"Word is I’m a really great guy.” She smiled as he’d hoped she would. “Only in your dreams, Ob‑Knox‑ious.”
Third in the Mastered series based in Denver and revolving around Black Arts dojo. The couple focus is on Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren.
Shiori Hirano, a.k.a., She-Cat or Shitake…or Mistress B, is Ronin's sister who has taken a sort-of leave-of-absence from Okada Foods, the family conglomerate, to work at Black Arts dojo.
Knox "Ob-Knox-ious" Lofgren is Shihan and Ronin's second-in-command as well as the dojo's general manager. He also has an interesting, um, side-job.
I had a hard time with this one. Part of it was I didn't really buy into the romance between Shiori and Knox, even when things were good between them it seemed off. I also feel bad because I seem to have a double standard, I didn't really like the D/s relationship in this one, with Shiori being the Domme and Knox being the submissive. I had a hard time seeing Knox as a submissive as he was much like the other guys in the series, an alpha male. The two things didn't connect in my head. Their relationship didn't work for me. It felt extremely forced. She's an alpha female & he's an alpha male & I'm not into the alpha female domme having an alpha male submissive. Their dynamic together felt weird to me. Another issue I had with this one was Ronin and how he was when he came back. He was like a bull in a china shop making changes. Yes the dojo was his, but the way he went about making those changes seemed to piss off those that had been there for him.
I just didn’t feel the attraction between the two main characters.