Tamed by the Buccaneer

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Tamed by the BuccaneerPublished: June 26, 2015

Tamed by the Buccaneer — Normandie Alleman

The third book in Normandie’s Buccaneer trilogy is here! I loved the first two books — Rescued by the Buccaneer and Bound by the Buccaneer — so I was SO STOKED when I realized that the third book was out!

This is the end of Gaston and Freddie’s story. I have to say. I’m going to miss them.

If you haven’t read the first two books… you need to go do that. These are NOT standalone books and should be read in order.

Even though this is the end of their story…it was a wonderful end to the three books. Normandie did a wonderful job of tying up any loose ends from the previous books and didn’t leave it hanging. (Y’all know how much I hate to be left hanging…)

In this one, Gaston and Freddie have to deal with a whole new adventure. Parenthood. Gaston’s been down this road once before (it was mentioned in the first book, I believe…and is mentioned again in this book) but lost both his first wife and child before joining the pirate life. So, Gaston’s fully on board with becoming a parent again. In fact, I’d say that he was downright HAPPY about it.

Freddie on the other hand…she doesn’t take the news too well. Having really never thought about having children, she’s really freaked out by the idea of becoming a mother. How will she continue her life at sea with a baby?

I loved watching her journey from “What am I going to do I’m not prepared for this” to “I like being a mom”. It was a long journey, and it definitely had it’s ups and downs…but I loved it.

We got to see the battle with Captain Humphrey come full circle in this book. Remember him? He’s the nasty old pirate that started out the story (with having a kidnapped Freddie playing servant upon his ship and all). I won’t go into all that happens, but he gets his comeuppance.

Fun Fact: Since first starting this trilogy, I have been playing around with genealogy. I discovered that I’m related to a pirate. But… not just any pirate. Captain Henry Morgan (also known as Captain Morgan — yes, the one on the rum bottle) is my first cousin, ten times removed. I think that the knowledge that I have a little pirate in me made me love the book(s) more.

I thought this was a book to end the trilogy. Like I said, no loose ends were left (thank you, Normandie). Tamed by the Buccaneer was just as well written as Rescued and Bound. I loved the book, and I loved how it ended. I can’t wait to see what Normandie puts out next.

Tamed by the Buccaneer gets a very solid 10/10 from me, and a place (next to the previous two) on my favorites list.

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Playing Knotty

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Playing KnottyAvailable: March 16, 2015

Playing Knotty — Elia Winters

I’ve read my fair share of BDSM books…spanning a wide variety of kinks. There have been some that I’ve liked more than others. This one was one that I hadn’t ever read before. I don’t just mean the book, but the kink.

Most of these BDSM books have elements of all of the BDSM in it. For those that don’t read erotica, or just don’t know what it stands for… B = Bondage, D = Domination, S = Submission/Sadism, M = Masochism.

Playing Knotty is basically ONLY about the Bondage. I found that I really loved that there was really only one kink that the book revolved around.

Emma Green isn’t someone that you would look at and think she likes being tied up. She’s a bookstore owner (my dream job) and pretty shy. She’s got some self conscious/body hangups that are totally understandable (especially after you meet her mother. Lawd).

Ian Cooper isn’t really what I’d call a Dom. He really just likes tying women up. He’s an accountant by day and a bondage expert by night. Actually, he’s always a bondage expert.

I loved Emma and Ian’s relationship. Neither are too sure of themselves and don’t know exactly what they’re doing. Are they dating? Just having fun? Neither of them can really seem to get a grasp of their situation. There are several miscommunications between the two of them. Some made me laugh, some of them made me ache and others just made me mad. There were several times that I wanted to shake them and yell “JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER”.

I really loved Elia’s writing style. She made me want to equally hug and love on Emma and Ian…and then shake and strangle them. I very happily got my warm and fuzzy feelings at the end (which is important).

I would give this one a solid 10/10 recommendation.

