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Club Shadowlands: Masters of the Shadowlands 1

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31 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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There are those books that strike a chord with you. Books that you recommend to everyone you know. Books that you think about in quiet moments. These books change you in some small way. They shape you. They don't have to be the great American novel. They could be the tr...
There are those books that strike a chord with you. Books that you recommend to everyone you know. Books that you think about in quiet moments. These books change you in some small way. They shape you. They don't have to be the great American novel. They could be the trite teenage book read. But for you, they spoke and you listened. Having such a strong passion for reading, I have a number of those special books tucked away in my literary heart. Cherise Sinclair just happens to be one of the authors who holds a prominent position in that cache. As I read Club Shadowlands, the first book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series, I could feel a part of me change.

I'll be the first to admit I am a pretty vanilla girl. My box is small and well defined and I live quite well in it. I knew what BDSM was. Bondage, right? Pain, right? Whips and leather. All stuff way outside of my box. Not much to relate to there. Nothing I would find interesting. That is, until I fell victim to the herd mentality and picked up Club Shadowlands to see what all my fellow Good Reads groupies were yammering about. In that book, I found a new understanding--a new way of looking at things. I began to understand what I couldn't understand before. Why in the world would anyone feel compelled to this lifestyle? Through Sinclair's masterful storytelling voice, comprehension took hold.

Jessica Russell was an accountant with a pretty ordinary and unfulfilling life until a storm left her stranded after another bad date. In the pouring rain, Jessica sought shelter at the closest residence only to discover that it was a private BDSM club. Curious, Jessica accepted the invitation to dry off and have a look around until her car could be towed. Master Z, the club owner, watched over his little visitor from afar only to observe her body's subtle cues that the lifestyle intrigued her. Aroused her. The more he watched, the more he came to know that inside that conservative shell lay a submissive waiting to be topped. The more he watched and learned, the more compelled he became to take her on a journey of self discovery.

Yes, Club Shadowlands is an erotic romance that takes place in a private BDSM club. The story is chock full of scenes that are sure to make the most unflappable blush. That being said, this isn't just a romance. It isn't just a wild, kinky, sex-filled story. It is a mental journey. It is heady and intelligent. It is an uncomplicated view into the psychology of BDSM and more specifically the nature of Dominant and submissive relationships. It is a peek into their minds and an introduction to the lifestyle. Sinclair shared how it isn't an easy flippant lifestyle to pursue, and that an amazing connection and opportunity to grow can arise from the right Dom/sub relationship. Club Shadowlands is most definitely a psychological journey. Since reading this series I have gone on to read many BDSM stories, but Sinclair stands out as an author with the talent and desire to help readers understand the lifestyle by climbing inside the mind of her characters.

I highly recommend Sinclair's book to anyone willing to be surprised by the compassion and caring that goes into making a successful Dom/sub relationship work or for anyone just looking to have their toes curl and their blood race. When friends are just venturing into the erotica genre, this is typically the first book I recommend. All the unfamiliar kink comes with explanation and understanding. Respect aris

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Disappointingly mild through most of the book.

I'm surprised by some of the other reviews suggesting this isn't for the faint of heart. Anyone familiar with this genre knows this book pulls it's punches. It's a romance novel with an s/m backdrop. Condoms? Really? Not in this kind of a novel. I've read worse, b...
I'm surprised by some of the other reviews suggesting this isn't for the faint of heart. Anyone familiar with this genre knows this book pulls it's punches. It's a romance novel with an s/m backdrop. Condoms? Really? Not in this kind of a novel. I've read worse, but this book is extremely timid with it's subject matter (with the exception of the doctors exam demonstration late in the book.) If you're a fan of Fabio-on-the-cover romance novels looking for something new, then it's proabably worth the read. The premise is great, it's the exectution that falls short. If you're familiar with books in bdsm erotica, then skip it.

posted by Sam014 on February 11, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2011

    Disappointingly mild through most of the book.

    I'm surprised by some of the other reviews suggesting this isn't for the faint of heart. Anyone familiar with this genre knows this book pulls it's punches. It's a romance novel with an s/m backdrop. Condoms? Really? Not in this kind of a novel. I've read worse, but this book is extremely timid with it's subject matter (with the exception of the doctors exam demonstration late in the book.) If you're a fan of Fabio-on-the-cover romance novels looking for something new, then it's proabably worth the read. The premise is great, it's the exectution that falls short. If you're familiar with books in bdsm erotica, then skip it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    ok

    This book wasn't for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Just Ok

    I couldn't get into the story- and didn't particularly like the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Couldnt read it

    I read the reviews before buying this book and I was looking foward to read it since the reviews were great, I understand that this is a made up world but what woman would let a total stranger towel dry her?? I understand that he is suppose to be totally gorgeous but seriously!? And then finally Jessica could not stop thinking about her "pudgy" body and short stature, And couldnt understand WHY Zack would want her @@, pity party much? If you dont like how you look then CHANGE it, I coulnt get pass p 53 due to the fact that she mention her weight issues too much from my taste, if she felt THAT unconfortable with her body why did she let a total stranger undress her a giver a shower in the first place???

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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