Nobody’s Perfect (Rescue Me) by Kallypso Masters
Story Rating- 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Nobody’s Perfect is the fourth book in Kallypso Masters’ Masters At Arms series. I would be remiss if I didn’t strongly suggest reading the other three books in the series. The characters in the books are developed throughout and they don’t work as a stand-alone read, especially Damian and Sav’s story. Their character build-up in the previous books is essential to really enjoy Nobody’s Perfect.
Nobody’s Perfect is a gorgeous story about two beautifully broken people. Damian Orlando and Savi Baker (Savannah Gentry) shared one bright moment in their past which they carry with them through horror and tragedy. I have never been so emotionally invested in two characters. Kallypso Masters does the BDSM lifestyle justice with her accurate portrayal of scenes and how for some, BDSM can heal both sexually and emotionally. Damian uses his knowledge as a Dom to bring Savi to a place where she can almost feel empowered, despite the abhorrent sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Her journey is amazing to read. She finds a safe haven for herself and her daughter with Damian’s adopted family. She also finds sexual safety within the Masters At Arms club where Damian is a Dom.
The BDSM practices are accurate and very kinky. I will never look at the gynecologist’s exam table the same way again. Plus, the love between Savi & Damian just makes the story for me. It is realistic. Two people discovering each other again.
My favorite part of the book is when Damian tells Savi the story behind his tattoos. It is poignant in a perfect way. Endearing without being overly sappy.
With the fourth book in my Rescue Me series—Nobody’s Perfect (soon to be released, but exact date still not set)—I had to dig deep into all kinds of emotional topics most Romance novels (erotic or otherwise) wouldn’t touch. My heroine, Savi Baker (Savannah Gentry in Masters at Arms), is an incest survivor who then spent a year being pimped out by her father to his business clients until she escaped from him at nineteen. She had been sexually used and abused since she was eight.
With this book, I not only wanted to address the aftermath of severe sexual abuse, but also to show that sexual healing and recovery are a lifelong, ongoing process—not something that happens in 23 or however many chapters before the Happily Ever After in a Romance novel. As my readers should have figured out by now, though (or they certainly will with this book!), I don’t believe HEA is the end in a relationship, but just the beginning. And I like to write Romance in a more realistic way, rather than as fantasy. So my characters always come back in later books to deal with continuing serious issues in their relationships. (For instance, Marc and Angelina still haven’t resolved the issue of “the lie” in Nobody’s Angel—and probably won’t until a later book, after what is revealed to Marc in Perfect.)
Fortunately, the series is written like a serial (plots and subplots carry over into subsequent books, so skipping around will drive readers nuts and they’ll miss out on the many layers of the story). I know that Savi and Damián, her man, are going to have plenty of opportunities to continue to grow and develop their relationship journey in the Rescue Me series books to come. (There are eight books planned in the series to date.) And I know that Savi won’t be “healed” by the end of this story, but she will have found someone who also is wounded, albeit from combat, and together they will heal each other. As Khriste Close, one of my beta readers, wrote to me recently:
Getting it “right” and going straight to the sources (with Giveaway)
Thanks for having me back at BDSM Reviews! Please read on for a sexy excerpt, a free book for all, and a giveaway for another book in my RESCUE ME series.
Writers are drilled from the time they first step into a writing workshop or open a how-to book that they should “write what you know.” Well, while there are many personal things included in my novels, I don’t live in the BDSM lifestyle (and I’ve never been a Marine either). But my series began with three Marines who bonded in a firefight and its aftermath, and started a BDSM club when they returned stateside. So, I guess that puts me in the camp that says you write what you love—and research, research, research.
Among the books I’ve used to research my upcoming sadomasochism romance with two characters suffering from PTSD, are books like “The Control Book,” by Peter Masters and the 2nd edition of “Consensual Sadomasochism by William A. Henkin PH.D. and Sybil Holiday, CCHT, as well as “Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal,” by Belleruth Naparstek to help with the PTSD aspects of these two characters. All three have provided me with a better understanding of how this particular couple might use BDSM to work through some issues.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles
Retired Marine Master Sergeant Adam Montague has battled through four war zones, but now finds himself running from Karla Paxton, who has declared war on his heart.With a twenty-five year age difference, he feels he should be her guardian and protector, not her lover. But Karla’s knack for turning up in his bed at inopportune times is killing his resolve to do the right thing. Karla isn’t a little girl anymore—something his body reminds him of every chance it gets.
