In the Mastered Series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman's desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her…Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She's focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating - not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That's where she meets him. Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training - in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery's boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession…
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I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
We did NOT finish this book, it was too painful. We did finish the first half of the book however. It's not that we're against smut, sex or kink, but the novel needs to have a cohesive plot, and not just a series of scenes that lead into sex. I'm picking my pants up from your dojo, let's have sex. I'm having a party and you showed up uninvited, let's have sex. I mean really, the characters were just thrown together in a series of random events. The sex felt more vulgar than hot and steamy. Nothing worked for us, and we were glad to stop.
From a narration standpoint, it was bad. The characters weren't brought to life and it sounded as if Amery was Asian one minute and not the next. The same went for Ronin. She tried to give Amery's parents a North Dakotan accent and it sounded nothing like any standard accent from the plains. I can't in good conscience recommend this to anyone.
I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything
Is Luke Daniels on this book? The male character does not sound like a male at all...it sounds like the female narrator trying to do a male voice....poorly...with the same odd stilted speaking style.
The narrator has a very stiff, stilted delivery style that is not at all conversational or natural. It really detracts from the story. I am only perhaps 45 minutes into the book and I am so distracted by the weird narration that I am wondering if I am going to be able to continue.
I havent finished the book by any means...so I dont feel like I can really comment on the story. It might be good...but for now, its totally being ruined by the poor narration. I am glad I got this on a sale, because if I had paid more than $5 I would feel ripped off.
more plot line
If you are in the mood for erotically sexy scenes then this is the book for you. The scenes are delicious. However if I am not in the mood I will skip this part to move on to the story and this book was lacking that part. :(
Overall this was a good listen. I enjoyed the storyline as it was not a typical BDSM book. The entire book is based around the eroticism of rope tying. At first I was not really sure because I did not know much about this type of kink but I think the author did a good job of hooking you into the story. I liked that Amery and Ronin had some angst between them and that it was not just a simple romance story. Amery’s friends are pretty funny as well and so added some humour to the story. The scene at the very beginning with the pants and the dojo was one of my favourites. The chemistry was great between the two characters with a touch of mystery to keep you going. I am not sure about Ronin’s interaction with other submissive women. I know there was no sex involved but it just felt too intimate and I did not enjoy that. Maybe if that was part of Amery’s kink and she liked to watch, but that was not her at all. I will be ordering the next book to see what happens. This was not one of my favourite books but it was an enjoyable listen.
It was one of the better books that I have read, although I have read a lot of audio books.
I liked that the story didn't end up a "happy" ending like most books do, it left you hanging a little and curious what the next book will have in store for you.
I like the different voices because it really lets you get in the head of the opposite sex you wouldn't experience otherwise.
It mad me laugh in a few spots, mainly when she was telling him off or when she actually thought she could take him down, but overall was an upbeat book with some mysteries.
Overall, a great book and although the typical "romance" novel, it had a different approach and outlook.
I REEEAALLLLY enjoyed this book! Ronin Black was some kind of man indeed--mysterious, sexy, dominant, and I wanted to melt on demand when he would tap into that tender side. This was a great story that teeters on the edge of dom/sub but not in the way some other stories have portrayed this lifestyle. Amery is sassy and coming into her own after living a very vanilla life, when she meets Ronin, who rocks the living daylights out of her world!
Sometimes erotic romance novels don't have a really well developed plot, but, this was quite the opposite in my opinion. I couldn't stop listening. I was intrigued by both Ronin and Amery, and oddly, Rachel Vivette's interesting narration. She has a different type of voice and even the pace of her narration is different than most, but it really worked for both the female and male leads.
I'm so glad I got this book, it was my first Lorelei James purchase and I was thoroughly impressed; I'm starting book 2 as we speak...
This story was almost identical to 50 Shades of Grey. Even the ending was a parallel. Basic storyline of Dom and Sub. Usually love author's work but will not purchase the rest of this series. If you haven't read the 50 Shades books, you may love this.
Did not care for male lead. we needed more info on why he was the way he was.
I wouldn't be going out of my way for them. Sebastion York has nothing to worry about.
the ending is a good Segway for the next volume
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