When I started this book I'd no idea what to expect, I was out and only had my kindle, I was looking for something short and easy so I figured a book called 'Master' would be an easy 50 or so pages and a hot read. Was I mistaken, my first clue came on the first page when Lena was described 'an imbecile, lazy bitch, lice in her hair, fat, doesn't wash, nineteen and still plays with dolls' if Lena was the main character then this was either going to be a much longer book than I first imagined or the least sexy short book ever.
Once I'd started reading I couldn't stop, I didn't even like it at first but I had to find out what on earth was going on and to say this book was a surprise is putting it mildly.
It's set in the Ukraine in 1995 and Lena is living with her father and bitch of a step-mother Vera, all is not well as you can tell from the condition of Lena. Despite her attitude and outward appearance Lena accompanies her racketeering father Dmitri to the weekly cage fights.
Jahn has been working as miner and for the last three months he's attended the fights, staying in the shadows and mixing with the crowd but tonight is different, tonight he's not only stepping out of the shadows but right in to the spotlight and the middle of the cage and when he wins he not only gets the money but he gets the pick of any woman attending but no one, absolutely no one expects him to pick Lena especially Lena herself and this is when the book becomes something more, I mean why would he pick Lena?
This wasn't the short hot read I expected, it was difficult and emotional story with loads of twists and turns, we get a glimpse of what life in the Ukraine was like after independence and for the majority of working people it wasn't good while the ruthless and rich few took everything they could get their hands on, it's hard to explain exactly what you get with this book, it certainly took me by surprise I'll just say you get much more than you'd expect.
Why not 5 stars, Lena annoyed me, I know, I know, I feel mean especially with everything she's been through but what can I say also the ending, I just....as soon as I'd finished I checked to see if there's 'next' book, I couldn't find one and don't get me wrong the endings not bad or a cliffhanger but.....maybe the author finishes all her books this way I don't know it's a first time read for me but I didn't like it and since this is my review and my opinion I'm deducting a star, ok make that half a star.
I think about this book often and while I originally deducted half a star for the reasons given about the more I think about it the more I realise this book deserves 5 stars and more if I'm being honest. I've given 5 stars to other books which I've enjoyed but in all honesty a lot of then weren't half the book this is so I'm changing my rating from 4.5 to 5 which is what it should have been all along.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 850 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Catherine Taylor (8 January 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HS26L9C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 129 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)