A man bound by chains.
A woman burdened by regret.
Will love set this tortured pair free?
In this nightmarish future where women own men, Bret Masters refuses to serve anyone. But after spending years evading slavers in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, he’s furious when he’s finally caught and sold. So, although his mistress has a pretty face and deliciously tempting curves, he vows to escape.
Angel Aldridge hides her pain behind fences as sturdy and vast as her ranch. And even though her newly acquired slave is a ruggedly handsome cowboy, she’s not about to let her fantasies endanger the people she swore to protect. But between her always-watching enemies and her wounded heart, she’s reluctant to admit she may need him in more ways than one…
As the two toil side by side, Bret is surprised to discover Angel’s vulnerability and her compassionate nature. And the more time they spend together, the harder she finds it to resist her feelings and to soothe her lonely soul. But when they’re stranded alone together, the barriers between mistress and slave may not be strong enough to withstand their red-hot attraction.
Can Bret and Angel overcome their fears to sow the seeds of lasting love?
Masters' Mistress by Jamie Schulz (Angel Eyes, #1)
Jamie Schulz takes a different approach to a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world and adds an extremely slow-burning romance to the mix. MASTERS' MISTRESS is the story of two people, equally repelled as they are attracted to each other.
In a world where women are now in charge, men are treated as slaves, less than human, but some women do not agree with the way of the world and one ranch owner uses her private world to create a more equal living situation, as long as the rest of the world doesn’t find out.
Bret has been held prisoner by slave traders, treated as a plaything, and his trust in women is nil while his hatred is strong. When Angel purchases him as a favor to another, he does his best to be anti-social and never to trust anyone, especially a woman. Still, there is something about Angel that speaks to his heart.
This is not a rapid-paced read and is quite long. The romance-not-romance brewing between the main characters is definitely slow-burn, too slow for my tastes, more like a tease of what could be as both Brett and Angel continually note how physically attractive each is. It became too repetitive, too drawn out for me and I found myself thinking these two were too trapped in their pasts and too hung up on the physical to appreciate what was in front of them.
Don’t get me wrong, Jamie Schulz can write, she has built a world the polar opposite of what we usually find when the world goes insane. I’m just not sure I felt involved enough or that I believed how their world worked. I felt too isolated at the ranch. Was the rest of the world really clueless to how the men were treated as almost equals?
All in all, a good escape, but maybe too tame for me. My mistake was thinking there would be more action, more movement, perhaps more conflict related to this world.
I received a complimentary copy from Jamie Schulz! This is my honest and voluntary review.