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Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov takes one look at fellow fencer Ryan O’Connor and instantly knows his type. The undisciplined hothead is all ego with no finesse and even less control. In short, Misha’s pet peeves personified. To put the arrogant kid in check, Misha challenges him to a sparring match, which he predictably wins.

Not so predictably, Ryan asks him to be a mentor and show him how to fence. Startled by the moment of humility, Misha agrees.

What begins as fencing lessons becomes something much hotter, and before they know it, Misha is giving Ryan an entirely different kind of education. Dominance, submission, pain, pleasure—at the hands of an older, experienced man, a whole new world is opening up for Ryan.

As the trust deepens and their bond strengthens, though, Ryan retreats because that sham called love left him jaded long ago. Cynical beyond his years, he’s not letting his guard down, least of all for a thrice-divorced man twice his age.

Now Misha has to find a way to crack through those defenses…or accept defeat and walk away from the submissive who might just be the love of his life.

©2017 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt (P)2017 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt

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  • Susan65
  • 27-05-2018

What an amazing performance

I loved this audio. I simply loved everything and every minute of it. It was hot as sin, it was perfectly performed, it was so enthralling, and I was completely enraptured from the beginning until the end. This is saying A LOT because 1) I usually do not like age-differences, 2) I usually can take or leave BDSM, and 3) this was a new narrator for me. Lesson learned? Take a chance, step outside your bubble and expand your comfort zone, and give a new-to-you narrator a chance. I am so glad I grabbed this audio. It was everything I loved and it was performed masterfully.

Okay, so now that you know that I loved it. Why? Well, for starters, it has so many nooks and crannies where all the goodness inside people could hide. Especially those who originally come across as arrogant. Both Ryan and Misha (Mikhail) have baggage, Ryan much more than Misha, but together they work through those nooks and crannies together. It didn’t start out that way, but once the “relationship” began, it all slowly worked its way to the surface. Ryan needed Misha as much as Misha needed Ryan. But they have to work hard for it and since this audio is 13 hours long, we get there one step (literally) at a time. Worth every minute.

Another thing I enjoyed was the fencing. I think that was what drew me to the story in the first place. I like sports romances, and I tend to go for the footballer, but fencing is classy and it called to me. I learned a bit, and I found myself fully invested in the lessons Ryan was receiving from Mikhail. Fencing is what brought them together, BDSM and love is what kept them together. Seriously, I am not doing this audio review any just, but trust me, Michael Ferraiuolo does a fabulous job with Misha’s Russian accent, and Ryan’s upper crust college boy attitude and personality. These two were performed so well that I had not one issue with the age gap nor the submission; if anything, it made the story that much better, and definitely that much hotter.

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  • Aerielle
  • 18-07-2019

Fantastic story

I’ve had this audio for awhile and I’m kicking myself for not listening to it sooner. The story and narration was fantastic. This story is sizzling!! Normally I prefer less sex and more story but while this book has ALOT of sex the balance is perfect. I absolutely adored Misha and Ryan!!

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  • Jay J.
  • 17-07-2019

Simply Amazing

This book was so well written. I did not want it to end.
I would love to spend more time in Misha and Ryan’s world.

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  • Jovan
  • 18-08-2018

Great contemporary BDSM romance.

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"The Master Will Appear" is a prime example of LA Witt’s skill at writing well-developed and engaging characters in a contemporary BDSM romance. When forty-five-year-old Mikhail “Misha” Budnikov sees twenty-six-year-old Ryan O’Connor fencing, he thinks he knows everything he needs to about the type of person Ryan is. To Misha, Ryan is the worst kind of fencer: an overly confident, aggressor with no real skill, just brute force. After watching his cocksure display, Misha decides to show Ryan what real fencing looks like and bring him down a peg or two. After being soundly trounced, Ryan’s cockiness melts away, and Misha is intrigued enough to say yes when a humbled Ryan asks for lessons. Although willing to admit to his deficiencies, Ryan needs to prove to himself (and his father) that he can be a great fencer, which makes him impatient with Misha’s focus on the basics. Ryan’s frustration and stubbornness annoys Misha, causing them to lock horns at every lesson. However, underneath the annoyance is a simmering awareness that grows as the weeks go by and, eventually, ends with Ryan on his knees in the locker room.

While they agree to a sexual relationship where Misha and Ryan explore Ryan’s submissive side, eventually the “moments in between” and the time they spend together begin to bond them in unexpected and, in Ryan’s case, unwanted ways. Not only does Misha get to see beyond Ryan’s brash facade, he learns more about Ryan’s emotionally draining and dysfunctional family. Misha is “the first person who’d ever come along and cared that [Ryan] was safe [or] comfortable,” and it’s refreshing for Ryan to be with someone who doesn’t treat him as if he is “stupid or useless”. Instead of being the arrogant, spoiled jerk that Ryan’s privileged upbringing would suggest, and was Misha’s first impression, he’s just a guy struggling to figure out who he is outside of being the “unwanted” outcast and emotional pawn his family has labeled him.

