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Peek Inside Owned by Fate

Journalist Caroline Preston arrives at Serve, the city’s hottest BDSM club, with one goal—to hate it. But then she sees him. Ripped. Rough. Eyes that could incinerate a girl’s panties. As the owner of the club, Jonah Briggs 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 give the sexy little reporter the most exquisite pleasure she’s ever experienced...if she’ll let him. But Caroline’s not about to go willingly into the lion’s den—not when everything she’s worked her whole life to achieve is at stake.

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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.



"A sizzling hot romance with some BDSM elements and a sexy as sin hero that you'll never want to stop talking." -- Dirty Girl Romance

"My cup is overflowing with love, my pants have melted and I have absolutely zero doubt that you will fall head-over-heels in love with Jonah and Caroline." -- Read Your Writes

"I've come to crave Tessa's books and her heroes because no one and I mean NO ONE can write a dirty talking hero that is believable and sexy the way she can." -- Ramblings From This Chick

"Owned by Fate was a spicy, quick read that will leave readers' tongues wagging and definitely begging for more. I can't wait to see what else Tessa Bailey has in store for the future, and in the meantime, I'll be adding her backlist to my TBR!" -- Prisoners of Print

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750944
Series: Serve, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014
Page Count: 236
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, forced proximity

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ October 28, 2014

4.5 Dirty Talking Dom Stars

So a respected financial journalist and an award-winning interior designer walk into a BDSM club..."
"And nothing. That's the entire joke."

If you've read any other book by this author, then you already know that she writes books with heroes that can delive ...more

By *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time September 29, 2014

4.5--Yes, Master--Stars!!!

Holy Hell! This book was HOT!


Jonah was simply drool worthy and here's why:

“If I sit across from you much longer, I’m going to pull you astride my lap and kiss your superbly formed mouth until you soak straight through my pants."
“It wouldn’t take lon

By Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ September 29, 2014

4.5 Sexy Loving Stars


Owned by Fate is a provocative story about SERVE New York City's HOTTEST BDSM club, a feisty heroine, her family's failing magazine and a sexilicious-dirty-talking hero. I LOVE Jonah!

It’s about happiness, understanding the needs of others and a ...more

By Alba and Her Secrets..♥ December 01, 2016

4 'Lollipop' Stars!

When I am on the mood for something extremely hot, emotional, with amazing wrting and a dirty dirty hero, of course, Tessa Bailey does not disappoint!

Loved this story, the characters (even though Caroline got on my nerves sometimes) and their off-the-charts chemistry (this woman a ...more

By Claire September 15, 2014

4 - "Are you going to suck it? Or just play with it all night? Stars!

It’s safe to say that Tessa, has literally Owned the first book in the Serve series. I could not put it down; it started out decadently dirty, and kept me panting, sorry I meant reading, right up to its end!

”When was the last time ...more

3.5 Mixed Feelings Stars!

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Caroline Preston, financial journalist, against her better judgment, has to visit Serve, a local BDSM club to 'research' for a column. Her family magazine is nearing bankruptcy and a merger with a lifestyles magazine could save it. Part of this requires her to open her ...more

By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ October 01, 2014

4-4.5 STARS


Caroline is a financial journalist and works for her father’s financial publication, “Preston’s Daily Finance”. The magazine is tanking, so they need to do something to save it from bankruptcy. Her brother comes with an “insane” idea, to add lifestyle articles, combining finance with more ...more

By Kelli C November 20, 2014

Can Tessa Bailey write something bad? NO! I don't think she can!

This is fabulous. 200 pages of great heat between two smart characters. It's a taboo love story where two people are in deep mind-consuming lust! Just one night...yeah, that's not gonna happen!

Jonah is off the charts amazing and Caroli ...more

By ♥Rachel♥ September 30, 2014

Reading the description for Owned by Fate you’d expect for it to be a fiery hot romance, and it was, but I didn’t expect some of the tender and heartbreaking emotions I felt. A steamy romance is always welcome but I appreciate it when an author makes me feel for the characters, and makes it more tha ...more

By Chris August 09, 2016

I can say with sureness now that I am an official fan of Tessa Bailey's works even if this is my first book of hers. As I'm already finishing this and starting her newest Worked Up right away.

