To Command and Collar
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Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles
Once again, Cherise Sinclair has knocked it out of the park with a suspenseful thriller, tender love story, and how to book on BDSM all rolled into one.
“To Command and Collar” is the sixth book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series. All are stand alone books, but characters from each book show up in other stories. In this case, the Dom from the Shadowlands is Raoul, who only played bit parts in other stories. We also meet Kim, who was mentioned in the last book, “Make Me Sir”. You don’t have to read “Make Me Sir,” but it will make “To Command and Collar” more enjoyable to know the background.
Kim has been captured by a white slaver group, the Harvest Association, then sold to a sick sadistic master, Lord Greville. During a scene, she tries to stab him, only to have him stab her in return. The sadist faints during her subsequent beating and his servants send her back to the Harvest Association to be resold.
Raoul has received an invitation to preview some of the slaves the Association has for sale, and, working with the FBI, goes undercover. His goal is to wrangle an invitation to the annual auction so the FBI can shut down the entire operation. However, when he attends the preview, he recognizes Kim and knows he cannot leave her there. He flogs her as it’s expected, but then purchases her as his slave and takes her home.
Traumatized and fearful, Kim learns that because of a follow-up visit by the Overseer of the Association, she has to remain with Raoul for training as a slave. She slowly comes to trust and care for him and Raoul for her. But Raoul has his own painful history-his ex-wife has told people he is a sadist who beat her mercilessly. Raoul is not a sadist, but he does want a full time Dom/sub relationship and neither Kim nor Raoul is convinced Kim can be that sub.
Master Sam, the sadist at Shadowlands, also garners an invitation to the auction, and Raoul thinks he can bow out. What he and Kim don’t know is that Lord Greville has discovered she is alive and wants her back to kill her slowly. He pressures the Overseer to get her back and the Overseer insists that Raoul and Kim attend the auction.
At the auction, Sam discovers Kim’s friend Linda and participates in a scene with her, with disastrous emotional results. This episode leaves an opening for a book or short story about Sam’s romance.
Greville and his body guard manage to capture Kim and Raoul and the resulting fight is bloody and deadly. Both Raoul and Kim end up in the hospital, and she returns to her home when she is well enough.
The final scene brings resolution to their relationship and is a definite HEA.
For anyone old enough to remember the movie “Billie Jack,” there is a scene where the hero shoots the bad guy. Every time I saw that in the theatre, everyone cheered. I felt the same way about the fight scene in “To Command and Collar.” I was cheering out loud!
The only complaint I had about the book, was that Lord Greville and the Overseer should have suffered more.
All in all, a captivating story richly deserving of 5 out of 5 paddles.
Reviewed by Karen