Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review: Learning from the Master (Manse #0.5) by Lynn Kelling


Title ~ Learning from the Master (Manse #0.5)

Author ~ Lynn Kelling

Publisher ~ Forbidden Fiction

Published ~ 16th June 2015

Genre ~ Erotic BDSM M/M/M



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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.

Note from the author: M/M BDSM Romance novella. It’s part of the Society of Masters and a prequel to Bound by Lies, though it can be read as a standalone story! It also introduces the characters David and Shea from my next novel release, Loving the Master, also coming very soon!

Monique’s Review

I have been reading Lynn Kelling’s books for three years now, and of all the authors I have read in the dark erotic, BDSM, M/M genre, Lynn is the one that excites me the most. The reason being; the growth and development in her writing that I have experienced as a reader. How with each new book she publishes, the depth of emotion she evokes has evolved, and my connection to her stories intensified. She just get’s better and better… With Learning from the Master being the latest addition to that list.

I don’t know what Lynn Kelling was on when she wrote this novella, chocolate, wine, coffee or maybe some kind of aphrodisiac, ‘cause holy hotness, I might need to ship it out to her in crates because I want more! This book is HOT as frickin hell, but not in your face porny hot or sugary kink, it’s classy BDSM, a powerful, yet subtle seduction, with erotic undertones that create an air of sexual tension that literally had me tingling all over! I’m not kidding… I was tingling!

If you have read Lynn Kelling’s Bound by Lies, you will already be familiar with Jenner and if you are anything like me, totally lusted after the tall, dark, handsome and intimidating Dom. However in Learning from the Master we see a very different young man.

At eighteen, Jenner is the ‘Golden Boy’ the popular, good looking football star, tall, built and definitely not someone to be messed with. But Jenner is also gay, not something he want’s to shout about in a small town, especially with the aforementioned reputation. So meeting likeminded men is not an easy proposition for this horny teenager. His dilemma leads him him to Manse, an invitation only club. One of the few that he can actually get into at eighteen… and Oh boy! Are his eyes opened to a whole new world he didn’t know existed.

Remember that tingling? Well, enter: David Davenport, billionaire owner of the BDSM Club, Manse. I read a lot of BDSM Novels, as you know, and whilst an author can make it hot and sexy, there are very few that manage to capture the true essence of power and presence in a Dom, with the kind of intensity that leaves you breathless. Lynn Kelling is truly remarkable at getting that right. In my eyes, David Davenport is the unadulterated epitome of a Dom… and he does it so effortlessly, with such style and charisma, all enhanced by his understanding and compassion… I think I’m a little in love! …And definitely, as enthralled, by his sheer magnetism as Jenner, who was totally tongue tied and out of his element… bless, he is only eighteen. But David is intuitive and see’s the potential/want/need in Jenner to embrace the lifestyle. His sincerity and air of calm soothed Jenner’s obvious inner turmoil because at Manse there is no place for insecurities or inhibitions and Jenner had finally found a place where he belonged.

This novella is the prequel to the already published Bound by Lies, which was a five star read for me and gives us a glimpse at Jenner’s introduction into the lifestyle and the two people that were instrumental in guiding him: David and Shea. David and Shea’s story is the next book due for publication in this series… And I have to tell you, after reading this, I can’t wait!!! Because, there was a moment in this book when it finally hits Jenner what it is to be a true Dom, that actually made my eyes sting… it was so heartfelt. So honest. So beautiful. I love David and Shea already and I haven’t even read their story yet!

This is an excellent example of Lynn Kelling’s brilliant writing and I urge you to read it and sample it for yourselves, so you too can get drawn into this fabulous series and the worlds in which they all connect.

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