Review: Master by Raven McAllan

Master by Raven McAllan
Series: Dommissimma (# 1)
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 145
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Caden McCourt did not expect to find his estranged wife Diana at a BDSM club. When he does, the renowned Master is determined to claim back his errant wife.

When Diana left him fifteen years prior, she lost a part of herself. Seeing Cade again throws her into a tail spin.

She cannot be the sub he needs, but she can’t walk away either. When she’s challenged by Cade to face her demons, her old nightmares resurface. Can they overcome the chasm between them, or are the nightmares simply too strong?


Review: “Define normal. One person’s normal is the next person’s kink.”

Those words set the stage for conflict in Master by Raven McAllan. Fifteen years have passed since Diana McCourt walked away from her Dom husband, Caden, and the BDSM lifestyle. She has changed her name, but the ties between the two have never been severed.

Cade finds Diana/Anna working as a receptionist for a BDSM club (of all places). He is determined to find answers about why she left.

The novel goes on to focus on Diana’s struggle with the BDSM lifestyle and how it impacts the future of a relationship with Cade. Until Diana is able to decide what kind of relationship she wants, she isn’t likely to call him “Master.”

McAllan is a Scottish writer, so some of the terminology was unfamiliar to me as an American reader. I didn’t have to look up anything, but it was unusual to see “knickers” in print. Another copy edit would also be helpful in reducing the errors throughout the text.

While I will give the author credit for creating an interesting story line, I found that it got bogged down several times. I understand that the main characters were immersed in conflict, but it took some will power for me to stay engaged throughout their continuous struggle.

Because BDSM is at the core of the conflict, the lifestyle is heavily detailed throughout the story. The love scenes mesh well with the story line, providing the necessary framework for the story to unfold.

As a reader, I find it a bit hard to believe that a couple could be separated for 15 years and then “suddenly” try to reunite, but I guess that is why it is called fiction.

McAllan fulfills her role as an erotic writer with plenty of scorching scenes. She even throws a curve, making the reader think a happily-ever-after is approaching before moving in a different direction with the plot.

For readers looking for a more involved read with plenty of relationship angst, Master is a perfect fit.