Restrained Under His Duty

Restrained Under His Duty

by Stacey Kennedy

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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.

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Praise for Restrained Under His Duty

“With explosive chemistry and a hero to swoon for, Restrained Under His Duty is a perfectly kinky romance to get lost in!”New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren 

“Their first encounter will leave you breathless. . . . I re-read it a couple of times! Looking forward to reading the fourth book, Cuffed by His Charm.—Books & Boys Book Blog

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. . . . The pacing of this story is fast and exciting, making it hard to put this book down till the very end.”—Alpha Book Club

“Stacey Kennedy stories are always well written and she as a knack for getting you to feel what her characters are feeling. . . . I am dying to read Gabe’s story! Bring it on!”—The Jeep Diva

Restrained Under His Duty is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101885659
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Dirty Little Secrets , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 43,785
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Stacey Kennedy is an outdoorsy, wine-drinking, nap-loving, animal-cuddling, USA Today bestselling romance author with a chocolate problem. She writes sexy contemporary romance with a dash of suspense and a sprinkle of heart and humor, including titles in her wildly hot Kinky Spurs, Club Sin, and Dirty Little Secrets series. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her family and does most of her writing surrounded by lazy dogs.

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Chapter 1


Sexy. As. Hell. Trouble.

I’m rooted to the shiny marble floor watching Hadley Winters pour herself a glass of wine in the chef’s kitchen of the historic Queen Anne mansion belonging to her father. Her back’s to me, teasing me with how her heart-shaped ass perfectly fills out her blue jeans. Her body with its perfect curves tempts me. Her long legs were made to be around my waist. But the way she teases me is my punishment for a crime I never committed.
What I feel for Hadley is worse than hunger. It’s worse than thirst. It’s even worse than pain. She’s my forbidden fruit that I crave to taste, and yet my duty as chief of security to her father, Senator Gary Winters, makes her inconsumable.

Over her shoulder, the trees of Lafayette Park wave in the wind outside the window. San Francisco is sunny and bright this afternoon, but my mood is anything but chipper. I try to avoid Hadley at all costs.

Today I can’t.

I clear my throat, garnering her attention, and as she turns, her mesmerizing light green eyes catch mine and widen. Warmth and emotion cross her face that’s not unknown to me. The attraction is shared between us, and we both know that. She becomes all I see, as a soft flush creeps over her freckled cheeks and her perfectly sculpted lips curve slightly.

“Blackwood,” she finally addresses me, tucking her pale blond, shoulder-length hair behind her ear.

“Ms. Winters.” I mirror her formal address, fighting against the heat rising in my groin. Totally aware of her now, I step farther into the kitchen and toss the magazine I’m holding onto the counter in front of her. “We need to talk about this.”

She sips her red wine, taking a good look at the cover of the tabloid magazine Gotcha! Silently, she flips a couple pages and begins to read the article: Is Senator Winters’s daughter, Hadley, becoming a handful for head security detail and multimillionaire Ryder Blackwood? Our sources say yes! And they also tell us that the kick-ass bodyguard is madly in love with her. She smirks when she finally lifts her twinkling eyes to mine. “Unless you’re ready to admit that there’s some truth behind this story, then there’s nothing to talk about.”

I ignore where she’s trying to direct the conversation. Something I’ve become an expert at doing.

To keep the conversation on point, I, wishing this wasn’t the case, tell her, “The tabloids have taken a sudden interest in my life. Sadly, that means both you and your father are likely to come up on the radar because I work for the senator.”

Hadley laughs softly and leans against the countertop behind her. “Really, Blackwood, let’s be honest here. You don’t exactly work for my father. You’re loyal to him. There’s a huge difference there.”

Two things come to mind. First, she’s not wrong—the senator stopped paying me for my intel and protection a long time ago. After my service with the Army Rangers, her father had hired me as his chief of security due to his close relationship with my dad, and he gave me the money to get my security company up and running. Now Blackwood Security is one of the top private security detail companies in North America. I have operatives working all over the world for top government officials, diplomats, and celebrities. While I have paid back the loan financially, the personal debt for where he’d gotten me in my career so quickly has yet to be repaid.

