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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...
"She only wanted one man, one Master, one Sir...
Only Cole could ignite the submissive within her."
I was expecting a passionate and emotional love story and that's exactly what I got with "The Master." If you love a story that contains both of those attributes, I would highly recommend one-clicking this one. Even if you have't read the previous books, as this can be read as a standalone. Ever since meeting Sasha and Cole in "The Exhibitionist" last year, I have been excited about reading this book. I was intrigued by the characters and I was keen to know more about Sasha's back story. I couldn't wait to discover what lay ahead for the couple.
Following a bad experience in her role as a submissive, Sasha needing someone who could renew her trust and faith in the BDSM world. Someone who could repair her confidence and self-esteem to the way it way it had been before. Enter Cole, a commanding and masterful Dominant who also had a caring, thoughtful and most importantly, patient side to him. He was the perfect guy for the job.
"A needy submissive, longing to serve. A wounded soul, needing protection.
She pushed damn near every button he had."
Although Sasha and Cole's relationship began as a BDSM one, it soon became apparent that the couple were amazing together and maybe there was more in their future than just the roles of Dominant and Submissive. Watching Sasha and Cole develop feelings for one another warmed my heart and I realised how well they suited each other. I absolutely loved Sasha and Cole. They were both such likeable characters and, although at times I was left a little uncomfortable by the lifestyle that they chose to follow, I enjoyed their relationship immensely. Being with each other changed both Sasha and Cole for the better. Sasha made the biggest transformation in her personality. She had begun to light up with happiness in the presence of Cole. She started out as someone who had been deeply hurt and emerged into a much stronger young woman with the addition of some extra sass, which I found extremely entertaining. I was full of hope for Sasha and Cole's future.
"You've just changed the rules.
I certainly hope you're prepared to handle the ramifications."
Now that this series is on it's seventh book, it was lovely to see how well the Partners in Play group were getting along. I loved getting to know more about the dynamics of the group and how they led their lives around their choice of lifestyle. I was impressed by how well the friends came together to support and care for Sasha when she needed it the most. The group of friends have become so close with the progression of the series and it was lovely to see the strong bond that they had all formed.
"Little by little, he was weaving his way into her mind, just like he'd said.
It brought her a startling sense of security."
I couldn't end a Tara Sue Me review without mentioning the sex. Sasha and Cole's story was as steamy as ever. Tara writes sex scenes brilliantly and this book saw even more creative kinky adventures which had my temperature rising on numerous occasions. Out of all of the men that I have met so far, Cole might just be the most dirtiest talker yet, and boy do I love a potty mouthed alpha!! Lol. As I have followed this series from the very beginning, I have always felt a little undecided about my feelings towards living life as a submissive. It wasn't so much as what the couple's got up to during the erotic scenes, it was more about how the submissive's were treated away from the bedroom that I did not like. However, after meeting Cole and getting to know how gorgeous he truly was, by the end of the story I think I would have willingly worn his collar. Lol.
"Once I'm inside, I'm not holding back.
It's going to be rough and I'm going to fucking own you."
"The Master" was one of my Tara Sue Me favourites. It was brilliantly written with a heap of passion, romance and sex. I enjoyed every single page and I remained fully committed to Sasha and Cole's story throughout. I do have to say that the final few chapters were the beat part for me. The way in which things concluded for Sasha and Cole was so dreamy and the epilogue that was written from Abby's POV took me completely by surprise (In a good way). I'm not sure whether or not if this was the last book of the series, but with the introduction of new characters that planted seeds for more, I wouldn't be surprised if "The Submissive" series continues on and I wouldn't mind whatsoever.
"You're more than my air, you're my sun and my moon,
and when I'm weary and tired,
you're my shelter. Let me be the same to you."
"The Master" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.
During a lull in the conversation, he leaned forward and lowered his voice. “There’s a play party next weekend.”
She froze and he could see her process his words and their meaning before she relaxed. “Yes.”
“Good job, Sasha. You did what I told you to do earlier, didn’t you?” She’d remembered he wouldn’t touch her without telling her where and how.
He nodded. “A fast learner. I like that. I would like for you to attend the party with me.”
He paused, gauging her reaction. Her cheeks were flushed with excitement. “I would like that,” she said.
“Since the party will be held at Master Greene’s house and I don’t know if he has granite countertops, I won’t have you wear the black lingerie.”
Her voice was calm when she asked, “What will you have me wear, Sir?”
“I’ll have it sent to you this week.” Let her think about it for a while.
“I look forward to it.”
“We won’t formally participate in any scenes, but you will serve as my submissive.”
Her lips parted and she nodded. “Yes, Sir.”
“Master Greene has asked me if he can apologize for Peter’s actions.” He watched her carefully, looking for any hint of panic.
“Will Peter be there?” she asked quietly.
“No, in fact I understand that as a result of the phone call, there’s to be a meeting to determine if he should be allowed to remain in the group.”
Her eyes widened in shock. She hadn’t heard that. He was surprised Julie hadn’t told her, but then again, Daniel might not have told Julie.
She straightened her shoulders. “In that case, I’m good with Master Greene apologizing.”
“That’s what I told him, but I also said I wanted to check with you
She nodded, but then her gaze grew distant and she looked over his shoulder.
“Everything okay?” he asked. “Are you having second thoughts?”
She slowly returned her focus to him. “No, I’m just thinking about Peter. Now that I can think about him and not risk an episode, I often find myself wondering if I missed something, some sign.”
“I understand why you’d do that, but your time would be better spent asking yourself what qualities you’re looking for in a Dom.” He reached into his pocket and took a twenty dollar bill out. “Do you know how they train people to recognize counterfeit money?”
Her forehead wrinkled and she frowned in puzzlement. “Sir?”
He passed her the twenty. “They don’t give them the counterfeit bills to study. They only touch and hold the real thing. They become so accustomed to the real money that they immediately recognize the fraud.”
“I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to say, Sir.”
“Focus on what you want from a Dom, how you want him to treat you. Think through the characteristics of a Dom you’d like to play with. That way when you meet someone and you get to know him, you’ll recognize if he’s a fraud or not.”
“To make sure you understand, I want you to make a list of your top ten requirements from a Dom. We’ll go over it next time we meet.”
Her gaze grew wistful again, but she smiled and replied with a soft, “Yes, Sir.”
About the Author:
Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.
After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.
Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.