Loving the Master (The Manse #1), Lynn Kelling

Loving the MasterRating: 5 Stars

Publisher: ForbiddenFiction

Genre: Gay Romance

Tags: BDSM, Billionaire & Geek, Virgin, Some Dark Themes (see publisher’s site), Contemporary, Series

Length: 450 pages

Reviewer: Kazza K

Purchase At: Forbidden Fictionamazon.com



Billionaire Dominant David Davenport needs a break from the loveless isolation imposed by wealth, responsibility, and the stress of running the Manse, his private gay club. While at lunch with an old friend, David finds himself enchanted by the charming and submissive nature of Shea Whittier, their young waiter. David offers to help the young man out with his personal troubles, never suspecting the danger he’s putting them both in.



David Davenport is a twenty five year old billionaire who happens to be at an everyday café, not where his social set would usually go, when he’s served by a somewhat awkward and geeky waiter. He’s intrigued by the things that come out of the waiter’s mouth and the fact that he has a guileless and seemingly submissive way about him.

Shea is a virginal eighteen year old who has had a fair bit of crap thrown his way – including being kicked out by his parents when he came out. He also lives with an ex who is unimpressed with back rent due and pissy he didn’t get sex from Shea. 

David leaves Shea a sizeable tip, which will make amends on his arrears, but he’s mugged on his way home. Ryan becomes a huge douche and Shea finds himself with nowhere to go and no job. Re-enter the wealthy, philanthropic, and sexy David Davenport who takes care of Shea. Shea is no damsel in distress, he wants to help any way he can – he’s certainly the anchor the rigid David needs – and he wants to contribute.

From here I’m just going to put up a pictorial review – there is a review on Goodreads, so why not have some fun here? Lynn Kelling’s writing lends itself to memes and GIFS and I think they give any prospective reader a good idea of whether they’re interested or not. So here we go.

Shea is totally into comics and superheroes, particularly Captain America. He likes the idea of people coming from nothing and taking care of others. He also likes the idea of people being helped when they’re down. David, or Tony Stark’s hotter brother, is like a superhero to Shea.



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David is all about making sure Shea is taken care of after being mugged and beaten and victimised. Before anything can happen between them, though, Shea’s wellbeing is first and foremost to David. Then something occurs when Shea is under David’s protection which tears at his soul and makes him feel guilty. Reminds him of the past.  However, as time heals and they get to know one another well, there’s more flirting and a slow burn.

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David is a Master and owner of the gay BDSM club, The Manse. He introduces Shea slowly to the lifestyle and what he requires in a partner. But he always lets him know what that means, whether with humour or with earnest, raw sexuality. 

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And David knows that Shea is genuinely interested in what he wants. Shea likes what David likes sexually in the most complimentary of ways. 

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There are guards around 24/7 but they keep a professional persona. David wants to show Shea off, his delectable and wonderful sub. Shea is shy, unsure, but he blossoms into the relationship in many ways.

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And what Shea needs is given most kindly and most sinfully by David. What David needs, Shea provides by always being authentic, genuine and caring.


A hot, sweet, endearing BDSM novel that took me to places I definitely enjoyed. The pairing of the hot ‘n geeky, down-on-his-luck superhero lover with the GIF-TWO-GUYS-SMILE-PASSIONprotective billionaire nurturer was wonderful. Their chemistry was off the charts and the story was kind of fairy tale-esque/ comic book in style. I will say you should heed any tags or warnings on the publisher’s site as there is a trigger in this book. Still, this is probably the least dark Lynn Kelling book I’ve read. If you love Lynn Kelling’s writing. If you love a virgin, a geek, and a billionaire, a geek with a billionaire, if you love a terrific romance with a happy ending, this is the book for you. Grab it with both hands and read the stuffing out of it because it’s so good. 5 Stars!


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“If you love a virgin, a geek, and a billionaire, a geek with a billionaire, if you love a terrific romance with a happy ending, this is the book for you. Grab it with both hands and read the stuffing out of it because it’s so good. 5 Stars!” <--- That would've sold me even if the rest of the review hadn't. But the rest of the review... just wow! I do love when you do pictorial reviews. 😉 All shallowness aside (lol) I can tell I'd love this book. I know I'd be all over Shea. He's one of my favorite types of characters. Fantastic review.


What an excellent review Kazza, I’m a huge Lynn Kelling fan due to you and this sounds great. Thanks, I’ll be reading it for sure


How did I miss this review? Phar out! It’s like a review of lava flow hotness! I haven’t read much lately but there’s def some good ones out. You got me into the Lynn Kelling so here’s another one I can read. How can you not like the geeky guys? He! 🙂