I am a Master.
You must know this fact to understand my story.
I capture women.
I break them down.
And I rebuild them.
If they are lucky, they are sold into the professional hands of another Master. If they are less fortunate, they are buried beneath the ground, never to be thought of again.
I lust for the control, I demand absolute submission and my body yearns to warp the minds of those I train.
Power is the only thing I’ll ever need and I am addicted to the feeling of ultimate control.
I am wealthy, good-looking, educated and charming.
And I am - in no way - a good man.
I do not want love.
I do not want kindness.
She thought she could change me by giving me the two things I knew I never wanted.
She was wrong.
Her Master's Courtesan by Lily White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Note from the author, Lily White.
To everyone that would like to know if Her Master's Courtesan is a romance or has an HEA, please I'm begging you just read the warning. This is an unconventional story and I can't explain it without spoiling.
Yes I'm starting with my thoughts, I think this very unconventional story needs an unconventional review. I've read some dark books, now when I say dark I mean Dark Romance, I hadn't quite reached the level where you say you know what, this might be my hard limit.
Whenever we think of captive stories we always use books like Captive in The Dark by C.J. Roberts as a point of reference. I'm serious guys if you do that with this book, you are in for a rude awakening. This is not a BDSM novel, but it is erotica, Dark Erotica, there are numerous scenes that are non-consensual/reluctance, and a healthy dose of violence. I'm not trying to put you off, I'm preparing you.
Personally this is now my point of reference, it cannot get darker than this for me. I've always used Topping From Below, although they are quite different they both push boundaries.
Aiden is a Master, not a Dom but a man who trains women to become slaves/courtesans, the women are never willing at first. He trains them for a select group of wealthy and elite individuals, he's good at what he does, and he takes pride in his work.
Aiden was not an easy character to read about, he's killed and feels no remorse. To be quite honest I can't say that he was flawed because he was perfection when it came to what he did. He was driven and unwavering, we often read books about anti-heroes, they always see the error in their ways and change into a more palatable hero by the end of the story. Aiden is quite consistent in his values and behaviour he never changes, he was always in control of the situation and any change you saw was because he allowed it.
Rebecca was a surprisingly strong character, she never gave up, and when it was obvious her plans weren't going to work, she adapted. I respected her for that, I do feel that she lost all control of her own feelings and ended up doing exactly what Aiden wanted her to do. Which isn't a bad thing. There's strength in giving up and letting go, to adapt to one's situation is always an indicator of a strong character.
This book left me feeling bereft and very sad, incredibly sad. I had preconceived notions going into this book and I was rudely awakened. I have a deep respect for this book, was I happy about anything that happened? No. But life isn't fairy tale perfect all the time, and that's what this book has proved.
ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review
Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. Most of the time she can be found wandering around aimlessly while her mind is stuck in some twisted power play between two characters in her head. You may recognize her in public by the confused expression, random mumbling, and occasional giggle while thinking up a scene. Lily’s favorite things in life are reading, thinking about reading, buying books for reading….and writing. Her other secret pleasure is meeting with her plot editor in public to discuss her books and watching the shocked expressions of the people around her that don’t realize she’s talking about a book. When Lily is not reading, writing, wandering or freaking out innocent bystanders, she’s sleeping.
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