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Fans who can’t get enough of USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy will love this wicked, wild spinoff novel that explores how sexy life can be outside Club Sin.

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

Note: Freed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

166 pages, ebook

First published November 4, 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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Profile Image for Michelle.
2,082 reviews860 followers
October 14, 2014
ARC received on behalf of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept from NetGalley.


Remember Mary? Mary is the doctor who is close to Dmitri, her husband Charles was the man that helped guide him into the lifestyle and was like a father to him. But Mary doesn't play any longer. She had one Dom, her Charles and when he passed away four years ago she gave up the idea of fulfilling her needs.


Elliot is sealing a deal at Dmitri's when Mary arrives. Instantly he can see the spark of her submissive tendencies. He wasn't looking for a full time submissive, but there is something about Mary that makes him want to own her. He sees the need in her to be freed, to breath again. But her hesitance at giving anything more is driving him crazy with need. He gave up the idea that he'd ever find the perfect person to share his world with until he met her, now he has to convince her that she can make room in her heart for both the Master that she lost and the one that wants to help her live again.


I absolutely adore this series. Each installment gives you such a different story than the one prior and the love story that runs so deep within these pages is the kind that leaves you feeling butterflies. Now, Mary and Elliot's story is a bit different than the prior in the series. Mary and Elliot are both older, in their fifties, still enjoying the play and kink but not the youth of the typical crowd that can be found at Club Sin.

As a reader that is in her thirties, it was refreshing to read this steamy erotica focused on two characters that were not fresh out of diapers and inexperienced. Mary's story was heart-wrenching as she battled the memories that Elliot's touch evoked in her. The desire that not only the ghost of her husband brought to the surface, but that from the man that was slowly claiming the last pieces of her. Pieces she thought weren't free to give.

If you enjoy BDSM erotica romances that deliver a heavy dose of steam with fantastic characters and great love stories - this series is a must read. I am even more ready for Porters & Kenzie's story with the teaser that we get at the end of this book.
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351 reviews9 followers
August 24, 2014
In this installment, Kennedy tells the story of how Mary, the mature physician for Club Sin, gets her groove back. Kennedy handles the maturity of the hero and heroine with respect, dignity, and steaming hotness! Which makes the cover very disappointing. There are two love stories going on in this novella. The story of Mary and her husband, as well as the story of Mary and her new lover. The flashbacks of her scenes with her husband, which happened during the scenes with her new Dom, always took me out of the present. Obviously. But what I mean is Mary would literally take a step back from Elliot, the new man, and when she snapped out of her reverie Charles would have to begin his seduction of her again. Each and every time. Eventually, I got the literary equivalent of blue balls and, unfortunately, decided to check out before the climax.

ARC provided by Netgalley
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779 reviews126 followers
January 1, 2015
Freed (Club Sin #4) by Stacey Kennedy, is the 4th book in the Club Sin series that I've read, it’s a touching story of emotionally letting go of the love of your live and moving on, allowing new love to stand next to a lost love.

Mary is an older women whom we've meet in earlier books, she’s a good friend of Dmitri, and assists with the new member physicals. Since the death of her husband Charles, she has been removed from the lifestyle, filling the void in her life with work, and assistance to friends and family, always putting others ahead of any needs or dreams she may have.

Mary meets Elliot, a business associate of Dmitri’s, by chance when she shows up for dinner one evening at Dmitri’s & Presley’s. The chemistry and connection between the two is instantly combustible, causing Mary to have thoughts she hasn't had in years. Elliot, an older divorced gentleman, see’s Mary as the perfect submissive, a person he wants to get to know better, and play with.

I found Mary’s character a bit hard to like, I’m sure the emotional baggage, and lost love for her husband Charles, was very real, and nothing too unusual. But I was annoyed (as was Elliot later in the story), that Mary’s head was always in the past, when she was with Elliot, not necessarily comparing the two men, but remembering events with Charles, and funneling the emotions into her time with Elliot. I found the authors jumping from past to now, or now to past distracting as the story progressed. Mary was very hard on herself, and felt that any enjoyment she might have with Elliot was diminishing the memory of Charles.

