Erotica Review: This is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair

This Is Who I Am (Masters of the Shadowlands, #7)

When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won’t even admit she’s a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She’s everything he knew she would be…except for her bullheaded determination to be ‘normal’.
Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be ‘normal’? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn’t he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He’s amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor can’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. Soon she realizes she wants him to stay.
When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she feels as if she’s found a home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.

Title: This is Who I Am
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id, LLC
Format: ebook
ISBN: 162300148X
Genre: Erotica
Release date: May 27th 2013
Number of pages: 369

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Master Sam was never my favorite but after the last book finished and we saw how good Linda made him feel, he caught a place in my heart, he was always more on the sidelines and I was never a big fan of sadists. But these two are so good together and we actually see there’s some future for them.
 
We met Linda while she was in captive, one of the girls supposed to be sold as slaves and after hearing how much she was helping the other girls, I got the feeling she was a very strong woman, but only reading this book I could actually understand how much she suffered in those places and she was never really into BDSM.
 
Her first night and she was kidnapped, so it kinda got in mind that this was not her place, but Sam didn’t gave up and she came so hard with some pain that we could see with no doubt that her life was incomplete before meeting Sam.
 
But there’s other problems and Linda is not completely save, so Sam decided to help her and we got some insight about this dark and quiet man. I was never really his biggest fan, but this book was insightful and I liked knowing more about his past and seeing the changes Linda brought into his life.
 

SERIES IN ORDER

#1- Club Shadowlands
#2-
Dark Citadel
#3- Breaking Free
#4- Lean on Me
#5- Make me, Sir

#6- To Command and Collar
#7- This is Who I Am
#8- Untitled (Sally’s story)

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Review: To Command and Collar by Cherise Sinclair

To Command and Collar (Masters of the Shadowlands, #6)Title: To Command and Collar
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id, LLC
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781611186673
Genre: Erotica
Release date: November 29th 2011
Number of pages: 341

Determined to find the human traffickers preying on Shadowlands’ submissives, Master Raoul gets himself invited to a small slave auction. Once informed, the FBI orders him to reject the limited choices so the slavers will invite him to the big auction. To Raoul’s shock, one of the slaves is the kidnapped friend of a Shadowlands sub. She has a scarred body…and an unbroken spirit. He can’t leave her behind. Ruining the FBI’s carefully laid plans, he buys her.

Kimberly’s freedom has come at a devastating price: the other women are still slaves. An FBI raid is their only hope for rescue. Desperate to help the Feds locate the big auction, she agrees to pose as Master Raoul’s slave. Wearing a collar again is terrifying, but under the powerful dominant’s care, Kim starts to heal and then to blossom. This is what she’s been drawn to—and fled from—her entire life.

She escaped the slavers who captured her body—can she escape the master who’s captured her heart?

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This story was like part two of Make Me, Sir because we can see what happens with the FBI operation and how one of the slaves handles the real world after her release.
 
I liked Master Raoul and how he tried to help Kimberly since he first saw her, and not just because she’s friends with Gabrielle. He really cares about her and after he bought her and discovers that he needs to live and act as her Dom for more time is really tormenting to him.
 
I liked the book and the story was really interesting. We can see the FBI breaking a slaves organization and also how one of the girls who fought for her life is learning how to live again.
 
One thing I did not enjoy was the rejection at the end and how Master Raoul thought he knew better and tried to push Kimberly away because he was afraid of his feelings and how she was coping.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1- Club Shadowlands
#2-
Dark Citadel
#3- Breaking Free
#4- Lean on Me
#5- Make me, Sir

#6- To Command and Collar
#7- Untitled (Master Sam’s story)
#8- Untitled (Sally’s story)

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Review: Make Me, Sir by Cherise Sinclair

Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands, #5)Title: Make Me, Sir
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id, LLC
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781607379423
Genre: Erotica
Release date: February 1st 2011
Number of pages: 296

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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This book was fun and full of action. Perfect story and it made me enjoy Master Marcus, even if he’s one of the Doms with the less attitude and I didn’t really connected with him in the previous books.
 
