Monday, October 26, 2015

The Mistress and Her Men by Minerva Howe

The path to love isn’t always a straight line. Sometimes it’s a triangle.

When Simon realizes his dearest friend is in real trouble with gambling, whoring and daredeviling, he hits on the perfect solution: provide Matthias with an outlet for his self-destructive urges. While Simon would be more than willing to take on the task himself, Matthias has always fought their “unnatural” attraction.

As London’s Mistress of Discipline, Felice Grey wears her independent and scandalous reputation with confidence. She’ll take on Matthias for one night as a favor to Simon—even break her own rules to let Simon watch. She never expected that Matthias’s struggle against his feelings for Simon would touch her heart, or that she’d feel drawn to both men. Especially since Simon’s dominant nature makes it unlikely he’ll bend to her will.

Simon, barely surviving the night’s session, withdraws to his country estate in hopes that his two favorite people will find each other. Felice and Matthias must make a decision—let happiness fall by the wayside, or pursue it—and damn the risk.

Warning: Nothing can stop this femme domme from claiming both her men, and nothing can stop her from showing them how to claim each other. Not whips, or chains, or even too-tight corsets...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A word of caution to potential readers: Do NOT read this book in public. Oh my word! Howe can craft some seriously hot, squirm inducing sex scenes. So yeah, privacy is the best venue for reading The Mistress and Her Men as there is quite a bit of sex within the story. But don’t despair because there is plenty of drama and conflict to balance it out and leave you feeling as though you got a full story within the pages of this rather stimulating novella.

I will admit that while I was excited over the prospect of reading this book, I was a tad hesitant as well. I enjoy historical romance. I enjoy erotic romances. Erotic historical romances are another thing entirely. Not that I don’t enjoy them, but rather that it’s not always easy to find authors who can combine the two genres well. Adding to that conundrum is that femdom novels aren’t really my thing because too often in the contemporary works I’ve read the dommes realize they are actually submissives once they finally find the right man. If a woman is a dominant, she’s a dominant; she is not a submissive hiding out as a domme hoping that the right man (or woman) will finally come along to claim her submission. And in The Mistress and Her Men, Howe tackles each of these issues perfectly and penned an ending that was even better than I had hoped for.

I loved watching the relationship dynamics form and play out within this trio. Mistress Grey was impressive to watch as she mastered Matthias, knowing when he needed a soft touch and when he needed a heavy hand. Not to sound sexist, but she read his responses as well as any male dom I’ve ever read and I loved it. I’m sorry, but I can count on one hand the number of strong dominant females who remain that way throughout the book and that’s another of the reasons why I shy away from the femdom genre. But Howe never allowed Mistress Grey to waver in her dominance. Nor did she allow Simon to waver in his dominance when his and Felice’s dynamic was addressed, which is what made their interactions and subsequent roles so delicious to read. Just as exciting was the part Mistress Grey played in solidifying the step from friends to more between Simon and Matthias. HOT! The voyeurism that occurs throughout the book was a real button-pusher for me and had me squirming more than once while reading. There is enough personal drama included to keep the bond that forms between Felice and Matthias from feeling like insta-love as did Simon’s longstanding history with both Matthias and Felice. The Mistress and Her Men has certainly earned a space on my reread shelf and I hope to check out more of the author’s work soon.

This historical, but extremely racy story is guaranteed to warm you up. It is hot, sexy and charmingly naughty. Set in a time which is far less permissive than our own, these three people find that in each other they are fulfilled – indeed fully filled in every sense of the word! I liked the buildup, the development, and most definitely the outcome. I would recommend a well iced drink and a location away from eyes which will notice you blushing!

Minerva Howe is the kinky alter ego of author Julia Talbot. Julia lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Samhain as well as other publishing houses. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Mistress and Her Men by Minerva Howe to read and review.

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