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Publisher's Summary

She's ready to try again....

Sasha Blake is scarred from a BDSM session gone wrong, but she can't deny how much a strong Master turns her on. Determined to overcome her fears and rejoin the Partners in Play community, she asks Abby and Nathaniel West to set her up with a Dom who can help her feel safe again as a sub. They know the very experienced Cole is exactly the kind of man who can push all of Sasha's buttons - and she soon wants to go much faster than she had planned....

Cole knows that Sasha is not the kind of submissive he needs. He wants someone who will serve him 24/7, not a part-time partner. Still, the further they go into their play, the more Cole begins to wish he could make Sasha his all the time....

When forbidden desires turn into scorching action, Sasha and Cole come face-to-face with their demons - and realize their scorching relationship might be too dangerous to last....

2017 RITA Award Finalist for Best Erotic Romance

2016 National Reader's Choice Award Finalist for Best Erotic Romance

2016 Romance Best Book Award Winner

2017 Golden Flogger Award Nominee for Best BDSM Book of the Year: BDSM Advanced

©2016 Penguin Group (P)2018 Blunder Woman Productions

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Loved it!

Although I have not read or listened to any other Tara Sue Me books, they have been recommended many times on various FB groups so when I saw this one, I had to get it. This book had several hot and steamy scenes. Cole was such a patient and caring man with Sasha. I loved their story so much that now I have to go back and listen to the rest of the series to get the backstory on the characters that were in this book. The narrators did a great job bringing this story to life. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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A deliciously erotic/ emotionally intense listen!

“He wanted her in his house, in his bed and in his chains. He wanted to push her to her knees before him, bend her over his couch and hold her tight in his arms. He wanted to care for her like no one ever had before and to be the one person she could always count on to keep her safe and protected.”

I have been wanting to dive into Tara Sue Mae’s highly lauded Submissive series for a while so I jumped at the chance when I got the opportunity to listen to THE MASTER!


MY THOUGHTS:
I truly enjoyed this audio! This author is a MASTER (pun intended!) of the BDSM genre and her insight into the hearts and minds of her characters, her scintillating erotic/emotionally intense tone, and exquisite story craftsmanship was breathtaking! Both Cole and Sasha immediately worked themselves into my heart and this story of soul deep healing within a master/sub relationship really struck a visceral chord! I relished the psychological element of Sasha’s retraining as much as the physical.

Cole was a dream dominant… sweet and caring and endlessly patient, yet strict and formidable as well when the need arised. However, first and foremost, Sasha’s well-being was his top priority and the painstaking way he built up her trust was a beautiful thing to behold. It just melted my heart how he “broke down her walls then build them back up again and gave her the wings to soar free.” A wonderful thing about the mental play that slowly morphed into physical dominance was that it gave the MCs time to build a real connection beyond the kink. That said, I did feel that the romance moved at a bit of a snail’s pace in the first half and that all conversational chitchat distracted from the sensual allure of the story. However, by midway point the author really turned up the heat between Cole and Sasha and I definitely felt the burn!

The BDSM scenes were titillating, seductive and panty melting hot, yet also tinged with such exquisite tenderness it made my belly flutter! And the intense two week training session that Cole gave Sasha to give her a taste of a 24/7 master/slave relationship was probably my favorite part of the story! Furthermore, there is plenty of sexual and emotional tension throughout, as well a hint of danger when Sasha’s ex Dom’s threatening presence puts a monkey wrench in her training. And I also appreciated how Ms. Sue incorporated the characters from the previous books into this story. Sasha’s best friend Julie and fellow sub Abby provided wonderful support system for the heroine, and I also loved Cole’s macho banter with his fellow doms, Daniel and Nathaniel.

