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The Master Will Appear

By: L.A. Witt
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 20-09-2019

misha is love


The Master Will Appear
By L.A. Witt
Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo 12h 59m
I know I need to write other reviews first, but I this one just needs my attention....

Narrator score🎧 ; I think that I have to say that every Michael that we know in this genre.... is an absolute perfection! and this specific Michael isn't an exception.... he just did an incredible job with the Russian accent... it just stunning (I can tell I am Russian) it wasn't heavy , or acted it was real and beautiful and amazing

Level of steam🔥: hold your horses!!!! this book it's freaking hot !!! everything is hot in this book... from the beginning to the end ...you have a lot of variety... from BDSM moments to vanilla and romantic moments... and it's beautiful

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: the book isn't sad.... you have some melancholy from Ryan's side but nothing major .....it's a beautiful story I loved it a lot.

The book itself📖: well, what I loved about this book was the dynamic between the two characters ....the maturity the younger character.... the fact that he didn't go to the older character as fast as you could assume.... and I loved it.... everything was very respectful, and non cringy at all.... and you had things that could have been cringy .... if they were written not in that specific form.... and the fact that the author just made it right.... made me except and I want this relationship to work. the book was just incredible.

A warning for those of you who doesn't like BDSM know this book isn't for you

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  • D
  • 12-09-2019

Brilliant Book

Great emotional book. Enjoyed the angsty dysfunctional relationship between Ryan and his family. Loved how understanding and stead fast Misha was w Ryan. Great impact play. Loved the way Ryan was touch starved. Great narration.

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  • Stephanie carvalho
  • 04-09-2019

Absolutely Amazing!

Michael did it again! Perfect as always! The way he gave voice to Misha and Ryan , and all the other characters on the book is impressive. The playful scenes are awesome, and the way he brings passion to the story is even better. This is a must for L.A Witt's fans and Michael's too.

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  • Einatsu
  • 11-07-2019

Sweet kinky romance

I loved this book. It has a good pace, interesting characters which you can find easy to identify with or otherwise sympathize with and lots of fun dialogues.

And tho at some point completely loses the line focusing on the fencing - which I thought is really a damn shame, it deals with the drama and the relationship of the characters in a very satisfying manner.

The BDSM/sexy parts are beautifully written, and very hot and erotic.

Michael Ferrauilo's russian accent should come with a warning and a fire extinguisher.

Seriously, tho, his smooth voice sucks you in and the way he does the acting for the characters really pulls you into the story.
He has a talent of delivering the story in a way that gets under your skin.

If you're cool with kink, BDSM, and gay romance - this is a really great book to add to your collection.

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  • Shandara Majere
  • 05-10-2018

Came for the Narrator Stayed for the Story

This book was an utter surprise. I've read some of L.A's other works but I admit to giving this one a chance because Michael is one of my favorite narrators.

Having said that I will admit that this story was so engaging that as soon as I was done I wanted to listen to it all over again.

There is enough angst to make it interesting and enough heat to make you want to invest in ice and a fan.

In stories where there is a Dom/Sub age gap it can very quickly make the younger sub into a trite character but as the relationship it is the give and take between the MC's they learn from each other.

When Misha, a much older man agrees to teach a younger Ryan to fence the give and take becomes apparent. Both have to learn to trust that the other is what they need and rather than the insta relationship instead it builds a relationship and it's a joy to see.

The narration is amazing, the story unfolds like a dream with great pacing and slow reveals that will both engage and carry you to a building crescendo. So glad I gave this a chance.

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  • Aila
  • 19-08-2018

Great narration and story!

I do not listen to many audiobooks, so I do not have many to compare to but I really enjoyed this book and the narrator! The narrator did a great job of channeling both characters and each of their differences. While it is easy to differentiate between the two MCs because Misha has a Russian accent, there are so many personality differences that are perfectly displayed in the narration.

There is a lot of character growth from Ryan from the first time we meet him until the end of the book. His arrogance that we first see from him really does not ring true at all to his personality. Little by little, we learn about Ryan's background and where he gets his insecurities from and then we see those unfold throughout the book. I loved sassy Misha and once him and Ryan get together more, we see his sweet side which I also really liked. There is obviously a big age gap between these two main characters and I think Ryan really needed someone like Misha, who was older and more mature. Misha was the perfect person to help Ryan change his mind about love and relationships.

This book was really well paced and for the most part, this was a pretty relaxed book. There is no insta-love and not much angst but this book had so much depth. There are many aspects to Ryan and Misha's relationship from the fencing to the D/s that are covered well in this book. Overall, this was a solid story that ended perfectly for me!

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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 Mayhew
  • 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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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 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.<br />

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