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Chasing Chelsea: Masters of the Castle, Book 5

By: Maren Smith
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: Copyright 2014 by Blushing Books and Maren Smith
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Chelsea is out of work, between homes and nearly out of money when, while filling out job applications at a busy bus depot, she find the opportunity of a lifetime simply lying in the trash. It's a prepaid vacation voucher - room, meals and clothing all included. All she has to do is get on a bus and for the next ten days she'd be sleeping in a bed instead of her car. Unfortunately, the voucher is for a place called The Castle and no one lives in Granger for long without hearing one or two things about that very adult resort. Still, prepaid is prepaid, and just because she goes to the resort doesn't mean she has to participate, right?

Then she meets Selena, and suddenly Chelsea's a slavegirl in a BDSM wedding, an unwilling confidant in a secret Sara can't bear to tell Jackson, the enigma Master Marshall just can't figure out...and then there's Kade. The big bad wolf, Selena calls him. The biggest and baddest the Castle has ever known. Everyone warns her to steer clear of the playboy Master, but right from the very start steering clear is the one thing Chelsea can't bring herself to do. From the moment he smiles at her - the moment his experienced touch burns into her skin - she's drawn.

Poor Little Red, she never had a chance.

"Chasing Chelsea" is the fifth book in Maren Smith's Masters of the Castle series.

CHAPTER ONE

“We always do whatever you want to do.” Swinging one leg fitfully under the table, the blonde at the booth across from Chelsea’s sulked over her latte. “Why can’t we ever do what I want?”

Directly opposite her, a lanky man in glasses dropped his head to hang a moment before he shook it. “We do what you want all the time.” Raising his head again, he frowned at her. “Besides, this is what you wanted to do.”

Her tall frame folded into a narrow booth only a few feet away, Chelsea tried not to eavesdrop. She bent over her job application, the fourth she’d filled out this morning alone. Coffee shop barista. Yeah, she was scraping the bottom of the local job-market barrel, but here she sat, filling it out anyway. According to the news the recession was over, but that was small consolation when someone was still out of work. Five months and counting. Chelsea rubbed her brow; her unemployment benefits had long been exhausted, leaving her to live off her savings alone. She’d lost her apartment two weeks ago, and although she’d found a cheaper place to live on the east side of town, there was a waiting list with her name nowhere near the top. She’d taken to living in her car. The way she figured it (and she’d taken to figuring it every single night before she tried to sleep), if she was very careful�very frugal�she had maybe three more months to find a job. After that, she wouldn’t have enough money for first, last and deposit. At four months, she wouldn’t just be homeless, she’d be out of money too.

Yeah, she had problems enough of her own without renting someone else’s. Still, the couple a few tables over remained just loud enough to be impossible to ignore. Try as she did to keep her eyes on her application, it was like trying to sit three feet away from an on-coming train wreck.

“This was what you wanted!” the blonde accused, arms folded angrily across her chest.

“You said�”

“Of course, I said I wanted to go!” she hissed. “But there’s no shopping there, Ben! What the hell are we going to do for ten days if we can’t shop?”

“Oh, I don’t know�how about we play at the damn Castle!”

She didn’t know Ben or the woman he was with, but if asked to take sides, Chelsea thought he could do better. Spoiled, materialistic, little rich girls with their blinged-out fingernails and haughty attitudes drove her crazy, especially since she didn’t have the money right now to be either spoiled or materialistic and the only thing she’d done to her nails in months was bite them� and seriously, when was the last time she’d been out shopping just for the fun of it? Granted, she’d been to Wal-Mart the night before, but a five-dollar sandwich from the deli hardly seemed like it should count.

Stifling a sigh, Chelsea tried again to concentrate on her form: What kind of work are you interested in? Anything with a paycheck sprang right to the tip of her writing fingers, but Chelsea restrained herself. Barista was not her dream job, but it didn’t have to be forever. It just had to get her by until something better came along�

“No malls, no salons.” The blonde was ticking the vacation faults off on her fingers now. “You can even say goodbye to these suck-ass lattes because I’ll bet they don’t even have those there. We’ll be making our coffee by the potful in our hotel room, like savages. I’ll bet they have powdered creamer too.”

Chelsea’s stomach rumbled. She hadn’t had breakfast yet. Trying to swallow back her irritation, she rubbed her forehead again. She still had half that deli sandwich sitting in her purse, but if she could hold out until suppertime, then she wouldn’t have to waste more money on food until tomorrow morning. She didn’t mind going hungry if it meant she could make her money stretch farther.� She never thought she’d be out of work for so long. This was starting to get scary.

