When I heard there was a new BDSM author I hadn’t had a chance to read, I snapped to it and headed over to get Masters at Arms. I didn’t even read the blurb, but I had a coupon code to get it free on Smashwords. Not having read the blurb, I didn’t at first realize it is a prequel introducing the three owners of the BDSM club, Masters at Arms.
The book starts off with Adam, the oldest and most mature Dom of the group. His wife, Joni has just passed away from cancer and he has hit a low. His life has been spent in the Marines, protecting our country and being the Dom to his 24/7 sub, his wife. Adam is on his way back overseas, waiting at a bus stop when trouble starts. A young girl sitting across from him is being tormented by a pimp. So Adam does the honorable thing and saves her. Kayla is just a teenager thinking she needs to go off to NY to start her career. But trouble changes her mind when Adam steps in. He takes care of her in a very fatherly way. Even taking her home. But she has feelings for him that you brush away as a teenage infatuation. I am not sure how old Adam is, but I suspect early 40s, so there is a pretty big age gap. Their full story takes place in Nobody’s Hero, which is waiting on my Kindle for me to read!
Next up is Damián, the youngest owner of Masters at Arms. He is a teenager who protected his sister and is finally out of juvie. Working as a bus boy, he notices the blonde beauty sitting next to an obnoxious lawyer who harasses him. The bombshell is Savannah, a victim of her father’s incest. From the age of eight she has been raped, beaten and made to do so many awful things, I wanted to jump into the book and kill to very terrible men. It was so painful to read this section of the book. Damián rescues Savannah from a particularly brutal sadist session her father has sold her out for their business. After Damián rescues her, he takes her riding on his motorcycle to a special place. A place they both have used to keep sane. Incredibly sweet love is made before Savannah has to go back home. I am so anticipating their story, but I know it will be a very hard read. I can’t imagine a woman being able to overcome so many years of abuse. There is a twist in their story, but I am leaving that for you to find out. Damián joins the marines after he can’t find a job and loses his Harley and apartment.
Last there is Marc who is known at his family’s resort as the Dom to all the cougars looking for a good time. He fell in love with a woman only to find her in bed with his brother on the day he planned to propose to her. Mean things were said. His brother joins the marines after 911 and dies defending his country, but Marc can’t seem to forgive himself for the last words he ever spoke to his older brother. After a particularly bad scene with is ex, he decides he has to make a change to his life, so he joins the Navy. His book picks up in Nobody’s Angel, the first book of this series.
The three men get to know each other through their deployment to Iraq, where there is a particularly bad battle that leaves two of the three injured. Adam decides to retire and has always wanted to open a BDSM club. Nows his chance with the help of his buddies.
While there is some love scenes in this book, most are pretty sweet. There is two BDSM scenes, but they are there for the progression of the story, not that either are with the women who will tame them in the end. I will admit I am kind of skeptical about Adam and Kayla’s story. Not that I have an age issue, but it just seems far fetched. I will read it with an open mind. Savannah and Damián’s story will break my heart, eat me up and spit me out. I am expecting to have a box of tissue around when I read about them. I am currently reading Adam and Angel’s story which is pretty mild so far. More on that in a separate review.
So if you want to read the Rescue Me series, I would recommend starting here to learn how the three men came together. At .99 and in some places free, it is a good start to a series I am dying to continue reading.