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Mastered Anthology Review: Juicy (Twilight Teahouse #1) by T.J. Michaels

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

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Twilight Teahouse ~ Choose something decadent from our menu…

Solie Shaw is a brilliant self-made woman. After managing a corporation by day, at night, all she wants is to not be in charge. The last man she’d gifted her heart to had smashed it to smithereens and then did the mambo on top of the pieces. Now, along comes the chance to get exactly what she needs. All Solie has to do…is choose.

 
 
This was a really cute story that I sorta enjoyed. I say “sorta” because too much of the story was taken up by the mental angst of the heroine, Solie, and her issues with her horrible ex. Time and time again – no matter what was happening – the ex-bf would pop up in Solie’s head and she’d do the “woe is me” dance of angst. It got old pretty fast – even though I realize that she only broke up with the ex-bf six weeks ago.juicy

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Mastered Anthology Review: Ink Reunited (Montgomery Ink 0.6) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

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From the streets of New Orleans and the heat of Midnight Ink, comes the happy ever after for a character whose story was begged to be told.

Sassy Bordeaux is the Midnight Ink receptionist, honorary godmother, best friend to many, and matchmaker expert. In the past two months, she’s watched eight couples fall in love, make mistakes, and find their happy endings. Though she might have had hand in each of those, she’s yet to find the peace she’s desired. When the men from her past come into Midnight Ink, she’s forced to face what she left behind and what could happen if she lets go of her pain and finds a future she deserves.Ink Reunited

Rafe Chavez and Ian Steele remember their time with Sassy like it was yesterday, yet have worked hard to move on. Or at least try to. Now they’re both back in New Orleans for the woman they loved and for the connection they shared with each other. It will take more than the usual groveling, pleading and begging for these three to overcome their history, but once they take that step, the streets of New Orleans will never be the same.

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Ink Reunited is the second or third book I read in the Mastered anthology and…I feel two ways about it. I enjoyed it but…it wasn’t emotionally satisfying.

When reading Ink Reunited…I had this feeling that…I had been dropped in medias res. I didn’t…feel like I was getting the full story. Everything in the book sorta reminded me that there was a lot of information about the heroine, Sassy, that I just didn’t have access to. I realize that Ink Reunited is a part of a series but it felt like a part of a series that could not stand alone. Other reviews talk about how excited they are about reading Sassy’s story…so I’m almost positive that I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the other stories set in the Midnight Ink world.
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Mastered Anthology Review: His Secret by Portia Da Costa

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

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Note: This story has also been published under the title The Retreat.

Ben Chambers is the perfect boyfriend, the perfect lover, the perfect man. Sarah adores him, but she knows that despite the deliciousness of their lovemaking, their shared interests, and the fun they have together, there’s a certain special something missing in their relationship. And then, arriving for a hedonistic weekend of luxury at an English country house hotel, something happens that changes everything between them. A momentary, inconsequential pat on the bottom opens the door to a breathtaking world of daring and transgressive sexual pleasure…and forges a bond that’s both profoundly physical and a melding of their souls.

 
This was a cute and quick story – very short but extremely cute. I’ve read it previously as The Retreat and it was nice to re-read. Not too much to say about this one, to be honest – it’s a spanking (only) super short.

My favorite part of this story was the fact that it was obvious that Ben truly loves Sarah: he tells her that he wants to be with her even if she will not indulge him in his kinks. That’s love, folks. And even sweeter that she loves him (and his kinks), too.

Mastered Anthology Review: The Scientific Method (Vampire Queen #9.5) by Joey W. Hill

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

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Mastering her body was easy. Mastering her heart and soul will be an erotic science…
In the vampire-servant relationship, the vampire holds all the power. Being Lord Brian’s research assistant as well as his servant, Debra accepts that, but she craves her Master’s heart. When Brian notices his servant’s unhappiness, he uses methods they both understand to prove just what belonging to him fully means.

 
 
I’ve read two books by Joey W. Hill in the past. Those two books were so well written and so full of emotion that I was a sobbing, snotty, red-faced mess by the time I reached the end. I’m talking the ugly cry. So it made me a little gun shy and I’ve avoided more of her books. When I saw the Mastered anthology I bought it on the strength of Joey W. Hill’s name alone. It’s just a vampire story I told myself. It’s inside an anthology so it has to be short, I thought. I’ll be fine.

Ugly. Cry. UGLY.

OMG. I should have known that there is no such thing as “just a story” when it comes to Joey W. Hill. My cousin called me when I was smack in the middle of The Scientific Method. She thought I was sick or sleep cause my voice was hoarse and I was congested from all the tears. O_O She says to me, “Are you going to finish that book??” YES. Yes, I will. I will sit here and cry till its over!
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Mastered Anthology Review: Working Out by Marie Harte (DNF)

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

An ex-Marine with a kink for dominance, Mac is Maggie’s boss. But Maggie doesn’t seem to realize he’s in charge…until he shows her that Sir is more than a title. It’s a lifestyle that could suit them both. That’s if Maggie sticks around long enough to wear his collar.

 
 
I started reading Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender to help break up the other two anthologies I’m reading right now. Yeah, I’m neck deep in anthologies. O_O

Working Out is the first book I decided to read in this anthology…simply because I split the book up and it was the first one I chose.

Everything was fine for the first 20+ pages…and then I got to a kicker: the hero, Mac, really likes the heroine, Maggie, but she won’t give him the time of day. So he begs her best friend (who is dating his best friend) to help him out. Guess how she does this? She lets the jackass into Maggie’s apartment without her knowledge…to allow him to be there when Maggie gets home from work. WHAT IN THE FUCK?? What kind of friend would do shit like that??! The following few pages has him wandering around Maggie’s house and poking in her fridge. Not gonna lie…that turned me off big time. My immediate reaction to this was to DNF the rest of the book.
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