Series: The MASTERED Saga #1
Author: K.L. Silver
Genre: BDSM, Erotica
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall: DNF out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Mindy
See Mindy’s Goodreads Review Here
This deliciously unorthodox love story sweeps you up in the erotic journey of MISSY WEAVER. Deeply submissive but terrified of being labelled as ‘deviant’, Missy buries her true nature. In its place, she constructs an fulfilling but socially ‘acceptable’ half-life, where she exists quietly in militant self-denial.
The story alternates between Missy’s perspective and that of JAMES COLTON, whose unabashed Dominance leaves her knees weak and her mind reeling! While daringly depicting the ‘mechanics’ of a Dominant/submissive relationship, MASTERED also delves into the rarely addressed psychology behind it. You will come to know and care about these 3-dimensional, multi-faceted characters.You will take a peek into the forbidden and oft-misunderstood world of BDSM.
And finally, you will learn the truth.
The erotic excitement reaches its apex again and again, leaving the reader panting in anticipation. It is kicked up another notch by an unpredictable sub-plot, rich in imminent danger and intrigue! This unique storyline will keep you whet and wanting – excited to turn the next page!
In the end, MASTERED will have you begging for more!
I tried… I really did. I really don’t like to not finish books. It makes me very sad when this happens. Remember that this is my opinion and you should read the book for yourself and form you own opinion. The writing is fine, I just didn’t connect with the story or the characters. The author did her job, it’s my fault that I didn’t connect. Let me try to explain what I mean.
First let me say that I do not live the BDSM lifestyle. I do read a lot about it and use some techniques in the bedroom but that’s it. I’m not an expert on the topic so this is just my personal opinion on what I have read so far in this book. I’m might rant a little here, but I don’t mean any disrespect. There are a ton of really good and positive reviews out there. Some of the things that didn’t work for me are things that may work for others.
In my opinion BDSM is what you make it. There are no set rules of what is right and what is wrong. The only rule that there should be, is consent. You need consent before you can make this work. Without consent you have nothing. You also need communication. From what I had read so far, I did not see any consent here and no communication.
Okay, here is a little bit of my rant… remember that this is my opinion and you should read the book to form you own opinion.
I get that Missy is naturally submissive and doesn’t understand that because she’s never known what to call it. James is obviously Dominate as he points out.. a lot. The part that doesn’t sit right with me is that Missy never consented. Some of Missy’s thoughts include… (paraphrasing) A stranger who somehow wasn’t a stranger. Cognitive disconnect? What is a dangerous situation and what isn’t. Stranger danger? I don’t want to say this but, almost immediately Missy is giving off a TSTL vibe.
Missy goes to the grocery store and James is behind her. And these two people do not know each other. Then a little bit later Missy is at her car fumbling for her keys, James pops out of nowhere. Why is he there? My first thought is “I’m going to be murdered” and my survival instincts would kick in, I’d start gouging eyes and throat punching. Missy has that thought too, but she completely ignores instinct. Okay.. I get it. I can deal with that. There is a deeper connection between the two. I’m on still on board.
Then James says he can smell her and gives her a pet name. I seriously thought to myself… “I didn’t know this was a paranormal romance. Is he wolf or vampire?” Here is a quote.
“Most enchanting, however, was the scent of your submission as you turned towards me, your Master.”
First, please do not assume, even if you can ‘smell my submission’, that you are my Master. That is something you earn and is not easily given. Here is another quote.
“Do not speak. There will be time for that later. As well, I do not recall giving you permission to do so?”
They are still standing in the parking lot at this point. How can James give Missy permission if they haven’t talked. James seems to be the only one talking and assuming. But okay… maybe, just maybe their connection is so deep that he can read her even without knowing her.
“Now please open your mouth, my dear,”
Ummm, no… don’t do it! This has to be where she draws the line. Right? Nope. He sticks three his fingers in her mouth.
