Author: Lorelei James
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 7/14/15
Length: 379 pages
Series: Mastered #4
In order to survive a life of tragedy, Deacon McConnell embraced his roughest edges and learned to fight on the streets. Then a life-changing jujitsu seminar led by Sensei Ronin Black led Deacon to become a professional fighter. With his muscular physique and his body covered in tattoos and scars, the MMA fighter defines mean, both on and off the mat.
But everything changes when innocent Molly Calloway signs up for his kickboxing class. Molly is Deacon’s opposite in every way: She’s kind, sweet, thoughtful, and educated. After a heated argument between them turns into a passionate encounter, Deacon realizes Molly is eager to experience more, and she looks to him to take her to the darker edge of lust….
The last thing either of them expects is how deeply their lives will be thrown upside down by the passion they find together.
I love this series – i think that we were all sucked into the story between Ronin and Amery that all the supplemental characters were just gravy. Then as we learned more about Knox and Shiori – well you just knew that there were all the others that we have to get deeper into .
So in this next installment, we see Deacon and Molly trying to sort out what they are and could be to one another. It’s no surprsie that they’ve been drawn to one another – we saw that throughout the series so far, and because of Deacon’s need to be the best, well, his interest in Molly’s been a bit challenging. the other piece too is that his past is so dark and troubled that he’s put up all these walls that makes it really hard to get close to someone.
Then we have Molly a girl who’s had a rough start as well, yet she’s come out on top. I think that what we should hopefully get to see from her is that she’s even tougher and stronger than we expected and that’s exactly what Deacon needs when his secrets are revealed.
The journey that we go on with these 2 is intense. their passion is very hot and very combustive – they can’t help but touch each other ALL the time and when they are near each other, it’s hot. Different from what we know of the others in the series, Deacon’s just powerful and Alpha, he’s not necessarily into all the same stuff that Ronin and Knox are into – and that’s a nice change in this series. I think that while it’s always hot and GREAT to see the bondage and BDSM bits of things, here it’s just pure erotica.
The question that we keep reminding ourselves of throughout this story is whether the secrets that Deacon’s been hiding will come out and when they do, what will that mean for his relationship with Molly. Will she be willing to gloss over the fact that everything she knew about his may not be the truth and if she’s willing to move past that, what does it mean for her and their life together. The other thing too is that we know that Deacon’d really ambitious with his fighting career and his relationship with his family is contentious. Will that be too much for them as well or is it something that they can some how get past. There are interesting twists as well with his family that come up that while i wasn’t expecting it, i’m not surprised.
All in all, a great 4th installment to the series and i’m not quite sure which of our secondary characters will get the next story but i can’t wait to see. it. I’m putting my money on Maddox but who knows. So on that note, enjoy your Monday’s everyone and hopefully i’ll get another book read quickly since i’m very far behind pace these days.