The argument at the other table heated up a notch.

“Are you fucking kidding me?” Ben scoffed, his voice rising again. “We’re going to the Castle, Beth. The Castle!”

“Why are you saying that like it’s a good thing?” Beth folded her arms even tighter across her chest, her mouth pulled into a mutinous scowl. “This is my vacation too. I want beautiful clothes�”

“They provide your clothes!”

“I want to go bar hopping all night�dancing and drinking and�”

“Fucking?” her boyfriend snarled.

Oh, this was getting ugly.

Bracing her head in her hand, her long red hair providing a curtain by which to block out what was happening across the room, Chelsea forced herself to focus on the nearly complete application: Provide three references.

“You didn’t used to mind that about me, baby,” Beth snarled with saccharine sweetness. “Maybe if you weren’t such a jackass, you wouldn’t be minding it now, either!”

Grabbing her coat off the stretch of booth beside her, the blonde erupted off her seat and stalked off, leaving Ben laughing angrily after her. “Where do you think you’re going?”

“Home!”

Ben wasn’t laughing now. “Home? Three hundred miles away, home? What about the vacation?”

“Go by yourself! I’ve changed my mind!” Shoving open the door, Beth left the coffee shop, her heels clicking fast and angry across the pavement�not toward the bus depot, but toward the massive parking lot where acres of cars with license plates that hailed from all over the United States were parked and waiting.

“You can’t change your mind!” Ben shouted, seeming not to care at all that both Chelsea and the two attendants at the counter were staring openly at him now. Cursing, he erupted out of his chair now too. Grabbing his coat and a manila envelope off the table, he ran after her. “Beth! Damn it, I’ve already paid for the fucking thing!”

But Beth wasn’t stopping, and by the time he reached the exit, Ben must have realized the vacation he’d bought just wasn’t going to happen. Swearing violently, he slammed out of the coffee shop, leaving a very heavy silence in the room once the glass door swung softly shut again.

“Wow,” one of the attendants said. Both Chelsea and his companion laughed, twin sounds of unease.

Finishing the last few questions, Chelsea took the application back up to the counter and handed it to one of the attendants. “I don’t suppose you know when I might expect to hear back on this?”

“A couple of days, I guess,” the man behind the counter said. Teenager, really. She probably had a good ten years on him. When�if�she was hired as the next barista, this would probably be her boss.�� Yikes.� She made herself smile anyway. “Thanks,” she said quietly and left.

It was a cool spring morning. She paused just outside the coffee shop to pull her jacket on. At the covered depot across the lot, two buses were loading passengers. There was no advertising on the sides of either transport, but no one grew up in the small town of Granger without hearing at least one or two lurid (and probably greatly exaggerated) details about this particular coffee shop and the bus depot attached to it. Those buses only had one destination: The Castle, a fifteenth-century architectural monstrosity turned luxurious adult resort. Originally built in Scotland, it had been brought stone by stone across the Atlantic and reassembled amongst the corn and wheat fields of Ohio. Twin guard shacks and a curtain of trees kept it hidden from prying eyes. In the winter though, sometimes colorful flags on grey stone turrets could be glimpsed from certain stretches of the highway.

Castle customers came and went from this depot on a daily basis, making this coffee shop one of the busiest restaurants in town. If they were short-staffed enough to put a help wanted sign in the window, then maybe they wouldn’t wait too long before calling her for an interview.

The sound of raised voices pulled her attention to the other side of the depot parking lot. Ben and Beth were still going at it, now nose to nose in front of their car and shouting loudly, although what exactly was being said was hard to make out, even from this distance.

“Jackass!”

Chelsea heard that word clearly enough.

“Bitch!”

She heard that one, too.

She didn’t need to listen to the rest to know she was likely witnessing the death of a relationship. Sad, she supposed, but at this point, they could probably both do better.

Shaking her head, Chelsea dug her keys from her purse and was about to head for her car, when she was stopped by the sight of a familiar yellow envelope sticking out of the top of the coffee shop’s outdoor garbage can. It was the one Ben had grabbed before chasing after his angry girlfriend. In neat letters across one upper corner were penned the words, “Castle Itinerary.”

I’ve already paid for the fucking thing.

A car door slammed. Chelsea jumped, glancing back across the lot in time to see the sulking blonde in the car now and Ben stalking angrily around to get in on the driver’s side. Neither one of them looked happy, but at least they were leaving together. They were also leaving their itinerary in the garbage can.

