Bonds of Need (Wicked Play Series #2)

Bonds of Need (Wicked Play Series #2)

by Lynda Aicher

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Book two of Wicked Play

When Kendra Morgan attends a party at an exclusive sex club, she's not driven by mere curiosity. Hoping to prove she's put the past behind her, Kendra must instead face up to needs she's denied for too long. Despite her lingering fears, she can't resist the temptation to play…

Deklan Winters has had his eye on his attractive neighbor for months, but only senses Kendra is no stranger to the BDSM scene when she walks into his club. And he can tell that's not her only secret. What surprises him is his own overwhelming desire to give her what she craves—and to show her a side to the Dom/sub relationship she's never known.

With Deklan's guidance, Kendra begins to accept her forbidden needs and to recognize the fine line between pleasure and pain. But when her former Master returns to reclaim her, it will take all her courage—and all of Deklan's love—to defy her past.

For more tales from The Den check out Bonds of Trust.

85,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426896071
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Series: Wicked Play Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 67,809
File size: 418 KB

About the Author


Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. Find her at:


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The bag taunted her. All glossy and black, with blood red letters embossed in an elegant script proclaiming the store name. It was a simple bag, really. A standard rectangle with rope handles in the style used by most clothing stores. Yet Kendra Morgan couldn't stop staring at it.

She moved to the right, edging around the end of her bed as if a different angle would change the effect. The shift in position caused the overhead light to glare against the shiny coating blurring the lettering, but the name was already imprinted in her mind.

If she was honest, and she was trying to be that now, it wasn't the bag itself that mocked her. No, it was the items inside that beckoned her in a silent whisper of repressed longing.

Kendra hugged herself as she struggled against her continuous inner battle. The one that waged between the desire to wear the garments and the repulsion that came with the thought of putting them on. But there was no denying the residual excitement building within her at the thought of the night to come. Of once again being in that environment surrounded by the sounds, smells and sights of forbidden acts and deviant desires played out.

Despite all reason and arguments against it, her body still responded. Her nipples ached for the pinch of a clamp and even now tingled with longing. It was a hunger that burned in her core and begged for release. Kendra inhaled, squeezing her eyes tight against the visions that dropped into her mind.

Spinning away from the damning bag and its seductive contents, she strode into the bathroom and turned on the shower. Letting the water warm, she dug through the drawers in the walk-in closet, hunting for the accessories she wanted.

Tonight was an opportunity to prove once and for all that she didn't want that—couldn't want that in her life. Returning to a BDSM club was another step in her own contrived rehabilitation program. She hoped it was the right one. The thought of living with her unfulfilled desires for the rest of her life was too discouraging to contemplate.

When she'd fled Eric eight months ago, she'd left with two bags, a prayer and a conviction that she'd never go back. It was all she'd dared to take. In truth, it was all she'd wanted. There'd been nothing in Eric's penthouse that had meant anything to her. He'd stripped everything of importance from her long before then.

Finding the box at the bottom of the last drawer, Kendra pulled it out and took it to the bathroom. The simple white cardboard was a standard discount jewelry box, nothing special to denote the significance of the contents. Setting it on the counter, she turned away, clenching her shaking hands in frustration.

She could do this. She needed to do this.

She left the room, her determination firmly in place, to make a quick check through her rented condo. First the sliding glass door at the back, showcasing the serene picture of the courtyard filled with clean, white snow in the waning light of early evening. The frosted chill reached in through the glass to brush over her cheeks and toes. She gave a tug on the handle before letting the curtain drop back and moved to the large picture window in the living room, then on to the kitchen. The front door was last. All were still locked, just like they'd been an hour ago.

The ball of tension in her stomach eased a touch at the confirmation, the reassurance that she was still safe. The ritualistic routine had decreased in frequency since she'd moved in, but she couldn't let it go. Not yet.

