Title: Master In Shining Armor
Series: Masters Unleashed #4
Authors: Sparrow Beckett
Rating: 3 Stars
The author of Finding Master Right returns to the Masters Unleashed series with a new erotic romance with an unexpected surprise.
When Juliet Callahan's company lands a contract to renovate Catacombs, a mysterious private BDSM club, she's intrigued. The club's owner, William Ellis, is a bossy, dominant man who drives her up the wall. To find out what Catacombs needs, Juliet agrees to visit the club, never guessing she'll end up having a torrid night of submitting to Will's dominance.
Will doesn't want a needy submissive he has to treat with kid gloves, but naïve and proper Juliet is too hard to resist. She responds to him beautifully, but after one scorching night, she runs scared. Before he can figure out what makes the interesting girl tick, an unexpected shock shows up on his doorstep.
His ex's baby.
*Due to the rather sensitive nature of the topic discussed, this review is not intended for those readers under 18.*
The dynamic duo that is Sparrow Beckett seems to be making quite the splash with this latest offering in the Masters Unleashed series.
Making every effort to temper the masterful dominate that is one William Ellis, with not one, but two life altering events in rapid succession.
The first of which being his meeting the love of his life. One very vanilla, Julliet Callahan. When she and her brothers are hired to revamp Catacombs. William's very exclusive BDSM playground.
The second, and most life changing event by far, however.
His becoming a full time father to the infant daughter of his now deceased ex.
What's a Dom to do?
I can't say for sure what one is to do. But based on some very reckless behavior on the part of Will with one very initiated Juliet.
I can certainly say what one doesn't.
And Will's ill prepared, unprofessional, and very unsafe handling of Juliet's first BDSM experience both with him, and in the whole of life...
A definite HELL NO!
He was far more interested in how turned on that he was by her submission than her safety, her care, or her well being.
Offering her only a cursory explanation of safe wording, no prior knowledge of what was to take place in the scene, and pushing her well past her adrenaline threshold with no aftercare.
Not only is this line of play dangerous. It is highly unethical.
It is very difficult for me as a reviewer to chalk this major faux pas on the part of these authors up to a simple case of lack of knowledge. Given the fact that this is the 4th book of a BDSM series. And more importantly.
The mistakes that Will makes in this book would never be made by an experienced Master or Mistress.
The fact that such ill treatment of a novice is presented in a positive light in this read.
And therein lies the heart of my problem as a reviewer.
The book was well written.
The story and characters very engaging.
The ending very "happily..."
But can I condone the portrayal of unsafe handling of a "novice".
Particularly not in the case of said novice also being one's love interest.
It is the opinion of this reviewer that this book be marketed as a DARK EROTIC ROMANCE.
Rather than the "feel good" romance that it seems to be aiming for.
Readers will note that there is a decided lack of a review for the rather "run of the mill" and baby makes three plot line.
This is because Will's interest was elsewhere for the majority of the read.
And frankly so was mine.