Published: C-Squared Publishing, March 15, 2014
Vanessa Clark is doing a research paper for one of her last classes – Psychology of Sex – before receiving her Bachelors’ degree. Once she discovers the topic of BDSM, everything else pales in comparison. But where will she learn about it? The Internet has its limits, and Vanessa needs to talk to real-life practitioners of BDSM to really understand the lifestyle and write about it.
Will Astin, who serves as a dungeon master at a local BDSM club, doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous, irresistible young woman when he agrees to a meet and greet with a college student as a favor to the club’s owner. Even better, she’s interested in learning about BDSM for what he suspects are more than scholarly reasons, and Will decides he’s just the man to teach her about it, hopefully claiming her for his own.
Will and Vanessa begin a journey which teaches both of them there’s more to BDSM than meets the eye. In the process, they grow closer, but when Will’s job puts him in the line of fire – literally – their roles are reversed and Vanessa has to take charge. Can they handle the rapid shift in their burgeoning dynamic, or is their relationship doomed?
Kim from Friends Til the End Book Blog said: I haven’t read any of Cassandra Carr’s books before so I didn’t know what to expect. To say that she didn’t disappointment wouldn’t do it justice. She wrote an amazing story introducing BDSM to a person who had no experience with it. I love how Cassandra took Vanessa’s character with no knowledge or experience with BDSM other than what she learned in her phycology of sex lecture and had her explore it as a person would when considering that lifestyle. I like how she used the typical stereotypes to keep with the reality of the situation to keep the story going and explain what things meant along the way. Will’s character is the way I love to see a Dominant, one that knows the lifestyle but respect others who don’t live it. I love how he took the time and had the patience to explain it to Vanessa even though he wanted her to become his submissive. Will is the kind of Dom that would attract many submissive and you can see that throughout the book. The time and care he took with Vanessa showed a side of him that makes your heart melt. I found myself rooting for these two to get together. This book has both characters POV, which I loved. I always want to know what both everyone is thinking and knowing what Will was thinking along with what Vanessa thought enhanced the story for me. The transition between the two POV went smoothly and worked well throughout the story. This is an amazing story introducing a young female to BDSM and how she can find love and the right Dominant by opening up herself to new experiences. I enjoyed the story and would highly recommend this to my fellow readers.
Dana from Confessions of a BookLovin Junkie said: This is the first book to explain what BDSM is, what some of the other terminology is and what some of the activities that can occur in a Dom/sub relationship. I wish I had read this book years ago when I first started reading erotic romance, because it cleared so much up for me. Vanessa was an interesting character. She is your typical 22 year old college girl who is a few months away from graduating and has absolutely no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life. That made her so relatable. Vanessa was an interesting character. She is your typical 22 year old college girl who is a few months away from graduating and has absolutely no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life. That made her so relatable. I would recommend that anyone entering into the world of erotic reading/BDSM should read this book first, since it explains so much.
Karen from BDSM Book Reviews said: This was a delightful little love story with a real plot, some hot sex scenes and mild BDSM. I liked both Will and Vanessa. Both are strong people with a good sense of humor and a lot in common. The story is well written with few mistakes and good pacing.
Teresa from That's Erotica said: I really enjoyed Awakening. Carr did the characters justice, especially where Vanessa was concerned. She did an upstanding job of capturing Vanessa’s mixed emotions as she fought to understand what it was to be submissive, and trying to lay her fears aside and give Will her trust. Carr also showed the struggle of a Dom who was not accustomed to becoming too involved emotionally with his subs, and realizing he was falling in love. I believe that is what I liked about this particular book, although there were very steamy moments, Carr really went deeper into her character’s psyches, completely baring them to the reader. I am certain that erotica fans will enjoy and appreciate this stimulating read.
Karen from KarenBlueReviews said: I thought I knew exactly where this book would go. I have read loads of BDSM and an apprehensive submissive usually ends up falling head over heels when she meets the right Dominant. This book wasn’t like that at all. Awakening had characters that were true to their beginnings and a twist that made me rethink who was saving who. The author, Cassandra Carr, snags the readers attention right away and keeps it.I was hooked after the first page. Seriously. I wanted to get lost in this book, and I did. This book had some twists that I didn’t see coming. The characters goes through some rough patches. They are both true to form without betraying their beginnings. The characters are original. I enjoyed this love story. The BDSM element is both a main focus and not. There isn’t too much sex for this to be porn-ish. There isn’t too much love for this to be classified as strictly romance. It is another Cassandra Carr story. As original as it is entertaining.
