Restrained Under His Duty (Dirty Little Secrets, #3) by Stacey Kennedy
Published by Loveswept (Penguin Random House) on April 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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An uninhibited politician’s daughter falls for her loyal bodyguard behind closed doors in this scandalous novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and Tied to His Betrayal.
As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.
Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.
Restrained Under His Duty was my first Stacey Kennedy book and it will certainly not be my last. While it is part of a series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. In fact, I didn’t know it was part of a series until I started doing the review. Each book can be read as a standalone that focuses on different heroes with a different stories that are unique to each other.
Ryder has been in love with his Boss’ daughter for over a year now, who happens to be the daughter of a prominent Senator. His loyalty to the Senator has convinced Ryder that nothing can ever happen between the two of them but the desire and the connection might just be too strong to keep him away.
Over the years, Hadley has made it very clear what she wants from Ryder. Including an innocent declaration when she was just a young child. While she has lived her life, she’s always wanted Ryder to be the man in her life and she has seeked comfort in other places that just might be coming back to haunt her and her father’s political career.
Someone wants Hadley’s father out of the game and things get ugly. We get to watch Ryder not only struggle with keeping his Boss safe but he now has even more personal ties to keep Hadley safe and happy.
I enjoyed this book and I didn’t expect there to be as much drama as there was. The danger revolving around the Senator and the protection that Hadley needs to not only keep her past life out of the spotlight but her own safety really did add to the overall storyline.
I just adored Hadley. She speaks her mind. She knows what she wants. She doesn’t make apologizes for what she does. She owns up to it and eventually discovers why she did some of those things. She made it very clear to Ryder what she wanted and while there was times that you could see how vulnerable she could be, her strength always shines through.
Ryder’s struggle was fun to watch. I know that sounds bad but I enjoyed watching Hadley go after him and make him have to work that much harder to stay away from her. He’s extremely loyal to both Hadley and her father and he generally has a good heart. Add that one top of his dominant tendencies and he is one very desirable hero that will melt your heart, flush your skin and increase your pulse.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more from this series. If you are looking for that taboo(ish) relationship with the bodyguard/protection theme, steamy times, dominant tendencies and fun banter, then this might be the book for you. I definitely recommend you read it.