The Sure Mastery trilogy charts the sensual and emotional journey of petty thief turned photographer Ashley McAllister as she struggles to overcome personal tragedy, loss and grief to rebuild her life in the wild beauty of the West Yorkshire moorland.
Resilient and determined, independent and courageous, Ashley has no qualms about cutting her old ties and starting again. Intent on establishing her landscape photography business, she is horrified when her turbulent past comes crashing back to haunt her, threatening to overwhelm and destroy her fragile new beginning.
Ashley needs Tom to guard her secrets and allow her to stay. He just wants her. He wants her submission, her surrender, but he’s already destroyed her trust in him. Will his seductive charm and sure mastery be enough to rebuild her fragile faith? Can he teach her the difference between the violent abuse she’s experienced in the past and his much more exquisite approach to pain? And where does pain end and pleasure begin?
Tom guides her into his world of pleasure, desire, trust and reward. His gifts to her are beyond price, the rewards of submission. But will it be enough, and can the shadows of her dangerous and violent past be left behind them?
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Book 1 Unsure, was an All Romance ebooks bestseller within days of being released. Check out this review from The Jeep Diva.
“Life has not been kind to Ashley. As she tried to rebuild her life, she finds herself coming face to face with the one man who can do some serious damage to her future. Tom is less than thrilled to find his new tenant is none other than one of the thugs that attacked and robbed him. Determine to make her pay for the sins of her past, Tom takes things a bit too far. Confused and hurt by his actions, Ashley is unsure if she can submit to his dominance.
I’m so happy to see Tom get his own story. His appearance in the Dark Side Trilogy definitely perked my interest. Something about the foreign accents rattling around in my brain is such a weakness. Ashley story is an emotional one. So much pain, so much sorrow, so much loss. Her last loss turned me into a sobbing pile of goo. The two of them together is a very tumultuous relationship. First off, their initial meeting is not of the best of circumstance. Flash forward and things are not any better. Tom’s revenge of her actions during the robbery, to say the least, was not very nice. Sorry, I’m not spoiling it but let’s just say, Nathan was right to be unhappy. As for Nathan’s actions, having gotten to know Nathan from before (Another blatant plug to the previous series) I was shocked by his actions. Poor Ashley, double whammy revenge is no fun. I’m glad they came to their senses.
I will briefly touch on the sex. Oh yes…it’s good but not as frequent as I expected. Don’t take it as a bad thing. Really it’s the journey that Tom and Ashley take together that really makes the story. The sex is an added bonus and very tastefully done. I merely want to mention, while Tom is a Dom and he wants to have Ashley as a submissive, I found there was some BDSM in their sexual play. Usually when you read a book containing a D/s relationship there is a bit more BDSM. Considering Ashley’s story I think Ms Barker nailed the amount perfectly.
In the blurb, Ms Barker states that this book “ends on a cliffhanger that some readers might find upsetting” UNDERSTATEMENT! No, no, no!!!! This isn’t the one I was expecting and I was caught completely unprepared. Of course, I anticipated something else. What a way to throw a curve-ball at me. 😦
This is most definitely a recommended read. Ashe Barker’s stories will draw you in and have you aching to find out more. If you haven’t had a chance to read the Dark Side trilogy I suggest you do. It isn’t necessary but it will give a bit more background to several of the characters. Now the hardest thing for me is to calmly sit and wait to get my hands on the next book. Come on Ashe…I need that book NOW!”
Desperate to escape her past and start over, Ashley McAllister cuts her ties with her old life and heads for the wild landscape of West Yorkshire, the perfect place to reinvent herself. And her carefully laid plans are working, until she encounters her nemesis—the one man she’d hoped never to see again. Tom Shore, the man she and a gang of thugs attacked and robbed, and who swore he’d make her pay. He owns the cottage she now lives in and adores, and now he wants his pound of flesh. So he takes it.
Intimidated, beaten and dismayed by her sexy and dominant landlord, and totally confused by her intense physical response to him, Ashley needs Tom to guard her secrets. But will he, and his enigmatic and terrifying friend Nathan Darke, allow her to leave her past behind and start again? Having survived her first explosive and humiliating encounter with Tom, Ashley struggles to get her new life back on track. But Tom wants her. His demanding, persuasive, sensual charm is almost irresistible, his mastery of her assured.
But—can she submit to Tom’s dominance? Should she? Ashley has escaped one violent and abusive relationship. Is she about to be sucked into an even more dark and dangerous liaison?
As their relationship deepens Ashley is terrified and fascinated by her enigmatic lover, and drawn towards the seductive promise of surrender to him. But she’s escaped one abusive relationship, and it cost her dearly. How can she be sure that the exquisite pain promised by her dominant, masterful lover will be any more acceptable? And will the pleasure be worth the price? Can she take a risk? Will the reward be there for her?
He wants her, but he wants her surrender too. And Tom Shore knows just how to get it. He uses his sensual expertise and talent to arouse her desire, but can he win back her trust? Sure mastery leads to absolute surrender – or does it?
And as Ashley reaches tentatively for happiness, will it be brutally snatched away? Can she find a way to forgive Tom and move on? Despite their past, can they build a future together, or even just settle for here and now? As her Master strengthens his sensual hold on her, Ashley has to make her choice.
Ashley and Tom’s sensual journey continues as an old friend returns to Black Combe. As her business flourishes and her relationship with Tom deepens Ashley is happy, truly happy, and looking forward to the future. Then, without warning, her world is shattered once more as her past comes crashing back, violence and malevolence crushing her new-found happiness and threatening all she now holds dear.
Shocked and horrified as she learns the terrifying truth, Ashley has to battle for her own survival and that of the tiny life just starting inside her. Can her Master protect her? Is there a future for them after all?
Sure mastery can only be met with absolute submission. As Ashley surrenders to the inevitable, and relies on her Master to keep her safe, will it be enough?