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Loving the Master

(The Manse #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Genres: Gay, BDSM, Erotica, Romance

Billionaire Dominant David Davenport needs a break from the loveless isolation imposed by wealth, responsibility, and the stress of running the Manse, his private gay club. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming and submissive nature of Shea Whittier, their young waiter. David offers to help
Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Fantastic Fiction Publishing
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It's release day, finally! I hope you all enjoy this one. It's naughty perfection.

4.5 rounded up because BDSM and ROMANCE TOGETHER!!

In an effort to shake things up a bit with my reviews, and with the fact that I was in a mood when I read this, I am going to post my GoodReads reading log as my review. I LOVED the book and hated reading it by myself. Oh well, I'll certainly enjoy reading my friend's logs and reviews once they have a chance!

0.0% "Come to mama! This is the prequel to Bound by Lies
Caroline Brand

Gawd I love this author and the boys she brings us!

If you have been reading this series you will remember David Davenport when we met him whilst he was training Jenner in Learning from the Master. For those of you who don’t know him David is the very wealthy, very enigmatic and very charming owner of an exclusive BDSM club called The Manse. Despite all the privilege that surrounds him and all the men willing to kneel at his feet David Davenport is lonely. Finding
Lynn Kelling writes younger characters that I relate to. I'm really not big on two New Adult/coming-of-age/younger guys, but I read the Twin Ties series - My Brother's Lover Dual Affairs Double Heat - and now I've been sucked into the Manse series. Add to this that I'm not into superheroes, geeks, or geeky characters, and it's amazing that I loved this book. And I did. I absolutely loved it.


Lynn Kelling writes amazing characters and stories that draw you in and wrap themselves around your heart
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh, Lynn Kelling, you’ve done it yet again! I absolutely loved this book!

The book plays on the billionaire Dom trope. David has money, a security details (more on that later), and a BDSM club on the ground floor of his mansion. He meets shy 18 year-old Shea and is completely enamoured by him. David wants to wrap Shea in a bubble and keep him safe from the world. And guess what? He sort of has to as Shea seems to be leading a pretty horrible life –the poor kid is victimised in every corner! So S
Jack Pyke
Part of the Society of Masters. Has one of my MCers in it!
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

4.5 stars

Lynn Kelling has always written characters that have a darkness to them. They are characters that have been put through so much that they have a hard shell to crack before their vulnerability and sweetness shows through. One word I never thought I would use to describe a main character in a Lynn Kelling book is “adorable”, but 18 year old, comic book nerd Shea is just that. He’s been through a hard time the past few years and is on the verge of home
Lisa The Novel Approach
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lynn Kelling’s Learning from the Master is a short prequel to Jenner Parrish’s full story, Bound By Lies. When I read “Learning” I wasn’t at all familiar with these characters, but really, I didn’t need to be, as the vignette is the erotic introduction to a then eighteen-year-old Jenner—who’s only beginning to learn what some of his yearnings foretell. That being that he’s a Dominant, and that in order to be a Master, he has to learn what it means, and the strength it takes, to submit.

In this sc
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bgirls, mm, bdsm-d-s, ebook

4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

This was my favorite Lynn Kelling so far. While there were a few things that didn’t quite work for me, there were so many more that did.

David is bored and in a bit of a lull. He’s hasn’t found anyone lately who he really connected with. That changes when he meets young Shae. Shae is having a bit of a rough time (he lives with a horrible ex-boyfriend, is attacked, loses said apartment, job, etc.), but no matter what life throws at him, he has this positive pe
Wendy Ann
I’m no singer and I’m nowhere near angelic, but I’m definitely rejoicing “Hallelujah” at the top of my lungs with a grin from ear to ear! I’m only a couple of days into the new year, but I already know this book is going to top my list of favorites for 2016!!

There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love about this story – it totally aligned with most of my key hot buttons (a very good thing in this context). Those included:

• Characters I could rally around and love. Shea was more than adorable in h
Joyfully Jay
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Loving the Master is the prequel book in the Manse series. While David and Shea were characters in the earlier books, this is the story of their beginning and can be read as a stand alone. Also, if you are familiar with Kelling’s work you will be aware that the author generally packs a punch on many levels and, while there is violence and scenes of BDSM here, comparatively, I am going to classify this as Kelling lite.

Shea is easy to fall for instantly. He’s young,
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
Yeahhhh. That was really nice. Sigh.
Rachel Emily
So...I originally thought I would rate this somewhere between 4-4.5 stars, but what pushed me to rate it 5 stars was Shea and how absolutely adorable, endearing, and strong he was as a character. I just loved him, right from the beginning and his first meeting with David. I felt for him when the absolutely horrible things happened, and I loved his innocence, rambling awkwardness, his love of superheroes, and the realness of how he fell in love with David.

However, there were a few things that di
I've reread this thinking perhaps I missed something the first time. Well, I don't think I missed anything but I did pay closer attention.

