By Ashe Barker

Sure Mastery serial (Book #1)

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He's hurt her once, and terrified her. He holds her future in his hands. Can she trust him with her body too?

Desperate to escape her past and start over, Ashley McAllister cuts her ties with her old life and heads for the wild landscape of West Yorkshire, the perfect place to reinvent herself. And her carefully laid plans are working, until she encounters her nemesis—the one man she'd hoped never to see again. Tom Shore, the man she and a gang of thugs attacked and robbed, and who swore he'd make her pay. He owns the cottage she now lives in and adores, and now he wants his pound of flesh. So he takes it.

Intimidated, beaten and dismayed by her sexy and dominant landlord, and totally confused by her intense physical response to him, Ashley needs Tom to guard her secrets. But will he, and his enigmatic and terrifying friend Nathan Darke, allow her to leave her past behind and start again? Having survived her first explosive and humiliating encounter with Tom, Ashley struggles to get her new life back on track. But Tom wants her. His demanding, persuasive, sensual charm is almost irresistible, his mastery of her assured.

But—can she submit to Tom's dominance? Should she? Ashley has escaped one violent and abusive relationship. Is she about to be sucked into an even more dark and dangerous liaison?

Reader Advisory: This book involves one scene of dubious consent that some readers might find distressing. There are also detailed, graphic scenes of violence and miscarriage, and allusions to domestic violence and rape. This book ends on a cliffhanger that some readers might find upsetting.

Publisher's  Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial. Some of the characters in this book also appear in Ashe Barker’s other serials. These serials can all standalone, but are best enjoyed in order: The Dark Side, Sure Mastery, The Hardest Word, A Richness of Swallows.

General Release Date: 22nd November 2013

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Heat Rating: Melting  
Format: EBOOK  
ISBN: 978-1-78184-833-3
Sexometer: 2  
Word Count: 70,086
Language: English
Book Length: SUPER NOVEL
Pages: 173

About the author
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Ashe Barker

Until 2010, Ashe was a director of a regeneration company before deciding there had to be more to life and leaving to pursue a lifetime goal of self-employment.

Ashe has been an avid reader of women's fiction for many years—erotic, historical, contemporary, fantasy, romance—you name it, as long as it's written by women, for women. Now, at last in control of her own time and working from her home in rural West Yorkshire, she has been able to realise her dream of writing erotic romance herself.

She draws on settings and anecdotes from her previous and current experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters, but her stories of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of her own imagination. She loves to craft strong, enigmatic men and bright, sassy women to give them a hard time—in every sense of the word.

When she's not writing, Ashe's time is divided between her role as resident taxi driver for her teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits, tortoises and a hamster.

Reviews (2)
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  Reviewed by Beth Wharton

I discovered Ashe Barker's books when I read "The Dark Side" trilogy. I was enthralled and this book, "Unsure" starts a new trilogy that intersects the "Dark Side" books. I devoured this book. I cried...

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  Reviewed by Elizabeth

Seriously Ashe? That ending! Thankfully it's not too long to wait until the next book. I'm seriously loving these books, set in the Yorkshire Moors you can't help but feel the scenery and feel of the Moors...

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Upon the release of her new book The Three Rs, Ashe Barker has rewritten each of the blurb for her books in tweets! 

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Ashe Barker - Interview for Unsure

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This is huge for me. I more or less designed Nathan Darke as my ‘perfect’ alpha male. He ticks all my boxes and some I never even thought of before.  Then I surprised myself by crafting Tom Shore as his opposite, certainly physically, and found I loved him too. Fickle author that I am.




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