Second, she’s trying to downplay my importance to him to knock down the first boundary between us. “Listen, there are things I know about you,” I explain gently, staring into her pretty eyes that hold the power to bring me to my knees if I let them. “Things that, because of the tabloids’ sudden focus on me, could be a problem for you.”
Her brows slowly begin to furrow. “What things?”

I snatch the eight-by-ten photograph I’d placed in the back of the magazine earlier and offer it to her. “This, for one.”

She visibly gulps at the photograph of herself, bound, gagged, and getting screwed in Afterglow, a local sex club. “This happened months ago. How did you . . . ” It’s blatantly clear that she’s never seen the picture before now, and I admit that I’m a bit surprised when her head snaps up, eyes narrowing. “To be perfectly honest, Blackwood, this is none of your business.”

“Believe me, I’m well aware.” Not willing to argue that point with her, I take the photograph from her and return it to the back of the magazine. “But let’s discuss this, shall we? If this picture found its way to me, how long do you think it would take the tabloids to get ahold of it? Your father doesn’t need a scandal like this.”

“I’m well aware,” she cleverly throws my own words back at me.

I fight my grin. I’ve seen middle-aged men cower in my presence. This twenty-five-year-old woman stands before me as an equal, and I totally enjoy it.

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Restrained Under His Duty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such an exciting story! I was pulled in right away to the push and pull between Ryder and Hadley and I loved the element of mystery involved. It was awesome and I was hooked! Hadley and Ryder had such amazing chemistry and I loved that building sexual tension between them. I liked the back and forth they had going on as feelings are fought. It made for some tense, heated moments. I really liked learning their backgrounds and the build to the story as everything developed. I loved them opening up and sharing as well. I thought the writing was great. It's got an edge-of-your-seat build happening, lots of heat and intriguing characters. There is drama and emotion in play but it isn't overly deep, just the right amount to pull you in. This has been a really good series and I've enjoyed all the guys and I'm excited for what's to come next in the final book. I really liked the hook in the epilogue making me want to jump right in to Cuffed by His Charm. This was a thrilling story that kept me on my toes with just the right amount of suspense mixed in. I really liked the characters, their back and forth and the want and need they had for one another. There was a great build, a lot of heat, drama and emotion. This had everything I enjoy in story: a bit of playfulness, great characters, a lot of sexy (so hot!), excellent drama, and perfect build that had me on the edge of my seat.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Dirty Little Secrets series and Ryder's story. Ryder has been lusting after Hadley Winters for a long time but since he is her father's bodyguard, it has to be hands off. Too bad Hadley doesn't see it that way. She has tried anything and everything to be with Ryder. While info regarding Ryder and his friends keeps getting leaked to the tabloid paper Gotcha!, the latest one is regarding Ryder and Hadley, and then a sexy photo of Hadley bound and gagged with two guys has been brought to light. Ryder promises Hadley he will put a stop to this so it doesn't come to her father's attention but of course that means that they must spend more time together. Ryder realizes that there is a bigger story underneath everything and is stepping up security for Hadley and her dad. Just when Ryder thinks things are looking up....Bam....his world starts to unravel! It takes Ryder's security team, his best friends and a leap of faith to fix his problem and get the one thing that he didn't realize meant so much to him before....Hadley. I really loved this book. Great characters and a great plot that kept taking me in a different direction than I though it was going to go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in two days could not put it down
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!!! I have a new favorite author. Restrained Under His Duty kept me reading way late into the night. I thought both Hadley & Ryder were well written characters & was intrigued with how their relationship started years before. The book had great action, an interesting story line, & steamy sexy time. I am going to read the other books in the Dirty Little Secrets series ASAP I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
When you want a very hot and sexy book that will keep you enthralled to the last page, you need to read author Stacey Kennedy. I have never been disappointed in any of her books. In this Dirty Little Secrets book #3, Ryder Blackwood must keep Hadley Winters safe from blackmailers. So, begins the story of this beautiful women who needs her private fetishes to deal with life and a security officer who at all costs is trying to ignore her hotness. That's the short and sweet of it but...... there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Ryder has known Hadley since she was young. He cares for and respects her father and won't cross any line to damage his strict professional and personal lines. Once the reader understands this part of him they then pray that he'll let loose and just once let go of his very firm emotional control and give in to Hadley's needs and desires. The seesawing sexual tension between these two main characters is 5 star hot and it should not be read in public if you don't want to share it. For me the authors love scenes are superb, not only well written but executed as well. The plot to this story is complex and takes readers into many different directions as there are two plots happening simultaneous. Her ability to keep the reader focused at all times, keeps this part of the book solid. I give it 5 Stars for superb execution and being ultra-hot.
