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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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...
Having already found several erotica authors that I love (Lizbeth Dusseau, Sylvia Day & Shayla Black), I wasn't looking for another.
But something about this Lorelei James book caught my attention and I decided to try it out. And I'm glad I did. I was so enthralled that when it ended, I had to immediately download the next book in the series. I have to know what happens next to these characters. Much as I did with Sylvia Day's Bare to Me series
NO, it was just not up to LJ's usual expertise. I've read and listened to all of LJ's western themed books- they have dominant men, wonderful character development, lots of smoking' hot sex and EMOTION! There is a cultural representation and familial development in those books. I will give her credit for a different approach to all the BDSM books that are coming out since FSOG (which were flawed as well). In this series, LJ is using Japanese rope bondage( an ancient art- and it IS an art) to provide the structure of the 'kink'. The thing is, the way the lead male is portrayed- he is 'dominant' but not a Dominant, per se. So if that is what you are looking for you will not find it in this book. A book that better portrays the D/S experience and psychology is 'Honor Bound' by Joey W. Hill- sadly it doesn't come out in audio. The female in the story annoyed me- she was supposed to be 'city-smart' after living in Denver for many years despite a small town fundamentalist Christian upbringing- but too naive to know that if you are getting jacked by four guys in a street on the seedy side of town- you are probably not going to get out of it unscathed even if you cooperate. The whining really got on my nerves.
It provides a segue into the next book, which is what many of the writers are doing these days. Though to give LJ credit- at least her book is a full sized novel at over 8 hrs and not two or three novellas that eventually make up a whole book.
The narrators did the best they can- Luke Daniels is always a professional and this is the first time I've heard anything by Rachel Vivette, but thought she did a good job on an odd accent.
Say something about yourself!
It had potential, it did but both the story and the female narrator ruined it!
The owner of the Dojo is hot and appealing but he also uses these awkward phrases to try to be all Zen-like and it comes across as fake and ridiculous, partly due to the narrator over pronouncing things and lack of emotion at key points....when the guy asks the girl do you want me to do blank to you and she answers "yes" it should probably be a moaning yes not a robotic yes like someone asked you if you took milk in your coffee!
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 enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading the sequels. One can't help but want to hear and enjoy the dynamic between Ronin and Amarie.
WOW! I loved the character development in this series. This one really pulls at your heart and I didn't want it to end. I read all the books in the series and it was just as good or even better as you go. Lots of humor and playful banter between the characters. Definitely not like other books I've read. Her witty banter, his confidence as a Jui-Jitsu Master, all the guys from the dojo it was realistic and not over the top. AWESOME!!! So he is a Rope Master too...I don't remember ever readying a hotter account of tying someone up. I wish there were more books like this.
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