Book – Her Master’s Courtesan
Author – Lily White
Publication Date – February 20, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre –Dark, Erotica
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars (Average of 3 reviewers)
Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
I am a Master.
You must know this fact to understand my story.
I capture women.
I break them down.
And I rebuild them.
If they are lucky, they are sold into the professional hands of another Master. If they are less fortunate, they are buried beneath the ground, never to be thought of again.
I lust for the control, I demand absolute submission and my body yearns to warp the minds of those I train.
Power is the only thing I’ll ever need and I am addicted to the feeling of ultimate control.
I am wealthy, good-looking, educated and charming.
And I am - in no way - a good man.
I do not want love.
I do not want kindness.
She thought she could change me by giving me the two things I knew I never wanted.
She was wrong.
Discussion Review between JaHy~Jenna~Carol
OK....here's some thoughts
I hate Aiden....but I can't help being turned on by him
I think Rebecca <spoiler>caved too quickly</spoiler>
What's up with the dude Duke <spoiler>fucking dead people</spoiler>?
What's up with the cook/maid who just sits by and idly watches? <spoiler>You think when Aiden suggested she bring her grand-daughter to ride horses...she would have laughed in his face and said "No Way am I bringing a girl around you"</spoiler> She knows what he does....
I wish I could read right now instead of having to post shit! (that's off the subject of the book)
This book is PISSING ME OFF!!! I was in LOVE with it and then she has to <spoiler>go kidnap her "best" friend who wasn't that great anyways, but still!!!! </spoiler>PISS I AM!
Carol’s Response to Jenna
I hope you got to the point of understanding why she did that....<spoiler>she was programmed/brainwashed and then finding out the information she did it only sealed the deal.</spoiler>
Aiden 's a bastard but he owns it so I respect the character. He doesn't pretend to be someone's he's not. He started training at a very young age...too young. He got to experience greed before he ever had a chance to experience love , hence his FUCKED up mentality. I think he's capable of love and doesn't know it..
Rebecca fell in love pretty quickly and she did something that really pissed me off. I would hope I wouldn't do what she did if I were in her shoes.
Carol’s Response to JaHy
Good point JaHy - I agree with you 100% as much as I would have loved <spoiler>for Aiden to experience true love...and maybe as the years progress the nurture from Rebecca will achieve that </spoiler>....he owned his title of "Master" to the tee!
This is definitely a lesson in psychology for the nature vs. nurture debate - he was programmed from an early age and knows nothing else.
After I finished the book I felt like something was off or I missed something. I'm not 100% sure what it is, but I think I would rate it a 4.5. I wanted to take some time last night to really think about it b/c honestly, my emotions were ALL over the place. But, I went to bed instead.
I do understand now why she did it, but it reminded me of Survivor (JF Gonzalez) a bit. Made my heart hurt.
Carol’s Response to Jenna
I think I felt the same way...my emotions were all over the place also. I wanted him to say something positive about Rebecca besides her being like him and also a good sub.
But I give SO MUCH credit to Lily for sticking true to the "dark" theme and not relenting. She is getting a lot of sass about it being so dark...she is going to have to put in another warning to keep the pansy readers happy.
I'm with you honey...4.5 stars
*hugs and love
OK...so I stayed up late last night and finished it....I'm torn between giving this a 5 star rating and a 4 1/2
I know it's dark....but the romantic in me would have loved <spoiler>to have a HEA with Aiden professing his love. </spoiler> But then again...<spoiler>I like how he didn't.</spoiler>
I was also a bit put off on the whole Aiden <spoiler>coming to the rescue on the same day that Duke was going to "off" Rebecca. A tad bit unbelievable and easy.</spoiler>
I didn't cry...I felt sad and depressed while reading and I kinda got pissed at Rebecca for <spoiler>giving up her best friend and beating her ---- Choosing Aiden over her - it was explainable with the things that Kesley did to Rebecca...but still</spoiler>
I would definitely give a 5 star rating to the mindfuckery in the book....Aiden NEVER once was conflicted in his twisted mind.
My positive points are the steam factor and how Aiden stuck to his guns about wanting total control over Rebecca - I loved Rebecca's character and how she fought back over and over again even though she seemed weak.
