This Is Who I Am

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When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won't even admit she's a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She's everything he knew she would be...except for her bullheaded determination to be 'normal'.

Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative ...

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Overview

When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won't even admit she's a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She's everything he knew she would be...except for her bullheaded determination to be 'normal'.

Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be 'normal'? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn't he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He's amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor doesn't disguise that he's tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He's not going to let her drive him off this time. All too soon, she realizes she wants him to stay.

When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she finds a new home. Until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623004972
  • Publisher: Loose Id
  • Publication date: 7/21/2013
  • Pages: 438
  • Sales rank: 347,182
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Sam is a sadist. That is only one of the reasons why I was not

    Sam is a sadist. That is only one of the reasons why I was not looking forward to this book. There is a thin line, in my vanilla mind, between sadism and abuse. It's a line that most authors are not competent enough to walk. Sam and Linda are also older than the norm in an erotica book. I can admit, under duress, that I'm not 20 myself any more, but it's hard to get into an erotica story that has to pause for Metamucil breaks.

    I'm sure a lot of reviews for this book begin with "I didn't think I'd like this story", so I'll skip that part of the review and go straight to the "I absolutely loved this story!" part. Sam and Linda's characters were written with such depth that they became people instead of characters on a page. Yes, they were older and that fact was not ignored so much as accepted and moved on from. Apparently just because you hit 50, it doesn't mean you're dead or infirm. Who knew?! Well, I guess I do now. I also have to say that, if the feelings described are accurate, I now get why someone would be a masochist. Not once did I feel as if Sam was abusive or Linda a pain slut. The descriptions of the BDSM play skillfully explained the way the impact translated itself in Linda's body and brain. I get it. (Wow. Didn't think I would say that when I started the book.)

    My favorite piece of this book - and this holds true with all the Shadowlands stories - is the uniqueness of voice. I enjoy serial romances; however, after a while, the main characters all start to sound alike. This is book 7 in this series and I have yet to find that true. Every single character is portrayed uniquely. Each character has his or her own pattern of speech, pattern of thinking, and action. Cherise has managed to keep each character true to their -haha- character throughout 7 books. And each time a new Shadowlands book is released, the main character draws upon those previously defined characteristics and expands them. I always know who the book is about. That's realism for ya, folks.

    I guess that makes the storyline itself the cherry on the top of the triple chocolate ganache cake. This story continues the slaver trade storyline begun in previous books, but from a more personal, dealing-with-the-aftermath sort of way. Linda's reactions to freedom from slavery while trying to confront and accept the masochistic side of herself feel believable. I hurt for her character and found myself rooting her on. And, in the end, I discovered that both Linda and Sam had taken place as my absolute favorite Shadowlands couple. (Sorry Gabi and Marcus!) And this book as my favorite in the series

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Like everyone else, I wasn't sure I would like Sam's story due t

    Like everyone else, I wasn't sure I would like Sam's story due to his being a sadist.  I was looking forward to the story as I was intrigued to
    read the story of more seasoned (i.e. over forty!) main characters.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  I really enjoyed the book.  The
    way Ms. Sinclair described how the pain translated for Linda was a surprise to say the least.   I like the addition of Uzari.  I can't wait for Sally,
    Galen and Vance's stories.  Here's to hoping Uzari gets a story as well.  Well done, Ms. Sinclair.  Well done. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    I have read each and every book in the Club Shadowlands series..

    I have read each and every book in the Club Shadowlands series.....The story between sam and linda was a little rough for me but I loved it.....The previous stories handled BDSM with very little pain but this story was all pain and comfort and love...it did not go to the extreme as i thought it would...The whole series shows that living the BDSM lifestyle does not mean that it practices abuse of any kind....Everyone has their limits and you can push yourself a bit for more for the enjoyment of it....The story of sam and linda was so compelling...I was so happy that Sam got his story considering he's an older man....Hard to imagine that anyone over the age of 40 would be interested in that type of lifestyle....I love the characters of the 70 yr. old couple....more power to them....I am so intrigued by the lifestyle and I'm over 40 but not quite 50...My husband loves hearing me talk about the stories I read...we experiment a little ourselves and it has made our relationship more loving...I can not wait for the next few books...the FBI investigators are going to be so much fun to read about as will Devries....there are so many new submissives that must have their own stories as well....Ms. Sinclair please keep the Shadowlands alive.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Amazingly Beautiful

    I love this series and am very happy at how the author didn't make every Dom rich, but normal people!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2015

