There's something to be said for WANTING to do things for others and being EXPECTED to do things for others. MASTER OF FREEDOM is a lovely reminder of the difference between the two.
Social worker Virginia Cunningham is new to CA, new to working at a prison, and most definitely new to BDSM. Having been convinced by her ex that BDSM was something writers made up to sell books, Gin meets a group of friends in the lifestyle, and is invited to a wilderness retreat focusing on the kink.
Detective Atticus Ware moved to CA to be close to his jailed brother and is startled to learn the woman at the wilderness retreat who fell apart under his tutelage is his brother's therapist. Something about the woman who makes it her duty to care for others makes him need to care for her, and she's the first woman to make him want MORE. Both are dealing with issues that should be enough to derail them, but their love may just be the one that stands the test of time.
MASTER OF FREEDOM is a novella in the Mountain Masters Series
by Cherise Sinclair, and also a stand-alone book in the innovative and fun 1001 Dark Nights Series
featuring magical and mystical erotic stories by a variety of popular authors inspired by the classic The Arabian Nights tale. Gin was fantastic and I adored her (implied) southern accent. Her view of BDSM scenes had me LOL'ing:
"Attending a BDSM event might be a bit like visiting a lending library of men. Borrow a guy for a limited time--a scene--and put him back for the next user."
Atticus was a stunning character as well. Definitely the strong, silent type, he no less commands a room when he's there. He's got an insight into human behavior from his Dominant background that really helps Gin come to terms with her emotional issues. In turn, Gin helps Atticus deal with his own pain. He gives too much and is with subs who take, take, take. Similarly, Gin is with men who tend to treat her like a doormat. While the book was well written, I thought that for most of the story it lacked that oomph, that spark that takes a good book and makes it a great one.
Bottom line, MASTER OF FREEDOM was an excellent addition to the 1001 Dark Nights Series
, and though I haven't read any books in the Mountain Masters Series
, I'm sure this is a fabulous addition there as well.