Living In Secret

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Living In SecretAvailable: February 24, 2015

Living In Secret — Jackie Ashenden

I’m pretty sure I’ve read books by Jackie before… but I can’t find any reviews that I’d written since starting TGGR blog. Humph. That mistake ends now.

I got this book from Jackie on twitter. She’d offered a few ARC copies of the book, and I was the lucky third person to ask. I’m so so happy that I asked.

This book is the third in a set that she has. In it, we have Connor Blake. He’s a lawyer and pretty much at the top of the playing field. Rich, gorgeous, broody. What more could you want? Well. His soon-to-be Ex-Wife (if he’d just sign the damn papers) Victoria Blake could probably make you a list a mile long.

I loved Victoria. She wasn’t perfect and was pretty hard on herself for things that had happened in her past…but she was pretty strong and knew she didn’t need to be taken care of. She could take care of herself.

Connor. Oh, Connor. Some of the time I wanted to strangle him. Some of the time I wanted to hug him. Then there were the other times that I just wanted him. Like Vic, he has his own demons from his past that are affecting his present day life, and if he’s not careful…his future.

Their relationship was crazy amazing. It started off very cold. Their marriage was basically a business transaction, and Vic decided she’d had enough. Well. That and her secret finally came to light. Connor, the ass, decides that he’s not going to sign the divorce papers until Victoria spends one more week with him, so he can get his fill.

Why do men always think that they can work a woman out of their systems? Silly men. That’s not how it works.

Once the week starts, that’s when things really get heated. You might want to have some ice water when reading this. Seriously. I wish that I’d had some ice water when I read the book. Anyway. Things get seriously hot and seriously interesting.

Secrets from both of them become unburied and both Vic and Connor must deal with the discovery that neither of them are perfect. And they both have to realize that even though they’d been married for several years… they didn’t know each other. Not really.

This was such an amazing book. I loved it so much, I went out and bought the book that came out before this one! I definitely give this one a 10/10. I’d rate it higher if I could.

More

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

MoreAvailable: February 10, 2015

More – Lea Griffith

I should probably mention at that this book is totally heavy into BDSM. I don’t know if I’d classify it strictly as erotica, but there were definitely floggers and ropes involved. (It was so not 50 shades, though). The author/publisher/editor do, however, say that it’s an erotica for “mature audiences only”. So I guess if you’re not in the “mature audiences” category… I’m sorry?

This is the first time that I’ve read anything by Lea Griffith. I have to say… I was really impressed. I try to keep a really open mind when I start books by author’s that I’ve never read before. But y’know… sometimes you’re a little weary.

Will I like their writing style?

Will I like how they make the characters come to life?

Will I like the characters?

Will I like the story line?

Will I get my warm fuzzy feelings at the end!?

With Lea Griffith… the answer is a hell, yes.

I loved her writing style. It flowed and completely captivated me. I did not want to put this book down. The story line was one that I’ve never read before… and when I read the synopsis, I was definitely intrigued. The leading lady? She’s blind. Okay. Maybe I have read a book with a blind heroine, but not one like Ruthie Copeland.

She was such a fireball. Ruthie did not let her disability hold her back. So what if she couldn’t see? In fact, I hesitate to call it a disability with her. It was more of an impairment. Just because she was blind did not mean that she couldn’t do what she wanted. I loved that. I also loved that she was a painter. A freaking painter. Loved. It.

Tobias Edwards was the perfectly imperfect scared hero for Ruthie. He’s a bit of an ass (both an asshat and a badass) but he definitely also had his sweet moments. Because he’s a Dom, he has a certain way that he likes things to be and when he doesn’t get his way he gets rather… growly. I just loved him. There were absolutely times when I wanted to shake him, but most of the time I just wanted to shake my head and laugh at him.

There are some darker parts of the book that have nothing to do with the BDSM elements. There’s some murder, gore (just a sprinkle), a dash of some crazy with a bit of the mafia thrown into the mix.

All in all… it made for a wonderful book. I can’t wait to read whatever else she puts out. Lea Griffith is definitely on my “instant buy” list from now on. Especially if she keeps putting out stuff like More.

