ARC Review: Penny by Liz Meldon (Unbowed Novel Book 2)

Overall: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 😏😲💋😰😬😻

Genre: Contemporary erotic romance
Location: Fashion weeks: NYC, London, Milan, Paris
MC age range: late 20s/early 30s
Lead: Penelope Rosanna Bishop (aka Penny)
Love interest(s): Felix Renaldi
POV: Dual
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 279
Publisher: Self published
Audible: No
Series: Yes – Unbowed novels
1. Belle – released 9/2/18  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
2. Penny – releases 1/30/19

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, anal, dominance/submission, mild bondage, humiliation play, caging, role play, forced orgasm
Possible triggers: see above for possible kink triggers, mention of assault/gang rape, mention of loss of a family member, PTSD

The Quick and Dirty:  This season’s hottest erotic romance: obscenely decadent or decadently obscene? Both! Felix and Penny’s scorching hot love story is an absolute MUST READ for anyone who loves kink with their romance. 

Penny, a former sub, is now the most sought after Domme at New York’s elite underground kink club, Elysium. Felix Renaldi, a long-time friend, club client and legendary fashion designer has known Penny for years and has fallen in love with her. When he makes her an offer to sub for him during a month of fashion weeks to the tune of a million dollars, Penny is reluctant to mess with their relationship but can’t pass it up. At first, Penny separates her attraction to Felix from the job she’s being paid to do but as their scenes become increasingly involved, Felix consistently proves to her that he’s exactly what she needs. As her walls start to crumble, Felix builds her back up and their relationship becomes more than just one between a sub and her Dom.

Sometimes I get images in my head of the feel of a book, the same way you might attribute an image in your mind to a song. This book felt like sipping a glass of aged liquor on a velvet chaise longue while wearing nothing but a silk robe, a collar, and a pair of sky high Louboutins. It was kink but refined; depraved but sumptuous. The chemistry was off the charts but don’t be fooled into thinking this book was all heat and no substance. Penny and Felix’s story is at its core one of love and mutual respect; learning to be true to oneself and being willing to let someone love whatever that is. As always, I am in awe of Liz Meldon’s ability to craft a story that is as compelling as it is 🔥🔥🔥. If you’re at all into kink, this is an easy one-clicker!

Some favorite lines:
“Today I had her trust. Tomorrow I would give her the world.”

“And I intended to pamper and spoil and fuck her exactly how she deserved, because kink was to be enjoyed in all circumstances, not merely gritted through with one eye trained on the clock.”

“Passion sizzled through my veins, desire in my marrow, love thundering in my chest as my hands raked through her hair and my submissive melted beneath me, molded to me.”

“I love you, you stubborn brat.”

Rule #2: You belong to your Sir.

I haven’t submitted for anyone in ten years.
Dominating clients has always made me feel safer, even if it isn’t what gets me off.
But for a million dollars, I can pretend. I can play the role of fashion god Felix Renaldi’s spoiled, pampered kitten.
Only I’m not a wide-eyed submissive anymore. I’ve learned to how to protect myself, made myself hard—the Ice Queen of Elysium.
I can and will shield my heart, even from the one man who makes it flutter.

I’ve known Penny since she was eighteen.
I’ve watched her blossom into the exquisite creature she is today.
A hustler who bows to no one. A princess with expensive tastes. A brat in need of a firm hand.
An escort who cannot refuse my offer. Four fashion weeks, just her and me. New York. London. Milan. Paris. One million dollars. One chance to show her she can hustle and submit, speak her mind and kneel at my feet.
She denies it, but I know what she craves.
And I’m going to give it to her.
I’m going to make her scream.

Unbowed Novels is a contemporary erotic romance series featuring full-length novels that are part of the same world but can also be read as standalones.

BELLE (Unbowed Book 1)
AMAZON (click the image):

PENNY (Unbowed Book 2)
AMAZON (click the image):


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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 reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.

Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are usually dark and angsty, and her contemporaries are stress-free smutfests, but you’ll find both full of feels. Most of all, she loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.