Friday’s Feature: Blog Tour Stop & Guest Blog Post by Cassandra Carr & Master Class Review

Five Reasons NOT to Make New Years Resolutions
by Cassandra Carr

It’s the time of year when you hear all over the media about making your New Years resolutions. I don’t think I’ve EVER made a New Years resolution, and yet here I am. And I have good reasons for not making them. Let’s see if you agree with mine:

1. They put undue pressure on yourself, especially if you make a huge resolution like “will join a gym and go four times a week”.
2. Do you really need to make a “resolution” to make a change in your life?
3. When you don’t make it, you feel really bad/depressed/whatever. If you don’t make an actual resolution but are still able to make a change to something, you can feel good about your accomplishment and not worry if you don’t do it as quickly or as well as you wanted to.
4. People make resolutions that are too abstract. Things like “I’ll be nicer to people” or “I’ll be too patient” are impossible to keep up all the time and again, as I mentioned above, you start feeling bad about yourself.
5. Goals usually work better when broken down into small, manageable chunks. A New Year’s resolution is just that – ONE resolution. So unless you’re going to make a dozen related resolutions, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

Feel free to argue with me in the comments. I know resolutions work for some people. I’d love to hear from you about how yours work and why you make them. Conversely, if you’re like me and don’t make resolutions, why not? For the same reasons as me? Additional reasons?


Title: Master Class by Cassandra Carr
Publisher: Lose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, BDSM
Length: Novel/162 pdf pages
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Author

Summary:
Ryan Tomasi feels like a failure. His marriage is officially over; the ink dried on the divorce decree. His friend Jack introduces him to BDSM and he agrees to attend a Halloween party at a club. A submissive approaches him, offering herself, and how can he refuse the kneeling beauty? They do a whirlwind scene and Ryan is addicted—both to dominance and to her.

Lisette Rinaldo is returning to the BDSM club for the first time since ending a bad relationship with her former master. She spots Ryan and is taken by the combination of self-assurance and nervousness the man displays as he takes in his surroundings. And after he gives her an incredible re-introduction to the lifestyle, she knows she needs to see the man again.

Ryan and Lisette explore each other and the lifestyle, but what started out as playtime quickly evolves into something more. The problem? Ryan isn’t ready to get serious again and Lisette doesn’t want to fall in love with a guy who can’t give all of himself to her. Both of them are going to have to break out of the bonds holding them back from happiness to pass this Master Class.

The Review:

Cassandra Carr’s Master Class is a delightfully unique and sinfully sexy romance with a whole lot of kink. New to the BDSM scene, Ryan Tomasi is a Dom who is spreading his sexual wings. He is instantly intrigued by Lisette Rinaldo, an experienced sub who is returning to the lifestyle following a bad experience with another Dom.

Ryan is definitely an Alpha male, but his newness to the BDSM world gives him a wonderful naiveté that is a refreshing change in this genre. He knows what he wants, but his uncertainty about how to proceed gives the relationship a bit more equality than most D/s relationships. Ryan takes great care in making sure that Lisette is comfortable with their explorations and his emotions are quickly engaged. His divorce has left him with some trust issues that might just derail their budding romance.

Lisette might have submissive tendencies in the bedroom, but she is pretty take charge in every other area of her life. She cautiously agrees to participate in BDSM scenes with Ryan and she is the perfect woman to guide him in his sexual journey. Lisette’s feelings for Ryan rapidly evolve from desire to love but she is reluctant to risk her heart on someone who might not be ready for than an sexual relationship.

I really liked the fact that part of the story takes place out of the BDSM club. Lisette and Ryan go out on dates and they take the time to get to know one another. A work crisis also provides them the opportunity to interact on a whole different level and it also brings them closer together.

The sex scenes between Lisette and Ryan are quite erotic and there are plenty of them. Master Class is the perfect introduction to someone who is curious about the BDSM genre. The scenes are not too hardcore and the level of caring between Lisette and Ryan adds emotional depth to the story.

Master Class is a wonderful blend of sexy and sweet. Cassandra Carr has an engaging writing style and her character development is superb. The storyline is quite original and fast paced.

Fans of contemporary erotic romances are sure to enjoy wonderfully appealing story.

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9 Responses to Friday’s Feature: Blog Tour Stop & Guest Blog Post by Cassandra Carr & Master Class Review

  1. Mel Bourn

    Thanks for the review. Been seeing lots about this book lately. I like Cassandra Carr’s writing. One more for the TBR.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  2. Eileen

    I guess I fall in the category of NOT one to make resolutions. I figure I do it in a way when I ‘give up’ something for Lent. LOL Like you said, too much pressure and disappointment when it doesn’t happen. Have a great year Cassandra!

  3. Shelly Wegand

    Great review, read a few of Cassandra’s books, will have to add this one.

  4. Angie M

    I agree that resolutions can make you feel bad about yourself if you don’t see them through, which most people don’t. I stopped setting myself up for failure years ago and instead try to make manageable goals throughout the year.

    Congrats on your new release!

  5. New Year’s resolutions are for people who like to be up on the latest “thing.” That thing is resolving to lose weight or run every morning at 6:00 am or the like. People with real character don’t need that false kind of motivation, as Cassandra says..

  6. Suzanne

    No resolutions- just habits to change watch what I eat and increase my exercise. Thanks for the review, it sounds like a mild BDSM story with no resulting d/s relationship.

  7. Tiss

    Here, Here, I agree. I don’t like resolutions either. Would rather just accomplish something, so if it doesn’t happen, there is no pressure.
    The review is awesome. Sounds like a great book.

  8. Timitra

    I like the sound of this-thanks Kathy!

  9. Thanks for all the comments, everybody! I hope that anyone who reads Master Class loves it. 🙂