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Friday, October 2, 2009

The Master Series: Book 1 - Devil's Spawn by Sarah Marsters

The Master Series: Book 1 - Devil's Spawn by Sarah Masters
Publisher: Love You Divine
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (23 pgs)
Other: M/M, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Cactus

Vincent’s life is turned upside down with the return of Julian. Will Vincent find out why Julian is really called The Master?

After an altercation with Vincent, Julian leaves the ton as captain of Le Frai de Démon, trading his wares in foreign parts. Two years pass, two years of Vincent abstaining from sex and mourning the loss of his love.

Week nights, gay men gather in Devil’s Spawn, Julian’s club, and though Vincent doesn’t partake in sexual contact, he visits the club as a way to bring Julian closer despite his absence.

One night, Vincent’s life is turned upside down with the return of Julian. Though his heart tells him to open up and allow Julian in, his pride rears its stubborn head. Will Julian be able to break down the barriers? And will Vincent find out why Julian is really called The Master?

Vincent has a second chance with the man who stole his heart, but he must first forget the past to move towards their future. Two years ago Vincent and Julian shared a passionate affair, which ended abruptly when Julian left without a word. Now Julian is back and more than ready to pick up where they left off but Vincent is not sure he’s as easily willing to forgive and forget. He wants answers, but more than that, he wants to experience the intense passion that flared between them again.

This short story is the beginning of a planned series and clearly meant to be an introduction to the characters and setting with some hot sex and charged chemistry thrown in. There is very little plot and numerous hanging threads left dangling from Vincent’s business to an altercation at a club and even smaller details about Julian’s absence that are never resolved or dealt with. Instead the short story focuses on Julian and Vincent and their sexual chemistry, which is incredibly hot and erotic. The sex scene included is indulgent and only hints at BDSM without making any tamer readers uncomfortable. This obvious lure to capture readers for the length of series is a good introduction but incomplete and looks like it intends to split one full book into several short stories.

The sex between the men was interesting and those readers who enjoy a touch of kink to some hot, masculine men thrown into a historical setting will enjoy this fun trip to the past. The writing is decent but tries too hard with the alliteration and exaggerated descriptions. This almost literary word choice mixed with erotica scenes comes off as somewhat silly and reaching in the story, trying to make this short story something it's not. As a quick, hot tale – this works. Hopefully in future editions of the series the prose will tone down to match the characters, setting, and actions of the story, which could make for a pretty enjoyable series.

For readers looking to start a new series of short stories, basically one full plot broken up into several short offerings, this may satisfy. It has fascinating men with a hint of dark sex and some intriguing possibilities. Slight problems aside, this may prove to be a fun, hot series. Check it out.

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