I liked Elliot, he was patient, dominant, spoke his mind, and didn't hide the fact that he wanted Mary. As the story progresses, Elliot figures out Mary is reliving the past through their encounters, and though a suggestion points Mary towards help.

This book is about Elliot and Mary, with very few cameos (except Dmitri) from any of the past Club Sin members, a few references to Mary’s children, and Elliot’s sister and ex-wife work themselves into the story, but in a very superficial fashion. There are a few short sex scenes, most not really detailed, but they convey the characters feelings and emotions, and are supportive to the story line, building on the growing connection between Elliot and Mary

I found this book to be short ( I haven’t been able to find an actual page count), it just seemed like it was over before it should have been. I only got the rushed feeling of the story in the last 15% of the story, Mary’s daughter tells her it's ok to move forward with her life, and then in a widow’s support group Mary see’s the truth, and heads back to Elliot, with all of her guilt, and living in the past neatly put where it belongs.

I think that Elliot and Mary deserved a longer more detailed story; there were so many places in the story that could have been expanded. I think as characters they had so much more to show. Maybe the author felt no one would want to read a longer story about an older couple, I don’t know. For me this is one of the weaker books in the series, because of the books length, lack of story development, the jumping between time periods, and the rapid attraction between the H/h that speedily moves to an HEA.

I was given this book via NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, Loveswept, for an honest review. The expected publication date is Nov 4 2014

For me this was a 2.75 star read which I’ll round to 3 stars, just because Elliot had some very loving words about not wanting to "take" Charles's place in Mary's life

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2,471 reviews242 followers
March 31, 2015
This fantastic continuation of the Club Sin series is the story of Mary and Elliott. Mary lost her husband Charles 4 years earlier to cancer and never thought she'd find a man like him again - one who could be her partner in and out of the bedroom. When she meets Elliott, she is instantly attuned to him and realizes he is the man who can unlock her heart and her body once again. Is she willing to put the past behind her and let him lead her into a new and wonderful future?

I loved this story! It was really nice to read of an older couple, one who has experienced loss (in widowhood and divorce) and is getting a second chance at a meaningful relationship. Mary's character was wonderful - a beautiful, gentle woman who was deeply in love with her husband and doesn't want to forget her vows to him - to the point where her feelings for Elliott distress her. She wants to succumb to his dominant nature and be his submissive but she is holding herself back from letting him in. Elliott is a handsome, determined man, attracted to Mary for all of her qualities, including her submissive nature. He sees that he can be the one for her if she'll only release herself from her grief and let herself move forward. The sexual attraction between them sizzles and the love scenes are steamy and emotional. The development of their romantic relationship and the tender yet dominant way Elliott treats Mary was wonderfully written.

Though I enjoy the Club Sin dynamics, I also really liked that this book played out beyond the club with its younger crowd. It was great to see some of the characters of the earlier books make an appearance and at the same time to leave them behind and focus on this couple and their uniqueness. I've been waiting for Mary to get her happy ever after and this novel fulfilled that desire beautifully.

Overall I found this story to be a very entertaining read, with steamy love scenes, engaging characters, a fast paced plot and a tender and loving romance. 5 fabulous stars!

Note: This novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review

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1,535 reviews28 followers
January 23, 2015
Thrown by the cover

I have been a fan of Kennedy's Club Sin series and was excited by the hot cover and with my enjoyment of the series so far I must have missed the blurb. While this is a take off from the series (book 4 Tamed is Porter's Story) I was still hoping for the same excitement of the others. There was no real drama or angst infused in this story. Unlike the cover models this book is about a middle aged couple. Mary, the doctor friend of Dimitri's, still struggling with her husbands passing even though 4 years has passed. Despite this she cannot fight the attraction she had to Dimitri's business partner Elliott. Just from the quick meeting the two pick up on each others dom/sub tendencies and Elliott pursues Mary.

Honestly my problem is not the age of the couple as I unfortunately am probably closer in age to them then I am to any of the Club Sin members,haha. My problem was with the couple. She spends most of her moments with Elliott thinking of her dead husband and Elliott can't handle Mary's difficulty getting over her husband's death.

