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The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive novels delivers a scintillating new erotic romance, where two instructors redefine the phrase “teacher’s pet” . . . .
Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.
Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.
About the Author
Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. Twenty years later, after penning several traditional romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started work on The Submissive, and soon followed that with The Dominant, The Training, Seduced by Fire, The Enticement, The Exhibitionist, The Master, The Exposure, and The Flirtation. The series has become a huge hit with readers around the world, and has been read and reread millions of times.
Tara kept her identity and her writing life secret, not even telling her husband what she was working on. To this day, only a handful of people know the truth (though she has told her husband). They live together in the southeastern United States with their two children.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Headmaster was not my favorite read of the year. Oh man. I don’t know what to say about this one. I fell head over heels in love with Master Professor and I knew that Lennox’s story had to be amazing, but I just wasn’t feeling this one. While I really loved Marie and Lennox separately, and maybe even as a couple, I felt like I was missing something. It didn’t help that the author would completely skip ahead in the story. So, we’d see a conflict pop up, it sort of be dealt with, and then we’d be catapulted a day, week, months into the future. So, for instance when a sub is kicked out of the academy during training, the next chapter we apparently skip forward in time. Is it fully dealt with? Are there any repercussions? What about her Dom partner? Did they bring in a new sub as a replacement? It was things like that that really kept me from fully getting into the story. It just seemed like the author would show you the beginning workings of something and then skip ahead to the end of it without really giving the readers all the nitty gritty in between. I will say that I liked the aspect of this tragedy that both he and Marie experienced that has sort of set them both off kilter. Lennox used to be this very confident Dom, and now he can’t even be in a room with a scene taking place. Essentially, this story should be called, “How Lennox got his Dom back.” We pretty much see Lennox go from this broken shell of himself and slowly (very slowly) start to embrace who he really is and become whole again. I also liked that in between chapters we got a journal entry from his dead girl friend. Those little tidbits were interesting to read about and gave you a little insight into the past. Headmaster was not my favorite read of the year. I felt like some scenes dragged on, while other parts were completely skipped over. I loved my time with Master Professor and was really looking forward to Headmaster but this just didn’t do it for me. The next book seems to follow Andie’s (from Master Professor) ex-boyfriend and maybe a Senator’s daughter? That’s a complete guess from the epilogue I got at the end of this book. Will I be tuning in for that story? Maybe. We will see.
Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews! 4.5 Stars! When I started this book, I had mixed feelings about it. But, as someone who has to finish what I start, I can honestly say I’m really glad that I did, because this book ended up being really… quite good. Lennox lost his wife in a car accident and blames himself for letting her leave on that fateful day after a heated argument. He won’t open himself up to anyone, let alone in the BDSM realm of his life as a dominant. But when his wife’s best friend, Mariela, makes it her mission to try and help him heal, she opens a whole new world of possibility for not only him, but also for herself… and together, them. Most BDSM books don’t have a whole lot of substance. It’s all predictable with way too detailed, usually not all that hot, sex. I’ve even read a few books of Tara Sue Me’s that I’ve found to fall in that category. But Headmaster does not… at… all. This book takes you through so many emotions and Lennox and Mariela go through so much individually and collectively as they help one another heal. Their friendship goes through so much over the course of this book, and yet somehow manages to come out the other side so poetically. The sexual tension between these two is so intense, and when they finally give in to it, the pages of the book ignite with a searing passion that is erotic and HOT. It’s nice to find a gem in the BDSM world, and I feel like I have with this book. This is one I’ll keep on my bookshelf to read again when I need a break from the monotony of others in this genre, for sure. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
A tantalizing power play! Getting to know the people behind the dominant and submissive is a beautiful thing in this series by Tara Sue Me. We not only get to see two sides of the lifestyle, but we also get a steamy read! I enjoyed the characters, the storyline was bittersweet and packed a good bit of feeling into it and it was fun to catch up some with the couple from the first book in the series. Looking forward to seeing who's up next! Lennox MacLure might own the RACK Academy that is an in-demand dominant/submissive training facility, but he stopped living the lifestyle himself several years ago when his submissive Winnie died in a car accident following an argument the two of them had. He enjoys bringing fulfillment to others in making sure there is a safe place for them to learn, but he can't bring himself to trust himself with someone's wellbeing in his hands anymore. Dance instructor Mariela was Winnie's best friend and has been crushing on Lennox since even before Winnie met him and started a relationship, but he only sees her as an employee and friend. She'd give anything to bring to life the man that used to exude such confidence and power when he entered the room. She knows at this point that Lennox will never want her for anything more than she already is to him ... but if she could just help him live his complete life again, she'd step aside and be satisfied knowing he was happy again. Will the plan she's come up with bring the dominant out of him again or will it backfire and send him reeling deeper than ever?
