If Only by Cherise Sinclair

If Only by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (426 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Lisianthus

After the last fiasco, Sally gives up. She’ll never find a Dom of her own. Instead the computer whizz is job hunting in between bending the law–just a bit–to unearth the bastards who’d enslaved her friends. The clueless cops and Feds obviously need her help.

FBI special agents, Galen and Vance, have waited to play with Sally for a long time. When the mischievous submissive returns to the exclusive Shadowlands BDSM club after an ugly relationship, the experienced co-tops are more than pleased. Realizing she’s suppressing deep-seated emotions, the powerful Doms push her–only to find that her sassiness conceals a scarred and vulnerable heart.

Shaken by the unexpected emotional exposure, Sally flees the demanding Masters and the Shadowlands. And that should be the end of that, since both Galen and Vance have reasons not to seek a long-term relationship, especially with a submissive who doesn’t want what they can give. But when a brutal attack by her ex-Dom sends Sally into their home, the two agents are driven to protect her. To help her. To take her under command. Falling in love isn’t in the plans.

But the little imp brings light into their lives, and just as they begin to want more, they discover she’s hacked into an organization that delights in burning people alive. Now more than hearts are on the line, and Sally’s submission could save her life.

Sally was a trainee with the Shadowlands for a long time, and after she left when she thought she’d found her Dom, and then it ended so badly she gave up on the dream of finding her own Dom. Enter FBI agents Vance and Galen, who also happen to be two Doms that love sharing.

As this is the eighth Shadowlands book, Sally, Vance and Galen are all familiar characters and there have been hints that they would be a perfect match. As such I would recommend reading the previous books but Ms. Sinclair does a good job of setting up the story that has enough information to be read and enjoyed alone.

There is a lot of suspense with the investigation of a human trafficking organization and Sally’s part in it. Throw in Galen and Vance trying to draw out of her emotional shell and help her heal and there is a lot of great plot in this story. To top it off Ms. Sinclair can write a hot sex scene that enhances the story, and I found myself very much enjoying every part of this story. She includes some sexual themes that pushed my comfort soon but with the way that Ms. Sinclair wrote them I found them very hot.

This is a ménage storyline, but Vance and Galen aren’t involved sexually and I found the way that they handled the relationship very believable. They fought, they had misunderstandings, and they made up like any couple would, they just had the extra component of there being three of them.

I enjoyed catching up with past characters and even spending some time with past characters privately too. I highly recommend this story for fans of both romantic suspense and BDSM romance. I also recommend the whole Shadowlands series.

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