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(Beards & Bondage #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 ratings  ·  195 reviews
From multi award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, comes book 2 in this sexy, suspenseful series...

When she needs a sanctuary…

Targeted by a sadistic former client, attorney Liz Lewis needs a place to lay low. When a friend offers her his family farm as a safe house, she eagerly accepts, unaware that she’ll have to share the farm with her friend’s brawny, beautiful b
Paperback, 292 pages
Published August 29th 2017
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SERIES: Beards & Bondage #2 - it can be read as standalone
GENRE: erotica
TROPES/THEMES: fake dating, small town, forced proximity, dominatrix, bondage
TRIGGER WARNINGS: death threats, murder
RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
SONG: crazy in love

Another book in the series with darker undertones for the set up of the story.
When Liz needs sanctuary from death threats regarding her job she finds it on the farm of her friend's brother Silas. These two are very much opposite with Silas being ve
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

This book has got one hell of a likable and strong heroine, and a hero that says what he means and means what he says.

Basically, how did I feel about Liz and Silas??

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This book grabs you right from the first chapter. There's no easing you into the story...well, get a few pages. But Rebekah Weatherspoon hits you with the BOOM right from the get-go. She wants to get this show on the road.

Liz is trying to figure out how to readjust herself after her attack. Her world is t
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
This came highly recommended and I took the plunge based on another book I previously read and enjoyed by the author. (Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny)

I'll try to keep it short, I obviously was excited about the fake relationship trope and sold about the premise of a successful black lawyer needing to lay low after an attempt murder on her person. A gruff and on the spectrum farmer hottie hero held some major appeal for me as well.

As much as I liked Liz and Silas as individuals, I didn't find anything r
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Contemporary Romance/Erotica : ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beards & Bondage Series
#1 Haven : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#2 Sanctuary : ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#3 Harbor : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sadly this one wasn't my favorite BUT it was a solid read all the same.

Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much YES to this book... its hard to know where to start!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic, bdsm, diverse
I quite enjoyed Haven, book one in this series earlier this year (both are stand alones) and Sanctuary was a hit for me as well. As in Haven, this book starts with quite a suspenseful scene. Our heroine, Liz, an attorney, who goes home one day after a long day of work, to find a man in her apartment, waiting to kill her. Liz is able to eventually take the heel of her stiletto, and slash the intruder's throat, resulting in some minor injuries to herself. Before her attacker dies, he mentions a fo ...more
Cam (justabookeater)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rebekah Weatherspoon has done it again! While Haven continues to be my favorite in the series, Sanctuary introduced me to the wonder that is Silas and Liz; a power couple for the ages.

Romance is the perfect escape given the political climate and the stress of everyday life but Rebekah’s books include nuanced discussions on sexism and systematic racism without making the entire book revolve around it. This is something I highly appreciate from her part.

I loved getting to read a female Dom since t
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liz Lewis is a lawyer who has had a hit put out on her and is seeking to lay low at the farm owned by the family of a friend and run by his brother. As a cover for her presence on the farm the brother and Liz play out a fake relationship but it doesn't stay fake for long.

This is the second in this series and is very similar to Haven. Again we have a woman who fears for her life taking refuge with an unlikely man, with the relationship having elements of S&M. Unlike the first book, the top in thi
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
The first book that I finished in 5 weeks *cue: crying emoji* I forgot how to write reviews so I'm going to make this short. It's very domestic AND it's set in country side with lots of dogs. If you want want to pick up an m/f romance where the female heroine is in charge, you need to get this stat. ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
I loved it!

Great chemistry between MCs + perfect balance between romance, suspense and sexy scenes.

A novel about Liz, black woman in her early thirties, a lawyer, who after attempt to kill her, flies away from the city to lay low. She's staying with biracial (Polynesian-Scottish) farm owner (Mr Grumpy) Silas and his five dogs! Also featuring Liz as dom in the relationship. It's my first novel with woman as a dom in the duo. Also it's worth mentioning that Silas is on the autism spectrum.

