Master by Raven McAllan
Caden McCourt did not expect to find his estranged wife Diana at a BDSM club. When he does, the renowned Master is determined to claim back his errant wife.
When Diana left him fifteen years prior, she lost a part of herself. Seeing Cade again throws her into a tail spin.
She cannot be the sub he needs, but she can't walk away either. When she's challenged by Cade to face her demons, her her old nightmares resurface. Can they overcome the chasm between them, or are the nightmares simply too strong?
Review by Brittany
Anna McCourt, formerly known as Diana McCourt, left her husband fifteen years ago with a note that only contained one word. “No.” They never divorced and they never spoke, as her husband Caden never knew where to find her.
Now, Caden has found her. Determined to speak with her and get an explanation, he offers up his experience as a Master to do a demonstration at the BDSM club that Anna is a receptionist for. After all is said and done, Anna moves back in with Caden, despite her fears and reservations about being his sub.
A year later, she leaves once again. Not for good, but to straighten herself out. She has some things about her she needs to figure out, and she’s bound (no pun intended) and determined to do it. Will she be able to put her demons to rest and return to Cade and be his sub?
Okay. That’s all this book was. The story line was good: a sub that doesn’t like many aspects of being a sub. I enjoy these BDSM romances, they’re some of my favorites. But I felt this book was misleading.
For this being a longer romance, I expected there to be many hot, kinky, BDSM erotic scenes. There were two, and they weren’t anything to really get excited about. Raven McAllen would lead up to several moments where I thought there would be an explosive sex scene, and there just wasn’t. It was very disappointing. I expected more from this.
I am also very frustrated that I had to use the dictionary app on my Kindle quite a bit. Raven used many big words that you would rarely ever use in conversation. They were used in the right way, at least, and according to my Kindle’s dictionary. I was very frustrated though, that I am a word person, I know how to spell, pronounce, and use many words, but a lot of the words she used I had no clue even existed. This genre and time period doesn’t call for big words such as “genuflecting” or “paracetamol.”
This book could have also used a run through with an editor. There were missing words and often times the wrong name was used, confusing the heck out of me. Overall, this book receives three stars from me. I hate giving low ratings, but there were too many things that drove me crazy while reading this. Now, I don’t want to sound mean, at all, and if I did, then I am deeply sorry, because that was not my intention.
There is another novel after this, following the story of a good friend of Anna’s, Athol. It is titled A Dom’s Decision, and so far, it is following in the footsteps of this book, especially with big words. We’ll see how it plays out.
About Raven McAllan
Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband and their two cats (sadly now one cat, Jazz was put out of her pain in December. Smudge now thinks he should have twice as much of everything) —their children having flown the nest—surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.
She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge.
A lover of reading, she appreciates the history inside a book, and the chance to peek into the lives of those from years ago. Raven admits that she enjoys the research for her books almost as much as the writing; so much so, that sometimes she realizes she's strayed way past the information she needs to know, and not a paragraph has been added to her WIP.
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