Interview with a Master by Jason Luke
Series: Interview with a Master #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
It’s the interview like no other.
It’s the interview of a lifetime.
It’s THE Interview with a Master.
When Jonah Noble reveals details of his life within the world of BDSM, the tale he tells is intensely erotic, profoundly sensual, and brutally honest.
This is His world. His way.
There is only one question the man will not answer…
(BDSM erotica from a man’s POV, written by a man. Contains some explicit language)
Mixed feelings for the hotly anticipated Master and his tales of Erotic Exploits disguised as an interview/self-help seminar…
I was drawn to this book because word on the street (and by “street” I mean GoodReads bookclubs) was that the author was experienced in the BDSM lifestyle and would be offering a new perspective… Other than the fact that this was a MALE perspective, I’m not sure how successful this book was in living up to the hype. It was enjoyable… If you’re hoping to read some BDSM-themed erotica from a male perspective, I say go for it… The whole “interview inside a narrative” structure was entertaining and refreshing for this genre… But it wasn’t groundbreaking by any means. It started off strong and began unraveling mid-book.
This is a 3 1/2 star read for me.
It lost half a star for overwhelming arrogance.
It lost a whole star for the last 20% of the book.
I was thrilled to do a Buddy Read of this book with the amazing Wendy (Wendy’sThoughts). Because my experience with this book was shared with her, I must reference a few of the conversations we had while reading together…
She pointed out that the book was split into two narratives:
1. The Erotica / Romancing the reader story line…
2. The Philosophical Men’s Guide to Women & BDSM…
I agree completely. This split structure was both a blessing and a curse. It keeps the reader on their toes and a little off balance as we try to figure out what Master Jonah’s motives are for allowing this interview and for choosing the intern Leticia as the person to document his life.
Reasons to Read it:
1. Some lovely erotic exploits
2. Jonah’s endless opinions – even if you don’t agree, he’s passionate
3. The sinking feeling that this whole thing will end badly
4. The humor sprinkled throughout
3. The quotable “rule book” of Jonah Noble
America’s elusive, wealthy, notorious BDSM Master…
“It wasn’t about physical domination for me. It still isn’t. It’s about that emotional transfer of power: the command and control. That’s what turns me on, Leticia. That’s what I find so addictive about being a Master. I love the power, given to me by the submissive.”
Jonah is known as a Master of all things. King of his business empire and renowned for his expertise in training submissives.
Aspiring Journalist, Interviewing Master Noble …
“If you’re right, then what you’re about to tell me is the secret to success for the average married man. I’d hate to miss a single word.
The price for an exclusive in-depth interview with Jonah is that he will be granted the opportunity to return the favor – question for question, answer for answer – neither party will hold anything back.
This is where Wendy made a very good point – that this book is part Interview With The Vampire & part Silence of the Lambs:
This book parallels Interview with the Vampire with respect to the narrative structure… One man telling his epic history to a complete outsider who finds the stories amazing and nearly beyond belief…
The similarrity to Silence of the Lambs is found in the calculating and manipulative hero as well as the “quid pro quo” dynamic of give and take between subject and interviewer…
The rest is an ode to Jonah’s male ego.
He spends the entire interview telling stories which highlight his sexual prowess and attempting to demonstrate his expertise of women.
As Master Jonah tells his tales, we are being seduced by him; obviously manipulated. A man telling his own history has complete control of the facts presented…
Jonah’s answers are structured around recalling erotic encounters throughout his life – in vivid detail – which follow his journey in becoming a Master. His anecdotes are often punctuated with his opinions on sex in modern society.
He has very strong opinions on women in general, and considers himself an expert on female sexuality – This is where many readers will find themselves uncomfortable with the broad generalizations which Jonah presents as fact. He knows he is a politically-incorrect jerk, and if you can recognize this facet of his personality, and not get offended, you will handle him as well as Leticia.
The reader steps into the role of Leticia as we listen to Master Jonah’s stories. We are experiencing these erotic stories at the same time, and since the whole story is from Jonah’s point of view, we must assume that Leticia’s thoughts mirror our own.
My thoughts on the Ending:
(BEWARE OF SPOILERS)
I don’t think anybody was surprised that Leticia wound up with a crush on the Master… But I was put off by how quickly her character deteriorated after growing attached to him. She was never very interesting to begin with, so the fact that they didn’t wind up “together” at the end wasn’t so heartbreaking to me.
The whole “I can’t fall in love” stance for a Dominant is such a lame way to go. Trust me, there can be love in BDSM. Jonah’s feelings toward Leticia were so ridiculously angsty for someone who had shown so much aloof self-control toward women in the past. The only thing she did to attract him was listen to him talk. How much ego is required for that to happen?
The entire time I was reading this book I was waiting for the “catch” – Jonah is a calculated man, there must be a good reason he chose to tell his story to Leticia. I was making up all kinds of dark scenarios in my head…
In my most twisted prediction I wondered if Jonah made a bet with the owner of Leticia’s newspaper that he could lure the shy vanilla girl into being his submissive…
So when we discovered that Jonah had a brain tumor and was dying, I was massively disappointed. Not shocked (hello headaches throughout the book) just disappointed that there wasn’t a big ending… A better reveal… A more dark and twisted motive behind his choice to tell his story.
The beginning and middle of this book were so strong, that the ending seemed bland in comparison. Will I read the next book? Who knows… I don’t really care if Jonah & Letica hook up, but I’d love to hear more about Jonah’s saucy past!
Synopsis of Jonah’s entire perspective in GIF form:
This book does have a cliffhanger ending, and as of the date of this review, there is no information on the upcoming second book…
As I mentioned (several times) this was a Buddy Read with Wendy. I encourage you to read her review of this book as well. She’s awesome, and I get more enjoyment of of a book when I have the opportunity to read with her.