by Marty Rayne
M/M Romance, Erotic, BDSM
Reviewer's purchased copy.
Nate Jacobs has his health, a roof over his head, food in his stomach, and a best friend to keep him grounded. What more does a Dominant need? That's what he always thought until Kyle Turner knocked on his door.
In a slump since his last break up, Kyle Turner decides to try something different. Angel's Heart. A House of Dominants. Kyle has no idea what to expect, but he definitely gets more than he bargained for when he puts himself at Nate's mercy. Literally.
Irresistible attraction draws Kyle deeper and deeper into Nate's world of domination and submission. But in order to find love, the Master will have to surrender and allow his submissive's love to dominate him.
A Master's Love tells the story of Kyle and Nate. Kyle, who thinks there is something missing in life, decides to go to the fetish parlour, Angel's Heart, in order to see if he might be a submissive. Nate is the handsome Dominant who opens the door for their first session and the story continues from there. More could have been made of this. Why did Kyle think he was submissive? Had he seen something somewhere? Read about it and thought it might be for him? The reader never knows.
They are both attracted to each other from the moment they meet, which seemed a bit too sudden for me, as they don't really know anything much about each other yet, and neither do the readers.
There is sexual tension between the two heroes which sizzles throughout. Nate has never fallen for a client before and it takes all his willpower to keep from touching Nate, which is not really allowed during their sessions. The sex scenes are well written, as is the whole book, Ms. Rayne has a way with words but I felt there was something lacking in the character development. It might have been because it's a short book, and if longer, those issues may well have been addressed. There's also a bit of telling, rather than showing. We're told in the narrative about Nate's past, rather than have it revealed as the story goes along.
I did like both Nate and Kyle as characters and you root for them to get their happy ending. If you're a bit wary about reading something with BDSM in it, this one is fairly light on that aspect. There are some toys, some bondage and some Dominant/submissive scenes (Kyle has to obey orders such as not touching himself etc.)
All in all it was a good book. although it had a few problems, they didn't detract too much from my enjoyment of the book. I will certainly give other books by this author a go.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of The Prince's Guard.