The Luckiest Master by Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Full length (203 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Fisting
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern
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.
Master Day has taken over the managerial duties of the front desk at the Iron Eagle Gym. His first order of business is to hire himself an assistant as there’s an awful lot of work to be done each day. Sawyer loves his job, and strong feelings grow between Day and Saw – but Sawyer is convinced he’s jinxed. Can Day convince him just how good they can be together?
I found this to be a wonderful book. While I have read the two previous installments in the Iron Eagle Gym series, this book can absolutely be written as a stand alone. A few of the previous characters make cameos, but effectively the entire story is based around Damien and Sawyer and their relationship. Nothing at all is lost by picking this book up and reading it by itself.
I was initially dubious at Sawyer’s belief that he’s cursed and his resistance both to working officially at the gym and entering into a relationship with Day. The author, however, not only made it realistic enough I found it believable, but Mr. Michael infused the characters with so many layers and such a strong writing style that I found myself compelled to turn the pages late into the night. I loved the balance of Sawyer, he is calm and perfectly independent, self-contained, but at the same time very firm and almost stubborn in his beliefs. It’s clear and easy to see things from Sawyer’s perspective too. After losing his Master and having a run of bad luck with jobs worrying about messing other things up isn’t much of a stretch.
Added onto all this, I loved the slower pace Day and Saw took with their relationship. While jumping immediately into bed and hard, kinky sex is all well and good, in this set up I feel it would have been ludicrous. I loved Day for his patience – and not just a “biding his time” sort of thing, but making a genuine effort to get to know Saw, to understanding his opinions and lifestyle and the world he’d created for himself and then Day gently easing himself into it. This made the whole story so much more romantic to me, it showed depth and caring and just a sensibleness that made my heart thump. And when we finally get to the kinky sex – phew! It’s well worth the wait and a hundred times hotter for all the build up. Indeed, that first kiss shared between the men had me sighing happily like a teenager.
Readers wanting a bit of spice with their sex and a mountain of romance, along with truly deep and complex characters should love this as much as I did. A wonderful story with rich characterization and an interesting plotline. Recommended.