But the story made me want him to know the true and to help Gabrielle. I liked how he took the trainees after Cullen found Andrea and now he’s more active on the Shadowlands, but the way Z pushed a new trainee was a bit strange.
 
I didn’t like him in some parts (the questions after Gabrielle was that high was a low blow), but he’s really smart and in some parts I thought he’s just like Z and can read a person really well.
 
I liked this two together, because even after Marcus discovered the real reasons Gabrielle was actin up, he was still the best possible and looked after her. But the relationship was really perfect and he needed a strong women.
 
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Series in Order

#1- Club Shadowlands
#2-
Dark Citadel
#3- Breaking Free
#4- Lean on Me
#5- Make me, Sir

#6- To Command and Collar
#7- Untitled (Master Sam’s story)
#8- Untitled (Sally’s story)

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Review: Lean on Me by Cherise Sinclair

Lean on Me (Masters of the Shadowlands, #4)Title: Lean on Me
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id.
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781607375586
Genre: Erotica
Release date: March 30th 2010
Number of pages: 220

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–armoured 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 comforts her, his glimpses of the woman inside the emotional armour intrigue him and her utter surrender captures his heart.

Although Master Cullen is famous for his unfettered lifestyle, Andrea believes 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’s sure she’s lost the Master she wanted with all her heart.


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It was really fun to watch Cullen catches this women, because she’s beautiful and is still learning the rules of BDSM, but the most important of everything is the fact Andrea is a strong women and difficult to handle during some times.
 
I liked Andrea since the very start and she’s actually fun, but her relationships are bound to failure because she needs a stronger man and it’s very difficult for her to just let go and surrender to her pleasure.
 
The scenes during the book were really hot and we also learned how the Shadowlands works in more depth, because the trainees are actually a very important part of teaching and Andrea needed this.
 
Cullen is very strong and accepted the rule as bartender and also is responsible for the trainees and their pleasure. He’s strong and also a cop. This was an interesting book and helped realize how the BDSM scene is difficult at first for single persons.
 
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Series in Order

#1- Club Shadowlands
#2-
Dark Citadel
#3- Breaking Free
#4- Lean on Me
#5- Make me, Sir
#6- To Command and Collar

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Review: Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair

Breaking Free (Masters of the Shadowlands, #3)Title: Breaking Free
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781596329652
Genre: Erotica
Release date: June 2nd 2009
Number of pages: 170

Beth must yield to become aroused, but she’s too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that’s just what she gets, and exactly what she needs…

A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won’t overwhelm her— the very ones who cannot arouse her. The Master of the Shadowlands gives her an ultimatum: accept the Dom he assigns or lose her membership. The last thing Beth wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom, but that’s just what she gets.

Asked to take on a problem sub, Nolan sees the issue immediately— although truly submissive, the little redhead is too scared to relinquish control and her Doms have let her get away with it. That will change right now.

As Master Nolan takes Beth under command, compelling her submission, she’s terrified, but the experienced Dom brings her pleasure, not pain. His only demand is that she never lie to him. Under his capable hands, her body comes alive, and she begins to heal. As he pushes her limits, she learns to trust…and then to love. And she realizes he is beginning to care for her in return.

But now her cruel husband has found her, and Master Nolan discovers she’s been lying and lying and lying…


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Master Nolan made a very short appearance on Dark Citadel and only for us to understand he was in the Iraq and it’s now returning to the states and the scene, but we also got a little peak on Beth when Z was complaining about a situation that he couldn’t resolve.
 
So in this book Z forced Beth to accept Master Nolan if she wanted to continue her membership in the Shadowlands, but her problems went deeper than anyone there knew and she just couldn’t accept and trust a Dom after what her bastard husband did to her.
 
