After Dark ~ Nina reviews Master’s Flame by Annabel Joseph ~

After Dark ~ Nina reviews Master’s Flame by Annabel Joseph ~

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In the sexually charged world of Cirque du Monde, CEO Michel Lemaitre reigns as king of depravity. He’s a stringent, brutal Master who selects his slaves based on their ability to cope with strict handling and pain. He exerts rigid control over his chosen partners and they submit to him in all things—that is, until fiery Italian acrobat Valentina Sancia enters his life.

Valentina’s known as la Vampa, the flame of Napoli, and her tempestuous personality and wild libido soar as high as her circus tricks. To his chagrin, she wants nothing more than to be his slave. Michel finds himself drawn to the red-headed firebrand even as he tries his hardest to resist her. It doesn’t help that the sensual beauty idolizes him and tempts him at every turn. He finally engages her in a one-month, no-holds-barred Master-slave relationship to prove their incompatibility.

And that’s when the circus really begins.

The two become wrapped up in bondage, cages, physical ordeals…and an emotionally fraught battle of wills. He’s never had a slave burn so bright, and Valentina’s heart is set on pleasing her Master, no matter the torment and trials she must endure. Is there such a thing as too much passion? Michel’s convinced there is, and he’s determined to tame a billowing love on the verge of blazing out of control.


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Everything about you suits my tastes, little Vampa. The truth is, you set me on fire, which is why it cannot be.

As far as my life goes in this reader/blogger world, nothing gives me greater pleasure than reading an amazing book and being able to talk about it with other people. Today is a day that brings me great joy, for I get to talk about Master’s Flame….book 3 in the Cirque Masters series by Annabel Joseph. This amazing, couldn’t put down, totally sucked me in book, perfectly named, Master’s Flame.

“Whatever you want from me, sir, I am yours.”

When I say I am a fan of Annabel Josephs, I mean I am a BIG fan. I have read pretty much all of Annabel’s books, and in my opinion this book is her best to date. I know you are probably thinking that I am still on the Master’s Flame high, and part of that is true. But the other part is that she crushed all my expectations and superseded anything I could have imagined. Simply put, Master’s Flame is a 5 star read and her characters in this book are superbly written.

Do not imagine her whimpering at your feet.

We have gotten to know Michel ‘ass fucker extraordinaire’ Lemaitre over the past two books – Cirque de Minuit and Bound in Blue. He is arrogant, he is powerful and he is controlling. He has not bent his persona in the past two books, so going into his love story, I was waiting for her to write him as becoming a softy. But that is not what we get at all. Lemaitre stayed true to his character….the sadist, the control freak, the badass…never changing and for that I am grateful.

“I think you are very good at being cruel.”

Valentina Sancia is the newest recruit to the Cirque. With her fiery red hair and even more fiery personality, she sets her sights on Lemaitre and does not accept his rejection well. In a nutshell, she does not go down without a fight. I think of all the heroines Annabel has written, Valentina is my most favorite. She is sassy, uninhibited and unafraid and the havoc she reeks on the other cirque members is so fun to read. She goes after what she wants in the most honest of ways….she begs. She begs Lemaitre because he is who she wants and nothing less will suffice. But in her quest to win his heart, will she lose herself? Will Lemaitre take her slavedom to another level and squash the fire? Don’t look for that answer from me….you must read the book to see.

There was a line around her Master’s heart and she       wasn’t allowed to cross it.

As with every one of Annabel’s books, you get a healthy dose of BDSM at its purest form. The scenes are rough and there are times your heart breaks for Valentina, but always remember, this was what she signed on for….this is what she begged for….this is what she wants most…to be Lemaitre’s slave girl. Annabel always gives us such vivid pictures in her books, yet in Lemaitre’s house, with his white walls and subdued atmosphere, it is here we see the lack of color the most vibrant of all. Annabel’s descriptions and depictions of Valentina and her flaming red hair flitting through the confines of his home are so real to me that I feel like I am there. Valentina has a pension for whimsical art and I can close my eyes and see her creations, there in the corner in all its mayhem.

She wanted to be his toy, his plaything, the canvas for all the colors of his power.

For me, Lemaitre is my favorite AJ man…yes I feel as if I have cheated on Theo and Rubio, but I knew going into this book Lemaitre held my heart. Annabel gave me enough freaking teasers on social media while writing this book, that I knew the ‘ass fucker extraordinaire’ would be the end of me…..and he was.  I think the writing was always on the wall and it was just inevitable that I too belonged to him and would fall for Lemaitre…hard.

“My love should go to someone who returns it, and that someone obviously isn’t you.”

Nothing makes me happier than to see a friend accomplish a goal. Annabel, you are one of the best within your genre. Your passion for the arts and for the BDSM lifestyle is evident on each of your pages. You continuously improve your craft and this book is nothing less than brilliant. Thank you for not changing Lemaitre….thank you for giving us Valentina and her spirit….and thank you most for continuing to write books that captivate our minds and feed our souls. You my friend, are simply amazing.

You are the fire of my days.

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Annabel Joseph

Annabel Joseph is a multi-published BDSM erotic romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she has been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras. She is recognized for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real–even flawed–so readers are better able to relate to them.

Annabel publishes with Ellora’s Cave and Loose Id in addition to her own imprint, Scarlet Rose Press. She also writes non-BDSM erotic romance under the name Molly Joseph. You can sign up to receive Annabel’s newsletter at her website

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