Saturday, March 5, 2016

Masterpiece by Jillian Verne

Master. Lover. Submissive. Muse.

When Julianne Giroux, an aspiring artist with a dark secret, apprentices with Nicolai Stavros in his Paris gallery, she finds far more than a passion for art. She finds herself. The masterful artist with forbidden tastes strips away her reserved veneer to reveal the daring, darkly passionate woman beneath and introduces her to the erotic world of The Order.

A celebrated artist, an indulged heir, and a sexual Dominant, Nicolai has it all...except what he needs. In Julianne, he finds his muse. Nicolai crafts the ingénue into his living masterpiece and through the arduous process, finds himself re-created. With Julianne as his inspiration, Nicolai aspires to become something greater than he has been.

But in an erotic world where powerful players enjoy dark games and buried secrets bite, new life comes at a painful price.

Welcome to The Order, an elite and secret society of powerful brothers bound by social status and sexual tastes. Come. Play dark games with us.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher, but it has been revised and re-edited in this edition.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really don’t know how to review this book. I was so bored at times, I put the book down several times and had to keep coming back to it because there wasn’t a lot until half way into the book and by that point I really wanted to give up but everyone kept telling me to keep going. Well, I kept going but the only thing I enjoyed about this book was the sex scenes, everything else, was just blah for me. Julianne had a controlling father that she finally got away from but then he was never heard from again, that is odd. Julianne seemed to flip from one personality to another and that frustrated and confused me. It was just too slow for me but I am sure others will enjoy it.

Characters: So confusing at times
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: BDSM Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

I am going to be very interested to read other people's reviews of this book – as I have very mixed feelings about it. As a very sexy read, it definitely works, but there were some parts that I could have lived without. I think it just is too long, and possibly too tortured in places – and by two people who really drag out their emotional pain a lot. And yet, I had to keep reading, because I wanted to know what happened. I guessed the main twist, although silence caused it to be far worse than necessary. But is it sensual and erotic? Most definitely scorchingly hot, and very enjoyable – hence my mixed opinion. I do want to read the next one – especially as I read the introductory chapter at the end of this book!

This was the first book of this genre to give me a "book hangover" in a long time, and for that I commend the author. I had a hard time starting another book because I was still thinking about this one. I can't tell if I fell in love with the book, or the idea in the book, a.k.a. The Order.

I was instantly drawn to this book when I saw that it had references to art, BDSM, and an elite group. All things that sounded intriguing. I was not disappointed. The Order is a group of elite people who all belong to a BDSM filled secret society, and I found it interesting. I still want to know more about it and every single one of its members.

The characters in this book were very fun and interesting to read about. They were nicely developed, and I definitely wanted to learn more about them and hope to in future books. Julianne was my favorite part of the book and there definitely was emotional depth linked to her. Nicolai didn't seem nearly as developed, but was still intriguing. Their romance was nice, and at moments quite sexy.

I really felt like this was a long book, and yet, I felt like it wasn't all there like I would have wanted it to be. I'm hoping future books resolve this, but overall I did like this book and will be looking to the next in the series.

Jillian Verne lives in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with her husband (who has been her rock for longer than she is willing to admit), two daughters (who are and always will be her inspiration), and one royal cat to lord over them all.

She is passionate about her family, the beach, and hockey, and strives to live the real-life happily-ever-after. She is an Italian goddess, cook-extraordinaire (not bragging–well maybe a little), UPenn and NYU alum, lawyer, professor, writer, traveler, and "life is too short for small boxes" kind of lady. Her idea of a perfect date is a cheese steak and a Flyers game; a perfect day is sitting on the beach with her daughters and a great book. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Valley Forge Romance Writers. Her debut novel, Masterpiece, A Masters of the Order Novel, was selected as a finalist for Best BDSM Romance Novel of 2015 by the BDSM Writers Conference.

Her novels are erotic love stories based on a simple philosophy: the heart doesn't beat faster until the reader falls in love. Her personal philosophy: becoming the glorious person we are meant to be–and we are all meant to be glorious–requires the courage to celebrate what makes us unique, the imagination to create the person we aspire to become, and the freedom to re-create that person over and over again. And those horrid little buggers that say "don't" or "can't" or "shouldn't," let them talk to the hand.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Masterpiece (Masters of the Order #1) by Jillian Verne to read and review.

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