�already paid for�

Her curiosity got the best of her. Plucking the envelope from the trash, Chelsea quickly walked away, her face reddening at the thought that someone might have seen her digging this out of the trash. She might be homeless and desperate right now, but she didn’t want to be seen acting that way. Moving quickly through the parking lot, she wasted no time digging her keys from her pocket and getting into her car. Safely ensconced behind the steering wheel, she stole a furtive look around to make sure no one was watching before opening the envelope.

She honestly expected to find little more than a few colorful Castle brochures inside, maybe a list of risqu� resort activities and the check-in information. What she found, however, was two pre-paid bus tickets, a pair of medical records, and a receipt for ten days with everything�room, meals and costumes�paid in full.

Ten days, paid in full and then thrown away! What a waste. And here she was, living in her car.

Chelsea shook her head, tsking once. Two weeks ago when she was shivering in her sleeping bag with eighteen inches of new snow on the car, she’d have killed for something like what she was holding in her lap. She looked at the bus tickets and then at the buses, which were still loading.

Loading right now, in fact.

Good lord�

Chelsea checked her watch and then the tickets, half laughing at herself already because it didn’t matter how long she had�

Fifteen minutes�

�before the buses drove away and the tickets became invalid�

Fourteen minutes now�

�this vacation wasn’t hers. She hadn’t paid for it; she didn’t have any business just taking it.

Did she?

Why couldn’t she? The person who had bought it didn’t want it. He’d thrown it in the garbage and walked away. Just because he didn’t want to take advantage of ten full days of prepaid room and board, why did that automatically mean she had to let it all go to waste? All that money�she looked at the receipt; wow�almost five grand for ten days.

Twelve minutes�

Forget it, Chelsea told herself. Twelve minutes wasn’t enough time to throw her things together and go.

Except, what things did she need, really? Food, clothes, a private hotel room�the Castle itinerary in her hands promised all of that would be provided. What else did she need but this envelope, her purse and the Wal-Mart sack from the backseat with all her toiletries already gathered together inside? How pathetic was that? She’d be the only person on that bus with a Wal-Mart sack for luggage.

Chelsea cupped her mouth, alternately staring at the envelope contents and then her watch.

Ten minutes�

She really shouldn’t be thinking about this. It was so dishonest.

But, who would know? Who would even care? If this was dishonesty, then it was victimless. The rightful owners didn’t want the vacation anymore, and what she was holding in her hands was ten nights that she wouldn’t have to spend sleeping in her car. By the time she got back, she’d be ten days closer to having her name at the top of the list for one of those new apartments across town. Ten days richer for not having to buy groceries. And surely the Castle got newspapers; she could fill out job applications every morning, check her email for replies and maybe even search nearby cities for something�anything�better than coffee barista. At this point, all of that was one benefit after another in her eyes.

Chelsea couldn’t believe she was seriously considering this. The dishonesty part�this wasn’t the sort of person she was. And what if the gossips were right?� Was the Castle really an adult-oriented resort?� Chelsea wasn't even sure what that meant.�

But� so what if it was? The other guests could do whatever they wanted, that didn’t mean she had to participate. It could be squid-oriented for all she cared. That wouldn’t change the fact that she was getting a ten-day free ride. She could spend her time in her room, reading a good book and relaxing until it was time for the bus to load her up and bring her home again.

Five more minutes�

This was insane. What if she got caught?

How could she get caught? She had the receipt right here. She had medical records and a�what was this, two purple and one white bracelet?�and two bus tickets, neither of which had a name written on them. Anyone could use these tickets to get on that bus.

Two minutes�

She was crazy.

Grabbing her purse, the contents of the manila envelope and her toiletries sack from the backseat, Chelsea locked her car and ran across the parking lot to the bus depot. She missed the first bus and barely caught the second before it pulled away from the curb.

“My ticket,” she said breathlessly, flushing furiously because she was just certain the bus driver was going to take one look at her or the ticket, shout “fraud” at the top of his lungs and maybe even call the cops.

But, he didn’t. He let her on the bus with a smile and a wave, and as the bus rumbled away from the curb, she quickly dropped into one of only two available seats. What was she doing? She felt giddy, almost sick to her stomach as she clutched her purse and that sad plastic sack to her middle. Her hands kept crinkling the edges of the manila envelope.

“First time?”

Chelsea jumped a little as a smiling blonde woman plopped down to sit beside her. “Yeah.” She hugged her few belongings a little tighter.

“All alone?” When Chelsea nodded, the blonde wrapped an arm around her shoulders and hugged. “That’s all right. I’ve been here before. They take such good care of you at the Castle.” She gave a soft squeal of excitement as the bus turned out of the parking lot and headed out of town. “We’re going to have so much fun!” Catching one of Chelsea’s hands, the blonde woman gave it a friendly squeeze. “I’m Selena, by the way.”