I would rate this one higher if I could, but completely give it a 10/10. If you like BDSM books with some suspense, bad guys, sexy hero’s, badass leading ladies and some Italian words thrown in… this is the book for you.

Bound by the Buccaneer – A review and a Giveaway!

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*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Bound by the Buccaneer

Published: July 25, 2014

Bound by the Buccaneer — Normandie Alleman

This is the sequel to the second book I reviewed by the talented Normandie Alleman, Rescued by the Buccaneer. I didn’t realize when I read the first one that it was the first in a trilogy, but I was very happy when I found out! When I talked to Normandie about this book, she told me that she “had fun torturing him”. The “him” being Gaston. I was intrigued!

In the sequel, we get to catch up on what’s been happening in the lives of Gaston and Frederica since they went off to be together on his pirate ship. I was hoping there would be more to their story, and I am so happy to see that my hopes were realized.

Just like the first book, this one is hot. Very hot. Like… you should probably grab a glass of ice water before you start reading it. It’s also a short read like the first one was, but that didn’t bother me. It didn’t leave me with a cliffhanger (hate those), and it felt like a complete story. That being said, I desperately want to read the third book, to see what happens to them. But I can wait. Maybe. I hope.

When we catch up with our favorite pirates, it’s been two years since Freddie was originally captured by Humphrey, the evil pirate captain that Gaston ended up rescuing her from. They’ve been living aboard Gaston’s ship and enjoying each other’s company. Freddie has accepted and flourished in her role as the ship’s physician and is respected (even probably loved, though it’s not stated) by the ship’s crew members.

Because she wasn’t raised a pirate, and is a kind hearted woman, Freddie comes up with a way for Gaston and the rest of the pirates on the ship to keep on doing their pirating thing without hurting innocent people. I loved that she knew that the men would need to still do the plundering and stealing, but found another way around it.

Unfortunately, this other option has made the ship a target for a lot of other pirates… which is a dangerous thing. Gaston, brilliant man that he is, knows that their other option is a viable one, but he also knows that he’s going to be needing some sort of backup so that the chances of his ship and crew being attacked is reduced.

This is where you probably need to go get some ice water.

Gaston finds three other pirate captains that he’s sure would be formidable allies and goes to meet them to discuss the terms of their deal to join forces. Unluckily for him, things go a little sideways. There have been rumors circulating throughout the pirate channels that Gaston has a woman on board his ship… and that she has him following her around holding her petticoats. This isn’t exactly the image that he wants for himself and so he denies that that’s the case. And then he sticks his foot in his mouth. I couldn’t help it. I shook my head at him and his antics.

In a bid to reclaim his reputation as a man to not be crossed, he makes it clear that Frederica is his servant and that she does whatever he tells her to.

That was his first mistake.

The other Captain’s aren’t stupid men, and pounce on Gaston’s proclamation. If things are as he says, and the woman is his to do with as he pleases… why doesn’t he share her with them as an act of good faith before they seal the deal on joining forces? Without too much thought before he opens his mouth (again), Gaston agrees to their deal.

That was his second mistake.

Stupid, stupid man. One would think that you should probably talk to the person you’re in a relationship with before promising them to three other people, right? Unsurprisingly, Freddie isn’t  much a fan of his announcement when he tells her. After some explaining and reasoning, he gets her to agree to his deal.

Even though she agrees, she’s hesitant. Thanks to Gaston, she now has to have relations with three men she’s never met before. I think that’d make any woman hesitant. Luckily for her, the men are nice and understand her hesitation.

The sex scenes in the book are scorching. Remember that glass of ice water I mentioned at the start of my review? You’ll be needing that. They’re not over the top and vulgar, but they’re definitely erotic.

Of course after the foursome, Gaston is having doubts. It was mostly his idea for her to do this…but now he’s second guessing himself. Normandie mentioned to me when I talked to her that she “tortured Gaston” and at this point in the book, I can totally see that. 

