Tagged: Cherise Sinclair

eventideEventide of the Bear by Cherise Sinclair

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Talk about an emotional read. This book took me for a ride and I did not want to get off. The author does a wonderful job of pulling the emotions right out of you. Each of the main characters endears themselves to the reader and has you cheering on love. Emma is a sweet young woman who is wronged from the very start. Her mother has made sure that Emma will be an outsider for all of her life. When Emma’s mother dies she is lost and finds herself in a new territory with new shifters but can she ever find peace? Ben and Ryder have their own problems to deal with and when Emma is thrown into the mix the chaos begins.  Add in emotions and attractions and we have a wonderful adventure to read.

I am a big fan of Cherise Sinclair and I know that when I pick up one of her books I will be in for an emotionally satisfying read. This book hits the nail right on the head. I was laughing one minute and tearing up the next. While Emma is naive because of her upbringing she is still a strong and likable woman. Ben and Ryder are both good men underneath all their gruffness. Each man is special in his own way and I adored Minette. Watching both Minette and Emma grow stronger and braver was a wonderful read. The love between all of them was beautiful to see. I also enjoyed many of the supporting characters. They are great friends and the camaraderie was a nice thing to see. The people stood together to fight a common enemy. Emma and her men learn that some things are worth the risk and fighting for.  I hope that there is more from this word and its inhabitants.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

servicingthetargetServicing the Target by Cherise Sinclair

Link to buy Servicing the Target (Masters of the Shadowlands) (Volume 10)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Finally the long awaited femdom book comes from Ms. Sinclair and it’s a doozy. A fan of Ms. Sinclair, her gateway to BDSM books consistently tickle my fancy. Her dominants are dreamy. In this one, Mistress Anne takes the lead and she’s a strict Domme. Used to submissive boy toys who follow formal protocol, she tries something different when former army ranger Ben asks to submit.

This book pulls me completely in and moves me. I physically hurt for Anne. Anne is a complex woman who needs to control her entire environment. When her past as a military brat is revealed, it explains so much about her kink as well as her need to have everything orderly. The blatant disrespect she receives from her uncles, cousin and father are astounding. I’m angry for her and impressed how she keeps the peace. Her self-control is impressive as she responds to hurtful insults time after time.

There are several times in this story when my heart breaks for a little girl who is treated shabbily by her parents. It’s interesting to note how clueless her parents were and how much she had to keep her feelings locked up and isolated from everyone. This protective armor is what keeps her going. In some ways, Anne is an ice maiden with an iron fist. She doles out pain in a way that is cathartic because it releases her own disappointments and pain.

The BDSM in this story is interesting because it really explores from a dominant perspective. The reader learns what goes on in the mind of a Domme as well as how she came to BDSM. Surprisingly, Anne starts out as a man-hater who uses sadistic impact play on male slaves as whipping boys for the asshole males in her life. One would think this would make her a bad Domme with issues. Instead, she’s quite level headed about it and as she’s come to accept the jerks in both her professional and family life, her need to dole out harsh punishment decreases.

The distinction in this story between a sexual submissive and a slave is well done. Whilst some may argue against the definitions, I say, forget the semantics and focus on the actions and intent. It’s a lovely compare and contrast between the two. It’s nice to see a Domme who owns her issues and doesn’t take it out on others. It’s also lovely to see a Domme who is caring enough to help her previous slaves. The differences between Joey her previous slave from Ben, her new slave are abundantly clear. Witnessing Ben who is previously exhibited no kinky leanings change into a strong submissive is a pleasure. Ms. Sinclair does an excellent job of showing casing an alpha male who enjoy sexual submission. The way Ben and Anne balance each other and grow together is something many seek. To see how there are mistakes along the way and yet still, two people who started out with different expectations can negotiate to a new level is what makes this book so good. It shows that perfection is not required. People can be flawed, make bad assumptions and still, with the willingness to try, there is a way to see eye to eye. Ms. Sinclair weaves a lovely tale from beginning to end.

