she's showing vulnerability. Ella says that she's ready to join Kyler at Club Sin, but he says she's not ready, because clearly, after a few weeks, he knows her better than she knows herself? Ella started the book by empowering herself to leave a bad situation and take her life back into her own hands, and she finishes the book letting other people call the shots. An example:

"I don't want to talk about it," she growled, angry tears filling her eyes. How many times did she possibly have to say that? "I don't need to talk about it. I dealt with it, okay? For months I dealt with what it did to me. I have recovered from that. I don't want to go back to that time in my life."

Kyler didn't move. Was he even breathing?

He finally said, "You must, Ella. It's that simple."

She wiped her tears, cursing those damn things trailing down her cheeks, and said through clenched teeth, "I don't understand why you need to hear about what happened in the past."

(This goes on and on and on and on ad nauseam.)

The second thing - and I have to preface this by saying that I read an uncorrected proof, so this may be corrected in the final version - is that Kyler's voice is so stilted and awkward. One example - "I know that you're a person who craves to be happy." What's wrong with "I know that you crave happiness"? Less words, not awkward. Also, his little pet names for Ella - especially "little one" - made my skin crawl. If any guy called me "little one" as he was trying to seduce me, I would probably vomit and then run away. Pet names like that are the polar opposite of sexy to me.

Finally, the narration constantly reminds the reader that Kyler is a Dom. Like, every other page. At least. "You're asking Kyler to do the unthinkable when it comes to Dom behavior." "He wouldn't be a good Dom if he didn't pay attention to the sadness in Ella's soul." "His eyes blazed with his dominance as he gripped her arms tight against her back." I just searched my Kindle, and Kyler is referred to a Dom 160 times over 256 pages. This does not include all the mentions of a D/s relationship. I understand that Kyler is a Dom. He's a Master. Okay. Okay. Okay. It's pretty hard to forget. I do not need to be reminded every fifteen seconds.

Overall, given the other favorable ratings, I wonder if I just was not the target audience for this book.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy.
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168 reviews24 followers
May 24, 2014
REVIEW- Desired (Club Sin #3)
Four and a Half Stars for Desired by Stacey Kennedy

The Club Sin Series keeps getting better and better. I am really enjoying the kinky world Stacey Kennedy has built from her crafty little mind. Desired had a little bit of everything to make it the most interesting and delicious installment in the series thus far. We had two very likable lead characters, a captivating backstory from our heroine, a wonderful amount of time with past favorites, humor, and to top it all off- we had some really sizzling dungeon and non-dungeon play.

Desired starts off with Kyler sitting back and analyzing the happy events unfolding around him. With a beautiful lake in the background, Kyler couldn't help but feel a little pang of longing when he saw the love and contentment his best friends shared with the women in their lives. To him, his friends had the exact relationship he had always wanted; they had the one thing he had yet to find- the perfect sub to his Dom. As his gaze flickers through the joyous crowd, he spots Aidan's assistant- something about her kept forcing his eyes to where she sat. Ella, a transplant from Savannah, has been Aidan's assistant for the past few months. She kept to herself with Aidan being her only friend, though even he barely knew anything about her. She didn't allow anyone close enough to see the painful past that had her escaping to Las Vegas in order to start a new life. With her new city and her new job, Ella adopted a new way of living- to live life like she only had six months to live. She told her new self that she would try things her old self never would have done in a million years. This became the window Kyler would soon use to get the obviously vanilla woman of his dreams to submit to the experience of a sexual awakening but most of all, he wanted Ella to submit to him as her Dom.


Kyler and Ella had a few obstacles on the road to their kinky ever after. She held onto a secret which she was both embarrassed about and feared would ruin the life she had built for herself. He was a man whose natural instincts were to protect and take care of his woman; something Ella made difficult by hiding part of herself away from him. When her secret finally does come out- it threatens to pull Kyler back from his true desires and has Ella worrying that the revelation will cause her to lose the one thing she had always wanted- a family.

I enjoyed so many elements in Desired. The interaction between some Club Sin peeps of yore were fun to read. I love it when authors find a way to bring a series together- so many forget about the characters their readers have fallen in love with. There was a lot of humor injected when the club masters and their subs would come together. There was also a good blend of foreshadowing with upcoming series leads as hints were dropped about Kenzie and Porter. But what's always worked with Club Sin is the chemistry not only between the main couples but also the chemistry as an entire group. While Kenzie and Kyler had some really explosive and sensual scenes- the close friendship displayed is so touching and captivating that it oddly pulls your focus from the main drama- in a good way and I found myself wanting more.

Kyler was smoking hot! I remember him from Claimed and Bared, of course- he always seemed so attuned to those around him, especially the subs in Club Sin. We had a glimpse at his caring nature when he took the time to tend to Cora after Aidan had hurt her. He was no different in this book. Kyler knew exactly what he wanted and reading his thoughts and what motivated him made me love him even more. These Club Sin Masters are invading every recess of my overheated brain. So bossy! And Kyler when he got in that Master mood was seriously bossy. Holy hell- I found myself wanting to stand up and walk to an imaginary Dom whenever he beckoned for Ella. I don't know what's happened to me cause I grew up with 5 older brothers and I always hated bossy men. Seeking therapy immediately.

