Jan Bowles is a new author for me, but I knew as soon as I read the first few pages I was going to enjoy the modern ring of the story, the vivid characters and the picture painted for them to exist in.
Lia Constantine's day just doesn't start out like usual; not only is she bundled against her will into a limousine and driven to one of The Strip's most fantastic casinos, she also comes face to face with the most infuriatingly gorgeous man she has ever met. Why infuriating? Because he has a hold on her, a monetary hold, and Lia's life is turned upside down as she has to face the debts her father left and battle against the overwhelming attraction she feels for Jake Bennetti. But it seems the attraction is mutual and true to his gambling personality, Jake is prepared to put everything on the line to win Lia, especially when he realizes she enjoys the same D/s fun in the bedroom as him.
I liked Lia from the beginning, she's the sort of girl you could imagine being friends with. She's got a history that includes grief and heartbreak but she is feisty and strong and re-building her life. She also isn't the sort to take any nonsense and this made seeing her submissive to the delectable Jake all the more fun as a reader.
Jake was a perfect match for her, and I liked how the author used the two lead characters grief as a catalyst to bring them together, it could have been cheesy but it wasn't, it tugged my heart-strings and gave grounding to their emotions and actions.
So on to the sex, yep the sex was there in bucket loads and it was hot, hot, hot with a good sprinkle of BDSM thrown into the mix. I didn't feel short-changed at all as the characters went from one sweaty scene to the next, it was well placed and each time they were climaxing together, it added new layers to their relationship. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jake takes Lia for dinner and spots the BDSM jewelry she is wearing, I didn't see that coming but it made so much sense to the characters. I would just add one word of warning here though, if you are squeamish about clitoral piercings being tugged and tugged then you might want to skip a couple of lines in the middle of one scene, but if that's your thing, well, you're onto a winner.
Claimed for the Master's Pleasure was everything I hoped it would be; well-rounded characters, steamy sex within a D/s relationship and a romantic plotline. If you want a book with a masterful hero and a feisty heroine who is willing to hand over everything to her man, then this might just be the book for you.
Originally posted at LAS Erotic Reviews