Elliott's instant connection to Mary was a little too much of an insta love for me. Other issues included his use of "Darlin" repeatedly, it just doesn't seem to fit with the Dom persona, at least in my mind. Throw in Mary's corset issue and I just was feeling them as a couple. Unfortunately, the story also lacked past characters making an appearance, with the exception of Dimitri and Presley.

Now I did love the tender moments when Mary is at the widow's group and she remembers her interactions with her husband, that was so sweet. Also I enjoyed her interactions with her daughter. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough that I loved about this book and ultimately I'm not sure this book will appeal to younger, mature readers.

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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194 reviews13 followers
January 20, 2018
For summary, read elsewhere. I really appreciated an erotic romance with lead characters who are not spring chickens. Mary and Elliot are both in the early 50s, which I liked a lot. They both still seemed to have nearly perfect bodies, but I suppose you can't get realistic in these. Aside from a few stretch marks, Mary eats right and exercises religiously, so she's pretty much perfect for 50. I also enjoyed the romance of the story. Mary's unwillingness to let go of her late husband and Elliot's determination to woo her anyway make for a good story. I could have stood with more BDSM, and I don't know how Mary thought she was meeting like-minded people at Elliot's play party, since she didn't so much as have eye contact with anyone but Elliot, but I suppose that's a minor flaw. Overall, a fun, quick read.
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1,198 reviews14 followers
February 2, 2017
Title: Freed
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher/Year: Random House 11/4/14
Length: 192 Pages
Series: Club Sin #4


Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

My Thoughts

I love this series, and what i'm actually really appreciating from our author is that she's not giving us the expected path of stories, and keeping us on our toes. Personally i thought that this 4th book was going to be Kenzie and Porter, yet what we get instead is Mary and Elliott. Mary - a character that i didn't necessarily think was going to get her own story and Elliott, a guy who we never heard of before. That's original!

So we know a bit about Mary and her background from when she met Presley in the first book. From there, we have come to really respect and love her since she's like a mother figure for Dimitri yet she's got her own life. She's still mourning her husband who passed away and from that, we see that anything resembling moving on is not an option for her.

So when Elliott enters the picture, he's bringing up feelings and emotions that she was never expecting and kind of not open to, that any sense of a relationship between them is really a huge question mark.

They meet at a dinner at Dimitri's house and he invites her to a play party. there she comes alive under his guidance and has a night that she's been waiting for, yet the emotions that come to the surface in the morning and the conversations that follow make her want to run. and that's what she does. This frustrated Elliott to no end since he sees inside her when she's just not looking.

The journey of this story is one where Elliott continues to push her to be the woman that she should be and to live her life for her. Mary fights him at every turn and essentially makes it impossible for them to have a relationship. Even with their chemistry and the way that he's able to dominate her to bring out the best in her, we continue to see the memories of Charles her husband come up and it shows even the reader that there's no chance that she's going to move on.

Elliott being 'seasoned' knows when to cut his losses even if it pains him and sends her one last message in the hopes that at least she will heal herself, and it's sweet to see that he's willing to do something for her to help her get over everything even if it means that there's little chance that he'll find happiness.

Personally i think that it's nice to see that there's an installment peppered in that has these older characters - that aren't directly tied to the goings on at Club Sin. It gives you a different perspective on things and also shows us what life is like after you've found your perfect D/s relationship and age and illness take you and there's one person left to pick up the pieces. All in all, a nice 4th book to the series. Can't wait to get into book 5 now.
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728 reviews191 followers
January 24, 2015

Not only was it a pleasant surprise to see Mary get her own story, it was also lovely to see a mature romance with characters in their early fifties. After reading this, I can only hope to be as energetic as this couple.

We learned very little about Mary (50) throughout the series except that she and her late husband, Charles had been a part of the BDSM lifestyle and were very much in love. However, after his death four years ago, she never moved on. Even going so far as to quit the lifestyle completely. If that didn't tell you the depth of her anguish, the flashbacks to key scenes between her and Charles certainly highlighted why she couldn't get over him. I was a little surprised by how hard she tried to put up barriers with Elliott, only allowing him to skim the surface of her submission but not willing to fully submit. As their journey continued, it became clear that she was living in the past, not only hurting herself but Elliott too.

