Title: Masters at Arms (Rescue Me #1)
Author: Kallypso Masters
Source: Own Copy
Genre: Erotic Romance - Light BDSM
Release Date: August 29th 2011
Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath--forging an unbreakable bond--will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them? (Book One in the Rescue Me series about the men who own the Masters at Arms BDSM Club.) AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is an introduction to the series, but does NOT have the Happily Ever After endings that will come in the next three romance novels in the series. Being the back-story that usually is not told in "real time," there are some intense themes in the book, including death of a spouse, incest, torture, a battle scene, and amputation.
My Review -
OMG I had this on my Kindle for quite some time and I could kick myself for not reading it sooner! What I expected to be a story about about 3 ex-military guys who decide to open a BDSM club was a 1000% time more then what I expected. It is an amazing story about three men and what brought them together and the development of the characters had me hook right from the beginning. I LOVE THE SERIES WITH ALL MY HEART AND I LOVE MASTER ADAM AND DAMIAN!!!
There is so much going on I really don't know where to begin. First off, this book introduces us to each of the men with their own story in parts. We meet Master Adam and his story had me reaching for tissues as we discover a Marine (Master Sergeant) who demonstrates loyalty, faithfulness, dedication, caring, and a protective nature that had me wanting to reach out and hold him in my arms to take away his pain. In his story we don't see any erotic scenes but see a very, sexy, alpha Dom who is always willing to take care of others even if it means making sacrifices to himself including protecting a young, teenaged runaway on a cold Thanksgiving night in a Chicago bus terminal. Not only does he save the girl from danger she in a way saves Adam from himself.
We meet Damian who is trying hard to move on with his life after a rough start and has finally find a place for himself. That is until a beautiful young woman looks his way and touches his heart and he see her inner beauty and hurt. Circumstances throw the two together where they escape to their own little paradise for a day where nothing and no one bad can touch them, but the moment is fleeting and leaves the reader aching.
Marc seems to have it all, extremely good-looking, rich, successful and can have any woman he wants, but because of a broken trust cannot allow himself to get close to anyone again. The trust not only destroyed his chances of truly loving anyone again it destroyed him as well and has guilt eating him away. Never feeling that he could live up to his family's expectations and the feeling of suffocation he joins the Navy to have a sense of purpose (he becomes a Navy medical corpsman for the Marines).
What occurs next in the story is how the three come together and the terror of war that puts their trust in each other and the development a bond that can never be broken. After each goes through their own horrors they get together after coming out of the Marines to start a BDSM club that saves them from their own demons and becomes their lifeline.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!! You have to read this book first before preceding to read the next one as it gives you a fantastic understanding of each character's personality. These characters are so HIGHLY developed that they become real and ALIVE to the reader. You feel that they are standing right beside you as you live the experiences with them (Mmmm would love to be standing beside Master Adam and rubbing my hands up his chest and broad shoulders and ummm, yes right, back to the review, sorry). :)
Just make sure you have the other books ready to read next as you will not want to wait a second longer to read Nobody's Angel (book #2) and Master Marc's story.