Things get worked out and our favorite pirates get their (for now) happily ever after. There was a hint of more trouble on their horizons… which we should find out about in the third book.

I sincerely loved this book. It was a great sequel to Rescued by the Buccaneer and I can’t wait to read what happens next. Normandie is a tremendously talented author and such a fun lady to talk to.

10/10 would definitely recommend.

An Excerpt from Bound by the Buccaneer:

“You love knowing I can’t escape, don’t you? That I’m all yours,” Frederica teased, tugging at the restraints that bound her wrists to the bed.

Gaston raised a brow to her. “And what if I do?” He asked, untying the ropes from her wrists. “You know how much it excites me to see you all bound and helpless. Don’t you like being my own personal little whore?” Mischief danced in his visible brown eye. The other hid behind a black patch, injured in battle.

She touched a finger to her lips and rolled her eyes in mock consideration.

Before she had a chance to answer his rather rhetorical question, he pounced on her. His weight upon her gave her a feeling of warmth and security she felt at no other time than lying under him.

“Liar,” he whispered into her ear, his mouth trailing down her neck. “Tell me how much you love it.” Then he proceeded to tickle her ribs which sent her into a gale of giggles.

“Must I resort to the gag again?” He waved a red kerchief in the air playfully.

Her laughter made it difficult to speak. “Yes, yes, I love it.” Her voice reached a high-pitched squeal.

He ceased the tickling and sensually covered her mouth with his hand. “You must remain quiet or I will be forced to quiet you.” With each word his mouth traveled lower on her body, accentuating every word with a kiss.

Gaston hated for her to be too loud during their lovemaking. He worried that if the crew heard them, it would cause trouble. It wasn’t exactly fair for the Captain to be the only man aboard with a woman to bed every night. It was unclear to her whether he was more worried the pirates would rape her or if he feared they would stage a mutiny of his leadership, or both. Either was a potential problem if the men grew irritable enough.

So she tried to be quiet, but it was difficult considering the way Gaston brought her to such heights of ecstasy. Though she’d been a virgin when they met, and therefore inexperienced, she had no doubt he had talents in the bedroom that exceeded those of most men.

All he had to do was look at her a certain way, and Frederica’s body responded to him. His kisses awakened a fire inside her that only he could douse. “I know how you can keep me quiet,” she breathed huskily.

More about the book:

Bound by the Buccaneer

Two years have passed since Frederica joined Gaston aboard the Ocean’s Knave, and with every passing hour they have fallen more deeply in love. By day she is the ship’s physician, but at night she serves her captain in his bed, offering her body for him to punish and pleasure until she begs for more. But after a successful run of raiding other pirate ships, the couple have a target on their backs.

Their only hope is to form an alliance with a trio of like-minded captains, but in order to guarantee the cooperation of these unyielding, battle-hardened men, Gaston is forced to offer them a night with Frederica. Reluctantly, she agrees to be shared with the men, but afterwards Gaston finds it difficult to forgive himself for bartering Frederica’s charms. As jealousy and desperation threaten to consume him, will Gaston lose his beloved Frederica or can he weather the storm and find a way to bind her to him forever?

Publisher’s Note: Bound by the Buccaneer is the second book of the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge trilogy, which began with Rescued by the Buccaneer. It is an adventure and erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes including a foursome, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more.

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Since the Pirate of the Jolie Rouge Trilogy is best read in order, here’s more about the first book:

Rescued by the Buccaneer

Rescued by the Buccaneer

When Frederica Beauchamp boards a ship for the Americas, she dreams of a life filled with adventure, but she gets more than she bargained for when her passenger ship is attacked by pirates.  The heartless men kidnap her and force her to serve their captain—a fate that might be worse than death, since though he does not have his way with her, the captain delights in baring her, shaming her, and thrashing her bare bottom as punishment for every imagined disobedience.

