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For Her Own Good

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  53 reviews
From USA Today Bestselling author Tamsen Parker comes a taboo romance of risk-taking, redemption, and how to give voice to our greatest fears and our greatest desires.

“Don’t be greedy,” he murmurs into my hair, and it makes me all the more desperate.
“Daddy, I am greedy.”

When Dr. Lowry Campbell saved my life as a suicidal teen, I thought he was the most perfect man I’d
Kindle Edition, 472 pages
Published October 21st 2019
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Isabella. R
4 Absolutely Darling Stars ⭐

I have an unexplainable fixation with daddy kink romances and it’s not often you find well written books in this genre. So, I had high hopes going into For Her Own Good. There were some amazing heartfelt moments and it was extremely steamy, however it felt like forever before the romance kicked in.

“I don’t have any experience with it in real life, but I’d like very much if you were to be my little girl. I might not be very good at it at first since I haven’t done it
Briar's Reviews
Oh man, oh man, oh man! Another Tamsen Parker gem!!

This book is a 6 out of 5, but unfortunately that rating does not exist on this site so I guess I can settle with just a 5 out of 5.

Seriously though, this one was a DOOZIE!

Tamsen has amped up the plot, has some truly epic references and kept me hooked the entire time! Starla and Lowry (amazing names, by the way) are one incredibly interesting pair that make this book feel more than just a romantic, erotic tale. These characters felt real - men
benevolent bastard
To be trapped in Starla and Lowery’s world forever.
This wasn’t your typical dirty daddy kink. It was actually quite HEAVY. Starla suffers from depression and she’s learned how to conquer it with Lowery’s guidance. He left for fifteen years after her last major depressive episode and now he’s back into her life trying to be her friend and possibly her lover.
Daddy Lowery is absolutely kind, patient and nurturing. He’s everything a girl could want in a daddy. He’s so emotionally connected and phy
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Wealth meant nothing to Starla Patrick when she had been battling with her mental well-being for half of her life. Fifteen years ago a psychiatrist changed her life in more than one way. Now, Dr. Lowry Campbell is back and upended her life all over again. This time around, things would be different for better or worse.

If I only have one thing to say about Lowry it’s that aye, he’s a fecking nice Scottish bloke wit
Jessica Alcazar
The first thing I want to make sure everyone understands is that if you’re looking for a daddy kink taboo read, this isn’t it. I’m probably not going to say this correctly, but this is the story of a grown woman making her mental health circumstances her bitch who also happens to prefer a protector/someone to take charge sexually. Her sexual kink happens to manifest itself best when Daddy takes care of his little girl. Starla’s inner child/little girl is ever present in her life and she thrives ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

I cant remember a time when I felt more seen in a book than this. I wasnt really sure what I was walking into with this but this turned out to be painful and cathartic and amazing. I do have to mention that this book deals HEABILY with mental illness and suicide topics so if that's a trigger then I would steer clear. There was a lot of passages that called to exactly the way I feel when my depression raised its head as well as my feelings on DDLG kinks. This book also had THE single most sexi
LaToya (Readingbythebayou)
This one was just ok. It had the bones to be a great story but it didn't hold my attention. It was way too much talking in their heads and not to each other. There was also a lot of medical jargon used dealing with mental health issues but it made the book less enjoyable for me. I struggled rating this one. ...more
sil ♡ the book voyagers
DNF at 50%

I talk about this book in my upcoming video but tbh I was enjoying this book but it was taking too long. It is a slow burn romance so!!! Take that into account. It's really intense and heavy on themes (Content warnings: suicide attempt and massive depression). Also another aspect that led me to DNF easier was that the hero/heroine met each other when the heroine was a minor because the hero was her psychiatrist. They felt an attraction to each other but did nothing about it! 15 years p
Jess *lovetolovebooks*
I’ll treat her as fragile not because she is, but because life has already tried to shatter her on the floor one too many times, and wouldn’t it be nice if someone cradled her for once?

For Her Own Good was phenomenal! I kind of went in expecting the classic Daddy/little girl read, and what I got was an incredible representation of depression, kink relationships, and a healthy mixture of the two.
Starla has suffered from extreme depression since she was young, but after finding a treatment that wo
Leigh Kramer
CW: depression, suicide, death of a parent

Ginger Scottish ex-psychiatrist Daddy kink. As you might expect, it’s super hot. As you might not expect, it’s also a compassionate, nuanced exploration of grief and mental health.

Starla is not pleased when Lowry happens to sit next to her on a plane. They haven’t seen each other in 15 years, since the night he found her at rock bottom and took her to the hospital. He was her psychiatrist at the time and suddenly up and left his job and her by default. M
After "His Custody" by this author was one of my favorite books of 2021 I was very much looking forward to reading this one (doctor/patient and daddy kink) but unfortunately.... I wasn't a big fan of this one. The leads are so much in their heads from beginning to end that it just felt like a slog to get through, and I desperately wanted to skim but refrained until the very end because I do enjoy this author's voice.
In fact, as someone who has struggled with depression for most of my life I fou
May 07, 2022 marked it as dnf
DNF at 50%

I’m frustrated with this one because the story and characters are working for me, but it feels absurdly overwritten to me. I’m a passionate defender of the merits of single-POV, and I feel that dual-POV has to have a solid reason why a character’s perspective must be shared at certain moments. Here, I felt the pacing was slowed down by constantly swapping POVs to get their every. single. thought. There’s a difference between slow burn and slow because it desperately needs editing, this
Dec 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me by surprise. I will admit it! I really loved the plot, how the heroine had so many responsibilities and how her mental health played out. It was a full story, and not just a story about daddy kink! I truly appreciated that.
Nov 12, 2022 rated it liked it
3.75 ⭐️
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OhMyGawd!!! Hello perfection.