I'm hopi
Talia Hibbert
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
The dialogue was unnatural and stiff, the actions caused many, many eye-rolls, and the author didn't seem to have an understanding of her own subject matter. Terrible. ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

Aug 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
2 1/2 Stars.

The plot or I guess the catalyst of the story was very unrealistic as it was written. The writing was choppy. It doesn't flow well, and the sex scenes were kind of awkward IMO, rather than sexy. I didn't like Liz although she definitely her good moments and I loved the idea of her friend group. But again, I fell like the friendship, bonding, I got your back, girls scenes were missing something. Just off a bit. If someone broke into your apartment and tried to kill you, wouldn't your
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a few quick things...This was so good. I quickly fell in love with Silas and Liz and all the dogs. So fast. They're such unique characters. So full of strength, even when things are really bad. I love how they know themselves so well because having that sense of self is so important. I think you can't have a strong relationship with someone unless you are sure of yourself first. So the confidence they each have was brilliant.

I love that the problems Liz faced were not easily and unrealisti
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4 ★

#erotic #dual-pov #interconnected-standalone #interracial

✔ gruff and blunt, socially awkward farmer hero with a beard
✔ strong and confident, city-girl heroine, who happens to be domme and love baking
✔ sizzling chemistry and light BDSM
✔ dealing with trauma
✔ small town feeling
✔ five dogs
✔ little peek of Shep & Claudia from Haven

✘ weak fake relationship trope
✘ wish more exploration of the 'lust turning into love' thing

My favorite quote:
“I still don't particulary like you, but
Kat ❅
This was really good! I liked book one but I liked this even more. I had some issues with the thriller aspect of this but the romance was really good and it kept me reading.

I sat down yesterday to read this entire book because I had to return it to the library. Normally, I have a hard time sitting down and reading a book straight through, even if I'm enjoying it. My focus just tends to drift after the first hour. I am happy to say that did not happen here! I was engaged the entire way through,
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I received an eArc of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

CW: Physical assault, attempted Murder, death, blood, BDSM.

Considering how much I loved Haven, the first book in the series, my excitement for this one was surreal, even more when I learnt that the hero has dogs, AND FIVE OF THEM. So, when I got the earc, I might’ve lost my chill and squilled a bit, I also
Alecia Reads
Liz , a lawyer, has a hit out on her from a past client, unfortunately she kills the hitman in self defense with a stiletto. To get out of the city her friend Scott takes her to his twin brothers farm. There they begin a fake relationship to keep her safe and give her space to work out the mess that a homicide leaves in her apartment. Silas turn out to be a grumpy, closet submissive on the spectrum, exactly what Liz needs.

I really liked the characters Silas, Liz and the dogs. Liz being the domi
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Rebekah is simply amazing. Sanctuary, believe it or not, is better than Haven. I love both of them, but Silas and Liz's story has a big spot in my heart now. It was such a wild ride since the beginning, starting with a murder scene, no joke. Rebekah really knows how to take my attention and make me love the book from the start.

As you all probably know I absolutely adore dogs in romance books, especially if the hero owns them. And Silas owns FIVE OF THEM in Sanctuary. From uninterested pups to wa
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
OK - I wanted to love this book as much as I loved the first one. The formulae should've worked for me: strong, Black, non-skinny heroine? Check. Interesting hero? Check. Mystery? Check. Fun supporting characters? Check. Good writing? Check. But somehow these elements did not come together as well as I'd hoped.

First of all, the way the heroine fell for the hero was not very convincing. In fact, their whole hook-up-turned-relationship journey seemed a bit rushed. I couldn't help but be skeptical
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Um What. I'm 4 starring a romance novel? Thinking about maybe giving it 5 stars? What? A love interest on the spectrum? A dominatrix MC who isn't overly sexualized? Both of them dealing with their own traumas without the other being made to "fix them." SUPER STEAMY?? ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I published this review at the Book Queen's site:

This book starts off with our hero Liz, coming home after a night out with friends, only to find an intruder in her apartment. She literally fights for her life, determined to survive. I will admit to having a moment of concern--obviously for Liz and her physical and emotional well-being---but because the “heroine being attacked” scene was also the beginning of Haven. You know how sometimes authors hit a gr
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start with all of my gushing! *deep breath*

I LOVED Haven but fuck if I didn't somehow manage to find just a little more love for this story. Liz is so me, but like my best vacation me, so workaholic who's somehow pared her life down to the bare necessities and doesn't know what she'd been missing until she finds it. And Silas. SILAS! I knew I was gonna love him when I heard he was (undiagnosed) on the spectrum. My heart just wanted to love every "rude" comment he made
Ntokozo M
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nalla Reads
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on NallaReads


I love this series. Weatherspoon creates characters that are so real and raw that you feel every part of their journey.

