Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: High Kink
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #7
Reviewed by Kate
After being kidnapped by a human trafficking association specializing in sex slaves, Linda is determined to lead a "normal" life. Even if that means ignoring the part of herself that is attracted to the BDSM lifestyle. Sam, a sadist, had a brief interaction with Linda as he helped the FBI infiltrate the slave auction where Linda was rescued. He knows she is a masochist and hasn't been able to think of much else since he helped rescue her. Unfortunately, her quest for normalcy leaves no room for Sam in her life. But when Linda is threatened, Sam runs to the rescue. Can he help her accept all the parts of herself, even the one that longs for a little pain?
So I know I have been gushing about Cherise Sinclair's Masters of the Shadowlands series for a while now. But I can't help but continue to gush. This book was soooooo good. The first thing you need to know is that this is an intense story as far as the BDSM goes. (Nope, Kay, don't even think about this one.) Linda needs and likes pain with her sex, and Master Sam is more than willing to deliver. But I absolutely love Master Sam-in fact my first note in the book is "Ahhh. I love Master Sam." He is dealing with a nasty situation with his ex-wife that has left him unable to share his life and feelings with anyone. But Linda definitely calls to him. He wants to spend time with her, he can't stop thinking of her, even though he's just not sure how he can fit her in his life.
Linda is an very strong woman. She fights for every inch she has gained back in her life since her rescue. She is sure of who she is, even if she wants to deny the masochistic part of herself. The two of them together are just sigh-worthy. This is a great conclusion to the Harvest Association plot that started back in book #5 (Make Me, Sir). And I admit to giggling with glee a bit when the author brought up little things from past books, like the giant inflatable pool swan. Does anyone else remember the pool swan?
So all that gushing aside, I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed the other books in this series. While it could be considered a stand alone, I think it is best to read at least books 5, 6, and 7 in order. If you haven't yet read the first six books in this series, I highly recommend them. Cherise Sinclair is one of my favorite voices in the BDSM genre. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for the next installment.