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- Print Length: 149 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937608271
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- Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC (January 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
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Very Brief Synopsis - We met Keith and Ashley in Sanctum, another novella in the Masters and Mercenaries series. Ashley comes to work at Sanctum, the BDSM club owned and operated by various characters we've met in the first 6 novels, when they aren't working for McKay and Taggert Security. Ian Taggert (aka Mephistopheles in Leather) needs a sub to see if Keith is worthy of Master status at Sanctum, and maneuvers Ashley into accepting the task. Ashley and Keith meet under carefully contracted terms, but soon, their attraction for each other grows. Keith has some secrets he is unwilling to share, but is very clear he is far from husband material. Ashley has some issues of her own, which come to light when a man is caught stalking her.
What worked - Oh good grief, everything worked here. I LOVED this novella. Keith is so alpha, so in control. Ryan(from Sanctum and Ashley's brother-in-law) calls him compartmentalized, and it is an accurate description. Keith sees Ashley at the club. Period. never mind that he calls her to ask about her classes, or what she had for lunch, or to see how her day is going. In Keith's mind, Ashley belongs in the Sanctum compartment. When he finds out Ashley is being harassed by her baby's grandparents, he is willing to help her, but not provide comfort outside of the club. He has big, big, BIG ghosts haunting him from his past, and is so brittle with his pain...I expected him to shatter with it. And the end, which I will not spoil for anyone, made me cry.
Ashley is a single working mom who is also going to school. She is accommodating, and doesn't really stand up for herself. As she becomes Keith's sub, she gains confidence in herself, and starts to speak out, not only in the scenes between her and Keith, but to others, as well. She is devoted to her baby, but wants to have a life for herself, too.
As in all of the books in this series, the BDSM parts are handled beautifully. Ms. Blake hints that Sanctum is one of a kind, and that in the real world, a good Dom is much harder to find. Within the confines of Sanctum, the subs really hold all the power, and thrive under the attention from their Doms. Keith teaches Ashley to appreciate herself and to know her own worth. I could feel how much they cared for each other from the beginning.
Ian is in rare form, even for Ian. Oh, the funny!!! I think I highlighted every scene he was in. We also had time with Serena and Avery and Charlotte, Jill, Ashley's sister, and Ryan, Jesse, Simon, Damon, Adam...Good, good times.
What didn't work - Nothing.
Bottom line - This is one freaking terrific series. If you haven't read any of the previous titles, you could start with this one, but do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. Yes, this series is BDSM-centric. The beauty of Ms. Blake's work is how seamlessly she weaves BDSM into the story, and how the psychology of each character explores why they need it without making the whole story revolve around sex and submission/dominance. Yes, there is a lot of sex. Yes, most of the sex is BDSM-related. But there is a ton of other stuff going on as well. These stories are so engaging and engrossing, and then yay! there is hawt as fire sex, too!!! Ms. Blake provides the trifecta of romance, with strong elements of romance, solid plot and wicked, delicious, nasty sex. Loved Unconditional, and can't wait for the next installments to this series.
This is a quick read that revolves around Ashley (Jill’s sister) and Keith (Ryan’s friend). Keith is attracted to Ashley but she has a baby, which means she is off limits. Seriously…off limits. But if he wants to be a member of the club, he has to train Ashley. As for Ashley, she never realized she was a submissive, but now that is signed a contract with Keith, she yearns for the experience and the lifestyle. But again, Keith wants nothing to do with children, so how can this relationship work? Will Ashley be able to reach him or will they both walk away when the contract is up?
Great story with great characters. Loved the ending and how it all turned out.
I knew that I was going to love Unconditional. First of all, it’s part of Ms. Blake’s Masters & Mercenaries series. One of the reasons that I love this series is because Ms. Blake has done a masterful job of creating characters so vibrant that I forget they are fictional. All of the characters in the Masters & Mercenaries series are full of life and passion, but never stagnant. I truly enjoy seeing them change and grow as they learn to love themselves and each other.
Ms. Blake’s heroes are never perfect, but damn do they come close. Keith is no exception. He is emotionally closed off because of a tragedy in his past. We learn about what happened in little glimpses over time. Once we learn his secret, we completely understand why he has shut himself off. And like Ashley, we want to hug him and hell him it’s going to be alright.
Ashley is suffering from low self-esteem (who of us isn’t) which makes her so relatable. Her first, and only boyfriend, left her with a daughter and no idea of how to have a successful physical relationship. Keith steps in her as her Dom and teaches her how to love herself. He just doesn’t realize that he needs to learn the same lesson.
This is where Ms. Blake excels – in the emotional side of the story. Though Unconditional is a novella, it still packs the same emotional punch of her full-length novels. I found myself unashamedly shedding a few tears as Keith overcame his fears. When Ashley’s daughter was threatened, I felt her fears and waited with baited breath to see how the problem would be resolved. But Ms. Blake also manages to instill some humor. My favorite line was when Keith described Ashley’s daughter as a “full on Domme in footie PJs.”
I had hoped that we would get to see some (okay, all) of our favorites from other books in the series and I whooped with joy when they appeared. Revisiting them is like being at a family reunion and getting to hang out with your favorite family members. They make you scream; they make you laugh; and sometimes they make you cry. But at the end of the day they are family and you love them.
Since Unconditional is a novella, it’s considered the 5.5th installment in the series. Lucky for us readers, the next installment is just around the corner and others are on their way. As long as Ms. Blake continues to offer such high quality books, I’ll be right there, ready to read. Thank goodness for pre-order so I don’t have to worry about missing a single page.
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