Review: Headmaster by Tara Sue Me

Author: Tara Sue Me
Series: Lessons From the Rack #2
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Pages: 303
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive novels delivers a scintillating new erotic romance, where two instructors redefine the phrase “teacher’s pet” . . . .

Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.

Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.

Marie's Thoughts
When I started this book, I had mixed feelings about it. But, as someone who has to finish what I start, I can honestly say I’m really glad that I did, because this book ended up being really… quite good.

Lennox lost his wife in a car accident and blames himself for letting her leave on that fateful day after a heated argument. He won’t open himself up to anyone, let alone in the BDSM realm of his life as a dominant. But when his wife’s best friend, Mariela, makes it her mission to try and help him heal, she opens a whole new world of possibility for not only him, but also for herself… and together, them.

Most BDSM books don’t have a whole lot of substance. It’s all predictable with way too detailed, usually not all that hot, sex. I’ve even read a few books of Tara Sue Me’s that I’ve found to fall in that category. But Headmaster does not… at… all. This book takes you through so many emotions and Lennox and Mariela go through so much individually and collectively as they help one another heal. Their friendship goes through so much over the course of this book, and yet somehow manages to come out the other side so poetically. The sexual tension between these two is so intense, and when they finally give in to it, the pages of the book ignite with a searing passion that is erotic and HOT.

It’s nice to find a gem in the BDSM world, and I feel like I have with this book. This is one I’ll keep on my bookshelf to read again when I need a break from the monotony of others in this genre, for sure.

I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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