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Jan 30 2016 2:00pm

BDSM Romance You Need: Sparrow Beckett

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Burned out on domineering billionaires in your romance? I get it. I like a bossy alpha male as much as the average Heroes & Heartbreakers reader, but in a post-Fifty Shades world it’s hard out here for a BDSM romance reader. The flavors of bossy heroes (and antiheroes) have become plentiful, which sounds like a great thing.

More books? Yes.

More book boyfriends? OMG, yes.

And yet somehow we’ve started to suffer from too much of a good thing. The stories go from the comforting familiarity of tropes to the less cozy feeling of repetition. Unlike other reviewers out there, though, I’m not giving up. I like my Doms. I like my tough heroes. I like reading about some power play dynamics. That hasn’t changed. 

Wading in the BDSM deluge is my job, and I’ve come out the other side of the Kindle Sea with a winner: Sparrow Beckett.

The Masters Unleashed series is a fresh foray into the genre. Many others have upped the stakes by making the games played by the heroes and heroines “scarier.” Sparrow Beckett, a writing duo, didn’t go that route exactly. They instead opt to make the sexual needs of their protagonists very clear by setting up a Master/slave dynamic, which the characters may not always be involved in at the beginning of the book. At the same time, the characters’ emotional needs outside the bedroom and their overall understanding of their places within the world are far less defined.

The first book Finding Master Right finds both Kate and Banner knowing exactly what they want in the sexual part of a romantic relationship. Their chemistry is undeniable, but they both get hung up on terminology in the BDSM community. That means we have a whole lot of “we shouldn’t have sex,” followed by upping the heat level and tension over and over until the two lose control.  The next two titles, Playing Hard to Master and To Have and To Master, have different hurdles, but come down to couples being themselves and finding joy in another person (with all the spanking and teasing and boundary pushing one comes to expect in the subgenre).

Love conquers in the Masters Unleashed series. Safe, sane, consensual is paramount (though, I might argue a little less clear in the third title) here, and while some of the Doms think they need total control, their heroines make the power balance work.

In the current climate in Romancelandia, the idea to go dark and heavy to get that same sensation has become more commonplace. Books aren’t narcotics (despite our relative addictions), and we don’t need a harder drug. What we need—and what Beckett delivers—is a romance about people finding one another and home amid some delightfully dirty and unputdownable bedroom antics.

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Learn more about Sparrow Beckett's Master Unleashed series:

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett  
Playing Hard to Master by Sparrow Beckett  
To Have and to Master by Sparrow Beckett  

 

 

 

 


Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club and writes SF/F novels. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.

 

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