How exciting when one of our favourite authors pops in for a visit… Today Lynn Kelling is here at Sinfully to chat about Manse, a series which is turning out to be a FIVE star, can’t-wait-for-the-next-book read for us. Want to know a little more… read on and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win Learning from the Master AND Bound by Lies. Two books which are in our All Time Favourites!
Behind the Mask: Becoming a Dom
What does it mean to be a Dom? Or to be a man submitting completely to another man? How does one assume those roles and, once you have them, how do they impact daily life? Those questions linger at the heart of the books in my series, Manse - which includes Learning from the Master, Bound by Lies, and the soon to be released Loving the Master.
I wrote these books in reverse order. The book that comes last on the timeline, Bound by Lies, was written first. Since then, I've been peeling back the layers, trying to reveal where things all started and the core of the motivations at play.
The Dominants in this series find peace and excitement in managing control over a BDSM scene and a submissive partner. The tremendous amount of faith their submissive place in their Master is what keeps the Doms going, knowing that they're being relied upon to safeguard and stimulate in equal measure. For Jenner and David, the two Doms of Manse, their daily lives demand their ability to be constantly in control.
Jenner is the owner and manager of the most popular bar in town. He's expected to live up to his reputation of being the popular football hero he was in high school, while concealing secrets he's been hiding for years. Jenner's mask is firmly in place, and it's up to David, Jenner's mentor, to train him to be a loving, attentive Dom so that when Jenner does have someone relying upon him, his heart will be in the right place. At the gay club, Manse, Jenner has a wide array of willing, eager, submissive men ready to get their hands on him. Sometimes that's all Jenner needs - to be handled, or to handle someone else, and get off without the threat of being outed or judged. Mostly, however, he's aware of deeper desires to cherish the helpless and weak, which won't be satisfied with fleeting, shallow pleasures.
David, likewise, has his own masks and roles to play. He's the heir to a fortune, the CEO of a property investment firm and the owner/operator of Manse. David is first and foremost a name, a presence, and a mask. But he's not the titles he's been given. He's a man who has always had no alternative but to live up to high expectations, with no one with whom he can let it all go and be only himself - a flawed, lonely guy who doesn't have the luxury of doubt. Being the owner of Manse and living in the same building day and night means temptation is always there. Subs are constantly awaiting punishment or reward, or ready to spend a night with the man who seems to have it all. David is skilled at handling the needs of others, thanks to his training, lifestyle and experience. What he needs, though, is something deeper - someone who doesn't care about the titles but only wants the man.
When Jenner and David first meet, David grabs hold of Jenner by the cock - literally and figuratively - demanding to know what he's looking for, wanting to find a way to give it to him. It inspires a deep-seated devotion in Jenner toward David, but the devotion runs both ways. Jenner is David's chance to pass on everything he's learned through much trial and effort in order to ensure someone he cares for is able to benefit from his life lessons without the agony of suffering through the trials he's faced.
The way Jenner and David manage their fears and worries is to hold on tightly and stand firm, Mastering others with good intentions. As much as they crave a submissive who can be truly, beautifully vulnerable with them, it's not until after they find what they've been looking for that they realize how dangerous it can be to have your dreams come true.
Jenner's submissive is the small-statured, blond-haired, beach-loving, charismatic Brayden, who only wants someone to hold him tightly and reassure him he's loved and understood. David's submissive is Shea, a charming, stubbornly blue collar guy who was once nearly homeless, who wears his heart on his sleeve and has no aspirations to be anything other than David's. To possess these men, Brayden and Shea, Jenner and David also make themselves vulnerable. Their hearts are open and, more than with any of their other responsibilities in life, the Doms need to rise to the occasion for their subs. Brayden and Shea are Jenner and David's hearts, burst free of the safety of their chests, walking around freely in a sometimes-cruel world. Being aware of that only drives the Doms to be better, kinder, men, giving their devoted subs exactly what they need, no matter what it is, if only to see them happy and safe, for a little while, anyway.
The Manse Series
Learning from the Master
Most things in life come easily to eighteen-year-old Jenner Parrish, who’s on track to inherit the family business, and is popular, well-liked and good looking. He has everything he could want, except when it comes to love, and sex. Closeted, lonely and desperate, he acquires an invitation to an event at a nearby private gay club, Manse. Feeling out of his element and for the first time quite shy, Jenner is unable to play the wallflower when he captures the attention of the suave, seductive owner of Manse, David Davenport. David is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is gorgeous young Jenner, who begins to realize every fantasy and wild desire could be his for the taking, if only he dares to ask and obediently serve. (M/M/M)
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Bound by Lies
Brayden Clare never wanted to return to small town life. Blond, athletic, and struggling with his sexual identity, a casual relationship on the beach in Florida suits him much better. When a family emergency calls him home, he is forced to trade his personal freedom for a job as a bartender in a town where everybody thinks they know who he is, and nobody has a clue—including Brayden. Jenner Parrish is the owner and operator of Parrish Pub, the social hub of Robertsville, Pennsylvania. Jenner is charming, dominant, and popular since they were both in high school together. Brayden finds his new boss intimidating, and is daunted to find that turns him on. Jenner finds his new recruit intriguing but mustn’t dare to ask an employee to submit to him. The two men find what they’re seeking at a masked BDSM ball in the next town over, and are startled to discover their desires rest much, much closer to home. (M/M)
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Meet Lynn Kelling
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it's body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.
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