Title: Her Master’s Courtesan (Masters, #1)
Author: Lily White
Genre: Dark Erotica
Release Date: February 20 2014
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.
This book contains scenes of rape, sexual torture, physical abuse, degradation and humiliation that some readers may find disturbing.
Please take notice of the warning above - I’m not being sensationalist, this is book is every bit as dark and cruel as the blurb suggests.
Her Master’s Courtesan has been recommended to me more than any other book in 2014 – at first from bloggers who had ARCs and then from readers and I read the blurb and I had to ask myself WHY would I want to read this? I really do love dark erotica but I need some light in the darkness and this appears to be darker than dark and totally devoid of hope. My hand hovered over that one-click button in a moment of indecision so I spoke to a couple of reviewers who I think excel in this field and finally decided to put my big girl panties on and suck it up and just go for it.
And so I found myself once more in the down and dirty non-con basement wondering why on earth I walked in here of my own volition and once I was there I hated myself because I didn’t want to escape because this book is every bit as darkly fascinating as all those early reviews promised.
Aiden steals women to order, drugs them, takes them to his home and tortures them into submission. He’s part of an order of ‘Masters’ – wealthy men who consider themselves too good for slaves and whores and label these broken women as courtesans to make themselves feel better than the rapists that they actually are. Aiden has stolen Rebecca to order for a particularly destructive and vile Master and he sets about breaking her.
What follows is scene after scene of rape and sexual torture as Aiden attempts to break Rebecca’s body and spirit before rebuilding her as the courtesan her new Master has ordered. I think I read with fascinated disgust, completely unable to look away and positively devoured this book – it’s rather reminiscent of driving past a car crash, knowing you shouldn’t look but finding yourself taking a glimpse anyway. You don’t really want to see but you just can’t help yourself – it’s human nature.
I think what makes this book work and the reason that I was looking for in the first place to make myself feel better about reading it is Rebecca herself although I had real issues with this rape victim having my name – it made it feel even more personal when Aiden used her name. Ask yourself – what would you do if you were to find yourself in this situation. There’s no escape, no respite in store and I admired Rebecca’s strength and resilience – she had no choice but to allow Aiden to break her physically but, in the depths of despair and facing the complete loss of her old life, Rebecca really did find something to fight for, something to live for - something to give meaning to the pitiful and degrading existence she now has and that there is the reason why this isn’t just torture porn and has much more value and why readers and reviewers alike are adoring this.
It’s completely consuming and I couldn’t put this down once I had started and, as always, I hate myself for it but it is what it is and dark erotica really does work for me even though I know it probably shouldn’t – after all, these things are abhorrent. I have a mantra that I repeat to myself when a book delves so dark I find myself deeply disturbed – it’s only fiction!
It absolutely pays to remember – this is not a romance novel and Aiden is at no time a hero. It’s not the kind of dark erotic romance that you’ll get from Pepper Winters, Aleatha Romig or CJ Roberts – this is far closer to something that Kitty Thomas or Claire Thompson would write If you can handle the extreme story line and dark erotica floats your boat then I can recommend this as a good example of the genre.
4 darkly disturbing stars
Series Reading Order
- Her Master’s Courtesan
- Her Master’s Teacher – due for release later in 2014
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