Great ending to the series! With this story, Ms. James brings to a close the wonderful series, Masters of the Savoy. We’ve been on quite a journey with these couples. This story is more stand-alone than the others although the h does work at the Savoy. Our H is once again a paranormal creature, and not one that we see often in many shifter stories. There are hints in there of things that I personally hope are to come, but only time will tell!Reluctant Retiree
She only knows me from the online games she plays…
During the day Mazie Bridges is the electronic surveillance expert for the Savoy, but at night she takes refuge in becoming her alter ego, Knight Fury. In a newly released online game, she has teamed up with the mysterious Holden Tremayne to defeat the malevolent protagonist of the game. They seem to be the perfect partners. After all, Holden only plays after the sun goes down.
What happens when the online world tries to push through the Veil to perpetuate its evil in the real world? They say my kind keeps the evil spirits at bay… but what if I’m one of them
Welcome to the opulent world of the Masters of the Savoy, where the men and women might be a little different – more than human. The men appeared out of nowhere one day determined to grab life and look for love. But watch out … you never know what darkness lurks in the shadows.
Denise DeCrescito (From In Here)
5.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyles, Gamers, and Great Passion - Oh My!
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2022
“Release” is the 6th and final book in the ‘Masters of the Savoy’ series by Delta James. This book is a wonderfully creative blend of the paranormal, myths, legends, lore, history, curses, geocaching, a posh hotel and an elegant BDSM club. You can read and enjoy it as a standalone story, but you will get additional entertainment from it if you’re familiar with the books that came before.
Mazie is an expert in electronic surveillance and related matters. She uses her considerable skills in her job with the security office at the Savoy Hotel. In addition to her work, Mazie is a skilled player and an online geocaching game. At the time this story takes place, she is participating in a real-life version with teammates she’s never before met in person. Before he and his wife leave the country, the man who hired her gives her a sponsorship and guest pass to an exclusive lifestyle club in London.
Holden is a mysterious man with serious computer skills of his own. When he meets Mazie at the club he’s immediately attracted to her and intrigued by her as well. He’s a man of many secrets – some of them otherworldly. Once he gets involved with Mazie by being her Dom at the club, Holden is even more convinced that there is really a deeper connection between them. Did I mention he was already aware of her before he met her at the club? Not specifically. But that is one of his “many secrets” that I did mention he has.
Because this is a romance novel, you expect there will be some type of happy, satisfying conclusion. The story is so interesting and intense though, you might just forget that and be seriously worried about how it could possibly end well. Enjoy the author’s creativity, the chemistry between Mazie and Holden, the serious moments and the lighthearted ones as well. Be warned that after you read this, you may never look at architecture the same way again!
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I also purchased a copy on Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable series
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2022
I read all of the books in this series in order. I loved reading all of them because the excellent characters developed are carried thru to the remaining books. The setting in London was fun and enjoyable with characters from history added to give the plot interesting spin. I love Delta James books. Just the right mix of well developed characters, humor, interesting settings and fun sex. Who would have thought of making a man part time gargoyle? So fun!! Thank you Delta James.
5.0 out of 5 stars CAST IN STONE
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2022
Ms. Delta James has penned a unique and page-turning series of paranormal events and characters intersecting with myth and a curse. The story is the sixth and final book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. The story will have a few people from the previous books. Still, this one will mainly focus on Mazie Bridges, an electronic surveillance expert at the Savoy, and Holden Treymane, a mysterious man, and Dom at Baker Street.
Mazie Bridges is young but talented. When Scotland Yard did not accept her, Gabriel Watson at the Savoy hired her. Now, Gabe and Anne have emigrated to America, and before they did, they gifted Mazie with a guest pass and sponsorship to Baker Street if she decides to pursue a D/s lifestyle. Mazie has another sideline, playing an online game, Castle Reign, which she is a top player known as Knight Fury. She has formed an alliance, Phantom Guild, with three other players, Rook, Bishop, and Silent Knight, to join forces and compete in a real-life quest with a half-million US dollars prize.
Holden Treymane is centuries old, a foolish, entitled young man that one dalliance with a young maiden eventually led to her witch sister placing a curse upon him. Holden is an immortal, a man by night and a cursedborn gargoyle by day—frozen in a stone sarcophagus until the sunset. He has evolved over the centuries, and his technical abilities have allowed him to invest and make fortunes. Playing as Silent Knight in Castle Reign has allowed him to get to know several other top players.
“You who dimmed the light that shone. Shall be forever cast in stone. To watch by day and live by night. Your cursed life can only be undone. When your devotion to the Light has begun.”
“Holden often thought that becoming a gargoyle had made him a better man.”
The story’s plot will have a little history of how Holden was cursed by a witch centuries ago. It will bring them to the present-day, where he is also a Dom at Baker Street and will be introduced to Maize Bridges, a new sub. But, she is no mystery to Holden, who knows her also as Knight Fury in the online game Castle Reign. The chemistry between Holden and Maize is instant, and their scenes are an erotic dance in dominance and submission.
Holden: I’ll have to remember you like it dark.
Maize: I’ll take it any way you want to serve it.
Now, he has a new dilemma, the Phantom Guild is to meet in person—and he isn’t ready to reveal himself to Maize as one of the players. The story has the mystery of Holden avoiding the other players meeting him because he is concerned about how Maize will react now that they are involved at Baker Street. But, things will take a nasty turn when one of four is murdered. Now, Scotland Yard is involved, and the two females, Rook and Knight Fury are sequestered at the Savoy. As the story unfolds, there may be hope for Holden to escape the curse by Saoirse. The story has several moments of life and death danger and proves her trust that she will submit to Holden to save her even when Maize feels betrayed.
Saoirse: You know, there are those who say immortality would be a blessing.
Holden: They are wrong. To watch those you love grow old and die is no blessing. I’ve come to believe that the sweetest thing in the world would be to grow old alongside the woman I love and to die holding each other as we pass from this life to the next.
Saoirse: I that it that’s what you would like to do with Maize.
Holden: I would ask no more of this life than that.
The final story has matters of life and death due to greedy players who are willing to kill top players in Castle Reign to win. A strict, take control Dominant, some punishments, and sizzling hot explicit sex scenes. Throw in nasty gargoyles, a take-charge witch, and a strong submissive who finds the Dominant who is her love and Master—and the coveted happily ever after ending.
“He loved watching her enjoy what had become mundane to him. Mazie made everything right—bright, shiny, and new.”