Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Release Day Review: A Master for Michael by Morticia Knight

a master for michaelTitle ~ A Master for Michael

Author ~ Morticia Knight

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing 

Published ~ 12th September 2017

Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance, BDSM

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Synopsis

A Hampton Road novella

Finding a Master for Michael won’t be easy, but Javier is determined that his boy will have the best—even if it means letting him go.

The Hampton Road Club is a secret gathering-place for men of a more sadomasochistic nature. The 1920s might be roaring, but certain practices are still frowned upon in open society. Michael’s job is to greet the club members as they arrive and to report directly to the club manager, Javier. Sometimes, his direct contact with Javier has nothing to do with the club members and everything to do with submitting to the strict Master.

Javier would give anything to keep Michael as his permanent boy, but he owes his boss, Saul, a great personal debt for helping him when he was at his lowest. Saul taught him that professionalism is the key to keeping things running smoothly at the club. He knows Saul would be greatly disappointed if he were to ever find out about what goes on between him and the club greeter behind closed doors. That’s why he’s never revealed to Michael how he really feels and why he must do the one thing for which he’d never thought he’d have the courage—give Michael away to a new Master.

 

Debra’s Review

This novella is a spin-off from the author’s Hampton Road Club series, focusing on characters who have been in the background of the prior stories. In this case it’s club manager Javier and host Michael. While it’s not necessary to have read any of the prior novels, it will definitely enhance your reading experience.

This is a story of two men at a crossroads. Michael and Javier each need to decide what to do about their “non-relationship” when both have fallen in love with the other but neither has said anything. Similar to many of the books, Javier is an older more experienced Dom and Michael is young, from a poor background and a bit na├»ve. Michael, wants nothing more than for Javier to be his Master and his lover, but he knows that may never happen. Even though they have been having scenes and Javier has been training Michael for over a year, he assumes Javier is also “dallying” with others. After all, he’s never been asked to spend the night and Javier hasn’t had sex with him or even kissed him. Michael doesn’t believe the sophisticated Javier would want to keep him, but he’s fallen pretty hard for the man regardless.

Javier is in love with Michael, no question about it, but he doesn’t see a way to make their relationship work. He is feeling guilty about hiding it from their employer, Master Saul, and is worried that his actions may be jeopardizing Michael’s job and his own. As much as it pains him, Javier thinks he needs to find Michael a master that can give him everything he needs and take care of him properly. He enlists Saul to help him, but in his despair over the situation, he underestimates his friend and mentor’s powers of observation and knowledge of what goes on in the club. With Saul giving Javier and Michael a push, can the two make it work?

The two must muddle through their difficulty communicating. Michael doesn’t believe that as a submissive he has a right to voice his desires to Javier. Saul quickly dispels that notion and I loved the way Michael took their conversation to heart and learns to stand up for himself. He speaks his mind and that leaves it up to Javier to decide what happens. For a Master, Javier knows how to beg quite well.

Javier and Michael are hot together and I enjoyed their scenes. Javier is demanding and strict and Michael is eager to please and submits beautifully. Their dynamic as lovers is just as good and provided a better look at Javier as a man with emotions, since he had always held those back as a Master and manager of the club.

Although short, I enjoyed Javier and Michael’s story. Perhaps due to the fact that everything took place inside the club, I didn’t get as much as a feel for the period as in the longer stories, but that was just a minor issue, something that I could overlook having read the prior stories. Fans of the series will enjoy this and it could be a good introduction to the Hampton Road stories if you haven’t yet picked one up.

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Meet Morticia Knight

Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.

If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

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