Maverick at Mrs. Condit Reads Books said: The story is a good one, quite well written. It is obvious that the author is a skilled story teller. If you are new to the BDSM genre, this book is right up your alley. You can learn about the lifestyle right along with Vanessa.
Jen from The Blogger Girls said: This was a really enjoyable story. This takes more of a D/S direction, with Will trying to not scare Vanessa off through most of it, but it was quite erotic and sexy. The scenes were well written, and the story flowed nicely for the most part. I did think the ending was a little rushed as compared to the rest, but definitely recommend this for those looking for a little romance with their sexy BDSM stories. I really liked it.
Erin from Sarah Says Read Romance said: Awakening isn't your typical BDSM story.Oh trust me, there is enough heat to melt the polar ice caps, but it is so much more than just erotic sex. It's a love story of the sweetest kind. Will is HOT. I mean, tie me up, beat me with a flogger HOT! The dynamic between Will and Vanessa is sweet, smoking, sexy and at times these two had me cracking up. Vanessa just can't keep her smart mouth shut, I loved it! You want a BDSM story that's not too heavy but packed with emotion? Awakening is the book for you.
Terri from Night Owl Reviews said: 4.5 stars! Top Pick! This story is awesome on so many levels. With two major themes, you don’t have time to lose interest. This story is a roller coaster with ups and downs that make corners and sharp turns. Just when you think it’s going to get smooth, expect a switch. The emotions fly across the page and make these characters feel as if you know them. They become part of you. This is a wonderful story that I’m sure I’ll read over and over again as I’m sure I missed some details because I rushed reading this story the first time through. I just couldn’t wait to see how it ended and how things would work out. Ms Carr has a winner with this story.
Jet from BookDevotee Reviews said: 5 stars! The characters were amazing and each had such strong personalities that leapt off the page and the plot was so well written, it flowed perfectly. I didn’t want this read to end, I wanted to keep reading, to keep seeing the relationship between Will and Vanessa grow, to see Vanessa learn more about Will as a dominant and her as a submissive and their experiences together. I’d give this read a solid 5 stars.
Shirene from Love Romance Tales said: Our heroine is the typical newbie but her entry is not the typical one that seems to be the current trope and for that Ms. Carr has my most sincerest thanks. Ms. Carr doesn’t throw her couple in the middle of the dungeon for a scene and for that I again applaud her move. This book is a must read for anyone interested or those who enjoy BDSM stories. This is the first book that I have had the pleasure to read by Cassandra Carr and will definitely not be the last. Ms. Carr tells a gripping story with well thought out characters and concrete world that a reader can just dive into from the very first paragraph. This story, if it is indicative of the rest of her writing, has added a new reader to her growing audience.
T-Bone from Crystal's Many Reviewers said: They are an adorable couple together till he gets called out on a job and their world takes a turn for the worse. Will struggles after he recovers with his limitations and injuries. He is nothing without his job and his ability to dominate Vanessa. She proves just how strong she is at a young age by going face to face with him, pushing him to accept her help. I really enjoyed watching the two of them come full circle once again. Overall I love how this book read. The author did a great job with explaining BDSM to any one new to this lifestyle and did it with respect for not only the people involved but for the ones trying to learn. It was a brilliant way to teach the readers about BDSM yet not overwhelm them with a lot of intense BDSM scenes or talking down to the reader. I really recommend this book and will looking for more of Ms. Carr’s books to read.
Angela from Crystal's Many Reviewers said: When I read the blurb for Awakening, I was really excited for the opportunity to read it. I got caught up in my reading and suddenly it was over – it left me wanting more. Ms. Carr has crafted a well written novel and I will be reading more of her work - especially if she writes a sequel because I would like to read more about Rod.
