TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Teach Me Master, is a steamy short that walks a tight rope between tension, resistance and surrender.
Triss, “Treats” Long has been crushing on her neighbor, Mr.Sexy for years. Once she discovered her apartment was directly across from him she couldn’t resist watching him and the deliciously naughty things he liked to do with his partners. Rope, leather, and spankings, are things that should send a good girl like her running in the opposite direction, except it ignites a fire in her belly. Years of longing and sexual frustration did nothing to compare her to what a face to face meeting would do to her body and her mind. From the moment Vince runs into Triss in his hallway, she’s the only woman he can think about. He’s had plenty of play dates to test his compatibility to other subs, but none have stuck. Yet, there’s something he senses in Triss, he’s willing to wait for. For the next six months he focuses his attention to winning her over to the dark side. When their nightly talks on the phone are no longer enough he gives her an ultimatum. They can move to the next level or go their separate ways. What follows next is a sexy lesson In self-discovery, pleasure, and toe-curling sex.
Ms. Rain did a wonderful job painting a picture of who the heroine was. Triss is an independent woman who works hard to pay her own way, with a writing career by day and an apartment cleaning gig in the evenings. She’s satisfied with everything but her love life which is non-existent. Literally , despite her age the erotic romance writer is a virgin. Yes the irony made me chuckle as well.
That being said, I was left wondering about the hero Vince. Who was he other than the sexy Dom who craved Triss, wore nice suits, and made the decision to chase Triss after one run in, literally in his hallway. What was it that drew him to Triss? Why he was so sure she was the one? He was portrayed as a play boy, so it’d take a lot more than a hunch to make him quit other woman cold turkey. ( Woman everywhere wish players gave up this game this
easily, am I right?) I know that the story was only 105 pages, but I felt she could’ve taken some of the spot light off of the heroine and onto Vince.
I also felt the story went a bit overboard explaining why, Triss was so dead set against the kink Vince had to offer. True, it’d be hard to get used to the fact that what you desire is beyond what’s accepted as ‘the norm’ in society. But, we’re talking about a very independent woman who wrote erotica for a living. In my mind she would’ve gotten over her aversion sooner. She’d lusted after Vince for four years, spent a year getting to know him, and six
months talking on the phone as a Dom and her Sub. At this point, I was left wondering what she’s waiting for, and why Vince was still holding out. Not that a man shouldn’t wait until a woman is ready. But these two weren’t even going out on dates, or kissing.
For those reasons listed above I gave Teach me Master three stars. I think if Ms. Rain had taken out some of the background information, and focused more on the present, this could have earned a four star rating, easily. Those tweaks would have erased the moments that made the story seem to drag, fleshed out the characters more and added more believability.