Title ~ Master of No One
Author ~ Tricia Owens
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Published ~ 24th February 2015
Genre ~ M/M/F Paranormal Romance, BDSM
Aleksander is short-tempered, antisocial, and though he’s unaware of it, wildly sexy. He’s also a naturally dominant shape shifting monster who’s sliding into madness. He needs a human ‘grounder’ to submit to him and draw forth his protective human side. Instead he is given two humans: Constance, a fledgling sub with a reckless streak whose intense desire to serve has brought her nothing but heartache, and Kirk, a former NYPD cop who's trying to subdue his own alpha instincts and play submissive in order to fulfill a family debt.
But once these grounders meet their new master, they quickly discover that in order to save Aleksander from himself, they must alter their assigned roles and form a unique triad of domination and submission that goes against Aleksander’s very nature. Constance needs to convince Aleksander he can be gentle and protective, while Kirk wants to show him there is freedom in surrendering to another dominant. The task isn't easy, though: Aleksander fights them every step of the way, and a conspiracy surfaces which not even a creature as powerful as Aleksander may be able to overcome.
Master of No One by Tricia Owens is the first book in her new series. This also marks my first book by this author as well. Upon reading the synopsis and becoming highly intrigued, I decided to give this one a go. When reading an unfamiliar author you are never quite sure whether you will end up pleasantly surprised or if you will be transported into the land of the abysmally awful. I am happy to report that I quite enjoyed this book and the unique world that this author has created.
Ms. Owens sets up her world around chimeras, mythological creatures who have been living amongst humans. The same humans who are oblivious to their existence and are completely unaware that they share their world with these beings who have established their own society and live according to their own laws. Each chimera has a role to fulfill within their structured society. Aleksander Sopov is a chimera poisoner. His job is to concoct the poisons that the assassin chimeras use to kill the chimeras who are no longer able to control their own instincts and maintain their human disguises. Aleksander learned his skill from his mother who was also a poisoner, a job that is not easy and eventually takes its toll. With every life that is taken, Aleksander feels himself slipping and losing more of himself along the way. What Aleksander requires is a grounder, a human who serves as an outlet for chimera expression. The role of the grounder is to submit to the chimera and siphon off the built up aggression. The act of submission brings with it relief. Aleksander is an anti-social recluse who is slowly giving into the madness that may one day cause him to slip.
Aleksander is sent two grounders. Candace Cooper is a submissive to her very core. She has been residing in Aleksander’s home for quite some time now only to find herself being completely ignored by the chimera. She wants to serve and fulfill her duty; however, the quick-tempered chimera who she calls master barely knows she exists. Kirk Sullivan is a different story. He’s a big burly NYPD officer who also happens to be a dominant. He has agreed to become a grounder for Aleksander to protect his younger brother, Leo, who reneged on his promise with the chimeras and now is nowhere to be found. In an effort to spare his brother’s life, Kirk must serve as a grounder for four months. Both Candace and Kirk are there to fulfill their roles and both have different reasons for coming to the home of the unwelcoming chimera.
This author has written an erotic tale where two dominant males and one submissive female learn exactly what they need from one another and has interwoven it with a suspense-filled overall story arc. As Aleksander shares his home with the two humans and as they begin a relationship that is very much a triad of push and pull, the threesome begin to understand that they must rely on one another as not all is what it seems. With danger lurking and their futures at risk, can Aleksander and his humans withstand what is to come against them?
All in all, Master of No One was a very intriguing book that kept me engrossed from start to finish. The tale has not ended and will continue with a second book. If you are a fan of paranormal reads with a little kink thrown in for fun, this may be a book that you enjoy.
Meet the Author : Tricia Owens
Tricia has been writing m/m fiction since 2002 when she opened her fiction website JuxtaposeFantasy to great success. She later partnered to create Joyboy Island. After a decade of writing for the sites, Tricia decided business demands were distracting her from producing novels, so she closed the sites and now writes at her leisure. An avid traveler, Tricia has visited over 60 countries and tries to include aspects of her global experience in her books.
Her website and forum are still the best places to find news on her works, contact her directly, and read her newest chapters.