Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.
Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.
What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.
As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.
Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.
I thought I was past anymore ‘book firsts’ but it appears I was wrong. This was my first ‘gangbang’ and I can confidently tell you it’s not something I would have actively sought out, not really my cuppa to be honest, but I’m so glad that my first time was with L.A. She has a unique and skillful touch…and delicately handles things while simultaneously easing any concerns until I’m comfortable pushing previous limits. I can’t think of many authors that grant me such a level of trustworthiness and I’m always grateful when my confidence in her pays off. I’ll jump back here in a moment but for now, let me rewind back to the beginning.
Misha witnesses a young cocky fencer put a beat down on another player and decides someone needs to put him in his place. He has seen his ‘type’ before and can’t refuse an opportunity to demonstrate how a truly skilled player fights. He spars with him and quickly knocks the smirk from his handsome face. Though the young man, Ryan, suffers a few bruises, the biggest by far is to his ego. The greatest surprise of all is when Ryan nearly begs Misha to train him after the humiliating ‘lesson’. Misha never expected that. As it turns out, Ryan is full of unexpected curveballs.
This story felt like it had every trope including the kitchen sink thrown in, and yet somehow it all worked together brilliantly. First, we have the May-December trope. Misha is almost twice Ryan’s age. Let me tell you, it was HOT. Next, we have the teacher-student trope. I was thankful that Misha was not Ryan’s professor. Misha IS a professor but he doesn’t teach Ryan. Clarification. Misha DOES teach Ryan many things, but not his college classes. Then we have the filthy rotten rich versus the average middle-class man’s bank account. You might think it’s the older professor but the mega bucks are attached to the young student. And I loved how Witt demonstrated that the best things in life cannot be bought. And finally, we have the seasoned dom and the novice sub. How can they be so different and yet fit together so well? That’s only a feat L.A. can master.
To unite two completely different men, significant emotional ties must bind them together. I won’t share Ryan’s history because I think you should see it for yourself, but I can guarantee it will tug on your heart and give you insight into “Ryan the man”. In addition, it lays solid groundwork for the foundation of their bond. You see, Ryan has never had to want for anything because he can have whatever he wants. Except for unconditional love. He’s coveted love for so long and been denied every time, that he’s given up. He’s lost hope that anyone will ever love him…without strings attached. How can it be unconditional if it comes with exclusions and limitations? It can’t. So he’s concluded he doesn’t want it anymore. But when Ryan is with Misha, he melts and releases all the expectations bestowed on him. He discovers a safe haven on his knees at the mercy of his Dom and wants nothing else. It was supposed to be just sex and yet it’s unlike anything he’s ever known. Then Misha offers him the one thing he thought he could never have. But…but…it can’t be real. Can it?
Age gap, BDSM, an ultimate fantasy of a gangbang come true (I’ve changed my mind and decided it’s best without knowing too many details here…sorry, #notsorry) and a near crash and burn ending.
If you’re a Witt groupie like I am, this is one from her bookshelf that should NOT be missed. It’s raw, it’s sexy, and stormy swordplay that will leave you breathless.
TITLE: The Master Will Appear
AUTHOR: L.A. Witt
LENGTH: 364 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
BUY LINKS: Amazon