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Saving Sara, Masters of the Castle Book 3

By: Maren Smith
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: � 2013 by Blushing Books and Maren Smith
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Once upon a time, Jackson and Sara were friends. Close friends. Friends with benefits, even. For him, making that leap into a committed relationship seemed like a no-brainer. For her, it was scary as hell. Having seen more than one submissive become lost in the illusion of a relationship that was then incapable of surviving in real life, Sara was terrified. She knew she was falling in love, and she had no idea with what: Jackson the reality, or the masterful illusion. Then the accident happened and Jackson was there for her. And that's when Sara knew - she was going to lose herself in the illusion. Terrified, she ran.

Now, years later, Jackson is chief of security for The Castle - the hottest BDSM fantasy resort in the country. Summoned to the dungeon on a trouble call, Sara is the last person he expects to find huddled up against the bathroom wall. After three long years filled with even longer nights, he's had plenty of time to consider all he'd do if ever she fell back into his life. When he sees his chance, he doesn't hesitate. One day - that's all he has before the buses come and Sara runs again. One day to rekindle old passions, to bury old fears, to prove once and for all just what is illusion and what is not.
CHAPTER ONE

Sara Abrams had a hard time getting off the bus. For almost fifteen minutes, it idled in front of the Castle, a massive gray structure of old Scottish stones and fifteenth-century architecture, awesome and yet so out of place in this freshly-cut Ohio wheat field. All the other passengers had long since disembarked. Beside her, her boyfriend Robert sat shaking his head and trying hard not to fume.

�Do you want to go back to town?� he finally asked.

Yes� but she didn�t say it. �No, of course not. We�re here, aren�t we?�

She made herself move, bending under the seat to drag out her carry-on and then stood up. After so long on the bus, her hip was a little stiff. It took a few steps before she could walk without limping. By the time she reached the head of the bus, she had limbered up enough to tackle the stairs. Robert still went down first and reached back, offering up his hand for support. Though she stepped out into bright sunlight, she felt no warmth on her shoulders or back.

�You okay?� Robert asked, in pretty much the same tone he�d used every other time he�d asked: slightly sympathetic, mostly impatient.

Nodding, Sara self-consciously pulled her long blonde hair forward to hide the burn scars on the left side of her neck. She didn�t want to drag the vacation down. They�d both paid a lot of money to be here and she had agreed to come. Hell, she�d been the one to suggest it, not just the vacation together, but the Castle in particular. Even more, this was supposed to be the fun-filled trip that reconnected them both as Top and Bottom and, more importantly, as a couple. It wasn�t her intent to do anything to jeopardize that, and yet in the very back of her mind, she couldn�t shake the feeling that coming here might have been a mistake. Across the parking lot, the gaping entrance in the admission gate looked like a hungry mouth crowned by jagged iron teeth. She managed a small smile for Robert�s benefit, but she didn�t want to walk through it.

Her smile couldn�t have been convincing, but Robert, she knew, believed it because he wanted to be here that badly. Adding her bag to the rest of their luggage being unloaded from the outer compartments, he hauled it to the line of porters waiting to schlepp everything inside to their assigned rooms. There was something to be said for resorts that did all the worst parts of vacationing for you.

�Let�s go have some fun.� Taking her hand, Robert laced their fingers�one of the things she liked best about him; when he held her hand like this, it always made her feel so�connected�and then pulled her into step behind all the other people tromping across the drawbridge. The Castle even had a moat, inhabited by colorful koi and a smattering of water lilies. The koi must have been accustomed to visitors feeding them, because they followed her shadow close to the water�s surface all the way across the bridge.

Passing through the portcullis and into the enclosed inner courtyard, it was hard not to be struck by just how massive this place was. The size of a city block at least, the outer walls encircled not only the Castle but half a dozen outbuildings: a stable with horses of the two- and four-legged variety, some hay carts, a smithy and on the far right, a hedge maze garden that stretched around the side as far as she could see. Two white stone statues stood sentry where the grass met the courtyard cobblestones: a master on one side, a mistress on the other.

Sara followed Robert�s lead, staring at both, feeling a small tickle of newly-budding anticipation reluctantly unfurling in the pit of her stomach and spreading outward until that old familiar prickle began to travel across her bottom and the backs of her thighs. The alabaster eyes of that unblinking master seemed to stay with her all the way to the registration tables. He had such a presence about him. She liked that. It kept drawing her eye.

Three tables in all were set up along the wall just inside the gate. Each table had two attendants and each attendant managed one line of guests with swift efficiency. By the time they�d joined the others, Sara and Robert were dead last to be registered, but they couldn�t have waited more than five minutes before they were standing directly before the cheerful and scantily-costumed maid who would attend them. She took their medical records and signed accountability waivers, adding each to a manila file.

�Welcome to the Castle,� she said, handing them pens and copies of their online application for final approval and signature. �Your bracelets are inside your welcome packets, along with your maps and room assignments. Orientation starts in about five minutes, so please take a minute to look over your applications and sign each section to show you still agree with and approve of what you�ve written. Even though you brought your own partner,� she beamed at them, �regulations are still regulations.�

�You bet,� Robert smiled and Sara pretended not to notice how his eyes went straight to the abundant cleavage that the spritely maid�s outfit openly displayed.

They took their seats in the middle row of the half-moon circle of chairs arranged before a simple announcement dais. Opening her sealed packet, Sara tipped out the contents, looking at the purple bracelet first. Robert had two, both a purple and a white. Their room assignment was written on the upper right corner of each of their applications. Thankfully, the room numbers matched.

So far, so good.

�They don�t leave anything to chance, do they?� she noted, clicking the tip of her pen into readiness and bending her attention to initial each line of her previously completed questionnaire.

�I imagine they have to be if they want to avoid being sued.� Robert was already halfway finished with his first page.

