Schooled by Lorelei James (Mastered #2.5)

Schooled by Lorelei JamesAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Bought & Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

When Amery Hardwick first met martial arts master Ronin Black, she wasn’t ready for the level of his sensual artistry or his need for extreme control. Nor was she prepared for the primal urges it released in her. Amery and Ronin were made for each other.

When they married they were certain their future would be a fulfilling journey of love and passion. But happily ever after is never so simple. Six months later, while in Japan, Ronin is training with his sensei, while Amery is consumed by her own burgeoning career and a culture shock with which she is struggling to adapt.

Now, from the heady pleasures of Tokyo bondage houses to the unyielding family traditions pulsing with every beat of Ronin’s heart, Amery and Ronin find the limits of their relationship tested once again, and shocked to discover what they’re willing to do in order to save it.

I love checking in with past characters and Schooled gave me exactly what I was looking for as we wait for book 3 due out in March 2015!

Ronin and Amery have married and are blissfully happy in their union. When it comes time for Ronin to go back home to Japan to continue his training he whisks Amery with him as a sort of delayed and extended honeymoon. The training and its commitments take much of his time, ultimately leaving Amery to fend for herself in a foreign country whose language she does not speak. She relishes the alone time she gets to spend with Ronin but his exhaustion from training often leaves him distant and moody.

These two definitely were made for each other. Ronin and Amery together is sheer perfection. I love how they both have grown as characters since I first encountered them in Unbound (book 1). Amery does a much better job of communicating her grievances to Ronin while still understanding his need to please his sensei. Once Ronin is aware of the strain this trip seems to be putting on his new marriage he does everything within his power to ease Amery’s mind by showing her over and over how much he truly cares for her.

The rope play is still integral to the flow of the book but I’d say that just the connection and coupling of these two is what did it for me in Schooled. Amery really puts herself out there for Ronin and he reciprocates by taking her places she never dreamed about. James paints the scenes so perfectly that I have to wonder if she’s been where her characters have been. I could almost smell the blossoms on the trees that she describes with ease.

You need to read these in order to truly get the growth and emotion James has woven into this series. It’s simply amazing and I cannot wait for book 3! I just wish it would have been longer so I didn’t have to say goodbye as soon.

I give Schooled by Lorelei James 4 stars! 


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