Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
I read this as individual stories--each spaced about 3 weeks apart. Reading it that way--it ended on cliffhangers in books one and two. Reading it this way, as a complete trilogy will be much better for people who despise cliffhangers.

The Man In The Mask (The Manor Series Book 1)
MY HEART HAD FINALLY FOUND ITS SAFE HARBOR

I will have to admit this is an entirely different type of story from Ms. Anya Summers. It had me spellbound from the very beginning, not wanting to put the book down. The story is unique and creative, with plenty of mystery, suspense, and angst. This is only one of three and must be read in its written order and has a cliffhanger ending. The good news is that the next two books are already scheduled to follow in three weeks.

Prudence “Pree” Mallone will be given a unique opportunity to stay at Bremly Manor in upstate New York and study the journal from the early years of Ulysses S. Grant that Maximillian Donovan owns and is part of his private collection. Prue’s dissertation will be on the life of Grant, and this journal is crucial to her research.

Maximillian Donovan is a private, self-made billionaire who has acquired valuable pieces of history. Allowing Prudence Mallone into his home and library comes with rules. He makes it clear that he will punish her if she breaks them.

The plot of this tale is full of unanswered questions, mystery, suspense, and sexual desires. It will have Prue questioning things in her mind but trying to rationalize them at the same time. She will accept the dominance of her Master and the seduction of Max. I loved the chemistry between the characters, the sexual desire, and passions sizzle with eroticism.

“You need my dominance, need me to Master you until no other man will do but me, need me to show you pleasure beyond your wildest fantasies.”

Wow, just wow, I am looking forward to the next book, Torn in Two, due out January 19, 2021. Just like Prue, I was surprised. The story includes BDSM, dominance and submission, bondage, voyeurism, and power-play.

“The happy fantasy world I had been building with every touch came crashing down upon me, and my heart bled into the floorboards beneath me.”

Torn In Two (The Manor Series Book 2)
AND NOW THERE ARE THREE

I will have to admit this is an entirely different type of story from Ms. Anya Summers The first story came with some surprises; the second had me a bit unsure at how things played out. The story is unique and creative, with plenty of mystery, suspense, and angst. This is the second book of three and must be read in its written order and has a cliffhanger ending. The good news is the third book will release on February 9th.

Sometimes, as a reader, it is hard to do a review without revealing too much, and with this series, that is definitely the case. I am not one for spoilers. What I will say is that, once again, Ms. Anya Summers did a fantastic job of keeping the story on edge. I felt uneasy with how Prue could be with one or the other of her two lovers, and during intense, intimate scenes, she is thinking what would the other one think.

“I had found pieces of myself, of my heart, in each man’s embrace. Would the risk be worth the potential reward when my heart was in play? Would I be able to let one of them go when I was discovering just how much I needed them both?”

“The next two weeks were going to be an erotic-filled journey of epic proportions. Would I survive the heady delights intact?”

“I was going to have to revise my opinion. Max and Cam obviously planned to woo the pants off me, and make it as difficult as humanly possible to choose between them.”

“I hated this. I felt like I was being unfaithful in this game of yo-yo, and was no clearer on whom to select.”

Just like Prue, I was surprised—and even a bit angered at the way Max and Cam have played her—right now, I don’t like either one of them; I’m hoping by the final book, Redeemed By Love, I will like them. The story includes BDSM, dominance and submission, bondage, voyeurism, exhibitionism, menage, and power-play.

Redeemed By Love (The Manor Series Book 3)
YOU ALMOST MAKE ME BELIEVE IN FAIRYTALES

I will have to admit this is an entirely different type of story from Ms. Anya Summers The first story came with some surprises; the second had me a bit unsure at how things played out. The story is unique and creative, with plenty of mystery, suspense, and angst. In the final book, I’ve decided to forgive Ms. Summers for making me want to hurt Max and Cam—because she does redeem both of them—but it won’t happen quickly! Surprise, in the end, is a little excerpt into a new book, new series that will be a spin-off from this one.

Sometimes, as a reader, it is hard to do a review without revealing too much, and with this series, that is definitely the case. I am not one for spoilers. I will say that, once again, Ms. Anya Summers did a fantastic job of keeping the story on edge. I felt shocked, and anger, and disappointed, and eventually understand and revelation. Let’s say Doms are people too, and they have strong feelings; deep down, they want and need acceptance.

“The entire arrangement the three of us had agreed to had been a ruse. A game they played upon my emotions to make me fall for both of them. Fear was mingled with love and betrayal.”

“I couldn’t deny that they were gifting me with my darkest fantasy. They laid siege. Demanded my surrender. Claimed me body and soul.”

This story is about honesty, trust, and respect—the critical bond of any real relationship and vital to a Dom/sub relationship. Without it, you are doomed to fail. In this case, the omission is as damaging as lying, and trust is shattered. Will Max, Cam, and Prue be able to mend their relationship, or has it been damaged forever?

“It doesn’t matter that I love you because if I can’t trust you, there’s no firm ground for this relationship to stand on. Was any of this real? You need to give me time. For once, you need to listen to me and respect my wishes instead of steamrolling over them because you think you know better.”

“That’s where I’m having trouble—my body, heart, and soul want them, forever. It’s my mind having a hard time.” “How did I move past what they had done?” “The truth is, you didn’t trust me or my feelings enough to be honest with me.”

THE END—but it is the ending that I, as a reading needed, forgiveness, redemption, and moving forward together. We all have a past, but that doesn’t have to define our future—we are still writing our life’s story—one day at a time.
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