Title: Master Over You
Authors: Ethan Winters and Cerys Du Lys
Release Date: October 20th 2014
Age Group: Adult
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.
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.
This story reveals the dark and depraved world of two individuals, who mold sexual submissives using BDSM techniques. But for anyone who has pre-conceived notions of these practices from Christian Grey; Master Over You makes Fifty Shades look like Peter Pan! There were moments in the story at which I doubted whether I could continue, feeling like an accomplice to the torture being delivered.
The mostly dual narrative works well here, with Ethan Winters and Cerys Du Lys creating the inner dialogue of Noah Angeline, respectively. Often the constant stream of consciousness from each character is hard to follow and they both ask frequent rhetorical questions, attempting to justify their own behaviour. This only increases the confusion about whether there is a ‘right’ or a ‘wrong’ in this situation, meaning we are left to read on and uncover more of the mysteries surrounding the lives of these characters.
Although at the time I read Master Over You I doubted why Chastity continues to appear in the story, I do not think this was a mistake on the part of the authors. She is specifically chosen for her name and is the antithesis of everything Noah and Angeline are, although Chastity’s time naively attempting to rescue Noah changes her.
Master Over You is by no means a typical love story and despite first appearances, it is about far more than sex. Noah and Angeline begin as two individuals focused on their ‘work’; acquiring and selling sex slaves. As the story develops, so do they, and we learn that their secrets are the key to unlocking emotions they have both hidden for so long. Ultimately this is a story of enduring love.
Master Over You is a novel which will appeal to a niche group of readers, but it is well-written and difficult issues are thoughtfully examined.