Ella was a good character though I didn't enjoy her as much as Presley or Cora- those ladies are hard to follow unfortunately. Although, I am eagerly anticipating Kenzie's story- that's a sassy bitch I'd like to read more about. Back to Ella- I liked that she had a new outlook at life and that she had the cajones to start fresh and push her limits. She had a crap existence in Savannah and was making beautiful progress in Sin City. With her traumatic past kicking down her door, Ella managed to stay strong and fight for what she wanted. I love the strong women portrayed in this series. I always held the preconceived notion those individuals who were submissive to men were weak and broken. I realize that this is a fictional book but I do suspect there is truth to the steely reserve of Stacey Kennedy's female characters. Real strength and courage come from those who are not afraid to live life the way they truly desire- no apologies and no regrets. Alas, if I asked my husband to flog me- I'm afraid he would take away my kindle. So I shall wait for the next Club Sin book and live vicariously through the naughtiness Stacey Kennedy so kindly bestows upon me.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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January 24, 2015

More than anything, I want to stretch out in bed and devour this book all over again instead of sitting here writing this review. (Edit: At time of posting, I've read it a second time. If I pull up my big girl panties I can go for a third.) CLAIMED was a slow burn, BARED made me cry, and DESIRED murdered my ovaries. Ms. Kennedy's writing style has continued to evolve since the first book. While I loved the first two books, THIS one delivered everything I look for in a book: a confident and sexy hero and heroine, humor, and some of the hottest (non crude) sex I've read in a while. When it comes to BDSM, there are only two authors I trust to give me screaming orgasms, and Ms. Kennedy is one of them. This series has wiped the bitter taste of Fifty Shades right out of my mouth. So get out your toys and a towel, and get ready to drown in the sensual seduction that is Master Kyler.

I fell in love with Kyler from the get go. I loved his cheeky attitude, the way he teased his friends mercilessly about their relationship problems, and he always seemed to know when one of the guys was about to blow it with the lady love. I love a hero who doesn't seem to have any major hang-ups about love and relationships. He may not have thought he could have a future with a vanilla woman, but he wasn't closed off to the idea of trying. Confident, sexy, a great sense of humor, protective, a cop - what more could a lady ask for?

I adored Ella Snow (26) for her 1950s retro fashion and the tough cookie interior. She seemed to have dealt with the abuse by her husband better than heroines normally do. It was refreshing to see her be guarded but not let it dictate how she wanted to behave moving forward. Her cute flirtatiousness and determination to experience new things, including Kyler, drew me in completely. What began as a no strings attached proposal from her and Kyler's suggestion they become friends (with benefits) didn't get the same groan-worthy reaction I normally have when I hear that. I attribute that to Kyler's musings that there was something about her that made her special, she challenged him, and his stable background with a loving family and friends made him open to the idea of not letting an opportunity go when it presented itself.

Despite the mostly open communication and building trust between them, they did have a few obstacles to overcome. That's where I thought the characters really shined. I understood Ella's reasons for not wanting to divulge every detail of her painful past, on the other hand, I understood Kyler's need to know. The push and pull in that regard was believable, and I never guessed how they would eventually deal with their hangups. The peak of all that drama felt true to the characters' personalities. I'm glad the author didn't compromise them to draw anything out unnecessarily. Much to my satisfaction, the story focused more on compassion, communication and learning to trust rather than using angst to propel the story.

The sex. THE SEX. I have no words. I died a few little deaths. That. Is. All.

Overall, I don't think a BDSM story has ever had me squirming in my seat with horny desire and managed to make me laugh as much as it did. That, combined with mature characters, is what made this story special for me. The Club Sin masters are as beloved to me now as Cherise Sinclair's Masters of the Shadowlands. Club Sin is perfect for the intermediate BDSM romance reader, whereas the Shadowlands would be expert level. I can not wait to purchase my copy, and I'm eagerly awaiting book four.

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Favorite Scenes/Hook Lines

Kyler flicked the vibe onto full speed and placed the controller next to him on the bench. Then he reached for his wallet in his back pocket. He had cash on him, but he wanted to draw this moment out.

He took out his credit card, and the waitress said, "Thank you. I'll be back in a minute."

"Perfect," Kyler mused.

"Fuck no," Ella whispered under her breath. "Go away."

He barked a laugh.

Desired by Stacey Kennedy

“That, Ella, is known as pushing the limits. It's my knowing just how far to take you.”

She regarded him with a curious look. “And how far is too far?”

He smiled, leaning his head against the wall. “If I touched your clit right now, I think you might be inclined to hit me.”

Her brows furrowed. “How do you know that?”

With a grin he knew was sure-as-shit devilish, he pushed gently on her shoulder, placing some space between. The he dropped his hand and pinched her clit. Her eyes went huge and she screamed a sound of half annoyance and half pain.

“Fuck.” She slapped his arm.

He chuckled. “Told ya.”

**I received an ARC from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.**
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463 reviews13 followers
July 11, 2014
WOW....I don't even know where to begin with this review. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. There are no words adequate enough to describe just how much I loved this book. The Club Sin series is one of my favorite series. I knew that because I loved Claimed & Bared that I would also love Desired. With that said, I went into this book with somewhat high expectations. So, to say that Desired not only went above & beyond my expectations is an understatement. This book is so thoughtfully & well written. The BDSM genre can be a tough genre to write but, Stacey Kennedy hits the nail on the head every time. She does a fantastic job of not only portraying the lifestyle, but also getting the emotions of the characters to jump off the pages.