“Chelsea,” she replied, relaxing a little. “Are you here for ten days, too?”

“Nope.” Biting her bottom lip, Selena flashed a quick grin. “I’m moving in, actually. My Daddy lives here.” Bubbly excitement spilling over in giggles and bounces, Selena suddenly threw her arms around Chelsea’s shoulders and squealed, “I’m getting married! Wanna come?”

Margaret Corcoran on 02/09/2015 02:39pm
I love The Castle Series and this is a very good episode. As well written and described as all the others. Each book can be read as a one off but I would recommend reading all of them. They are a lot of fun.
Margaret Corcoran on 02/09/2015 02:39pm
I love The Castle Series and this is a very good episode. As well written and described as all the others. Each book can be read as a one off but I would recommend reading all of them. They are a lot of fun.
Deviant on 06/19/2014 11:25am
I'm so addicted to this series, I almost can stand to wait for each new book. Maren Smith out did herself on this one for sure. Each new addition to the Castle gets better and I'm pretty sure I say it every time-but this one is definitely my favorite now! Chelsea is down on her luck, but as it happens, her luck changes for the good when she finds an all inclusive vacation paid in advance. Unfortunately, what she had heard about the castle in the past didn't begin to cover the depth of the kinks involved. Of course their is a strong man more than willing to show her around even if he denies his desire for anything more than a few nights. He is a big bad wolf as far as she is concerned and she knows she needs to keep her distance, but can she? Thank god she can't! Because when they come together it is HOT. Left wanting again... How long until the next book?
Deviant on 06/19/2014 11:25am
I'm so addicted to this series, I almost can stand to wait for each new book. Maren Smith out did herself on this one for sure. Each new addition to the Castle gets better and I'm pretty sure I say it every time-but this one is definitely my favorite now! Chelsea is down on her luck, but as it happens, her luck changes for the good when she finds an all inclusive vacation paid in advance. Unfortunately, what she had heard about the castle in the past didn't begin to cover the depth of the kinks involved. Of course their is a strong man more than willing to show her around even if he denies his desire for anything more than a few nights. He is a big bad wolf as far as she is concerned and she knows she needs to keep her distance, but can she? Thank god she can't! Because when they come together it is HOT. Left wanting again... How long until the next book?
Denise on 06/16/2014 12:33pm
This is such a wonderful series. I've said it before, this would be my favorite vacation site, bar none. This has to be one of my favorites in this series, which surprises me due to the very few spanking scenes in the story. Still very hot! Also love that Chelsea is tall, not 5' 0". Us tall girls enjoy this too! Marshall, Jackson and Kade are my three favorite dom's in the stories, but the twins would grow on you. I also think it's great that you bring the ladies back into the stories too. Kaylee is definitely a favorite of mine. When they were in the first 101 class the explanation was done wonderfully. Perfect read, all the way around.
Denise on 06/16/2014 12:33pm
"This is such a wonderful series. I've said it before, this would be my favorite vacation site, bar none. This has to be one of my favorites in this series, which surprises me due to the very few spanking scenes in the story. Still very hot! Also love that Chelsea is tall, not 5' 0"". Us tall girls enjoy this too! Marshall, Jackson and Kade are my three favorite dom's in the stories, but the twins would grow on you. I also think it's great that you bring the ladies back into the stories too. Kaylee is definitely a favorite of mine. When they were in the first 101 class the explanation was done wonderfully. Perfect read, all the way around."
Jennifer on 05/31/2014 07:32pm
The Castle is going to be in my head forever.
Jennifer on 05/31/2014 07:32pm
The Castle is going to be in my head forever.
Redrabbitt on 05/31/2014 02:59pm
Master Kade and Red Over hearing an argument from a snobbish couple at a coffee house while leaving an application for employment, then to witnessing them throw away an envelope for a vacation at "The Castle", what is an out of work, living in her car girl to do? Well, after debating, she boards the bus to the Castle for 10 days. It is prepaid and a place to live and eat, while sending out resumes looking for a job. What a total shock to Chelsea, never knowing what "The Castle" really is, an adult getaway for whatever sexual pleasures or proclivities one can imagine. Then on the bus she is befriended by Selena and from there, everything goes out of order due to Selena's enthusiasm. But Chelsea plays along out of fear of being found out a fraud. Chelsea becomes a challenge for a seasoned Dom like Kade. This is their story and it will not disappoint.
Redrabbitt on 05/31/2014 02:59pm
