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The Master Undone: An Inside Out Novella (Inside Out Series) Kindle Edition
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Mark Compton has had 2 major blows in his life in the last 24 hours. First he found out that his submissive, and someone he allowed himself to get really close to, was killed at the hands of her replacement. And now, he's just been told that his mother has stage 3 breast cancer and needs a double mastectomy. With his personal life in turmoil, Mark will discover a feisty, independent female, a woman whom his mother respects and trusts, in the guise of one Crystal Smith.
Good intentions are all very well in theory; reality is often very different. When Mark meets Crystal Smith who works for Riptide in New York he finds himself dealing with reactions and emotions that are quite new to him.
Crystal Smith is the complete opposite of the sort of woman Mark usually finds himself attracted to; blond, assertive, independent and without a submissive bone in her body, she shouldn't affect him at all. And yet:
"She's everything I don't like in a woman, and yet I can't take my eyes of her."
Chris has also spoken to Mark and let him know that he "Would walk through Hell with him right now" as he deals with his mother's illness. Will this help start to mend the rift between two friends. Will Mark learn to relinquish the tight control he has to have over everyone. This book helps you to realize that Mark is human after all. I can NOT wait for Revealing Us as after that it is my understanding that Mark will have his full length story. I am very much looking forward to that.
1. If I Were You (Inside Out #1)
2. Rebecca's Lost Journals (Novellas)
- The Seduction
- The Contract
- His Submissive
- My Master
3. Being Me
4. Behind Closed Doors (online serial novellas)
5. The Master Undone (novella) (August 2013)
6. Revealing Us (September 2013)
I received an ARC copy of this book from Pocket in exchange of an honest review.
Connection to The Inside Out Trilogy that has recently been optioned to STARZ for TV with Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp) producing and includes exciting clues for the series readers but stands alone as its own exciting erotic story.
Wow...Just, wow. MASTER UNDONE was a look into Mark's mind and life and I'm glad to say that it happened. In the very beginning of the INSIDE OUT trilogy I disliked Mark, but as I got into the trilogy's second book it became apparent that I didn't know Mark at all.
MASTER UNDONE beings Mark's POV right after Being Me has ended. He's on a plain to deal with..well, family issues back in New York where Riptide is located. (I won't get into the details because you need to read it) There, he meets the newest manager for Riptide, Crystal Smith. She's the exact opposite of what Mark looks for in his women..uhh, I mean subs. Even down to her very hair color but he's drawn in instantly. I really loved "watching" Mark get pulled out of his element with Crystal. It's like we could finally see the real Mark. It was amazingly haunting to watch.
Throughout everything Mark is going through in the present Crystal really is a breath of fresh air for him. The chemistry between them is more than just hot sex; they are drawn on a deeper level and you can tell that almost instantly.
Ah! I really can't get enough of Mark. And Crystal...boy, she is exactly what Mark needs. To me, he really needed to be reminded that it's okay to feel. He doesn't have to be a master all the time and Crystal helps him see exactly that!
MASTER UNDONE was everything I had hoped it would be a more. The rush and excitement of seeing Mark's walls come down (even slightly) had me giddy and wanting more. Lisa Renee Jones is brilliant and anyone who enjoyed the other two books in this magical trilogy will surely fall in love with MASTER UNDONE as well.
Oh, and I gave the extra .5 star based on the cover. I mean, how hot is the freakin' cover!!! I was sure swooning over it even before I had read it!
Crystal is as much a control freak as Mark is and this is what he finds stimulating about her. She's taboo to him, yet he cannot control his desire to conquer her and have her submit. She's quick witted and full of spunk and she's not the least bit intimidated by Mark's power and controlling nature....his need to control. She understands him implicitly with her outrageously bold personality. I loved her!
This novella is very fast paced...it HAS to be, it's a Novella! It reveals, FINALLY!, Mark Compton's vulnerabilities and humanity. We find he's NOT as formidable as he leads us to believe. He's human and he suffers! He has weaknesses that he hides well. This short and brief peek into the real person Mark Compton is was a fascinating revelation and long time coming.
i cannot tell you just how much this Series makes me feel. There's only one other that has pulled me in so completely, but that's Brie's story to tell. ;-)
i'm counting the days until August 19th when No In Between will be out. OMG then September 8th with My Control. Feels like i've been waiting forever for them!! LOL Then November 18th for I Belong to You. i may have to re-read the Series so i remember all the little details.
Ok so have i convinced you to read them? Hope so, the story (stories) really is/are amazing!! Enjoy!!
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