Desired brings us Master Kyler's story. Kyler is not only a Master Dom at Club Sin but, he's also a cop. Watching all of his friends (and fellow Master's) find love he's been wondering if he's ever going to find that special someone. So when he locks eyes with a girl at Aiden & Cora's wedding he feels this indescribable pull towards her. Aiden notices how Kyler is looking at her & lets him know her name is Ella and that she works for him. Aiden also lets Kyler know that he see's her as his little sister so he needs to do right by her. Kyler knows there's something about her that's pulling him towards her so he can't stay away. So he goes over to her and asks her to dance. At first she was hesitant but, eventually she agrees. She knows there's something about him that makes her want to be around him. While they're dancing Kyler can see the torment of something in her eyes. He wants to be the man that makes that look go away.

Ella has come to Vegas by way of Savannah. She's just coming out of a long term & serious relationship that's left her not only heartbroken, but also battered & bruised. Inside and Out. She doesn't want another relationship not only because she's not really ready for one but, she's afraid to open herself up. She doesn't want anyone knowing about her past. She wants to not only deal with it on her own, she doesn't want anyone to know what she went through. So, when she locks eyes with Kyler, she can't help but also feel pulled to him. With her new life moto of 'live like you only have 6 months to live' she throws caution to the wind & takes a chance on him. Ella explains to him that she's just getting out of a serious relationship so she's not looking for one now. She agrees to the one night of no strings attached fun. Kyler knowing that she's vanilla see's some submissive qualities in her. Especially after their wicked hot one night stand. They both now know that after that one night that nothing will ever be the same for them.

This book is so much more than just the hot sex & let me tell you there is A LOT of hot sex! Like thigh clenching hot sex. There's this passionate, beautiful, loving relationship that unfolds between Kyler & Ella. He's not only patient with her but he's mindful about what she went through in her past and helps her emotionally confront it. Especially when her past comes comes crashing down on her.

What I love about Stacey Kennedy is that she writes these strong confident women that happen to belong in this awesome BDSM community that she's created. You end up feeling emotionally attached to these characters that they almost feel like friends. I love stepping into the Club Sin world because I know a) I'm going to love it & b) where you end up knowing these characters as you read each book, they become familiar to you so you want to know what happens to them all. I highly recommend Desired as well as the Club Sin series. I do suggest that you read them in order. You don't have to but, in my opinion it'll make a difference in how the characters & even the stories are portrayed.

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794 reviews51 followers
November 3, 2014
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.

So I guess now I can say I've read my first BDSM erotic romance. (Yeah, I kind of missed the Fifty Shades bandwagon - it's on my book shelf, and I do plan to finish it one day, because despite all the bad press, it is quite the phenomenon and I want to see what all the fuss is about!) Anyway, there were things I liked about "Desired", and things I didn't, so whether I'll pick up anything else in this genre remains to be seen.

First of all, Kyler. I know he's supposed to be this incredibly sexy alpha male "dom" guy, but he kind of creeped me out. The way he'd turn on his "dom" voice and command Ella to do things, that of course she would run and do like a good little "sub", was just a strange concept to me. I can understand that kind of relationship in the confines of the club, while acting out a scene or whatever. But outside, in the real, "public" world? Creepy. Especially for a new relationship.

I found the writing a tad repetitive. The overuse of the words "dom/dominant" and "sub/submissive" got on my nerves. These words were also used in weird ways, like Ella's features showed submission, or Kyler would look at Ella with dominance in his eyes. It seemed awkward to me.

What did I like? Surprisingly, I found the sex scenes to be fairly well done. This was a strength of the book, in my opinion. I also liked how the author tried to explain how a woman who had been abused in a previous relationship might want to enter into a BDSM-style relationship. Not sure I bought it, but still, the effort was there.

So, like I said, good and not so good. I'm glad I read "Desired" if only to expand my horizons. That said, I'll probably steer clear of this particular subgenre of erotica in the future, as I don't think it's really my thing.

My rating: 2.5 stars
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225 reviews81 followers
January 2, 2015
Desired is the third book in the Club Sin series. This is an erotic romance with BDSM. The story begins with Kyler noticing Ella at his friend’s wedding reception. Ella has been invited to the wedding of her boss, Aidan Knight. Ella and Kyler have not met before the wedding. Kyler is instantly attracted to Ella but has a problem. He wants to pursue her but feels she probably will not fit into his world of Club Sin.

Ella has moved to Las Vegas to escape a painful past and to start over. She wanted a new start in life to erase the pain and hurt she suffered at the hands of an ex-husband. Feeling betrayed by those she called friends she left all of them behind.

Ella brings out the protective nature in Kyler. She is secretive and has an abusive past the she is trying to heal from. Kyler wants to be the person that helps Ella overcome her fears and heartbreak. However, Ella wants to keep the relationship friends with benefits. Kyler wants more from Ella and is determined to help her learn she can trust again. He introduces her to the lifestyle of Club Sin with the hope she will learn she can trust him as a man and as her Dom.