I don’t think I could’ve loved this book any more than I did. It’s definitely a super close runner up to Parker’s Craving Flight, and yup, emotionally it surpassed the Compass Series ⬅️ Never in a million years did I think that could happen.

Anyhow, let’s get to the point.

Daddy kink isn’t something I normally find all that interesting, probably because I don’t really understand how it can be differentiated from “regular” father/daughter relationship. BUT!!! and that’s
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

For Her Own Good is a forbidden, age-gap romance that has a bit of kink thrown in. The story focuses on Doctor Lowry Campbell and Starla Parker. Lowry was Starla’s doctor when she was an adolescent battling with depression.

Once she turns 18, he leaves Boston for Chicago for fifteen years, only to return, and a chance encounter puts them side by side on his flight back. She is also on the flight to Boston after completing some work in Chicago.

Kate Bailey
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I don't know what I was expecting with this book, but I got so much more than I imagined. Full honesty, it took me a little bit to get in to the story, but when it hooked me, I was stuck tight. The storyline was unique and the development of the story arc flowed smoothly throughout the book. I loved the characters. Lowry was so sexy and caring to Starla's needs. And Starla, my heart ached for her. I loved how Parker wrote this book facing the mental issues of depression and anxiety head on, ...more
Laurel Nilsen
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little while to get into this book and I wasn’t sure what to expect as this is the first book by this author and this genre and it took a bit of getting use to. This book is about Lowry and Starla and a love that is forbidden to start with but fast forward 15 years and add a bit of kink in and you have a match made. Starla struggles with depression and Lowry knows how to handle her. Some serious steamy scenes and your anxiety will have you sitting on the edge of you seat. If you lik ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Campbell saved Starla’s live when she was a suicidal teen and then he just disappeared. Now 15 years later he is back and sparks are flying between them. It is three short months before Starla will be the wealthiest woman on the Eastern Seaboard. Can she trust the reason Dr. Campbell came back? Fast-paced read loads of drama and amazing chemistry. I was hooked from beginning the end. The story draws you in and Starla is an amazing character. I loved it.
Francine Taitague
Dec 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. The main character was just really childish in my opinion and there’s was a lot of chapters I just passed through cause it was such a snooze. & the whole calling Him “daddy” thing was just super awkward for me. Not my cup of tea.
Melinda Benn
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author to me, so I didn't know what to expect. I ended up enjoying this book. ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it did not like it

I barely made it through the prologue let alone the first chapter. Tightness characters don't interrst me at all. Ugh
Erin Benson
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sabarin A.
Feb 06, 2022 rated it it was ok
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have some mixed feelings about Parker's latest erotic romance, despite the high rating I've given it. The writing is fabulous (unsurprising, given Parker's track record), the characters sympathetic and compelling, and the kink is portrayed with respect and care. But the idea of a psychiatrist/patient sexual relationship, even if the psychiatrist hasn't treated the patient in a VERY long time, gave me pause.

The story:
A male psychiatrist who had an inappropriate attraction to an adolescent femal
Nov 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. Okay - this is a pretty incredible book. The writing is top notch.

I really don’t think the author lands the final act conflict though. It made me really mad at the MMC because he is literally doing the worst thing he could possibly do, for no reason. And… he of all people knows this. It ended up making him seem like he was really not the right fit for her, and considering the role he plays in their sex life, it felt like he needed to be more in control and aware of her needs. It ju
Kim Lowery
Love Parker novels. Always so intense.

It’s row (not road) to hoe.

She rolled her lips between her teeth nine times. It seemed like more because it was such a specific action. Bit annoying actually.

Told in varying POVs. Definitely two different voices, well done. The psych stuff handled very well. It was totally present in the story but still not as present as the principle characters, which was great. Sometimes books with “issues” become all about the issue and not the person/character.

I’d read
Aug 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Starla is just trying to survive when everyone just keeps leaving her. Lowry is determined to get back the one person he left behind. They finally see each other after years of being apart. Starla is a strong and independent. She just needs someone to love her. She needs a Daddy. Lowry may not know much but he's dreamed of being a Daddy. It's such a good story. I like Jade and how protective she is. Mauve is sweet. Tad is sketchy and creepy. The smut in this is fantastic. I really enjoyed this. ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

I flounced Taming His Teacher but decided to give this one a try and I loved it. The characters are older and more established, plus they already have a history. They deal with some very serious stuff-mental illnesses, abandonment, guilt... The story is very compelling and I enjoyed everything about the romance in addition to the mental health and business parts of the plot.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ddlg-romance
I just love a taboo romance, and I am constantly searching for lengthy novels that explore kink and bdsm lifestyle’s that go outside the bedroom. This book felt very real. Lowry and Starla were a breath of fresh air. I appreciate how Starla was the one to introduce her ddlg kink to Lowry, and he came into his role naturally and eager to learn. For Her Own Good was truly a sweet romance that touches on real life experiences from mental health, insecurity, and decision making.
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Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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