Karla Paxton fell in love with Adam when she was a sixteen-year-old runaway and he rescued her. Now, nine years later, she’s determined to make Adam see her as a woman. But their age difference is only part of the problem. Adam has been a guardian and protector for lost and vulnerable souls most of his life, but a secret he has run from for more than three decades has kept him emotionally unable to admit he can love anyone. Will she be able to lower his guard long enough to break down the defenses around his heart and help him put to rest the ghosts from his past? In her all-out war to get Adam to surrender his heart,can the strong-willed Goth singer offer herself as his submissive—and at what cost to herself?
First, I have to say that this is the third book in Ms. Masters Rescue Me series and they should be read in order. Master at Arms is the first book and Nobody’s Angel is the second. These are not designed to be stand alone books and Nobody’s Hero picks up right were Nobody’s Angel left off.
Kallypso Masters debuted her BDSM club Rescue Me series in August with Masters at Arms, a unique 58,000-word erotic-romance series introduction that begins with three prequels that seem separate until the three men begin to come together in the months before they deploy to Iraq, where an unbreakable bond will be formed. (See Smashwords coupon code and link below for a free copy through Dec. 31).
The series sets the reader on a journey where they meet the heroes of the next three novels in the series—Marc, Adam, and Damián (in the order their books will be published). Marc’s romance has begun with Nobody’s Angel. Adam’s begins later this month, and Damián’s tentatively in April 2012. All but Marc meet their future heroines within this book, as well (but must be patient for their happy endings).
The man on the cover of Masters at Arms and Nobody’s Hero (Rescue Me #3), to be released Dec. 31) is Adam Montague, a retired Marine master sergeant, widower, and quite the master of the ropes. He loves performing and teaching the art of Shibari and in the still-being-edited scene below from Nobody’s Hero, he engages in some sensual “foreplay” as he prepares his new slave, Karla, for their upcoming rope suspension scene.
Special thanks to rope master TOYMAKER on FetLife for his input on this scene, teaching me to draw out the “foreplay” to help build the anticipation and excitement, and for suggesting he “flog” her with the rope before binding her with he. He also provided much more detail in the completed scene (which was about 20 manuscript double-spaced pages long, excluding aftercare!) as the scene progresses in the book.
Excerpt from NOBODY’S HERO:
“Clasp your hands behind your lower back, just above your ass.”
Masters at Arms
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Masters at Arms is a prequel to a series about three men who formed a bond while in the Marines and established a BDSM Club in Denver when they returned to the United States. The Rescue Me series will include Nobody’s Angel, Nobody’s Hero and Nobody’s Perfect. Only Nobody’s Angel has been released so far, although the next book is due in December.
The three Doms come from wildly different backgrounds.
Adam Montague is a career marine. We meet him shortly after he lost his wife and he rescues a 16-year-old runaway from predators in a bus station. He eventually takes her home to her parents, but before he leaves, they agree to continue to write. This is a May-December romance with a vengeance. Adam is over 40 when he meets Karla and he cares for her like a daughter-until she shows up in his club as a singer. Then his desire for her throws him into major conflict.
Damian Orlando grew up in a loving but very poor family in California. While working as a bus boy following his release from juvenile incarceration, he comes across Savannah, whose father raped her when she was eight, and when she was older, pimped her out to sadistic clients. She is on the verge of committing suicide when Damian breaks into the room where she is being tortured, kicks out the men torturing her, then takes her to his special place on the beach where he makes love to her again and again. After she returns home, she discovers she is pregnant and formulates a plan to escape from her father.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Extended Description: Marc d’Alessio might own a BDSM club with his fellow military veterans, Adam and Damián, but he keeps all women at a distance. However, when Marc rescues beautiful Angelina Giardano from a disastrous first BDSM experience at the club, an uncharacteristic attraction leaves him torn between his safe, but lonely world, and a possible future with his angel.
Angelina leaves BDSM behind, only to have her dreams plagued by the Italian angel who rescued her at the club. When she meets Marc at a bar in her hometown, she can’t shake the feeling she knows him—but has no idea why he reminds her of her angel.
When Marc’s search-and-rescue partner, widower Luke Denton, confides he believes Angelina is the angel his wife promised to send him, Marc is convinced she is meant for Luke. A painful incident from his past keeps Marc from letting any woman drive a wedge between him and a friend.
While Luke can provide Angelina with love and stability, Marc knows his friend can’t satisfy her submissive needs. Marc offers one night to show her that BDSM is not about pain, but a power exchange with mutual trust and consent. But he knows he can’t commit emotionally to anything more.
When the abusive Dom from Angelina’s past threatens, Marc’s protective instincts kick in; he must keep her safe. Again at the Masters at Arms Club, she turns the tables on him—and turns his safe, controlled world upside down. (Book Two in the RESCUE ME series; follows introduction to series, MASTERS AT ARMS.)