I loved how caring and gentle Kyler was with helping Ella to heal and recover from her past trauma. As hard as Ella fights to keep her past a secret it rears its ugly head and she is forced to face it. Luckily, she has Kyler to help her as well as the friends that she has made since her move to Las Vegas.

ARC provided thru Netgalley, author Stacey Kennedy, publisher Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept.
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August 13, 2021
Different than the previous books in ways, and not as good.

Verrrry heavy with spousal abuse, struggling self-esteem, and new life building. Ella’s growth also in the BDM lifestyle was fast and slightly off. She needs therapy, first or in some way.

But I like Kyler overall and the continued show of friendship this series brings together.
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1,061 reviews27 followers
July 9, 2014
Originally reviewed for Tea and Book.

Just about the entire romance world knows that BDSM is in.. at least as far as the publishing world is concerned. They are putting it out there like it's something new and for a large part ignoring the rest of the erotic world. That's ok, I guess.

Because there is such a glut in the market, I find it hard to just read a BDSM book.. It has to have something to recommend me. For Desired it was author Stacey Kennedy. I have enjoyed her work since the first book I picked up and when she created Club Sin, I was burned in her fire.

Desired is actually book three in the Club Sin Series and it reads well as a stand alone. But I don't recommend that. I know Quel shocker.. but I recommend you read this as a series for an entirely different reason than normal. I find in BDSM.. I am totally turned off unless there is more to a story than just well sex. I seem to enjoy the continuity of a community. Of people with different kinks binding together. Normal people with normal jobs.. but their personal life?? They just need more.

Desired tells the story of Kylar Morgan and Ella Snow, both of whom we have met in previous books But as much as we think we know about them. There is always a bit more.

Ella Snow hides in plain site. She lost her parents as a child but was fortunately raised by loving grandparents. When she lost them as well she felt lost and married her High School Sweetheart, whom she truly loved. But when he lost his family he became something of a monster and sent her through a glass table in a jealous rage. Ella knew that was it, no second chances. Unfortunately he was the one with connections and no charges were filed. In fact she lost not just her sole remaining family but all of her friends as well. Somehow they considered her the bad guy. To top that off, the idiot won't sign the divorce papers.. conned her into mediation and off he went to rehab. But Ella wanted out so she packed her bags and moved to Vegas. Where she found a great job and a decent life. And at the wedding of her boss, she found a smokin hawt man who she figures to have one night of fun with.. no strings.

Kylar Morgan believes in forever. He hasn't had a problem playing at Club Sin in the past but he wants more. He comes from a loving family with strong commitment. When he meets little miss vanilla Ella Snow at his friend's wedding he is intrigued. Even though he knows she probably won't want more than just one night he decides it just might be worth it. Except one night is just not enough. Now he has to convince Ella that he is the one for her. AND to check and see just how open she is to his lifestyle.

Ella drags her feet and refuses to say they are in a relationship, she still has a husband she can't seem to get rid of. Now the decent thing to do of course is to tell Kylar but Ella is confused.. It was supposed to be a one night stand. Now he seems to be making all her sensual dreams come true. She is even tempted by what he offers... He is practically perfect in every way.. only she's not.

Finding out that they woman you are interested is married could be difficult on a relationship. I liked the way Kylar handled it. He figured out that she was running and silently stood by her until she was ready (read forced by circumstances) to admit it. That takes a special kind of man.

This is a book about what Ms Kennedy feels a BDSM club could be like. It is a figment of her imagination. She never claims to be an expert on the lifestyle, it's just a tease to the senses. So sometimes her books lack the intense depth of some other series. And that's ok.. as someone who is teased by the concept (not the reality) I am just fine with her sensual weave. She makes it very clear that this is the case so there should be no misunderstanding or insult intended to the BDSM community.

That in part is what makes this book and this series such a delicious read. Imagination.. and the oh so tempting what if.


This review is based on the ARC of Desired, provided by NetGalley and scheduled for release on July 22, 2014
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718 reviews
August 5, 2014
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

Desired is Book 3 in Stacey Kennedy's Club Sin series. Now, I've read the previous books and loved them. I'm pretty sure Desired can be read as a stand-alone - all characters are introduced and any significant events that happened the previous books are explained. But like I always say, this book was much more enjoyable after having read the first two books. Now that that is out of the way, let's dig in to this!

Ella is the heroine and I mostly liked her. She moved to Vegas in the last year after her husband pushed her into and through a glass table while he was in a drunken rage. The author doesn't go in to detail about it but rather reveals in piece throughout the book. She does this because Ella's reluctance to deal with her past and, in particular, the abuse, is a major theme in the book. But she's moved out and moved on and has decided that she doesn't want to get into any kind of serious relationship for quite a while. For me, this made Ella a neat little conundrum: She doesn't want anything serious with a man right now but she wants to get active in the BDSM lifestyle/scene, which, by definition is a deep and meaningful relationship between two people. She clearly had misconceptions about BDSM so it was pretty cool to rediscover BDSM through her. So she goes through this powerful emotional journey. Being inside her head from when she sees what a family COULD be all the way to her experiencing that feeling of family, the family that you make for yourself with great friends. And that's what really put this book over the top for me.