Leigh from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews said: I love it when a book can snag me from the very first sentence. Awakening showed a more human side to domination and a more cautious side to submission. I truly enjoyed this story. This was not what I anticipated from a book about BDSM, and I was intrigued that it found a new way to explore the dynamic between a master and sub. The characters were all well thought out, complete individuals, and it helped me understand more fully why they acted in the ways in which they did.
Monica from Bits of Books said: 5 stars! Very well done. Deep and moving love story. Will is a very hot dom with a great dom voice and the author did not disappoint on the love scenes. The characters had a great deal of depth to them. Well done.
Published: January 10, 2014 by C-Squared Publishing
When a researcher disappears with millions, Val Chase, the director of public relations at a hospital, faces the biggest challenge of her career. To make matters worse, the CEO brings in his old college roommate, a crisis management ringer and a man Val is convinced wants to make her look bad. She instantly dislikes the smooth-talking man with the expensive suit who threatens her very livelihood, even as she's drawn to him physically.
Nate O'Halloran is just trying to do a favor for a friend and is caught off-guard by the sexy PR director who's determined to handle this crisis without his help. His eagerness to rush back to his A-list celebrity clientele is waning by the minute, as Val's beauty and fiery personality enthrall him. As Nate gets to know Ms. Chase better, for the first time in his life he sees how empty his existence is and a future that includes a woman.
As things at the hospital go from bad to worse, can he convince Val he's more than a playboy and not out for her job?
Tammy from BookCoverPromotions said: Definitely an interesting juggling of events. The chemistry is imaginable. The story could definitely ring true. It’s a definitely good, quick read. All in all a good story.
Alberta from Manic Readers said: I liked Seducing Chase, and seeing how spin doctors do what they do to turn public opinion their way was fascinating. However, once the crisis is over for the hospital, what will happen to the budding romance between Nate and Val? She won’t leave her small city, he is much more at home in New York with the rich and famous he represents, and never the twain shall meet. I always enjoy Carr’s stories, and I liked this one too.
Heather C from The Blogger Girls said: I really enjoyed the sexual tension between Val and Nate. There’s some banter back and forth and some inappropriate activity in the work place that is pretty sexy.
Lily from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews said: This was a great read. Sparks fly and in spite of their rough start, Val and Nate manage to work together. HOT read with plenty of sexy scenes that kept me from putting this book down. I couldn’t help but love Nate as his actions spoke louder than words. They couldn’t have been better suited for each other.
Monica from Bits of Books by Monica said: The sex was smoking hot, Val and Nate had alot of sexual tension between themselves and really heated up the sheets, when they finally got between them. The hospital drama was dead centre to the story line and I found myself wondering if and how it was going to be resolved. I thought the author did a great job with this story. It was full of mystery, tension, the fight to apprehend the bad guy and of course plenty of sex. Good Work Cassandra Carr.
Kerry from I Am a Book Addict and Proud Of It said: Seducing Chase is a fabulously hot book! I love a story that has such hot sexual tension between the H & H! It just makes my toes curl. This book has it in spades with Val & Nate. They can't seem to be in the same room together without having their hands all over each other, let alone work together to save the hospital. Another fantastic book by Cassandra Carr!
Terri from Night Owl Reviews said: The plot and storyline were gripping and very real. The sex scenes were hot, the plot done extremely well.
Jet from BookDevotee Reviews said: I felt like I was watching a movie with how well everything flowed and how descriptive the writing was that allowed me to truly imagine every aspect of the read. If you like books that are original, well-written and with characters you can't help but love, then this would be one to add to your to-read list.
Rebecca from BeckyMMoe.com said: There’s something just so fun about reading a book set in your hometown, isn’t there? Though I would have liked this one even if it weren't; it’s just a good read. I really enjoyed reading Seducing Chase. The romance between Val and Nate was nicely developed and believable.
Released on December 11, 2012 by Loose Id.(related book to Caught, found here)
ISBN #: 978-1-62300-068-4
Ryan Tomasi feels like a failure. His marriage is officially over; the ink dried on the divorce decree. His friend Jack introduces him to BDSM and he agrees to attend a Halloween party at a club. A submissive approaches him, offering herself, and how can he refuse the kneeling beauty? They do a whirlwind scene and Ryan is addicted—both to dominance and to her.
