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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client.

I'm terrified.
I've never done this before--two months on a private island, isolated from the rest of the world, just me and my new client.
A client who wants my unwavering submission.
What if I'm a horrible submissive? What if I fail?
Worst of all--what if I fall for the man I know I can't have?
Protect your heart, Belle, I tel
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published August 23rd 2018
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Claire Robinson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - So it begins... Stars!

Once again Liz Meldon exceeds expectations with her writing. Book one in the Unbowed series offered up a sexy, kinky story the likes of which I haven’t read in a long time.

Just him and me and the Caribbean Sea…

I’m not going to lie and say the story-line was new or unusual; Kink, Doms, Escorts, a Contract etc, are all tropes that have been used together, separately and everything in-between many, many times before, I will also be honest and say that personally th
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every since I saw the author's Pinterest board for Belle and what it would be about I was super excited. Sometimes a book just grabs your attention and you know, you KNOW it's going to be amazing. That's Belle. Belle is now my favourite Liz Meldon book!! I give it ten stars!! 

Belle has been working at Elysium as (mostly) a foot fetish girl but that's about to change. Dean wants her as his submissive all to himself. Two months just the two of them on his private island. The weather is not the onl
Oct 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
💝FREE on Amazon today (10/16/18)!💝

Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client.

I’m terrified.
I’ve never done this before—two months on a private island, isolated from the rest of the world, just me and my new client.
A client who wants my unwavering submission.
What if I’m a horrible submissive? What if I fail?
Worst of all—what if I fall for the man I know I can’t have?
Protect your heart, Belle, I tell myself. Protect it when he smiles at you, kisses you, binds you. Don’t let Dean
R Y A N  ⚡️
5/5 - Rule #1 Never fall in love with the client.

I was right to be pumped for this ARC!

This book is about a dom/ sub forced proximity relationship. Dean (dom) hires Belle (sub) for 2 months to accompany him to his private tropical island and to be at the ready for him everyday but Sunday — Sunday is a day off. It’s so well written, the feelings both characters have for the trip, activities and each other. It’s a kink story, BDSM is the theme.

There’s caning, spanking (hand and paddle), and forc
Liz Meldon
Aug 23, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Happy release day to my latest book babe! You can find the first part of Belle and Dean's kinky romance on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

Beneath The Covers Blog
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, sonal
Full review can be found HERE -->

Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Phew, Belle: Part 1 is hot!

Belle is embarking upon a 2 month arrangement with Dean on his tropical island. She's an escort he's wanted since he first saw her, and now he's to have her - for two months, every day but Sunday. Belle is new to the D/s thing, so she's learning the ins and outs. Dean is a Dom, but not quite the typical Dom. Sure, he's dominant and controlling, but he's got obvious vulnerabilities that I find intriguing, and unusual. So many of the latest in kink fiction feature unflap
Aղցela W.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read that I liked. Belle is a highly paid escort and Dean Donahue is a wealthy man who wants her to submit to him on a private island for two months. This was a good read that I liked. When these two settle into their D/s relationship hearts begin to get involved and feelings begin to grow. The sex between these two were hot this was my first time reading this author. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next ...more
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4 / 5 stars

I had been missing me Liz Meldon's kind of kink.

Belle is an escort and is branching out into the Sub world. Her first real go at it will be a two month 'vacation' with Dean on his private island for $250K. She is both excited and scared to explore that side of herself. But she is scared she will break the #1 rule: never fall in love with a client. After the past months getting to know Dean and working on their contract, she has come to care for him already and that's without
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Belle is about to enter uncharted territory. Well at least for her. She is supposed to follow a new client to a private island and be his submissive for 2 months. For someone as inexperienced as her, this is nothing short of a challenge. But at the same time she is beyond thrilled at the opportunity because her new client is off the charts hot and looks at like she's the most delicious meal. It will be hard to not let her feelings get involved, she just has to religiously remind herself not to f ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Good. Lord. I’m not personally into BDSM but ... wow is Liz Meldon’s Belle ever so astoundingly, deliciously, wonderfully, hot. Addictive too. I’m reviewing both Part 1 and Part 2 of Belle even though they were published separately (as the first book, or first two books depending on how you count them, of the author’s Unbowed series). There’s just no way (nope, not at all) that I could have paused at the end of Part 1. It’s past 3am here. I’m going to pay for this tomorrow but I don’t ca ...more
Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By

