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Hidden Heart (Windy City #1) by Measha Stone

Blurb: Royce Blandford follows a promotion to Chicago, because when he wants something- he gets it. He’s a man with determination.

And after one evening with Jessica, he’s determined to claim her as his.

Jessica is perfectly content keeping relationships casual. She’d rather fall in lust than love. And one glance at Royce- she’s definitely in lust.

But Royce doesn’t kiss and bail. Jessica may try to hide behind a thick wall, but he senses the fires burning hot. If he has to break through kiss by kiss, he will.

Review: I'm a huge fan of Measha Stone. I just reread some of her books the other day, actually. And while this book doesn't shoot to the top of my Measha-Stone-Favorites list (that belongs to Beast) it was a great read for those who enjoy their BDSM on the lighter side (i.e. crops, control, and spanking) and totally consensual (which not all of Measha's books are).

Royce is gorgeous and kind and enjoys being called Sir by his lady friends. He's the perfect man, obviously. I kind of wish he had more flaws because I was developing a complex, but I have to say that I love the way that he introduced Jessica to BDSM. It was a rather gentle introduction which was a quite different from so many books I've read in which the hero is bringing the heroine into the dom-sub lifestyle (which can be super rough and not always consensual).

Jessica is serious, closed off, and likes to keep her flings to one-time things. Her "I-hate-love" attitude got a smidge grating at times, but as the novel progressed and we learned why she is the way she is and it made it more understandable. Definitely a relatable character though and I enjoyed that she was strong and independent, but willing to bend.

The sex between Royce and Jessica was delicious. I loved the slow way in which Royce introduced her to different aspects of her lifestyle without entirely overwhelming her and it would be a great read for those who find tastes of BDSM exciting, but aren't into whips, chains, heavy pain, or overly dramatic situations.


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