ARC Review: Conflicted by Karen Nappa

Can they set aside their mutual dislike to give her what she needs?

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Synopsis:

Sassy and independent Ruby doesn’t trust men, but she enjoys playing at Club Indigo. She revels in the thrill and attention, whether it’s doing a scene with switch Bob or getting tied by Bakushi Will. 

When a new Master joins the club, she is instantly attracted to the African American hottie but also conflicted.

Excerpt:

“Good evening, Rubyella,” the dark rumbling voice sent goosebumps across her skin.

She turned around to look at the gorgeous man behind her. “Hello, LionTamer02.”

“Master Nathan,” he corrected.

She drew herself up to her full height and connected their gazes. The African American man gave off a delicious dominant vibe, but they hadn’t negotiated. “I think it’s a bit early to call you that,” she paused a beat before adding a defiant, “Nathan.”

Ruby leaned her back against the bar and lifted her chin. Something flashed in his eyes before he crowded her by placing one hand against the bar top. He didn’t box her in, but he pinned her to the spot more effectively than any restraints would have done.

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Why, oh why, do I always have to challenge the men who attract me. She froze in place. She couldn’t be interested in him as well. – Like my life isn’t complicated enough with my conflicting feelings for Bob and Will. 

Something of her inner turmoil must have shown on her face because LionTamer02 leaned marginally back, giving her more space. She relaxed a bit, and as he ran a finger over her cheek, she couldn’t prevent herself from leaning into his touch.

“I like your smart mouth, subbie,” his eyes zeroed in on her lips, “but I enjoy your submissive side even more.” His cheek creased.

Seriously? He’s even more devastating when smiling. In the looks department, Nathan rivaled the other African American Dom in the club. Henry looked like Shemar Moore, but since the man was obviously in love with his husband and slave he never affected Ruby as this Dom.

Contrary to the married and gay Master, LionTamer02 was very much single, and from the vibes he gave off, he also seemed to be heterosexual – and interested in her.

Can she trust a man to choose her and what if she can’t choose herself? Does she have to?

Author’s Note: Conflicted is a full-length steamy menage romance with lots of club play and no cliff-hanger. Book seven in the Club Indigo series includes BDSM, explicit language and sex scenes and is intended for a mature audience. Although the stories can be read and enjoyed independently, recurring characters and events from previous novels are mentioned. One-click for a sassy submissive who’s determined to play casual at the club and the men who will fight for her heart.

Do you know what I like when I pick up a “Club Indigo” book? Karen Nappa ensures that readers are educated about BDSM etiquette and safe sex. Nappa keeps erotica real while still giving her audience a real good time.

“What the Top doesn’t know won’t hurt the bottom.”

Sandra to Ruby, Loc. 422, Conflicted by Karen Nappa.

Conflicted tells two different tales. One is about asking for what you want and not settling even though there is someone who has a guaranteed surface level satisfaction. Ruby is put into the uncomfortable position of playing with three men, one who gives “friend” vibes, one who is learning to master a particular kink, and another who has just walked into her club and rings some bells. (What an issue! (laugh))

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The other tale is a dysfunctional family story and how what happens in our childhood can have a long-lasting effect. Luke, Ruby’s father, was just starting his music career when Jewel found out she was pregnant. The decisions made at that moment and that continued through Ruby’s teenage years still impact her today. Events happen which have Jewel, Ruby, and Luke ending up having to face the past.

Nappa balances the seriousness of the family dynamics and Club Indigo activities with panache. I will say that for me this was a slow-burn romance. Nappa has enough foreplay throughout the book that I felt like I was in orgasm denial. (laugh) I kept thinking “Ooo we are going to get there” and “yeah…no” (laugh). Ruby felt the same way. The foreplay was an excellent tool in showcasing BDSM kinks and the possibilities. I love rope play and Will is learning. (It takes a lot of time to do it correctly – I’m still learning.) Nappa also gives great detail about chemical play which I also love as it can be unexpected for the receiver if they have never done it before. 

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On a personal note, just like Ruby, I am not a fan of the medical room or setup. It’s not the activities that bother me, it’s just the setup…pretty much like Ruby (laugh).

I keep thinking that, “this “Club Indigo” book is my favorite” and then I read the next one. The stories are realistic, cover an interesting dynamic, and usually illuminate a particular kink. Nappa is bringing BDSM safely to her audience while guaranteeing a good time. 

Conflicted has it all: romance, family drama, tattoos, piercings, BDSM, and a happily ever after ending. Nappa has once more given us a book for the shelf as you will want to pull it out again…even if only to re-read certain sections. (wink)

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Books in the Club Indigo Series:

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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#6.2
#6.4

And The Quinn Quartet:

#2 Finding Trouble – coming soon

Further Details:
Publisher: 28 January 2021
Editor: Keriann McKenna
Series: Club Indigo #7; Settings: Kansas City, KS, U.S.
Sex: Rated R, BDSM

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