ARC Review: Belle by Liz Meldon



Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 3/4 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 😯😏🤨😢🤔

~QD Story Details~
Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: Private Island near St. Thomas VI, named Ixora Isle
Character age range: 22 and 30
Lead: Belle Bennet
Love interest(s): Dean Donahue
HEA: No – cliffhanger

~QD Book Info~
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: Yes – The Unbowed Series – Part 1
1. Belle Part 1 – Releases 08/23/18
2. Belle Part 2 – Releases 09/06/18
3. Belle: An Unbowed Novel – Releases 09/07/18

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: penetrative, oral, BDSM, submission, forced proximity, mild bondage, punishment (spanking, flogging, paddling, forced orgasm)
Possible triggers: If you have triggers, specifically where kink is involved, this is probably not the right book for you.

THIS. This is how you write a BDSM book. It isn’t rushed, both parties are informed of what it involves, it’s consensual, with mutual respect and lots and lots of enjoyment for both parties.

Belle is a twenty-something who is new-ish to the scene and has been booked as a submissive for a client who owns a private island and wants her all to himself for two months. While she has never had her own Dom before, she knows to keep her feelings professional… except she can’t. Not when it comes to Dean.

Dean is the consummate dominant who knows when to push and when to coddle. He’s looking for a submissive but as he spends time with Belle, he’s starting to realize that maybe he can have a submissive and something more… except his past comes creeping up and that just might be what keeps him and Belle apart.


Rule #1: Never fall in love with the client. 

I’m terrified.
I’ve never done this before—two months on a private island, isolated from the rest of the world, just me and my new client.
A client who wants my unwavering submission.
What if I’m a horrible submissive? What if I fail?
Worst of all—what if I fall for the man I know I can’t have?
Protect your heart, Belle, I tell myself. Protect it when he smiles at you, kisses you, binds you. Don’t let Dean Donahue have it, as tempted as you are to surrender it.
Because escorts don’t get fairy tale endings. We get paid.

I’ve wanted her from the first moment I saw her.
Belle Bennet, escort. Darling Belle, sweet girl, on her knees, bound and gagged, writhing in pleasure—or pain. The choice is mine.
She is mine. Perfect in her naivety, she’s the submissive I’ve been waiting my whole life to claim.
And for the next two months, I intend to have her—mind, body, and soul—any damn way I see fit.

The Unbowed series includes duet standalones featuring escorts and the rich, alpha men who love them. It contains steamy content, including consensual kink, and may not be suitable for all readers.




~Author Info~
Liz Meldon

Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, loitering on social media, or taking care of her many animals.

As a freelance ghostwriter, she has written over a dozen books ranging from romance to horror, full-length to novella-sized. A handful are currently on the market, and she stalks their “authors” with fiendish delight. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.