Title: Master Professor
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 4/4/17
Length: 304 Pages
Series: Lessons from the Rack #1
Students are begging to be held after class…
Andie Lincoln is madly in love with Terrence Knight—her childhood friend-turned-Hollywood’s newest golden boy. But he’s a Dominant and wants her trained as a submissive before he’ll consider a relationship with her. He enrolls her at the RACK Academy with strict instructions for her teachers: Do whatever you need to, but don’t take her virginity.
Fulton Matthews, the director of incoming students, is enthralled by Andie. Though he questioned her enrollment at first, watching her discover her submissive nature is hotter than his most intense fantasy. Under his control, her sexual awakening brings him to his knees.
Yet they can go only so far. Andie belongs to another, and Fulton is bound by a contract that strictly forbids relationships between teachers and students. But when Terrence comes to collect his prize, Fulton discovers it’s not easy to let Andie go. . .
I’m a huge fan of the other series that introduced me to our author and of course that means when a new one rolls around, i have to pick it up. Like the intro to this story says, sometimes it’s both a blessing and a curse to start something new because you have all new characters to write about and intertwine yet you don’t have any of that continuity that sometimes helps a story along.
So in this first installment on a completely new journey, we meet Andie who is in a relationship with a guy who has been her best friend for years and is now something more. As part of that more, she learns that he’s got a Dom side to him and that’s part of his life that she’s interested in learning about and exploring to see how she fits. As part of that, she’s been granted entry into the best BDSM academy for the summer to learn about being a sub and if it’s who she is at the core.
It’s always interesting to me to see the dynamics of relationships with D/s characters. we know for the most part that Doms Do Not share yet in this case, Terrance, Andie’s boyfriend is an actor and is on set filming so he’s ok sending her to the academy. For me, i knew that it would scream Danger and of course that’s what we get from the moment go.
Enter Fulton – the professor that has been designated the instructor for the summer, and who has to write up the plan for Andie upon her arrival. There’s animosity there of course and that means that there’s going to be some under lying chemistry to deal with. So from the minute they meet, you can see that there’s something there – and it’s just a matter of time until we see how that something manifests.
Throughout this first book, we get to see Andie learn about the basics of being a sub and what the lifestyle includes. There are some rather steamy scenes where she gets pushed beyond her limits but all in all rather PG 13 since she’s a virgin and has told the school that it will stay that way upon graduation.
What throws me of course is that we often see a lot more playing and kink when we have series that have ‘lessons’ in them – sub training schools and the like. But in this case, in the style of our author, we get more of the character story and the emotions behind their actions. It’s a nice change, since it makes this book less about the BDSM life persay and more about the relationships that these characters are building.
The twist of course comes when there’s a proposal, a stolen boat ending up with a hospital visit and a suspension. All that need to happen in order to get us to a point of closure and discussion towards the end.
The nice thing that Tara Sue Me does for us, is that she sets up the whole sense of the next story in the book. We know that there’s a dark and painful past for Lennox (the headmaster) and Mariela (another instructor) and we see that there’s something keeping them together while pushing them apart too. (or vice versa). personally i’m really desperate to find out what that means for them since it’s so complicated and complicated often means hot and steamy!!! Enjoy!