5 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided an ARC of Her Master’s Servant through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
In book two of the Lord and Master series, Luna Gregory sets off on her own after being betrayed by her long-time mentor and the love of her life in one fell swoop. By accepting a job from someone she trusts, she gets as far away from Arborage Estate as she can. A project in Shetland convincing the local sheep farmers to breed black sheep should keep her mind occupied for a while.
Stefan Lundgren isn’t willing to give up on his relationship with Luna so easily. He goes the extra mile in his fight for Luna once he finally understands what she needs. But their reunion is only the beginning. Not everyone is happy that Stefan is set to inherit Arborage, and he’ll need Luna’s help to hold on to the estate and run it according to his vision.
Her Master’s Servant is book two in the Lord and Master series, and it is immediately engrossing, starting right at the point where book one left off. The author’s writing style is fascinating, drawing you in and keeping you hooked. Anyone who can write about sheep breeding and still hold me captive to the plot is a winning author in my opinion. I felt the emotion of both characters, hurting for each of them while still understanding why they were apart.
Luna and Stefan are both well-developed characters from book one, and they hold true to their characterizations even though they each have learning and growing to do in this story. Having been betrayed by those she trusted most, Luna needs to learn to trust again. Stefan is a successful businessman who never had to consider anyone else’s feelings before. In order to win Luna back and hold on to her, he has to prove she’ll be more important than his job. I loved watching both of these characters open up and blossom with each other.
The same underlying heat flows through this story as well. There’s a bit of a Dominant/submissive relationship between Luna and Stefan, and I love the stimulation it adds without detracting from the main plot. Like book one, there is just enough explicitness without going overboard.
I enjoyed watching Luna learn Stefan’s language, although I did have to use Google Translate quite a bit to figure out what she was saying. It wasn’t strictly necessary to know what the phrases meant, and many times I was able to get the gist of the phrase from the surrounding narration. I admit it was my own curiosity that pushed me to translate many of the phrases.
Although this book leaves quite a bit open for book three in the series, I felt more settled with the way it ended. The issues brought up in the main plot of this book were resolved, leaving me satisfied while still wanting more. I look forward to reading the next book in the series as well as anything else this author writes.
Her Master’s Servant will be available on January 18, 2016. My review of Lord and Master can be found here.