"Master Kade and Red Over hearing an argument from a snobbish couple at a coffee house while leaving an application for employment, then to witnessing them throw away an envelope for a vacation at ""The Castle"", what is an out of work, living in her car girl to do? Well, after debating, she boards the bus to the Castle for 10 days. It is prepaid and a place to live and eat, while sending out resumes looking for a job. What a total shock to Chelsea, never knowing what ""The Castle"" really is, an adult getaway for whatever sexual pleasures or proclivities one can imagine. Then on the bus she is befriended by Selena and from there, everything goes out of order due to Selena's enthusiasm. But Chelsea plays along out of fear of being found out a fraud. Chelsea becomes a challenge for a seasoned Dom like Kade. This is their story and it will not disappoint."
Rhonda on 05/27/2014 07:51pm
The author has given us another visit to "The Castle" and what a treat it is. The heroine is homeless and figures a week there is the answer to her problems. Little does she know she'll get answers to who and what she really needs and wants in life and love.
Rhonda on 05/27/2014 07:51pm
"The author has given us another visit to ""The Castle"" and what a treat it is. The heroine is homeless and figures a week there is the answer to her problems. Little does she know she'll get answers to who and what she really needs and wants in life and love."
3Laurel Lasky on 05/24/2014 04:13pm
I have read all of the castle books and they get better and better. This one has it all, hot sex, humor, action, romance and a great storyline. I loved Chelsea. She got so much more then a free vacation and Kade was a very alpha master and dom.
3Laurel Lasky on 05/24/2014 04:13pm
I have read all of the castle books and they get better and better. This one has it all, hot sex, humor, action, romance and a great storyline. I loved Chelsea. She got so much more then a free vacation and Kade was a very alpha master and dom.
terisanicole on 05/21/2014 10:02pm
I wish a place like The Castle truly existed. I don't think I've ever loved a series so much in my life. This story was just as incredible as the rest and I adore how Mrs. Smith revisits her previous characters. It just bring the whole story to life. I cried while reading this, I won't lie. I also bounced up and down, squealed, and about died of embarrassment because of my reactions. If you're debating whether or not to read these books...Do it. I swear on my life that you won't regret it. I hope there's going to be another book! I don't know what I'm going to do with my life if there's not.
terisanicole on 05/21/2014 10:02pm
I wish a place like The Castle truly existed. I don't think I've ever loved a series so much in my life. This story was just as incredible as the rest and I adore how Mrs. Smith revisits her previous characters. It just bring the whole story to life. I cried while reading this, I won't lie. I also bounced up and down, squealed, and about died of embarrassment because of my reactions. If you're debating whether or not to read these books...Do it. I swear on my life that you won't regret it. I hope there's going to be another book! I don't know what I'm going to do with my life if there's not.
KArc on 05/19/2014 03:29pm
I loved this story. Chelsea finds herself out of work, out of money and out of a home. When she witnesses a couple fighting and then throwing their tickets to “The Castle” away it doesn't take much thought to grab the tickets from the trash and race for the buses that are loading. She tries to spend her time searching the want ads and filling out job applications but between Masters Marshall, Jackson and Kade she gets little time to herself. There were so many hot scenes in this story, it's hard to pick my favorite but the twin chase in the maze and the one where she used her safe word were definitely at the top of my list. I loved her innocence regarding the bdsm scene. It was fun and refreshing to experience things for the first time with her.
KArc on 05/19/2014 03:29pm
I loved this story. Chelsea finds herself out of work, out of money and out of a home. When she witnesses a couple fighting and then throwing their tickets to The Castle۝ away it doesn't take much thought to grab the tickets from the trash and race for the buses that are loading. She tries to spend her time searching the want ads and filling out job applications but between Masters Marshall, Jackson and Kade she gets little time to herself. There were so many hot scenes in this story, it's hard to pick my favorite but the twin chase in the maze and the one where she used her safe word were definitely at the top of my list. I loved her innocence regarding the bdsm scene. It was fun and refreshing to experience things for the first time with her.
Meg on 05/15/2014 10:27am
This is another book in a great series where the characters of people in the Castle continue their fun. Chelsea, a down on her luck young woman, takes a ticket for a vacation to the Castle out of the garbage after deciding she could simply enjoy 10 days of free living instead of living out of her car. She is in for a huge surprise from the very beginning when she discovers exactly what the Castle is famous for. Once Master Kade comes into the picture, you know it is only a matter of time before she is caught - and, of course, it is in a good way. Enjoyable story with lots of action.
Meg on 05/15/2014 10:27am
This is another book in a great series where the characters of people in the Castle continue their fun. Chelsea, a down on her luck young woman, takes a ticket for a vacation to the Castle out of the garbage after deciding she could simply enjoy 10 days of free living instead of living out of her car. She is in for a huge surprise from the very beginning when she discovers exactly what the Castle is famous for. Once Master Kade comes into the picture, you know it is only a matter of time before she is caught - and, of course, it is in a good way. Enjoyable story with lots of action.