After the pirates bring aboard an injured man found floating in the sea, Frederica tends to his wounds and learns that he is Gaston Galette, a survivor of a shipwrecked vessel. Gaston seeks her help to overthrow the vile captain, but when their plan goes awry he is forced to use all of his wiles to save them. As the naïve girl and the seasoned sailor navigate one perilous situation after another, he informs Frederica that the only way they can survive is if he is in command, and that if she thinks things can be otherwise, she will be taken over his knee for a bare bottom spanking.

As he watches the proud, willful Frederica bow to his authority, however, Gaston worries that her growing hold on his heart will be his downfall. He knows he cannot take a woman with him when he returns to his ship and crew, but when Frederica accepts his lustful dominance completely, submitting to him with grace and beauty no other woman could match, Gaston realizes that he may never be able to let her go.

Publisher’s Note: Rescued by the Buccaneer is the first book of the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge trilogy. It is an adventure and erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes including elements of BDSM and humiliation, and more.

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About the Author

Normandie Alleman

A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. She lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.

Find her here:

Twitter at @NormandieA  https://twitter.com/NormandieA

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Her website: www.normandiealleman.com

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Committed — It’s (almost) RELEASE DAY + A GIVEAWAY!

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It’s almost release day for Committed by Sidney Bristol! Today I’ve got more information about the book (and an EXCERPT!), the lovely author, where to GET your copy of the book and a giveaway!

CommittedCOMMITTED: Drug of Desire

Written by Sidney Bristol

Published by Loveswept

August 12, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-553-39252-4

COMMITTED on Goodreads

In this erotic tale of sensuality and suspense, Sidney Bristol proves that desire can be the most dangerous drug of all.

 

DEA Special Agent Damien Moana works hard and plays even harder. But while indulging in forbidden temptations at a private BDSM retreat, the unexpected happens: He falls under a stranger’s spell. This woman drives Damien to distraction, pushing him to the sweet boundary between pain and pleasure. When duty interrupts their heated encounter, his focus turns to catching a criminal . . . but his head is still with the seductress who ignites his deepest desires. Now Damien must choose between closing the case of his career and losing the woman of his dreams.

 

Poppy Mercer can’t forget the night she spent with her mystery lover. When chance brings them back together, she seizes the opportunity to again feel his masterful hands on her body. Poppy is a switch who delights in dominating a powerful man . . . and submitting to the ecstasy of his control. Outside the bedroom, however, she questions her place in Damien’s world. His obsession with hunting a ruthless drug lord puts Poppy in the line of fire. And though Damien might be able to save her from danger, salvaging what’s left of her trust is another matter.

 

Committed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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Sidney Bristol

About Sidney Bristol

It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a “normal” life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict, and she grew up in a motor-home on the U.S. highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves and writing, reading, and belly dancing.

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If you don’t remember my review for Committed (it was a few months ago, so if you’re new here… I can understand that) I’ve posted it again below. Keep reading for a chance to win stuff! 

I’ve read plenty of erotica, but by far, I think this one is my favorite. I was unsure in the beginning if I would really love it as much as I did. 

Committed is a darker, edgier BDSM book than I typically read. I’ve never read anything by Sidney Bristol before, but I was thoroughly impressed. 

Sidney gave so much life to both the main characters — Damien and Poppy — that I’m almost sure that if I passed them on the street, I’d recognize them. That rarely happens for me. Her mastery of being able to craft such a piece of art (because that’s what this book was to me) is amazing. I wish I was even a little bit as talented as she was.

From the start of the book, you’re drawn to both Damien and Poppy. Well. I was anyway. Damien is everything a Dom should be, in my opinion. He’s perfectly in tune to what Poppy needs and wants. Unlike other books I’ve read, he doesn’t just blow over what she wants. It’s a partnership as much as it is a Dom/sub relationship. 