Elliott (50). Wow. He was the full package - handsome, successful, dominant, caring and compassionate. There was nothing about him that I didn't love. I thought it was so sweet that he asked Dmitri in a roundabout way about pursuing Mary. Sort of like getting a son's blessing. He was incredibly patient with her despite the mixed signals he was receiving. I felt a little sorry for him at times, but I admire that he wanted to give them a fair chance with everything he had. Forget about book boyfriends, Elliott was book husband material. The things this man could do were off the charts HOT!

The story was fast-paced, therefore the physical happened very early on. A reviewer mentioned a lack of character development, and while it certainly appeared so, I felt differently. For a more mature couple in the BDSM scene, they already had common ground with known rules, and they were already set in life. He had no children, she had grown children, they both had secure jobs, Dmitri basically vouched for both of them; I couldn't see them acting with as much trepidation as a much younger couple might have. We knew about Mary's past and miserable present and got to meet her daughter who gave er a little nudge. Mary's flashbacks were key to understanding her behavior. She took everything her husband had said very literally. My heart ached for her for feeling like moving on would be a betrayal, all the while feeling things for the living, breathing man who wanted to offer her everything she could ask for. The conflict was resolved rather quickly as well, but she'd already begun the process of listening to her daughter and questioning her choices by then. The fast turn around didn't surprise me after her explanation. The epilogue alone was worth all the trouble these two went through to find happiness.

Hook Line

She opened her eyes and sickness rolled through her. This was too personal. Elliott erased thoughts with sensations, relaxation, pleasure; he had made her forget Charles. She couldn’t forget.

*eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.*
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937 reviews84 followers
September 2, 2014
Review for Freed by Stacey Kennedy

Freed is book 3.5 in the Club Sin Series by Stacey Kennedy. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this entire series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but the characters from previous books make appearances in later ones so I would suggest reading them in order just to get the full impact. Besides they are all amazing so there’s really no excuse not to dive in!

I was thrilled when I found out the author was giving Mary her story… throughout the series she’s been a secondary character, but played such a huge part in Dimitri and Presley’s book that you couldn’t help but fall in love with her. And lordy her history is so heartbreaking, I’ll admit I cried for her when she was first introduced. That’s just how powerful it was.

Another thing that really takes this book above and beyond expectations is that both Mary and her hero are in their fifties. They have both LIVED. So many books that are erotic or have BDSM themes focus on twenty-somethings that it was a completely different experience reading it from an older POV. It also shows that just because you aren’t in your twenties with a tight body and flawless skin that you can’t be sexy and sexual … no matter your age you are beautiful and can find a perfect match.

Elliot may be an older man, but personally I think he is more in his prime than some of the younger characters I’ve read. He knows what he wants. He doesn’t want to play mind games and he isn’t going to be coy with his emotions. He’s ready to grab onto what he wants with both hands and have his submissive. The submissive he’d all but given up on finding.

Mary, dear sweet, broken hearted Mary. Her husband died a horribly painful death due to cancer four years ago. Charles was not only her best friend and husband, but he was also her Dominant. Their connection went above and beyond the kind of love and devotion that a vanilla couple have. When she lost him, she lost the connection to the part of her life that made her who she is. A chance meeting at Dimitri’s house has her considering that maybe she does need more in her life. She decides to jump at the chance to reconnect with her submissive side, but her heart and her body aren’t on the same page as her mind. They crave things she doesn’t think she can have… can she move beyond her grief or will she continue to merely exist as a devoted widow?

I swear I cried ten times reading this book… it’s just that damn good. I love a good emotional roller coaster and as far as the Club Sin books go this is the biggest baddest of all roller coasters. And when it comes to the BDSM side of things … the author did a phenomenal job showing how differently a mature and experienced Dominant and submissive would respond to each other.

Freed is a FIVE star read… without a doubt one of the best books/series I’ve read this year and it gets FIVE drenched panties for smut factor! Hot hot hot! A Mommy’s a Book Whore certified MUST read now.

