Masters at Arms

Kallypso Masters
Masters at Arms
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Publisher
Kallypso Masters
Release Date
August 2011
ISBN
2940013350151
Series
Book 1 of Rescue Me
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, BDSM, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath of Iraq--forging an unbreakable bond--they band together to start their own BDSM club. But will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them? (Book One in the Rescue Me series.)

NOTE FROM AUTHOR: This is an introduction to the erotic-romance series RESCUE ME, but does NOT have the HEAs that will come in the three romance novels to follow in the series. There are some intense themes in the book, including death of a spouse, incest, sex slave torture, and amputation.

Book Review by Sueroe (author)
Nov 05, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
223 people found the following review helpful
MASTERS AT ARMS is a vital warm-up to Ms Masters's ‘Rescue-Me' series. It's a must-read for those embarking on the series.

It's the first BDSM book that I've read and I opened it with some trepidation. However, I needn't have worried because Kallypso Masters has created a wealth of characters that are in turn strong, trustworthy and independent. Even the fragile "victims" are realistic enough to gain my complete sympathy (I just wish they weren't called subbies, though – but that may be because I have a lot to learn).

In this prequel, we meet the three heroes who will feature in the rest of the series. To begin with, each one's story is taken in turn and the reader follows their paths which are full of bravery, generosity and heroic deeds. Next, the three meet up and despite their different ages and backgrounds, create a strong brotherhood bond. And, finally, they create the Masters at Arms Doms Club.

Secondary characters (the heroines) are just as realistically dealt with. They evoked my full sympathy for their sufferings that have been caused by the cruelties of real life. There are some disturbing details that arise from Savannah's tortured, but heart-felt, story that may upset some readers but they are necessary to the build-up of this powerful read.

Although some scenes may have been an eye-opener for me, they were neither gratuitous nor preaching as each was important for the plot to grow. In fact, far from being superficial (which is what I was initially afraid of), the story has depth on many different levels and even portrays military action in Iraq with precision. Ms. Masters certainly knows how to create atmosphere and how to expertly craft a novel.

I believe that readers will be so invested in the courageous tales of Adam (my personal favorite), Damien and Marc that they'll want to follow their adventures in the subsequent books.
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Book Review by Rebecca
Jan 05, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
213 people found the following review helpful
MASTERS AT ARMS begins the journey of three men whom this series will revolve around. Each amazing in their own right – honorable, strong, brave – that readers will fall easily for them. Their paths cross in one of the most terrifying and darkest places in their lives with writing so vivid, readers feel present in the story. As the men come to terms with the aftermath, they form a friendship that will get them through anything. Their stories are beautiful and amazing. But know that this book is just the beginning, the back-story, so do not be disappointed that there is no HEA. Just be ready to grab the next book and read all night!

The men - or shall we call them "the masters" - provides brief looks into the men's pasts. First we're introduced to Adam Montague, a Marine who just buried his wife. Alone in a bus station, he rescues a young runaway who turns around and saves him right back. Next we meet Damian Orlando, a bus boy who is just trying to get by after serving two years in juvie for defending his little sister. Though he keeps a low profile normally, he finds himself rescuing a woman being abused. It costs him his job so he turns to the military to rescue himself. Then we meet Marc D'Alesso who recently lost his brother to the war. He returned home to help rescue the family business but after nearly two years, he can't do it anymore. He wants more from his life so after a regrettable night with an ex, he enlists in the Navy as a medic.

Setting the stage for all that will happen in this series, this book is descriptive with compelling stories about courageous characters. Bouncing between tears and laughter, I was immersed in their lives, their grief, and their struggles. But I was left just wanting more. So thankfully, the next book was ready to read. I'll tell you about that one next…
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