Central Florida Stories Book 2

Romance - Sizzle
351 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2022
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Ammaarah Seboa for Readers' Favorite

Victoria Saccenti's Undeniable is the second book in her Central Florida Stories Series and focuses on Kurt and Arely’s story. Kurt is a returned war hero who suffers from survivor’s guilt, and Arely is his childhood neighbor turned teacher. The two meet again after Arely is rescued from a human trafficking ring and decides that she doesn’t want her childhood crush on Kurt to remain a fantasy. While these two explore their newfound relationship status, Arely desperately keeps an eye over one shoulder. Do you think their love stands a chance amidst Arely’s troubles? Read on and find out!

Love, love, love! I stick with my statement, I loved Aerly and Kurt’s story; it was beautiful and broken. Both characters have seen a lot of death over the years, but still, they push through the sorrow and choose to live. Undeniable is a BDSM romance novel, with dark themes about kidnapping and human trafficking. For a kinky vanilla-ish girl like me, I still think that the world of BDSM is a little too dark for me. The story has a slow build-up as Victoria Saccenti shows us what both Kurt and Arley are doing before they are reunited again. And once they see each other, literal sparks fly. I also appreciated how Victoria made it a point to say that the world of BDSM is different from fiction. This also leads to one of my favorite Kurt lines: "Be careful, my punishments aren’t what you’ve read in books.” Now, that’s hot! I would 100% recommend this book if you’re looking for your next spicy and dangerous read.

Cayla-Paige Nortje

Undeniable by Victoria Saccenti is the story of how two lives can be brought back together by the most unfortunate of circumstances but end in the most beautiful way. When Arely’s whole world seems to be imploding around her due to causes out of her control, the only way to gain back some semblance of it is to give up control to an old friend who she has loved since she was a child. Both physically and emotionally scarred by his Afghanistan past, Kurt holds onto his survivor’s guilt with a tight grasp and refuses to let himself heal. Could the re-emergence of Arely in his life and the promise of a better future change his perspective? When Arely’s life is in danger, Kurt will stop at nothing to ensure her safety above his own.

Victoria Saccenti delivered an amazing depiction and rendition of the unfolding D/s lifestyle between Kurt and Arely that could really be felt beyond the pages of this story. I really enjoyed the way that the character of Kurt explained his reasonings for certain rewards or punishments to Arely which included the reader in the whole experience as well. Both the drama and the intense chemistry between Arely and Kurt made this an exciting read. As the reader, I could really feel the love the two characters had for each other and the trust they have in one another. Undeniable is the perfect combination of steamy romance and action-packed drama and I would recommend it to everyone who wants a little bit more adventure in their life.

Stephanie Chapman

Victoria Saccenti shows love can cross distances in Undeniable. Arely Bernal has a crush on her brother’s friend Kurt Allendorf. From the age of 14, she does her best to catch Kurt’s attention. Then disaster strikes; Nando attacks Arely when she turns 18. After she recovers, Arely and her mother leave Nando behind in Orlando and move to Puerto Rico. Arely returns to the United States and is working in her dream job as a teacher in Nashville. As she is leaving work, a masked man kidnaps her and knocks her unconscious. She escapes and is now staying with Gabby, her best friend from Orlando. Meanwhile, Kurt had returned from his time in the military, crippled by the war. He joins Ethan in creating a private BDSM club. Gabby tells Arely about Nexus needing a part-time bartender. Arely enters the club and runs into someone she never thought she would ever see again.

Victoria Saccenti wove the perfect suspenseful danger element into this romance story. I liked how little clues were dropped throughout the story, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The points of view of Arely and Kurt smoothly transition, and their inner conflict issues add to their personalities. Arely’s tendency to cross Kurt’s boundaries makes it easy to feel like this is a real couple bickering. The twelve-year separation between Arely going to Puerto Rico and returning gives the dialogue a relatable feeling. As the past events unfurl, the couple’s bond strengthens. The vivid details of every element of the story make every moment easy to picture. Undeniable is the perfect romance novel for readers looking for a story with danger and steamy bedroom action.