For those expecting a dark cruel sadistic time, this is not going to be it. Ms. Sinclair does neither cruel nor dark in her books. Her trademarks loving, trusting and communication are all in full evidence here and it’s fabulous to see. Highly recommended for femdom lovers and as a BDSM Gateway book.

Reviewed by Book Addict

showmeShow Me Baby by Cherise Sinclair

Link to buy Show Me, Baby: A Masters of the Shadowlands Novella (1001 Dark Nights)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Naughty girls need love just like strong dominants need support.  In Show Me Baby, Rainie is one of the last submissive in training left standing. With each of the other submissives finding a permanent dominant, Rainie is feeling a bit lonely. Sexy Jake is one of the few single dominants. Most of the previously single Shadowlands Masters now have their chosen submissive. When Z mentions something about Rainie’s issue as a submissive, Jake is the man to take her in hand.

For those who want a sweet romance, this is the story to read. Jake is Rainie’s knight in shining armor. He defends her and protects her.  His greatest strength is also his downfall. Ms. Sinclair does an excellent job of creating a character flaw in Jake, making him more real. She does the same with Rainie.  Both characters are charming and loveable. This makes for a pleasurable read because the reader doesn’t want to keep slapping one of the characters upside the head.

Rainie’s history is not ideal. What is frustrating about her situation is how real to life it can be.  The way people are judgmental and hold Rainie’s past against her is disgusting and pathetic. For someone like Rainie who is a people pleaser, it’s even more hurtful and damaging. The shallow vanity several minor characters in this story exhibit is disgusting and explains Rainie’s desire to get away and start fresh.

The surprising twist is Jake’s issue. It just goes to show, every story has two sides. Jake’s last submissive chose her career of him. When she returns for a visit and explains to him about her decision, he’s shocked and begins to understand how his actions come across. Ms. Sinclair uses this to highlight how important open communication is in a relationship. Communication is key in a relationship regardless of the vanilla or kinky lifestyle.

The BDSM in the story is delightful as always. Ms. Sinclair does show the better and more romantic side of BDSM.  She also makes good points about BDSM which may give those just starting into the lifestyle more insight.

He wouldn’t allow disobedience and really would enforce his rules. The knowledge was…devastatingly erotic. (pg. 71)

This one line captures a concept many who are just joining into the lifestyle don’t grasp immediately. Enforcing the rules with discipline be it physical or not, it’s comforting and erotic.  Why? Because for submissives, it indicates the dominant cares. There is something about a dominant holding me accountable which makes me weak in the knees and a wave of submissive desire radiates through my body from the center out. Ms. Sinclair shows this through Rainie in this book. This I can relate to and thoroughly enjoy.

The relationships between the friends in this story also makes it a lovely read. How they support each other.  How they love each other. And most importantly, how they stick up and defend each other which is a blast to read. This is an altogether sweet romance and recommended for kinky readers who love a happily ever after.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Edge of the Enforcer by Cherise Sinclair edgeoftheenforcer

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Once again Cherise Sinclair reminds me just why she is an automatic buy for me. I truly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to return to this world again. Lindsey and Zander’s story is one intense read. Neither one of them is looking for love yet love is looking for them.

Lindsey is running from her past. She has begun to feel safe at Dark Haven and has even managed to make some friends but it seems her past has reared its ugly head. She must decide if she has found someone she can trust enough to help her or try to run and hide again. Zander knows that something isn’t right with Lindsey. No matter how much he enjoys their time together he cannot help but search for the truth but now Zander must do what he does best; protect. Lindsey’s worst fears have come true and she must do what she promised never to do; rely on others for help.