Lisette Rinaldo is returning to the BDSM club for the first time since ending a bad relationship with her former master. She spots Ryan and is taken by the combination of self-assurance and nervousness the man displays as he takes in his surroundings. And after he gives her an incredible re-introduction to the lifestyle, she knows she needs to see the man again.
Ryan and Lisette explore each other and the lifestyle, but what started out as playtime quickly evolves into something more. The problem? Ryan isn’t ready to get serious again and Lisette doesn’t want to fall in love with a guy who can’t give all of himself to her. Both of them are going to have to break out of the bonds holding them back from happiness.
Kande from Not Now Mommy's reading said: This is a very mild and fun BDSM story and it isn't as intense or serious as some of the other ones out there.
L.T. Blue from JustEroticRomanceReviews said: 5/5 stars! When Lisette and Ryan are doing a scene you feel as if you are there with them feeling every caress and every stroke of the whip. The story line wasn’t complicated, but continued to hold my interest with two people who find they are happier together than apart, with or without the added pleasure of kink. The sex was extra hot with an added burn that was extremely pleasurable keeping you begging for release. The secondary characters (Jack and Callie from Carr's story Caught) played a crucial part as guides for Lisette and Ryan, but you often forgot they were even there. I experienced so many emotions with this Master Class and I was sad to see Ryan and Lisette go. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Carr!
Terri from Night Owl Reviews said: 5/5 stars! Top Pick! Sweet and funny are not words I would normally match up with a BDSM story but they fit this one along with hot and enlightening. It’s a wonderful mixture of someone new to the scene and someone who knows what they want and looking to find it. So, is this a BDSM story with some sweet elements or a sweet romance with BDSM elements? Regardless of how you call it, this book is awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want to put it down.
Kitty from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews said: 5/5 stars! Perfect Delight Award! Cassandra Carr showed me a whole new side to the BDSM scene – the fun one! “Master Class” was a joy to read. The give and take, the “fun” they had together and the honesty between the two of them was refreshing. The writing was fresh and fun and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Ms. Carr did not drag out the story, you knew and understood what all the characters were feeling and thinking without it being over-done. It was a story that was perfectly written and perfectly told.
Jennifer from Romance Novel News said: Recommended Read! In “Master Class,” Cassandra Carr features a new Dom who is just learning about the lifestyle. I admit that this is one of the main reasons that I wanted to read this story. And Carr hit all the right notes, creating a hero who stole my heart with his vulnerability and his growing confidence. One of my favorite parts of this book is the interaction between Lisette and Ryan while they are not playing. Ryan is definitely new to the lifestyle. He is keen to experience all that BDSM has to offer, but also cautious. He, therefore, spends a great deal of time talking to Lisette about their various desires and about what they might like to try. “Master Class” is a wickedly erotic romance with a Dom who will steal readers’ hearts as he discovers his own sexuality.
Zafira from The Jeep Diva Reviews said: 5/5 stars! Master Class is a symphony of BDSM blending kink with romance. Cassandra Carr writes a beautifully erotic tale. Ryan and Lisette form a bond that reaches subspace all unto itself. They crave sexual serenity and pleasure and find it in each other’s arms. The story is chocked full of heady sex leaving the reader stimulated and fulfilled. Each scene is artfully done, with class and thoughtfulness. Master Class is a romance story depicting souls yearning to trust and bond; finding a happy medium of sexual desire and love. Ms. Carr has outdone herself with this brilliant tale unifying lustfulness and romance; a slam dunk for fans of BDSM and true passion.
Michele from Seductive Musings said: 5/5 rating! Master Class is far and beyond my favorite read from [Carr]. The decision to let us in on what both characters are thinking and how they behave when they aren’t in each other’s presence helps us see the journey to their HEA as inevitable, if they can just believe it can happen. I know I’ve raved in previous reviews about Cassandra Carr’s skill in writing nuanced relationships in a genre so often lacking subtlety but it bears repeating for this review. Master Class is emotional without being overly angsty and touching without an excess of external drama. It’s one of the best new contemporary BDSM romances I’ve read this year.