Belle is an escort at a BDSM club and while she hasn't been one for long she has caught the eye of Dean. Dean is a wealthy man who decides to take a two month vacation to his private island and wants to live out his BDSM fantasies with a sub.  Belle agrees, they meet for coffee and discussion of what is to be expected prior to leaving but Belle is still nervous about what is going to be expected of her.

I'm not sure how to review this book because as a reader of various BDSM authors, I had a
Anne Baker
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her Delicious Rewards

OMG how does this amazing author keep writing such wonderful reads of this magnitude, truly beautiful read from start to finish! I can’t wait to read the second part of the Unbowed series. Book 1 kept me rapt from the first page. I loved the dual POV of Belle and Dean’s planned, consensual vacation for 2 months on his private island. Belle has only worked as an escort at Elysium a kink haven for clients for 6 months. She is a newbie, but so wants to try being Dean’s submissi
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This is an enjoyable short story which is well written. The subject is one I always enjoy reading about, romance and a little light BDSM.

Dean Donahue is a client who is rich and has some unusual demands in the bedroom department. Belle is the escort whom he has chosen to be with him on his tropical island for two months, mostly all alone to do as he pleases, within the agreed rules of course. In this situation you get to see them as two entirely different people; he's confident and knows exactl
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cute, hot-steamy
Belle is the first part of the story of Belle and Dean. Belle works in Elysium, a fetish club where people can live their wildest fantasies in a judgment-free zone. When she started dabbling in the Dom-sub scene, she caught Dean’s eye and he requested her to be his sub for 2 interrupted months in his private island in the Caribean Sea… with certain rules stipulated by their lawyers and the owner of the club to maximize their time together and her safety. She had 6 months to prepare for her trip ...more
Terri Turner
Dean Donahue is a client who is rich and has some unusual demands in the bedroom department. Belle is the escort whom he has chosen to be with him on his tropical island for two months, mostly all alone to do as he pleases, within the agreed rules of course. In this situation you get to see them as two entirely different people; he's confident and knows exactly what he wants, while Belle is not as confident as she makes out, she's nervous and doesn't know what she is getting herself into. She is ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. It took me by surprise that the book basically was about a Dom, Dean, and his submissive, Belle, learning to trust each other. Dean is a successful business person worth billions. However, he has a deep need to be in control, to dominate. He is known in the BDSM community as an excellent Dom. He hires Belle to be his submissive for two months on his exclusive island retreat. No outside world to interfere, no staff around daily and he would do all the cooking. Belle has been work ...more
SBee Reviews
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~ Much more than just a job ~

When Belle Bennet signs a contract to become an exclusive submissive for the billionaire Dean Donahue, she is worried that her lack of experience will not be enough to keep the interest of this Dom. But that fact apparently does nothing to deter Dean from making a very explicitly detailed offer for her, with a lucrative payoff which will set her up to pay off her student loans and well beyond. The only challenges she needs to keep in mind besides ALL her Master’s hou
Becky Baldridge
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wealthy man, a highly paid escort, and a straightforward contract with everything laid out in black and white. Should be simple enough, right? Except the lines get blurred, the rules get broken, and hearts aren't bound by contracts. The story is loosely reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, including the forbidden area of the house, and broken down, it really isn't anything new - arranged Dom/Sub relationship, a bit of kink, reward and punishment, limits tested. It's all been done, but when you ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Talk about splitting hairs. Liz has stepped up her game and totally nailed this bad boy. A captivating tale hinging on broken trust, changing the dynamics of the game one scene at a time. I was hooked from the start and reeled in for the duration. You have your drama, action packed, fast paced, steamy with added flames and chemistry that only grow as the tale unfolds. The characters are complex, well developed and so realistic I felt I could just reach out and touch them. Their p
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm throwing a tantrum at this moment, hating the fact that this was only book 1 that is continued in a book 2. But, I knew that going in so I have to try to wait patiently. I may just have to reread this one a couple of times in the meantime...