It wasn�t a contest, but she hurried to catch up with him anyway, skimming each of her answers. There wasn�t a single question on this application that she hadn�t answered with complete honesty, and in the two months between then and now, not one of her answers had changed. Yes, she was still female, still straight, still submissive. Yes, she still had interests in�good lord, had she really checked off that many fetishes? Sara went down the list: anal, biting, blindfolds, bondage, breast/nipple torture, clamps, etc� Wait a minute. Why was cupping on here?

Sara sat staring at that and, further down the list, found fire play as well. Cold like a fist gripped her insides. She didn�t turn to look, but from the corner of her eye, she thought she saw Robert checking her progress as he initialed his own answers. She waited until he glanced over at her page before quietly and deliberately crossing both those things out.

He didn�t say a word.

Neither did she. Everything else on her list she agreed with. At the bottom, where it was indicated, she signed her name and then slipped the application back into its anonymous envelope. The front door of the Castle opened soon after and a dark-haired woman emerged to make her way to the dais. Sara knew her at once from the brochure: Mrs. Hardwick, regal in appearance and manner, dressed like an old-fashioned housekeeper, and quite possibly the tallest woman Sara had personally ever seen in her life. She greeted them all with a slight smile and a ready spiel of the Castle rules. Anonymity, to be adhered to at all times, so use your assigned names. Consent, also to be adhered to; no means no, and pay attention to the safewords. Bracelets to be worn at all times, even in the seclusion of assigned apartments. Sara listened, but apart from the bracelets, there weren�t many differences from the play-party guidelines that ruled the dungeons she used to be a member of back when she lived in California. What differences there were, were all common sense ones. Sara relaxed a little, and before she realized it was going to happen, the tall woman on the dais was calling the dominants from the group.

A cold sweat popped out across Sara�s back when Robert laid his hand on hers and gave her fingers a squeeze.

�You�ll be all right,� he said.

It wasn�t a question; she nodded anyway, but he had already let her go and was standing up to leave. If she had said no, a tiny voice in the very back of her mind whispered, would he have left her there and gone inside with the other dominants anyway?

Stop thinking like that, she scolded herself. She wanted to be here. She needed to be here. This was going to be good for them.

�I�ll see you soon.� Robert flashed her that boyishly charming smile of his, and then he was gone, squeezing out of the row past those still seated and heading toward the group of white-bracelet wearing dominants and the stiff and proper Victorian-style �butler� waiting to lead them away.

Sara clasped her hands in her lap, squeezing tight as she watched him go.

He�s not a crutch. Stop leaning on him.

But stark feelings of abandonment swept her anyway, and she couldn�t stop herself from trembling.

She wanted to be here. She had nothing to be afraid�

Two fingers tapped her left shoulder, coming in on her scarred side and startling her so badly that she nearly jumped up out of her seat. She jerked around, one hand flying up to cover the spot where the scars under her clothing were throbbing in an attempt to twist the simple sensation of being touched until it felt like pain.

The woman sitting directly behind her jumped too. She grabbed her chest and then, after a second or two, cracked a smile, though her eyes remained wide and now glimmered with uncertainty. �Sara?� she whispered.

Sara startled all over again. Total anonymity, that�s what the brochure had claimed. How did this woman know her name? �Y-yes?�

�I didn�t mean to startle you.� The woman�s smile grew just a bit, but she seemed no less uncertain. �You probably don�t remember me. We never actually met. I�d only started attending the Shadowbrook Den when you�uh�� Her eyes flicked to the only one of Sara�s burn scars that was visible�the one on her neck, that ugly pucker of skin that crawled up out of her shirt collar to engulf and distort her left ear lobe. ��when you left,� the woman finished awkwardly.

A flicker of recognition itched at Sara, followed very quickly by dread. �Oh.� It was all she could think of to say. �Oh yeah. I�I think I remember you.�

�I wasn�t there that night, but I heard about what happened.� That awkward sympathy on her face and in her voice grew more pronounced. So did Sara�s dread. �The fire,� the woman specified, as if there could be any doubt.

Sara made herself smile. �I�m okay.�

The woman looked at her scar, the one her hair and high collar couldn�t hide. She took her hand back. �You look good,� she said, just a little too earnestly.

And that was the end of that conversation.

Sara eased back in her chair and faced forward again. In her lap, her hands fisted even tighter. Inside, she felt sick.

�Purple bracelets,� Mrs. Hardwick on the dais called, and Sara all but leapt to her feet. She exited the group of chairs, moving more clumsily than Robert had, her hip having already begun to seize up again. She limped all the way up to the front, joining two other women and one man in an impromptu group beside another maid, but then she glanced back. Unfortunately, the woman was following her to the dais.

�Looks like we�re going to the same place,� she said, trying for cheerfulness now.

Yay.

Sara looked away. The Castle was a big place. It was entirely possible Sara wouldn�t see this woman again for the duration of her stay.

�My lords and ladies.� Mrs. Hardwick bowed as she addressed them and then gestured to the housemaid who had separated herself from the line of Castle servants who stood waiting to one side. �Natalie is going to show you to Wardrobe and then take you to your assigned rooms. Your Dominants will join you there shortly.�

�I hope our rooms are close together,� the woman behind�now beside Sara�whispered. �It�d be nice having a familiar face while we�re here.�

�Yeah,� Sara tried to smile, but that sickly sensation inside her was churning now.

She wanted to be here, she told herself again. She needed to be here. This was going to be good for them�her and Robert. Nothing else mattered.

�We�re going to have such a great time,� the woman beside her said, beginning to sound excited.

�Yeah,� Sara�the one-track recording�said again. She tried to shake herself out of it. �A great time. Sure.�

Now all she had to do was make herself believe that.

* * * * *

�This place has everything!� Robert declared as he came barreling into their assigned room. His face was flushed, he was so excited. And damn, but he looked good.