We met Liz during book 1 but now get to see a whole new side to the take-none lawyer. After surviving a harrowing ordeal in her own home, Liz needs to escape from a former client's insane need for revenge (who she did NO wrong to...ugh! drove me crazy!). Her coworker and friend, Scott, hatches a plan to get her out of the city and out of harms way.
Nicole Field
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: autism-rep
I did not honestly like this as much as I expected to, especially after I so loved Haven. This is the second book in the series and involves Claudia's friend Liz Lewis who we see briefly after Claudia's attack and resulting stay with Shep.

Instead of the sleepy town that Shep and Claudia end up in, Liz ends up on a small apple farm with the twin brother of her co-worker (the one who secretly clearly wants to sleep with her but has never actually said anything to that effect to her directly).

Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC given by author in exchange for honest review

I am starting to easily become a fan of Rebekah Weatherspoon's writing. I love her characters, and how down to earthy they feel, and just how truly real they seem. Ebie reminds me a lot of a few of m y own friends, and Silas... you just can't help but love him. There's just something about him that makes you want more things from his pov.

But the dogs...I loved each of their names! Especially old Joe Namath. The way she wrote them, again, you felt
I love everything Rebekah writes and this second installment of Beards & Bondage lived up to expectations. If you are a fan of the literary trope "fake relationships" this is definitely for you.

I felt that the relationship moved at a reasonable pace. Liz and Silas are two very direct characters. They don't play those passive games and always encourage each other to be honest and open. This was my first time reading an erotica where the man was the sub and the woman was the dom. It gave me a whol
Weekend Reader_
Jan 29, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

How did an attempted murder turn into a HEA? Silas and Ebbie aka Liz have a lot of things to overcome like the hit out on Liz's life, a sibling rivalry, and Sila's grumpiness. Luckily they find a way and have some sexy time. I've gotten use to Weatherspoon's novels not having a third act breakup so I was surprised this book had one. I think the break was necessary because Liz's needed to work through somethings.

CN: attempted murder (someone dies), break in, mention of hiding from a serial
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After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. Raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California where she will remain forever because she hates moving.

Her BDSM romance At Her Feet won the Golden Crown Literary Award for erotic lesbian fiction. Her novella FIT (#1 in the FIT Trilogy) won the R

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“means. I try not to roll my eyes. I remember women like me can’t scream at women like her. I can’t grab her by the shoulders and shake her until she listens. I need to cooperate. I need her on my side. I’m already in the negative with her. My build, my skin—shit, even my voice. Brooklyn and I both, since we hit puberty, have deep and raspy voices that can carry across a few rooms. Those Lewis girls sure pack a presence. To the detective, I’ve already been hysterical. To D.A. Flora Rivers, the next step paints me as someone who overreacts, the step beyond that means I’m unreasonable, then hostile and then I’m the one getting arrested.

(p. 35) Kindle Edition.”
“You know how selfish that sounds right?” he says.
“Why?” I turn back to him. “Because men always get what they want? Why should I have to give you more?”
“So how is it fair that I give you exactly what you want and I don’t get what I want?”
“What haven’t I given you? Think long and hard before you answer, because you came your brains out last night.”
“Yeah. It’s simple gender inequality, my guy,” I say in that voice Brooklyn always does to make me laugh.
“I still don't follow.”
“Men expect certain things and usually they get them, but I say fuck that. I almost never get what I want in life. I get some things, but almost everything, even the shit I work really hard for? I know I would get even more if I were a man. Especially a white man.”

(pp. 190-191, Kindle Edition)”
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