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The Love of a Master

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
There are good-looking, willing young men in every hidden corner of America — men like Tim and Marc who know a worthy top when they see him. John Preston’s powerful and darkly insightful classic The Love of a Master follows the Master’s patient, deliberate, and wickedly inventive training of his two boyish but determined devotees as they release themselves to their submiss ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Cleis Press (first published 1987)
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Apr 30, 2010 Deanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: kinked, m-m
The book starts off slow with some reflection by the Master. The first half of the book is the Master storytelling followed by Tim (future slave) storytelling. The second half is Tim and Marc's journey.

There really aren't a lot of fetishes or extremes in this book. There is some nipple play & spanking. But the strength of the story lies in Tim and Marc accepting their desires and their learning process.
Sep 01, 2015 Sinclair rated it really liked it
Better than average. Half the book is in dialogue recounting adventures of the past, which is kind of odd—I would've liked it more in scene. (But maybe that's a writer's complaint?) Still, I enjoy the characters and it's really fun to dive into a world that normalizes M/s, even as some of the characters have challenges with it.
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Aug 25, 2009 Joey Diamond rated it really liked it
Shelves: queerdo, porno, fiction
This is a very very slow build, especially compared to Preston's short stories. Which makes it damn sweet when it all falls into place. I'm still unsure how much he had me but i have to admit some of it is gonna be on high rotation.
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John Preston wrote and edited gay erotica, fiction, and nonfiction.
He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, later living in a number of major American cities before settling in Portland, Maine in 1979. A writer of fiction and nonfiction, dealing mostly with issues in gay life, he was a pioneer in the early gay rights movement in Minneapolis. He helped found one of the earliest gay community centers
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