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Restrained Under His Duty is the third book in this series and they just keep getting better. Ryder falls for his boss's daughter Hadley, who has had him in her sites for a while, while trying to prevent a political scandal. This book has a little of everything, political corruption, sex scandal, hot steamy sex scenes and a love story that develops and brings it all back around. This book had my attention from start to finish and I just hated to put it down.
kJenn More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Received ARC for a fair and honest review. Note--this review will have some minor spoilers if you haven't read the first two books in the series. Restrained Under His Duty is Ryder Blackwood and Hadley Winters story, the third book in this series. This book could be read by itself, but would be much better reading the first two books in the series. The book is very fast paced. A lot happens in this book. This book continues with the tabloids going after the Dominants Council members and the members intentionally feeding them false information in order to figure out who's behind all this. What they don't realize is how serious things really are, who the major players are, what the endgame is and what's at stake. Hadley has been in love with Ryder since she was a child, she is also Senator Gary Winters daughter. Ryder wouldn't be where he was today without the Senator's backing, and knows he can't have Hadley or is it he shouldn't. Things heat up between them when a blackmailer sends a video of Hadley in an attempt to get the Senator to resign and Ryder realizes that Hadley is doing risky things to get his attention. But this isn't a good time to start things up between them with so much going on and their respective histories. The chemistry between them is hot, but if you are looking for a BDSM story, I think it falls short of that mark. There were definitely some plot twists in this book I wasn't expecting and it was definitely welcome and made it hard to put the book down. Looking forward to seeing how Gabe's story unfolds, but really am hoping that Alex (Ryder's #2) will get a story!!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4.5 Thrilling Stars “Something carnal rises within me, something I can’t control. It’s here beauty. It’s the perfection of the way she sounds, the scent of her, the feel of her…” “Sometimes life happens, and reckless or not, you just gotta roll with it.” This is one of those series that I just can not help but fall in love with. With each book, I find myself even more addicted to the character and their stories. Restrained Under His Duty is the third book in the Dirty Little Secrets Series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Restrained Under His Duty follows the story of Ryder and Hadley. Hadley has wanted Ryder for as long as she can remember. Even back when they were little kids, she knew that one day Ryder would be the man that she married. But there is just one problem. Ryder is her father’s bodyguard. Despite the intense attraction that they feel for one another, nothing can ever come of it. Ryder is everything that Hadley could ever want in a man and his rejection sends her to dangerous places to fulfill her needs…Ryder takes his security job very seriously. So, when a compromising photo of Hadley comes to light, he’ll do anything to protect her. However, this photo and the situation Hadley is in is bringing to light all the feelings he keeps at bay. He wants Hadley more than his next breath, but she is forbidden. And when Hadley gets put in danger, he wants nothing more to protect and possess her… Restrained Under His Duty was a fabulous read. In fact, I think it’s my favorite of the series so far. I fell in love with the story-line and the forbidden aspect right away. From the moment we first see Hadley and Ryder together, there is some serious sexual tension. Add in some blackmail, a sex tape, and some government corruption and you’ve got yourself one thrilling read. This book had it all. From mystery to suspense to danger and unexpected twists. To delicious sexual tension and unforgettable sexy encounters. This book had it all. I loved every single moment of this story from beginning to end and enjoyed trying to solve the mystery along with our main characters. Restrained Under His Duty was a thrilling and exciting read. It is a wonderful addition to this series and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this series will go next.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
