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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?
NOTE: This couple’s story began in Masters at Arms (book 1) and continued in Nobody’s Angel (book 2). This is NOT a stand-alone novel.
CONTENT WARNING: This book contains very erotic scenes that include BDSM (bondage-discipline-domination-submission-sadism-masochism-master-slave)—but these ALWAYS will be safe, sane, and consensual (SSC) acts told in a more realistic approach to the BDSM genre. Includes rough sex, Shibari (rope bondage and suspension), anal play, cunnilingus, fellatio, flogging, sex toys, and intensely erotic “vanilla” sexual acts.
Nobody’s Hero by Kallypso Masters is the 3rd story in the Master of Arms series. It is a wonderful addition to this series and was definitely one that I was highly anticipating its release. Ms. Masters had me hooked in her first book, Masters of Arms, when she introduced these two characters and it was Adam and Karla’s story that I was most intrigued about how it all was going to work out for them. Was he going to be able to let go of his wife’s memories? Was Karla’s declaration of love going to be taken seriously or was it a hero’s infatuation? What is going to bring these two people together again? This story answers those questions and added so much more! I was totally impressed with how it was better than I anticipated.
The story picks up where book 2 ends with Karla determined to nurse Adam back to health after his injuries from the cougar attack. Adam had hallucinated one night in the hospital revealing past hurts from his childhood and she sees it as her duty to make him emotionally better as well as physically well. She’s not going to let him push her away this time and hold her at arm length in order not to be involved with each other. She is declaring war on Adam to win his love and do what she can to make him see her as a woman and not that 16 year old girl he saved 9 years ago. However Adam feels he is too old for her and she deserves someone who will love her better than he could. Adam has emotionally cut himself off from feeling love for another woman considering he never told his first wife Joni that he loved her because he didn’t feel that he was capable of loving someone. His idea of scaring off Karla is to tell her if they are going to be together it will be as a Master/slave 24/7 arrangement, an arrangement he really doesn’t even want. She agrees to it, thinking that this was a way to prove to him that she could be the best slave and that he would love her. There were some really HOT sex scenes between them which showed each of them how much they get out of the scenes from one another. But Adam calls an end to this relationship by him using her safe word which throws Karla off wondering if she would ever be the right person for him. I think she would have called it off herself knowing that she was losing herself to this M/s arrangement and she just wanted him to love her for herself alone. Ms. Masters delves a little bit more into the BDSM world with Adam and Karla with their scenes and wows me that it can be so much more than control between a Dom and his submissive.
I wanted to savor this book and read it slowly in order to enjoy it and I’m so glad because it made it even better. In the storyline she developed Adam and Karla as well as the secondary characters of Cassie, Angie, Damian and Savi, that old issues were resolved and new developments were introduced. I didn’t want it to end. With each new book Ms. Masters is weaving great stories for her Masters and making me fall in love with each couple. Karla and Adam are definitely my favorite, especially after this ending, but it definitely makes me want to read about Damian and Savi.
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