Well, that has me thinking. Where have his hands been? Did he wash them? For all I know this is a homeless man who just got done wiping his ass with that hand. I know that’s not the case, but again… Missy does not know him. But, okay, I get it… ‘their connection is deeper‘. On a soul to soul level. Im a little grossed out, but I can still hang…
James then tells Missy to come to his house by a certain time and tells her not to be late. Missy is having the right thoughts, but she is acting in a completely different way. If you think this is crazy, then fine. Don’t let him put his fingers in your mouth and don’t go over to his house. If he is that interested, then he will come and find you. Make him work for it.
Okay, I’m going to skip ahead a little bit. Missy is at his house and she is late. James is upset and when she knocks on the door, he grabs her by the throat. At this point I would for sure be telling myself that I made a huge mistake and now I’m going to die. This man is a psycho and I have CLEARLY misjudged this situation. This would be totally different if they had known each other and she would know what the punishment is for showing up late. But they haven’t talked… at all.
“Missy barley managed to uncurl her fingers from the knocker before the wooden door flew open. His hand was a blur as it shot out, securing itself firmly around her throat…”
Ok… now remember. These two have not talked about anything. He surprised her in a parking lot, told her to come to his house and she complied. They have not negotiated anything. But maybe if I keep reading they will secretly know each other and this is all just some form of role play. Maybe?
“You shall call me sir from now on, as is your place, whore! Perhaps one day you shall earn the right to call me Master. We shall have to see about that, won’t we?”
UGGG! Well, first of all, you ‘SIR‘ need to earn the right for me to call you Sir. *FACE MEET PALM* WTF? Im not sure how much more I can take of this. Since Missy was 13 minutes late, she gets 13 swats on the ass. Ok, ONLY if you know how to spank me and what my limits are. Does he? Nope! You know why? Because he doesn’t talk to her or ask her questions. He just orders her around. Then she is required to climb on top of the ironing board with a boob dangling on each side, and position herself for a spanking?
The word oozing is not sexy. Just my opinion.
“The little panties had long ago given up trying to contain the liquid evidence of her need”
This is where this quote should end… but it continues to say…
“There was naught to be done as it leaked profusely, oozing down her thighs.”
Finally the one that made me tap out. Missy has to use the restroom. She needs to pee. But its not that simple. Nope. Missy is throwing out hints about having to pee and would like to do so in private. Clearly this douche is picking up on it. But you know what? He wants to watch her because she isn’t allowed any privacy? Of course he doesn’t tell her this ahead of time and thinks she should just know these things. Plus, I didn’t realize that this turned into a fucking kidnapping and she couldn’t be trusted to pee alone. Maybe its because she is TSTL and she could possibly drown herself in the toilet? Now that makes sense.
“Devoid of secrets and privacy, little one. Have you forgotten so soon?”
“It embraced, warmed, and calmed her. A moment ago the notion of glancing at him was torturous. Now, she couldn’t bear to look away. Master… When he began to hum gently, the dam broke. Her bladder loosed, splashing forcefully into the toilet. Missy whimpered for the duration. Yet, if she were honest, she’d admit that what she desired most in the world was for James to kiss her!”
But when Missy reaches for the toilet paper….
“You may wipe today my dear, but in the future, I suggest you not assume it to be you’re right.”
Fuck you! Do you want to stick you’re face and cock in a nasty and unclean pussy and asshole? I didn’t think so. So you better let me fucking wipe myself.
Okay, I did not intend for my rant to go on like this. But I did feel it necessary to disclose the problems that I personally had with the portion of the book that I did read. The only thing I did like about this was the cover and I thought the blurb was good. This just wasn’t my cuppa and I could not connect with the characters. There is lots of sex, but because I had problems connecting with Missy and what’s his name… I couldn’t get into it so it wasn’t sexy to me. Again, this is just my opinion about what I read of it. I would try to read this author again if she comes out with something new. But this book was not for me. There are a lot of good reviews on this book, so I would encourage you to try it for yourself and form your opinion. You may love this. 🙂
I received a copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Author K.L. SILVER is a left handed Libra.
A global thinker, she believes that every one of us can make a difference. K.L. fantasizes regularly of a more open-minded and compassionate society.
K.L. grew up on the frozen prairies of central Canada. At the tender age of fourteen, she left family, friends, and country to train at the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics in Eugene, Oregon.
Her children, whom she adores, are grown and self-sufficient. Writing and yoga keep her sane.