Title: Nobody's Perfect (Masters At Arms, Book 4)
Savannah Gentry, now Savi Baker, escaped the torture and degradation forced upon her by a sadistic father for eleven years and has made a safe life for herself and her daughter. When her father threatens her peace of mind—and her daughter's safety—Savi runs to Damián Orlando for protection. Their one day together eight years earlier changed both their lives and resulted in a secret she can no longer hide. But being with Damián reawakens feelings she wants buried—and stirs up an onslaught of disturbing flashbacks that leave her shaken to the core with little hope of ever being a sexual being again.
Damián has his own dragons to fight, but has never forgotten the one perfect day he spent with Savannah in a cave at the beach. He will go to the ends of the earth to protect Savi and her daughter, but can never be the whole man she deserves after a firefight in Iraq. Besides, the trauma of war and resulting PTSD has led him to find his place as the Masters at Arms Club's favorite sadist. Savi needs someone gentle and loving, not the broken man he has become. But he sees that the lifestyle he's come to embrace also can help Savi regain control of her life and sexuality. How can he not help redirect her negative thoughts and actions if she needs him?
Kally girl, you had me at Adam Montague, but HOLY HELL--Damian is hands down HOT and DELISH with a sinfully bold D! I now have a new favorite Dom.
I knew there was something special about Orlando when he first made an appearance in the MASTER AT ARMS series. His wounded soul called out to me and I wanted to hear his story like yesterday, lol.
Kallypso is the Master at writing such emotional, heart-felt erotic romance and she had me weeping in sympathy for these two characters. Of course, I managed to laugh a few times with the humorous dialog in between the crying jags as well. It was like a freakin' Steel Magnolias moment for me.
Savi's story is not one that I think is for the faint of heart. At the age of eight, she is sexually molested and sold as a sex slave by her very own father. She is brutalized in some unfathomable ways that will stun you--beaten and used as a pain slave for years until Savi thinks that suicide will be her only escape.
One night she is brutalized by two strangers who have paid her father for the use of her body and her screams catches the attention of a young man that works at the hotel. Damian is disgusted by what he sees and rescues her from the violence and gives her one night of pleasure; a consensual pleasurable experience that forever resonates with both over the next nine years.
Savi, newly pregnant with Damian's child, escapes the horrible life her father has imprisoned her in and takes refuge in a neighboring church. Her sole reason for living is the child within her belly. And she will protect it at any cost. Even if it means searching the child's father eight years later when Savi's father locates her and threatens to return her to his abusive, sick and sadistic control.
What follows is a slow growing relationship that builds over time. Savi has long buried the pain of her abusive upbringing--unable to cry, unable to feel. Numb to everything, even the feel of her child's arms when she envelops her in a warm hug.
With Damian as her Top, Savi is able to break through some of the emotional walls --one brick at a time -- that she has encased around her. Kallypso does this slowly, realistically, and the pacing is spot on. Their relationship is not rushed and is at times tearfully touching.
There is even humor in this tragic story. Their playfulness lightens the tense moments of such a serious matter. It gave me the warm fuzzies and giggles as Damian nick named his penis, Chico. Savi shows her humorous side when she reciprocates by naming her vajay-jay, Chiquita...
"Hell, I'd die a happy man if you just let me kiss Chiquita at least once a day." -- Damian.
Damian's unending patience is just what Savi needs in order to heal. And she is able to reconnect to her sensual side and actually feel things for the first time. These two souls are perfect for each other--providing what the other needs, while loving the person as they are--faults and all.
This story is on my keeper shelf, Kallypso!