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Sunday, January 14, 2018

3.5 stars-- Headmaster (Lessons From the Rack #2) by Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me always brings a deliciously steamy read to the table.

The Gist: Lennox runs a BDSM academy but he's kind of a Dom trying to not be a Dom. Yeah, he's got some issues happening. And Marie? Well she's about tired of waiting for him to get his Dom back and ready to make it happen one way or another. Poor boy doesn't know what's about to hit him.


Marie and Lennox are both rather tortured over a past loss-- her best friend and his former sub-- and dealing with a lot of hurt, sadness and guilt over her death even years later. They're also dealing with the fact they have a major case of the lusts for each other. Yall. They had some struggles!

I really liked them individually. And them as a couple. They both had quite a journey and it was in turns funny, heartbreaking and rather breath taking. It was a fun ride to go along with.

And the sexy bits were oh-so-sexy. Lennox turned out to be a talker and I do love me a naughty talker. The two were passionate and intense. And totally won my heart. One thing I really love about Me's books is her take on doms and that you get a slightly different presentation of them than in most books and I just love that and getting to see things from their side, too.
"I can bathe myself. You don't have to."

"I never said you couldn't, but I want to do this." He picked up a washcloth and let warm water dribble down her shoulder.

She hummed in pleasure because it felt so good, but she still didn't move to relax. "You're naked, you're probably as tired as I am, and there's no reason for you to be on the floor giving me a bath."

His hand with the washcloth stilled. "Marie. Doing this calms me. It allows me to touch you in a way that will bring you comfort and to ensure you're okay. It helps me with my own drop and I'm probably going to have a steep one since it's been so long since I've been in a scene."

Well, damn. She hadn't considered it like that.

"So," he continued. "Unless you use your safe word, you're going to sit in that tub and let me do this. And I'll go ahead and warn you now that when you get out, I'm drying you off, putting you in bed, and then I'm going to give you a massage, and finally, we're going to cuddle."

She would have laughed, but his expression was so serious.
While I enjoyed a lot of this one I did have a couple issues.

  • I really do not care for these covers and had I not already been a fan I would have skipped them over real fast. 
  • I also felt like there was a little something missing writing-wise. There'd be issues and then they were just...handled. Like a big problem at the academy  and a chapter ending with "you'll regret that" and then the next chapter...handled and over. I was like...but I wanted to see some of those bits. Or an injury quickly healed or the hero having a big thing and then it's over. I wanted more of those juicy bits to get me from A to C. 
  • And I know this is nitpicky but a secondary character makes buttercream icing and I wanted to yell IT'S CALLED FROSTING! Drove me crazy. lol

All in all, though, I enjoyed watching these two FINALLY get their happily ever. Steamy, emotional and captivating... Headmaster was a real good time.

Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.

Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.

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