by Cassandra Carr
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: BDSM Contemporary
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Length: 143 pages
Ryan Tomasi feels like a failure. His marriage is officially over; the ink dried on the divorce decree. His friend Jack introduces him to BDSM and he agrees to attend a Halloween party at a club. A submissive approaches him, offering herself, and how can he refuse the kneeling beauty? They do a whirlwind scene and Ryan is addicted--both to dominance and to her.
Lisette Rinaldo is returning to the BDSM club for the first time since ending a bad relationship with her former master. She spots Ryan and is taken by the combination of self-assurance and nervousness the man displays as he takes in his surroundings. And after he gives her an incredible re-introduction to the lifestyle, she knows she needs to see the man again.
Ryan and Lisette explore each other and the lifestyle, but what started out as playtime quickly evolves into something more. The problem? Ryan isn't ready to get serious again and Lisette doesn't want to fall in love with a guy who can't give all of himself to her. Both of them are going to have to break out of the bonds holding them back from happiness to pass this Master Class.
This was my first Cassandra Carr read. It will not be my last! I felt an instant connection to both Ryan and Lissette. They were real people, with real problems, real fears, and insecurities. Don't get me wrong, I love an alpha Dom, but it was such a pleasure to watch Ryan grow into that role. Most D/s books are about dominants that are already established in that role. This was a fabulous change up.
The scenes between Ryan and Lissette were a fabulous blend of compassion, sensuality, and HOT DAMN! I was melted into a puddle on several occasions and could not stop reading. I really enjoy the BDSM genre, but some books I've read focus too much on that aspect and not enough on the characters and the relationship. Master Class was not one of those. The BDSM was fantastic, but the loving relationship that developed between them was what really sealed the deal.
Master Class is awarded 5 Satin Pillows!