Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Bestselling author Laura Kaye continues to impress with the release of the second full-length novel in her Blasphemy series entitled Mastering Her Senses. The series is proving to be more than the usual BDSM fare with the each of the Masters of Blasphemy having a particular "expertise" and using their knowledge and experience in BDSM to give their submissives--who go on to become their girlfriends--exactly what they need while facing an immense challenge in their lives. In book two--which is the third release in the series--Master Quinton Ross meets Cassia Locke once again, the same young woman who stood him up two years ago. When she explains exactly why she wasn't able to make it the night they were supposed to meet, Quinton realizes he could help Cassia out by being the Dominant she needs right now. But what happens when turns out to be the woman he's always wanted?
The series may be set in the world of an exclusive club called Blasphemy and so far, the main characters are paired up as Dominants and submissives, but the three stories I've read so far are able to stand on their own merits, each with a creative and original touch to them. In Quinton and Cassia's case, there's a tie-in to the author's Raven Riders series, with Cassia being the younger sister of Jackson "Jagger" Locke, and I always get a kick out of seeing familiar "faces", wondering about those whose stories have yet to be told and wanting to see how those who've had their tales written already are faring. The motorcycle club was a fun backdrop and the race track the MC owns became a turning point of sorts since it had Quinton and Cassia enjoying each other's company outside of Blasphemy, especially since Quinton is looking for more than the run-of-the-mill, round-the-clock D/s arrangement.
Cassia's fears are real, having been brought about by the cave-in that she survived two years ago, and while the usual treatments may not have worked, Quinton tries a wholly different approach. See, this is what makes this series unique. The BDSM lifestyle the characters engage in isn't merely about getting the rocks off and it isn't solely about kink. Maybe there are other standalones and series out there that are like that, but the Blasphemy series is the first one I've come across that's like it. Quinton clearly cares for Cassia and her betterment, and through their play dates within the club, they begin to unknowingly explore and push beyond the original parameters of their agreement of a no-strings-attached thing. There's a hint of drama, but again, there's nothing heavy about this book or those that came before it, and I appreciate that change of pace. Mastering Her Senses is another five-star read. ♥
Read my reviews for the Blasphemy series:
Hard to Serve (prequel novella) - five stars - My Review
Bound to Submit (book one) - five stars - My Review
Mastering Her Senses (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 21 February 2017
Date Read: 21 February 2017
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