Review by the Head Whore at Mommy’s a Book Whore.
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868 reviews120 followers
November 4, 2014
This was an amazing story about moving on, love, and hope and I was truly touched by it.

I had planned to just look at a few pages and start another day but I started reading and I immediately wanted to know more. I felt for Mary and was intrigued by her story. Her connection with Elliot had me instantly drawn in. He is so commanding and I loved that connection the two of them shared. I was invested right from the beginning and couldn't put it down.

I really enjoyed that both the main characters in this story were a little older. It was nice seeing the perspective of an established Dom and submissive. They both knew themselves and what they wanted in the D/s department, that was refreshing. Elliot and Mary together were very passionate, there were some major steamy scenes involved.

Beyond the hotness, there was this majorly emotional story about moving on, letting go, and finding love again. This story is told from both Elliot and Mary’s POV’s and I loved getting into their heads, really getting to know them more and understand what was going on with them.The second half of the book had me crying. Not just teary eyed but full on pass the tissues crying. My heart hurt for these people and hoped for them. There was a really nice build throughout the story to their evolving relationship which I really enjoyed but the end was incredible. There's an epilogue too which was pretty darn perfect.

Beautifully written story. Fast paced. Wonderful characters that made me feel and pulled me into their world. I love the overall picture what was painted in my head, all the different characters and relationships. Everything came together nicely. I adored getting to see more of Dmitri, such a great man. Makes me want to read Claimed, book one in the series again.

I'm a Stacey Kennedy fan and I love the Club Sin series so much. I didn't know what to expect or how is feel when I started this book but Freed was so much more than a hot read that includes BDSM elements. It's about hope and life and living. Being happy. It was beautiful.

Complimentary copy received for honest review.
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104 reviews6 followers
December 1, 2014
**ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

2.5 Second Chance Stars

I had a really hard time getting through this one and almost DNF a couple of times, but decided to push thru it till the end.
Mary lost her husband four years ago, but he was so much more than a husband to her. He was her Dom, father of her children, and the love of her life. As much as she misses the BDSM scene, she can’t bring herself to return to it feeling it would be a betrayal to her late husband to submit to another Dom. That is until she meets Elliott through mutual friends. Mary immediately recognizes him as an experienced DOM and stirs something inside her that she hasn’t felt since her husband died.

From the moment Elliott laid eyes on Mary he knew she was different. The connection he feels between them is something he has never felt before. He immediately knows she is perfect for him, in every aspect of his life, and is willing to do anything to prove to her that what they have is real, but Mary has built some pretty thick walls and is determined to keep Elliott out.

What made this book hard for me to finish was Mary’s constant flashbacks to scenes he did with her husband in the middle of one she was doing with Elliott. It was hard to keep track if she was in the past or present, as well as the constant changes in POV without any warning. There were times when I was confused on whose POV we were getting.

This book wasn’t really for me, but I’m glad I stuck it out till the end.
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531 reviews134 followers
November 30, 2014
Stacey Kennedy delivers another awesome book in her Club Sin series. I really enjoyed getting to read Mary's story. Freed does not take place in Club Sin, but I really liked the change. What was even better about this book was that the couple was older than the other characters in this series.

We got to meet Mary briefly in Claimed; which is book 1 in the series. I am glad she got her own story. Stacey Kennedy always brings the reader a story along with the kink. Mary hasn't done a scene with anyone since her husband and Dom died.

In this book she is finding her way back into the BDSM world, but she is remembering her dom. Elliott really likes Mary, but she is not giving her entire shelf to him. What really made this book so good is the connection between Mary and Elliott.

I loved watching Mary take the journey of submitting her whole self to Elliott. I really thought that it was an awesome touch to the book to see a little of the life that Mary had with her husband Charles.

This book was really good. As usual I am itching for the next book in the series. I know it is going to be just as good as this one, if not better. I think this book would be perfect for those of you that are new to the BDSM world. If you are looking for a awesome story with some lite BDSM, than this is the book for you. Definitely give it a read.

*** Book provided by publisher (Random House-Loveswept) on NetGalley for review.***
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3,690 reviews114 followers
November 12, 2014
4.5 Stars!

