From USA Today best seller Meghan March comes a steamy new novel in the Beneath series. Beneath These Chains is the third book in the Beneath series but can be enjoyed as a full-length, standalone romance. I was raised on the streets, so I know things are rarely as simple as they appear - especially this rich girl showing up at my pawnshop demanding a job. She's the most tempting thing I've ever seen, and I'll be damned if I can make her leave. S--t just got complicated...but when it comes to her, I want complicated. We're both fighting our own demons, and our only chance at a future is to let go of the past. But will we be strong enough to break free from beneath these chains?
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Elle's timing was perfect when she arrived at Chains Pawn Shop because Lord, the hot as Hell owner, was just kicking his Assistant out and she grasped the chance to work there - flaunting her sassy self in and refusing to go until she was hired. Lord had seen the privileged Princess before because she was best friends with his Brother's girlfriend (bk 2) and he couldn't allow himself to be tempted by the fiery sexy and stubborn redhead. But Elle was determined because she had her reasons as to why she needed to work there and so just wouldn't take no for an answer.... and before Lord knew it not only had he somehow hired her but he was picking her up and dropping her off from work each day too.
They both had read each other wrong as, in this case, outward appearances lied. Their sexual chemistry was explosive and, even though Elle kept flirting and taunting her 'assets' at him, Lord tried to remain focussed but when a local badass gang leader started sniffing around Elle it was game over because Lord had to claim her before someone far worse did. However, the spunky beauty never ceases to shock and surprise him because yes, she wants him just as badly as he wants her - but only for sex and nothing more.... but Lord realizes that that option is not going to work for him because, for the first time, he wants more. This starts off a battle of wills, fun snarky sexually charged banter and their relationship becomes a pressure keg waiting to explode until finally someone has to give in..... and, with a handsome, intensely sexy, tattooed, penis pierced, eight-pack wielding, dirty talking sneaky Alpha opponent Elle didn't stand a chance (and I don't blame her either).
Then the murders start happening, suspicions and finger pointing grow, the gang leader ups his advances and Elle's dysfunctional home life is about to implode when her Step-Father threatens divorce and demands that she should return home.... and, once again, the body count rises.
A quirky but really enjoyable story because in this listen the roles are flipped as it's the heroine who has the 'no strings' sexual attitude which makes a strong and powerful hero have to keep his cards close, watch and carefully play each one just at the right time to win an emotional mind game. All whilst trying to protect her, possess her, knock her walls down and resist her lust filled advances as he tries to lure her over to his way of thinking..... because he wants much much more than just one night.
Worth a credit? A good storyline.... suspense, romance, angst, quick witted banter, an Alpha hero with a marshmallow heart, a heroine who gives as good as she gets, plenty of hot sex scenes and a who and why secondary murder plot keeps you ensnared in this listen. And the narrators did a great job bringing the sass, the tension, the lust and the passion to the character's voices which took this book from a 3.5 and dropped it into a 4 star creditworthy addition to the series. Dual POV's and it could be a stand-alone listen.