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A Masters of the Shadowland Novel:
A discharged Army Ranger, Ben considers his job as a BDSM club security guard to be an excellent hobby. He’s never been tempted to join in. But everything changes when the notorious Mistress Anne inadvertently reveals the caring heart concealed beneath her Domme armor. Now, he’s set his sights on the beautiful Shadowlands Mistress. Maybe he’d considered himself vanilla, but she can put her stiletto on his chest any day, any time. He’ll trust her delicate hands to hold his heart. And if she wants to whip his ass on the way to an outstanding climax, he’s just fine with that too. Sure, he knows she likes “pretty boy” slaves. And he’s older. Craggy and rough. And six-five. Minor hindrances. The mission is a go.
Even if I didn't like the story I think I would have given this book a 5 star rating because we see how Kim and Raoul's relationship is going through Kim's point of view. They are my favorite couple in the series and I love them so much! They have made so much progress! (Not that the other couple's haven't). I hope we will see them more. To be fair, I love all the couples in the series, but Kim and Raoul have a special place in my heart. Master Z and Jessica are finally parents! The birth is funny in some parts. My favorite part was the first time the parents got to hold their baby. Jessica didn't want to know the sex of of the baby until the birth, so I won't say anything.
I wanted to read mistress Anne's story for a while now and I was really excited about her story. She might have changed since the first time I met her, but she is still awesome. She is one of the most kick-ass ladies I had the pleasure reading about. The changes she goes through the story aren't unpleasant or unjustified. She becomes softer, but I still wouldn't turn my back on her, if I were her enemy. The changes are happening due to the type of relationship she truly wants and has with Ben.
Speaking of her relationship with Ben, when I first found out that Ben is a vanilla guy, I was curious about how things were going to work out between him and mistress Anne. I had recently read a book with a similar theme of the relationship between the characters and I wasn't completely satisfied with the result, so I wanted to read how Cherise Sinclair, an author who is the first person I recommend when it comes to BDSM book, would make things workout, while staying true to her characters. Without spoiling how things worked out fir these two, I will say that I liked how their nature was (she is a sadist domme and he is not a slave/mostly vanilla) and what they felt for each other. Things weren't quickly and easily solved.
About the first 1/3 of the book felt like it was dragging (or maybe I felt this way because Ben and mistress Anne weren't together) and the last ten chapters felt like they flew by. I hope Cherise Sinclair will publish another book in the series and it will be about Azuri. While I was reading the book, I realized how much the Shadowlands family has grown. And I don't mean the babies. I mean that first we had 6 masters and as the books were processing more characters were added. That's the case with the sixth book considering that it opened the door to w whole new world.
I am glad the series continued, but I still feel a little nostalgic about the old times. I wish we got more time with the subs from the first six books. I am demanding a novella with all of them (I won't demand separate novellas because I know that the author is not a robot, but a human being with a family and other books to publish).
They’d both messed up.
Why had he told her he wanted to be her slave? Whatever had possessed him? She’d known he was almost vanilla. Had cautioned him because he was so new to the lifestyle. Told him he was rushing things.
Her eyes welled with tears. Her memory of that day was so clear, the joy she’d felt so brilliant. “I’ll be your slave.”
And because she remembered so well, she also recalled what had happened before. How Ben had handed her the phone.
Joey’d been on the line.
She froze as the puzzle came together.Oh. Damn.
After a long moment, she rubbed her hands over her face gently. Her skin felt fragile, as if a sudden movement might cause pieces to fall away.
Joey’d asked to be her slave again, and Ben had heard enough to worry.
She sighed, seeing how events had created the inevitability of this day. Because Ben wasn’t the sort of man who’d allow someone to poach his woman. If he’d been with her longer or understood more about the lifestyle, he’d have known he didn’t want a 24/7 submissive or slave relationship.
But Joey had forced his hand.
She’d been so stunned—“Yes, Ma’am, this is what I want”—and so filled with happiness, that she hadn’t questioned his motivation.
Then, as she tumbled into loving him, she’d seen only what she wanted to see. Love might be blind, but it was also deaf, dumb, and stupid.
She pressed her lips together. Her heedlessness had hurt them both.
Now what should she do?
A half-laugh escaped. The person she’d normally ask for guidance would be Ben. She rubbed her chest where the aching mass of bruised heart muscle hadn’t stopped throbbing. Heknew her. He’d have given her solid advice because he liked her the way she was.
With him, she’d been able to relax and not stay “on” all the time.
Was that because he didn’t need her to always be strong and invulnerable.
He was smart. Easygoing. Deadly. Competent. A survivor of the worst New York could throw at him and war, as well. He didn’t need her to make his decisions.
She blew out a breath, feeling like an idiot. Caught up in the way she always did things, she’d tried to make every choice for her, for him, for them.
He didn’t need her to be in charge.
What about her? Could she cope with a relationship where she wasn’t in control all the time?
Rather than an instant “no,” she heard only silence. As if the answer was…maybe. How odd.
ABOUT CHERISE SINCLAIR: Having to wear glasses in elementary school can scar a person for life. Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author? Known for writing deeply emotional stories, the USA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year. Cherise lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Their two fledglings have left the nest recently to try their wings and hopefully will fly high and strong. The “ascendant erotica queen” (Rolling Stone Magazine) now spends her days writing with occasional supervision from a sadistic calico cat.