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Bonds of Need 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kendra and Deklan both overcome their pasts in the most erotic, passionate, tender, supportive, loving way.
MyReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Bonds of Need is the second in the Wicked Play series by Lynda Aicher it can be read as a stand alone. I love an erotic romance with a story that has depth and great character development, Bonds of Need fills that bill admirably. Lynda Aicher provides us with an emotional read, a fantastic love story and the erotic and BDSM elements blend seamlessly.  Kendra is a strong woman who has been abused physically and emotionally, she finally escapes that situation but can't get past her need for a bit of pain in order to have a fulfilling sexual experience.  Deklan is part owner of the local BDSM club "The Den" and Kendra's neighbor, a man with an over abundance of guilt and a bit of a need to save everyone is what starts him with Kendra but the bond they form happens for him at least almost immediately.  As with any book that deals with survivors of abuse this story can be very emotional and your heart goes out to Kendra as she little by little rebuilds her self and with Deklan's help learns to love first herself and then Deklan.  This book was so well written that I was drawn to the characters and loved the secondary characters as much as the hero and heroine. I am putting this on my re-read shelf and I will be picking up the next installment when it is available later this year. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
Crazyfourbooks More than 1 year ago
Extremely hot and erotic with a plot too! This book and series is meant for Adults only! Bonds of Need is the second book in the Wicked Play series. This book can easily stand alone. However you miss out on another awesome book if you skip book one Bonds of Trust. Not to mention the characters are all introduced and the foundation is laid in the first book. Kendra and Deklan are the main characters in this book. Kendra was abused in the past. She wants to get back in the scene and after visiting The Den, a BDSM club owned by Deklan, Jake, and Seth, she thinks she is ready. She starts the scene with a random Dom but ends it with Deklan. Deklan can see that she needs help with trust and sets out to help her. I really LOVE Deklan's character. He is so caring and gentle. I like all of the characters so far except for Eric. The plot has a BDSM club, elements and scenes depicting BDSM especially S and M. an abusive ex, a scared woman with trust issues and a penchant for pain, a man with a savior complex, coffee, a good cast of characters, romance and lots of hot steamy scenes. In the first book there was more of the bondage and domination elements. In Bonds of Need we see more of the sadism and masochism elements. I am not even going to pretend to understand Kendra's desire for pain because that is so not me! I do think that it was well written and even though I don't agree with or understand the desire to have pain inflicted, I still really liked the story. The characters have a lot of personality and depth. I recommend this book and series to you if you enjoy BDSM type books. I really liked both books in this series and I am looking forward to reading Bonds of Desire when it comes out in July! I received a copy of this book from Carina Press through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly thought it was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Book 2 was better than the first...waiting for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book of the series. Please read your are going to love it. This book, just like the first one has love, sex, passion, trust, humor, and a great story. Lynda is now one of my favoite authors. Now just waiting for Bonds of Desire. I can not wait.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Bonds of Need is a fast-paced read that, though part of a series, is an entertaining stand-alone that nicely balanced the intense sexual encounters with a slow and sensual burgeoning relationship. Both protagonists are strong-willed after dealing with traumatic pasts and through their BDSM sessions are finally letting go of the remainder of the emotional baggage that's been haunting them. What started out as strictly clinical quickly became more as they both let down their guards in an unexpectedly emotional scene that is the catalyst to their HEA. Kendra's recently escaped from a man who claimed to be a Dom but quickly perverted the reality of what a Dom is and turned her into a prisoner. As his slave he controlled every aspect of her life and even after escaping she still bears the physical and mental scars. He used her desires against her and she's left doubting her own judgements and sexual needs. Being with Deklan is a journey into accepting herself again though the treatment might seem odd. Their sessions slowly show Kendra unfurling from her fears, as she's finally able to stand up to those who have beaten her down both emotionally and physically and this moment of strength is empowering. Deklan has always wanted to be the savior and his rare inability to do so weigh on him. Being with Kendra arouses those protective instincts again but to keep her he has to accept that she has to be the one to save herself. I never felt like we got to know him as deeply as Kendra as his moment of empowerment isn't as earth shattering as Kendra's but no less satisfying as it frees them both up to grab their HEA. The BDSM scenes in this book are intense but not as graphic as I've read in some other books. It's definitely not BDSM-lite though as there's lots of usage seen of numerous tools of the trade as well as how those who participate in the lifestyle conduct themselves. The clinical side of the lifestyle is nicely balanced with the emotional. This was a fast-paced read featuring two likable characters who've been through the emotional wringer. There's a supportive cast of secondary characters with intriguing backgrounds of their own to keep readers coming back for more. The writing style is crisp to keep me fully immersed in the story. My only complaint is the over the top characterization of Kendra's ex. He was so nasty that I kept waiting for him to twist his mustache and cackle deviously. Other than that small quibble fans of erotica will find much to satisfy them in Ms. Aicher's latest release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of the three I've read this is my favorite. Great story. Enjoyed the relationship between the wounded Kendra and the stoic Deklan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not over sexed. True dipiction of a woman recovering from an abuser. Well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and they keep getting better with each new one, WOW !
TalkingAddiction More than 1 year ago
so hot! This book delves into the S&M aspect of BDSM though not over the top. We get to learn more of the whole group and their continuing relationships.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This erotic romance is the story of Kendra and Deklan. Kendra has fled her abusive ex-husband but is still looking over her shoulder even as she is settling into a routine in her new home. Shame over her desire for pain with pleasure has kept her away from any BDSM clubs until her friend Cali convinces her to join them at her boyfriend's club. When Deklan, one of the club's co-owners and Kendra's condo neighbour sees her purposefully set off to play rooms he follows her, determined to be the one to help her negotiate the emotional minefield that is her desires. Can Kendra learn to trust Deklan with all that she is, or will fears of ending up in another abusive relationship prevent her from opening up her heart to him? This story was enthralling from the first page. Kendra is on the surface a strong and capable woman but her shame over her sexual needs keeps her from truly being herself, until Deklan is able to unlock her inner self. Deklan is wonderful as a dominant, caring man, willing to do anything to help Kendra through her trauma and show her that he accepts her whole self. Being an erotic BDSM romance there are several club scenes with a variety of sexual situations that may not be for every reader but were handled in such a way that the reader feels empathy towards Kendra and her emotions in every scene. Kendra's growth over the story was wonderful to see. The sexual attraction between Deklan and Kendra was evident from the start but the trust they build that leads to their eventual love scenes was equally as important. Overall this was a steamy and emotional read with engaging characters, a suspenseful subplot and a sweet and well deserved happy ending. 5 stars!
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I liked this story better than the first book.
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lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
this novel mixes eroticism, BDSM and suspense  I already loved the first story between Cali  Reynolds and Jake McCallister. A tale about a woman who dares enter a BDSM club to discover an hidden side of her sexuality and personality. I really liked the story but I regretted a lack of informations about the past of the characters. There, Lynda Aicher responded perfectly to my expectations involving Kendra's past in the development of her relationship with Deklan. In this new story, which can be read independently from the first volume, Kendra held herself away from BDSM clubs for very personal reasons. But when she walks through the doors of the exclusif club held by Deklan, she can not deny wanting to be dominated in the dungeon. But her demons resurface and rock Deklan's world very hard. With time, patience, a surprising relationship bloomed. Kendra regains her confidence until a blackmailer, confusing sadism and violence, does require the intervention of the military friends of Deklan to keep himself away from the Sub. Very well written, this novel mixes eroticism and suspense while leaving the reader  discover a new facet of the BDSM world. A beautiful story. Lucie
Annie1988 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read.If you like bdsm themed books you will like this.Great sex scenes but good story line too.