It's still a story where you need to completely suspend your belief system, ala Fifty Shades. Actually the whole premise is Fifty Shades.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book and the end of the book where the romance shines through. The middle was too long.

The sex and BDSM elements. Heavy on the Master/Slave business which I don't know if I'll ever buy
QUEERcentric Books
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Christina for QUEERcentric Books
4.5 stars

Described as a prequel to a prequel, the story of David and Shea was at times heartbreaking and sweet. Getting to see David be Shea’s real life superhero was amazing.

Watch Christina's video review at QUEERcentric Books!
Pre-ordered the book from Amazon *happy dance* I can't wait to the book are published next year 2016 and know more of The Society of Masters *happy* <3 <3 <3 :-D Get to know and meeting David & Shea <3 <3 <3
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
Sweet, fluffy h/c that needed a more realistic background and a better editor to really work for me but it was fun and readable.
Kim the Strange
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lynn never disappoints....dreamy sigh!
Phetra Novak
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for GGR reviews:

Loving the Master by Lynn Kelling, is an alternative lifestyle book. In ít you will meet shy but still vibrant Shea Whittier who because of being thrown out on the streets for being gay lives the life of a poor man who is barely hanging on because the few people he has around him expect his friend Daisy doesn’t really care about him. His room mates are about to throw him out onto the streets because he’s low on cash and also after with rent. Shea is sweet and I really li
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a good time reading this book, but I can’t say I loved it as I expected to. I did loved Shea so much, he was a lovely character.

The plot and writing style was nice. I sis struggle a little bit with the story feeling a little distracted at times and other times I couldn’t read fast enough. It had some high and lows but I did enjoy the way the story went.

What I liked the most about it was Shea. He was a beautiful character and getting to know him was my favorite part of the book. I also like
Alexis Woods
I picked up a prequel, but this was a story onto it's own. Overall, I liked the storyline, but a couple of ticking points kept me from giving it more stars. I really disliked how David (the dom) kept referring to Shea as "slave". I get that "slave" was used in the club, but Shea doesn't act one iota like a slave the entire book. Okay for use at the beginning, but I truly feel like David could have come up with something better than calling a bratty sub a slave by the end. The other part that bot ...more
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boy Oh Boy is all I can say about this story. Lynn sure knows how to write about kink. Her writing makes you feel like you are part of the story. I found myself on more than one occasion stopping mid read to enjoy the visuals she gives us.
The plot is great, who doesnt love the billionaire and the pauper stories. David and Shea are so far from each other in status that you can see how they will work together.
David knows money can buy you many things but true love isnt one of them. Everything tha
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
yeah, wow. I know I'm always raving about Lynn Kelling's characters and their relationships but this one really outdoes them all. David is a deep and interesting character, I fell in love with him right away - he has such a strong need to be loved it broke my heart. And Shea was so perfect for him, he's looking for support and safety and acceptance and David is just the right match.

The dynamic for this pair is incredible - I met them first in Learning from the Master (which was excellent) and th
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
M/M. BDSM with a lot of public display. That turns me off so the book was just okay for me.
I really loved this. It's very fluffy and sweet for a book that tackles such complicated issues. David and Shea pretty much fall in insta-love, but it works for me. I think the dynamic is handled well to where it never feels like David is taking advantage of Shea, and that Shea is in over his head. Shea stands up for himself and stands his ground when it's important. I think the stuff with David's dad didn't need to be there. It was a little much. But I do like the compassion Shea shows Damian, ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Abandoning ship at 47% mark. Really tried to get though the book for the sake of curiosity but couldn't get into it. This is where the MCs are about to get some action too but I'm not feeling it anymore. Some nice quotes every now and then but too much soap opera going on here for my taste.
Diane Dannenfeldt
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 400-500_pgs, m-m, bdsm
I really enjoyed this one. You have to suspend your beliefs in some areas. I also would have like some hardercore BDSM.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: made-me-anxious
the plot seemed silly and ridiculous and i couldn't connect to the story at all. shea was a walking tragedy and david was so 1 dimensional. all he did was take care of shea. that's it. and i read over 60% of this book ugh.
update: i finished this damn book and it's still three stars.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Loving the Master by Lynn Kelling
1) At 10%, I was ready to throw in the towel, but I persevered. At 25%, I had to take a break from reading, and truthfully, I considered calling it quits. I found the violence in the first quarter of this novel unbearable, but I trusted it was crucial to the plot development, and I was already fully invested in the characters, so I read on. The author paints a vivid setting through scant description, allowing the reader’s i
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I probably liked this the best of the Lynn Kelling books I've read. This was actually rather light; not too much angst, except for Shea's initial experience. I liked the gradual way David led Shea into BDSM and into sex in general. There was still a lot of effort required to read it through a filter of "this is not realism and it was intended that way". I also didn't fall into it completely. I think it's because of books I've read previously with the billionaire and the poor, pitiful, persecuted ...more
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Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders a ...more

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The Manse (4 books)
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