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Julie Stevens and Dante Larson always knew their tastes were a bit more eccentric than those of the average person, but acknowledgement of their chosen paths came at different times. While their lives have run parallel for the last twenty years, destiny always came knocking at the wrong time. Julie was a closeted edge player and before Dante could pull her free of her fears, Mason came along and dragged her kicking and screaming from her ...
Julie Stevens and Dante Larson always knew their tastes were a bit more eccentric than those of the average person, but acknowledgement of their chosen paths came at different times. While their lives have run parallel for the last twenty years, destiny always came knocking at the wrong time. Julie was a closeted edge player and before Dante could pull her free of her fears, Mason came along and dragged her kicking and screaming from her self-inflicted darkness, leaving Dante wanting. Although Dante's been in love with Julie since the day he first laid eyes on her, he's happily married to Blake. But the tides are turning.
But Lady Fate dictates how it should be lived...
Still mourning the death of the only Master she's ever known, Julie finds herself forced to live with the one man she's been terrified of for years, Dante. While she has to admit something between them feels right, just as many things feel very, very wrong, starting with the fact he's married to her gay best friend. Before she even has time to sort out her current predicament, another man catches Julie's attention. But after losing her mother, her sister, and her husband, can Julie come to grips with the fact that Keegan D'Amate jumps out of perfectly good helicopters for a living, rescue diving for the Coast Guard? And where exactly does that leave Dante, who knows for sure he needs a woman to complete his unconventional marriage? Quite frankly, he's tired of waiting.
Posted July 23, 2012
This story has many emotional layers. It’s not just a story about Dante and Julie. It’s a story about an unconventional but very loving functional family that adjusts to the introduction of a new member….how refreshing! There are two things I liked about this story. The first, the author took her time conveying the emotional states of all the characters. Though everyone, accept Julie, is for the new arrangement there are still adjustments to be made. The twins have always known her as Aunt Julie, now her role in their lives is changing. Blake welcomes Julie with open arms and understands the D/s relationship that her husband wants her to have with Dante and though he isn’t jealous, he won’t be used as a sexual substitute for Dante’s frustration or sexual desire for Julie. Limits have to be set and understood. Everyone is affected and adjustments have to be made. Now that’s real life, not romantic story telling. The second thing I loved about this story is that these people aren’t young twenty and thirty- somethings. Julie is in her late 40s, still sexual, sexy and these mid-forty, older and younger men are attracted to who she is…an intelligent, funny and feisty woman. These characters acknowledge and deal with the effects of age. It’s easy to kneel on the floor when your twenty-something but a lot harder in your mid 40s and you’re reaching for the “joint juice” while your lover takes extra care to massage your knees and ankles after a session. ASSUMED MASTER has emotional depth, wonderfully ‘real’ characters, an intriguing plot and a very satisfying ending. I will definitely be making the time to read the other books in Ms. Munro’s Identity Series, because this one is a winnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.