Krystal from Satin Sheets Romance Reviews said: 5/5 pillows! This was my first Cassandra Carr read. It will not be my last! It was such a pleasure to watch Ryan grow into [his] role. Most D/s books are about dominants that are already established in that role. This was a fabulous change up. The BDSM was fantastic, but the loving relationship that developed between them was what really sealed the deal.
Annette from RomFan Reviews said: 5/5 hunks! Cassandra Carr as a hit on her hands! I loved this story and look forward to reading everything I can find written by Ms. Carr.
Karen from BDSM Book Reviews said: 4.5/5 paddles! Master Class offered a unique perspective on the BDSM theme-how does a new Dom know what to do? If he is responsible, he wants to make his subs happy, but how does he know how to start, how far to go, and learn what a sub needs? I very much enjoyed this book, even though it lacked drama. It was a satisfying read and asked and answered questions that certainly aren’t included in most BDSM books.
Nix from Scorching Book Reviews said: 4.5/5 stars! Cassandra Carr has done it again! This is an incredibly hot novella between two very wary individuals and I loved it. This is one I would reread as the end is very satisfying and incredibly sweet! The Dom was naive and the sub was experienced and that role reversal made this book a winner. It was smutty, heart-warming and of course as frustrating as hell. I loved Ryan!
Alberta from Manic Readers said: 4.5/5 stars! Master Class is a ‘how to’ of BDSM and is very well done, in my opinion. In other books of this genre I have read, it is generally the male who is more experienced, but Ryan allows Lisette to have a say in their scenes, and they are both fascinated with each others’ lives outside the scene. If you like BDSM that is tender and caring, yet at times rough and extremely hot and sexy, this is your book!
Jett from BookDevotee Reviews said: 5/5 stars! Another brilliant read from the genius of Cassandra Carr. If you like BDSM, but nothing too hardcore, then I would say with confidence that this might just be what you are looking for. I couldn’t stop reading this book once I started, it flowed so perfectly and I sure didn’t want it to end! It left me feeling greedy for wanting to read more hot exploits between the leading couple. I loved the connection between Lisette and Ryan, their chemistry was instant and heated. I very much enjoyed Master Class and I hope to read more books of the BDSM nature from Carr in the future. If you haven’t read a book from this author before, I would suggest fixing that, as you are missing out!
Victoria from TwoLipsReviews said: 5/5 lips! Cassandra Carr writes a novel guaranteed to put a lot of heat into your holidays in Master Class. I quite enjoyed seeing the male character for a change be the D/s newbie as well as a little gun-shy about a long term relationship. Through job ups and downs, honest expectations, and an exploration of each other’s’ needs, Ryan and Lisette go on a very steamy journey in Master Class. You have to admire Ryan, so comfortable in his own skin, that he seeks guidance from his fellow Dom, Jack. Bravo, Ms. Carr in bringing back Jack and Callie in Master Class to ramp up the erotic heat as well as give a little nudge to this couple. Don’t miss Cassandra Carr’s Master Class if you love realistic relationships which are fueled by D/s play.
Elf from the Reading Addict said: Master Class is a delightfully spicy erotic novel. This intriguing story was a fascinating depiction of the give and take of a Dominant/submissive relationship. The safeguards and care displayed by those who responsibly engage in this lifestyle are vividly described in an enchanting tale which is both sensual and romantic. I enjoyed the author’s ability to describe two wounded souls who are able to explore their carnal natures and learn to heal even as they find satisfaction in each other’s need for a kinky side to their relationship. This is the first work that I have read by this talented author but I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her enjoyable tales.
Guilty Indulgence Book Club said: 4/5 stars! Another high quality book from author Cassandra Carr. If you like BDSM - but aren't into anything too hardcore - this book is for you. Nicely paced with a smooth flow and some more inventive scenes make for a story you won't want to put down. I enjoyed most the relationship between Lisette and Ryan, particularly how he crafted their bdsm experiences to fit their personal needs. Those scenes were integrated with a sense of meaning that lacks in a lot of erotic romances. I've read other books by Carr before so I knew I would enjoy Master Class and I wasn't disappointed. I'd recommend this book particularly to those who like light bdsm with a good mix of romance.
Donna from You Gotta Read said: 4/5 stars! Master Class is an erotic love story with adorable characters and an interesting setting. The BDSM elements are very strong, and Ryan doesn’t seem to need any classes at all. A very enjoyable read.
