Review: Playing Hard to Master by Sparrow Beckett

Posted October 10, 2015 in Review / 2 Comments

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Review: Playing Hard to Master by Sparrow Beckett

Playing Hard to Master

Series: Masters Unleashed #2
by Sparrow Beckett
Published by Penguin, Intermix on October 20th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Known as a brat in the kink community, Everly can intimidate even the most experienced Dom. Then she meets Ambrose, a dominant who finds her ways amusing. Not only does he charm the pants off her, he makes her crave his mastery.

After being abandoned by his submissive, Ambrose has avoided any serious connections—until he meets Everly, who refuses to be ignored. But just when he thinks he’s found the perfect sub, he finds out she’s an anti-poverty activist with harsh opinions about the rich. Telling her he’s wealthy will ruin everything, but he can’t collar her with a huge lie hanging over them. Will the best thing that’s ever happened to him walk away when she finds out the truth?


I have been WAITING for Ambrose’s book to come out ever since I met him in the first book of the Masters Unleashed series, Finding Master Right.  I will tell you this right now, I’m sure the authors would love it if you read these books any which way, as long as you read them.  I say that to get the most of out these stories, especially Ambrose’s, please read the book one first.  Ambrose is right there, front and center in the whole mess that is Banner and Kate’s relationship/book.  Poor guy…

Ambrose can NOT catch a break to save his soul.  First, he’s a big guy and tends to intimidate most people just by looking in their general direction.  He can’t help it.  He actually tries to put on a “nice” face and it just doesn’t work.  And then there’s the whole being left at the altar.  You see, he was engaged to his former sub and she left him with no note, no text, nothing!  Just walked out the door and never looked back.  Broke the guy’s heart.  He refuses to get into another relationship for fear of getting left again.  The guy may have the worst taste in decorating but he has a huge heart.

Everly has had her share of troubles finding a partner in the kink world and it’s left her with a reputation, a broken heart, and trust issues.  Okay, so the trust issues go waaaaay back to when her grandmother treated her and mother poorly because they didn’t have money… all because Everly’s mother chose to keep Everly when she got pregnant with her at a young age.  Everly’s maternal family is rich and treats anyone who isn’t like they are unworthy of their time.  Hence why Everly hates all rich people.

Did you catch that Ambrose is rich?  Yep, started his own international shipping company from bottom up.

Sparrow Beckett were able to weave a classic tale of keeping an important secret from the one you love with a fascinating merger and surrender between a Dom and sub leading eventually to master/slave.  Do you give up your principles?  What do you do with the lie?  Do you look beyond the lie?  OUCH!  Brain cramp again!

By this point, you can tell I had mad love for Ambrose.  Weirdly enough, I wasn’t a fan of Everly until the end of the book.  I wish I could tell you why but then I would be giving too much of the story away.  That kind of discussion is better left for a book club discussion.

Okay, your book club might not read this book but there’s got to be a book club somewhere FUN enough to give this a try!  If it’s virtual, I’m in 😉  ∗mouths “call me”∗

About Sparrow Beckett

Sparrow Beckett

Sparrow (right) and Beckett (left) have been great friends and co-writers for a long time. After signing with their agent, Nicole, from the Seymour Agency, they got a contract with Penguin for their BDSM series, Masters Unleashed. Bringing their own experience into the stories gives it authenticity, heart, and a lot of humor.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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