Kyler is ahhhhh, swoon! Kyler is a police officer by day and a Club Sin Master on the weekend. That must be the reason that male strippers have police uniforms! Anyone who doesn't love a man in uniform will probably love them after reading this book! Anyway, I may be way off base on this but this is the guy that I pictured as Master Kyler:

but with slightly longer hair. Sure, Chris Evans seems a little vanilla but just try to take a moment to picture him with a flogger in his hand, wearing only jeans. Go ahead. I'll give you a minute. Done? Great, you're welcome! All jokes aside, Kyler was pretty cool character. Yeah, yeah, he's a hot, sexy, buff police officer and that, in and of itself... 'nuff said. But he's also ridiculously caring. He's sweet. He loves his mom! Squee!! And I think that Kyler being a cop matches up perfectly with him also being a Dom. Doms and cops both exude command and confidence. They need to have absolute control during touchy situations (figuratively AND literally!). What REALLY drew me in with Kyler was his that soft, sensitive side. He was capable of having a meaningful discussion on a serious topic just as much as he was capable of talking about -gasp- feelings! Kyler has it ALL; I don't think I found even one flaw in him.

Together, Ella and Kyler are really hot! It was fun to see Ella always pushing Kyler for more in the BDSM play. More everything actually. The Sexy Time between them was very hot and very intense, but not really BDSM intense. More just sensual promise intense. Master Kyler would be the perfect Dom to introduce a newbie like Ella to a BDSM lifestyle and it shows!

Overall, I loved this book! Sure, Ella has a couple of TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) moments in her dealings with her soon-to-be-ex-husband but I couldn't help but love her by the end since she's grown so much. The Sexy Time is hot and plentiful. But best of all, there are plenty of laughs to go along with such a sensitive topic (domestic violence). I would highly recommend this book to readers who are unfamiliar with BDSM but also to readers who know a bit about BDSM but want to get a perspective on some of the psychology of BDSM. Desired was an entertaining book and an excellent read!
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401 reviews2 followers
May 24, 2016
Desired is the third book in Stacey Kennedy's Club Sin series of books and, in my opinion, it is the best one so far. While the first was good (and I recommend it), and I couldn't recommend the second, the third is by far the best one yet. This novel has a fast-moving storyline that contains a considerable amount of suspense and action as well as a significant amount of the erotic BDSM elements that I had hoped for when I started reading this series. However, if you are looking for ALL the elements of a BDSM lifestyle to be contained in a novel, particularly the more "hard core" elements, this series is not the series for you. I am not at all interested in the more extreme elements of the lifestyle and that's why this series really appeals to me.

In addition to having a realistic storyline inside the realm of the BDSM theme, the rest of the plot captures the reader's imagination with realistic characterizations of the physical location of the novel (Las Vegas), characters that grab and hold your attention and an additional "story within a story" involving the two main characters. The story is told from the alternating views of the two main characters which gives the reader a greater window into the motivations, thoughts and actions of each of the main characters than if the story was told from a single point of view. That is not an easy task to manage but Ms. Kennedy has managed to do it and do it well.

Additionally Ms. Kennedy focuses on the underlying elements of the BDSM lifestyle and what the lifestyle is all about. Those elements include (among other things) faith, understanding, truth and most of all, trust. BDSM is built upon a "power exchange" between dominant and submissive personalities and that cannot exist without any of the above elements. Much of the so-called "literature" that is out there that purports to represent the BDSM lifestyle includes no mention whatsoever of these basic components of the lifestyle and, as such, I don't understand how anyone can build a realistic picture of the lifestyle without an understanding of these basics. I've read a significant amount of books that claim to realistically represent the lifestyle and I've been very disappointed in a large number of those books. Ms. Kennedy really seems to have a working knowledge of the underlying basis of the lifestyle and the practices within that lifestyle.

Also, as I said in my review of Ms. Kennedy's first book in this series, she specifically states at the beginning of her books that they are fiction, they are compressed into a short period of time, they are not to be taken as a complete representation of the lifestyle and that the lifestyle should not be undertaken lightly based only on a novel and without a lot of real research. I think this is an important distinction to make. There is only one other BDSM author that I've read who also does this (Cherise Sinclair). If more authors would put that out there I think there would be a far greater understanding of what BDSM truly entails. Authors like Ms. Kennedy are needed for that reason alone. Yes, BDSM is definitely about the "kink" but there is so-o-o-o-o much more to it and people need to understand that.

In any event, I would highly recommend this novel. Again, it is the best in the series so far and I am looking forward to book four with great anticipation.
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779 reviews126 followers
January 1, 2015
Reading Desired (Club Sin #3) by Stacey Kennedy, was a real pleasure. The overall story line is simple, but Ms Kennedy creates an erotically charged connection between Kyler and Ella, a trusting, loving, non-judgmental relationship. I found the story to be more in the adult contemporary genre then in the BDSM genre, although Club Sin is the lifestyle club used for the backdrop of the story; it became more of a reference, a setting, a gathering place for the books characters.

Our heroine Ella is living in a new town, after leaving her abusive husband, and waiting for her divorce to finalize. She’s educated, professional, reserved, does not see herself as a victim or a broken person and is not looking for another relationship, just wants to live life on her terms.