I loved Zander and Lindsey. Lindsey has gone through so much and is only stronger for it. Zander may be rough on the outside but if you take the time to dig you will find that he has a big heart and will do anything for those that he cares for. The two make a great couple. Not only is their romance a hot read and watching the two open up added greatly to their story. I loved watching their attraction turn into so much more as the story progressed. The two find that their friends are more than happy to stand by them. I loved seeing so many characters from past books. Seeing them all was like visiting old friends and loved ones.

The author does a great job of intertwining the romance and the adventure together. I was pulled into this story right from the first page and did not want to leave this world; even after their story was finished. Emotions are strong in this story making it an intense read that will grab your attention and won’t let go until the very end.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

ifonlyIf Only by Cherise Sinclair

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ISBN-10: 1623006740

ISBN-13: 978-1623006747

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Finally Sally receives her story! Sally is the bratty sub who taunts and plays practical jokes on the Dom and Dommes in Shadowlands. Sally doesn’t think she will ever find a Dom to keep her.  She struck out with her last Dom, Frank. She kicked his abusive ass out and is debating if she should even stay in the lifestyle. The problem with Sally is that she needs two Doms, not one.  Fortunately, FBI agents Galen and Vance have their sights set on Sally. They do a good job of penning her in and taking her into their “protective” custody.

This story is so good. The BDSM scenes are sexy with the hawt ménage between alpha males and a feisty female. From a BDSM play perspective, these are all dead on and delightful. This is to be expected when Ms. Sinclair is writing the story. It shows that she researches and is a least a little bit in the lifestyle. While one shouldn’t use her books a BDSM 101 guides, the scenes can be used as guides to build one’s own scenes in real life. The fisting scene in this story is a nice surprise and oh so very hawt. Who doesn’t like fisting? Another delightful scene is Sally’s punishment. To demonstrate the difference between a faked and real orgasm is clever. Many people abhor physical punishment and think that all punishment is dealt through spanking or some kind of physical reprimand. Ms. Sinclair does an excellent job of showing how a punishment can fit the crime and have nothing to do with a “beating”. Makes a bratty submissive more wary of behaving badly in hopes of a caning, spanking or flogging session.

The reason why I really enjoyed this story is the character building. Ms. Sinclair has been teasing the readers with Sally’s flippant behaviour over several books in this series. When Sally’s past is finally revealed, it’s unexpected and sad. Sally isn’t physically abused as a child. However she is abused through neglect. It’s admirable how Sally is able to be so positive despite the lack of familial love in her life. Watching Galen and Vance break through her defenses and peel back each painful memory moves a reader. It helps the reader bond better with Sally.  She’s not a disrespectful submissive. She’s a complicated person because of her emotional barriers. Galen and Vance’s character development are not skipped over. Ms. Sinclair shows us their past which explains why they behave the way they do. They aren’t perfect dominants, that’s for sure.  Demonstrating how they can make mistakes and then recover is a nice touch. It adds more realism.

This story does conclude a multi-book arc with the nefarious slaver group – Harvest Association.  This is the suspense part of the story and helps bring the characters and plot all together. It’s a fitting ending and nicely tied up. It enriches the plot of this book and makes it more than just a kinky romance. This story is recommended for kinky readers who love ménages where the female is the focal point.

Reviewed by Book Addict

This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair thisiswho

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Finally Sam the sadist receives his mate. Sam first met Linda at an illegal slave auction. Unbeknownst to Linda at the time, Sam is there to help save her. What he does is make her feel like a wanton slut with disgusting perversions. How does he do this? He makes her cum hard through a whipping. In Linda’s world, only sexual deviants would get off on pain.

This story takes a look at those who don’t understand how pain can be freeing and more importantly, pleasurable. Ms. Sinclair does a good job of showing the concerns of a person just exploring the lifestyle and wondering why they like pain. Linda’s questions are commonly asked and wondered by those just learning how hard impact play can feel so bloody good. What is not common, is Linda’s kidnapping and subsequent torture at the hands of human traffickers.

