Review : Willing Victim (Flynn & Laurel, #1) by Cara McKenna

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Review : Willing Victim (Flynn & Laurel, #1) by Cara McKennaWilling Victim by Cara McKenna
Series: Flynn & Laurel #1
Published by Self-Published on 06-08-2010
Genres: Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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For the past couple years Laurel’s been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.

Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined—to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice—let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.

Reader Advisory: This book contains consensual but intense rape role-playing scenes that some may find upsetting.


Kink comes in all ways. Most of the books with kink that I read usually involve some kind of BDSM relationships. Every now and then I stray from my norm and venture into something a bit darker, something a bit more taboo- consensual rape. Willing Victim is definitely not going to be for everyone but it’s a story that I couldn’t put down once I started.

Before we go any further I want to reiterate the major theme of Willing Victim. Rape is not something that I condone. It’s not an act that I wish upon anyone. Rape is an act that I know many people fantasize about though and Willing Victim plays upon those fantasies. It’s okay if you cannot read anymore of this review. It’s okay if it’s a book you want to skip. I don’t want anything I read and review to hurt someone in anyway.

Willing Victim tells the story of Flynn and Laurel. He’s your quintessential fighter bad boy with a good heart and she’s your average nerdy, usually more educated heroine who falls for the big alpha. There’s nothing wrong with this trope but it’s definitely one that’s been played out. A lot.

But I found myself really enjoying Flynn and Laurel. I have to be honest though, I didn’t really think much of them in the beginning. Don’t misunderstand me, there was nothing truly wrong with them but I didn’t connect with them much. It wasn’t until Flynn and his current fuck buddy invited her back to his place to see what their sex life was all about.

I know, I know. How did that come about? Flynn was always upfront with Laurel about his life and sexual proclivities not being the norm. He thought he was going to be scaring her off but what he didn’t know was that in witnessing Flynn in action she was actually discovering a part of herself she didn’t know existed.


About Cara McKenna

Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and a 2010 Golden Heart Award finalist. She lives with her husband and baby son in the Pacific Northwest, though she’ll always be a Boston girl at heart.


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