Wednesday, February 3, 2016

4 stars-- The Master (Submissive #7) by Tara Sue Me

*dreamy sigh* Amazing hero, incredible heroine, an emotional journey that tugged at the heart and brought all the feels, toe curling heat. Lordy. Yes, please!

The quick of it is that a little while back Sasha was severely traumatized in a BDSM scene gone wrong. It devastated both her body and her mind and has kept her from the lifestyle she used to love and crave. Now that she's finally healing she wants her old life back but the only way that's going to happen is with the help of Cole--one of the group's Master Doms. A man who both intimidates and entices her and who will do whatever he can to help her find herself once again.
"Good afternoon, Sasha," he said, sounding like a perfect gentlemen and not at all like he would soon have her bent over a chair with her naked ass in the air.

"Good afternoon, Sir."

Alright, so, I loved Sasha. She's been through absolute hell but has come back fighting. She has an inner strength and sass that was charming and beautiful. I loved watching her slowly gain her confidence and trust as they worked together. Seeing her struggle with flashbacks and fears and coming through them stronger.

And Cole? He wasn't quite what I expected from the other books but I liked him. He turned out to be a rather prim Brit which I just didn't see coming. Very much with the rules and protocols and doing things the proper way. He had some serious sexy and I loved how he could be both firm and gentle with Sasha
"No one's called or sent a text today. Do you need to get in touch with anyone?"

"No." She cooped up rice on her fork. "I told my parents I was going to a work conference out of town and I'd call them when I could, but it probably wouldn't be often."

He raised an eyebrow. "You lied to your parents?"

"The other option was to tell them I was living with a man I've known less than a year so he could train me to be a slave and I probably wouldn't be able to call very often seeing as how I'd have his dick in my mouth a good portion of the time."

Her matter-of-fact statement was spoken so off-handedly, he chocked on his wine. "Yes, I can see why you went with the first option."
Now their dynamic. They start out with a simple training relationship. Working on trust and confidence without things getting too intimate. Thought the heat flinging between them was incredible. But then things got a little deeper and more intense as they explored a 24/7 power exchange. This is so not my dynamic but it was interesting to watch play out and, kinda hot too. It's still nothing I would want personally but I enjoyed watching the two of them and their relationship develop with that dynamic in play. The utter trust they both had to have in each other to actually make it work. It was something else. Whew!

As a side note, one of the things I really love about this series is that it has touched on the risk involved in BDSM. While the lifestyle can be wonderful it can also be very dangerous when power is put into the wrong hands. I think that's often something we gloss over so I appreciate that idea being woven into the series and addressed. It was heartbreaking and painful to watch what Sasha went through but so very important in both showing the dangers and the absolute strength it takes to live the lifestyle.

All in all, The Master was delicious! The chemistry and power exchange between Cole and Sasha was stirring and utterly beautiful as they healed each others hearts and souls. Tara Sue Me wields a masterful pen.

Sasha Blake is scarred from a BDSM session gone wrong, but she can't deny how drawn she is to a strong Master. Determined to rejoin the Partners in Play community, she asks Abby and Nathaniel West to set her up with a Dom who will make her feel safe again as a sub.

Cole Johnson knows how to push all of Sasha's buttons, but he's convinced she's not the submissive he needs. Still, the further they go into their play, the more Cole begins to wish he could make Sasha his all the time...

When forbidden desires turn into scorching action, Sasha and Cole come face-to-face with their demons - and realize their deepening relationship might be too dangerous to last...

*covers link to Amazon

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (erotic) |  Pervy Girl (24/7 Slave/Master) | Goodreads

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