I love this Dirty Little Secret series from Stacy Kennedy. Each one of these books are dripping hot and this one new one I was able to review is no different. Ryder has his work cut out for him when it comes to protecting his client, the Senator, because along with that comes the woman he's been lusting for for many years. Complications, threats, crimes, spilled secrets, naughty ménages, trouble with the sex clubs, and many more issues are laid at his feet. But the biggest complication of all is how to deal with his growing lust and feelings for Hadley. He is so sexy and steamy! Stacy Kennedy knows how to dish it up it comes to hot and heavy romance. A little bit of erotica to keep things spicy, a little bit of suspense to keep your interest going, and some wonderful writing to keep those pages turning. I've read many of Stacy Kennedy's books and she never disappoints. This one is another solid hit and thankfully there's one more coming in the series. I just can't wait. * I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I enjoyed book, did not know it was a part of a series before hand, but intend to read the two previous books. Ryder is Hadley's dad, the Senator's bodyguard. So he sees a relationship with Hadley as forbidden, she teases him, because she is in love with him. Ryder constantly pushes her away, so Hadley does reckless things, such as going to a sex club, .because she feels rejected. Hadley gets a blackmail email, and Ryder promises to find out who is sending it, before it comes out. That is when he realizes, the reason why she is so reckless, and decides he is not going to push her away anymore. They start there love affair, but they are still being blackmailed, now is it because of Politics or someone trying to get the secrets of Ryder and his friends? Can't wait for next book.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! Very fast paced, so much suspense that it will keep you on the edge of your seat. This has been an amazing series so far and this one does not disappoint. Ryder and Hadley are so perfect together, they make for an exciting and hot couple. This has quickly become my favorite of the series.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I did not put book down. I don't know how Stacey does it, but each new book in the series just keeps getting better. This one was the kicker. Book 3 of the series is about Ryder and Hadley. I'll preface this by saying and I can't say it enough... read the first two books. They are outstanding. Ryder Blackwood is the owner of Blackwood Securities, the ultra elite security firm charged with covering Senator Winters and his family. Daughter Hadley has had it bad for Ryder since she was young, but she's cranked up the heat the past year only to be shut down by Ryder. Ryder is hands off, despite their chemistry which is so obvious. Ryder and Hadley's father are close, as well as being his responsibly for security. Hadley's gotten herself into a bit of a mess and it now threatens her fathers Senate seat. This sets up the story which brings multiple dangers to not just the Senator but Hadley, Ryder and the Dominants Council. For a quick backstory on the DC; Ryder, Gabe (pub owner) Micah and Darius. They, along with being successful businessmen; quietly own very high end sex clubs. Lately they've found themselves in the tabloids for reasons unknown with stories that aren't true. That's a subplot thread that's run through each book. This book brings them closer to how this has been happening, we get the story by default through this one. Someone is blackmailing Hadley to get her father to step down from office. The clock is ticking and they have 2 days to find out who it is. Meanwhile things heat up between Ryder and Hadley, thank god.... at long last. If anyone can write panty melting, smoking hot steam with a little side order of kink it's Stacey. Between the suspense in this story, which was so well written and with some amazing twists and turns this is my favorite book thus far in the series. The characters had depth, the dialogue was smooth, the sex was really well done and not tedious. And ladies you know what I'm saying... Ryder Blackwood has more than a few tricks up his amazing sex sleeve. No redundancy there. There is real emotion in this book and you can sense that when you read it. The plot was so well done and the twists... Read this book!!! This is a must read. Leaves you with a nice book buzz when you finish reading it!! Bravo Stacey! So damn good! I'd give it 10 stars. **arc from NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for a fair review**
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Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy.......This was an amazing book that held my attention all the way through. It was like being on a roller coaster with all the ups and downs. I loved seeing Ryder and Hadley's story unfold. Stacey Kennedy know how to pull the readers into the story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4.5 stars) Every book in this series just gets better and better. Hadley & Ryder's story is not only packed with sexual tension and forbidden romance but it is also jam packed with action and suspense. Figuring out who's behind the leaks to the tabloids turns into a matter of live and death. There was never a dull moment. One might question what my complaint was? Not to disclose too much of the ending but it bothers me when certain milestones are met in a relationship but the MC don't even say ILY. I cannot wait for Gabe's book and how this all will turn out.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