When he messed up with Poppy at first, he was clear that he wanted a second chance with her, that he knew he’d made a mistake. But he wasn’t creepy about it. He didn’t follow her around all day or use his power as a federal agent to seek her out. He did show up at a place he thought she might be, and he did call her at work…but that was only after she said she’d call him and she didn’t. He called to check up on her and then asked if she’d see him again. He made it very clear that if she said no, if she turned him down, then he’d listen to her wishes and leave her be.Most BDSM and erotica novels aren’t quite like that. The hero will follow the leading lady around secretly (like… following her car in traffic) or will find out where she lives and stakes out in front of her apartment until she gives in. Damien was a breath of fresh air for me in that regard. 

Poppy was probably my favorite thing about the whole book. I’ve never heard of “switchers” before. She was spunky and sassy from the start. She knew what she wanted from Damien, and wasn’t afraid to make her needs and wants known. If there was something that she didn’t like… or didn’t want to do, she was very vocal about it. Too many times I’ve seen the leading ladies just let the hero steam roll right over them. Poppy didn’t do that. She gave back as good as she got.

The secondary characters were just as amazing to me as the main ones. I loved Poppy’s friends, Nikki and Kyle. I REALLY loved that Nikki was transgender and didn’t apologize for it. She was fierce and I loved her. Poppy’s cats were THE BEST (partly because they’re maine coon’s…).  Mario and Yoshi are the best names! I have a cat and she’s completely a cuddle-slut just like these two are. Poppy’s mother infuriated me with her reaction when she discovered the relationship between Damien and Poppy. Barging into someone’s apartment (even if that person IS your offspring. Poppy is almost thirty years old… her momma needs to learn to knock!) is a recipe for seeing things you probably shouldn’t have. I was happy that she seemed to get past her prejudices toward the end of the book, but she still wasn’t my favorite person. 

The drama in Committed was gripping. The bad guy was the worst. I hated him and I was happy that he got what was coming for him. Even though he was an abusive, murdering scumbag, he failed to break Poppy of her spirit and love of life.

We get our HEA at the end, and it’s just as sweet as I’d hoped it would be. I’ll definitely be on the look out for more by Sidney Bristol. 10/10 would recommend. 

Here’s an excerpt from the book… just to make you want it more. 😉

COMMITTED

EXCERPT

(from Chapter 1)

“Are you having a good time?” he asked for lack of a better opening to pry into the mystery of who she was.

The light in her gaze dimmed and she shrugged. “It’s okay.”

“What’s going on?”

“I think . . .I think I had an idea of what a retreat at House Surrender would be like, and it’s nothing like what I imagined.” She shrugged again and picked at a spot on her pants.

“Tell me. My friend owns House Surrender and he’s very adamant that everyone find what they’re looking for.”

Her eyes fluttered wide open. “Oh crap. I’m sorry. I don’t mean it’s not good.”

“It’s okay. Just tell me what’s not to your liking.” Maybe he’d be able to fix it to his liking.

She cringed and ducked her head, staring at the couch, or maybe her pants again. Her hair formed a partial curtain, obscuring her face. “Nothing’s wrong. I just thought it would be, I don’t know, not so many couples. I thought there would be more opportunity to, maybe, meet people.”

“Ah.” You’ve met me, Rapunzel. “It’s hit or miss which retreats have a higher number of singles or not. I know several poly couples who are looking to add a third. I could introduce you?” He hated saying those words, but so many people were of the more-the-merrier camp lately when it came to relationships. He was a bit old-fashioned there. He only wanted one woman.

“I don’t like to share or be shared,” she said adamantly, no smiles or shyness about that.

“Neither do I,” he replied.

Their gazes met, and for a moment the room faded away. The crackling fire and the scent of hundreds of books and leather blended together, until she was the only thing in focus. An undeniable zip of chemistry struck him full in the chest and his cock answered, hardening at the idea of this woman under his control. She would be fun.

“What else don’t you like?” He had to force himself to speak. It was that or act on the more carnal thoughts circling in his mind.

“I thought this would be like a weekend I’d spend at my BDSM club. Maybe this is someone’s idea of a club, but it’s not mine.” She didn’t shy away from his gaze, which he liked. A woman with spunk and a spine. He might be in love already.

