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Interview with a Master by Jason Luke

masterBook: Interview with a Master

Author: Jason Luke

Format: Kindle

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: When Leticia Fall lands an opportunity to interview successful businessman and bdsm master Jonah Noble, she has a unique opportunity to kick-start her journalistic career. Never before has he opened up to anyone about his lifestyle, so it’s a coup when he accepts to be interviewed by her. Nothing is off limits; he will answer all of her questions, with only one condition: for every session they have together, Leticia must answer one personal question about herself.

Through their sessions together, Leticia gets to know the enigmatic Jonah and finds that he isn’t the typical alpha she was expecting. He’s warm, funny and also lonely. Jonah finds himself more and more attracted to Leticia and her innocence is endearing. He is harbouring a secret however, one that will destroy their fragile relationship once it comes to light.

Why you should read this: I was quite excited by the premise of this story and to read a memoir written by a male novelist was also an exciting prospect. Like Interview with a Vampire, this book structure is a great way to learn more about a character and his interviewer. The writing is strong and there’s a solid story here. It’s very sexy (as you’d expect) and believe me, Jonah doesn’t hold back on the information.

What you might hate: I think hate might be too strong a word here, but I feel as though an opportunity was missed here. There is a lot of in-depth sexual content in the book, which is fine however, I really wanted to find out what made Jonah tick and I felt that the story was dominated by the physical acts, rather than the stuff I wanted to find out about, namely his background, his relationships with others. Then the ending was extremely abrupt – it came out of nowhere and I was left a little bewildered.

Rating: 3/5 – a great premise, nice to read a book from a realistic male pov, but it didn’t answer all my questions and I was left feeling a bit dazed and confused.

Interview with a Master is out now.

All In by Raine Miller

All InBook: All In

Series: (The Blackstone Affair, part 2)

Author: Raine Miller

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: All In picks up immediately where Naked left off. A distraught Ethan Blackstone has just watched the love of his life walk out and he is powerless to stop her. Desperate not to crowd her, he formulates a plan to win her back. He resolves to tell her the full extent of what he knows about her past; no matter how painful that may end up being for them both.

When Brynne’s safety is threatened, Ethan finally has the chance to prove his feelings go way beyond doing her father a favour. He is a transformed man, eager to show her how much he loves her, but do Brynne’s feelings run as deep? Being in a relationship is new territory for Ethan and he soon finds that saying I love you is just the beginning. Soon he is dealing with potential rivals for Brynne’s affections – jealousy and insecurity rearing their heads – leaving the normally controlled, calculating Ethan Blackstone totally out of his depth.

Why you should read this: I normally loathe making comparisons between books, but if you enjoyed Fifty Shades and Sylvia Day’s Bared to You series, then this is the book for you. The elements are there: the dominant male bachelor, captivated by the either virginal/damaged younger woman. You know the format, you know how it’ll end up too but the journey is the fun part. The author also hasn’t skimped on the sexy bits – which are hot, don’t get me wrong, but don’t always move the story along. There are also some nice scenes where Ethan’s getting to grips with the pitfalls of a new relationship and the inner workings of a woman.

What you might hate: Unlike FSoG and the Bared/Reflected/Entwined series, Ethan is dare I say a bit girly? He’s constantly thinking about ‘his girl’ and how no-one better be looking at her and then he’s analysing her text messages and their meaning – we’ve all been there, right? But honestly, I like my alpha males a bit less navel-gazing – and a lot more well, dominant! Just saying!

Also the language – being English, I have to say that some of the English slang was a bit unfortunate – shagging really IS more vulgar than I think some people realise (I blame Austin Powers) and calling lady parts ‘fanny’ – well, people over the age of 14 don’t really do that! It just seemed a bit clunky paired with the more US ‘voice’ of the book.

Rating: difficult – as in some ways, you’ve read this story before in many different guises, but then again there were bits that made me chuckle and fancy Ethan to bits. As an incurable romantic, I do find myself rooting for Ethan and Brynne, despite everything. So for that, I give it 3/5.