Hearing Ryan’s thoughts or discussions of his family is heartbreaking for Mikhail. The more Mikhail learns, the more comfort, security and love he wants to offer to the young, talented man whose self-doubt and negative views on relationships has been cultivated by his family’s vitriolic and emotionally abusive behaviors. However, while Ryan is fearless on the piste, he’s terrified of the idea of Misha being in love with him. To Ryan, love doesn’t exist and is, at best, a delusion which leads people into relationships that only end in misery and, at worst, is a tool to manipulate people. Thus, Ryan constantly questions Misha’s motives and offers of anything beyond mutual sexual/BDSM satisfaction, and he can’t seem to stop himself from viewing everything as a transaction on an open tab he will have to make good on.

Part of the enjoyment of the story comes from the juxtaposition between Ryan’s trust in Misha as a coach and a Dom, but his hesitancy to do so on an emotional level and his blindness to it when he does. Even as he admits to himself how safe he feels with Misha, how well Misha treats him and how much Ryan shares of himself in ways he never has with anyone else, Ryan cannot comprehend or recognize his trust in Misha as a romantic partner. Additionally, and one of the things I love most about Witt’s BDSM books, is how well she portrays and builds the trust necessary for BDSM. Instead of just making it “kinky sex”, she highlights that, like in any kind of intimate exchange/relationship, an element of trust is a necessity. The only thing keeping this book from being amazing is that it exhibits one of my personal nitpicks with Witt’s work—repetition of certain character ideas/beliefs—in this case, how incompatible they should be because of their age differences and dissension on the piste. To me, it crops up frequently enough from both characters that it slows the pacing since you can’t skim and skip while listening as you can when reading.

As for the narration, Michael Ferraiuolo is a good narrator and, overall, does well with the book. Accent work is always tricky, but he does Misha’s voice satisfactorily. Although the accent is not as subtle as indicated by the text, it is not OTT or cartoonish either, and Ferraiuolo manages to keep the accent consistent while conveying the required emotions. On the other hand, Ferraiuolo does not do so well when it comes to the voice work for Ryan’s mom. While she doesn’t have a large amount of dialogue in this twelve hour story, her appearances are very important in imparting the toxicity that Ryan is fighting against and running from, and to me, Ferraiuolo falls short when expressing the sarcasm, irritation, needling, etc. that so strongly affects Ryan’s mood and behavior when indicated by the narrative. Thus, Ryan’s responses to his mother, particularly early on, sometimes come across as brattier and more petulant than emotionally distressing. However, Ferraiuolo does a good job portraying the varied emotional scenes of the story, from frustration on the piste to hot sex and floggings to the peace and comfort in simply being together, transforming the compelling beauty of Ryan’s oblivious fall into love and Misha’s quiet, pure and generous love for Ryan into an enjoyable listen.

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  • Audaholic
  • 01-03-2022

Story, writing, and narration - all AMAZING!

So many times I'll read/listen to a romance novel that'll be filled with smexy scenes but has no story whatsoever. But THIS book? This book has a great story, fantastic writing, and an amazing narrator! My only regret is that I can't ever listen to it for the first time again. LOVE IT!

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  • Jo
  • 02-01-2022

Phenomenal

I kind of went into the audiobook blind. I knew the basics but didn’t know much else. This story was an exceptional BDSM story AND love story. The narration was OUTSTANDING. To be able to pull off a very specific type of sex scene as a special gift is almost impossible, yet, it is done so perfectly in this story that it almost seems effortless. I loved everything about this story and the audiobook. Highly recommend if you are a lover of MM romance and BDSM. 5 stars for sure.

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  • Marie
  • 15-09-2021

A bit too much angst but well performed

Ryan got on my nerves. Yes, he had deplorable parents but he could have stepped away from the situation. He had ample financial resources to make changes but was trapped by his own sense of obligation. He gave them too much power. Misha was a nice guy but I'd question getting involved with someone divorced 3 times. I don't think the BDSM added much to the story and wasn't necessary. Michael Ferraluolo was the saving grace for me. His narration was delightful.

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  • Tracy
  • 03-06-2021

Fantastic Audiobook!

Loved this story! This book has it all, BDSM, D/s, age gap, master and student, Fencing, group sex (sharing not cheating), Art, family dynamics and So Much Heat! Michael Ferraiuolo excels at the narration of this book with his fantastic accent skills! The epilogue wraps it up nicely, but would have liked it to include a bit about Ryan's paintings. 5 Stars

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  • Sara Ella
  • 06-02-2021

WOW! Master and Student all around good listen

Mikhail, the master at fencing and experienced Master helps Ryan, the student who discovers so much more than the fencing technique he thinks he has already mastered. Expertly portrayed by Michael Ferraiuolo the characters come to life!

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  • Giselle
  • 08-08-2020

So, so hot and really very deep.

I really loved this book. I was looking for something steamy, kinky but with enough content to keep my mind engaged. Witt delivered with this stunner of a story about one man's personal escape from toxic relationships, especially familial ones, and breaking of defenses he's put up around his heart. And oh.......Misha! So very hot.