Michelle from Romance in Review said: Master Class by Cassandra Carr is a wonderful blend of sizzling hot BDSM as well as romance. I very highly recommend this book! I was completely hooked from the very start and could not put it down. The writing is superb with well developed characters that I fell in love with. I had already read and loved Caught, so I was really excited to see the return of the characters from that story! I am a huge fan of Cassandra Carr’s books and I always look forward to reading anything she writes. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, then you definitely need to check them out.
Alyssa from Riverina Romantics said: I don’t think even an iceberg can cool me down from this. To say this story was hot is a complete understatement. There wasn’t a single chapter that went by where Ryan and Lisette weren't getting down and dirty, and by god it was awesome! Cloud 9 with some kink? Check! I really liked how Lisette and Ryan connected with each other. I also like how she first approached him at the club. Overall, this was quite an enjoyable book. If you’re looking for something hot and spicy, without all the angst and drama of a regular novel, this will definitely hit the spot.
Liz from Fictional Candy said: When I pick up a Cassandra Carr book I know two things for sure. 1) I’m about to read a story that is extremely hot, and 2) it’s not all about the sex by any means. This story is definitely one to add to your TBR if you have not already. Ryan and Lisette are two wonderful characters. The sex scenes in the BDSM club were absolutely toe-curling. Like I said before, Cassandra Carr can write good sex. Heck, she’s fantastic at it. But she really packs the story full with characters and a great plot, and a lot of emotion and drama. If you haven’t read her books, I seriously recommend you start.
The Brunette Librarian said: Wow!! Cassandra Carr outdid herself with this one and I'm not saying that lightly. The characters, the setting, the romance were all simply perfect. I think the thing I liked most about this book was the romance that went with it. The characters weren't just in this world, they actually cared for one another and a real relationship developed. Unique and different from other titles in this genre, I fell in love with Ryan completely and totally. Fans of Fifty Shades, Sylvia Day books, or really just looking for a great romance will like Cassandra Carr's newest title. Fabulous!
Sarah from RT Book Reviews said: Definitely a pleaser. Highly engaging and immensely fun. Readers familiar with BDSM will enjoy how Ryan "dominantly" embraces his new favorite pastime, while readers less familiar will revel in learning practices along with Ryan.
Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess said: Cassandra Carr has written a story that perfectly blends romance and the intense world of BDSM and wraps it up with a sweet yet playfully natured bow. It's not very often that I feel a story really understands and conveys what draws people to BDSM, but Master Class has done so masterfully. The sexual encounters in this story are intensely erotic and show BDSM in a positive light. Types of play are explained fully but not in a clinical way. From start to finish I became fully immersed in this new world and relationship Ryan has found himself in and was rooting for him and Lisette every step of the way. Their relationship was intensely erotic and loving with super steamy interludes nicely spaced throughout the story to not become overwhelming. Cassandra Carr has told a masterfully entertaining and satisfying story and I look forward to the next story in her repertoire.
Carin from My Reading Obsession said: 5/5 stars! Ryan and Lisette have more chemistry than a DuPont engineer convention and the BDSM scenes they do together will soak your panties and leave you so hot and bothered you would think you were in Memphis in August. This goes on my reread shelf, it is a story that people with any amount of knowledge of BDSM can enjoy.
Books, Books and More Books said: 4/5 cups! Ms. Carr gave the characters lots of depth, but what I admired most about them was the amount of reverence between Ryan and Lisette. The author did a superb job of pacing the romantic development based on the negative outcome of their past relationships; not just rushing toward the outcome.
Michelle from Ms. Romantic Reads said: 5/5 lips! This was my first Cassandra Carr book, and after reading Master Class, I can’t wait to read more of her work. Together, these two sent my Kindle into meltdown mode! The scenes … oh Lordy, the scenes! I’m so distracted right now just thinking about them, so I’ll just say this: Buy the book, right now! If you’re a fan of Cherise Sinclair, then you’ll really enjoy this book as well. This will always be one of my absolute favorite BDSM books. I’m madly in love with this author right now, and would I read this again? Hell, yes!
