Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HER MASTER’S COURTESAN by Lily White ~ New Review

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Title: Her Master’s Courtesan (Masters, #1)

Author: Lily White

Genre: Dark Erotica

Release Date: February 20 2014

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Synopsis

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.

 

aiden courtesan QUOTEY

 

This book contains scenes of rape, sexual torture, physical abuse, degradation and humiliation that some readers may find disturbing.

 

Becs’ Review

 

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

  1. Her Master’s Courtesan
  2. Her Master’s Teacher – due for release later in 2014

 

Giveaway

 

We’re giving away 5 Kindle ebooks of Her Master’s Courtesan.  For your chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!!

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54 comments:

  1. Maria Theresa santos26 February 2014 at 01:45

    I love captive in the dark

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  2. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance :)

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  3. You can never have too much dark... ;)

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  4. The Last Girl by Kitty Thomas. Nobody does dark like Kitty ;)

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  5. Raw so far is my favorite but I really wanna read this one :)

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  6. Captive in the Dark was my fav dark read. I really really want to read this one, its wonderful!!!

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  7. Captive in the Dark was my favorite dark read ever so far.

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  8. My favorite is Dark Duet series and I just finished Escape from Paradise by Gwendolyn Field that I thought was very good also.

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  9. The Dark Duet Series is one of my favorites! Thank you.

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  10. Captive in the dark is my favorite. I hope to win this giveaway! I really want to read this book!

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  11. The Dark Duet series so far! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  12. I haven't read any dark read...yet.

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  13. My favorite is still Anne Rice's Beauty series

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  14. I've read the Anne Rice books but was bored by them. Thanks for the review, sounds very dark and has whet my appetite.

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  15. It's hard to pick a favorite. I liked what I've readso for of the Dark Duet as well as Tears of Tess (These are the first 2 that popped into my head.)

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  16. I have several because there are so several good authors out there it would be hard to name them all... I will name a few. Of course Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts, Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters, Raw by Belle Aurora, Wanderlust by Skye Warren, and Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. Needless to say I love my dark reads. :)
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  17. I LOVED CJ Roberts series !!! And Aleatha's Consequences was an amazing crazy ride. Recently read Raw and LOVED it and begging Belle for more of Twitch. And just started Tears for Tess and am loving it. So if this new book is Dark, PLEASE 'Mother May i have one ' :)

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  18. My favorite dark read was Madeline, Abducted. But I really like all of those I have read. Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. Probably a toss up between The Dark Duet series by CJ Roberts and The Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig. But I recently read one called Twist Me by Anna Zaires that was pretty good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. right now suicide princess anthony bryan

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  22. The Tied Man is great! And hasn't seemed to get a lot of attention. Definitely a dark read.

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  23. Captive in the dark and tears of tess

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  24. Captive in the Dark is the best!

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  25. I am now just venturing into the world if dark reads.

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  26. thx for the chance...hope I win :)

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  27. My favorite dark dark at the moment has been the Consequences series by A. Romig

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  28. Haven't read anything too dark...

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  29. Tears of Tess!Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. The captive in the dark series. But I think this will top that. Seems a lot darker. So disappointed I missed downloading it. Fingers crossed i get one of your copies

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  31. Break Her by B.G. Harlen. Talk about a massive mind F***!

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  32. My favorite dark read is The Dark Duet by CJ Roberts :)

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  33. a new author for me, sounds great. It's going on my to read list

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  34. Oh i need to read this book i cant believe i missed it before it was banned

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  35. The Dark Duet by CJ Roberts

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  36. Michelle Boersma5 March 2014 at 21:19

    Would have to say the Beauty series by Ann Rice.

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  37. Is Killing Sarai a dark read? I also loved Captive in the Dark. Thank you!

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  38. Never read any dark erotica but her masters courtesan sounds intriguing

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  39. I have a couple dark erotica reads that are my favorite, and I would love to add this one to the list :)

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  40. Would love to read this!!! I just read banned: dying to survive.. Banned on amazon then the cover and title were changed so amazon put it back up!!!

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