If you like BDSM stories, romantic and caring stories with a deep level of commitment, beautiful places and gorgeous faces, then this book will enthrall you. This is truly a romance at heart and the ending of book 1 is so emotional that I actually h
Kristina lyboult
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
👍 Up to Liz Meldon. This was such a Great book. I cannot wait to read and review part 2 and see what happens with Dean and Belle. I know Belle should not have broken Dean's, her "Dom", trust or rules about going up to the 3rd floor that was of limits.But then again Belle new the consequences for disobeying Dean's rules and that is to be severely punished. When Belle got her 10 lashes "over her window with she had to lean out of while punished" I wanted to cry for her. She then screamed at him to ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am volunteering to leave a review of this ARC book. Liz Meldon came on my radar when I saw a request to read Holiday Hell. I was trapped forever with The Hunt series. And now, her Belle series. Having just finished Book 1, I will have to wait for book two, and three, but with an island of sand grains of impatience. If you have never read a book by Liz, and are impatient, I will recommend my favorite, The Hunt series first, and then this trilogy. And, then, heck, everything else Ms. Meldon. Bel ...more
Douglas Williamson
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our heroine enters into a contract to be a submissive for two months on a tropical island. What could be better?

This is a romance story, of course, so the characters are going to cross the lines and develop feelings for each other. And this is also Part 1 of 2, so it ends without resolution. (Both Part 2 and the combined format version have already been published at the time of this review)

So what makes this book stand out? The writing, of course. The characters are well developed with realistic
World Of Books 65
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first step into writing a review on BDSM book so here goes. If you have never read a BDSM book before or you are an avid reader 'Belle' won't disappoint.

The story between Dean and Belle is well written really get into why both want the pleasure of a Dom and Submissive - Dean needs the control that he can't always have while working within the family business and never being allowed to follow his one dream of painting - and Belle because deep down she needs the order that being a submissive c
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good story, very well written, with characters more complex than they appear. This part tells the first month of Belle with Dean. BDSM games are good, sometimes described after the action, but in the end it's not disturbing with the romantic history (maybe that's not what some readers will look for). Personally, I look forward to the continuation to know the outcome between their relationship, the problems of Dean with his family and the questions of Belle with herself.
Good characters who are no
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Belle is a paid escort who agrees to spend time on an island with wealthy Dean Donahue. They have a contract on how things are to be while spending time together. Somehow the rules of the game are changed when both starting having feelings for each other.

This is my first read by this author and I really enjoyed this story. The plot is well written and I liked the H&H right the start. Also I read this book in one sitting because it held my interest. The only thing is I’m not a fan of books that
Gretchen Anderson
This book is amazing!!! Love the characters, the story and the writing!

It's the first BDSM type book I've read that is completely and totally about the couple. They explore their own wishes and likes. Their dislikes and they have fun doing it. They enjoy each other and each other's time. They truly just take care of each other.

I think the premise of them being on an island all to themselves helps greatly. This sounds like it would be boring but there's just enough outside/side plot that makes it
G (heartbooked)
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Was battling between 3 & 1/2 and 4 Stars... so I’m settling halfway between them.

This is no disrespect to the author and her writing. I have already contacted her and explained my thoughts. But since I received an arc to this, I think I owe Liz at least a review of this.

BDSM is not my thing. So don’t take my rating for how you decide whether to read this book or not. I may have totally misread the info about this book and missed that part. Although it wasn’t my thing to read about, I’m giving
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SpineTingling PERFECTION!💋
Voluntarily review
OMG! Soooo Good! What an amazing read that grabs hold of you refusing to let you go as the pages heat up sending shivers down your spine loving every unforseen head shaking twists that gets throwed at you wanting more! Exciting, entertaining, witty, thrilling, emotionally gripping, passion filled and impossible to put down! Knock your socks or panties chemistry that will send your kindle into full blown meltdown and keeping you nice and uncomfortable
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Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn't writing about her own snarky characters, she is reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.

Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are

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