Friday, August 19, 2016


Title: Secrets
Series: BDSM Connections Book #1
Author: Claire Thompson
Release Date: August 19, 2016

Secrets protect…but they also destroy. 

Allie Swift has a secret—one that has kept her from finding a Dom willing to take her where she longs to go, far beyond the slap-and-tickle approach of BDSM-lite, into the deep reaches of true sadomasochism. 

When she meets Liam on a BDSM personals site, she senses he’s different from the Doms she has been with before. His darkly compelling nature speaks directly to her submissive heart.

Liam Byrne had it all—a great career, a hot body, and a submissive fiancĂ©e. That is, until a year ago when a head-on collision with a drunk driver shattered not only his leg, but also his life. Now Liam harbors an ominous secret, one that’s tearing him apart and causing him to hold the world, including Allie Swift, at arm’s length.

As the intensity of their D/s exploration increases, Liam and Allie must confront their fears. Together they must decide if the bond they share is strong enough to survive bringing their secrets to light.

Secrets is the first novel in Claire Thompson’s new edgy BDSM romance series: BDSM Connections. Prepare for a powerful, emotional experience.

I've read all kinds of books by Claire Thompson and I never know quite what to expect, other than that I'll like them.  Secrets is a lot tamer than some of Claire's books, but the relationship between the main characters is no less intense.

Secrets is the story of Liam and Allie.  Liam and Allie "meet" online through a BDSM dating site.  This site is not your typical Fetlife BDSM site.  Immediately Liam and Allie connect, but they live on opposite sides of the country.  Both have secrets.  For Liam the distance helps him.  He's afraid that Allie will reject him, as his last girlfriend did, because of his limp and scar tissue.  Allie has her own secrets, but she bravely defies Liam's wishes and gets on a plane to meet him.  He is thrilled.

Liam is a caring Dom, but he pushes Allie.  Allie is a big masochist.  She's never been pushed as far as she wants and Liam knows just how to push her to where she needs to be.  It's perfect.  Eventually the secrets of both unfold and the two work through them.  

I loved the main characters, the supporting characters, the story, and I think I'll love the series.  I give Secrets FIVE STARS!

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