Imagine it – a sexy BDSM Master talking to thousands of radio listeners every night… giving women an erotic and sensual insight into the world of domination and submission.
Jericho James is the man – the man with the power and the voice to make women around the country swoon and submit.
But his personal life is haunted by a dark tragedy from his past, and a mysterious listener to his program who wants more from Jericho than he can possibly give.
Because there’s one thing he just won’t do…
One line he simply will not cross.
Erotic BDSM written by a man from a man’s POV.
Jason Luke is an Amazon Top Ten bestselling erotica author.
When the opportunity to read The Word Master came across my email, my first reaction was SIGN ME UP! I really enjoyed Jason’s Interview with a Master and In Love with a Master books and looked forward to diving into this one.
Jason’s erotic writing as it relates to the BDSM lifestyle is often in stark contrast to that of other authors. His writing goes to great lengths to explain the how and why of things rather than just presenting readers with a scene. Just as Jonah Noble did in Interview with a Master, his male protagonist in The Word Master Jericho James wants his radio audience to understand the many layers of the lifestyle and that dominance and submission is more than physical.
Jericho is hired by a Boston radio station to work the overnight shift bringing heat to the airwaves with a new talk show about BDSM and the lifestyle. He works with an interesting crew of personalities, Cecily his producer, April his announcer, Cindy the secretary and Nancy the station manager. Plus there is Grover, a fill in producer that strikes a strong resemblance to WKRP’s Dr. Johnny Fever.
These women, all with different personalities, become the center of the story when a caller named Sondra begins relaying her sexual fantasies on air while speaking to Jericho. He tries by process of elimination to determine if the caller is a member of the listening audience or someone closer as in a member of the station staff.
What grabbed me was the way Jericho explains how men and women are wired differently as it pertains to sex. In this conversation with a caller he discusses how men are threatened by a woman’s desire to submit.
“Most guys are pretty fragile about sex. Their self-esteem is built on their own perception of their prowess. So going to your husband and suggesting trying BDSM is something that many men in the same situation as your husband would take as criticism of their current efforts.”
Jericho goes on to say that, “Women don’t understand men, and men certainly don’t understand women. But the point here is that your husband is probably not rejecting the idea of trying something new in the bedroom – he’s refusing to budge because he has probably taken your suggestion as a criticism of his ability to please you. In instances like this, the man often withdraws completely – at least in terms of sex – because he feels like you are unsatisfied, and he doesn’t know what to do about it because he probably has limited sexual experience.”
The questions, like what was outlined in that conversation, the listeners asked each night prompted a new segment to be added to the show called the “Sub Club.” Jason used this segment to cement his skills in commanding his readers and Jericho’s audience to fall under his spell as Master. The way Jericho spoke to his girls, commanding them to be ready and in position and prepared to submit, it’s no wonder there is such curiosity by women.
This book has heat. Between the Sub Club segments with April, the fantasy conversations with Sondra and the subsequent training of his new sub, the temperature never gets cool. While the information that Jason shares about the lifestyle via his characters is insightful, the characters themselves failed to grip me the way I had hoped. I completely disliked Nancy, didn’t feel we got to know Cecily or Cindy at all and April, well she was a contradiction in herself.
I’m not sure if Jason will continue the story with another Jericho book, if he did, I would definitely read it.
Jason Luke is an Australian author who began writing in September 2013 at the suggestion of his longtime girlfriend. ‘Interview with a Master’ is Jason’s first erotic BDSM novel. Jason Luke enjoyed several years involved in the BDSM lifestyle – but he is quick to point out that his experiences don’t qualify him as an expert; any more than knowing how to drive a car makes him a qualified mechanic. ‘Interview with a Master’ is a novel about how one man became a Master. The book is a work of fiction, but Jason has drawn heavily on encounters from his own real life. He won’t say which parts of the book are fictionalised, and which parts are auto-biographical. Before taking up writing, Jason worked 6 days a week, 12 hours a day running a variety of retail businesses. He has lived in Sydney all his life. His favourite bands are U2 and INXS.