JK on 05/13/2014 07:02pm
I have loved ALL of the books in this Masters of the Castle series, and this one definitely measures up! I will admit to having a favorite and this one ranks right there with it! Talk about hot and sexy!!! Each scene is better than the last, and I totally loved revisiting all of the other characters! If you haven't read any yet, get started. You won't be disappointed! I suggest starting with Kaylee's Keeper. Enjoy them all!!
JK on 05/13/2014 07:02pm
I have loved ALL of the books in this Masters of the Castle series, and this one definitely measures up! I will admit to having a favorite and this one ranks right there with it! Talk about hot and sexy!!! Each scene is better than the last, and I totally loved revisiting all of the other characters! If you haven't read any yet, get started. You won't be disappointed! I suggest starting with Kaylee's Keeper. Enjoy them all!!
anon on 05/13/2014 08:13am
I had so much fun reading this story. Smith has done a magnificent job of portraying a complete innocent in the very experienced world of kink. We were given such a clear picture of how it feels to be in a situation that is so totally foreign, yet so totally appealing. Chelsea only goes to the castle for a chance to rest and look for a job and she finds the rest of her life. Along the way, we get to touch base with all the others from the series. Selena is still my favorite and I’m glad she is still full of life. This series has been a complete hit, and Chelsea is among the best.
anon on 05/13/2014 08:13am
I had so much fun reading this story. Smith has done a magnificent job of portraying a complete innocent in the very experienced world of kink. We were given such a clear picture of how it feels to be in a situation that is so totally foreign, yet so totally appealing. Chelsea only goes to the castle for a chance to rest and look for a job and she finds the rest of her life. Along the way, we get to touch base with all the others from the series. Selena is still my favorite and I۪m glad she is still full of life. This series has been a complete hit, and Chelsea is among the best.
Marybeth on 05/12/2014 02:33pm
A wonderful new story in the Masters of the Castle series. Chelsea has been out of work for quite a while and she is almost to the end of her savings. While at the coffee shop, she overhears a couple arguing. Once they leave, she follows them and sees the man throw an envelope in the trash. In it are two tickets to the Castle. She doesn’t know what the Castle is about, but she likes the idea of free room and board while she searches for a job. On the bus to the Castle, she meets Selena, who is going to marry Bill, one of the Masters of the Castle. Selena treats her as an old friend and invites her to be in her wedding. Chelsea is overwhelmed by the whole thing! Finally, she wanders by the Nursery and is shocked by what she sees. She has never envisioned a life like this. Of course, everyone thinks she has! It’s like and episode of I Love Lucy! Eventually, she meets Kade and they start to fall in love. I really liked this new addition to the series. We meet all the old characters and check up on what’s going on in their lives, we meet new characters (like the twins) and we can’t wait to find out what is in store for them. This is a good book for someone new to D/d because it explains a lot about what is going on as Chelsea is new to the situation as well. Wonderful book!
Marybeth on 05/12/2014 02:33pm
A wonderful new story in the Masters of the Castle series. Chelsea has been out of work for quite a while and she is almost to the end of her savings. While at the coffee shop, she overhears a couple arguing. Once they leave, she follows them and sees the man throw an envelope in the trash. In it are two tickets to the Castle. She doesn۪t know what the Castle is about, but she likes the idea of free room and board while she searches for a job. On the bus to the Castle, she meets Selena, who is going to marry Bill, one of the Masters of the Castle. Selena treats her as an old friend and invites her to be in her wedding. Chelsea is overwhelmed by the whole thing! Finally, she wanders by the Nursery and is shocked by what she sees. She has never envisioned a life like this. Of course, everyone thinks she has! It۪s like and episode of I Love Lucy! Eventually, she meets Kade and they start to fall in love. I really liked this new addition to the series. We meet all the old characters and check up on what۪s going on in their lives, we meet new characters (like the twins) and we can۪t wait to find out what is in store for them. This is a good book for someone new to D/d because it explains a lot about what is going on as Chelsea is new to the situation as well. Wonderful book!
ScarlettPhoenix on 05/12/2014 09:13am
