Book One in the Rescue Me series is a prequel (thank you for a prequel that actually comes out before the rest of the series) to the upcoming stories of Masters Adam, Damian, and Marcus, friends and owners of a BDSM club. The book is told vignette style with a small slice of each man's life explaining where they come from as well as their connection to one another. The author skillfully pulls together each small backstory to offer a bigger picture of these men's lives. It begins with Adam who has just lost his wife of 20 years to cancer as he meets Karla, a 16 year old runaway. My heart bled while reading about Savannah and how Damian saves her one night. Then it's on to Master Marcus and what motivates him to leave his family's business to join the Navy. Each man eventually ends up in the same Marine Corps. unit in war-torn Iraq. The story of each man's connection to one another as well as the path that leads them to owning a BDSM club is just as important, to my mind, as the individual romantic elements.
I am normally not a fan of first books by authors. They do not tend to be very well put together and the writing is often sloppy. So I was a bit leery about purchasing this book. I have never been so happy to be wrong. The writing and editing are professional - no glaring grammatical or spelling errors. It was obvious that the author took great care in getting her continuity and timeline correct and the military jargon and referenced scenes were well researched. Beyond all the technicalities however, the story itself was riveting. I literally could not put it down. I woke up the next morning still thinking about the storyline. Each character came across as real and I became emotionally invested in their stories.
Readers do need to beware though. This story is a PREQUEL. It is merely the backstory and not the main event. Each of the men will have his own story to be published later.
Nobody's Angel - scheduled release September 2011
Nobody's Hero - scheduled release December 2011
Nobody's Perfect - scheduled release February 2012
I do believe this book will be an necessary read before going on to any of the other books. And, for $.99, you can't beat the price.
Bottom line - is this book worth buying? You had better believe it! I am totally in love with this book and really cannot wait for the rest of the series. It's been a while since I've been so moved by a book. Go buy it. Now.