Review: Brand (The Donovan Dynasty #2) by Sierra Cartwright

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Review: Brand (The Donovan Dynasty #2) by Sierra Cartwright


He wants her subject to his will. She’s scared she may never want to get away.

The first time Sofia McBride meets the strong and determined Cade Donovan, he warns her to keep her distance. She tells herself to heed his words, but she’s stunned to realize her depth of attraction to this intimidating man.

She knows she should stay away from him, but try as she might, she’s unable to resist him or his sexy, erotic demands. The deeper she becomes ensnared, the more she realizes she may never want to escape.

All his life, enigmatic rancher Cade Donovan has chosen women who don’t expect too much from him. But when a storm strands him with Sofia, his lovely, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer event planner, all his dominant and protective instincts flare.

Cade wants everything she has to offer, but he soon discovers Sofia’s beauty hides a determination he hasn’t counted on. Her untamed responses send him on a journey that will banish his demons and change them both forever.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.

Title: Brand
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Crave, Claim, Command, Boss
Series: The Donovan Dynasty #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Boss, Bind, Brand, Bind
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: September 22nd 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 319 pages
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Cade Donovan is the illegitimate son in the Donovan family.  His mother never married his father. After his father’s death, Cade feels guilt and has sequestered himself away from his family on the Running Wind Ranch he runs.  They have tried everything to make him see that he deserves to be part of their family-to no avail.  When he attends the wedding of his brother Connor, he finds himself instantly drawn to Sofia McBride, the party coordinator. Sofia is a strong, hard working woman whose party planning business is the largest in southern Texas.  Her work is her focus so she doesn’t do romance or even sex, much.  When Cade makes his intentions clear, she knows she could be riding a slippery slope!

Cade is a rough and tumble Texas man.  Gorgeous and strong, but harboring some demons he can’t get rid of. He knows what he wants though, and goes after it. Bringing Sofia to the ranch to plan an 100 year ranch gala, he gets to know her. He likes what he sees!

Their attraction is off the charts.  Sofia learns about Cade being a dominant and she is intrigued.  Her best friend Lara-Connor’s new wife, has told her bits and pieces about her relationship, and she has done a bit of homework.  Cade sets out to show Sofia what BDSM is to him as it can-in his words-“be a hundred different things to a hundred different people“.  I really liked that Cade was patient with Sofia, and explained his view of BDSM and what it means to him.  You can feel their chemistry. The seduction and intensity is strong. Trust is paramount but Cade struggles with that once outside the bedroom.  Sofia has opened up about her past, but Cade just can seem to do that.

Sofia feels she has given Cade what he wants and she expects the same in return.  He’s cracked open the door for her somewhat, and has told her things he’s never told anyone, but he is still holding back. They both quickly knew their hearts were on the line and this relationship is life changing. It could be oh so good, or end disastrously.

I liked how the story evolved from the start. Cade and Sofia’s love story was easy going and just clicked. Cade likened Sofia to the lightness his darkness was attracted to. Ms. Cartwright always gives us thorough details, beautifully written, so there are no questions about where her characters lie. I was actually bummed when I reached the ending as I wanted more!!  I wanted to read more about their interactions outside the bedroom as well as in, and I wanted a glimpse of the party after all of Sofia’s hard work! Maybe a short novella giving us a look-see would be in order???

Overall Brand is an extremely enjoyable and erotic journey.  The BDSM scenes are light so do not let that scare you! I highly recommend Brand! Sierra Cartwright’s writing is very addicting! Her heroes are strong, and her heroines are even stronger! Her stories are heartfelt and I certainly recommend reading all her books!

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