Susan from Sweet-n-Sassi said: 5/5 stars! Cassandra pens "Master Class" in a plot that shows a fascinating insight to dominant / submissive roles. Her characters were believable and totally hot in this BDSM love story. A great erotic drama that will draw you right in.
The Certifiable Wenches said: What I liked about Cassandra's book, is that there was more to it then just the sex part, which btw was very hot. This story also focused more on the relationship between Ryan and Lissette. I don't usually find the erotica I read to be erotic romance, but that's what Master Class is. Ryan and Lissette have a relationship that exists outside of the "club scene" which brings their characters to life more than if the story was one big BDSM scene. So you get a romance that is almost sweet with the hot super spicy sex too. The mixture was perfect and created an erotic novel that was satisfying and fun to read.
My debut novel, an erotic romance titled Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011.
ISBN #: 9781607379812
Radio producer Jamie MacMahon is in over her head with ex-hockey player-turned host Drew Milan. She's attracted to the man who earned the nickname “the Beast” during his playing days from the moment they meet, but he's her boss and she loves her new job. She's made plenty of mistakes with men and loathes the thought of being yet another plaything for Drew, a man who sleeps with women but doesn't date them.
Drew doesn't want to lose a great producer and knows Jamie deserves a real relationship, but can't stay away from the sizzling chemistry they create every time they're together. Jamie's insecurities and the very real prospect of having to leave a great job if this thing doesn't work out, coupled with Drew's fears about opening his heart and the possibility of losing his first competent producer clash.
Marika of Night Owl Reviews said: - 4.5/5 Stars - NAMED A TOP PICK! I don't think that a book has ever surprised me but I was completely surprised by TALK TO ME. TALK TO ME is Cassandra Carr's debut novel and it packs a wallop. This book was packed full of emotion, playfulness, and sexiness. The sex was beyond combustible and very frequent but highly necessary to the story. The plotting and pacing were great, too. It never slowed down and there weren't unnecessary secondary characters to complicate the story. At times, I really felt like I was part of the story; watching it unfold in the shadows. I felt the emotions that Jamie and Drew were going through and their thought processes. I highly recommend TALK TO ME for anyone that wants to read a super sexy but thought provoking book about insecurities and finding love when you thought you wouldn't love again.
Rebecca of The Romance Reviews said: - 5/5 Stars - NAMED A TOP PICK! Cassandra Carr's debut novel, TALK TO ME, is a well-written, funny and sexy erotic story of falling in love. Ms Carr wove the sexual tension and interludes so seamlessly into the story that they were not just delicious but also necessary. With a consistent pace, the story of Jamie and Drew progressed naturally as the reader felt a sense of presence within the story. TALK TO ME is a sexy story with the added bonus of having more depth than most. Readers will easily relate to the theme and be cheering the characters on as they discover love in a place neither thought they would.
Tanya of Joyfully Reviewed said: - Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr is one fast paced and sensual read. I love how the ladies’ man is suddenly unsure of himself, when presented with a woman who is really just what she projects herself to be, especially as it is a coworker. I love Jamie’s ideas for his show and how she responds to situations she is put in with him. I enjoyed not only the premise of Talk to Me but the writing. I look forward to more offerings from Ms. Carr.
Siren Book Reviews said: - 4.5/5 Siren Stones Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr was a delightful read. I loved Jamie and her star struck composure in the beginning. Drew was definitely fantasizing material. When he came into play; pun not intended. I giggled at her compromising position for their introduction to each other. From there Drew was hooked. I felt for Jaime because it seemed she wore her heart on her sleeve and deserved more than what appeared to be going on off business hours. I only hoped Drew would get it together. Drew exuded magnetism like moths to the flame. Hurt from the past he turned to the bachelor womanizing ways. I was pleased as punch when Jaime knocked him off his game and he began second guessing his decisions. The passion sparked between them as their relationship grew to new levels. Dirty talk and kink added another level of enjoyment to these two characters. All in all a very good read for the evening, and one to pick up again.
