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Broadway darling Nicky Avery is a shooting star by night, but by day he bounces from one heartless one-night stand to the next. A quick flogging, a rough lay, a new whip-hand to manipulate—yet still he yearns for something he cannot even name.

He finds his first true hint of satisfaction in Devon Turner, a self-possessed film star and expert Dom. Devon knows what he wants t...more
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Published October 30th 2011 by Riptide Publishing (first published 2011)
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Tana
TITLE: Master Class
AUTHOR: Rachel Hamowitz
Riptide Publishing
GENRE: M/M Romance, BDSM
RATING: 4 Stars
Heat Rating: 4 Stars

Rachel Hamowitz has written a terrific short novel, we are introduced to Nicky and Devon; Sub and Dom. Rachel’s writing is good and the scenes were hot, I never stopped reading till I reached the last page. The book has a few hot scenes and it is a page turner, I cannot wait to read SUBlime: Collected Shorts (Master Class, #2).

Nicky is an actor and a handsome one at that, he s...more
Danny Tyran
I already read both Power Play books and the Sublime Collection by the same author. There is a little of Devon and Nicky in them. But I would have like to have more of them.
I read Master Class non-stop, even though at the end it was 3:00 a.m. and I had trouble keeping my head straight and my eyes opened. ;) When I read the last page, I thought "no contract? no training? Am I already dreaming or is there missing pages?". So if there is a second tome of Devon and Nicky story, please! tell me.

Nick...more
Lauraadriana
I wished I could have liked this book more. I like BDSM books, specially because I feel these stories delve into fulfillment of needs and desires that are very hard to express, finding balance and the different ways in which people can be loved and feel loved in return.

I don't mind raw and hard BDSM, I can read difficult scenes, IF I feel like I can understand the characters and their need for them. I did not understand Nicky. I never got the impression he understood himself. Devon was also a ch...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I freaking loved this!!!

Last year I read the collection of shorts Sublime: Collected Shorts, which contains glimpses and slices of life and discipline of the sub Nicky and his Dom Devon. I really enjoyed them, but I was also left with wanting to know how the two met, how they started that relationship, and this book is what I dreamed of.

Both Nicky and Devon are actors, therefore they are used to mask their true persona, but they are also very good at reading the nuances of other people's behavio...more
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Let me start by saying there are some elements of Nicky & Devon's play that were a wee bit too much for me. I feel like some of it bordered on abuse. BUT, it worked for Nicky so *hands in the air* no judgment. I'm just not a huge fan of humiliation but if it works for them, it works. Plus, I was still holding a tiny little grudge against Devon for some Ass-tacular advice he gave Jonathan in Power Play: Resistance. Then he went & threw down some shibari skills. Dammit! Can't hold a grudge...more
♆ BookAddict ♨ ✒ La Crimson Femme❇ ♐
Naughty Nicky is taking to task by the Dominant Devon. I just love alliteration, don't you? I'm glad I bought this book. There is some rough sex in here. I was a little confused and pissed off at first because I didn't understand what Devon was doing. Once it was revealed, I loved him more for it. Nicky needs to be punished! Topping from the bottom is a big no-no. I'm hesitant to write too much more about the story because it would be all spoiler. Suffice to say, the rough m/m sex was hot. This...more
Serena Yates
Master Class delivers what it promises: a gritty tale about a man who wants to be dominated, and even he has no idea how much, or how deep this need really goes. The story focuses on the humiliation and pain he goes through, without, at first, giving any hint as to why he wants this. It made for somewhat disturbing reading, at least for me, but certainly held my attention.

Nicky turns out to be desperate for good reasons, although one could argue as to his methods. I certainly would! The way his...more
Adara
Ok, I've heard the phrase "topping from the bottom" before, and I had the idea of what it meant. But as I'm reading through this story, I finally truly grokked that concept. It suddenly clicked in a "That. OMG, THAT!" stab-my-finger-at-the-page-(er,-Kindle) sort of epiphany. THAT is how well the whole scene was described, and it was just beautiful to watch Devon wield that knowledge into what Nicky needed, not what he wanted.

