In Review: Owned by Fate (Serve #1) by Tessa Bailey

Posted October 25, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Owned by Fate (Serve #1) by Tessa BaileyOwned by Fate Series: Serve #1
Publication date: September 29, 2014
Format: eBook, 200 pages
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Her mind rejects his world. But her body knows its master.

Journalist Caroline Preston arrives at Serve, New York City’s hottest BDSM club, with one goal—to hate it. If her brother wasn’t trying to turn the family’s respectable financial magazine into a publication that features “lifestyle” pieces for the wealthy and adventurous, she wouldn’t even be there, trying to write an article about a world she doesn’t understand. But then she sees him. 

Jonah Briggs doesn’t leave his post for just anyone. As the owner of the club, his sole purpose is to ensure that his clientele get everything they need, but when he sees Caroline, his only thought is what he wants—to dominate the sexy little reporter and give the most exquisite pleasure she’s ever experienced. 

Caroline has no intention of entering that particular lion’s den—not with her family’s reputation at stake—no matter how dark, sexy, and complex the lion in question may be. But with every encounter, she craves more, and with every slide of his lips, she realizes Jonah might just be the man to break down all her defenses…if she’ll let him.


In Review My Thoughts

I don’t think it’s any secret that I love Tessa Bailey’s books. She’s my go-to whenever I’m in the mood for a quick, sexy and naughty read. After finishing an angsty and emotional read, I was definitely in the mood for something a little dirtier, so I picked up my copy of Owned by Fate and absolutely devoured it in the matter of a couple hours. Perfect timing, too, because Exposed by Fate comes out in a couple days… but I already have a copy for review. *cough*

Owned by Fate was the story of buttoned-up journalist Caroline and BDSM club-owner Jonah. Caroline visits Jonah’s club, Serve, on an assignment. She’s determined to hate everything about the club. Instead, after meeting Jonah and trying hard to fight the instant pull between them, she finds herself upstairs observing some of the more explicit goings-on and realizes it’s not nearly as deplorable or offensive as she thought it would be based on her research. Something about Jonah – and the thought of him doing those things to her – makes her want to learn more about this world… and experience it for herself. What ensues between them is HOT… HOTHAWT.

Jonah just might be Tessa’s dirtiest talker yet and I LOVED it. Not only was he a total dominant alpha, but there was a little something more to him. He was concerned with Caroline’s pleasure and enjoyment with their arrangement. He felt more for her than he wanted to, but was willing to give it up if it made her happy. He was very focused on the needs of those people he cared about and I really liked that about him. The situation with his daughter and his fight to get to see her humanized him even more and made it impossible not to love this guy.

Caroline was a really good heroine. She was a woman torn in a bunch of different directions. She had an obligation to her family and her job, but wanted to be true to herself. She thought BDSM was abhorrent and demeaning – or at least she thought she SHOULD feel that way, anyhow – yet she found herself drawn to Jonah and all he could offer her. What they had might not have been what she thought she wanted, but it was sexy and satisfying and led her to learn things about herself she never expected.

Owned by Fate was a fantastic start to Tessa’s new hot and sexy Serve series. I was already looking forward to reading Exposed by Fate because, hello! new Tessa book! but now that I’ve got the background on Eliza and Oliver, I am EVEN MORE excited than I thought possible. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll dive in right now…


About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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2 responses to “In Review: Owned by Fate (Serve #1) by Tessa Bailey

  1. I really enjoyed this one! I’m with you- Tessa is the perfect go-to author for a sexy quick read! I really liked Jonah with Caroline. He was really sweet and I liked he genuinely cared for her well being. I’m super excited for Eliza and Oliver’s story! Great review chica!