Sometimes the most unexpected reviews are the most rewarding. I hadn't planned on reading Master Alex's story anytime soon. You see, the subject matter of sadism and masochism are two of which I cannot wrap my head around and do not know much about. Since there are two of us who alternate reviewing Laura's Blasphemy series, I offered the work up to the other reviewer. Unfortunately, something came up and she had to back away from the review. It is not like me to let the Ms. Kaye or InkSlingerPR down, so obviously I'm doing the review.
Here is the thing about the Blasphemy series. You not only get a fantastically hot, sexy, romantic, scorching story, you also receive an education because she has done the research. Even though this is a short novel, the characters of Master Alex and Jaime are well developed. Jaime's frustration and confusion were palpable before he ever walked into Blasphemy. After reading this, I swear I will look twice at some of the men and women who are heavily tattooed and wonder if they are not masochists at heart. Maybe not to the extent Jaime is, but it will make me wonder.
The fear Alex harbors deep within his heart to never have a fulfilling connection with another person touched me deeply. I think we all wonder if we will have that. I certainly did. It's why I married my husband, in part. Love grew from our twenty plus years together, but it wasn't the primary reason we are together. We are two very different people who learned to compromise the they were to make this marriage work. Kaye showed us love can be found, even in a short period of time, if you are patient, open and willing to give yourself a chance. Alex learned via Jaime's willingness to learn, eagerness to finally be happy and connect with himself and another person who truly understood him. Love is love is love. Light to dark, joy to sadness, yin to yang.
Though I still do not understand why someone enjoys the S/M lifestyle anymore than I understand why people smoke marijuana to relax (it gives me a migraine and yes I know I am a weirdo), I now have a better understanding of the lifestyle. More importantly, we'll see Master Alex and Jaime again. Especially since they are adopting a beautiful little girl whom I hope gives them nine kinds of hell.
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Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.
Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.
Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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