So yes, this is must read for those who like BDSM done well. I can't gi...more
Debra
3.5 stars

I picked up this short after finding out it was about Nicky and Devon, who I previously read about as secondary characters in the Power Play: Resistance books. This appears to start at their first meeting during a dinner with friends at a restaurant, where the two have a rough encounter in the bathroom. I was a bit confused as to whether these two had known each other before in passing or if they had been just introduced, but it was obviously their first one-on-one encounter.

Devon purs...more
Alex
Overall
Everything I read with Nicky and Devon makes me want more! Although Nicky plays harder than I'm often comfortable with (even in my fiction), Haimowitz' approach, especially once the reader gets through the initial rough scenes, makes the bond between Devon and Nicky overwhelm any discomfort I have with the beginning.

The first two scenes involve some heavy play, although readers who are familiar with SUBlime will know what they are getting into. For those who haven't read the previous book...more
Amara
Nov 29, 2011 Amara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
Wow. I’m really not sure what to say about this book. I’m pretty well stuck at… wow.

I’ve tried to read several BDSM books, but none have really rung my bell. Truthfully, I’ve given up because more often than not D/s books just seems like another story of asshole tortures whipping boy to me. I read this one mainly because Rachel Haimowitz is a favorite of mine I consider an autobuy. I’d also heard she writes a better BDSM book than most and I was curious to see what that meant.

Master Class is th...more
Matimate
One bored guy met another and they sorted their kinks. Happy SM fairy brought love to them and they stopped to be bored guys and became sexing guys.
G.B. Gordon
Review? That involves thinking, right? I might, at some point, be able to do that again.

ETA: On rereading I'm not much closer to a coherent review. Considering that in real life most of this is NMK, the fantasy blows me away surprisingly hard every time. When I can think again, I might wish it was a little longer, to give itself more time to be more subtle, but that's very much a comment from the stands.

One thought I keep coming back to again and again: If you ever wanted to understand what make...more
Dee Wy
Take one Dom who knows exactly what his sub needs and one sub who tries to top from the bottom and you have an explosive mix. I simply loved the psychology behind the BDSM in this one. Great read!
Michael Joseph
Master Class is the newly released (by Riptide) prequel to the Sublime collection of BDSM shorts. It covers the very start of the relationship between the submissive Nicky and his dom Devon. The short-short novella (or longish short story) opens with the first meeting between the two, and it's love, or perhaps lust, at first sight.

Nicky is a true masochist who seems addicted to punishment, and goes out of his way to provoke it from his doms. For his part, Devon seems to be a true sadist, althoug...more
Emma Sea

Praise be to Adara who just made me realise this is Devon and Nicky from Powerplay! I am an idiot.

Darn it though, I still don't really like it that much. It's perfectly good, but I need more of the relationship between these two to love it. I like it more now because I can fill in some more stuff about Nicky and Devon, but it's just not the story for me.


Original Review:

I liked it, and it's a good story. I was misled by another review that said it was harder play than most people would feel comfo...more
Virginia
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Cecile
For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review... I was given this book for my honest thoughts... So let'...more
Norah
Master Class was a very interesting book. Follows Nicky , a spoilt rather in my mind bored actor. He has it all , which he got too easily he craves more tho. In comes Devon , a no nonsence Dom, one in which nicky has never encountered.
This book delves into how Nicky realizes what he wants and the inner workings of his mind about what it is he is really craving
Its a non nonsence BDSM book, Devon pulls no punches when he is in the Sir role. Nicky fights and fidgets all the way through yet its eve...more
MK (Food actvist)
Original review for: www.theromancereviews.com

TITLE Master Class
AUTHOR Rachel Hamowitz
PAGE COUNT 55
GENRE/SUB MM romance, BDSM
RATING 5
Heat: 5
REVIEW (summary, cassl)
Nicky the sub meets Devon the Dom and from the first scene things are destined for greatness. Devon is a superb, controlled, pain loving Dom. Nicky is a needy, beautiful, pain wanting wanting sub. Their first scene was hot for me because I like a little pain and humiliation but for others what Devon made Nicky experience might be too e...more
Tamela
I liked the story but even though I read a lot of books with BDSM in them, I found the cold, calculated treatment of Nicky by Devon when they first met a little much. I realize that it was probably what Nicky wanted, but they had only just met and Devon was literally walking on Nicky.