This third book in the Dirty Little Secrets series, Restrained Under His a Duty, really knocked my socks off, I have to say. The plot for this series created by Stacey Kennedy is both intriguing and fascinating, and the characters just jump right off the page. They are real, raw, and unapologetically flawed in all the best ways, and they draw you completely into a story filled with lust, love, loyalty, and betrayal. I was hooked on this story from page one and remained riveted to the last word written. I simply could not get enough of this book! I, quite literally, could not put it down. I very highly recommend this book and the entire series, and I can't wait to see what happens in the last book, Cuffed By His Charm. *I was given an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Stacey Kennedy is becoming one of my must read authors. This is my second series I've read of hers and I've loved everything I've read so far. Restrained Under His Duty is book three in a set of standalone series that focus on each couple but connect all books in a bigger plot. I would recommend starting with book 1. The bigger plot is about a group of friends and secret business partners in a sex club that have been targeted. They've discovered that someone is spying on them and feeding personal information about them to the tabloids. They need to find this person before their involvement or the member of the sex club gets exposed. In this book, Ryder and the Senator's daughter, Hadley are being targeted. Ryder is the Senators head of security and in love with Hadley but will not give in to his attraction due to his sense of honor. When Ryder is threatened with a leak of a video of her to ruin her fathers career, Ryder can no longer stay away. Ryder might have just become my favorite in this series. He's very honorable and his need to protect Hadley showed how much he really loves her. Hadley, despite putting herself in compromising situations (Senator's daughter, hello???) is a heroine I enjoyed reading about. She was upfront and honest about what she wanted from Ryder. Dealing with his constant rejection and pain from a past trauma is how she got her self in these compromising situations. The plot was fast paced and had me hooked. I really enjoy a good suspense storyline when you can't predict what's going to happen next. I'm really looking forward to Gabes book next. ARC provided by Netgalley.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
When your a senators daughter you learn quickly that your every move is monitored, if not by your fathers personal security team, then by those who are out to disgrace your fathers good name in a public light. Hadley Winters has known for years that her every move is constantly being monitored, so she has always had to worry about appearances, and things, but somehow she has found a way to have a secret side, one that is certain to disgrace her family. It's a side though that allows her to experience life a little on the uninhibited side, and gives her a sense of freedom that she craves from time to time. And, until now she has found a way to keep this side under-wraps... but someone has discovered her little secret and has decided to use her late night indulgences as a way to get to her father. Now she must either come clean with her father, or put her faith in the hands of the gorgeous man who protects her father day in and out... Ryder Blackwood has watch Hadley Winters grow up into a graceful and beautiful woman, one that tests his limits everyday. Every time they are near one another he can feel her trying to lure him in, and as much as he wants to give into what is brewing between them he can't, because it would cross lines he's not comfortable crossing. But, when he receives a copy of a very compromising video of the good senators daughter, and she comes to him telling him she is in trouble, he knows he is going to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even if it means crossing those lines... From the moment I dived into this sexy little story I was hooked, it was suspenseful and engaging, and had me teetering on the edge of my seat desperate to see how it would all play out... and wow what a story it turned out to be!! The palpable chemistry between Hadley and Ryder spawned some sparks that had my tablet on the verge of melting, and me in dire need of a fan. Their story was a perfectly blended romance story full of passion, mystery, and heartfelt emotion, and I loved every single second that I spent with them! Highly recommend you meet these two, their story will keep you captivated long after the last page is turned!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Stacey Kennedy again brings us another installment in her Dirty Little Secrets Series. Ryder Blackwood's job is chief of security to Senator Winters. As an old friend of the Winter Family Ryder is having trouble with his attraction to Hadley Winters the senator's daughter. Blackmail, Secrets and Danger are present to keep this couple apart. Great fast read with twists and turns and much romance. Even though this is part of a series this can be read as a standalone. *A copy of this book was provided to me by Random House Publishing Loveswept via Netgally with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! It's very well written and the characters are intriguing. The sex is seriously hot and the twists and turns in the story kept things interesting. There's also a nice pace to the story making it one you don't want to miss. Ryder Blackwood never realized that providing security for a very public senator could bring so much trouble with it. Trouble in the name of Hadley Winters, the senators daughter. He tries to stifle the attraction he feels when it comes to Hadley but some things are too strong to ignore. As their relationship begins to form they found themselves in so very dangerous situations and Hadley has to depend on Ryder for more than she ever imagined.