Sara didn�t know if dominants got to pick their clothes the way submissives did, but if so, he had definitely chosen right�black leather pants, white poet-sleeved shirt unlaced halfway down his handsome chest and a black leather vest that brought the contrast between them together. She had a thing for leather: the feel of it, smell of it, sight of it. His outfit absolutely made hers�cream-colored brocade, off-the-shoulder princess gown with a shawl that hid her burns (all but the one that crawled up the side of her neck), and a matching corset that made her breasts look twice as large and her waist twice as small. Sara got up off the bed where she�d been sitting, limping slightly as she met him halfway across the floor of the small apartment they�d been assigned to share.

�Everything,� Robert gushed again. �Dungeon, stockade, equipment the likes of which makes the Shadowbrook look like a wanna-be beginners group!�

Her heart gave a faltering skip when he caught her face between his warm hands and kissed her soundly. When he pulled back, he looked at her so warmly, so sexily. It was exactly like the looks he used to give her back when they�d first started dating�back before he realized how screwed up she was.

�We are going to have so much fun here.� His thumbs caressed the curves of her face. �There�s something else, too. Something I want to show you. I don�t want you to be scared. Trust me, okay? Can you trust me, Sara?�

This was the happiest he�d looked since they first boarded the bus to come here.

Sara nodded. �Of course, I trust you.�

For looks like this, she�d have said anything he wanted to hear, done anything he wanted her to do. It didn�t even matter that he hadn�t noticed her dress.

He grinned, pulling her toward the door. He looked down at her as he held it open. �You look nice.�

She beamed.

His roving stare turned slightly critical when it came to rest on her shoulders. Both their smiles dimmed a little then. �Are you sure you need the shawl?�

�I�m a little cold,� she lied.

Robert opened his mouth, but then closed it again without arguing. He forced his smile back almost to what it had been. �All right.� His hand squeezed hers. �It�s okay. You�re going to like this,� he assured and led her down the hall.

The Castle was huge, much larger on the inside it seemed than it had from the outer courtyard. Since the twist of scar tissue on her left hip sometimes gave her trouble on stairs, their room was one of only a handful of guest quarters located on the first floor (the woman from orientation was, thankfully, located somewhere else). And still there could have been no less than thirty apartments in this wing alone. As she followed Robert, they passed the double-door entrances to three other wings and at least several hundred people.

They were everywhere, some heading to the complimentary dining hall and others for the fine dining restaurant, some to the ballroom where soothing music was playing and two professional instructors were walking guests through the dance steps of a courtly waltz. A steady stream of people were heading outside while others came in and everywhere she looked, everyone was in costume�from super heroes and villains to schoolgirls, to Roman slaves and gladiators to Viking warriors, to royalty like Robert and herself, right on down to every niche in the serving class. There was nothing about any of them that stood out in a way for her to tell who might be guests and who actually worked here.

They passed two servants just outside the ballroom. One, a scantily dressed maid in a barely-there corseted uniform, had sat three seats ahead of them on the bus ride in. The butler, on the other hand, was anybody�s guess. Neat, stern, dressed all in black with a very lethal-looking switch clasped behind his back, he stood frowning down at the chastened maid. When he held out his hand, she heaved a sigh and removed her earbuds and passed him her cellphone, currently playing through her iTunes list.

�I can see I�m going to have trouble with you,� the butler said, pocketing the device. �Modern conveniences are allowed in the privacy of your room and only one other place within the Castle grounds, and that is where?�

�The Rainbow Room,� the maid dutifully answered.

�Are you in the Rainbow Room?�

�No, sir.�

�Turn and grab your ankles. If you value your hide, you�ll not let go before I tell you.�

Sara didn�t know if it was his tone or the actual command, but the butler�s words sent the most delicious shiver dancing down through her.

�Sounds like someone is going to get her naughty bottom warmed,� Robert said, flashing her a sideways grin.

In spite of her initial misgivings, those dancing tendrils turned to excitement. Maybe this wasn�t going to be so bad after all.

Giving her fingers another squeeze and with the echoing snap of the switch and yelps of the maid growing distant behind them, Robert led her through a maze of stone corridors back to the main entrance hall.

�Do you feel up to tackling a few stairs?� he asked. �They say there�s an elevator around here somewhere.�

He paused to fish a map out of his back pocket, but Sara shook her head. �No, it�s okay. I can do a few steps.�

Anything to see him flash another of those smiles. He even squeezed her hand and gave the backs of her fingers a kiss. �Good girl.�

Funny, how praise like that had the power to melt her inside.

He pulled her toward the stairs, a massive curving staircase that led up to an open second story landing. But instead of taking her up, he drew her into a side alcove to a hidden door and another secret staircase, this one leading down.

From the moment he opened it, the bass thump and crisp snaps of Adam Lambert�s �For Your Entertainment� filtered up to them. The sound-proofing in this place was nothing short of amazing.

�Here.� Robert started down first, but turned and offered up his hand for support.

�Thanks.� She took the stairs slowly, careful both of her skirts, her heels and her hip. She�d do anything for one of Robert�s smiles, but by the fourth step down, she began to feel the tightness in her skin growing painfully tighter. By the time she reached the bottom, it felt as if her scars were tearing open where her hip met her thigh with every step she took. She pressed her hand over the spot, pushing hard until the sensation melted in intensity to a dull throb.

�You okay?� Robert asked.

She made herself smile past the pain. �Just a twinge�oh wow�� She broke off, falling silent with awe. Standing at the bottom of the steps, Sara looked around the dungeon play space. It was very open, a series of long rooms that were sectioned off by stone pillars and half walls, and filled with people and the biggest collection of BDSM equipment and paraphernalia that she had ever seen. It was huge. It must, she realized run under most of the castle.

There was something for everyone. Station after evenly-spaced station boasted an amazing array of equipment: a spanking bench, a St. Andrew�s cross, a padded horse, then a table, a saddle, sets of stocks, poles, hooks on chains suspended from the ceiling, sex slings and rows, shelves and racks of implements of every material, shape and kind.

�Oh. Wow,� she said again, looking around.

�No kidding,� he agreed.

