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Bound Beneath His Pain

(Dirty Little Secrets #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,396 ratings  ·  265 reviews
The USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin novels kicks off a deeply sensual new series by introducing readers to Micah, a man who takes what he wants—until he meets the one woman he needs.

Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Loveswept
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XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Allie and Micah are sexy together. I like the little peeks into Micah's dominant side. I like Allie's confidence and her personality in general. While I enjoyed reading this, I found the build up over this secret Micah hah to be so huge that I thought we were in for this earth-shattering surprise. When we finally find out what it is, it was anti-climatic. Then there's the fact that he has a submissive on a warming bench whose relationship you don't really see resolved. Of course, one can make ...more
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

This stand-alone series looks good!
Love the book covers!
Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets, #1) by Stacey Kennedy Tied to His Betrayal (Dirty Little Secrets, #2) by Stacey Kennedy

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Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful,
Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Bound Beneath His Pain' by Stacey Kennedy is book one in the "Dirty Little Secrets" series. This book does have a very small cliffhanger that set you up for the next couple for book two. Nothing major but just wanted to mention it.

I not sure I can say enough about this book! It had the hot alpha male hero Micah Holt who hasn't done a relationship since he was engaged and it ended badly. Micah has always felt
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This is the story of Allie and Micah. A story for two persons with secrets.

Well, I don't know how to explain how I feel this book and to be fair. The writing was ok and the plot was interesting. When I was reading this book, I had as many positive as negative feelings! The story was told by a dual POV and it was nicely done.

On the good side, I have to mention that there
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
This was a hot and slightly dark read. There is a nice amount of romance but there isn't a lot of room for lightheartedness or humor in BBHP. If you think the cover is hot the scenes between Micah and Allie are liable to make you melt into a blissful puddle of satisfaction. Yeah, the smexy times are that good!

The author definitely started the first in the series with a strong group of characters and just enough info to keep you curious about what's in store next.. That being said, I still
Marta Cox
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
A new series from this author who has made quite a stir recently with her Club Sin series. The Dirty Little Secrets books seem to feature four bdsm clubs owned by men who call themselves the Dominants Council. Four powerful dominant men who understand power and aren't afraid to use it!
So this the first pairs up Micah Holt with Allie Parker and from their first meeting there's a tension that just oozes through. Micah would dearly love to explore what's between them but Allie has a history that
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
At the tail end of the Club Sin Series we were given a clue about the DC... and some powerful players in the world of BDSM – Bound Beneath His Pain is the first book in the Dirty Little Secrets Series that kicks off the story of the men of the DC.

Micah Holt acquires a small residential real estate firm to aid in building his empire but finds so much more as he takes on Allie, top agent for the company. He is suddenly overtaken with a need to have her – but Micah has secrets that he isn’t ready
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was excellent! I was hooked from the start with great characters and an interesting and exciting story line. I couldn't put it down!

I thought Allie and Micah were fantastic. I seriously loved Allie and her strength, determination, and her challenging ways. Micah was wonderful. The more I learned about him, the more I fell in love with him. When these two meet, sparks fly! I thought they had excellent chemistry. Love Allie and Michah coming together and the ups and downs they experienced.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 amazing !! This book was awesome. It gives a more gentle look at the world of kinky sex!!! Loved it.... ...more
Pianka *call me PIU*

Bound Beneath His Pain is the first book in the new series “Dirty Little Secrets” by Stacey Kennedy. This is my first read by this author. This read was a billionaire/BDSM romance but there was actually no BDSM in it. The hero resents his dominant side and in 95% of the book, he is trying to fight it. This is more of a damaged hero romance than a hardcore BDSM book.

Micah Holt is the gorgeous billionaire and owner of the real estate company HOLT. Along with that, secretly he is a member of
Ivy Deluca
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
-Micah and Allie have good chemistry and I actually like the setup, if I'd been expecting a straightforward contemporary. The cat and mouse game they play, the way Allie pushes Micah away, was smart and I understood her hesitation in getting into a romantic relationship with her boss.

-However for a BDSM story, not so much, as there’s really little to be found. This is a spinoff of a BDSM series, and it’s about four dominant men who are friends and each own BDSM clubs, so call me crazy but I was
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebie
2.5 Stars. Have you ever walked or drove down a trail that has been gone over so many times that there are deep ruts in places from where others have gone before? Well, that was how I felt about this book. The billionaire businessman with kinky tastes in sex. It's been death. The story is written competently enough; but there's nothing new here, absolutely nothing. Worse, the author has liberally cherry-picked from every conceivable author of this genre out there; particularly Sylvia ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to a new series! I feel like I have waited forever for this book....but it was well worth it!
I have to say that this author is one of my top faves. All of her previous books...loved them....but this book was different. I loved it just the same and just as much but can I ever see how this author has grown as a writer. This book was slightly different, slightly more. I hung on every word as usual, I needed more the whole time. This book was hot as hell but I expected nothing
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Soooooo hot!

Yes, that is all I can think about when I think about this book. Loaded with delicious heat and an amazing male lead in Micah, you can feel the intensity just rolling off of him.

With flashes of darkness in his past, he tries to control his deepest desires but Allie is breaking down barriers he wants to control.... including her.

Sensual, delectable, and so damn hot, this story include fringes of BDSM but loads of passion and fire that will suck you in. I want more and Stacey Kennedy
Jessica Alcazar
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well now ... I REALLY loved this story. However, I also felt cheated ... (FULL REVIEW CLOSER TO PUBLICATION)
ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for review
"Bound Beneath His Pain" is the first in Ms Kennedy's Dirty Little Secrets series and if you enjoyed any of Club sin books, you will enjoy these.

