Review: Hand of the Master by Madeleine Oh

Hand of the Master by Madeleine Oh
Re-release Date: August 16, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Pages: 123
Source: book provided by the publishing for review

Recently widowed, Helen Crewe needs a fresh start. A job in the south of France cataloging a private library seems like the perfect change of venue. Once she settles into the luxurious living quarters at Les Santons, she’s sure she’ll be able to leave the past behind her. Until she awakens in the night to familiar sounds–a bondage scene being played out in the garden beneath her window between Luc de Prioux and his personal secretary, Branko. In the dark, memories come flooding back. The library Luc inherited with his grandfather’s estate contains dozens of priceless treasures–rare volumes of beautiful engraved erotica. But none are more priceless than Helen herself. Luc knows what he wants, and he’s just the dominant Helen needs in her life. As long as she’s willing to share… Helen’s stay at Les Santons promises to be everything she needs. Until a break-in at the estate makes her wonder what she’s gotten into…


Review: Hand of the Master by Madeleine Oh is not part of a series but it could be. I would love to know what happens next with these characters. I chose this book because after reading the summary it stuck with me. I had to know what happens.

Helen is a recent widow making a fresh start at a job in the south of France cataloging a private library. It seems the perfect way to see a different part of the world. She wants to move on from her past.

Luc has a collection he wants cataloged and from the tons of applicants he picked Helen because he knew about her interest in bondage. His partner and personals secretary Branko both think Helen is a perfect person to complete them.

The chemistry between Helen, Luc and Blanko is sizzling hot. The sex scenes were sweltering hot. I am not just sure how these three would work long term because Luc seemed not too happy when Helen spent time with Blanko without him.

This book moved at such a fast pace I would have loved it if the author slowed the pace down and flushed the book out a bit. It seemed rushed in places especially the end. Overall, I enjoyed reading the story. This story pulled me in and did not let go until the very end.