Playing Hard to Master by Sparrow Beckett
Release Date – October 20, 2015
Abandoned by his submissive years before, Ambrose has avoided long term relationships. He amuses himself by hooking up with his buddy’s exes. That is, until he meets Everly—a curvy girl with a big personality, who refuses to be ignored. Just when he thinks he’s found a girl he can trust, he finds out she has big opinions about rich men. Telling her he’s wealthy will ruin everything, but he can’t collar her with this huge lie hanging over them.
Known as a brat in their small kink community, Everly can intimidate even the most experienced Doms, but Ambrose is different. Not only does he charm the pants off her, he makes her crave his mastery, too. However, Ambrose’s trust issues run deep, and Everly isn’t willing to be ‘temporary’ forever. Ambrose is hiding something from her, and that secret is keeping them apart. Can she get her scaredy-Dom to commit, or is he a lost cause?
Everly is looking for a Dom that doesn’t back away from her bratty attitude. She enjoys pain but likes to tease while getting it. Ambrose is a Dom that doesn’t want to commit as he’s experienced heartbreak and doesn’t have plans to settle down. A deal breaker for Everly is a rich man. She’s had horrible experiences growing up with the wealthy and has since generalized this along with how wealthy individuals carry themselves and spend their money. I was drawn in to Everly and Ambrose’s story from the first page. I greatly enjoy this group of Dominant friends and their banter is lightening in heavy emotional scenes throughout the novel. The pace of relationship growth is realistic, but the lying hurt. Ambrose has a secret he’s keeping from Everly and this lie of omission could cost him. Ambrose’s sweet side broke me down and his ability to joke and make light while scening with Everly made him more lovable in my eyes. I can’t wait for more from this group of friends as I believe Konstantin’s story is next. Give this a try and find your next book crush!! Rating: 4 stars