Kyler is a Dom at Club Sin, a cop by profession, and 100% alpha male, his need for control is of the utmost importance in his life, he too is unattached and not looking for any permanent relationship.. Kyler is sexy, dominant, playful, gentle, lacks arrogance, and is more into bondage.

The story follows a common formula, the couple are strongly attracted to each other, Ella is slowly introduced into the lifestyle (which she adopts easily), the club members become friends and form the tight “family” bond found in so many of these books, and Kyler protects Ella from all of the “bad” things that creep into the story from her past. The themes of trust, communication, safe play, and D/s are woven thought the story. The sex scenes are supportive of the story line, and involve little more than oral sex, rope play, spanking, forced orgasm, light erotic flogging, and public sex at the club. What makes the sex hot in this book, is the believable connection between Kyler and Ella, the authors writing which allows the readers imagination to participate in the action, without having graphic, in your face, shock value sex scenes. This is what I would call a extra light BDSM read, so if the heavier BDSM action is what you are looking for, this book could be a disappointment.

For me this was the most enjoyable of the three Club Sin books so far. The characters are believable, the cameo appearances of Dmitri & Presley and Aidan & Cora (the couples from books 1 & 2) help to tie the Club Sin theme together, and form the “family” that Ella is welcomed into. Rory, the books adversary and Ella’s soon to be ex-husband is quickly dispatched, and used as a lesson in communication between a Dom and his sub. There are some very tender moments in the book, and even Kyler shows that he too has had some embarrassing moment in his life.

I received this book from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, for an honest review.
Expected Pub Date: Jul 22 2014

For me this was a quick, enjoyable 4 star read.

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531 reviews133 followers
August 19, 2014
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Read an interview with the author HERE!

I don't know what it is about the Club Sin series, but it sucks me in every time. They hook me from start to finish, and even after I am done, my head is still in the Club Sin world.Some BDSM books only shows you the kink. In Stacey Kennedy's books you always get an awesome story behind each character, and that is what set this series a part from the rest.

Master Kyler became my favorite character in Bared (Club Sin #2) because of his protectiveness of Cora. The Club Sine series is one of my favorite BDSM series because Stacey Kennedy writes all of her female MC's as a strong female.They have all has something that has happened to them in the passed that strengthened them instead of break them down like you see in other BDSM book, and that is why these books really captivate me.

I liked that Ella was vanilla, and because of things that was going on in her life, she was so willing to try BDSM. The connection between Ella and Kyler was right away. Kyler knew that Ella was vanilla, but he really wanted the challenge. If I decide to try thee lifestyle, I would love a dom like Kyler. He took it slow, and he knew how far to go.

Some of the best parts of this book is when they get together with the other masters and submissive's. Stacey Kennedy does it in each book, and that is why I like the series so much. She never forgets to up date us about the lives of the other characters. It is like they are a family. If they are not all in the club, they are hanging out with each other. I also like that if something bad or good happens, the Club Sin masters and subs are always there.

Just as all of the other Club Sin books, Desired was smoking HOT! From all of the scenes in the club to the scenes outside of the club. They were all hot to the core. Stacey Kennedy has written another crazy, but hot Club Sin book, and I am so excited to read the next installment in this series.

**ARC provided by Random House - Loveswept on Netgalley for review. I was no way, shape, or form paid to write this review. **

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1,721 reviews23 followers
November 4, 2014
This is the story of Ella Snow. The first time I read that name, back in book 1, I was like: “Really? Ella Snow?” The name tickled my fancy and imagination. Now that I have read her story, I find that the name actually fits – if you are into names having meaning in the story. In this case, Ella (Cinderella?) has her past come pounding on her door and trying to take her away from the happiness she has found. Ms. Snow has had a taste of the bitter poison life can deal out and buried her emotions so deep she didn't realize she was quite so shut done until “true loves kiss” brought her back to life. See what I mean. Kind of fits, doesn't it?

I know. This is a Club Sin story so who is the Club Sin Master of our story? Of all the doms to be “Prince Charming” Kyler Morgan was the last one I would expect to be so caring and gentle with this “vanilla” princess. My impressions of Kyler from previous books was a wise cracking, hard ass cop who liked to play hard and dirty. It was quite a surprise to see he had this soft, sweet side to him. Don’t get me wrong, he still brought sweet, vanilla Ella to the dark side, but he did it with such care and patience, even before he knew why the sadness touched her soul. Even when Ella wanted more of the dark side, he was soft and caring until she gave him her buried emotions too. It was really very sweet. When everything was out in the open, and there were no more secrets, well, that last scene was soooooo HOT! Whew! *wiping sweat from my brow.*

