Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Her Master's Voice (Part One and Two)

Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Erotica (Short Story/series)
Author: Vivien Sparx Website :: Twitter :: Facebook
Series: Her Master's Voice
Publication Date: June 18, 2012

Summary: When young Kate recieves an anonymous text message she doesn't realise how much her world is about to change. Surrendering to her inner most desires Kate soon finds herself submitting to the erotic, sensual and sensitive demands of her mysterious Master. 

Drawn into a world of erotic love Kate quickly realises all that matters in her world is Her Master's Voice.


Part One

Kate met Master by chance. An accidental text message that turned into the most beautifully fulfilling relationship she's ever had...with a man she's never met.

During the day, Kate is an advertising representative for the large ad firm Matthews & Son. Her day to day life is filled with the same as anyone else - stress over her firm's potential closing, money concerns, and date spilling with the girls. But meeting Master allows Kate to move past the stress in life and just be. She isn't able to think of anything else when he takes over because he demands all of her, body and mind. She wouldn't have it any other way.

Allowing herself to let go of the preconceived notion that she must "know" her Master before she loves him, Kate still cannot stop herself from dreaming of the day she actually meets him. Master finally says that he is coming to her house, but that she needs to remain blindfolded. After pleasing her competently, Kate is left reeling until their next meeting, with another blindfold, and new way to be completely completed.

I really enjoyed this story. It was a very quickly paced read with sexy and demanding scenes that I couldn't stop turning the pages of. I couldn't wait to see where Master brought Kate next. Taking the absurdity of inviting a lover you've never met into your home and putting it aside, I really enjoyed the concept here and it was easy to get to know, and like, the characters.

Vivien weaved a sexy web, filled with a young woman trusting a man she's never seen to take her to and then past her hazy line of sexual desire. Master pulls Kate out of her shell, revealing herself to him completely before he finally shows her who he is, and for Kate, it's perfect.

Part Two 

In part two, Kate has decided to marry Master, who continues to push and explore her relentlessly. The story begins with the two in a lingerie store, trying on pieces for their honeymoon. After Master leaves Kate for a moment, a man appears in shadow and takes her forcefully in the dressing room. Kate seems confused although pleasured by the experience and although simple to follow, the confusion of whether or not she was with the right man was difficult for me to understand.

When discussing with Master this encounter and her thoughts, Kate says that she knew it was him the whole time but that just wasn't clear in the writing of this scene.

Kate now gets to meet Master's ex-wife, Samantha. Feeling like a mouse in a room of beautiful tigers, Kate retreats into herself and loosing some of her trust in Master, allowing jealousy and confusion to rule her thoughts. Samantha misleads Kate, and now Kate is paying the price - her lack of trust may have ruined the best thing she's ever had.

Disregarding the part in the beginning, I loved this second installment. Kate explores with Master as he pushes her to places she never thought she would go and into someone's bed that she never saw herself going into. Having a w/w experience in this book was very interesting, but I understood the necessity of this exploration.

I cannot wait to read the next part in Vivien's series. Well-developed, sexy as all get out, and honest in its entirety, this short-story is one to add to your to-read list.


Kate got to her knees on the living room floor and tied the red scarf around her head to blindfold herself. 
In the sudden darkness Kate's senses seemed heightened. Every small sound made her flinch, and her mind quickly became overwhelmed with erotic images. Her naked skin felt cool, and yet she felt as though she was on fire. She rested her hands on her thighs. Her palms were sweating. 
The silence seemed to slow time. She became aware of every new sound, and each small noise took on greater importance. Her attention was tuned to the sound of the front door, and when she heard the scrape of distant shuffling her body suddenly tensed in anticipation. A shudder thrilled through her body and her breath caught in the back of her throat. 
Then she heard the door swinging slowly open. 
He was here! 
Kate's body tensed. She heard his soft footsteps as he crossed the room. She could feel him nearby, standing somewhere in front of her. She gulped and licked her lips nervously. 
"You are perfectly safe," her Master said, and Kate felt herself literally melting at the deep confident assurance in his voice. 
She nodded, not trusting herself to speak. 
More footsteps. Kate sensed him walking around her, as if he was inspecting his new property. She straightened her back. 
"You are beautiful," he said. By the sound of his voice, Kate knew he was standing close behind her. She stayed silent, and now he was here, now it was all really happening... her mind was blank. Her whole focus was on the sound of his voice and the sense of him being near her.

Summary: As a writer of erotic romance, the beauty of the genre is not in creating lavish settings for my stories. 

Nor is my fascination for erotic romance drawn from the opportunity to create handsome heroes and beautiful heroines. 

My real love for the genre stems from the opportunity to take my readers on a journey and engage as many of their emotions as possible. 

I believe writing erotic romance gives authors the most influence over how a reader feels as we engage them in our stories. 

Writers of action books, or horror books certainly can create compelling situations, but with erotic romance we writers can immerse our readers in a multitude of emotions unprecedented in any other form of creative fiction. 

I can frustrate readers, make them laugh, make them cry, delight them, intrigue them, inform them – erotic fiction is a total emotional experience, and it is gratifying to hear readers respond to stories with passion. 

I believe readers want to be engaged and drawn into the pages of a story, and as a writer of erotic romance, we have the greatest opportunity because our stories are always relatable. They may be fictional worlds and fictional characters, but the themes of love and romance and erotica are so universal, and so personal to each of us that we all respond to stories in different ways. 

But we all respond. 

And that’s the true joy of writing erotic romance. It matters not so much how you respond as you read… it matters only that you do respond. If a writer can engage you and make you feel, then the story’s journey is one well worth taking.

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