Book Name: Master of No One
Book 1 of a Series
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Author Name: Tricia Owens
Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Author Bio: Tricia has been writing m/m fiction since 2002 when she opened her fiction website JuxtaposeFantasy to great success. She later partnered to create Joyboy Island. After a decade of writing for the sites, Tricia decided business demands were distracting her from producing novels, so she closed the sites and now writes at her leisure. An avid traveler, Tricia has visited over 60 countries and tries to include aspects of her global experience in her books.
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Aleksander is short-tempered, antisocial and though he’s unaware of it, wildly sexy. He’s also a naturally dominant shape-shifting monster who’s sliding into madness. He needs a human ‘grounder’ to submit to him and draw forth his protective human side. Instead he is given two humans: Constance, a fledgling sub with a reckless streak whose intense desire to serve has brought her nothing but heartache, and Kirk, a former NYPD cop who's trying to subdue his own alpha instincts and play submissive in order to fulfill a family debt.
But once these grounders meet their new master, they quickly discover that in order to save Aleksander from himself, they must alter their assigned roles and form a unique triad of domination and submission that goes against Aleksander’s very nature. Constance needs to convince Aleksander he can be gentle and protective, while Kirk wants to show him there is freedom in surrendering to another dominant. The task isn't easy, though: Aleksander fights them every step of the way, and a conspiracy surfaces which not even a creature as powerful as Aleksander may be able to overcome.
Aleksander huffed. “That’s right. You told Michel you’re my grounder. Interesting strategy putting yourself in an immediate position of inferiority against him.”
“Is it inferior? I got the impression a grounder is the only thing that’s going to keep you from falling apart.” Kirk smiled as the other male clenched his jaw. “Seems like a pretty important role, if you ask me.”
“And how do you expect to fulfill your role?”
Kirk idly adjusted the fit of his jeans, hoping Aleksander hadn’t noticed that they’d begun to grow tight in the crotch. Something about Aleksander got him going. Maybe it was the attitude, which seemed to be a prerequisite amongst chimera. It made Kirk want to take him down a peg and stand over him after he’d fallen.
Nothing like some homoerotic imagery there, he chided himself.
“I’m here to help,” he said.
Aleksander traced his tongue across his bottom lip. “As Constance ‘helps’?”
Kirk resisted the impulse to laugh and play it off. It would be a nervous tell and he wasn’t about to give Aleksander the satisfaction. “I was thinking more along the lines of being a friend who helps you let off steam. Physically.” When the chimera’s lips twitched, he quickly added, “I mean like boxing. Or sports. Whatever it is you do to keep in shape.” He motioned vaguely at the other male’s body. “Do you run, or workout or—”
“You couldn’t last with or against me, little human. You’re no use to me in that way.” Aleksander panned down Kirk’s body. “Though you’re fit and...large for your kind.” A crease appeared in his forehead and he resumed staring into his glass.
Fit and large? If you only knew, buddy.
CHARACTER INTERVIEW ALEKSANDER
As answered by Aleksander.
1) What or who is the greatest love of your life?
The concept of a love of my life isn't something I like to think about. I'll outlive any but another chimera. But within this life, within this strange existence I've created with Kirk and Constance, they are my loves. They're the only reason I continue to go on.
2) What is your favourite journey?
Any road that brings me home to my humans.
3) What is your most marked characteristic?
I suppose others would say I'm not particularly friendly. And that's true. I'm selective. I don't have time for fools.
4) When and where were you the happiest?
The moment I understood that I was part of a triad, and that I wanted to be.
5) What is it that you most dislike?
Interference. I can be stubborn and I dislike change. If you try to make me do something...you may regret it.
6) What is your greatest fear?
That I'll go mad and destroy the ones I love.
7) What is your greatest extravagance?
Meals with my humans.
8) Tell me something about Tricia
She's a sadist. Or at least it feels that way from my end. On the bright side, she lets me live in Portugal.
9) What is your greatest regret?
That I've allowed fear to close me off from my humans, and in doing so, have hurt them.
10) Which talent would you most like to have?
Kirk would say something involving my tongue. But in truth, I'd like to have the ability to trust. It comes with great difficulty.
11) Where would you like to live?
Somewhere with my humans and away from chimera.
12) What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Separation from Kirk and Constance. Or disappointing them.
13) What is the quality you most like in a man?
I'd rather not say. Kirk will take advantage of my answer.
14) What is the quality you most like in a woman?
That she gives herself to me without fear or reservation. As Constance does.
15) What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My streak of cruelty. It's too easy for me to be disdainful of others, and to let them see it or hear it.
16) What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Greed for my time and my attention. Leave me alone.
17) What do you most value in your friends?
That they refuse to give up on me. Though depending on my mood, that can be what I most despise about them.
18) Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
I have no heroes. No one is heroic.
19) Which living person do you most admire?
. Maybe Constance. She's the weakest of us physically, yet the strongest and bravest.
20) What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience. I don't have time for it.
21) On what occasions do you lie?
When it suits me. When it's necessary.
22) Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Leave me alone."
23) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The fact that I am going mad. I would gladly become a weakling human, so long as I didn't face that impending doom.
24) What are your favourite names?
"Kirk" and "Constance" are alright.
25) If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I wouldn't want to repeat anything in a second life. Only this one matters to me.
26) What is your motto?
Don't let them defeat you.
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