Title: BREAKING FREE
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #3
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Publish Date: 06.02.09
Publisher: Loose Id
Category /Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM theme
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Received from: a gift from a friend (thank you Pat!)
Date completed: 06.18.15
Goodreads link: Breaking Free
Description from the publisher:
Beth must yield to become aroused, but she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets, and exactly what she needs...
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 elements (including/not limited to bondage, caning, domination, restraint, paddling, spanking, submission, tethering); exhibitionism, ménage, violence.
This is the third book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series. They each stand on their own, but are better if you have read them each and in order.
Beth comes to the club to scratch her itch, but her fears keep her from getting the true relief she seeks (and needs). Master Nolan seems to be a perfect match to provide her liberation, but his reaction when he discovered her secret could destroy the very trust he was trying to create.
I felt so sad for Beth, because even as she and Master Nolan were building their trust bond, she never felt safe enough to tell him everything she had hidden within her, because he had already voiced an opinion without knowing her story. Those kinds of chains can hobble a relationship before it has time to fully form.
I laughed, cried, cheered (loudly), and held my breath. I wanted so badly for Beth to reawaken her submissive nature despite the experiences of domestic violence that she has escaped.
A huge thank you to my friend Patricia for sharing her love of this series with me. (That’s your hint that I want book 4, LOL.)
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect
Masters of the Shadowlands series:
- Club Shadowlands
- Dark Citadel
- Breaking Free
- Lean on Me
- Make Me, Sir
- To Command and Collar
- This Is Who I Am
- If Only
- Show Me, Baby (1001 Dark Nights)
- Servicing the Target
Other Books from Cherise Sinclair:
- The Starlight Rite
- The Dom’s Dungeon
Mountain Masters & Dark Haven Series:
1. Master of the Mountain
2. Doms of Dark Haven
3. Master of the Abyss
4. Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Nights
5. My Liege of Dark Haven
6. Edge of the Enforcer
7. Master of Freedom (1001 Dark Nights)
8. Master of the Dark Side
9. Simon Says: Mine
The Wild Hunt Legacy Series:
1. Hour of the Lion
2. Winter of the Wolf