So I really liked this book. I have read two other books in this series and I have to say that this is not a series you want to miss. This book was sweet, sexy, spicy, naughty, and had one second chance love story. While there are character crossovers, this book can be read as a standalone. Club Sin is a naughty, sexy series that will leave your heart smiling and your panties wet.

This is Elliot and Mary's story. Still grieving the loss of her husband, Mary is not interested in finding love again. But when she comes across Elliot, an experienced Dom, he sparks a flame in her that hasn't been sparked in a long time. When Elliot meets the beautiful Mary, he has to have to her and will stop at nothing to make her his. Will Mary be able to move forward and put the past to rest? Will Elliot be able to tear down Mary's walls? Will she be able to find a happy ending with Elliot?

I really liked Elliot from the moment I met him. I loved these two together. These two are an older couple but the sparks between them was enough to ignite flames! And Mary, my heart broke for her but I was glad to see her get a happy ending again.

I highly recommend this book and series!

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220 reviews24 followers
January 2, 2015
It's been awhile since I read this book but I figure I'll go ahead and review this while I still can.

Mary was the perfect submissive, she was often seen as the queen with her husband and master of Club Sin Charles. she thought she has forever with him until he passed. Now trying to figure out how to move on with her life, their children are grown and she is alone.

Elliot haven't quiet found the right women to spend the rest of his life with until he met Mary. She heated under his touch and melted under his stares. He wonder if he had found the right women but playing with a submissive that had already been under one master's touch for so long.

What was interesting about Freed was that this wasn't your average mid 30 couples, they were nearly in their 50s if not already. Mary didn't want to step back into Club Sin but when she met Elliot he brought her to life again.

But Mary was still grieving the loss of her husband/master that she couldn't bring herself to fall under another master touch once again. But Elliot pushes her to the max and in the end he helped her learn that it's okay to move on and love another person.

You can say these two had some really hot *** and the passion and the pleasure was real to the both of them. It was not faked or hidden.
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4,999 reviews404 followers
August 29, 2014
**I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review***

I do not read books that the age of the people are over 50 + so I have to say I did struggle here. But the author did write a good story for Widow Mary and Master Elliot.

Mary is the club physician who is trying to get her life back on track after the death of her husband and master Charles. The story shows Mary’s life in flashbacks in the story then is in real time with Master Elliot.

For me what I didn’t like is when it would stop before getting to the climax so to say. I wanted it to stay in real time and not jump back in time to when she was with her late husband. Also the cover of the book is misleading. It is showing people who are a lot younger when the people in the story are 50 +. So that irritated me. The author has great writing style, but the age of the people in the story plus the repeated stops where it would go back in time to when the heroine’s dead husband was alive and focus on reliving their time; well, that made me stop reading. I did get 75 % thru this book and what I did read, was well written.

My rating: 3 stars ***
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939 reviews88 followers
October 25, 2014
Stacy Kennedy is a great writer & I have enjoyed her other books. This one totally sucked for me. Not that it was really a badly written or over the top shocking, because in the erotic sense, it seemed pretty light.

This book is about the recover after losing a spouse & accepting someone else to fill the void. What totally ticked me off was the constant flashbacks & the ending in the middle scenes. I was frustrated & it bothered me. Another thing was the lack of warning about the age of this couple. I read was too many books to remember how old this woman was & there was no warning on the back cover/written synopsis that even hinted at the age of this couple. The front cover included. She has no laugh lines, making her less than 40 or she had a major face lift.

These books make me feel young, and I almost felt like I was watching my parents. Ewww!!

My problems with this book were flashbacks & character issues only. If you don't mind those.... It really is a good book.
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2,734 reviews135 followers
November 3, 2014
Have you gotten tired of reading books where the characters are at their mid twenties tops? Well, this is the book for you. I know, I am sounding like a TV commercial, but it's the truth. I have some GR friends who are over 40 and are tired of always reading stories about characters that are half their age.

In Freed the main characters have started living in the fifth decade of their lives. I found it weird in the beginning, but it took me only a couple of chapters to get used to it.

