Review: Owned by Fate by Tessa Bailey

owned by fateReviewed by Carrie

Readers, you are going to have to take this review with a grain of salt.  See, I knew after reading the blurb that this book wouldn’t be for me, but I love Tessa Bailey’s work and I was hoping that she would bring a fresh take to this tired story.  I was wrong and I have learned my lesson – this trope just isn’t for me.

Caroline Preston is desperate to help her family’s financial magazine keep from going under.  She’s so desperate she agrees with her brother’s harebrained idea to write a lifestyle piece for the magazine on New York’s exclusive BDSM club.  What does BDSM have to do with a financial magazine, you ask? Apparently, the wealthy are just going to these clubs in droves after the release of the book that-shall-not-be-named.

Caroline doesn’t want to write this article and she definitely doesn’t want to be in a sex club with these “perverted” people, but she does it for the good of the family.  As soon as the enigmatic owner, Jonah Briggs, spots her on his surveillance cameras, he knows he must have her.  Of course, despite her prejudices, Caroline goes upstairs with Jonah and gets busy with him. They discover they have undeniable chemistry but Caroline just can’t get on board having a relationship with such a depraved individual. They go back and forth with Jonah continually seducing and Caroline saying “No… well, maybe yes just this time.”

Caroline was an unlikeable, closed-minded, judgmental person.  At no point did she ask Jonah to help her understand his lifestyle or needs. Jonah was only a slightly better character.  He accepted her doubt and distrust but instead of explaining why he felt that she would be into some kink, he pushed her boundaries time and again.  Yes, there was a safe word and he didn’t force her, but there was a feeling of deception on his part by not giving her the rundown on what was involved.  The minor snippets that they shared of their lives outside of bed lent no belief to the instalove.

Bailey does bring the heat to their sexual encounters, but I needed more balance outside of the bedroom.  Jonah’s side plot seemed like an artificial way to bring the couple together.  This will not deter me from reading the author’s other works. As I stated before, this just isn’t the kind of book for me but it might ring your bell.

Grade: C-/D+

*ARC provided by Entangled

Click to purchase: Amazon

Owned by Fate
by Tessa Bailey
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Entangled


  1. Eeesh. I love Bailey’s books but this one doesn’t sound like it was done very well. I don’t mind if the MC’s pigheaded in the beginning but I like there to be growth there as well. We all have out take on BDSM and so of course anyone would go in with their thoughts, but it would be nice if she was taught what it meant and begun to understand it better. 🙁
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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