Masters with Floggers and Cuffs, Oh My!on October 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm
It’s a dark stormy night. Our heroine finds herself swerving to miss an animal in the road and ends up stuck in the ditch… What is she to do? There was a house she passed a few minutes before, so she walks back and requests assistance from the brusque guy who answers her knock. Once the guard dog allows her inside, she learns it’s a private club. She will be allowed inside once she reads and signs some papers. She’s cold, wet, and they seriously expect her to read a bunch of pages containing what is probably just standard waivers?? Yep, she just signs. She is given a change of clothes, allowed into the restroom dry off and change. Upon entering the club, she realizes she’s not in Kansas anymore… She’s in the Shadowlands.
Ok, so Cherise Sinclair may put me in the stocks for that campy intro, might even provide a paddle for anyone to use **wince**, but please do not hold my words against this series or the author for that matter. While I was able to turn the very beginning into a bit of a campy horror movie, this series is anything BUT campy or horror. What is it? Well, it’s SEXY and HOT and AWESOME and … how many descriptors can I put in here?
You’ve met our heroine, Jessica, of the first book, Club Shadowlands. While in Shadowlands, Jessica quickly learns the folly of not reading before signing if you’re given 3 pages of waivers for what you think is a normal night club and she meets Master Z. Master Z is the owner of Shadowlands. He quickly becomes a bit on the possessive side with Jessica.. and Jessica of Master Z. I do not recommend trying to wrestle Master Z away from her… you may lose a body part… However, do not fret! Here, there be Doms abundant.
In Book 2, Dark Citadel, Kari attends a beginners introduction session at Club Shadowlands. It does take her a few more pages to realize her date is a dick than it does for the reader, but she does wise up. Master Z realizes that she still wants to learn, so he pairs her up with Master Dan. Then he stands back and lets the sparks, and the cuffs, fly.
When you’re on the run from a sadistic husband who left you scarred physically and emotionally, Shadowlands may or may not be the best haven. In Breaking Free, Beth is scared of giving up control again. She still has needs that she wants filled but she picks only the safe and easy Doms who give her just enough to get by. Knowing that Beth is hurting and not knowing exactly why, is hard for Master Z. He realizes that until Beth opens up, no one can help with her past, but he can help her with the present, so he sets out to find her a Dom who he trusts and can give her what she needs. Let me just say, when it comes to knocking down walls, the wolf in the Three Little Pigs has NOTHING on Master Nolan but can he keep her, and her heart, safe if he decimates the defenses she’s built?
Why is it that many of the strong, powerful Doms seem to be in law enforcement or military? That’s something Andrea would like to know in book 4, Lean on Me. Her family history is something that really doesn’t mesh well with law enforcement. She’s been looking through all the clubs in Tampa trying to find a Dom, who isn’t a cop, but is strong enough to gain her submission. When she starts to lose hope of ever finding what she needs, her friend offers a chance, albeit a bit tricky, to get her into the exclusive Shadowlands, so she jumps. When she lands, she finds that she’s jumped from the frying pan into the fire… and she’s not the only one who burns up. Good thing Cullen is a bartender… he has access to a lot of liquid to put out the fire, or build it up. What will Andrea do when she’s in over her head with a very strong Dom who won’t give an inch, and then realizes that the man she’s started to have feelings for is law enforcement in his day job?
The latest release is Make Me, Sir! When bratty subs start getting abducted from area clubs by a slavery group, Gabi goes undercover in the hopes of catching them. Placed into Shadowlands “trainee” program, against the standard protocol, puts her at a disadvantage with the others in the club. Especially the Master in charge of the trainee program, who dislikes bratty subs in general and having one forced upon him with no explanation infuriates him. Can Gabi stay focused on the case and resist her heart’s desire to give her submission to the one man who demands it?
Now, I know you’re thinking the Shadowlands is running out of Doms! Oh no… As the mighty fall, more mighty drop in for us to love… and beg/plead/demand they get their own book! There are some who you meet from the very beginning who I am still begging for… *ahem* Sally. *ahem* Fear not, the next addition to the group will be Master Raoul. One of the wickedly delicious Doms who you’ve met in some of the previous stories… You’ll also get to see some of your favorites again. I have recently learned that his book will be titled To Command and Collar!
Oh, once you’ve read the Shadowlands, find yourself hooked and in need of a Cherise Sinclair fix, don’t panic… there are several more books out there to read… but that’s another post.
Now… a challenge and a giveaway… Read these books before November 23rd (that’s the day before Thanksgiving) and comment on this post with your favorite scene from any of the 5 books. I will select one lucky winner to receive a copy of To Command and Collar once it is released.