Evan landed on his ex-Master’s doorstep after Master Gabriel dumped him for a virgin. He’d hoped Thomas would take him back, but he’s moved on with his new submissive, Linus. Evan has nowhere to go and barely a penny to his name. Fortunately, Master Aaron and his boy, Sam, invite him to stay at their guesthouse. Alone and abandoned, Evan aches for a Master who can give him more—if only he knew what ‘more’ meant.
Master Ned has finally decided to settle down in one place after traveling on the road for years. He’s always loved the Hampton Road Club—it’s a private sanctuary for men such as himself. The roaring twenties might be freer than ever, but the decadence of the sadomasochistic club could put its members in danger if they’re not discreet.
Ned’s on the lookout for an untried boy who’s ready to fully submit to him on a daily basis. In return, he plans to train and care for his submissive. If he can also find love, then his life will be perfect.
After Evan is introduced to Ned at the club, they have an intense encounter that catches them both by surprise. What should lead to a possible future for them as Master and submissive is destroyed when Ned mysteriously casts Evan aside. Evan wonders if he’ll ever be good enough to keep a Master, and Ned fears he may have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
Shattered trust and broken hearts have to be repaired before Evan and Ned can find their way to each other—if it’s not already too late.
Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of exhibitionism.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
I have been waiting for this story ever since being introduced to Evan and Ned and as always, Morticia Knight delivered in Mastering Love. When we first met Evan in the previous book of The Hampton Road Club series, I wasn’t sure if I’d like him. I smelled trouble a mile away, but Ms. Knight gave Evan substance and life as she traversed through the murky waters of his misguided life and his potential fulfillment as a submissive. I am never disappointed when Morticia Knight takes hold of a character and creates a multi-dimensional persona.
Ned was the perfect dominant for Evan’s particular desire of submission. Once Ned realizes what he truly wants, he goes full steam ahead in his pursuit of Evan. Together they are a sensual and beautiful couple. Evan’s desires are predicated on his need to be focused on tasks and his servitude towards a master. Ned fulfills those needs.
What I love most about the series is that Ms. Knight is taking everything we know about the world of BDSM and catapulting us back in time to the birth of the lifestyle. The men of the Hampton Road Club are writing the future, protecting themselves, their submissives and those still to come.
A subtle sensuality enflamed with eroticism and deep-rooted loved & desires. Mastering Love hit the high mark as Morticia Knight once again delivered a winner.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review