The narrators, Anastasia Watley and Ian Kingsley, were awesome in the roles of Sasha and Cole. They emoted really well and seemed to truly embody the essence of these complex characters. Anastasia infused Sasha with warmth, compassion and vibrancy and really endeared the character to the listener, and Mr. Kingsley’s suave British accent made my toes curl in his depiction of Cole! However I do wish that they would have changed their tone and inflection a bit more during line deliveries of the opposite sex characters (i.e. Anastasia’s performances of Cole in Sasha’s POV scenes and vice versa) so the masculine/feminine traits were more apparent. But that quibble aside, I truly enjoyed their “masterful” narrations!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Erotica with a Redemptive Edge

Amanda Lyn here again from your favorite romance audiobook review source, Sounds Like Romance.

With a strong focus on the emotional conflicts and arcs rather than external conflict to drive the story, this is a masterful display of erotica that will leave listeners ready for the next book in the series.

After surviving a BDSM session that left both her trust and her body scarred, Sasha Blake is ready to come back to "the scene" but is in need of a strong Dom who will reintroduce her to the lifestyle and to her own self-confidence. When enigmatic Cole takes the reins, Sasha will realize her well of strength can lead her to what she truly wants, but only if she's willing to submit.

Tara Sue Me tackles the Master/slave relationship aspect beautifully with such a careful but strong touch to the narrative. This is brought out to its best advantage with narrator Anastasia Watley at the helm, whom I would have loved to hear for the entirety of the book. Her sensitive portrayals of wounded Sasha evolved as the character grew back into her own and beautifully complemented Cole's thoughtful yielding as they learned each others needs and desires.

While I did not care for Ian Kingsley's performance as much--he seemed to have what I like to call a "tin tone", where there are moments of echo quality, as well as general issues with his volume and production editing--Watley makes this title a true must-listen for anyone who loves BDSM, deep dives into character, and strong romantic arcs that have a victorious quality to the ending.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I have been waiting for this for years

I am so in love with this book, and how Sasha is able to grow as a character and finally find the man of her dreams. I have been following this Book series for years. I am so excited that exposure came out as well today. As always this author will never let you down. Just when you think you figured it out there’s another twist in the story.

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My First Book By This Author

This is my first book by Tara Sue Me and I was quite curious. Erotica can be a difficult area to write, in my mind. It is easy to latch character development, to make the reader become interested in the mind of the dominate and submissive...where everything isn’t just sex but emotional and what each individual needs in their lives.
Sasha and Cole have different issues and problems in dealing with relationships and what they need and want. Sometimes assumptions can be very wrong.
Although I totally don’t understand why someone would want a 24/7 Slave and master relationship, I could understand the reasoning for this couple.
Well written and excellent narrators.
I continue to be interested in more of this authors books.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Intersting listen!

I have read most of the Submissive series, so I had read this book before, but I enjoyed listening to it again. It had been long enough that the audiobook was fresh. (I would not have opted to listen to this book again, if I had not enjoyed it when I first read it.)

Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series is interesting and showcases a variety of BDSM lifestyles. This book showed how the 24/7 lifestyle served both the master's and submissive’s needs.

The “club” aspect portrayed in this series is different from the usual physical (building) club, but appears to function in much the same way. Members meet in homes, but provide support, training and safety as found in formal clubs.

The narration was well done.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good but...

The story is interesting, sexy and a little dark; the narrator for Cole however, takes away from the picture the other narrator builds. At times it's seems like his mic is going in and out and like parts at cut into a sentence. It was annoying and made it hard for me to listen. If you can over look the narration issues I would say give this book a try!

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Held my interest throughout

I've read books about the BDSM lifestyle before, so when I saw this I was intrigued enough to request a free copy. The author is new to me so I was happy I made the cut. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The plot had substance and wasn't simply sex on top of sex. As far as narration, I much preferred the female narrator to the male. He wasn't bad, but the sound quality for his portion wasn't as clear. Also, when it comes to dual narration, I prefer the man to do all of the male parts and the woman to read all of the female parts. Overall, it was a very good read.

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Very enjoyable

I enjoyed listening to this book and listening to the narrator. Very enjoyable storyline and I would recommend it.
I was given this book for my honest review

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Devoured in one sitting

Really enjoyed this story. It was hot, had a great plot and the narration was great.
I received a copy of this book and was asked to leave an honest review.
This will be a re-listen for sure!