The author's style of writing was like a movie unfolding in front of me. She kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time with anticipation crawling through my skin and blood. I could picture each scene exactly down to the finest detail because Ms White used such graphic descriptions that didn't take away from the story in general!
The shock factor was high which is a major + in my book. This was definitely a book where I couldn't figure out what was going to happen next.
This author took us on a journey through a new and different realm - yes, there have been books about slave training...but one's I have read always ends up with a HEA....<spoiler>this well - not so much. </spoiler>
<spoiler>The final scene with Duke...too unbelievable
The deception of Rebecca
Gail not getting what was coming to him </spoiler>
I think in a way it was <spoiler> a HEA.. she got to stay with him... and he can say he doesn't love her all he wants but that's crap. He does, he just doesn't realize it.. She wasn't allowed to fuck her submissives, just break them... because he doesn't want anyone else tapping that pussy....</spoiler> BECAUSE he cares.
I thought for sure <spoiler>she was going to die.. The ending made me okay with her helping him kidnap best friend.. NO, I don't agree with it, BUT it would take a dark soul to put your best friend in danger like that. Her only remorse was that her friend would have to fuck him; she didn't care what happened to her friend. </spoiler>
As far as her breaking so easy.. I kind of understood that as well.. I'm that way.. I give things my all, ie fight, fight, fight, fight.. but once I feel like I'm fighting an endless battle, I completely shut down/ give up.. I'm all or nothing kind of gal.. I think Rebecca's character was the same way.
I am still having a hard time writing what I want to say though. One thing I am sure of is that I did not like the person Rebecca turned out being. I understand how she could act the way she did, but I still hated it. I don't understand how a person could act the way she did, <spoiler>giving up her friend to slavery WITHOUT knowing that her friend had been sleeping with the guy.</spoiler> Does that make sense? I did love that she wasn't a giant whiny bitch like most chicks are in books these days, unless you count the time <spoiler>she had the temper tantrum. </spoiler>
I agree with Jahy that I think <spoiler>secretly (or whatever you want to call it) Aiden loved Rebecca, otherwise he wouldn't care if she screwed the other slaves.</spoiler> BUT, I thought it was a bit ridiculous that she "fell" for Aiden SO QUICKLY after she was taken (what was it, 2 weeks?) Given the circumstances I guess that could happen. In fact, I can actually see it happening... so maybe you want to scratch that. :)
It was a dark read, but it was a bit more than that given <spoiler>what the Duke was doing to those girls.</spoiler> Almost horror, but not quite. Maybe that does qualify as dark?? Those poor girls by the way. :( <spoiler>He was feeding them to his dogs??? </spoiler>
I HATED that the nasty perv did not get what was coming to him!!! Was that Gail? I am so bad with names...
Those are my thoughts in a nut shell I think. I still feel something is missing, but hey, maybe someday it will come to me. :)
this is another reason why I gave the book 6 stars.. it's a book that stays with you and really makes you think.. I DID HATE the insta love on Rebecca's behalf, but I let it pass because so many other things were happening throughout the story that it was in the for front of my mind.. <spoiler> Aiden saving her in the nick of time was disappointing.. I was soo blown away by the Rebecca revelation that I just had to give it 5 stars.. I swore she was going to die. I NEVER saw it coming. </spoiler>
<spoiler>I figured she'd kick the duke's ass somehow to be honest. I didn't see Aiden coming to save her, especially not just in the nick of time, but figured SOMEHOW she would find her way back to him, although I don't think he deserves her. </spoiler>
It was a very good book and obviously it also stayed with me if I am still trying to figure it out. :)
<spoiler>I did not see her killing Trenton though, </spoiler> that whole part caught me completely by surprise.
I would absolutely recommend the book. Mostly because it is different than anything I've read in a LONG time. I think readers are really going to enjoy it.
Well…there you have it – we read the book – we lived the life in Rebecca’s shoes and now we are sharing our opinions with you. We all loved the book and had different emotions at the end – we each brought a unique feeling to the table to share with you.
Rounding out our stars – we come up with a perfect 5 Star Rating!! If you like dark….I mean serious DARK…you will fall in love with this book! Just be warned….this ain’t no rainbows and unicorns shit….