Later it became a little clearer how things would work with them, but I think that first meeting put me off.

I like Rachel's writing, and was sorry this was a short story. I believe it would have been better as a lit...more
Jana Downs
Clearly, Ms. Haimowitz knows the genre she's written about. I was in awe of her attention to both the detailed emotional experience of a sub learning the nuances of his new Master and her ability to weave both the incredibly intense experience of submission with love. So often when reading a book about BDSM, authors tend to oversimplify the Dom and downplay or sidestep the sub's need for control. I am happy to say that it is not so with Master Class. The only reason it gets a 4 instead of a 5 is...more
Lucia
Wow, what an intense book this was. It had a very different feeling than a lot of the BDSM books I read before this one had, but I liked that a lot. The whole story was intense and the feelings, insecurities and all, of both characters were important throughout the book.

I was afraid I wouldn’t like this story because it was a short story, and I prefer novels, but I loved what the author did with it. It was about the beginning of their journey together, nothing more, nothing less. This made me in...more
Wendy (wluvsbooks)
I loved having a chance to see how Devon and Nicky’s relationship came about. I met them as an established couple in two other books before reading this one. I knew to expect a higher level of intensity and stronger hand (so to speak) as Devon worked to bring Nicky under control (he is definitely one of the pushiest subs I’ve ever “met”), but I was still a little surprised at the approach Devon took and how far he had to take Nicky apart before putting him together again. It was very interesting...more
Aija
I read this story in one take and didn't even notice how the time flew by! The writing was extremely good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The change of POV in the middle of the story only helped to see things more fully and I'm grateful the author chose to do it this way.
This was a short story, but I felt like I got to really know the characters and I couldn't help but fall for them (I must admit, the story left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a strong desire to read more about them! And I want D...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I enjoyed this story about Nicky and Devon. Once Devon was able to show and make Nicky understand that he wouldn't have anything to do with him if he continued to be a pushy brat constantly manipulating to get what he thought he wanted. The beginning scenes are a little rough, and while Devon is completely capable of dishing it out, he shows that he is looking for so much more than just that. At the same time, Nicky needs to learn that there can be so much more than what he is currently seeking....more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Very nice story. Nicky Avery, Broadway star, spoiled brat, sub who tops from the bottom, meets his match in Devon, also an actor, but a very disciplined Dom who decides to take on Nicky's training.

A major portion of the book is devoted to the evening when Devon finally breaks Nicky's disobedience and shows him the true meaning of not only being a sub, but also of being the man who can hold Devon's heart.

I'm never disappointed with this author's work. Definitely recommend this to anyone who rea...more
Josie Goodreads
I loved this story. Yes Devon's treatment of Nicky is harsh, and at first quite unforgiving, but once I realised why Devon was behaving like that it sort of made sense, he needed to push Nicky so he could understand his needs and how to put him back together gain. He wouldn't have got to Nicky's needs without treating him the way he did. I really need to get the next book now to see how their relationship developed.
Connie
“I mean it, Nicky. I’m not playing. This apartment’s only big enough for one Dom, and until you get that, I’m done with you. Go home.”

WOW I thought I was in for a little PWP, my mistake.
It totally pushed my buttons...all in the right way.
What a cheeky little bastard! Nicky thinks he rules the world in and out of the bedroom.
Devon will prove him wrong and show him WHO the Dom really is.

Vivian Archer
Great interplay between Devon and Nick. Sexy and emotional and intense. A bit gritty in places with some humiliation, but a sub with a backbone who can take it. My main gripe is that this feels like a great beginning to an intensely psychological and physical book that just ends when it is really beginning.

Maybe I'm just greedy, but it felt like the story was incomplete.
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“You don’t deserve me. Why should I waste my time on some bratty little whore who only wants someone to beat him until he can get off without guilt, huh? Someone who can’t follow a simple fucking direction. You don’t even want what I’m offering! You don’t want to find yourself; you want to get lost.” Devon stalked to the closet, grabbed Nicky’s coat, and hurled it at him. “So get lost.” 4 likes
“While that mouth clearly deserves an opportunity to worship as many various bits of me and my shoe collection as I can shove in there, we're not done talking yet.” 4 likes
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