I already expected TB to be the queen of dirty talkers that I know she is but I didn't get how much her wr ...more

By Michelle March 01, 2015


Caroline doesn’t want her family’s publication to fail, but she also doesn’t want it associated with the BDSM lifestyle. When an offer is made that could save the publication, Caroline is placed in the middle between her brother, who wants to accept the offer and her father, who doesn’t want his ...more

By Nicola September 23, 2014

This book should come with a combustion warning.


Owned by Fate owned me by the end of the second chapter. Tessa Bailey is royalty when it comes to bringing us a man who exudes charm, wit, confidence yet vulnerability, a confident lady who doesn't make his life easy and who you would want as your best ...more

By « Court (Take the Read) » March 07, 2018

I liked this a lot. I thought it was a great book about a woman's entry into the world of BDSM without being too over the top.

The hero genuinely cared for the heroine, and her feelings regarding his lifestyle, so it was a lot easier to believe a relationship was born out of their circumstances.

Of c ...more

By Victoria September 29, 2014

“You got into the elevator with me after the things I said to you?” He braced his hands above her head.
“I don’t know whether to be grateful or pissed off.”

“Go with grateful,” she breathed.

A muscle in his jaw flexed. “I don’t understand you, Caroline. You seemed so cautious and level-headed, then you

By Janey October 01, 2014

ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review..

4 Your hand, my ass stars

”So a respected financial journalist and an award-winning interior designer walk into a BDSM club..”

Caroline Preston finds her journalistic journey taking her into a BDSM club called Serve. ...more

By Jan September 11, 2014

You know how when you find an author that truly delivers everything you want in the books you love reading? An author that keeps you on pins and needles, waiting for a snippit of her next book? You've read them all, loved each and every one of them, read them twice, thinking it just can't get any be ...more

By Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~ October 19, 2014

4.5 stars ...more

By Angie September 16, 2014

**I received an ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

This is my first Tessa Bailey book! I was impressed...and a bit turned on.

Jonah is the owner of the nightclub/BDSM club, Serve. He's sexy and sweet. He smells like licorice and he's a filthy talker. He also just recentl ...more

What more do I need to say. As usual Tessa Did not disappoint.

Loved it. can't wait to read the next one ...more

3.5 stars

This one was predictable but it was still pretty hot... ...more

By Nicole January 28, 2018

Every goddamn time I read a book by Tessa Bailey I am put through the wringer. My god. This lady sure knows how to pull on my heart strings and hit me hard. All. The. Feels.


Caroline Preston is doing a feature story about the new rage in kinky sex since it became mainstream since a particular book wa ...more

By Shayna September 28, 2014

WOW! Just wow! What an intense, sexy read, which is not surprising at all considering who the author is. Tessa Bailey knows exactly what us readers crave in a dominant hero, and Jonah Briggs fits the bill perfectly. He is a whole lot of yummy goodness, and his dirty, beautiful mouth is what I will b ...more

By Chitra *CJ* June 28, 2017

Such a beautiful, wonderful book.
"Owned by Fate" is the first book in "Serve" series, and what an amazing start to it!
Caroline is a journalist, who decides to write an expose article about the notorious BDSM club Serve , to save her family magazine "Preston".
Going to the club with her best ...more

By Rachel September 26, 2014

Fan-freaking-tastic !!! You rock Tessa Bailey.

He can own me anytime.

Tessa Bailey kicks off a super-hot new series with Owned by Fate. Panties will melt while reading this one. We get what is my favourite Bailey hero in Jonah. Sorry Line of Duty hunks, but Jonah can slap my ass red any day he wants ...more

By Adrian September 09, 2014

Tessa does it again! I'll never get enough of her sexy, filthy-mouthed heroes. This is her first trip into the BDSM world and I think she knocked it out of the park! Jonah was intimidating, dominating and sexy and he fell instantly in love with Caroline. She's strong and independent and really did n ...more

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Tessa Bailey

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Tessa Bailey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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