Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on October 20, 2015
After Finding Master Right, I went head forward into Playing Hard to Master. The characters are different, the dynamics eerily the same and different. Bratting never has been so fun, but misunderstandings or lies can destroy. Despite being a BDSM story, I loved seeing two people fall in love and balance both BDSM and real life. Just that pesky word, slave, lead me to confusion on what the relationship was, but I guess I need to get over it. These two fit!
We met Ambrose in Finding the Right Master when he took on Kate as his submissive. I won’t give away what happens between the two, but this story isn’t about that. Ambrose has been burned bad once in his past when his slave and fiance up and leaves him with no explanation. Even his time with Kate has wounded him in a way, although not as deeply. But this is one man you wants love and all that comes with it. He has examples of love from his grandparents and parents. Just because he is kinky, he still wants to find the one for him. Then he meets Everly as she cuts his hair for a wedding he is attending.
Everly is a hairdresser who makes ends meet, but also has savings built up. She’s kinky, but also bratty, making it hard to find a Dom who wants to put up with her behavior beyond one session at a club. So good times is mostly what she gets while she dedicates herself more to her causes like keeping shelters open. She has a big chip on her shoulder about rich people and paints them all with the same brush without giving them a chance.
The two flirt over a haircut and make loose plans to meet up later where Ambrose deals well with her brattiness, but it doesn’t go much further. A chance meeting later gets them closer as Ambrose finds her brattiness adorable (and the author uses adorable a lot in their stories) and begins to think she might be the one for him. Unfortunately, or fortunately, he is rich. It’s not something you mention first or second dates, but as they go along, he keeps lying on his net worth wanting her to fall in love with him as him and not hate him just because he has money.
Everly is all about honesty and supporting her causes to the point of using her own money. She truly believes Ambrose is breaking even to struggling on his income. Falling in love is inevitable as they move forward more and more to a Master/slave relationship. Once again the whole slave word confused me because it felt like Dom/sub, but maybe I am just getting hung up on words. The lies build up to a point you Ambrose is damned if he does or doesn’t tell her.
Now let’s talk about anal sex. The authors seem to love introducing the heroines to anal sex. Yep, I know it’s acceptable and really I am not against it. I just want it not to seem like a huge deal in every book. I keep getting hung up on the word slave, but also the word adorable is way overused in this story. He thinks she is adorable….a lot.
Ambrose rocks Everly’s world, but Everly gives Ambrose what he craves and needs. The two work together well and progess the series stories with more on Konstantin taking a bride his grandmother in Russia has picked…which is what the next book is about.
This story probably is my favorite so far of the series. I loved Everly’s brattiness and how she was not going to give that up. It was part of who she is. I loved Ambrose for the willingness to take on and enjoy Everely for who she was while also finding other parts of her personality to love. These two were so special to me and I fell in love with them!
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