At least two hundred people wandered the play area, but the equipment was just spaced out enough for it not to feel too crowded. An occupancy sign posted on the wall at the bottom of the steps claimed the space rated for five hundred, and Sara had no trouble believing that that many could be accommodated. From here, she could see four neon exit signs, the only hint of modernization in the place, apart from the music. Everything else felt like something right out of history. The grand inquisition is what came immediately to mind, and for a while she found herself watching as, straight ahead of them, a naked man was strapped onto a cross while his master selected both a heavy strap and lexan cane from the wall.

�Come on.� Robert tugged her hand, drawing her attention away. They weaved a path through the crowd, past a well-spanked woman in medieval stocks being "forced" to attend her master orally. She was grunting, drooling, gasping for air whenever her master allowed it, her make-up so smeared by tears and other things that she could have stood as a female stunt double for the Joker. In an instant, Sara imagined herself in that woman�s place, with her face being held like that while her master thrust all the way in to the back of her throat. She felt her stomach tighten, a delicious sensation she hadn�t felt in such a very, very long time.

�It�s right over here.� Robert glanced back over his shoulder, giving her another of those grins that transformed his smile into something so handsome and boyish. �You trust me, right?�

Why did he keep asking that?

She laughed a little. �Of course I trus��

In the next split second, she caught the unmistakable, acrid scent of alcohol and the cluster of observers gathered just beyond Robert inexplicably parted, as if on someone else�s cue. It wasn�t by much, just enough for her to catch glimpse of the fire wand igniting. That burst of flame brought Sara�s entire world crashing to a stop.

Her chest tightened, a painful spasm so violent and abrupt, it felt as if her heart had just stopped. Everything disappeared�the costumed crowd, Robert�only the smell remained and the sight of that burning wand being lowered to tap the back of the naked woman lying prone on her padded table. Yellow fire raced down her spine and though it was promptly brushed out again, in a flash every bit as quick, suddenly Sara was back in that club in California, burning in a pool of liquid fire.

Everything around her jerked. Sara didn�t realize it was because she herself had moved that way, wrenching her hand out of Robert�s though he tried to grab her arm. She twisted to run, but her legs refused to follow her and she fell, crashing to the floor in a rip of costumed skirts. Pain shot from the impact through her hip and up her back. She must have screamed, though she didn�t realize that either, not until everyone around her turned to stare. She flailed on her back on the floor, every limb scrambling and clawing to get her uncooperative body moving, unable to tear her eyes off the sight of that flaming wand. Unable to stop screaming.

Robert turned away from her, stabbing his fingers back through his hair and something hard struck her back. It yielded almost immediately and the next thing she knew, Sara was kick-crawling backwards across cool bathroom tiles. She stopped only when she crashed into wall between two urinals, one of which was in use. Zipping quickly back into his pants, the startled man jumped back from her and then fled the bathroom entirely.

The most horrible noise reverberated through the small room�high-pitched, scratchy, rattling in and out of raspy sound and repeating over and over again. It bounced off the bathroom walls, filling her ears. It was her, she suddenly recognized. She was still screaming, and it barely sounded human.

She wasn�t burning. The fire hadn�t touched her, hadn�t even come close, and still it took real effort before she could make that awful sound stop coming. Huddled against the wall, shaking violently, she clutched her knees to her chest and stared at the door. The smell of the fuel was still in her nose, although now it mingled with the equally pungent odor of something else�ammonia.

