REVIEW & EXCERPT: Secrets by Claire Thompson

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As a reader, it is always exciting when you come across a new author that writes the types of books that you know are right up your alley. So when I came across this book by Claire Thompson, I knew that I definitely wanted to read this book. What is even more awesome as a reader is when you take the chance on the author and get to the end of the book, and it delivered. This is how I felt at the end of Secrets.

Allie knows without a doubt that she is sexually submissive. But every time she has engaged in play, she knows that something has been missing. Maybe not something, but someone that will make her push the boundaries of her mind and pain and pleasure. After many attempts at finding what she wants, a chance encounter with a stranger puts her onto the BDSMConnections website. An online meeting place for Dominants and Submissives. She didn’t really expect anything much until she is contacted by Master Liam.

Liam can’t deny that he’s a Dominant through and through. After a horrific accident left him injured, and emotionally broken, he has a hard time taking the leap of faith back into the lifestyle that he so misses. Finding Allie’s profile on BDSMConnections allows him to explore his return to the lifestyle without having the share all his secrets.

But when Allie takes matters into her own hand and forces a meeting between the pair, the explosion of chemistry and raw sexuality is undeniable. All insecurities are laid on the line, but can these two people, so perfect together in every way, let go of their demons for a chance at their happily ever after?

This book is not for the faint of heart, nor the reader that likes the light end of the BDSM spectrum. The play and the players in this book are extreme – and most definitely heavy on the sadist and masochist side of BDSM. If you want a book that has just a little spanking and flogging, not for you. Yet, if you can handle the extreme play (think extreme breath control and hardcore caning) then Claire Thompson delivers one hot read. Her ability to bring these scenes to life, while still making them sensual is amazing. And the hot, explosive sex was an added benefit.

A lot of the character development in this book and the growth of the relationship between Allie and Liam was via sexual discovery within the BDSM realm. So, be expected for these scenes to be a great majority of the book.

But while sex was a great portion of the book, there was also a storyline that evolved along with the characters. The interplay between self-discovery and trusting another was the major theme of this book. As both characters were damaged – physically and emotionally – I enjoyed the way that they were able to let go of strongly held notions about themselves and discover a peace that they both sorely desired but could never grasp individually.

This book was HOT, the writing was good, the storyline was engaging and I enjoyed the characters, including the secondary characters that played a major part in this book. I guess my only hang-up that dropped this book for me was some of the wording used that felt unnatural and forced. For me it kinda broke the flow of reading, and like it was used to prove a point – rather than the natural flow of conversation.

So if you like your kink extreme, then this is a book that would be right up your alley. Claire Thompson delivers a book that will satisfy those dark cravings and leave you breathless after each encounter.

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About The Book

Title: Secrets

Author: Claire Thompson

Series: BDSMConnections, Book 1

Genre: BDSM Erotica

Heat Level: Extreme (BDSM)

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Blurb: 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 fiancée. 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.

Secrets Teaser 1


The rope around Allie’s wrists was tight, her arms pulled taut and secured to the headboard. His hard body covered hers, his cock pummeling insistently inside her. The foreplay had been, if not quite as intense as she liked, certainly spicy, with plenty of spanking, nipple torture, clit teasing and even a good, thuddy flogging.

He had almost, though not quite, sent her flying as the whip licked and kissed her skin, the intensity increasing as he got more and more excited. Yes, yes, yes, yes, she’d silently shouted as the pain edged in that magical way toward something powerful and sublime. Allie had only experienced that kind of pure, ecstatic release that comes from handling, overcoming and finally embracing erotic pain once or twice in the scene, but it had been enough to keep her coming back for more.

He’d quit just before the miracle, though he’d seemed entirely unaware of what he’d done, or rather, failed to do, and Allie hadn’t told him. In her mind, if you had to tell them, then the connection wasn’t there, no matter how much you wished it could be.

“I own you.” He thrust hard inside her. She shifted, trying to find a better angle. He took that as a positive sign. “Yeah, that’s it, I’m going to make you come so hard, babe. You belong to me.  I am your Master, to do with as I will.”

Okay, so he’d been reading too many bad erotic novels, or, more likely watching too much lousy BDSM porn online, but at least he was trying. The guy was sincere, if a little overbearing, and he appeared to be nearly as into her as he was into himself.

He pounded away, his breath rasping in his throat, his heart thumping beneath his sweat-slicked skin. His stroke was good now, tapping at her sweet spot from the inside out. Maybe, just maybe, it would be enough?

“Come on, slave girl,” he gasped. “I can feel it—you’re almost there. No one can resist Master Gene. Come for me. I order you to come.” He swiveled and thrust, urgency radiating from him like heat. “Do it. Now.”

Give him what he wants. You can do it. Meg Ryan has nothing on you.

Allie moaned and arched her hips upward. She began to pant. “Oh, oh, oh, oh! Yes, yes, yes!” She shuddered and stiffened, gripping him hard with her thighs. She squinted through slitted eyelids to peer at his face looming over hers. His eyes were squeezed shut, his head thrown back, the tendons on his neck distended as he hammered her into the mattress. She continued to sigh and moan in syncopated rhythm to his orgasmic cries.

Finally he lay still, the steady beat of his heart against hers the only sign of life. He was heavy and limp on top of her. The tip of Allie’s nose was itchy and her right calf was cramping. She longed to shove him off her. She wished fervently the ropes around her now chafed wrists would miraculously evaporate. She desperately needed a shower and a cold drink, preferably something eighty proof.

Allie closed her eyes and uttered a small, silent wish: disappear.

It didn’t work.

Finally he lifted himself on his elbows and peered down into her face. “Hey, you. You alive? I told you I’d make you come. Master Gene knows how to treat a sub girl, huh?” He grinned, the pride evident on his handsome face.

Allie smiled back and sighed, letting him interpret the sound as she knew he would. “Oh, yeah,” she breathed. “Thank you, Sir.”

“You’re welcome, sub girl.”

About The Author

Claire has been writing for nearly two decades, and has published over 70 novels. She writes BDSM romance and non-con abduction tales, spanning both m/f and m/m genres. She has received numerous awards for her bestselling work, including the 2010 NLA-Int’l Pauline Réage Award for best BDSM fiction.Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of sadomasochism. Ultimately herwork deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience.



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