Nolan had no idea what he was getting into but I liked the way he handled Beth fears and made her trust him. he accepted her pace and didn’t rush her just to finish a scene. Plus he’s very observant and always knew when she was suffering and when to just talk.
 
I liked this book, even if Master Nolan was a bit of a stranger to me, but I liked his way and the submission was different from the other books because Beth lived in the BDSM world for a long time and knew what was expected from her during a play.
 
I’m not going to talk about the action, because was a bit unnecessary to me.
 
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Series in Order

#1- Club Shadowlands

#3- Breaking Free

#4- Lean on Me

#5- Make me, Sir

#6- To Command and Collar

Review: Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair

Dark Citadel (Masters of the Shadowlands, #2)Title: Dark Citadel
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781596329201
Genre: Erotica
Release date: April 7th 2009 
Number of pages: 152
After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner’s Night at Club Shadowlands, she’s given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Despite her steamy fantasies about BDSM, the inexperienced schoolteacher plans to simply observe. Yet under the unyielding hands of Master Dan, she not only participates, but gives him everything he asks for. There is nothing she can hide from him. Not her passion…or her love.

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We met Shadowlands during the first book in this series and the place is the hot spot for people who want to enjoy a night of kinky sex knowing there’s safety behind those doors and nothing to stop them.
 
In this book we start with Kery and her current boyfriend getting familiar with the lifestyle and learning all the rules about the place and the safety behind them. They are newbies and there’s a hole class to explain what is expected and how to fully accept your fantasies.
 
Keri started with the wrong guy and he treats her really bad since the beginning, but Master Dan, that we met in the first book, is her teacher for the evening and saves her from the asshole(Buck). So Keri wants to know more, but is in doubt since her boyfriend is not on her side anymore, and that’s when Master Dan decides to help her and be her Master for the night.
 
Master Dan has a few problems since his wife passed away three years ago and now he can’t commit to a sub for more than a night without fear of getting their feelings hurt.
 
But as we all know Master Dan enjoy his first night and when Keri comes back, he doesn’t let any other Master take her. They started a good relation. She wants to understand more about this lifestyle and since he doesn’t want strings, it sounds good at first, but things get mixed and Dan starts to doubt his feelings for Keri.
 
I liked the book and thought the relationship was better created than the first one in the series. Since Keri and Dan spent a few nights together before jumping to other things. Plus these two were really good in the sex scenes. Really hot book.
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SERIES IN ORDER

 

#1- Club Shadowlands

#2- Dark Citadel

#3- Breaking Free

#4- Lean on Me

#5- Make me, Sir

#6- To Command and Collar

Review: Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1)Title: Club Shadowlands
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands
Publisher:  Loose Id
Format: ebook
ISBN: B001XJ1PLA
Genre: Erotica
Release date: January 1st 2009
Number of pages: 155
Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she’s sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she’s a professional woman–an accountant–and surely isn’t a submissive…is she? Master Z hasn’t been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She’s intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can’t resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

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I love a good erotica that shows a normal relationship can a have a bit of spicy and this series is really good in showing how to match the everyday and still be yourself. This first book is the lightest of them all, but still portraits how dangerous the BDSM world can be without rules. People rules is everything and trust comes right next.
 
So we have Jessica, a normal girl with a problem during a storm and the only place she can find shelter and help is the Shadowlands mansion, but everything comes with a price and she discovered that right at the start.
 
I have no problem with Master Z, but Jessica gave in to fast and it wasn’t very good for me how she just trusted the guy and let him use and tie her, not good for me. She had no idea about the lifestyle rules, but managed to get in series trouble.
 
I found the story was good and the BDSM part really well done, but the relationship was a bit fast for me. Wish Jessica could have waited more and got a little more familiar with Master Z before jumping the ties with him.
 
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Series in Order

#1- Club Shadowlands

#2- Dark Citadel

#3- Breaking Free

#4- Lean on Me

#5- Make me, Sir

#6- To Command and Collar