I can’t begin to explain the complexities of this book however; I was so wrapped up in this couple’s story; in their struggle to want to do whatever it takes to make their relationship work, in their unwavering need to please the other, and their complete love for one another. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
After months of frustrating failures, Todd’s relationship with Brooke is teetering on the edge of self-destruction. Entering into a full-time Master/slave lifestyle without proper instruction was a mistake he’s determined to correct, so, after arranging a training program at home for Brooke, Todd heads to Arizona with the Mustangs for some Spring Training of his own.
Overwhelmed by her lessons, and suspicious as to what her master is doing, Brooke pulls a disappearing act on her instructor, showing up in Arizona to find the Mustangs’ Training Camp isn’t the only work out Todd is receiving. The training is brutal, but with the help of Mistress Lola the couple learn to live the lifestyle they’ve chosen.
Review copy provided for an honest review
I spent several days reading and reviewing all of Roz Lee’s Mustang Baseball series; it wasn’t a tough job at all. I enjoyed every book some more than others, but overall it’s a sexy, fun, and entertaining series. In Spring Training we revisit the couple from Free Agent, the prequel to this series, and find that moving into a full time master/slave relationship is harder than they expected with both master and slave while in love, not able to sustain the relationship they both want and need. This was a difficult book to read in the fact that it’s highly emotional for both the hero and heroine, they both are made to deal with aspects of their relationship they struggle with, and they both discover things about themselves they never realized before. Spring Training was incredibly well written, it brought to light the many layers involved within the dom/sub and master/slave relationship and gives the reader an in-depth look at how far two people will go to understand themselves and each other better.
For Todd Stevens admitting he hasn’t been able to train and maintain the master/slave relationship he and his sub both want and need makes him feel like a failure. So while he’s gone to Spring Training he’s giving his sub over to a master trainer and while they’ve consulted on everything he expects during this time it about kills him to leave her with someone else. His sub Brooke is not happy about him going and about him giving her training over to someone else, but he also knows she unhappy in their fledgling relationship. Unbeknownst to her, she isn’t the only one being trained during this time and the training Todd will endure will be the hardest of all.
I can’t begin to explain the complexities of this book however; I was so wrapped up in this couple’s story; in their struggle to want to do whatever it takes to make their relationship work, in their unwavering need to please the other, and their complete love for one another. There was no doubting the love between these two but it was obvious they were both struggling to figure out the best way to live together in a full time master/slave lifestyle.
There are some pretty harsh and graphic scenes in this book and while it wasn’t anything that shocked me for some people they may be too much. Keep in mind that Todd and Brooke have a contract (as they should) and their soft and hard limits are spelled out in that contract; some limits are pushed, a few are even negated at will, but never once is a safe word used. I feel it’s important to point that out as there are some very hard and deep scenes between Todd and Brooke and between them and their trainers.
Spring Training is a journey of epic proportions for both the hero and heroine in this book. It’s not easy yet they both learn so much about themselves and each other that in the end it is worth it. While this book may not be for everyone for anyone who in interested in the BDSM lifestyle, it’s very well worth the time.