Title: Master Over You
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 20 2014
♥ Synopsis ♥
There’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours
My name is Noah. I’m not a nice person. This isn’t cupcakes and candyland, love.
I’ll take you, break you, and offer you to the highest bidder without a second thought. You’re mine now. It’s business, nothing personal. You wouldn’t understand, and I’m not going to explain it. Sorry, love, you don’t mean a thing to me.
Just know that there’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours.
Author Note – This dark romance novel contains themes that may be discomforting to some people. If you are sensitive to depictions of violence, then this book is not recommended for you.
(Ethan Winters official debut release co-authored with USA Today bestselling author Cerys du Lys)
Man’s POV = Ethan, Woman’s POV = Cerys
There is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, no matter how dim it may seem.
Well, isn’t that just some of the most messed up stuff I've read in a while?!!?!? I freely admit I love dark, but honestly this one really pushed my comfort level a little bit. It's perverted, a bit brutal, and full of depraved deliciousness. This is what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted and the trainer becomes the student. I was stunned by some of the events that I found myself physically cringing and gasping out loud. I even had to squeeze my eyes shut a few times to make the picture in my head go away. Just thinking back on it sends chills down my spine.
This isn't dark erotica, but it certainly is dark. Believe it or not, it’s actually a love story of sorts. Crazy… I know. It’s one of those stories that leads you down a path, you think you know where it’s going, but you really have no clue. This was so hard to put down! I definitely had a case of “just-one-more-chapter going” on with this one.
Just so my ramblings from here on in make sense, I’ll give you brief rundown of the story. Not to worry, I’ll only give you the need-to-know things. Half the fun of this story is the craziness that jumps out at you from nowhere. Noah kidnaps women, breaks them, and sells them to the highest bidder. He’s upfront about it and doesn’t apologize for it either. So it’s no big mystery what Noah does for a living. No, the big mystery here is Angeline. So how does Angeline fit into this big puzzle? Well while filling his latest “order” for a girl named Chasity White, Noah ends up being kidnapped himself. How did the hunter not know he was being hunted? The story focuses on Noah’s abduction and what the woman named Angeline has planned for him.
“This is fucked up. This is really fucked up, but that’s what makes it so good. It is terrifying. I don’t know if she’s doing it on purpose or if she’s so fucking crazy she can’t help it.”
Whoa. What a ride this book took me on!!!! My biggest question... Who is this Angeline??? She seems very good at what she does and very much enjoys it. She unleashes some brutal punishment. I couldn’t figure out her reason for taking Noah. He's definitely not the typical target. I was guessing it was personal, but I really had no clue. She is literally insane so there was really no sense in trying to guess what would happen. She talks in riddles and in circles. And, it's difficult to decipher the clues she divulges to Noah. The dual POV gave me a look inside her head, but that proved to be of no help whatsoever since trying to rationalize crazy just doesn’t work.
“Sometimes simple actions say more than complexity. That is what I hope. I hope he will come to understand. Not now, no, but in time.”
The writing is wonderful. Angeline’s POV was written by Cerys and Noah’s by Ethan with both collaborating on Chastity’s. For this being Ethan’s release debut, I’m blown away by the depth and flow of his writing. I like the idea of each character’s POV being written by one of the authors. Even though the POVs are written separately, the story and writing still flow. I have to commend Cerys. Angeline is a well written psychotic bitch. She comes across as crazy, but vulnerable… almost naïve in a sense. But, Noah’s POV proves to be my favorite. I think it’s because Noah really is such an asshole, but the way he’s written with his attitude and demeanor it makes him deliciously attractive and enticing.
I really did enjoy this one. But, I had a few issues with a bit of redundancy and how Chastity White’s character is portrayed.
While dual POV and multiple POV are my preference, I found myself rereading things I already knew because with the POV change came the rehashing of the scene I just read. It’s a slippery slope to navigate when showing the alternate POV while not rehashing almost all of the previous scene. I will say this was only an issue at the beginning of the book. However, the beginning is where the author needs to capture my attention. I will be honest, there was enough of the rehashing that had it not stopped when it did I was seriously thinking about not going any further. To think that was going to be the norm for the entire book……. yah, I wasn’t putting myself through that. So, if you experience the redundancy like I did PLEASE, PLEAESE, PLEASE don’t give up and push on. You really don’t want to miss out on this crazy and wild ride.
My thoughts on Chastity… I realize her naïveté and innocence are the point to her being taken by Noah (and adds to her purpose for the remainder of the story), but the way she is portrayed was a bit hard to swallow. Chastity came across as unintelligent as opposed to naïve. While I feel Chasity’s character is critical to the plot, her portrayal really spoiled her effect on the story. Unfortunately, I don’t think I experienced her in the way the authors had intended. It feels as though almost too much effort was put into making Chastity’s character naïve which made her purpose feel forced and awkward.
My not-so-much-love for Chastity aside, Master Over You was really a twisted and highly enjoyable ride. I would certainly read more from these authors, especially Ethan. I’m really impressed with his debut offering, and he writes a fabulous male POV. I can’t wait to see what’s next…
(On a side note… the authors did include tons of bonus/extended scene material. In full disclosure, I did not read the extra content. I opted not to read it for the sheer fact that it was NOT part of the main story.)
Ethan is a gentleman, an author, a lover, and occasionally a rake, a cad, and a dom, but only if you've been good (punishing good girls is more entertaining than punishing the naughty ones). He lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire where he grew up.
He has a penchant for exploring and traveling, with a passion for the unique and interesting. His interests include reading, exercising, laying on the beach, spanking (good girls), romancing, smiling, going for walks that lead to nowhere, hiking, bondage, and one day he would love to travel to Alaska.
His writing delves into the human experience, with a preference towards a psychological thriller twist. He loves mystery, dark romance, and suspense. While some of his writing may be twisted, he believes in romantic true love, above all things. His books include raw, real emotions, good and bad. He believes there is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, and his writing hopes to encompass that.
He loves happy endings, kissing, and a focus on the ordinary turned extraordinary.
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