Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath–forging an unbreakable bond–will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them?
Review: First of all, I am proclaimed cover junkie! If you REALLY want to grab my attention to your book, give it a drop dead gorgeous cover. This book gets my entire package of gold stars for the cover. Now shall we move along to the story?!?
To start things off, the book was written in a very user friendly way. As the first in the series, we get a peek into the lives of those who will make up the books to follow. This peek is done in such a manner, that the reader doesn’t get lost. First we are introduced to Adam Montague, who just happens to be a Marine. Sitting at the bus stop, waiting to catch a bus to Camp Pendleton Adam is slowly coming out of the drunken haze he has been in for two weeks. Minding his own business, he can’t help but notice when the young lady near is being harassed. Adam steps up to protect the young woman and see that she gets home. Karla only 16 wants to be a singer, and is off to New York. Sitting in the bus station this may not have been the best idea. After a total stranger steps in and sends the creepy male off to lick his wounded pride, Karla starts to re-think her running to New York . . but not enough to want to turn around. When the creep guy comes back, Karla finds herself wishing nothing more than to go home. Pleased that she changed her mind, Adam puts the both of them in a cab to make sure she arrives safely. When Adam and Karla finally part ways, he agrees to stays in touch with her through mail. Breaking her heart that friends was all they would ever be, after all . . she is only 16.
The next section deals with Damian Orlando, a bus boy for a hotel restaurant, who is just trying to make rent and keep his nose clean. A young man who stuck up for his sister, found himself serving two years in Juvie and now spending time trying to stay out of trouble, not wanting to go back. It’s while minding his own business cleaning tables that he sees her . . a beautiful blond that is the picture of perfection. Savannah Gentry life is nothing close to perfection. The daughter of a very wealthy and powerful man, Savannah is sold to her father’s clients, and forced to do things she doesn’t want to do. It’s these very things that had her screaming for help one night . . the very night Damian was cleaning plates from the hallways of the hotel. Rushing in to help her is how they finally meet. When they finally depart, he is headed off to who knows where (Marines) and she is heading off to end her life.
It’s in the next section we are introduced to Marc D’Alesso. After his brothers’ death in the war, Marc returned home to help run the family business. Two years have passed and he knows this isn’t what he wants to do anymore. After a night with an ex, he finds himself having enlisted in the Navy. Not wanting to go the Marines route because that’s what his brother did, but still wanting to do something, little did he know eventually he would be working for the very same unit his brother died protecting under the same Master Sergeant. Doc they called him. A mission on the rooftop of a building turns bad. The men up top are sitting ducks when a grenade is thrown at them. Here we find Damian again, and after the dust settles up top we find Doc with him. They are attacked again, and Master Sergeant Montague comes to the aid to get his guys out of there. It’s when the mission is over and guys are all sent state side that their lives become even more entangled.
Setting the reader up for all that is to come this book took my breath away. I had moments of tears because the story was touching my heart. I had moments where the book was so hot, I wondered if my cheeks were turning red. Finally, I was left absolutely wanting more.