Retired Marine Master Sergeant Adam Montague has battled through four war zones, but now finds himself running from Karla Paxton, who has declared war on his heart. With a twenty-five year age difference, he feels he should be her guardian and protector, not her lover. But Karla's knack for turning up in his bed at inopportune times is killing his resolve to do the right thing. Karla isn't a little girl anymore—something his body reminds him of every chance it gets.
Karla Paxton fell in love with Adam when she was a sixteen-year-old runaway and he rescued her. Now, nine years later, she's determined to make Adam see her as a woman. But their age difference is only part of the problem. Adam has been a guardian and protector for lost and vulnerable souls most of his life, but a secret he has run from for more than three decades has kept him emotionally unable to admit he can love anyone. Will she be able to lower his guard long enough to break down the defenses around his heart and help him put to rest the ghosts from his past? In her all-out war to get Adam to surrender his heart, can the strong-willed Goth singer offer herself as his submissive—and at what cost to herself?
CONTENT INFO: This couple's story begins in Masters at Arms and continues in Nobody's Angel. This is not a stand-alone novel. This book contains very erotic scenes that include BDSM (bondage-discipline-domination-submission-sadism-masochism-master-slave)—but these ALWAYS will be safe, sane, and consensual (SSC) acts told in a more realistic approach to the BDSM genre. Includes rough sex, Shibari (rope bondage and suspension), anal play, cunnilingus, fellatio, flogging, sex toys, and intensely erotic "vanilla" sexual acts.
I first met him in a Chicago bus station as he was nursing a hangover, trying to get back into headspace to return to his Marines and the war, and reeling from the loss of his beloved wife of 20 years, Joni. Master Sergeant Montague was faithful and loyal to his wife, as well as to the Marine Corps. What's not to love about a man who would sacrifice 25 years of his life for the country he loved?
Master Adam was inspired by Gibbs on NCIS. Like Gibbs, Adam began seeking a family by choice to replace those he'd loved and lost. He rescued 16-year-old Karla from pimps in the bus station and they formed a friendship through correspondence that spanned nine years. When he decided to retire, he realized Marc D'Alessio, his unit's Navy corpsman and the younger brother of one of the few Marine's he'd lost in combat, was at loose ends, too, and invited him to join him in opening a BDSM Club. Soon after, Marc enlisted Adam's help in rescuing Damian Orlando who was on the brink of suicide and dealing with PTSD after Iraq. The three opened their Masters at Arms Club a few years later, forming a tight brotherhood as they worked together toward that goal.
Adam is self-deprecating, which is why he will tell you he's nobody's hero. In fact, when he first said that to me, I knew I had the name of his book. He'll also be the first to say he's screwed up when it comes to being a Dom. I enjoy reading about fantasy Doms, but when it comes to writing them, I wanted the real deal. All of my Doms are realistic. But with Adam, it's even more so. A reader wrote to me in February asking me if there was someone I based Adam on, because he seemed so real. I told her no. Just a figment of my imagination. Then a month later, a 22-year Marine who retired as a Master Sergeant the same year as my Adam e-mailed me to tell me how much he enjoyed reading about Adam and the other characters in the series. As I got to know him better, there were even more similarities to my Adam. Knowing that there really is a Master Adam out there just makes my fictional version even more awesome to me.
Adam Montague would lay down his life for the ones he loves. He is protective, heroic, and strong willed. At 50, he's had only found two li'l subs he's pledged his heart to, the second being Karla. He fought his attraction to the 25-year-old, knowing he wasn't what a young woman needed. He was at the end of his journey and not looking to commit to anyone else. He'd already had the love of his life and hadn't gotten over her loss even after nine years. (He just hadn't met anyone with a stronger will than his—Karla.)
Oh, speak of the Devil Dog, here's Master Adam now!
"Sir, you'll never guess what's happened!"
He looked around the great room. "Where's Karla? Is she all right?"
"Oh, no! Don't worry. She's just taking a nap. She's fine! No, this isn't anything bad. I just found out that you are in competition for the Ultimate Dom at the Under the Covers blog.
"Fuck that shit."
"Now, Sir. I know you won't believe this, but the readers who read those stories I wrote about you have voted for you. Lots of them wish you were their Dom. I know, because they write to me all the time asking if you're real."
"Look, I'm nobody's Ultimate Dom. Tell them to take me off the list. This is fucking embarrassing."
(Sorry, Francesca, if I offend any of your readers. You know how Adam is—a Marine to the end. Reminds me of the real-life Master Adam. When he was going over Masters at Arms for me for the recent re-release of my three books, he crossed out a place where I had Adam saying frigging and changed it to the F-bomb. He wrote, "Marines cuss. They don't say frigging.")
"Well, if it makes you feel any better, you're up against some really tough competition. Maybe you'll lose."
Adam shook his head. "I'm sure the readers at Under the Covers won't waste a vote on some scarred-up old Marine like me. Now, I need to go check on Karla. If I know her, she's not napping, but plotting some new scheme to break me of my resolve. The woman's tenacious, I'll give her that. But I'm not backing down on this."