Camyrn of the Pen & Muse Reviews said:- People ask me a lot what “erotic romance” is, because I write it. I say, it’s a love story in which sex is the primary motivator behind a couple falling in love. They may not think they want to be in love, and they may even think they’re going to have casual sex, but they end up deep in a romance. And the sex is INTEGRAL to that. In fact, the sex has to be the reason they fall in love. This is what makes “Talk to Me” so good. Unlike some books that call themselves erotic romance and are really just an excuse to put sex scenes in every chapter, Drew and Jamie’s story is quite literally the story of two people falling in love by having sex. A lot of sex. Of course, the fact that Drew is an ex-hockey player helps. But what really makes the book good, for me, is that she really gets what makes erotic romance good. I’m compiling a list of erotic romance authors that really get the concept of the genre, and based on this book, I think Cassandra Carr will be on that list.
Babs of the 100 Romances Project said: - 4/5 Stars A very enjoyable read. It was nice to read the banter between the two characters. There were some misunderstandings and ribbing by Drew's buddies that kept the story flowing and easy to read. The book kept my interests and the hot love making scenes were out of this world. A great story anyone would want to read.
Ronda of Queentutt's World of Escapism said: - 4/5 Stars Let me say that the explicit erotic scenes were truly outstanding and very well written to the point I could actually visualize each scene and due to that I plan on reading more of Cassandra Carr’s work.
Stacey of Sizzling Hot Book Reviews said: - Both Drew and Jamie are believable characters with issues most of us can relate to. Talk to Me does a great job of giving us the little details that mean so much when connecting with characters and a storyline. I would recommend Talk to Me for anyone who wants to read a good romance with a lot of heat and a lot of heart.
Scorching Book Reviews said: - 4/5 Stars Drew is the typical ex-sports star; he keeps in shape, women throw themselves at him and he gains media attention wherever he goes. He has functioned for years by keeping women at arm’s length, using them only for sexual release and then discarding them. When he meets Jamie, his entire reality is thrown off balance and it was fabulous to see the mighty man-whore fall. I loved his slightly smarmy playboy attitude because it made me giggle, but most of all I loved that he took such attention over Jamie’s sexual pleasure. The main attraction for her was his voice, so he talks dirty to her for most of their time together (this was very very very hot!). This is definitely an erotic romance. There is lots and lots of sex, and it all was incredibly steamy. There is limo sex, office sex, sex with food, bath sex...you get the picture right? :D This is a story that starts with sexual attraction, and the feelings grow from there. This is a very hot read about a man and a woman who let lust over rule common sense and have a very steamy affair and I enjoyed it...a lot!
Stacey of Beyond Her Book blog on Publisher's Weekly said: - Debut author Carr delivers a scorching erotic tale that captures the essence of Manhattan, Brooklyn and two people who have legitimate concerns about being in a relationship. With her skillful pen, she draws them closer, past emotional pitfalls and well developed secondary characters, towards a love that I genuinely believe is happily ever after.
Barbara of Just Erotic Romance Reviews said: - 4/5 Stars I was half in love with Drew by page ten! Drew has kept himself in shape and likes to dominate in the bedroom, in addition to having a sexy voice. Jamie is very sympathetic as well; she thinks her curly hair is uncontrollable and her chest is too large, but overall she’s a strong, self-confident woman making her way in the broadcasting business who isn’t afraid to push back in the bedroom. The sex between the two of them is very hot, including some light spanking and bondage. I enjoyed Talk to Me enough to look forward to more from Cassandra Carr. I’m sure she will only get better!
Aimee of Coffee Table Reviews said: - 4/5 Stars This was such an enjoyable read! I quickly grew attached to the characters and quickly had an invested interest in the outcome of their pending relations. It was a nice, fun, light read that kept me turning the page with no regard for time or responsibilities. The story was interesting. I liked the idea behind the talk show. While I've read plenty of athlete related romances, this was a slightly different spin since Drew was retired and spent his time following hockey and doing anything hockey related on his show. I'm not a big sports person so this definitely made it easy for someone like me (who knows nothing of hockey) to follow along and not feel left behind in different scenes. What I liked most was that if you took out all the sex, there is still a great story going on. I've read my fair share of Loose Id novels and I think this is one of the best. I, being a hopeless romantic, love the story. The struggle to finally get together. Neither the story, nor the romance gets left behind in this book. A hot read that should definitely get picked up!