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.
Schooled is a novella following Amery and Ronin while they’re in Japan for Ronin’s training. Schooled is not a standalone, so you’ll need to have read the first two novels in the series to be able to follow the plot of Schooled. Ronin is Amery’s husband. He’s a jujitsu and rope master and owner of a dojo in Denver, CO. Amery is owner of Hardwick Designs as a graphic artist. Their time in Japan is not only for Ronin’s training but also their honeymoon. The connection I’ve built with Amery and Ronin thus far in the Mastered series is based upon their ability to give one another a challenge, to keep each other on their toes, and knowing just wash at the other needs through knowledge of the other’s body cues. The headspace Ronin sinks to throughout his training led to pulling away emotionally and physically from Amery. The concept of finding their sacred place and basking in their need for one another had them achieving their Zen-like state. This was a quick read but seeing Ronin train was sexy as hell and his coming full circle was an accomplishment and level of praise as a reader I felt he needed. Ronin is critical of his precision so achieving this goal in his training was dire as it took Ronin and Amery to another level in their trust with each other. Give this a try and find your next book crush! Rating: 4 stars