This post was not intended to be a guest post. I posted my usual Saturday freebies list and it contained two books from the Rescue Me series. I’d already read both but as usual I encouraged readers to send me a Guest Review. That is how Bennita ended up reviewing Nobody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters. Consequently, the author herself commented on the post and we ended up with this brilliant post about her Rescue Me series! Read on to find out about these awesome BDSM themed books.
Post by Kallypso Masters
Thanks for reading the book, Bennita! Your points are valid and I want to explain a bit in a minute, but wanted to let your followers know that this book is only on the freebie list temporarily, so grab it as soon as possible. It’s only free now at Amazon and they could change that at any time once they know it’s not free anywhere else.
Also, please pick up the introduction and first book in the series (ALWAYS, free at most places, anyway, except for some of Amazon’s international stores). As I’m going to explain in a minute, this is NOT a stand-alone series. One book builds on another and the romances aren’t contained in a single book.
That’s probably what was the most frustrating about Marc being the first to come to me to have his story told. At the time I wrote this, I had no idea what this seemingly silly lie meant. And I know Romance-novel readers have come to expect everything to wrap up at the end of a book and the couple to magically resolve all their issues and live happily ever after only to make cameo appearances in their friends’ books later on.
Not so for this series. I chose to write the kind of Romance I wanted to read–a realistic one. In my books, the couple may get to Happy For Now (which was all you got in this book), but even the ones who get the Happily Ever After ending aren’t finished. Life happens and they’ll have to deal with it.
So, Marc. This is my most stubborn Dom. I don’t plot or tell my characters you WILL do this in chapter twenty or anything like that. (Um, they are Doms and I’m not, so I just tend to say, “Yes, Sir.”) The lie bugged me. What bugged me even more was Angelina’s response to it. But I just wanted to point out that this couple’s journey in this book lasts ONE WEEK. In a traditional Romance, that’s no biggie. They’d be on the road to the altar by “the end.” Not so in real life (usually). Hints of problems will come up in the next two books and it’s no surprise or spoiler to anyone who checks out my social media and web sites–this couple is the main couple (again) in book 5, Somebody’s Angel. I had hoped to give them their HEA in book 4 (Nobody’s Perfect) until it FINALLY was revealed to me (and Marc) why he is the way he is.
I price my e-books incredibly low (only $3.99 for books well over 100k–the last one 450+ pages in print) because I want the messages of hope and healing in these pages to be read by as many of my fellow wounded-by-life readers to gain from that experience.
As to why I go into greater detail than some BDSM authors, it’s because I also chose to take a realistic approach. I don’t want to be a “BDSM” author. I’m an author of stories with realistic and compelling characters and stories that keep them wanting to turn the pages in book after book to find out what happens to the people they’ve come to love like family members or close friends. The majority of my readers haven’t read a BDSM novel before in their lives. And if they have read what they THINK was a BDSM novel, it was Fifty Shades of Grey, which was more about redeeming a dysfunctional, abusive man than it was about BDSM. (Oh, I do have dysfunctional characters, but none of my Doms has EVER crossed the line into abuse and I hope never will–but with them in the driver’s seat, I can’t say never because they love when I do that so they can laugh at me and show me differently. I love the psychology of the relationships. But I probably won’t appeal to readers who like to redeem the unredeemable. With my guys, you will want them to find their happiness and get their heads out of their asses–and will root for their strong, sassy women, too.)
For anyone who wants to come along for a very long ride, please trust me and my readers’ advice and read them in order or you’ll have a hard time understanding the characters. I’ve heard from many readers who jumped from Section 1 (Adam’s prequel) in Masters at Arms to book 3 (Nobody’s Hero) only to realize later when they re-read that Adam’s story actually continued in Sections 4 and 5 of the intro AND the last third or so of Nobody’s Angel.
I plan two books a year at least for the next decade, then my readers want to read about the next generation, who will be more grown up by then. Yes, I do show in my books that BDSM is not what happens in a vacuum at a club. My characters have families, jobs, and lives outside the club that you will read about a lot. I’ve consulted with lots of people who live in this lifestyle, and I want to show their lifestyle isn’t some freakish sexual thing, but as meeting any number of needs in their lives. I was recently named the Best Bondage Writer of 2012 at bondageawards.com, so I think I have received their approval for how I portray the community.
There are four installments in the ongoing story of the Rescue Me series available now in three trade paperbacks and in four e-books, (Well, the last paperback comes out next week probably after I approve the print proof.) And they should be read in this order:
Masters at Arms
If you like shorts that are primarily focused on sex or BDSM, this series may not appeal to you. (There’s hot sex–especially in Nobody’s Hero–and there are BDSM scenes, which doesn’t always involve titillation as readers of Nobody’s Perfect learned, But the sex and BDSM just aren’t the focus of the series. I want to show the journeys of these people’s stories toward love, acceptance, and healing.)
Sorry this was so long! (Did I mention that I write long? LOL) Bennita, I’d love to hear what you think of the next two books in the series. next up is Adam’s story and he’s a fan favorite, although he’s also the head of this rag-tag family, so he’s prominent in each of the books. I don’t read Goodreads reviews, but am grateful yours was posted here so that I got a Google Alert and could read it.
Thanks again for taking the time to read and review my book.
I can’t wait to finish the series, I have the hugest crush on Master Damian 😉