While Chris and Sara have traveled to Paris to avoid the chaos of press and police after the tragic night we’d shared, I have stayed to face the reality of what has happened. But there is no peace to be found in facing the truth, and no truth to be found in the confessions that have been made and retracted. I am a Master, all about control, and yet right now, facing great tragedy, I feel as if I have none. With my club and my relationships of the past in the spotlight, I find sanctuary in the one place I’ve promised I will never be again, but cannot seem to resist. Her arms.
***Mark and Crystal's story begins in the novella Master Undone.
Mark is a man that is always in control. Control is the thing that keeps him sane in a world of insane pressures and demands. He is faced with the possible terminal illness of his mother, the death of his submissive, and betrayal of an employee that may ruin his family’s businesses. With all of these pressures he does not need to react to the fire that Crystal Smith ignites in him. He doesn’t ever give up control and that is what he did the one night he let go with her.
Returning to San Francisco to run damage control for his business he finds himself being questioned as a possible suspect in her murder. He knows that he must protect his businesses and his family from the damage of an investigation. Mark works to quickly remove all ties he has to his Club and to get things settled with his Art Gallery. It seems that since it is an election year someone will need to take the fall for the death of Rebecca and it just may be him even though he had nothing to do with it. The body has not been found and the person responsible for the murder is trying to say he made her do it. Everything seems to be tied to his role as the ‘Master’.
When he left his parents in New York, he also left Crystal in charge of the family business. Crystal has worked as his mother’s assistant for the past few years and comes from an affluent family. Can Mark let her in to his world of BDSM? Is he willing to train another submissive? Is Crystal a submissive? Will he be able to prove himself innocent? Will they find Rebecca? Can Mark face the loneliness that is tearing him apart?
Hero –Mark Compton: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Crystal Smith: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a look at Mark the man and not Mark the Master. It shows him as a man that doesn’t believe that he can love while the truth is that he is a man that does love and deeply. I love the way this gives his perspective of things that have transpired in previous books, it is illuminating.
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I have enjoyed all of Ms. Jones books and look forward to the next addition in the “Inside Out Series”.