She had wet herself.
Angie on 05/21/2015 06:43am
This was a great story about Jackson helping Sara trust again and work through her demons. Sara's boyfriend was a real butthead and that's how Jackson and Sara reunited. Jackson has tried for three years to get Sara out of his head and figure out what why she left him before he could help her. It took Jackson awhile but with Hannah's help Jackson finally figured out what was holding Sara back. Sara was brave and faced her fears head on with the help of Jackson. I enjoyed watching these two work through their feelings for each other and the way it ended was really good!
Angie on 05/21/2015 06:43am
This was a great story about Jackson helping Sara trust again and work through her demons. Sara's boyfriend was a real butthead and that's how Jackson and Sara reunited. Jackson has tried for three years to get Sara out of his head and figure out what why she left him before he could help her. It took Jackson awhile but with Hannah's help Jackson finally figured out what was holding Sara back. Sara was brave and faced her fears head on with the help of Jackson. I enjoyed watching these two work through their feelings for each other and the way it ended was really good!
brandy on 04/21/2015 12:25pm
Jackson and Sara have a past and it is a very interesting story. I never quite understood Sara as a character, I am drawn more towards Jackson. There are a few side stories going on to tie the Castle characters together; I think they take away from the story line instead of add to it. Good read and well written.
brandy on 04/21/2015 12:25pm
Jackson and Sara have a past and it is a very interesting story. I never quite understood Sara as a character, I am drawn more towards Jackson. There are a few side stories going on to tie the Castle characters together; I think they take away from the story line instead of add to it. Good read and well written.
Meg on 03/17/2015 01:15pm
I've loved this series and am so glad there are more of them . keep them coming! I'd visit this place if it really existed as well, talk about a fairy tale come to life.
Meg on 03/17/2015 01:15pm
I've loved this series and am so glad there are more of them . keep them coming! I'd visit this place if it really existed as well, talk about a fairy tale come to life.
Wyette on 02/06/2015 12:40pm
This was a very interesting story. I loved the how our Hero cared for her, their history added alot of depth and made it even more touching. When she was so afraid that she peed herself I thought that was so realistic and not done in a gross way neither. Her courage was totally awesome, loved how Jackson stood by her. A must read.
Wyette on 02/06/2015 12:40pm
This was a very interesting story. I loved the how our Hero cared for her, their history added alot of depth and made it even more touching. When she was so afraid that she peed herself I thought that was so realistic and not done in a gross way neither. Her courage was totally awesome, loved how Jackson stood by her. A must read.
Margaret Corcoran on 01/31/2015 11:51am
Ms Smith does it again with another episode of the castle. Strong characters and amazing scenes. I really loved this story.
Margaret Corcoran on 01/31/2015 11:51am
Ms Smith does it again with another episode of the castle. Strong characters and amazing scenes. I really loved this story.
Virginia on 01/30/2015 11:36am
Can't even give it a rating because I can't get to it!
Virginia on 01/30/2015 11:36am
Can't even give it a rating because I can't get to it!
Joelle Casteel on 07/19/2014 03:21pm
This book is the 3rd in Maren's "Masters of the Castle" series, although I found so much of the story to be focused on Jackson and Sara in such a way that reading the first 2 books- "Kaylee's Keeper" and "Holding Hannah"- only marginally added to the experience. The book is again set in the BDSM fantasy resort "The Castle," but what is shown between Jackson and Sara is so much about reality, real BDSM relationships, regardless of the fantastical setting. Sara arrives at the Castle wounded, both physically and mentally, and with "Dickwad," as Jackson christens Robert, the wanna-be dom (in my less than humble opinion) whom she arrives with. I enjoyed the back story that we got in drips and drabs about Sara's accident and Jackson's relationship with her. I especially appreciated Jackson's struggles to be the dom, the man Sara needs, which he doesn't automatically "just know" like too many doms in books. Even so, the journey of healing he eventually takes her on through the book is beautiful, even with its hiccups when Jackson is trying to figure out what to do. I gushed and giggled when Sara didn't get on the bus, but instead accepted Jackson's ride to get her things from the apartment she's sharing with "Dickwad."
Joelle Casteel on 07/19/2014 03:21pm
"This book is the 3rd in Maren's ""Masters of the Castle"" series, although I found so much of the story to be focused on Jackson and Sara in such a way that reading the first 2 books- ""Kaylee's Keeper"" and ""Holding Hannah""- only marginally added to the experience. The book is again set in the BDSM fantasy resort ""The Castle,"" but what is shown between Jackson and Sara is so much about reality, real BDSM relationships, regardless of the fantastical setting. Sara arrives at the Castle wounded, both physically and mentally, and with ""Dickwad,"" as Jackson christens Robert, the wanna-be dom (in my less than humble opinion) whom she arrives with. I enjoyed the back story that we got in drips and drabs about Sara's accident and Jackson's relationship with her. I especially appreciated Jackson's struggles to be the dom, the man Sara needs, which he doesn't automatically ""just know"" like too many doms in books. Even so, the journey of healing he eventually takes her on through the book is beautiful, even with its hiccups when Jackson is trying to figure out what to do. I gushed and giggled when Sara didn't get on the bus, but instead accepted Jackson's ride to get her things from the apartment she's sharing with ""Dickwad."""
Lava on 05/21/2014 07:58pm
Jackson had me captivated from the moment he answered the crisis call. His needed dominance of Sarah took my breath away and wishing I was Master Jacksons submissive.
Lava on 05/21/2014 07:58pm
Jackson had me captivated from the moment he answered the crisis call. His needed dominance of Sarah took my breath away and wishing I was Master Jacksons submissive.
Lavata on 05/21/2014 07:58pm
Jackson had me captivated from the moment he answered the crisis call. His needed dominance of Sarah took my breath away and wishing I was Master Jacksons submissive.
Lavata on 05/21/2014 07:58pm
Jackson had me captivated from the moment he answered the crisis call. His needed dominance of Sarah took my breath away and wishing I was Master Jacksons submissive.
Rhea on 05/07/2014 05:41pm
I Loved Sara's Story! There was so much depth and you could palpably feel where the author was coming from and feel the pain from Sara.
Rhea on 05/07/2014 05:41pm
I Loved Sara's Story! There was so much depth and you could palpably feel where the author was coming from and feel the pain from Sara.
LJ on 02/16/2014 12:42pm
Maren Smith is a fabulous writer. She knows how to grab your attention and keep it from the very first sentence. Saving Sara, the third installment in the Masters of the Castle series, is a most read. There is everything you long for in a story, love, action, adventure, discipline and BDSM elements.
LJ on 02/16/2014 12:42pm
Maren Smith is a fabulous writer. She knows how to grab your attention and keep it from the very first sentence. Saving Sara, the third installment in the Masters of the Castle series, is a most read. There is everything you long for in a story, love, action, adventure, discipline and BDSM elements.
Adaline Raine on 02/15/2014 05:23pm
