This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair

This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose-Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (363 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking, Toys, Anal play
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

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 doesn’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. All too soon, she realizes she wants him to stay.

When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she finds a new home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.

Linda had been at the lowest point in her life, and in walked Sam. Sam was trying to be a good Dom and take care of the sub, but little did he know that by an act of kindness it scarred Linda deeper than anything.

When Linda is finally past the hell of being enslaved, she fights to get back to her life. She just wants to be normal. Linda battles her deep seated knowledge that she’s a masochist and decides she wants nothing to do with any of it. Including the man that made her body sing when he had no right too.

Sam sees Linda as the perfect sub. For a sadist, that’s sometimes hard to find. Add in her fierce stubbornness and he’s hooked. But he has shadows of his own he has to battle while acting as Linda’s knight in shining armor.

This book made me an emotional wreck. The characters were so flawed, they were near perfect. I loved how they balanced one another like in an almost celestial way. Where he was hard and from the land, she was soft and from the sea. It was simply put, beautiful amidst the ugly. What Linda and some of the other subs had been through in the previous novels haunted not only the characters but me as well. For the author to evoke such sigh worthy moments is incredible. I applaud her and am now a devoted follower.

This is the seventh book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series. The rest of the series is fantastic and this was no exception.


  1. Oh, I so have to read a book by Cherise Sinclair! I am ashamed to say that I have several, but have not yet made time to read them.
    Hopefully I will get a chance before the end of the year. 🙂

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