Masters of the Shadowlands 3: Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair

Masters of the Shadowlands 3: Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (143 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

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.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, domination, restraint, paddling, spanking, submission, tethering); exhibitionism, ménage, violence.

Horrific treatment at the hands of a sadistic husband left Beth Stanton with permanent physical and emotional scars. Knowing she needs more than a vanilla lifestyle to fulfill her needs, she turns to Club Shadowlands for some level of comfort. Unfortunately, every Dom chosen to top Beth sends her retreating further and further inside herself. When the owner of the club, Master Z, gives her an ultimatum – accept the intimidating Master Nolan as her Dom or lose her membership – she has no choice but to consent.

Nolan is an experienced Dom recently returned from Iraq. He’s not in the market for a permanent sub, choosing to lend a hand where needed at Club Shadowlands. When his best friend, Master Z, throws the gauntlet and issues a challenge he can’t refuse, he takes Beth on as his submissive. Now he has to teach the tiny red head that trust can be given without fear of violent repercussions, reintroducing her to what it truly means to experience pleasure as a Master and sub.

Breaking Free is the third in Cherise Sinclair’s Shadowlands series, and this newest installment doesn’t disappoint. In this story, we are offered something vastly different and intriguing. There is no submissive newly introduced to the lifestyle with an experienced Dom to guide the way – Beth and Nolan have been into the scene for years – but the process of gaining and maintaining trust is very much the same. Beth is wonderfully written, as is Nolan. Watching as they evolve as Master and sub, as well as a man and a woman, is a true pleasure. Each needs to trust, having experienced betrayal in the past, and find what they seek in one another. Of course, no story would be complete without conflict, and there is plenty offered here. Just be sure you devote enough time in the reading chair for this one. You won’t want to stop turning those pages.

Breaking Free is another must read from Cherise Sinclair.

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