This was a nice third book in this Club Sin series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two. This can be read as a stand-alone, but as usual you will get more out of it by having read the first two. I liked it well enough, but I didn't feel it quite the way I did the other books. The first two thirds of the book seemed slow and kind of superficial, but that may have been on purpose to show how deep Ella had buried her feelings. It was just hard to stay with it, but I am so glad I did. Once Ella started opening up, so did the story. The ending was AMAZING. Hang in, you will like it. I can’t wait to see which Master gets his story next.
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1,553 reviews38 followers
November 11, 2014
I am a firm believer you can always run away, you will run out of running places. The most important thing you can't run from is your own demons. For Doms.. some subs don't need to to take the burden away, sometimes they just need you to be there.
I loved Ms. Kennedy's first book in the series, the second one was just OK, this third one rocked it! A stand alone, well you could read it without the others, but it will make more since reading the ones before. There was nothing I didn't like about this book, the story line, the length of the book, the characters. I loved seeing the characters from the other two books, (that's why I said better to read them in order).
Ella tries hard and does a damn good job at hiding her feelings, but she is still haunted. She has a abusive ex that just won't take its over. Because Ella fears nothing will last she is determined to avoid relationships... never getting too close to anyone.
Kyler.. Dom extraordinaire..he has a reputation in Club Sin, a reputation con sensually playing rough. He meets Ella and knows right off she is vanilla... he sees that maybe she has some underlying submissive traits. Kyler finds himself a challenge in Ella, if he sees more than a hint of submissive need then its game on for him and her both.

Of course Ella's past comes right up and close and still the donkey that he will always be. Ella is used to being alone, used to handling him by herelf and she will contiue to do so.. or so she thinks.. and because of her past Kyler will not let his full Dom mode out, but will keep Ella wrapped in bubble wrap. Yep lets see how that works for him.

I loved the BDSM scenes.. how they were wrote. Brings me to the thoughts that, the scenes were important to the writer. To me a awesome story, that I'd recommend to my friends. Enjoy
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2,471 reviews242 followers
April 1, 2015
Stacey Kennedy brings us again into a world of sex and submission in this third instalment of the Club Sin series. This is the story of Ella, a 'vanilla' woman on the run and divorcing an abusive alcoholic husband and Kyler, a police officer and Dominant Master at Club Sin. Kyler spots Ella at his friend and fellow club master Adrian's wedding and sees in her the woman of his dreams - if he can convince her to let go of her past and trust him with her future.

Besides the obvious sexual side to the story, the characters of Ella and Kyler are well written and bring emotional depths to the novel. Ella wants to take risks and learn more about herself in the process but has a difficult time opening herself up to deeper emotions after her failed and disastrous marriage. Her willingness to explore her sexuality with Kyler only takes her so far without learning to trust him completely. Kyler's dominant personality is tempered by his care and growing affection for Ella - his desire to be the only man in her life and to see how he can make her truly happy affects all his decisions in her regard. Together the couple grow in their emotional and sexual relationship. Secondary characters also play an important role, adding humour and rounding out the story well.

This novel was exciting to read, well written, fast paced, steamy and satisfying. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

Note: This Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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1,811 reviews55 followers
June 8, 2014
ARC Courtesy of Netgalley

This is the 3rd book in this wonderful sexy series about the hottest club in town...Club Sin!!!

This is Master Kyler's story and if you have been reading from the start like me, this is the one I have been waiting to get my grubby little paws on.

The story starts at Aiden and Cora's wedding where Kyler sets his sights on Aiden's assistant, the beautiful and gorgeous Ella. The minute he sees her, he feels something strong stirring inside him and even though he knows she might be "Vanilla" he cant stay away from her.

Ella is done with relationships, since her last one (which she is still kinda in) left her not only heartbroken but bruised and battered on the outside as well as inside. However when she locks eyes with gorgeous groomsmen, she cant tear her eyes away.

This is their story as the navigate the world of BDSM together, where she discovers she is not only not vanilla but is a total submissive at heart and she wants nothing more than to submit to her Dom.

When her past finally catches up with her, will Kyler stick around when he discovers what she has been hiding from him, and will Ella finally be able to let go of all the emotional stings that have kept her heart together and submit fully to Kyler.

Great Read and Cant wait for the next book....:)
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1,483 reviews69 followers
September 29, 2014
I’ve read the other books in this series, but this one? My favorite so far, and probably not for the reason that you may think. But more on that later.
Ms. Kennedy has done an amazing job with taking a series about a BDSM club, yet making the story about more than just the sexual aspect between the characters. All of her characters are skillfully crafted to where they all work very well with each other, and they all stand out from each other as well.
The storyline in this book though was completely different than the others, but that is one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. This book showed the courage of a woman who is fighting to become herself. A woman who learns what it’s like to have friends and to be able to rely on them for help when the going gets tough. And the power that relationships, even friendships, have when it comes to helping a person heal.
This book does show what it is like for 2 people who are scarred, to be able to come together and grow with each other. And it gives hope to others out there that have been damaged, that there is a happy ending for them as well. Not only that, it also tells us that you don’t have to change who you are, or what you like, just to be with a man.

*Copy provided for review*
Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
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220 reviews24 followers
February 3, 2015
Ella and Kyler are the persona of 50 shade of grey . . . kind of, Ella is your typically vanilla girl but she thrives for a sense of adventure, a push beyond her wild expectations and Kyler there to push it.

Kyler is a dom but he is also a sexy cop, attending his best friend and member of Club sin Wedding he couldn't take his eyes off Ella. He was drawn to her, wanting a little taste of her sexiness but with aiden's heeding warning does he dare to challenge it?

