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Masters’ Mistress by Jamie Schulz

Posted on December 16, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

The Masters’ Mistress, book one in The Angel Eyes series, has been on my radar ever since I read the prequel, Jake’s Redemption. However, time did not permit before now. I had an interesting time visiting the world created by the author. I looked forward to returning to it in Masters’ Mistress.

 

Masters’ Mistress by Jamie SchulzTitle: Masters' Mistress
Author(s): Jamie Schulz
Series: Angel Eyes #1
Also in this series: Jake's Redemption
Published by Jamie Schulz on January 28, 2020
Pages: 490
Genre(s): Dystopian Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: eBook
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne Flame


From the award-winning author of Jake's Redemption...

A man bound by chains.A woman burdened by regret.Will love set this tortured pair free?

In this nightmarish future where women own men, Bret Masters refuses to serve anyone. But after spending years evading slavers in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, he's furious when he's finally caught and sold. So, although his mistress has a pretty face and deliciously tempting curves, he vows to escape.Angel Aldridge hides her pain behind fences as sturdy and vast as her ranch. And even though her newly acquired slave is a ruggedly handsome cowboy, she's not about to let her fantasies endanger the people she swore to protect. But between her always-watching enemies and her wounded heart, she's reluctant to admit she may need him in more ways than one...As the two toil side by side, Bret is surprised to discover Angel's vulnerability and her compassionate nature. And the more time they spend together, the harder she finds it to resist her feelings and to soothe her lonely soul. But when they're stranded alone together, the barriers between mistress and slave may not be strong enough to withstand their red-hot attraction.Can Bret and Angel overcome their fears to sow the seeds of lasting love?Masters' Mistress is the steamy first book in The Angel Eyes futuristic dystopian cowboy romance series. If you like complex characters, gritty western settings, and slow-burning desires, then you'll adore this enthralling story.Buy Masters' Mistress, Book One of the Angel Eyes Series, to ride into a passion-filled future today!This book has an HFN ending and opens the door for book 2 the series.
Please note: Intended for mature audiences. This story contains some unsettling and violent subject matter that sensitive readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.

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The Angel Eyes series introduces a post-apocalyptic world in which women were ruthless slave owners and men their slaves. In this world, men are considered sub-human, but not all women agreed with the atrocities meted out to them. Their reach, however, lacked the power needed to stop the inhumane treatment. In their meagre attempt to make a difference, they used their resources to create a private sanctuary. In this sanctuary, men, despite their loss of freedom, can experience a modicum of independence. One such woman was Angel Aldridge.

Bret Masters spent his most of his adult life trying to escape the clutches of slavery. Hiding out where possible to prevent capture by sadistic slave traders. He did well so far until one unfortunate night when they captured him. Suddenly, he is plunged into a torturous situation with no end in sight. Enters Angel, who has a favor to Brett’s best friend, Jake, purchased him to save him from further torture. Brett, however, refused to accept this as a benevolent act, despite the stellar treatment he received since his arrival on Angel’s ranch.

Brett and Angel shared a contentious relationship steeped in vengeance, mistrust, secrets, and betrayal. I am still recovering from the severe case of whiplash suffered from their acrimonious and passionate interactions. They each had chips on their shoulders so huge it would require a jackhammer to chip it away. Their past blinded them preventing from seeing the opportunities the present offered.

The pacing of this story was rather slow and, for a book of 490 pages, it became tedious to get through sometimes. This is a book you one need to be in the right frame of mind for. The disclaimer at the end of the synopsis suggested this would be a steamy read. It did not live up to this disclaimer. The single passionate scene may have been intense, but that on its own would not classify this as a steamy read. Unless one counts the sexual tension, which needed a sharp knife to cut through it. 

Don’t go into this story expecting happily ever after or a happy for now situation. The story ended with a major cliff hanger, of which I am not a fan. Despite my curiosity regarding what’s in store for Brett and Angel, I am not quite ready to pick up the next book as yet.  I need a break from all the angst that comes with their interactions.

I enjoyed coming back to this unique world the author created. Despite the issues with the pacing and the angst, Masters’ Mistress was an interesting and emotional read. 

 

Story Evaluation
Plot
3
Characters
4
World Building
5
Writing Style
4
Pacing
3
Cover
4
Enjoyment
3.5
Ending
3.5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Jamie Schulz

Jamie Schulz lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family, her husband, and their fur babies. Writing has always been a big a part of her life, and she hopes to one day reach the best sellers lists. Cowboys, ice cream, and reading almost any kind of romance are among her (not so) secret loves. To her, every one of her stories, no matter how dark, must have a happy ending, and she strives to make them impossible to put down until you get there. She balances her free time between reading her favorite romance authors—in genres ranging from erotica and dark romance to sweet historicals and contemporary romance—and spending time with her family. She enjoys hearing from her fans. 

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