*sigh* Well, there you have my stubborn, but loveable, crusty old Marine. I know readers alternate between wanting to hug him and wanting to smack him upside the head Gibbs style. But I'm not going to dissuade anyone from voting for him, because he'll always be MY hero, and my Ultimate Dom. Thanks to all the readers who took the time to nominate him!
Adam burst into my life July 2011 when I had the great honor of beta reading Masters at Arms for Kallypso Masters. My reading world would never be the same without this Retired Marine Master Sergeant. In Masters at Arms, we see Adam as a tough as nails, but very broken and lonely Marine who saves a young teenage girl, Karla. Adam has no idea that this chance encounter with a girl 25 years his junior will forever change his life.
What we don’t know about Adam in Masters at Arms is just how broken he really is, because he always seems to be the rock for everyone around him. We don’t find out how deep his hurt runs until he gets his own book, Nobody’s Hero. And this boy—I know he doesn't like me to call him a boy, but he really is a lost little boy inside, even if he's a tough-as-nails Marine on the outside—is stubborn to a fault. Sometimes he can’t see what is right in front of him. But never fear, Karla finally gets through his stubborn, hard headed, I-need-no-one frame of mind.
I am sure anyone who has read these books will agree that Adam can be my hero any day.
Adam is sweet and stern, all at the same time. But he is always there for his growing surrogate family, especially Marc and Damián, no matter what. Loyal to a fault, and don’t ever mess with what Adam thinks is his.
Why do I think Adam deserves the title of Ultimate Dom?
Because, for one, he doesn’t think he needs or deserves it. He is selfless to a fault. Amid all the scars on his back, he has a tattoo memorializing the three Marines who died under his command, but very few people have ever seen it (only Marc, Karla, oh, yeah, and Karla's Mom, as far as I know, who all found it inadvertently). He's not flashy. He's the real deal. While he doesn't believe it, those who have read about him in the Rescue Me series already know he is the uber Dom, the absolute ultimate Dom. Is he perfect? Hell, no. Like I said, he has a stubborn streak a mile long. He can't communicate worth a damn, especially with Karla (but Kally keeps saying he's going to be forced to improve in that regard as the series continues). And he makes mistakes, but he's willing to admit it when he's wrong. When his sub, Karla, wouldn't safeword and he knew she'd gone beyond her limits, he's not afraid to safeword for her, unlike some who will cross the line and abuse a sub who doesn't safeword. He would never hurt anyone who didn't deserve it (and I can't wait to see how he and the boys exact justice for Savi). He is very protective of everyone under his wing.
2nd: Adam really is the Ultimate Dom. His willingness to help Damián out of a very dark place and to become a father-figure to him; to keep Karla safe from pimps in the bus station and even later in Nobody's Angel when he rescues her again by placing himself in great physical danger; to help Marc find a sense of purpose and direction after his medical discharge from the military as he starts to let down his guard and let a woman get close to his heart for the first time; and now to become a father-figure to Savi as she heals from the abuses inflicted on her by her own father. Adam takes responsibility for everyone around him and will help anyone who comes into his club (or across his path, in some cases).
3rd: Adam is a master in the art of Shibari, the ancient Japanese martial art of binding or tying someone up with ropes using these special techniques. When he got roped into tying Karla the first time in Nobody's Angel, I honestly never thought of being tied up as hot until this scene. Then, in Nobody's Hero, he did a Shibari suspension scene that, well, to be honest scared the crap out of me while intriguing me all at the same time.
4th: Adam has finally found a little peace in his life with the new love of his life and it looks like very happy times are ahead for the couple. After so many years of suffering and not taking credit for anything, he deserves to be recognized as the Ultimate Dom.
5th: It would be great to see him a little flustered over all the attention. I am sure that he would tell us we are all nuts and to leave him the F*ck alone.
6th and finally… Because I said so!! I am the Princess Masters Brat, so you should just listen to me and vote for Master Adam!
So these are my reasons why Adam should win this Ultimate Dom Contest. Now go vote for Adam.
Dear readers:WOW! If you have not read this series, do yourself a favor and pick it up. If you like a tortured hero, and sometimes tortured heroine as well, with plenty of an emotional story along with your very hot sexy scenes, then this is the series for you.~ Francesca
Adam is the ultimate dom because of his ability to know what everyone needs. In the dungeons and in life. Adam is the one who knows how to control every thing around him.
He knows how to command with a simple look and can make a girl shiver with one spoken word. He is a master with ropes and can force an orgasm on any willing subbie. Add to that his ability to train even the least experienced person and his ability to care for those under his watch and you are left with nothing less than perfection.
He is sensitive, dominant, caring, he knows exactly where to touch and how to touch. He is just plainly the hottest DOM.
He has everything that a woman would want in a Dom, former Marine, powerful, strong, domineering, confident, loyal, compassionate, tender, caring, loving, gorgeous, well-endowed and knows how to bring a woman to ecstasy.
He just makes me melt on the spot when He is in the middle of a scene, whether it's a demonstration at the club or with His own subbie. Beyond the scenes though, He is a Dom naturally; always taking care of everyone. He also makes sure that all Masters at the club are treating Their subbies properly and with the correct care; many might argue this is simply Him watching out for the business but I believe it is the Natural Dom in Him watching out for the subbies.