The Master Will Appear (Lily G’s Review)

Title: The Master Will Appear
Author: L.A. Witt and Michael Ferraiuolo (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 01-02-18
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.

Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.

What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.

Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.

This is an enthralling age-gap romance between a student and a fencing coach with the added benefit of a BDSM dynamic. It’s a slow burn story with Misha and Ryan getting to know each other and working out their relationship on various levels—as student/teacher, lovers, and Dom/sub.

Misha leads Ryan on a journey of discovery. At first Ryan is arrogant, thinking he knows all about fencing. Misha takes him back to square one and teaches him step-by-step how to improve his stance and his technique. He knows how to treat Ryan to draw the best out of him. He also teaches him more about himself and fulfills his personal, sexual, and submission needs as the story progresses. It’s not a one-way relationship. Misha realizes that Ryan could be the perfect submissive for him. And as both men work through various issues and get to know each other they fall in love. It has a wonderfully written storyline with well-developed characters and plenty of steamy scenes, many with kinky or BDSM elements. I’m glad the story is told via both character’s POV as this gives more insight into the two characters.

Michael is one of my favourite narrators and his performance here is outstanding. He perfectly gauges the emotions required for each scene and I love how he creates distinct and consistent voices for each character. I especially enjoyed Misha’s Russian accent.

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Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men's feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing! Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.