AUTHOR: Ava Jackson
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Erotic Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2015
PUBLISHER: Paper Dreams Lit
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 167
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Flirty Subs Pr
COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
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RATING: 3.5 Stars
Three months trapped on a ranch in remote Montana with my mom’s latest husband … and his dark, brooding son.
I shouldn’t care that my new stepbrother’s talent with ropes goes beyond lassoing stray cattle.
I shouldn’t care that his every look says he wants me … but he’s going to fight it to the bitter end.
I shouldn’t care that as the summer rolls on, my fascination overwhelms my better judgment and now I’m dying to call my stepbrother … Master.
REVIEWERS NOTE: Stepbrother Master is a New Adult, Erotic Romance written by Ava Jackson. I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review through Flirty Subs PR.
3.5 “Cowboys Can Do Romance” Stars!
Good, but Could Have Been Great!
When I hit the last page of this book and realized I needed to write my review, I was stuck for what to say, so bare with me as I try to get my point across.
I enjoyed this read for the most part but also found it lacking in some areas. I loved the ranch/cowboy/BDSM/Dom aspect. That was new and fresh to me so I liked the setting. I liked the light feel of this book, especially given it’s theme.
I love taboo reads and this one teetered on the cusp of being forbidden, enough so that it was exciting and fun. The hero and heroine are about to become step-siblings under their parents impending wedding and have never met. And when they do actually become step-siblings, it’s too late to disregard the attraction between the two of them, so that was very well done. I also enjoyed the Dom/sub/BDSM play. Ford found some interesting places to take Emma and he was commanding yet falling hard as Emma found her way into his heart. Emma was sweet and down to Earth and very connectable. She had goals and aspirations and just because she found love, she didn’t waver in what she wanted.
However, this book just didn’t ignite any spark inside me. With all the sexy talk and lusty play, I never got butterflies and I’m pretty sure it’s because there was very little character development, especially on Ford's part. Yes, he’s sexy and dominant, but we know next to nothing about him other than he’s smokin’ hot. He came from Silicon Valley but what did he do and what was his life like before he became a cowboy, a lifestyle he seemed to adapt to quite well? What about his mom? What about past relationships? How did he get into the Dom life? We know more about Emma but again, her character still wasn’t fleshed out enough for me. I think I know more about her mom and her sudo-rival, Celeste, than I do about Emma.
So, overall it was a good read and filled my afternoon. I enjoyed the sexy. I enjoyed the story. There was a small bit of angsts but I still wanted “more feeling”. I enjoyed the theme and the setting but I didn’t find myself “caring” about them like I wanted. And when the truth about them came out, I would have liked to have at least seen the reactions from their parents. There was a pretty significant built up but it was glossed over and all we got was that they were okay and happy about it.
Stepbrother Master was a good read but it had all the makings of a great read and I just wanted more.
About the Author...
Ava enjoys naughty things. She’s drawn to the forbidden and taboo, and writes kink that makes you think. Raised in Idaho, Ava now lives on the East Coast with her husband, and two dogs.
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