Master Me Anthology by Lisabet Sarai, Trina Lane, Elizabeth Coldwell, Charlotte Stein, Jane Davitt, Justine Elyot
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Length: Full Length (294 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe
'The Understudy' by Lisabet Sarai
Is there a future in playing stand-in to a slave?
Sarah Gladstone was thrilled to be offered her first real acting job at the Berks Summer Playhouse. She never expected to be working with theatre legend Geoffrey Hart. The charismatic actor quickly brings her under his spell, not to mention his control, as he initiates her into the dark delights of BDSM. He offers her far more than physical pleasure; they share a level of intimacy and trust beyond anything Sarah could have imagined.
According to the rumours, though, Geoff's heart is taken. Renowned actress Anne Merrill, his long time partner and submissive lover, has severed their relationship and Hart has escaped to the Berkshires to lick his emotional wounds. With her youth, inexperience, and girl-next-door persona, Sarah knows that she can't compete with the glamorous theatre veteran. She fears that she's just a substitute for the real object of Geoff's affections. As he draws her deeper into his intoxicating games of dominance and submission, Sarah wonders if she's willing to settle for the role of understudy in this perverse passion play.
'Paradise of Pleasure' by Trina Lane
Elaina Roman is at a crossroad. She’s split with her boyfriend after his refusal to try something new in the bedroom. For some time Elaina has wondered if there could be more to sex than pleasantness. She thinks she’s found the answer, but where’s a girl to find the experience?
Derrick Collins owns a resort catering to couples in the BDSM scene on a private island in the heart of the Florida Keys. When Elaina steps off the boat onto his island, he finds himself longing for the opportunity to dominate the stunning woman. Her wide grey eyes and quiet demeanour call to a part of his soul long thought dead. Circumstances work in his favour when a little misunderstanding has deposited Elaina right at his feet and not in the arms of another Dom.
When a week of exploration and discovery turns into love the pair must make a choice. To stay and experience a lifetime of pleasure in paradise or return to their former existences.
'Neil and Obey' by Elizabeth Coldwell
Neil will be Liz’s perfect date – as long as she does exactly as he tells her...
When Liz Webster receives an invitation to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, she needs a date to take with her. Neil Stafford seems to fit the bill. He’s handsome, intelligent – and very dominant. He agrees to accompany her, as long as she obeys his every instruction for the whole weekend. Liz is soon plunged into a scenario where underwear is forbidden and sex in public is a distinct possibility.
Introduced to bondage and an unexpected threesome, Liz gives full rein to the submissive side of her personality. But playing these games for a weekend is one thing. What would it mean to become Neil’s full-time slave?
'Ever Unknown' by Charlotte Stein
He’s everything she didn’t know she wanted, and more…
Molly Hunt has spent most of her life playing it safe, and never expected anything more from her humdrum existence. Until she starts getting mysterious and very suggestive anonymous emails, from someone in her office.
He calls himself Ever Unknown, and he has some naughty and commanding demands he'd like her to obey. Molly's not sure if she can meet his expectations, but as the stakes get higher, she discovers the submissive in her can't resist him. But will he turn out to be all she expects?
'Fresh Start' by Jane Davitt
When you're already living with the man of your dreams, what do you do when it isn't enough?
Helen's found the man of her dreams and she's living with Connor and discovering how fulfilling it is to be his sub. When Connor leaves on a business trip, that happiness is shattered by a letter he gives her. Connor wants more from Helen, but can she give it to him?
'A Very Personal Trainer' by Justine Elyot
Lara lacks self-discipline but Dexter knows how to give it to her.
Lara’s life is in a mess, and she needs help to sort it out. But when she hires a personal organiser, she has no idea just how personal his service is going to be. Together, Lara and Dexter work out that she needs that little bit of extra motivation to keep her on track, and the way that motivation is delivered introduces Lara to a world of painful pleasure she has only previously dreamed of.
These six different authors come together to give the reader a glimpse into the world of Domination and submission. Each tale is a different story yet they are all connected by the one theme that runs through each story. Every one of the women in these stories finds herself wanting to give up control to the man of her dreams.
With each story I was taken on an emotional roller coaster but the one that made the most lasting impression on me was Paradise of Pleasure by Trina Lane. I enjoyed seeing Elaina blossom into a wonderful submissive. She learns just what her body craves through the mastery of Derrick and in the midst of it all the two may just find love. The relationship that builds between the two was a good read. Derrick and Elaina are a perfect match in heart and soul.
All of these stories are an intense read. As you can tell by the title they focused mainly on the submission of the women and how they felt in doing so. The trust and emotions are evident throughout the book and you can easily see the love shine through.
As sexy as these stories were they tended to lean a bit more towards the extreme side of a Dom and sub relationship almost to the point of master/slave relationships. I would have liked to see a bit more of a give and take relationship with these couples not so much of the women blindly doing what ever the men they have just met tell them to do. Don’t get me wrong, some of the stories do talk about the give and take and make it a pivotal point in the tale but I had a hard time really connecting with some of these characters.
Each of these stories are well written and fast paced, though, so I enjoyed all of the authors' writing styles and will be going in search of their other works to find one I can call a favorite.