Chelsea is at the end of her rope. Virtually homeless and almost starving, she finds an opportunity for a 10 day temporary escape from her troubles. She's got a conscience and decides to fly under the radar but her plans are foiled when she finds herself flung into the midst of a BSDM wedding and is suddenly the confidant and keeper of secrets from her new friends. Master Kade finds her out of her element and wonders why Chelsea isn't so gung ho to join in the fun. He also prides himself on being a ladies man and is happily making his way through every available woman in the Castle. What I loved about this installment is the new twist Maren Smith brings to each of the stories she sets in Granger. As much as Chelsea doesn't want to be caught, that's how hard Kade's heart tries not to pursue her. Wonderful character development in a short story. Another Maren masterpiece!
ScarlettPhoenix on 05/12/2014 09:13am
Chelsea is at the end of her rope. Virtually homeless and almost starving, she finds an opportunity for a 10 day temporary escape from her troubles. She's got a conscience and decides to fly under the radar but her plans are foiled when she finds herself flung into the midst of a BSDM wedding and is suddenly the confidant and keeper of secrets from her new friends. Master Kade finds her out of her element and wonders why Chelsea isn't so gung ho to join in the fun. He also prides himself on being a ladies man and is happily making his way through every available woman in the Castle. What I loved about this installment is the new twist Maren Smith brings to each of the stories she sets in Granger. As much as Chelsea doesn't want to be caught, that's how hard Kade's heart tries not to pursue her. Wonderful character development in a short story. Another Maren masterpiece!
Laura on 05/11/2014 11:20pm
Loved, loved, loved this book. I knew that I would because Maren Smith has never let me down. Her Master of the Castle books are a mixture of funny, heartwarming, sexy, hot goodness that lasts long after you finish reading her stories. In this book we meet Chelsea, a young woman who lost her job and her apartment who now lives in her car. Sitting in a cafe filling out a job application, she overhears a couple arguing because the woman has now decided she does not want to go to the Castle for 10 days because there isn't enough to do. The couple leaves in a huff with the man throwing the fully paid vacation envelope away in the trash. Chelsea had heard rumors about The Castle but thought that they were probably greatly exaggerated. As I'm sure you've guessed, Chelsea grabs the envelope out of the trash and hops on the Castle bus thinking that no one will be the wiser and that she will be able to relax for the 10 days while looking for a job. She meets Selena(a character from a previous book) on the bus and away she goes. The other main character in this book is Kade. I'm stopping right here so as not to give anything away. We also get to reconnect with all he characters from The Castles' previous books which was an added bonus. If it were possible I would give this book way more that 5 stars. If you haven't read the other books please do. You won't be disappointed. I received an ARC of this book for an honest opinion of this story.
Laura on 05/11/2014 11:20pm
Loved, loved, loved this book. I knew that I would because Maren Smith has never let me down. Her Master of the Castle books are a mixture of funny, heartwarming, sexy, hot goodness that lasts long after you finish reading her stories. In this book we meet Chelsea, a young woman who lost her job and her apartment who now lives in her car. Sitting in a cafe filling out a job application, she overhears a couple arguing because the woman has now decided she does not want to go to the Castle for 10 days because there isn't enough to do. The couple leaves in a huff with the man throwing the fully paid vacation envelope away in the trash. Chelsea had heard rumors about The Castle but thought that they were probably greatly exaggerated. As I'm sure you've guessed, Chelsea grabs the envelope out of the trash and hops on the Castle bus thinking that no one will be the wiser and that she will be able to relax for the 10 days while looking for a job. She meets Selena(a character from a previous book) on the bus and away she goes. The other main character in this book is Kade. I'm stopping right here so as not to give anything away. We also get to reconnect with all he characters from The Castles' previous books which was an added bonus. If it were possible I would give this book way more that 5 stars. If you haven't read the other books please do. You won't be disappointed. I received an ARC of this book for an honest opinion of this story.
soundslikefun13 on 05/11/2014 07:28pm
Can you say WOW! I love this series! Maren Smith has once again brought a book that is worth the time to read. Chelsea is down on her luck and needs a break that seems to come in the form of a free vacation. The vacation is not definitely not what she imagined, but is everything she needs. Master Kade is a fabulous character who is everything you could want in a Dom. Will someone please, please, please build The Castle for real.
soundslikefun13 on 05/11/2014 07:28pm
Can you say WOW! I love this series! Maren Smith has once again brought a book that is worth the time to read. Chelsea is down on her luck and needs a break that seems to come in the form of a free vacation. The vacation is not definitely not what she imagined, but is everything she needs. Master Kade is a fabulous character who is everything you could want in a Dom. Will someone please, please, please build The Castle for real.
madpuss on 05/11/2014 06:52pm
