Reviewed by Minxhalo
TITLE: The Master Will Appear
AUTHOR: LA Witt
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 364 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.
Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.
What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.
As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.
Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.
It took me a few minutes to get into this book. The writing is fantastic, the characters are well-drawn, but at first, it just seemed like it wasn’t the book for me. The May-December trope just wasn’t working for me. I know nothing about fencing. Ryan was just NOT working, and Misha seemed like another holier-than-thou, overly opinionated professor. Then Ryan went all subbie, and I was hooked…really hooked. These characters work so well together. As Misha helps Ryan overcome his cynicism and learn to accept love, I lost my heart to these characters too. I really enjoyed it, and it wouldn’t take much for me to really love this book.
I only really have two things that prevent me from giving it 5 stars. One, the pace seemed off a few times, and it was hard for me to get back into it. The other – the book mentions BDSM, and though it clearly mentions the lifestyle, other than a couple moments where it hints at a scene, most of that is fade to black, and you get to read about them waking up, maybe a little aftercare. Possibly, this is a personal preference, and won’t put off most readers – I just like a little more meat with my sandwich.
Overall, a really enjoyable read. I recommend it.