Marc d'Alessio might own a BDSM club with his fellow military veterans, Adam and Damián, but he keeps all women at a distance. However, when Marc rescues beautiful Angelina Giardano from a disastrous first BDSM experience at the club, an uncharacteristic attraction leaves him torn between his safe, but lonely world, and a possible future with his angel.
Angelina leaves BDSM behind, only to have her dreams plagued by the Italian angel who rescued her at the club. When she meets Marc at a bar in her hometown, she can't shake the feeling she knows him—but has no idea why he reminds her of her angel.
When Marc's search-and-rescue partner, widower Luke Denton, confides he believes Angelina is the angel his wife promised to send him, Marc is convinced she is meant for Luke. A painful incident from his past keeps Marc from letting any woman drive a wedge between him and a friend.
While Luke can provide Angelina with love and stability, Marc knows his friend can't satisfy her submissive needs. Marc offers one night to show her that BDSM is not about pain, but a power exchange with mutual trust and consent. But he knows he can’t commit emotionally to anything more.
When the abusive Dom from Angelina's past threatens, Marc's protective instincts kick in; he must keep her safe. Again at the Masters at Arms Club, she turns the tables on him—and turns his safe, controlled world upside down.
I really love the Men of 'Masters of Arms'. The Men are strong, well developed characters. And this is still a strong series for a new author. I have read a lot of plot driven BDSM stories, and the "scenes" were appropriate to the storyline. When you really get down to the core of BDSM, it's about trust. Trust in your partner, trust in yourself, no secrets, no lies. This series just so happens to be build around a lifestyle most people cringe at. Angelina needed to overcome a past experience and Marc had to overcome a long ago regret. Both had to learn to open up and completely trust the other. It seemed like it took forever for them to finally reach that point. I have to say that Marc and Angelina are not my favorite couple. I found Angelina a little annoying with the constant teary eyed woman bit. That being said, I still absolutely love this series. I can't wait for Adam and Karla's story, they are my favorite couple!