Micha Holt, billionaire realestate Mogul, has been dominating the realestate market and eating up,the competition in addition to being a silent owner of one of the four major BDSM clubs ad sitting in the DC council, but that is his private life The side of him that he guards carefully. This strong Dominant is about to meet the one person I. Years to
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

3.5 Stars

This book was a different than I was expecting and didn't have much of the BDSM lifestyle in it, despite what you think it will have from the description. But I liked it overall. I liked Micah and Allie, I liked that she stood up for herself, I liked that instead of being enthralled with his money, she saw it as a reason to shy away from him.

I thought the characters seemed realistic, the dialog was good. The pacing was a little rough, I
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received this book from Random House-Loveswept through NetGalley for an honest review.**

Micah is a real estate mogul who just acquired Richardson. Allie is one of the best employees that Richardson has to offer so it was a no brainer that she would continue to work under Micah. Micah is a charmer but also her new boss so that gives Allie pause. Micah is also a founding member of the Dominants Council so he has many secrets that he would like to remain hidden.

I thought this was a good start
NiCoLeTa E.
Mar 29, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: erotic-romance, arc
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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Shadow's 5 star review
This book took a unique approach to the subject of BDSM-in this case the Dom is the one who feels his Dominant needs make him a freak. We find out through the story there is a reason for his feelings.

When real estate mogul Micah Holt buys out Richardson Real Estate, he also gains top agent Allie Parker. He is totally unable to resist his attraction to the beautiful woman, but Allie has her reasons for
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

While the blurb might suggest that Bound Beneath His Pain (Dirty Little Secrets #1) by Stacey Kennedy is taking place in the BDSM scene, actually if we are being honest it is not.

Having said that – I also said my only complain about this book – which is actually not the book but the blurb.

So in my case I was rather pleasantly surprised, because I almost expected a book along the lines of many other similar books. But I got more, because the plotline of this book is not only intense but it is
Fans of Stacey Kennedy’s Club Sins series will enjoy this spin off that gives new meaning to the saying, “you can’t always get what you want...but sometimes you get what you need.” Intense emotions overflow and cascade around you as a romance of epic proportions is built between a man determined to retain all the control and the one woman who has the ability to make him lose it. Light BDSM elements flavors the storyline though it isn’t as defining in the relationship as you would expect from ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

We meet Micah at the end of the Club Sin series. He was yummy then, and now he is still yummy and angst-y too. Allie was fabulous and a little angst-y. Loving all the secondary characters that will hopefully all get their own HEAs, especially her brother and BFF. I was disappointed with the lack of kink since him and his friends all own a different club.
☮ mary

Yes, you got it another 50 shades of sh*t wannabe of a book !! I am beyond depressed by these type of "authors" ... No need for me to tell you to skip this one right ? Cheers
May 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ceo-bad boy-manhore man meets 25y girl who he assume risks and want one thing to her


Allie-Allison goes to works to Micah's company she is the half-sister of Darius another billionaire whom she does not want to money. She is hard working and Micah apparently its not a guy that she wants to date yet he shows a part of himself that she could be with. But like all bad boys Micah has a dark past and doe not want infect her. Yet he wants to change because of her.

There is not much drama Allie is rich
Nadine Bookaholic
5 I want more stars!!

When Stacey Kennedy's highly rated Club Sin series ended it open the door to a spin off series about the men of the "DC," Bound Beneath His Pain is the first book in that series and Micah is the first of the four men that comprise the Dominant's Council to have his story told.

While Club Sin is predominantly set in a BDSM club and focuses on the lifestyle, this series starts us off with more of an emotional journey for Micah then the fact that he is heavily into the BDSM
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
4.5 stars

What a great idea for a book. A group of enigmatic, kinky men who own the best BDSM clubs in the city meet regularly to talk shop, and they call themselves The Dominant Council, or the DC for short. Just that is sexy as hell, isn't it? Stacey Kennedy only briefly mentioned the DC in her Club Sin series, but now it's time to give these men center stage in a series of their own.

Bound Beneath His Pain starts things off with the story of business mogul Micah Holt. He has acquired a small
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Bound Beneath His Pain, is very raw and unforgiving. I don't read much of the BDSM themed stories, since they can be very hard to read. Not saying this is a bad story, it's was really really good. The author writes really well and had me intrigued.

Micha, is a businessman and has money beyond anyone's imagination. But there's a secret lying deep within him. One that has controlled him for over a decade. Allie is a new employee to Holt. And one that draws Micha's attention and he can't stop
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2- 4
I didn't know what to expect from this book, I have never read this author. This book had ebbs and flows. Sometimes it clicked with me and other times I was like that did not really happen...that was the big reveal?

I liked Allie. She really seemed to know who she was and what she wanted. She was not the type of girl that settled. I liked how she was her own person and didn't want to depend on anyone. I really didn't get the relationship between her brother and her. It would be
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Nothing about this book worked for me, especially the main characters.

The h was prejudiced against money because of the way her bio dad acted when she was a kid. She even called the money her totally legit half brother made "dirty" even though he took her in when she was a teenaged orphan and lovingly raised her. The H was a filthy rich guy who thought he was a bad man and unworthy of happiness just because he like a little D/s play. Neither of them got over themselves, but they did end up all
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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 hitAmazon, 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

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