BLOG TOUR: LOVING THE MASTER (MANSE SERIES) BY LYNN KELLING PLUS A SPECIAL GUEST POST, MY REVIEW AND TWO (2) GIVEAWAYS
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Cover Reveal & Start of Pre-Orders: November 18, 2015
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Billionaire Dominant David Davenport needs a break from the loveless isolation imposed by wealth, responsibility, and the stress of running the Manse, his private gay club. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming and submissive nature of Shea Whittier, their young waiter. David offers to help the young man out with his personal troubles, never suspecting the danger he’s putting them both in. (M/M)
Non-Monogamy in Romantic Fiction
For some readers, exclusivity between the main pairing in romantic fiction is vitally important. Infidelity or open relationships are a deal-breaker, turning them off entirely. I completely respect this viewpoint, but I must confess that at least half of my books contain open relationships of one form or other. So, this is my official warning that the boundaries are a little freer in Loving the Master, my latest release.
There’s no cheating. No one is betrayed by their lover because they couldn’t keep it in their pants. If you’re willing as a reader to trust characters to know their own limitations, are willing and able to discuss them, feel confident in reading this story that when sex happens between willing partners, it’s just fine with everyone.
As an author of romantic fiction, I think including non-monogamy as an aspect of the story opens it up as a greater, more challenging testing ground for the characters to explore what they want and who they are. When relationships are strictly in a one-on-one dynamic, a narrow, specific series of complications usually arise. Perhaps someone has trust issues, or isn’t an attentive partner, or is dealing with distractions at work, or is in the process of overcoming a specific problem in their life. Whatever the issue is, that’s the main struggle between the two people involved. They circle around this central point, trying to make things work. The focus is clear.
In some cases, this works well for a story. In others, it’s too restrictive for where the character needs to go as they move along their path.
Another one of my series, Twin Ties, is the story of a foursome. That’s definitely the most complicated relationship I’ve written. Personally speaking, I’ve only experienced relationships as part of a couple, so I’ve found it fascinating to live vicariously through the foursome. When there are that many people involved every day, romantically, sexually, emotionally, practically, it changes absolutely everything.
As the Master with the most seniority in the Manse series, David Davenport has the training and experience to guide those in his inner circle in whatever way is needed. He seeks love for the lonely, discipline for the reckless, pleasure for the pent-up, and safety for the pursued. Limiting David to one, exclusive partner would greatly hinder his ability to fill the role he plays. He does, however, require a partner who is understanding, loyal, trusting and honest.
Shea Whittier, on the other hand, is mostly inexperienced with love and sex. This is mainly because his focus is on other parts of his life, which are a greater priority for him. Romance falls to the wayside when survival, food, shelter and basic peace of mind are constantly in question. When Shea does get to a more stable place, his curiosity about what’s possible and what he’s missed out on is too big to be completely contained by limited options.
In some ways, David and Shea’s lives are a lot less complicated than that of my foursome in Twin Ties, but the inclusiveness of their world is just as unique. They understand that when affection and pleasure are offered more openly, among a wider variety of people, in a safe, controlled, respectful way, the benefits hugely outweigh the risks.
Many of us won’t get a chance to experience these kinds of relationships firsthand, in real life, but there is a magical sort of safe, wild, invigorating freedom in sharing with these men their own experiences, to see what a life unlike our own is like, for a little while.
When I met David and Shea (especially Shea) in Learning from the Master I was so hoping that we would get their story. And, we did!! Loving the Master is about David Davenport, the twenty five year old entrepreneur who has wisdom beyond his years.
He is more experienced with business, underhanded dealings, and sex than someone his age should be. But, I love his drive, I adore his dominant side, and to find out he was trained by Master Brennan from the Master’s Circle. Oh hell Yeah!!!
It's no surprise to see David taking control, to be in control, of everything and everyone around him. When David sees the slim, shy, and very obvious submissive Shea, yeah… he wants to control that, too.
Shea is trying so hard to stay one step above being homeless. He’s eighteen and has already been on his own for some time. He has very few friends and even less that are willing to help him. Unfortunately, the one friend (Ryan) he does have - who has given Shea a couch to sleep on - has crossed the line and instantly earned a huge dislike from me.
David can’t get Shea out of his head so when he sees him hurt he swoops in to save him. He thinks he has offered him safety but Shea will be put to the test one more time. He is a survivor but your heart will break for him, you will shed tears for him, and your gut will be shredded as he endures abuse and torment from men ten times his size.
It’s hard to get through, I’m not gonna lie, but watching Shea fight for himself and persevere is beautiful and awe-inspiring. He is comical, he talks a mile a minute, and you will fall so hard in love with him. He wants to be loved and he has so much love to give in return.
David wants Shea to understand everything about his way of life before he makes that commitment with him. Shea is also a virgin so this lifestyle is very new to him but it is something that he wants to understand and pursue.
The emotional side of their relationship was fast-paced but Shea is very endearing so I can see why it would be hard to stay away from him. David has never had anyone that understood him like Shea does. Most people only see dollar signs with David but at his core he wants love and he wants to give all of himself to Shea. He wants to be his protector, his lover, Master, his everything. Shea IS his everything and that comes across very well.
I really want to go back and re-read Learning from the Master again now that I know David and Shea’s story. Plus, I can’t get enough of Shea, so there is that. Lynn Kelling is my go to author for BDSM. She writes so well and I haven’t read one of her books yet that I didn’t learn something along the way and fall in love with all of her characters.
There are a couple places that left me feeling confused, but overall, this story delivers and will put all of your emotions on alert. I would love to see more stories from the discreet and illusive men that train at the Master’s Circle. 4.5 Stars from me.
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author**
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Other works in the Manse series:
Bound by Lies
Imprint Story Page: FORBIDDEN FICTION
Brayden Clare never wanted to return to small town life. Blond, athletic, and struggling with his sexual identity, a casual relationship on the beach in Florida suits him much better. When a family emergency calls him home, he is forced to trade his personal freedom for a job as a bartender in a town where everybody thinks they know who he is, and nobody has a clue—including Brayden. Jenner Parrish is the owner and operator of Parrish Pub, the social hub of Robertsville, Pennsylvania. Jenner is charming, dominant, and popular since they were both in high school together. Brayden finds his new boss intimidating, and is daunted to find that turns him on. Jenner finds his new recruit intriguing but mustn’t dare to ask an employee to submit to him. The two men find what they’re seeking at a masked BDSM ball in the next town over, and are startled to discover their desires rest much, much closer to home. (M/M)
Learning from the Master
Imprint Story Page: FORBIDDEN FICTION
Most things in life come easily to eighteen-year-old Jenner Parrish, who’s on track to inherit the family business, and is popular, well-liked and good looking. He has everything he could want, except when it comes to love, and sex. Closeted, lonely and desperate, he acquires an invitation to an event at a nearby private gay club, Manse. Feeling out of his element and for the first time quite shy, Jenner is unable to play the wallflower when he captures the attention of the suave, seductive owner of Manse, David Davenport. David is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is gorgeous young Jenner, who begins to realize every fantasy and wild desire could be his for the taking, if only he dares to ask and obediently serve. (M/M/M)
About the Author:
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it's body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.
1 set of paperbacks of both Bound by Lies & Loving the Master