Headmaster by Tara Sue Me is an emotional read about letting go and not being afraid to be who you are. It’s about embracing the present and looking to the future and not punishing yourself for what happened in the past. The past doesn’t defy who we are, just like it doesn’t defy your future. Mistakes happen but life is about learning from those mistakes and living the best life you can. Lennox MacLure is the owner of the RACK Academy and lost his submissive in a car accident and he blames himself for her death. Because of this, he refuses to take an active role in the submissive and Dominant lifestyle. His guilt is strong but he has no plans of addressing his emotions…until Mariela breaks through his barriers. Mariela has been in love with Lennox since she first saw him. Even though, her best friend saw him first. Just like Lennox is missing his submissive, Mariela is missing her best friend. But Mariela can deal with her feelings. She accepts that Lennox will never want her as his submissive, but wants him to acknowledge the lifestyle he needs to survive. So, she hatches a plan. A plan with consequences, passion, and hard truths. Headmaster is book two in the Lessons from the Rack series but can be read as a standalone. I’ve been looking forward to Mariela and Lennox’s story and the author did them justice. Lots of emotions in this one, so grab a tissue.
Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death. Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle. Review: I have read this Author before and liked her work, so when I read the blurb for this story I was intrigued. Now, it is the second book in this series, but from what I can tell and read this can totally be a stand alone title. These two characters sure have been through their share of heartache. I really was rooting for them the whole way. I think the back story of them having a history really make the story and characters much more interesting. I really like how Mariela and Andie go about trying to get Lennox on the Lennox and Marie program. There is definitely chemistry between Lennox and Marie and the sexy times are well-written and appropriate for the characters and story. If you are worried about reading D/s book this is a safe book to dip your toes into, they definitely have the relationship, but the D/s is really pretty mild compared to other books I have read. Not sure what is in store next for this series, but I will be looking for it. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
3.75 stars--HEADMASTER is the second instalment in Tara Sue Me’s contemporary, adult LESSONS FROM THE RACK, BDSM erotic, romance series focsing on the exclusive $ex academy The RACK. This is RACK owner and Dominant Lennox MacLure, and dancer/submissive Mariela’s story line. HEADMASTER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Lennox and Mariela were first introduced in book one The Professor –Fulton Matthews and Andie Lincoln’s story line. NOTE: HEADMASTER is an erotic story with BDSM sexual situations that may not be suitable for all readers including caning and spanking. Told from dual third person perspectives (Mariela and Lennox) HEADMASTER follows the building but struggling relationship between submissive and RACK dance instructor Mariela, and RACK owner and Dominant Lennox MacLure. Three years earlier Lennox fell in love with Mariela’s best friend-a woman far from submissive but a woman Lennox hoped to ease into the lifestyle he lived and worked. A tragic accident destroyed any hopes for a future leaving our story line hero in a world of guilt, grief and remorse. Fast forward to present day wherein submissive Mariela, a woman who has loved Lennox MacLure from afar, tries desperately to get Lennox to notice the woman in front of his eyes. A fractured friendship and palpable sexual attraction pulls our couple together but Lennox’s ongoing guilt over the loss of his previous sub continues to push our heroine out of his life. What ensues is the on again, off again D/s relationship between Lennox and Mariela, and the potential fall out when Lennox leaves to find what it is he has been avoiding all along. HEADMASTER is a story of two people pulled together by circumstance and mutual loss; a relationship predicated on the BDSM lifestyle but a relationship that must endure one man’s ongoing grief and guilt over the death of someone he loves. Although there is no timeline on grief, Lennox is but a shell of his former self and refuses to accept his Dominant life. Mariela battles not only her feelings for, but the ongoing rejection of, the man that she loves, and in this the struggle to accept her undying devotion is questionable in the face of the constant rejection. HEADMASTER is a roller coaster of emotions knowing the attraction between our leading couple is tempered by guilt and grief. Mariela continues to make herself available to a man who isn’t ready to move on from the past-a man who struggles with too many memories and a loss of motivation. The premise is imaginative and creative but there are some unresolved issues that got lost in the build up; the romance is highly sexual, erotic and intense; the characters are broken, dynamic and charismatic.
Headmaster is book 2 in the Lessons From the Rack series. I rarely read erotica books mainly because I find the ones I've tried don't have a plot that keeps me entertained. This series though has a plot while still being super steamy and it all just works so well. I can't recommend this series enough. This time around our lead characters are Lennox MacLure, the owner of the RACK Academy, and Mariela, a dance instructor at the academy. Lennox has sworn off being a dominant since an accident that happened in the past. Mariela can't help her attraction to Lennox but he just seems blind to it and has shut down his emotions. They get under each others skin so bad it was entertaining to see who would snap at the other next. That is until Lennox caves into his urges and they have a night neither can forget. I was mainly concerned on if our couple would put their baggage behind them and move on with their lives. It's a lot to ask but so much to gain if they're able to. This installment was full of emotions since our characters have a past and have been through really hard things in life together. Headmaster is a stunning sequel to a series I adore. I was really curious about these characters in book 1 and so happy to see this would be their book. The emotions are going wild between our duo and the scenes sure get hot. Mariela pushes Lennox so much but he really needed a good push to move on. This was such a good read, if you're a fan of Erotica/BDSM books I think you'll love this series.