Sunday, March 4, 2018

Book Review: 'Lord and Master' by Kait Jagger

British author Kait Jagger makes an auspicious literary debut with LORD AND MASTER. Her `day job' is that of a Personal Assistant and that is one reason she created this novel about a woman who is a Personal Assistant. Kait lives on a farm in Lancashire, England with her husband, four children, one dog and one cat. As this book goes public, the first in a series, she is poised ready to step onto the literary stage - and one wonders if her foray will always be erotic romantic novels. Though she succeeds in this chick lit very well, she seems to have the innate capacity to writ about whatever topic she selects!

Some authors of the steamy erotic novels seem to focus on the sensual aspects to the point that the story plot is embroidered on the bedroom walls to justify the descriptions of physical encounters on paper. Not so with Kait. She has created fully realized characters in roles unfamiliar to some (probably very familiar to the UK readership) and made them so three dimensional that reading about them makes them seem as though they are in the room with us. But considering the extensive sexual boundaries explored, that would probably be considered voyeurism.

The author summarizes the plot very well: `When Luna Gregory, 26 year old personal assistant to the Marchioness of Lionsbridge meets Stefan Lundgren, third in line to inherit the Arborage Estate, their attraction to each other is instant, overwhelming. Luna has always been attracted to charismatic, competent men and the ruggedly handsome Swedish entrepreneur is the single most competent man she has ever met. Not to mention magnetic, and simply lush. Stefan is drawn to Luna, too, to her quiet reserve and cool, English unattainability, but more...from the minute he saw her he felt a connection to her, recognition. What Stefan doesn't know is that he and Luna have met before, that their fates are bound together by more than just loyalty to the Marchioness. Luna has her reasons for concealing the truth form Stefan - she's built an entire life for herself based on controlling her emotions, keeping the past in the past. `Do you trust me, Luna?' With these words, Stefan initiates Luna into a world of sexual exploration where they push the boundaries of pleasure and control, the ties that bind them, literally, in erotic desire. Not content with possessing Luna physically, Stefan wants all of her. But he is keeping his own secrets, secrets that could drive them apart.'

Racy, steamy, erotic - yes. But that is the icing on the cake of a superbly written love story that manages to incorporate the machinations of the professional lives of the characters as well as their vividly portrayed sex escapades. Seems like we are meeting a new light in the erotica realm. Grady Harp, May 15

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