Call it irrational, but I wanted Mary to make the first step towards fixing her and Elliot's relationship. He was the one who was always reaching out to her and tried to work things out. That and what Mary did to Elliot bothered me the most.
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3,537 reviews37 followers
October 26, 2014
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

I have just devoured this lovely book in one sitting. It is very moving, amusing, and fiercely hot. The finesse with which the Dom, Elliott, pursues Mary, a widowed sub, is wonderful to watch. Mary's story and revival is delightful to experience, even if frustrating at times. Great story, and lovely to see old friends along the way. If you haven't read the previous books, then you are in for a treat, and reading this first may give you some endings but the stories are much more that just outcomes.

Wicked Reads Review Team

Profile Image for Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog).
1,867 reviews293 followers
October 10, 2014
Fate has no limits...
I'm a big fan of Stacey Kennedy and her Club Sin Series. She writes about the BDSM lifestyle, but it's more than the kink, it's full of friendship and love. She makes me feel something, other than heat. I met Mary in the previous books in the series and was curious about her. I really enjoyed getting to know her in Freed. And that's exactly what the author does, she draws you into the lives and the feelings of the characters until you feel like you know them. She lets you see into their painful pasts, into their heads, and into their hearts. So much so that tissues were needed. And...um...some ice water to cool you down might be needed too (wink-wink).
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4 reviews1 follower
June 12, 2021
I loved the series for these books and this one was no exception. The storyline is great and I love how the series puts real life situations into the story so it's not all romance. I also love how protective the club is of the members and how they look after one another. Definitely will be looking for more books in the series. This was an e-read that I checked out from my public library as well as the other series I have reviewed. Well worth it if you are into stories that have a darker background.
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218 reviews5 followers
February 17, 2018
Ok, this one made me cry. Sweet, poor Mary who is so caught up in the grief of losing her husband/dom, can't let in Elliott. I love that this was honest to an older crowd, still wanting excitement and the thrill of D/S in their lives. My heart broke for Mary, but even more so for Elliott, who obviously deserved the love of a good woman and submissive. Of all the Club Sin books I've read so far, this is my favorite.
November 5, 2020
This is the 4th book in the Club Sin series and I loved the story line but again feel as if the main character Mary, hid a lot of her emotions going on in her head over her husband Charles death and and I wish she would have just talked to Elliott about what she was going through instead of pushing him away and pretending like she didn't him. I'm happy Elliott was persistent and did not give up on her but there was so much wasted time because she was scared.
4 reviews
January 14, 2018
An amazing story of love and loss.

This story has so much depth and emotion. The relationship between Elliot and Mary goes beyond the
BDSM component to engage your emotions and make you care about, and hurt for, them. In spite of having cried while reading their story I highly recommend it.
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1,480 reviews26 followers
February 5, 2018
What I didn't like
The COVER. This couple is supposed to be in their early fifties!!!!!
The heroine's flashbacks. A bit too many and somewhere into the story they went on my nerves.

What I liked
Basically the rest. A lot of the story worked very well for me and was deliciously sexy. The BDSM elements are on the soft side, I would have wished for a bit more kink.

Profile Image for Erin (Brooklyn Book Fanatic).
255 reviews14 followers
August 20, 2021
A heartfelt, fast read.

I appreciate the middle age representation.

As a fan of Mary’s from previous books, this felt at times a bit too much like Elliott forced her grieving for the sake their relationship. But I also feel for him too, having found and been honest about a genuine connection, and being confused.

But of course, like any and all romance books, I love an HEA.
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462 reviews1 follower
September 15, 2018
Book 4 of the Club Sin series is another hit for Stacey Kennedy. I have read the series out of order but I believe each book can be read as a stand alone. Don't know if the relationships between the Dom/sub are realistic, but I enjoy them.
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150 reviews7 followers
July 7, 2021
Getting right to it, this was my least favorite in the series. I’m not exactly sure why but I just felt like I wasn’t connecting with Mary & Elliot as much as I have with other characters in the rest of the books. As a whole though the series has been incredible so I do plan to continue on!
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408 reviews
February 5, 2022
I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!!!!
I loved this book!! The story was great. The sex was great. The emotions in this story about killed me. I cried and cried while reading it.
Ms. Kennedy, please write more of this series lol.
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