I enjoyed the third book in the Masters of the Castle series, Saving Sara. (I am currently reading the 2nd I just loved Sara so much I had to read her story first) She is traumatized after being burned during a fire play session gone terribly amiss. She goes to visit the castle with a new Dom, aka jerkface, to make new memories. He drags her down to the dungeon, knowing her history with fire and winds up throwing her into a full on flashback moment. Jackson, security there and a very yummy sounding Dom, finds her in the bathroom afterwards and cleans her up. He takes her in as his for the remainder of the time. Their tension and attraction is palpable. He is deliciously sexy and caring and I LOVE the alpha in him. Sara has a hard time trusting he means what he says but eventually begins to trust. I will not spoil the ending but I could barely put my IPAD down to see the outcome. Hot, hot, BDSM scenes complete with spankings and punishments. I look forward to the next Masters of the Castle, Sweet Sinclair. 5 Stars all the way.
Adaline Raine on 02/15/2014 05:23pm
I enjoyed the third book in the Masters of the Castle series, Saving Sara. (I am currently reading the 2nd I just loved Sara so much I had to read her story first) She is traumatized after being burned during a fire play session gone terribly amiss. She goes to visit the castle with a new Dom, aka jerkface, to make new memories. He drags her down to the dungeon, knowing her history with fire and winds up throwing her into a full on flashback moment. Jackson, security there and a very yummy sounding Dom, finds her in the bathroom afterwards and cleans her up. He takes her in as his for the remainder of the time. Their tension and attraction is palpable. He is deliciously sexy and caring and I LOVE the alpha in him. Sara has a hard time trusting he means what he says but eventually begins to trust. I will not spoil the ending but I could barely put my IPAD down to see the outcome. Hot, hot, BDSM scenes complete with spankings and punishments. I look forward to the next Masters of the Castle, Sweet Sinclair. 5 Stars all the way.
lanigirl on 02/13/2014 05:44pm
This was another great book in the Castle series. I can not get enough of this series! Jackson is my favorite master so far because of how sweet and wonderful he is with Sara. He is just what she needs. He helps Sara overcome her past and see that she is so much stronger than she thinks she is. This is such a great book. I read it in one sitting and have reread it many many times since!
lanigirl on 02/13/2014 05:44pm
This was another great book in the Castle series. I can not get enough of this series! Jackson is my favorite master so far because of how sweet and wonderful he is with Sara. He is just what she needs. He helps Sara overcome her past and see that she is so much stronger than she thinks she is. This is such a great book. I read it in one sitting and have reread it many many times since!
Adele on 02/11/2014 04:56am
Although I fiind this series a bit intense, I also fid the stories well written. I also like when past main charicters tr occur for more then a mention. I did chose to read this because I have liked Jackson fro past books, and although his charicter was not as easy going as in past books, I oet the fact that Sara was someone he lived, and someone who broke his heart. I have to say these books have shown me things about BDSM I coukd have gone the rest of y lufe not knowing, but because they are well written I will keep reading.
Adele on 02/11/2014 04:56am
Although I fiind this series a bit intense, I also fid the stories well written. I also like when past main charicters tr occur for more then a mention. I did chose to read this because I have liked Jackson fro past books, and although his charicter was not as easy going as in past books, I oet the fact that Sara was someone he lived, and someone who broke his heart. I have to say these books have shown me things about BDSM I coukd have gone the rest of y lufe not knowing, but because they are well written I will keep reading.
Rhonda on 12/29/2013 01:32pm
Sara is a woman that was hurt in an BDSM scene accident. Jackson is a Dom who wanted to be a part of her life but she disappeared from the hospital after the accident. Three years later they meet at The Castle where he works as a Master. A great story about second chances and emotional healing.
Rhonda on 12/29/2013 01:32pm
Sara is a woman that was hurt in an BDSM scene accident. Jackson is a Dom who wanted to be a part of her life but she disappeared from the hospital after the accident. Three years later they meet at The Castle where he works as a Master. A great story about second chances and emotional healing.
Tia on 12/08/2013 10:07pm
I love this series, and really all of Maren's books. Of all the books in the Masters series so far this is my favorite. Jackson and Sara have a history, with a misunderstanding leading to years of estrangement. When they meet up again, Jackson is determined to teach Sara a lesson. There are things that only he can teach her, but she is afraid of losing her heart a second time. Join them on their journey to discover each other, and see if what is between them has forever potential.
Tia on 12/08/2013 10:07pm
I love this series, and really all of Maren's books. Of all the books in the Masters series so far this is my favorite. Jackson and Sara have a history, with a misunderstanding leading to years of estrangement. When they meet up again, Jackson is determined to teach Sara a lesson. There are things that only he can teach her, but she is afraid of losing her heart a second time. Join them on their journey to discover each other, and see if what is between them has forever potential.
Andrea on 12/08/2013 06:24pm
I read the first two books in series and was so excited for Jacksons story. He was so enjoyable to read in the other books. Wow was I disappointed. I liked the other books but found it hard to like this one. I did not like Jacksons character. I felt he was just hateful and angry from the beginning and used his position to settle a score with Sara. The punishments made me so mad. I felt them to be me more revengeful than correction. then why Sara tolerated these punishments I didn't understand. I felt serious issues where rushed. Just not one of my favorites and I have read several books by this author.
Andrea on 12/08/2013 06:24pm
I read the first two books in series and was so excited for Jacksons story. He was so enjoyable to read in the other books. Wow was I disappointed. I liked the other books but found it hard to like this one. I did not like Jacksons character. I felt he was just hateful and angry from the beginning and used his position to settle a score with Sara. The punishments made me so mad. I felt them to be me more revengeful than correction. then why Sara tolerated these punishments I didn't understand. I felt serious issues where rushed. Just not one of my favorites and I have read several books by this author.
on 12/08/2013 06:19pm
I read the first two books in series and was so excited for Jacksons story. He was so enjoyable to read in the other books. Wow was I disappointed. I liked the other books but found it hard to like this one. I did not like Jacksons character. I felt he was just hateful and angry from the beginning and used his position to settle a score with Sara. The punishments made me so mad. I felt them to be me more revengeful than correction. then why Sara tolerated these punishments I didn't understand. Just not one of my favorites and I have read several books by this author
on 12/08/2013 06:19pm
I read the first two books in series and was so excited for Jacksons story. He was so enjoyable to read in the other books. Wow was I disappointed. I liked the other books but found it hard to like this one. I did not like Jacksons character. I felt he was just hateful and angry from the beginning and used his position to settle a score with Sara. The punishments made me so mad. I felt them to be me more revengeful than correction. then why Sara tolerated these punishments I didn't understand. Just not one of my favorites and I have read several books by this author
