The Hand of the Master by Madeleine Oh

The Hand of The MasterThe Hand of the Master  by  Madeleine Oh

Changeling Press

Recently widowed, Helen Crewe needs a fresh start. A job in the south of France cataloging a private library seems like the perfect change of venue. Once she settles into the luxurious living quarters at Les Santons, she’s sure she’ll be able to leave the past behind her. Until she awakens in the night to familiar sounds–a bondage scene being played out in the garden beneath her window between Luc de Prioux and his personal secretary, Branko. In the dark, memories come flooding back. The library Luc inherited with his grandfather’s estate contains dozens of priceless treasures–rare volumes of beautiful engraved erotica. But none are more priceless than Helen herself. Luc knows what he wants, and he’s just the dominant Helen needs in her life. As long as she’s willing to share… Helen’s stay at Les Santons promises to be everything she needs. Until a break-in at the estate makes her wonder what she’s gotten into…

Ms. Oh has outdone herself once more with a fantastic tale set in France. The story revolves around three central characters of diverse backgrounds and a unique blend of Doms and submissives that change at times.

Helen Madison Crewe is a recently widowed submissive who is also a librarian. Helen, who lived in Ohio, was looking for a change after her 12 year marriage to dear Edwin and took a position in France. Little does she know that this could be the change of a lifetime. Helen accepts a card from the twenty-something year old rental car agent, Pierre Pommier when he tried to pick her up and does look him up later in the book with very surprising results. I have to point out that Helen could be considered a Cougar.

Luc de Prioux has dark blue eyes and dark curls. He could be any women’s fantasy and when Helen gazed at him, he just screamed out Dominant in her mind. I loved how Helen described how she had to resist the urge to kneel at Luc’s feet and call him Sir. The other major player is Luc’s secretary, Branko Odic. Branko is also a Dominant who is a fantastic contrasting character to Luc’s more refined character.

I loved how they keep dropping little innuendos about their intentions to Helen without her really realizing what was going on. Especially when right from the start, the books she was to catalogue with Posslieu engravings was about whipping and flogging and the book just happened to coincide with the flogging Helen viewed from her window the evening before. I also loved how Branko and Luc discuss everything Helen does to herself and how they lay their plans for her seduction out step by step in the story.

There are several minor characters that pop in and out and add to the main storyline of a robbery within the chateau. I learned of a few secrets that our main characters had hidden and was hoping that the crime would be solved without trouble coming down on their heads.

As I have previously stated, Ms. Oh is a true genius when it comes to this subject matter. I am able to envision everything that occurs in her scenes in minute detail due to her fantastic knowledge of BDSM and ménage. I loved The Hand of the Master and hope you do too.


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