When I say they are the persona of 50 shade of grey, I mean in a relation where a Dom introduce an Vanilla girl to the BDSM life. When that very wedding night become a hot and sexy night of sex everything is simply perfect and both Ella and Kyler are driven crazy for each other just by one night.

But when Kyler bring Ella into Club Sin, there a dark cloud over Kyler and he is wearying of Ella's domesticated past he wonder if this life would scar her, mentally, physically and emotionally.

I think Kyler should have trusted Ella enough that she had dealt with her past the way she wanted it and was hoping ot keep it buried and in the past. But Kyler demand that she come face to face and then she will finally be free.

*** I will add more to this review when I can
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1,499 reviews20 followers
January 7, 2015
I really loved Ella and was excited to see how the vanilla girl would become what Master Kyler was looking for in a sub. She has a bit of luggage in her past though - luggage she thinks she's overcome, but it is still standing in the way of her being truly happy. A lot of this book is about situations that directly involve Ella's past and at times it was very interesting and thoughtful, but at other times it was just a little too much in her head and not enough out of it.

Kyler was a good guy, but he was probably my least favorite of the doms so far. Now, that may sound bad, but he was still a great dom and he is competing against some really good characters from previous books. He just thought he was right all the damn time, and sometimes he needed to listen to what Ella wanted instead of assuming he knew what it was instead. And while he wasn't completely wrong - he was far from right as well. This was my big problem with him - his "I know everything" attitude.

Their story remains very beautiful, perhaps even more so because of these character traits. There were several times I thought the couple had fallen apart forever and somehow they managed to make it through and come out there other side even closer than they had been before.
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92 reviews2 followers
January 29, 2015
This is the only Club Sin novel I have read and I won't be reading anymore.

Kyler falls head of heels in love with Ella so quickly that it is extremely unrealistic. Especially since he is a BDSM Master.

Ella is a good, innocent, conservative woman who just JUMPS into the lifestyle. Hmmmm.

Ella's ex is a wacko and so over the top.

I didn't like the other Doms or the other subs either. Overall, just ok.
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1,510 reviews219 followers
July 29, 2014
Wow! This book was hot! I have no read the other books in this series but after reading this one I plan to go back and read the other books in this series. I really enjoyed this book. It was hot, had a good storyline with some drama that kept it interesting and likeable characters.

*ARC received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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672 reviews43 followers
October 23, 2014
Loved Kyler and Emma's story.

"This life. This family. Club Sin. It's all yours."

"Do you understand that, Ella? My life, it belongs to you now."
1,123 reviews44 followers
July 27, 2018
Kyler and Ella both attend Aidan and Cora’s wedding, their attraction to each other was instant, when they danced the chemistry was sizzling, but Aidan told him to be careful, she was a good girl. Kyler saw that Ella wasn’t a submissive but decided to test her and saw that she didn’t mind some kink.
When Kyler finds out that Ella gave herself a challenge to live the next six months as if they are your last, he decides to take her to Club Sin, he wants to take the darkness from her eyes.
Ella and Kyler have an amazing connection, but Kyler holds back wanting to find out what is the darkness and wants her to talk to him. When Ella agrees she wants to be his submissive he decides to teach he some rules.
Ella learns quickly – “Don’t snap. Don’t glare. Lesson learned.”
Kyler knowing about her husband won’t do rough play with Ella letting her know Doms, have limits too. Ella’s world crashes after her husband turns up and she sees a change in the way Kyler looks at her, wondering if they can ever get past her past.
Although her and Kyler are better she still wonders if he will get past her abuse, she wants him to stop holding back, although she was told not to bait a Dom, but she can see no other choice. With the help of her friends she does that ensuring that they follow all the rules including her limits and get permission. Will it be enough for Kyler to see what she truly, wants.
13 reviews1 follower
April 6, 2018
I am the queen of romance reads but this isn't great to me. If I had $1 for every time the author uses the word Dom, I could skip work for a week or two. Second some of the writing was terrible, it's like we have to repeat the same things over and over and over... she thought he ask strange questions... he was so bossy... she was scared but couldn't stop... he couldnt wait to find out if she would obey, he saw her from afar and couldnt wait to get to know her... oh gracious could we be more original. I want a book with substance. a story line that is believable. characters that you miss when the book is finished. I want a, couldn't stop reading until it was finished book... for me, this wasn't it. I made it t page 80 and felt like it was so cheesey I was bored. please stop charging us for stories that you try to cram into 200 pages or less. they're rushed, unfulfilling, and unbelievable. I'd rather pay 8 dollars for a book that leaves me wanting more and sad it's over.
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388 reviews3 followers
October 12, 2020
I enjoyed this book but not my favorite as it contained abuse which while it was handled very well still leaves me a little unsure how I feel. I tryly hate that her husband didnt go to jail. Ella was way to forgiving. I loved Kyler and they had great chemistry but seemes to move a little fast from first site to love (That is a common complaint i have as i LOVE a slow burn). Overall I liked the conclusion of the book. I loved that she found friends in Cora and Presley and Kenzie.
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November 5, 2020
Loved this book and how Kyler was so protective of Ella and even though she was going through a lot of emotional experiences and kept pushing him away, he stayed strong for her and helped her through a hard time. Definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good story and happy ending. There is a lot of emotional scenes in this book that have you feeling for the characters.
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