JK on 12/01/2013 09:52am
Really enjoyed this story! I have read the other two in this series, and they all tell a great story with a great plot, and great characters!! Tells about a lot of things that many people probably aren't into, but in a way that makes it a bit erotic to all! Definitely a must read. (I do have to say though, that Kaylee's Keeper is still my favorite!)
JK on 12/01/2013 09:52am
Really enjoyed this story! I have read the other two in this series, and they all tell a great story with a great plot, and great characters!! Tells about a lot of things that many people probably aren't into, but in a way that makes it a bit erotic to all! Definitely a must read. (I do have to say though, that Kaylee's Keeper is still my favorite!)
Merna on 11/30/2013 07:04pm
This series is top-notch. I have loved all three books, and can't wait for more. Must read. Jackson discovers his long lost friend and crush quivering in the men's room and at last gets his chance to make things go the way he wants them to. Sara has some mental hurdles to overcome, and Jackson is there to help her.
Merna on 11/30/2013 07:04pm
This series is top-notch. I have loved all three books, and can't wait for more. Must read. Jackson discovers his long lost friend and crush quivering in the men's room and at last gets his chance to make things go the way he wants them to. Sara has some mental hurdles to overcome, and Jackson is there to help her.
Star on 11/17/2013 02:43pm
Wow what an emotional book my fovorite of the three. Hopefully there will be more in this series
Star on 11/17/2013 02:43pm
Wow what an emotional book my fovorite of the three. Hopefully there will be more in this series
Mattie on 11/14/2013 04:13pm
This book is another great addition to the series. I love the way Sara and Jackson meet again and work through their issues. This book has just the right amount of romance and spanking.
Mattie on 11/14/2013 04:13pm
This book is another great addition to the series. I love the way Sara and Jackson meet again and work through their issues. This book has just the right amount of romance and spanking.
Katy Beth on 11/11/2013 01:13pm
Wow. I have loved every book in this series. The strong attraction and deep emotions in this story are amazing. Sexually it was a powerful story but the relationship and emotions are just as strong. You just want to cheer for them.
Katy Beth on 11/11/2013 01:13pm
Wow. I have loved every book in this series. The strong attraction and deep emotions in this story are amazing. Sexually it was a powerful story but the relationship and emotions are just as strong. You just want to cheer for them.
KArc on 11/08/2013 09:01pm
This is a great addition to this series. Jackson and Sara start a difficult journey to end her pain and accept herself as a beautiful and lovable person. Jackson is the guide and his dominant side will not take any crap from her. There are so many wonderful aspects of BDSM in this story. I loved how Connie and Hannah and their side stories were incorporated. I would like to have seen more interaction with the other couples as the few that were included were excellent.
KArc on 11/08/2013 09:01pm
This is a great addition to this series. Jackson and Sara start a difficult journey to end her pain and accept herself as a beautiful and lovable person. Jackson is the guide and his dominant side will not take any crap from her. There are so many wonderful aspects of BDSM in this story. I loved how Connie and Hannah and their side stories were incorporated. I would like to have seen more interaction with the other couples as the few that were included were excellent.
Rosetta on 11/02/2013 11:36pm
Excellent book by Maren, I have read all three books - Masters of the Castle, and love all of them. Thank you Maren for the well written book. Love it :)
Rosetta on 11/02/2013 11:36pm
Excellent book by Maren, I have read all three books - Masters of the Castle, and love all of them. Thank you Maren for the well written book. Love it :)
Pamela on 11/02/2013 07:45pm
I enjoyed this book just as much as book 1 & 2. I hope there is another in the works. I learned about something new. It's not for me, but if that what makes you happy, then I don't see what's wrong with it. I loved the progression of the characters and the strength that they built within the story...Highly recommended.
Pamela on 11/02/2013 07:45pm
I enjoyed this book just as much as book 1 & 2. I hope there is another in the works. I learned about something new. It's not for me, but if that what makes you happy, then I don't see what's wrong with it. I loved the progression of the characters and the strength that they built within the story...Highly recommended.
alva on 11/02/2013 04:46pm
OMG! I have to say that I am a fan of this series. But this one is the best so far and that's saying something, because they were all good. It was also nice getting to check in with characters from the first two books also. The series is not for the feint of heart.
alva on 11/02/2013 04:46pm
OMG! I have to say that I am a fan of this series. But this one is the best so far and that's saying something, because they were all good. It was also nice getting to check in with characters from the first two books also. The series is not for the feint of heart.
sue on 10/29/2013 05:52pm
Love Love Love this series. more more more please.
sue on 10/29/2013 05:52pm
Love Love Love this series. more more more please.
Laurel on 10/27/2013 02:46pm
This was the third of the Master of the castle series. Sara had severe burn scars and emotional scars on the inside. She came with her boyfriend, and he was a real jerk. Jackson took her under his wing and made her submit to him. He knew her from the past, and did not coddle her, in fact he was somewhat severe with her.
Laurel on 10/27/2013 02:46pm
This was the third of the Master of the castle series. Sara had severe burn scars and emotional scars on the inside. She came with her boyfriend, and he was a real jerk. Jackson took her under his wing and made her submit to him. He knew her from the past, and did not coddle her, in fact he was somewhat severe with her.
Laurel on 10/27/2013 02:44pm
This was the third of the Master of the castle series. Sara had severe burn scars and emotional scars on the inside. She came with her boyfriend, and he was a real jerk. Jackson took her under his wing and made her submit to him. He knew her from the past, and did not coddle her, in fact he was somewhat severe with her.
Laurel on 10/27/2013 02:44pm
This was the third of the Master of the castle series. Sara had severe burn scars and emotional scars on the inside. She came with her boyfriend, and he was a real jerk. Jackson took her under his wing and made her submit to him. He knew her from the past, and did not coddle her, in fact he was somewhat severe with her.
Laurel on 10/27/2013 02:44pm
This was the third of the Master of the castle series. Sara had severe burn scars and emotional scars on the inside. She came with her boyfriend, and he was a real jerk. Jackson took her under his wing and made her submit to him. He knew her from the past, and did not coddle her, in fact he was somewhat severe with her.
Laurel on 10/27/2013 02:44pm
This was the third of the Master of the castle series. Sara had severe burn scars and emotional scars on the inside. She came with her boyfriend, and he was a real jerk. Jackson took her under his wing and made her submit to him. He knew her from the past, and did not coddle her, in fact he was somewhat severe with her.
Molly on 10/27/2013 01:10pm
