Series: CSA Case Files #1
Published by Kennedy Layne Publishing on September 18th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
When former Marine, Connor Ortega, was ordered into the offices of Crest Security Agency on a Saturday morning, he didn't expect the latest case to hit so close to home. A submissive has been murdered in a particularly vicious manner and to bring her killer to justice, he must go undercover. Not hard to do considering he's already part of the BDSM lifestyle.
Lauren Bailey, a local vender of bejeweled erotic implements, lives vicariously through her clients due to her fear of bondage. When Connor's dominant side can't resist trying to ease her anxieties, she accepts his proposal and agrees to his one stipulation...keep things casual. When the killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to rethink their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren's heart?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable (anal play, strong BDSM theme and elements, violence). Not intended for those under the age of 18. Series Description: Crest Security Agency (CSA) is run by Gavin Crest, a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He has personally selected his own former military team members, both men and women, to configure a seamless Special Operations Capable (SOC) unit. Working together on investigations, domestically and abroad, each team member will find their niche in life and love. Follow along as Kennedy Layne conveys each of their stories as they work together on investigations that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense... Please visit www.kennedylayne.com for more information...
Captured Innocence is the first book in the CSA Case Files series by Kennedy Layne.
I have not had the pleasure of reading Kennedy Layne before so when I came across this series I was at first very intrigued with the synopsis. As I got reading though something happened that I was… not necessarily losing interest, but wasn’t as committed to it for some reason. Not as intrigued as I had been I guess.
In the beginning the chapters seemed to go by quite slowly with nothing too much happening. There was a lot of detail but nothing too catchy to grab my attention and hold it. Then after a few chapters in I found myself hooked to the storyline and wanting to know what the heck happened and as a result really couldn’t put the book down. Yet, at the same time I was losing connection with the main characters. It’s usually the other way around where I fall in love with the characters and the story just flows around them. This here was more like the story being really good, but I was more interested in the secondary characters than I was the two main characters.
Connor was supposed to be this hot shot marine, tall, muscular and gorgeous and a Dom. I could not connect with him at all. I found him to be a little weak at times. However, Lauren (Red, Connor’s nickname for her) had issues but yet seemed to be a fairly strong character. I liked her okay, but I didn’t love her. Connor had issues too that he had to work through, but I don’t know, I just couldn’t bring myself to care about them. I didn’t hate him, I just couldn’t connect with him.
Unfortunately because there wasn’t much connection to the two main characters, I couldn’t really get into the sexy hot scenes either. They were just… , for me. They were plotted out well and I’m sure would have been quite interesting with different characters maybe. Not sure. Bummer.
The mystery of what’s happening with the other characters in the series like Crest and Jax just to name two, now they have my interest. I wanted more interaction with those guys so I could listen to their voices again. Yeah, I’m really excited to read the next book in the series, Sinful Resurrection. This will be Jax’s story so I will be reading that for sure. Honestly, Jax was my favourite character out of this book and he was a secondary character. Just sayin’.
All is not bad though. I must say that after you get passed the first few chapters the book really does pick up and even though my connection to the characters wasn’t there, the storyline was really good and interesting. I have not given up on this author by any stretch. I’ve purchased the rest of the books and I can’t wait to read Jax’s story. It looks REALLY good! I’m holding out hope!
So all and all… YES, I would recommend this book because there was a lot of good to the book and I think they should be read in order and not be skipped over. Besides, I’m just one person who appeared to have a personality clash with one of the main characters. The rest of the book was pretty good. The storyline was really great.