Masters of the Shadowlands

4.75 STARS

Lean on Me (Masters of the Shadowlands, #4)
by Cherise Sinclair 

Every time I read a Cherise Sinclair book (or a Lexi Blake book) I wonder why it’s been so long since I last read one. The truth is that I am in far too many arc groups – but love all those authors too much to leave any! As a result I rarely get the time to read ‘just for me’. When I do indulge myself in a free choice read (not that I don’t really have a choice with the arcs) Cherise is now top of my go-to list.

I bought this book a couple of years ago as part of a box set and could have sworn I’d read all 4 books. Colour me surprised when I started reading book 5 and discovered I’d missed one! So I jumped straight into this and loved every single moment.

Cherise has a talent for pushing your boundaries without tipping over the line into dub/non-con.  (I love those genres too but that’s not what these books are about.)  She can make you feel uncomfortable but not annoyed or disappointed, just like her amazing Dom’s do with their sassy subs.

The BDSM scenes are tasteful but still incredibly hot and didn’t overwhelm the story. Andrea and Cullen were caught in a maelstrom of emotions, fighting against either their ‘rules’ or their insecurities. There was push and pull without it seeming unnecessary or forced, instead what we get is a beautiful love story between two very strong personalities.

It was refreshing to see a submissive who needed someone strong enough to force/demand her submission. One for whom submission wasn’t always easy. Andrea wasn’t really a brat, she was a woman who struggles to give up the tight control that has been ingrained into her. Cullen is such a dreamy Master and sees Andrea in a way many others don’t.

Lean on Me is a fantastic BDSM romance and one I highly recommend.


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Andrea wants to submit, but not to just any so-called Dom. He has to be tougher than the slum-bred bullies she grew up with. She’d given up finding a true Dom when her friend finagles her a place as a trainee in an exclusive BDSM club with the powerful Shadowlands Masters. Andrea’s thrilled…and terrified.

Forced to accept an unknown submissive into his carefully run trainee program, Master Cullen is furious. Not only is the young woman new to BDSM, but she’s unsuited to her role–armored in leather like a Domme, she’s more liable to punch a Dom than kneel. He decides to push her right back out the door. But as he ruthlessly intimidates her, punishes her, then cuddles her, he glimpses the woman inside the emotional barriers. Her utter surrender captures his heart.

Although Master Cullen is famous for his unfettered lifestyle, Andrea hopes he might be interested in her, until she discovers he’s not just a bartender–he’s a cop. Maybe he’d overlook her past brush with the law, but when another trainee accuses her of stealing money, Andrea knows she’s lost the Master she wanted with all her heart.

Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands, #5)
by Cherise Sinclair 

Reading this has left me wanting to spend a small fortune buying all the other books Cherise Sinclair has written and then spend the next month reading them all. Sadly real life won’t let me do that but I AM determined to work my way through them as and when time and money allow.

Gabi and Marcus are really well written characters, very easy to like and with hidden depths. We also saw them both grow and learn new things about themselves. The story drew me in from the very start and I struggled to put it back down. Boring things like work and sleep got in the way of me reading this in one sitting otherwise I would have done exactly that.

Cherise’s writing is excellent, as usual, I did think I’d spotted a few typo’s but then realised it was Marcus’ colloquial way of speaking! She has an amazing ability to write in a way that puts you into the scene, even inside the character’s head at times. Her BDSM scenes work and even when the Doms push boundaries it’s done in a careful, caring and consensual way. Her Doms may spank and ‘beat’ the ass of their subs, but they also always respect them and that ethos is evident throughout the story.

We don’t just get Gabi and Marcus’ view points, which seemed a little bit strange at first, but was VERY necessary to the plot. It didn’t take me long to get into it and I loved how it allowed us to see more of Jessica and Z’s relationship without it being in the form of a twee short story or ‘extended epilogue’ type of offering.

There is a back story, the reason Gabi is at Shadowlands, that wasn’t completely finished in this book. However that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of reading this. It does leave you wanting more, but that’s true of ANY Cherise Sinclair book.

If you enjoy BDSM romance then this series, or any book from it, is a must read. Each can be read stand alone, though once you’ve read one you WILL have to read them all, so you might as well start with book #1! I hugely recommend this, hugely.


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Her job is to make his life miserable. His job is to make her submit. Whose heart will surrender first?

Across the country, rebellious BDSM submissives are being systematically kidnapped, one from each club. When her friend falls prey to the slavers, FBI victim specialist Gabrielle volunteers to be bait in a club not yet hit: the Shadowlands.

She finds that being a bratty sub comes naturally, especially when she gets to twit the appallingly conservative Master of the trainees. But she soon discovers he’s not as stuffy as she’d thought. Or as mean. She’d expected punishment, even humiliation, but she sure never expected to fall in love with a damned lawyer.

Courtesy of a prima donna ex-wife, Marcus loathes disobedient submissives. When the club owner insists he admit an incredibly bratty trainee, he’s furious. But as he comes to know Gabrielle and sees the alluring sweetness beneath the sass, he starts to fall for her.

Unfortunately, Marcus isn’t the only one who believes the feisty redhead is a prize worth capturing. And in the world of the slaver, such treasure is worth a hefty fee.

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