I’m surrounded by the military.
It’s been that way all of my life. My grandfather retired from the Navy. My proximity to military bases has always been a daily part of my life. So much so, finding a drunken sailor in our front lawn became an almost weekly event. While that was odd, I certainly didn’t mind sitting on the roof of my house watching the Blue Angels perform (I still get all giddy watching them to this day).
But I lived in a military town, just outside of the gate to a major base and I had no family whatsoever in the military. Because of all those close quarters, I vowed I would never marry anyone in the military. It was nothing personal, I simply didn’t think I could deal with the ins and outs that come along with being a military spouse—I wasn’t built that way.
Guess what? Turns out I was built that way after all.
Nineteen years ago, I married a Marine. Granted we were both still in high school when we met and started dating, but he’d already signed his intent papers and was shipping off to Parris Island two weeks after he got his diploma in his hand. So much for my vow, huh? Oh, and to add the cherry on this sundae? I work with the military on a daily basis now.
So, when it came to writing Her Master’s Collar, you’d think it would be a no brainer for me to deal with all the military details woven through the story, right? Oh no, no, no. My poor husband was grilled almost nightly for a month when I started diving into the nitty-gritty of the story because Roland Asher, the hero, is a former Marine.
“Initiate trace program and give me a visual.”
“It is against the rules and regulations implemented by—”
“Blah, blah.” Korene cut off the tinny automated voice. In her line of work, she was well aware of all the laws enacted in order to give citizens a feeling of safety. She also knew it was a complete illusion. “How about I have you dismantled and installed in a Mickey Mouse doll so you can navigate a family of four on their annual trip around
The map vanished and was replaced with an image of the interior of Roland’s rental conveyance. He sat quietly with his hands folded together behind his neck as the automatic controls maneuvered him through the busy streets of the city. His head tilted down to show he was deep in thought.
Even though it was only an opaque image suspended in midair in front of her, the high level of anxiety read clearly in his body. Muscles appeared to be strung tight beneath the surface of his skin as tension sat heavy in his shoulders, bleeding down to saturate his broad chest. He still kept his black hair cut short in military regulation, though the hair on the sides near his temple had started to go gray. His icy blue eyes were unfocused as he stared at nothing in particular. The famous thousand yard stare she’d learned about in those first days of their first meeting.
His black suit wasn’t the uniform she was used to seeing him wear, but it appeared to have been starched to within an inch of its life. His well put together appearance stood as a clear indication the military was still infused in the marrow of Roland’s bones despite his retirement.
Once a Marine, always a Marine.
Never had she believed it more than she did staring at the image before her. She wanted to do what she could to give him an outlet for the stress reading so clearly in his body. She also missed him and the couple they made when they were together. The fire and passion they had for one another when their personalities had violently clashed. Then she remembered how he’d walked away from her. The warm fuzzy feeling spreading in her body froze.
She turned away from the image in disgust. “Screen off.”
The last thing Korene needs in her life is a former Master who abandoned her ten years ago. But when her employees are taken hostage on Mars, she’s forced to work with Roland whether she likes it or not. Sparks fly the moment the perfectly chiseled man saunters into her conference room; a sign their incredible chemistry is still just as potent.
Roland has a job to do, but he struggles with his unrelenting desire for the only woman he ever loved. Seeing the strong-willed Korene on her knees again is enough to shatter Roland’s willpower. And give him a raging hard-on.
Their distracting lust could flame out of control if they aren’t careful.
Warning: Fire up your thrusters to embark on a secret mission with a snarky submissive who knows the meaning of courtesy and her smoking hot former Marine Dom who isn’t afraid to wait one more day. The sexual chemistry between these two is so sinfully hot, it’ll melt the plastishield of your spacesuit helmet. Houston, we have a problem.
This book is supernova hot! Right from the first page, you get a taste of the no nonsense kind of man Roland is. When Korene walks back into his life and becomes an integral part of his mission, sparks fly. The chemistry between the two characters had me turning the pages in rapt attention, wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Normally I don't do science fiction reads, but in this case I was mightily happy that I did. The fire and ice combination of Roland and Korene was pure combustion. He still loves her while she pretty much hates him for walking out on her. Now she's the boss and is going to do her damnedest to make his life miserable. Working together on a rescue mission, both parties are going to be in for a red hot surprise as heat take over and the flares of passion become a blazing inferno. Hold on to your seat and grab an ice water. This one is wild fire hot!
Awesome sex scenes!
Tempting build up!
4.5/5 I loved it!
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Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.
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