Tied to His Betrayal
A Dirty Little Secrets Novel
In a dazzling novel of passion and power from the bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series, a commanding man gives up his most prized possession to win back the one that got away.
Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.
Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.
Tied to His Betrayal is intended for mature audiences.
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The sinful standalone: PERFECTLY INAPPROPRIATE
The duet of naughty novellas: BOUGHT BY THE BOSS
The Dirty Little Secrets series: BOUND BENEATH HIS PAIN | TIED TO HIS BETRAYAL | RESTRAINED UNDER HIS DUTY | CUFFED BY HIS CHARM
The Club Sin series: CLAIMED | BARED | DESIRED | FREED | TAMED | COMMANDED | MINE
Praise for Tied to His Betrayal
“I loved Tied to His Betrayal! Stacey Kennedy delivers a raw, emotional read.”—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst
“Sexy, intriguing and daring. . . There are no walls when the love of your life walks through your door. Darius and Taylor’s lust for each other is off-the charts hot.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
This is my first Stacey Kennedy book and this was very well written. It was mature and the characters were likeable. This is the 2nd standalone in a series and I admit, I did feel like I was missing a few things since I didn't read the first book. I would recommend starting with the first. This is a series that while each book can standalone, there is a bigger picture being revealed in each book.
In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book. You learn right off that Darius and Taylor were together when he was 29 and she 19. You get flashbacks to when Darius broke things off with Taylor 5 years prior and I have to say, the reason was weak. He hid his relationship with her because he feared their age difference would cause a scandal and he would lose investors. I'm sorry but that didn't really fly with me. Rich men are known to have younger woman. I didn't like that he made her his dirty secret. To me, this spoke that he didn't really love her and she was better off without him. After judging all this, I kept reading and things started to make sense.
The more I read, the more gets revealed about what happened in the past with his father and his mom abandoning him whe he was really young. As the pieces start clicking in place the truth was, his father was a manipulative man. He had been whispering in Darius ear for years and molding him into a man that could not trust and could not allow anyone close. Despite this, Darius was still a good man and while he can love, he just didn't know how.
This storyline is a bit predictable and seems to be a favorite lately. The tortured hero who loves but pushes away until the heroine proves to be the one to break down the walls. What saves this story for me is despite all that, the author did a great job of still making me care about Darius and Taylor and I wanted to see these to make it. She also drew me in to the other key players in this series and I want to know their story as well. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Loved This Book
Oh, my. I loved Darius before, but now that we've got to see the real Darius, move over Micah because Darius just took your spot at the top.
What to say about Taylor, but that she has always loved Darius. She never thought that he would do the things for her that he did and prove how much he loved her. Those walls that he he built finally came down and showed us the true Darius.
Darius Bennett used to be in a relationship with Taylor Erickson until he broke things off with her 5 years ago because he believed she was better off with out him. Darius doesn't believe he can truly love Taylor the way she needs to be loved. Now, standing in his half sister Allie's condo, who is also Taylor's best friend, he is looking at Taylor's bruised face and wanting to kill the person responsible....ok....so maybe he still does love her but he will never admit that. Knowing exactly what Taylor needs, he tells Allie to leave. What begins as just comforting Taylor, turns into much more and these two pick back up right where they left off.
While Taylor wants to keep the beating a secret from her parents, things quickly blow up. While Darius is trying to help Taylor, things in his private life are also blowing up. Just when they both need each other, things happen and feelings get hurt. After much soul searching, these two do find their way back to each other and finally get their happy ending. There are also interesting things happening with the DC group and no one knows exactly why, but Ryder is looking into it!
Overall, I loved Darius. He had such horrible things from his childhood that have turned him into this strong, determined man. I also loved how he is able to command attention but at the same time is nice about. Taylor grew up always wanting to please everyone, but never really took the time to please herself first. Over time, she finally became a strong woman who went after what she really wanted. Another great addition to this wonderful series. I can't wait for Ryder's story next!