Review – Caught Up In You by Roni Loren

Caught Up in YouPublisher: Berkley Heat
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: NetGalley

The girl who has spent her life running is about to be caught . . . by love.

After a shaky past, Kelsey LeBreck’s future is looking good. She’s been saving money for culinary school with her earnings from The Ranch, a private BDSM resort. Even better, she’s landed a day job where she can practice baking and flirt with her favorite customer. However, having secret fantasies about Wyatt Austin is where it has to end. If there’s one thing Kelsey knows can derail her, it’s a relationship. But when a danger from her past threatens to steal her fresh start, the intense executive may be the only one who can help her.

Wyatt doesn’t have room on his agenda for dating, but something about the pretty young waitress stirs desires he thought were long buried. So when he needs someone to pose as his girlfriend at an important business retreat and finds out Kelsey needs to go off the grid for a while, he can’t resist making her an offer. Soon, Kelsey learns that Wyatt’s power in the boardroom is no match for his power in the bedroom, and she wonders if her heart will survive. Because Wyatt Austin is a man who gets what he wants, and now he wants her.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I really like this BDSM series from Loren, and continue to get more and more excited as each book releases about the characters, past and present.

When we first met Kelsey, she was going through the most horrific ordeal imaginable. Now that she has had a chance to get some therapy and is working at living a healthier life, she is so close to achieving her goals. But when her past catches up with her, Kelsey finds herself on the receiving end of help from none other than Wyatt Austin, the sexy businessman who comes to sit in her section every morning.

Wyatt can’t seem to stay away from Kelsey, so when she gets into a bit of trouble, and he needs help schmoozing for his business, they kill two birds with one stone. Training Kelsey as a submissive is just icing on the cake. But as they become closer friends, Wyatt realizes that Kelsey is the one girl he wants to keep. Only problem is that Kelsey is more scared of commitment than he is, and is going to be hard to catch.

After reading all about Kelsey’s ordeal in book one, I was really worried that she wouldn’t be able to get her life together. But seeing her strong and happy was such a treat. I loved that she had taken control of her life in the only way that she knew how, and that she was trying so hard to control every aspect of her life. The fact that she went the opposite way and became a domme made me smile. And then seeing Wyatt’s reaction to that the first time was hilarious! Watching Kelsey give up that control while dealing with all the emotions from her past was such a special treat.

Although Wyatt goes into their agreement saying and thinking that he wants something temporary, I love the fact that he is the first to admit to himself that he wants to keep Kelsey for the long run. I love romance books where the hero is head over heels for the heroine, and does everything in his power to get her to fall for him as well. Seeing Wyatt use his entire kinky arsenal to get Kelsey to fall in love with him was steamy and oh-so fun!

Loren does such a wonderful job writing BDSM. I love that she balances out the romance with the kink, providing just enough eroticism with the perfect blend of sensual romance. I thought all the scenes between Kelsey and Wyatt were perfect. Wyatt did an amazing job of imprinting new memories for Kelsey to help dull the ones of her captivity. And Kelsey was the perfect fit for Wyatt, strong enough to handle their D/s dynamics and her submission all while retaining her strong sense of self.

I’m extremely anxious to read the next book in the series. Loren does a fabulous job of introducing secondary characters into her stories, and getting the reader excited about the prospect of their happily ever after. I’m anxious to see who Kade will be able to tame, especially since his ideal girl is one he’s struggled to find.

All in all I think Loren continues to be a shining star in the erotica romance genre. Her BDSM scenes are very sexy while remaining sensual and romantic. Her characters are easy to relate to and fall in love with. I love her Alpha heroes and strong women. I am anxious to continue reading more in this series.
I give Caught Up in You a B+

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