This one left me unsatisfied. The resolution was just not believable to me. I know its fantasy fiction but I need a little reality basis. Spoiler kind of: For example iOne harsh punishment scene where even the H felt like he went too far was just left hanging. AFter such a beating I would be in the bed for days, battered and bruised. They just went on llike it hadn't happened. No discussion about the Master losing it or the breach in trust, they just moved on to more scenes and more discipline. I also didn't buy the ending. It felt rushed to me like there was a target word count in mind and once reached it was time to wrap it up. Hannah's story was brief and left me wanting but it was a prequel so I expected to get more in future books. This one left me frustrated and cold.
Molly on 10/27/2013 01:10pm
This one left me unsatisfied. The resolution was just not believable to me. I know its fantasy fiction but I need a little reality basis. Spoiler kind of: For example iOne harsh punishment scene where even the H felt like he went too far was just left hanging. AFter such a beating I would be in the bed for days, battered and bruised. They just went on llike it hadn't happened. No discussion about the Master losing it or the breach in trust, they just moved on to more scenes and more discipline. I also didn't buy the ending. It felt rushed to me like there was a target word count in mind and once reached it was time to wrap it up. Hannah's story was brief and left me wanting but it was a prequel so I expected to get more in future books. This one left me frustrated and cold.
drb on 10/27/2013 12:37pm
I loved this book. I'm not into experiencing BDSM and some of the stories I have read scare the crap out of me. But Maren Smith caught my attention with Holding Hannah so I had to read Kaylee's Keeper. I so enjoyed those books, I just had to read this one, too. She brings out the loving, caring side of the Doms and shows a sensual side of BDSM I never knew was there, especially in the story of Jackson and Sara. I liked the cameos of Hannah and Sam and Marshall and Kaylee. I would definitely recommend this book!
drb on 10/27/2013 12:37pm
I loved this book. I'm not into experiencing BDSM and some of the stories I have read scare the crap out of me. But Maren Smith caught my attention with Holding Hannah so I had to read Kaylee's Keeper. I so enjoyed those books, I just had to read this one, too. She brings out the loving, caring side of the Doms and shows a sensual side of BDSM I never knew was there, especially in the story of Jackson and Sara. I liked the cameos of Hannah and Sam and Marshall and Kaylee. I would definitely recommend this book!
Rose Lipscomb on 10/23/2013 08:49pm
Three years after suffering a bad burn in a BDSM club accident, Sara has gotten up the courage to try to regain her enjoyment of the club scene at an exclusive BDSM resort. She suffers a bad flashback and is attended by the head of club security, Jackson, who turns out to be an old friend. To Jackson, they were more than friends. Although some of the treatment Sara receives in this book seems rather harsh, it appears to be what she needs and wants. I found the love and hurt feelings between Sara and Jackson to be sweet and believable and I enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book & series for those who aren't opposed to explicit sex involving BDSM.
Rose Lipscomb on 10/23/2013 08:49pm
Three years after suffering a bad burn in a BDSM club accident, Sara has gotten up the courage to try to regain her enjoyment of the club scene at an exclusive BDSM resort. She suffers a bad flashback and is attended by the head of club security, Jackson, who turns out to be an old friend. To Jackson, they were more than friends. Although some of the treatment Sara receives in this book seems rather harsh, it appears to be what she needs and wants. I found the love and hurt feelings between Sara and Jackson to be sweet and believable and I enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book & series for those who aren't opposed to explicit sex involving BDSM.
angelia on 10/20/2013 08:14pm
Some romance and action It has a little of everything I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because of the ending I felt it just ended just stop if it had a little bit more at the end it would have been 5 stars
angelia on 10/20/2013 08:14pm
Some romance and action It has a little of everything I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because of the ending I felt it just ended just stop if it had a little bit more at the end it would have been 5 stars
JC on 10/19/2013 09:22pm
Just like all the books in this Masters of the Castle series, Saving Sara is wonderful! The interaction between Sara and Jackson is extremely hot. This book us well worth the money and time it takes to read.
JC on 10/19/2013 09:22pm
Just like all the books in this Masters of the Castle series, Saving Sara is wonderful! The interaction between Sara and Jackson is extremely hot. This book us well worth the money and time it takes to read.
SH on 10/17/2013 03:12pm
I have read all of the books in this series so far, as well as all the other books by this talented author, and I had high expectations for this one. All I can say is WOW, I mean really....I just finished it (no housework got done today) and am still trying to absorb all of the detail and nuances to the plot. I seriously think, no..I know, I will definitely read this one again as this is my favorite so far! Reading is definitely one of my passions, I read all genres, and there is nothing like a great book you can sink your teeth into that is written wonderfully well. The plot is fantastic and for me the characters were so well developed it really felt like they were real people. I absolutely adored Sara and my heart broke when I read her story and the struggles she had to endure to finally get her life back. Jackson was wonderful in his role as a protector, friend, lover and the DOM she needed him to be by not giving in or accepting her feelings of unworthiness. It was nice to reconnect a little with the characters from the first two books as well. The relationship and the BDSM are written very realistically and are HOT, HOT, HOT. Adored the ending, but I really wanted someone to punch Robert, just sayin... :) You are missing something very special if you do not take the time to read and enjoy this series. I am now patiently, ok not really, more like anxiously awaiting Book 4. Great job Ms. Smith!
SH on 10/17/2013 03:12pm
I have read all of the books in this series so far, as well as all the other books by this talented author, and I had high expectations for this one. All I can say is WOW, I mean really....I just finished it (no housework got done today) and am still trying to absorb all of the detail and nuances to the plot. I seriously think, no..I know, I will definitely read this one again as this is my favorite so far! Reading is definitely one of my passions, I read all genres, and there is nothing like a great book you can sink your teeth into that is written wonderfully well. The plot is fantastic and for me the characters were so well developed it really felt like they were real people. I absolutely adored Sara and my heart broke when I read her story and the struggles she had to endure to finally get her life back. Jackson was wonderful in his role as a protector, friend, lover and the DOM she needed him to be by not giving in or accepting her feelings of unworthiness. It was nice to reconnect a little with the characters from the first two books as well. The relationship and the BDSM are written very realistically and are HOT, HOT, HOT. Adored the ending, but I really wanted someone to punch Robert, just sayin... :) You are missing something very special if you do not take the time to read and enjoy this series. I am now patiently, ok not really, more like anxiously awaiting Book 4. Great job Ms. Smith!

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