Saturday, June 1, 2013

Essential Master


Submissive Zebadiah Pellegrino maybe down, but he's not out yet. He knows there is a Dom or Domme for him - it's just a matter of finding him or her.  But after an attack by a brutal Mistress, the owners of New Beginnings have been hovering like a pair of over protective hens. It's been over a year and he's ready to move on, but now he just has to convince them or leave New Beginnings.

New members, Dom Nicholaus Tarquinio and switch Stephanie McKeown have a unique D/s relationship and have been searching for some time for a third member, a submissive to complete their triad. But the trick is to find a man who not only appeals to Nicholaus's domination but isn't above allowing Stephanie to have her fun too. 

When Zebadiah catches Stephanie's eye, she and Nicholaus approach the wounded sub, wondering if he's truly ready take what they have to offer him, or is Ethan right about Zebadiah not being ready? Only time will tell.


Essential Master by Dakota Trace is an erotic story that took me on a roller coaster ride of love, lust and hot sex. Nicholaus Tarquino and Stephanie McKeown have a wonderful relationship as a D/s duo but desired a third to finish their family. Enter Zebediah Pellegrino, a broken sub interested in finding a Dom or Domme. Little did Zeb realize that he would get two for the price of one; Nicholaus and Steph.

Ms. Trace delivered a beautiful story that enchanted and beguiled me as a reader. I was mesmerized by Nicholaus and Steph’s relationship; the camaraderie, compassion and deep-rooted love they felt for each other drove the story to new heights. In conveying their tale, Ms. Trace allowed their emotions to transfer in the feelings for Zeb. Neither jealousy nor emotional inhibitions were depicted in the story as each party never wavered nor hesitated in what they knew would be the outcome- a life together.

Zeb was a beautiful soul, slightly scared, but strong-willed and determined to conquer any fears placed on him by his previously abusive Domme. I wanted to wrap Zeb in cotton and never let him out of my sight. I believe Steph and Nicholaus felt the same way! Ms. Trace permitted Zeb to grow and emerge as the confident young man he was destined to be; subtly and with the help of his loving partners.

Nicholaus and Steph were dominant characters who were neither overbearing nor stingy in their emotions. Everything they did they did with gusto and passion. Whether it was everyday living, their jobs, or loving each other and Zeb; a balance was met, tipped on the side of love.

The sex was explosive, whether it was two or all three, emotions ran high and lust filled the air. Each one of the trio was fully invested in the relationship and gave it their all.

Steph was a wildcat of a woman and a sheep waiting to be ravaged by her master all rolled into one. Nicholaus was a dominant with no fear of being taken care of by his submissives, nor put in his place when needed. Zeb was the x factor in the equation. That final piece of a puzzle that allowed you to breathe a sigh of relief in knowing it was a job well done.

This story would not have been complete if not for each piece of the puzzle and Ms. Trace’s ability to deliver three very different personalities and merge them into a sexy satisfying culmination was truly a work of art. Essential Master blurred the lines of who truly ran the relationship. Strong and dominant, meek and mild, no one knows, but what I can surmise is that the essential master in this story if the one who is most loved; Nicholaus, Stephanie, and Zeb.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review


  1. Thanks for the wonderful review Evelise. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. You made my Saturday,

  2. You are very welcome Dakota! I loved the book and can't say enough wonderful thing about it...okay maybe one word...HOT!