    Shadowlands Master Sam Davies can't forgot red=headed sub he hel

    Shadowlands Master Sam Davies can't forgot red=headed sub he helped rescue from auction. Linda wants nothing to do with BDSM no matter how much she needs it. Linda wants a normal life and determined to get it come hell or high water. Linda encounters Sam again at the court house after testifying and gets sucked under his care of her. Sam struggles to understand why Linda keeps pushing him away but respects her choice none the less. As Sam tries to help Linda overcome her fears and enjoy the pain again. Linda is being harassed by some stranger spraying her house with vile thoughts and words. Meanwhile someone from Harvest organization is still among Shadowlands crowd searching for their next victim. Will Linda allow Sam to help her? Can Sam help Linda? Who is from Harvest? Your answers await you in This is Who I Am.




    I've been curious about Sam's story since his introduction. I think Linda is a good fit for Sam. Harvest organization is vile and evil as it comes. I love the characters! The story is compelling, heartbreaking, and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Awesome story

    I absolutely loved the chemistry between Sam and Linda, the story was emotional and intense and made for a fabulous story. It kept me glued to the pages till the end and as soon as I finished I was mourning the loss. I hope more shadowlands will follow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Glad to hear how Linda was doing.

    Good plot and good story. I am not into the SM side of things but I enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Great read

    I must say that the thought of reading about a Sadist/masochist relationship didn't interest me too much. But having enjoyed the Shadowlands series I thought I'd give it a try. I am so happy that I did. It was a wonderful story of pain and healing and love conquering all.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Masters of the Shadowlands Series an excellent one!

    What I love about this series is the family like setting between the Shadowlands Masters and their subs. The series has allowed eachone to find love and Sam and Linda are no different. I lived the sadist twist of it as well because as we know not all doms are the same and Cherise Sinclair rocks it with diversity in each personality that she creates. While each story is very different, they all tie in together and I love it! Worth the money, and great as a stand alone as well. Great Read!

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    4.5 Paws! I am not a big fan of pain, or of reading books wher

    4.5 Paws!

    I am not a big fan of pain, or of reading books where there are large mentions of pain. So you can imagine my back and forth with reading this book. I have read all the other books in the series and I had really thought about not reading this one. But I can say completely, I am really glad that I had read this book!

    Having known Sam for quite a few books, I had been waiting for his story to come to light and I thought that the author did an amazing job with this story. She could have taken this story and made it completely horrible to read. But I think that she did a great job at writing this story in a way that even people who don’t enjoy reading these types of books would enjoy.

    One thing that I did completely love about Linda’s character was how she didn’t just “jump in” to a relationship with Sam. I was really worried that she was just going to jump in without really knowing what she wanted. So I was really glad that she actually took the time to consider her options.

    With the drama that was happening in this book, I thought that the author did a really good job balancing everything that was going on. This book caught me completely off guard throughout it all because of how well written it was done.

    Overall I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading books from the BDSM genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Another awesome read by Cherise!

    I love this auther and all of her books! I am a great fan of this series and I really hope we will get Sally's H.E.A.!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

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    Enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Another winner

    I loved this book just as I have all of the Shadowland series.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Recommend.

    Recommend the series, this is even good by itself.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Awesome

    Her story needed telling and Cherise did not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Loved

    Have really enjoyed this series. Loved Linda and Sam. The perfect balance. Looking forward to Sally and the Feds story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    I Love this series! Each book gets better and better!! I hesit

    I Love this series! Each book gets better and better!! I hesitated at first to buy the first book but - WOW! Now I can't wait for book 8 to come out. Then on to The Lords Of Dark Haven series. So if you're into reading erotica then grab these books you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    I'm so glad I discovered these books! I read them all in less th

    I'm so glad I discovered these books! I read them all in less than 2 weeks, and am so looking forward to #8 and learning about Sally and the FEDS! OMG! These books would make a wonderful ShowTime series, don't ya thing?

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I was told about Cherise's books about a year ago. I got all of

    I was told about Cherise's books about a year ago. I got all of the Shadowlands on my kindle and took them to the beach with me. I had them all read in 2 days. As soon as Master Sam was mentioned I was hooked on him. And he was so mysterious....And then you find out all he has been through and I loved him even more. I highly recommend all of Cherise's books! I am def doing a re-read in a couple days after I recover from reading it the first time! Thank you again Cherise for Master Sam!

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Great read, your gonna love it if you like Master Sam in the other Shadow lands books.

    This is a great spin off to another Master. Master Sam comes through and proves that even sadist know how to love. Cherise Sinclair rocks, can't wait for the next book!!!!!

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