Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Vampire Julian Montfort spots Kate Collins when he’s out feeding one night. He becomes entranced with her, but his life is complicated with his obsessive maker, Evangeline. Julian who settles on the idea that one night will have to be enough is determined to make his night with Kate one to remember. When he realizes that one night will never be enough, how will Julian manage his complicated situation and will Kate want him when she knows the truth?
I received this novel from R&R Blog Tours in exchange for my review.
Master for Tonight is a very well-written novel, technically speaking. If there were any errors, I didn’t see them. The narrative flowed well, and the story moved at a fairly brisk pace. For a first novel, Barris gives us a work written with an expert hand that an author writing for years would hesitate to rival.
That said, Master for Tonight is the ultimate in Mary-Sue fiction. I’ve always thought this a very clever tactic that highly successful authors employ. Julian is god-like. His maker made him because he was so sexually powerful that she simply could not live without him. Julian sees this 38-year-old woman who is out of shape and a bit nuts but basically a good person, and he thinks she’s the most beautiful person he’s ever seen. He becomes obsessed. The extent of his obsession is a bit creepy. He sits in a tree and studies her. He learns her turn on and her problems and falls deeply into true love. Female readers curling up with their Kindle and glass of wine–just as Kate is when Julian makes his move–will say, “Ohmygosh, I’M pushing middle age! I’M not in the best shape! I’M a little wacky. OHMYGOSH, THIS COULD BE ME” and suddenly Julian and Kate’s story is the best thing they’ve ever read. Now, no thinking woman is going to aspire to a vampire in a tree but that aspirational sense leads to the idea that someone that might be hiding in the ether (stalking, but not in a creepy way) thinks that they’re the hottest person he’s (or she) has ever seen, and they’ll see the soul under the fluffiness and slightly scattered nature and fall in love. This escapism and ability to put oneself in a story is what sells books, people. Whether you aspire to be a super spy or slightly dumpy woman someone finds irresistible.
Barris does offer some twists out of the ordinary. Readers looking for action or heat will be satisfied. Julian and Kate are not assured a happy ending. There is a seriously powerful and somewhat crazy maker between them and she’s not even going to begin to buy Julian’s flip explanation of a fly-by-night fling. Barris convincingly writes the character as off-balance and one that could simply do anything. The suspense at points is delicious. The erotica was not so much for me. Kate has fantasies of being dominated and controlled with which I cannot identify, but given the popularity of certain former fan-fiction blockbusters it seems like an idea that is quite popular.Master for Tonight ends with something of a cliffhanger. I have not read anything to give any indication of how long the planned series might be but I do think that Barris’s expert turn at the end will lead fans acquired in this novel to await the next one eagerly. Readers may assume they know what happens next but Barris has taught her readers to expect the unexpected.
If that sort of domination floats your boat and you like a little thriller with your sex, you cannot go wrong with Master for Tonight.
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Elaine Barris is a Texas author who lives with her four dogs, two cats and a hamster. Master for Tonight is her first novel.