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  • C M Silver
  • 28-12-2021

Foiled

You always get intense dialogue and good MCs from this author, but I was expecting to get more of a tale about fencing (similar to movie By the Sword), but this is about bouts of quite another kind, with another type of Master. It was hinted at in the blurb, but didn't expect it to dominate (pun intended). Interest in BDSM is innate, and dislike it intensely when a practitioner entices others to submit; it's a kind of coercion/grooming, where the curious will submit to please the other which can lead into very sticky situations (again pun intended). Consenting adults they may be, but the road to hell is paved etc. It's tedious and disconcerting to hear the subtle and not so subtle manipulation; made me very uncomfortable. It's like fishing: the fisherman and the fish participate, but only one intended it, the other gets the maggot. Couldn't get past hour 3. DID NOT ENJOY THIS BOOK

PS The excellent narration reminded me of excellent If the Seas Catch Fire, which is one of my favourites.

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  • Antony Jones
  • 13-01-2021

A bit slow to start but well worth it.

A bit slow to start but well worth it. I'd have liked to have heard more about the life afterwards.

well worth the listen. Stick with it you'll be surprised.

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  • Jess
  • 20-09-2020

Fantastic. So many words!

What I love about LA Witt is the clear dedication to research and this! This masterpiece shows the research. This writing is so high up compared to another Dom/Sub story. ( you know the one) and I honestly have a better understanding that it’s the sub who has the power!

Michael as well, his Russian accent is just. Oh my lord. My heart. I love it! He is perfection and I love everything he reads

I highly recommend this story to anyone!

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  • MaryD
  • 26-08-2018

Marvellous

Marvellous story. The building of the relationship between Ryan and Misha as both submissive and lover was captivating. The way they support each other and dynamics of
Misha being his fencing master and BDSM master slowly helping Ryan to understand he deserves to be loved for himself. The scenes between them were excellent and fitting for their relationship.
The narrative is excellent, especially the Russian accent.

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  • Dawn M
  • 05-08-2018

Wonderful audio, will be buying the book now too!!

I haven't read the book, so this reviews is based on the audio book I listened to. I absolutely loved this story, and Michael Ferraiuolo does a wonderful job of narrating this book, I loved the voice he used for Misha, it was so smooth and very sexy too!!

When Misha and Ryan first meet, it is the total opposite of love, I think they both dislike each other immensely. However, Misha agrees to train Ryan, and then the more time they spend together, it is like they both realise that the other is putting up a front for everyone to see.

Once this barrier is down, the two seem to get along well, and then Misha is showing Ryan a different side that not many people know about.... his dominant side. Ryan has never known anything like this, but you could really tell that Ryan really was a submissive, and this seemed to be the only time that he could relax, and just let everything go that was stressing him.

Misha and Ryan grow closer, but there is one thing that Ryan doesn't believe in, and that is love. You soon find out why this is the reason, and boy will you get the feels for Ryan. He really doesn't seem to know what love means, he only has his very dysfuntional family as a guide.

Is there any way that Misha can break through the barriers that Ryan has erected, and can he prove to Ryan that loves does indeed exist, but not how he knows it? If Misha doesn't get through the barriers, then he will undoubtedly lose the submissive who means to much to him.

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  • LGB
  • 29-07-2018

Superb story and narration

This is an enthralling age-gap romance between a student and a fencing coach with the added benefit of a BDSM dynamic. It’s a slow burn story with Misha and Ryan getting to know each other and working out their relationship on various levels—as student/teacher, lovers, and Dom/sub.

Misha leads Ryan on a journey of discovery. At first Ryan is arrogant, thinking he knows all about fencing. Misha takes him back to square one and teaches him step-by-step how to improve his stance and his technique. He knows how to treat Ryan to draw the best out of him. He also teaches him more about himself and fulfills his personal, sexual, and submission needs as the story progresses. It’s not a one-way relationship. Misha realizes that Ryan could be the perfect submissive for him. And as both men work through various issues and get to know each other they fall in love. It has a wonderfully written storyline with well-developed characters and plenty of steamy scenes, many with kinky or BDSM elements. I’m glad the story is told via both character’s POV as this gives more insight into the two characters.

Michael is one of my favourite narrators and his performance here is outstanding. He perfectly gauges the emotions required for each scene and I love how he creates distinct and consistent voices for each character. I especially enjoyed Misha’s Russian accent.

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  • Amy
  • 05-02-2018

So much love!

Where does The Master Will Appear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved every second of this book. I fell in love with the Ryan and Misha and the way their relationship developed and grew. I know it's a book I will go back to again which is a compliment from me because I rarely visit books twice.

Have you listened to any of Michael Ferraiuolo’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Michael Ferraiuolo's portrayal of the characters was really wonderful and brought the book to life. I have listened to books by him before and he is among my favourite narrators!

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  • morestrings
  • 30-01-2018

Great Narration but book spoilt by too much sex.

Too many sex scenes. They detract from the credibility of the story. Otherwise an interesting story about BDSM.

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