Great story. Really enjoyed it. I'm surprised Chelsea wasn't caught out sooner but it was amusing to see her go through one new experience after the other. When Kade meets Chelsea you know his days as a free man are numbered and it was fun to see Chelsea not make it easy for him. She finds out something about herself she didn't know. She finds out where she belongs and who to. Good read.
madpuss on 05/11/2014 06:52pm
Great story. Really enjoyed it. I'm surprised Chelsea wasn't caught out sooner but it was amusing to see her go through one new experience after the other. When Kade meets Chelsea you know his days as a free man are numbered and it was fun to see Chelsea not make it easy for him. She finds out something about herself she didn't know. She finds out where she belongs and who to. Good read.
K Tyler on 05/10/2014 10:38pm
This was my favorite so far in the Castle series. I love how Chelsea was able to bring Master Kade to realize he not only needed to be loved but deserved to be. They each provided the other with what they needed. This couple truly completed the other. Chelsea was down on her luck in search for a job and happened upon prepaid tickets thrown in the trash. She takes the chance and uses the tickets and try as she might she is unable to stay under the radar. She is immediately grafted into the inner circle and the story is thoroughly entertaining. If only it were longer I would have to give it a 5 star. It is well worth the read and re-read. Great job.
K Tyler on 05/10/2014 10:38pm
This was my favorite so far in the Castle series. I love how Chelsea was able to bring Master Kade to realize he not only needed to be loved but deserved to be. They each provided the other with what they needed. This couple truly completed the other. Chelsea was down on her luck in search for a job and happened upon prepaid tickets thrown in the trash. She takes the chance and uses the tickets and try as she might she is unable to stay under the radar. She is immediately grafted into the inner circle and the story is thoroughly entertaining. If only it were longer I would have to give it a 5 star. It is well worth the read and re-read. Great job.
Krista on 05/10/2014 07:15pm
In a word, fantastic. Allow me a few more and I'll tell you how Kade swept me off my feet, right along with Chelsea. I've read nearly all the MOC books and while they're all wonderful and worth reading, this was by far my favorite. Chelsea is marvelous and there is also a pair of twins in this book that really know how to turn a girl on...
Krista on 05/10/2014 07:15pm
In a word, fantastic. Allow me a few more and I'll tell you how Kade swept me off my feet, right along with Chelsea. I've read nearly all the MOC books and while they're all wonderful and worth reading, this was by far my favorite. Chelsea is marvelous and there is also a pair of twins in this book that really know how to turn a girl on...
SH on 05/10/2014 02:26pm
Another fantastic book in the series, I mean really, was there ever any doubt?! Once again Maren Smith has hit it out of the park! Chelsea's character was totally believable as someone IRL and she got so much more than she bargained for in her 'free trip' but oh, it was so worth it. Kade was just HOT, period! I so enjoy visiting with the characters from the previous books and Selena just makes my day :) I devoured this book in one sitting and enjoyed every second of it! I can not say this enough..... If you have not read any of the books in this series you are seriously missing out! I for one am so looking forward to the next one and hope there will be many more to come!
SH on 05/10/2014 02:26pm
Another fantastic book in the series, I mean really, was there ever any doubt?! Once again Maren Smith has hit it out of the park! Chelsea's character was totally believable as someone IRL and she got so much more than she bargained for in her 'free trip' but oh, it was so worth it. Kade was just HOT, period! I so enjoy visiting with the characters from the previous books and Selena just makes my day :) I devoured this book in one sitting and enjoyed every second of it! I can not say this enough..... If you have not read any of the books in this series you are seriously missing out! I for one am so looking forward to the next one and hope there will be many more to come!
Katy Beth McKee on 05/10/2014 01:05pm
Chelsea takes advantage of what looks like a free trip but finds so much more. Kade makes fun of the other masters and their drift to commitment is about to come back and bite him. What a fun way to start another installment in the Master Series. Cause of course they end up in a collision course and things start getting out of hand from there out out.
Katy Beth McKee on 05/10/2014 01:05pm
Chelsea takes advantage of what looks like a free trip but finds so much more. Kade makes fun of the other masters and their drift to commitment is about to come back and bite him. What a fun way to start another installment in the Master Series. Cause of course they end up in a collision course and things start getting out of hand from there out out.
angel on 05/10/2014 06:51am
This is a awesome story it has romance action and lots of hot scenes This is well written with a great plot It The series is a great and each book is awesome and compliments the others This is a must read
angel on 05/10/2014 06:51am
This is a awesome story it has romance action and lots of hot scenes This is well written with a great plot It The series is a great and each book is awesome and compliments the others This is a must read

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