Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: The Luckiest Master
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym #3
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2016
When Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.
Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.
Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.
While not a fan of the gym myself, I have to admit that the idea of it is growing on me with every new book read in this series. Like the previous two books, The Luckiest Master was an easy read that combined both the love of BDSM and the love between two different, yet sexy, men all wrapped around the gym and friendships that bind them together. There are some brief cameos from the main characters of the first two books but the story itself is firmly wrapped around Saw and Day, two men who didn’t know they were looking for their other halves until circumstance brought them together.
I think what I liked most about this book was Saw and how he chose to express his submission; I don’t often get to read BDSM stories that are more focused on the service aspect and I found it both refreshing and interesting by turns. Saw was also fairly rigid in his personal control; after having lost his master of seven years and a bad run of luck in other ventures, he’s pulled back into himself about as far as a person can go without becoming completely agoraphobic. He spends a great deal of the book claiming he’s ‘zen’ when he’s really just refusing to let anyone in or to let himself feel and his personal ‘do not touch’ bubble is reflected in his apartment and the way he’s chosen to live.
Day was kind of a breath of fresh air; he completely understood where Saw was coming from even if he didn’t completely understand his reasoning and was willing to wait. I think this book actually had the longest gap between meeting and getting together out of all three in the series so far. I really enjoyed the slow start to things and found it completely adorable that Day was actively wooing Saw even if Saw didn’t realize it at first. It was also great to see that Day wholeheartedly believed that he should be taking care of Saw as much, if not more, than Saw was taking care of him.
This was a good way to spend the afternoon and I really did enjoy it. The author provided a good continuation to the series with interesting characters and enough drama to keep the book from coming across as one dimensional. While I wish we’d gotten more of a look at Saw’s reasoning behind his thinking that he was cursed, I was content with the view I did get and I enjoyed watching Day break down the walls that Saw had put up. Fans of Sean Michael and anyone that enjoyed the previous Iron Eagle Gym books should enjoy this one; if you like a little kink but don’t want it over the top and totally in your face, I’d recommend this for you, too. I really liked it and I’m totally looking forward to the next book, especially after the little glimpse I was given at the end of this one. 😉