“Why? What’s so different?” No club in existence was identical to another. You could have the same furniture, perform the same acts, but you couldn’t replicate the people.

“Here you have to be either a dominant or a submissive. Master or slave. There’s no wiggle room for those of us who aren’t entirely either.” Her frustration rang clear, and he understood it, though he couldn’t identify, since he was a dom to the bone.

A switch. She was a switch.

Damien couldn’t decide if the idea intrigued, excited, or bored him. Switches were the greedy ones of the kink community. They didn’t play just the top or bottom position; they went both ways. Some people didn’t like them, because you never knew which side of the coin your switch would be on. Studying her, he couldn’t deny she both intrigued and excited him. She was tempting, and something about her drew him.

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Club Shadowlands

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 Club ShadowlandsPublished: January 14, 2013

Club Shadowlands — Cherise Sinclair

I was tooling around on allromanceebooks.com the other day, and I stumbled across this book. The plot looked interesting and the cover definitely was the thing that made me click on the book to learn more.

I’ve never read anything by Cherise Sinclair before today, and now that I’ve read this book… I can definitely say that I’ll be reading more by her later. I looked on her website and apparently there are at least nine books in this series! HOLY CRAP I’M BEHIND. This book is the first in the series… and it seems like I have some serious reading to do.

Club Shadowlands starts when the heroine Jessica’s car decides to quit working during a tropical storm. Bad news — she’s not anywhere close to home. Good news — she stumbles across a house and is able to seek refuge from the storm.

Here’s where things get interesting.

This house isn’t just any normal house. Nope. It’s a BDSM Club and you have to be a member to gain entry beyond the foyer. Of course, poor stranded Jessica doesn’t know any of this yet. The owner of the club is alerted when she’s let in by the doorman, Ben, who’s rather grouchy. Master Z (the owner) decides that she has two choices.

She can either sign the necessary paperwork to be allowed entry into the club or she can wait in the foyer with grouchy Ben until the storm passes. Shivering with the cold and covered in mud, Jessica decides to sign the paperwork… but she doesn’t really read what she’s signing. Silly girl. ALWAYS READ WHAT YOU’RE SIGNING. That’s how people lose kidneys.

Anyway, Jessica signs the papers and is given a clean set of clothes to wear before she’s brought into the main club area by Master Z.

Jessica had been assuming that it was a normal clubhouse. Not a sex club. Boy, was she in for a surprise! Everywhere she looks, she sees people in various stages of undress and doing things that she’d never in her wildest dreams ever imagined seeing people do.

I really enjoyed Jessica. At the beginning, she’s timid and doesn’t have the best self esteem. Throughout the course of the book, she starts to become more brave and learns that she’s a strong and desirable woman. It was really great to be able to see her transformation.

Master Z was maybe probably my most favorite thing about the book. He’s the owner of the club and he’s a Dom to the max. He’s also got a cool special ability that when I first heard about it, I can totally admit that I was skeptical. He can read emotions. It’s said that he can read minds in the book, but that’s not really what he does. For example: when Jessica was introduced to a new thing she’d never experienced before, he could sense her initial unease and then with some of the things she saw, arousal. I wasn’t quite sure how the author would be able to pull off the hero having special abilities, but I think she definitely made it work.

I loved both of them together. He brought out the braveness in her, and encouraged her to grow as a person. He didn’t belittle her or make her feel bad for not being used to the lifestyle he was accustomed to. She made him a little softer around the edges, and showed him that love can happen more than once in life.

I desperately enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books in the series. I don’t think that any of the other hero’s or heroines have special abilities, but I haven’t really read all of the synopsis’s yet.

I completely recommend this book to anyone that likes the BDSM genre or for those that are just getting into it. It’s definitely a BDSM book, but it’s not as heavy or as intense as others that I’ve read. Cherise Sinclair’s writing style is perfectly lovely and I look forward to reading more of her work. She’s not an author to miss.

10/10 would recommend.