Review: With this Collar by Sierra Cartwright (Mastered #1)

From the Publisher:

Julia Lyle will have nothing to do with domineering men, no matter how tall, dark, and sexy. But Dom Marcus Cavendish will be satisfied with nothing less than collaring the fiercely independent Julia.

Nothing could have shocked her more…

Julia Lyle is invited to her best friend’s wedding and is stunned when Lana kneels to accept her husband’s collar. When Julia starts to object, firm, relentless hands land on her shoulders. The man behind her threatens to turn her over his knee if she interrupts. She’s outraged, but there’s no doubt he’s serious.

After the ceremony, he offers her a glimpse into her friend’s lifestyle, if she’s brave enough to accept.

Master Marcus Cavendish is everything she doesn’t want in a man—dominant, self-assured and arrogant. So why can’t she resist him?

Telling herself that learning about the lifestyle will make her a better friend, Julia agrees to submit to Master Marcus, but only for the evening. Firm and unrelenting in his handling of her, he introduces her to his tawse and the pleasure/pain of a spanking delivered by a competent Dom. The experience unnerves her, making her question everything she thought she knew about relationships, and his forced orgasms leave her shattered.

No doubt the scene seduced her, and that makes her doubly determined to avoid him. She has fought hard for her freedom and vowed only to date nice men, and Master Marcus is anything but safe.

Marcus is undeterred. Julia is a natural sub. The way she responded to his touch, his voice, his punishment proved it. Now he has to convince her to yield to him, submitting to his tawse as she kneels to accept his collar.

240 pages

Released 2/18/13

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So, I’ll admit the I like to dabble in BDSM erotic novels. I don’t like anything super extreme. Sometimes it’s good to read something a little different. That’s kind of what this novel is about. Julia is a normal woman going through life and everything is a little bland.

Her best friend is getting married and the wedding turned out to be extremely bizarre from her perspective. At the wedding she meets Master Marcus who forces her to stay and watch the ceremony when she wants to leave. There’s an immediate connection between the two of them. Master Marcus invites her to stay after the wedding for the party afterwards. Things get a little serious at the after party for Julia and Master Marcus; Julia instantly responds to his touch and Master Marcus is intrigued.

Of course, Master Marcus is never seen with the same sub twice. Julia is okay with this because she only wants to try the lifestyle for one night. After their blazing hot night together they decide to continue Julia’s training with Master Marcus. As they train together they begin to fall for one another. The problem is neither of them is looking for relationship. At the end of the day, Julia ends up running from Marcus and the lifestyle that he offers her. The question is will she come back?

All in all, I was impressed with this novel. I tend to choose novels based on their cover and the title as well as if I know anything about the author. I’ve never read anything from this author before. I have to admit of course but I was drawn in by the cover it supremely hot yet subdued. The novel is well-written, there were incredible scenes between the two main characters Julia and Marcus. I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of this. I thought it would be possibly a pretty intense BDSM novel but it turned out to be relatively mild in my opinion. It had just the right amount of kink.

Favorite Quotes:

“How many spanks have you had, Julia?” Damien asked. “Two, Sir.” “What colour are you on?” “Mortification,” she mumbled.