This story is more about Linda readjusting into society after her horrific experience. It’s interesting to see how badly humans behave to those who are abused. It’s almost as if these worthless excuse for humans revel in malicious frenzy when they can tear down a person who is already fragile. Linda is scorned as a deviant and someone deserving of the abuse because she is interested in sex outside of the norm. The responses of people in this story are pretty accurate, even down to her spoiled children. I can’t say I’m surprised because generally youth around that age are judgmental and think in terms of black and white. It’s disappointing.

There are many examples in this tale of how those in the BDSM lifestyle are treated. This is a good cautionary story for those who are in the lifestyle to keep things discreet. Otherwise, they will be treated to scorn, ridicule or attacked. One item to note is one of the people at the BDSM club Linda first attended gave an interview about Linda’s enjoyment of whipping. This reveal of private information is shameful and completely abhorrent. Unfortunately, this is a very plausible scenario as there are dabblers who frequently violate the code of outing another person. This entire story left me feeling rather sad because of how badly Linda is treated as well as how poorly several in the lifestyle behave.

The BDSM parts are rather light for a main character who is a sadist. Instead of witnessing intense impact play or some sadistic edgeplay, the reader is treated to the sensual side of sadism. This is to be expected as Linda is still trying to find herself as a submissive. She’s still trying to reconcile her desires as something acceptable. Sam is helping her slowly acclimate to both pain and submission. In addition, showing her others who are just average people also enjoying a kinky lifestyle.

Ms. Sinclair did pen a good tale with realistic characters in a believable situation. The reason why I still rated this as a three star is because I couldn’t feel much for Linda. I didn’t connect with either her or Sam. In addition, the BDSM scenes are a little too light for me when it comes to Sam the Sadist. This story left me unaroused. Even the submission didn’t show through for me in this one. Linda came across still as a bottom who only wanted a Top, Sam. This kinky tale is recommended as a Gateway to BDSM book.

Reviewed by Book Addict

My Liege of Dark Haven by Cherise Sinclair
 
 
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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
 
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
 
It is an awesome author who can create a world so real you hate to leave it when the book ends, but that is exactly what Cherise Sinclair has done with My Liege of Dark Haven. The book is part of her Masters of the Mountain series.
 
From the opening scenes when Abby steps foot into Dark Haven to conduct research on the BDSM for a sociology paper to the role-playing capture scene near the end, Sinclair weaves a tale of a submissive who learns to accept herself in spite of betrayal, and a Dom who regrets the mistakes that hurt his submissive-even when he doesn’t want to accept that she is his.
 
Abby has been dumped by her boyfriend, and needs to write a paper to keep her teaching job. Since her boyfriend left because she would not become involved in BDSM, she decides to do her paper on the topic of the lifestyle. She figures since the scenes are played out in public, there will be no harm in observing. She is dismayed to find a long waiting time to become a club member, but by-passes that by volunteering to serve as receptionist.
 
Xavier, the most power Dom and owner of Dark Haven, lost his wife under unhappy circumstances four years ago and now keeps his women compartmentalized-some for the Club, some to train for other masters, some to date socially. His new receptionist, Abby, is the first woman to start crossing those lines, and he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But can their relationship survive her deception and his apparent betrayal?
 
There are some unusual BDSM scenes in the book, including chemical play, and, as usual with Cherise Sinclair, the sex scenes sizzle off the pages. But the emotional draw is the real key to this book. Abby is delightful, and Xavier is shown as both tender and caring, in spite of being such a powerful Dom he can wear the “My Liege” title without question. Some of the secondary characters are so appealing that we want to read more about them and we revisit some friends from previous books in the series, although this is completely a stand-alone title.
 
The book was so powerful that after reading the last page, I started right back at the beginning and read it again. This was a masterpiece, written by an author with a powerful voice, and a sense of character that has to be experienced to understand.
 
 
Reviewed by Karen H

To Command and Collar
Cherise Sinclair
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ASIN B006G0VHAK

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