Monday, January 21, 2013

Review + Giveaway: Master Class by Cassandra Carr

Title: Master Class
Author: Cassandra Carr
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Published Date: December 11, 2012
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 47,000
Ryan Tomasi feels like a failure. His marriage is officially over; the ink dried on the divorce decree. His friend Jack introduces him to BDSM and he agrees to attend a Halloween party at a club. A submissive approaches him, offering herself, and how can he refuse the kneeling beauty? They do a whirlwind scene and Ryan is addicted—both to dominance and to her.
Lisette Rinaldo is returning to the BDSM club for the first time since ending a bad relationship with her former master. She spots Ryan and is taken by the combination of self-assurance and nervousness the man displays as he takes in his surroundings. And after he gives her an incredible re-introduction to the lifestyle, she knows she needs to see the man again.
Ryan and Lisette explore each other and the lifestyle, but what started out as playtime quickly evolves into something more. The problem? Ryan isn’t ready to get serious again and Lisette doesn’t want to fall in love with a guy who can’t give all of himself to her. Both of them are going to have to break out of the bonds holding them back from happiness.
Warning: This book contains graphic sex scenes, including BDSM.

Read an Excerpt

Ryan imagined it wouldn’t be cool if a Dom came in his pants before the scene even began. Bending, he grabbed the ruler paddle from his toy bag and then rooted through the other stuff until he found a larger leather paddle. He liked using paddles. They seemed to be the easiest implements for him to control, and when he’d seen the ruler paddle online, he knew he had to get it, given his day job.

Obviously he would never even consider using corporal punishment on his students, but some of the faux-Victorian spanking porn he’d watched had been pretty hot. He was happy to indulge this fantasy of Lisette’s.

Stepping closer, he dropped the leather paddle on top of his bag for later and reached out. Hooking his thumbs in the waistband of her gauzy pants, he pulled them down to her knees with suddenly trembling hands. As he’d suspected, she was bare underneath. He could’ve happily done a swan dive into her pussy with his face, but he knew he had to stay in character, so he tamped down on his own desire.

“What a naughty girl. Not even wearing panties to class.” He patted her ass with the paddle, then moved it away. Reaching with his free hand, he ran his fingers through her soaked folds. “And it appears someone’s excited.” Her pussy wasn’t shaved bare but rather was neatly trimmed, which was fine with him, as a bare pussy frankly did nothing for him.

“Yes, sir.” Lisette answered in a meek tone.

“Let’s see what we can do about your inability to turn in assignments on time.” Moving to her left, he took a couple of practice swings, then brought the paddle to about shoulder height and laid on the first stroke, following it immediately with a caress of his left hand. “Okay?”

“Green, sir.”

As soon as she spoke, he gave her another stroke, right on the fleshiest part of her bared ass. Her breath caught, but she remained silent. “Are you learning, girl?”

“Yes, sir. I won’t do it anymore, sir.”

“I’m not sure I believe you.” He gave her three more strokes, moving down her bottom a little on each stroke so that the last one landed right where her ass and thighs met. Soothing the skin with his left hand as she attempted to wiggle into his touch, he continued, really getting into his role and saying all the things he wished he could say to his real students. “When you don’t turn in your assignments on time, you’re disrespecting me and my class.”

“I’m sorry, sir.”

“You’re going to be.”

She seemed to be adequately warmed up, and he spanked her steadily for a few moments, covering her ass from near the top to a little on her thighs. As the area blushed from light pink to a darker shade, he positioned himself where he could see her expression.
I was first introduced to Cassandra Carr when I read her Buffalo Intimidators series; so I wasn't surprised by how much I enjoyed this. She gave the characters lots of depth, but what I admired most about them was the amount of reverence between Ryan and Lisette. The author did a superb job of pacing the romantic development based on the negative outcome of their past relationships; not just rushing toward the outcome. Ryan’s character was practically unique; as a natural dominant – he uses his deficient sexual knowledge to his advantage. Initially, Lisette seemed one-sided, and then her character exploded…

I don’t typically read BDSM books nor am I overly familiar with the rules and/or etiquette of the lifestyle. However, I intend to read Caught, which is Jack and Callie’s story.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by CBLS Promotions for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Author Bio

Cassandra Carr is a multi-published, award-winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren, Sybarite Seductions and Loose Id who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Cassandra's book Caught was recently named Best BDSM Book 2011 by LoveRomancesCafe and Impact was named BDSM Book of the Month for May 2012 by BDSM Book Reviews. 

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  1. Thanks so much for having me and for the very nice review! I'm so happy you enjoyed Master Class!