Vintage Reviews--Going back to where we started!
A little different review today. Sophia from over at DelightedReader and I were chatting about never getting to re-read our old favorites so we're taking today to hit the archives and review some of our old favorites. I picked Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair. She was one of my first erotic romance authors and my very very first BDSM read (and still one of my favorites). Anywho. Book one...
The quick of it is that Jessica is having a bitch of a day. Pretty much everything is going wrong ending with an armadillo, lots of rain and landing her car in a ditch on the side of the road. I mean. Can't a girl catch a break? Trudging along to the nearest house she stumbles into Club Shadowlands--a BDSM club--and the sexy and mysterious Master Z who's all on board with introducing her to his decadent world
“This was like being Alice in a very twisted Wonderland...”Lucky, lucky bitch! I seriously love Master Z. He's pretty much my older man fantasy come to life. Holy flipping hell. I would be a puddle around him. What I loved both times around is how safe he made me feel in this world. First time with getting introduced to BDSM right along with Jessica and this time just the comfort of a Master Dom who KNOWS what he's doing and has a gift for getting inside people's minds to see what they really need. He can make a girl shiver in all kinds of wickedly good ways. *nods*
Things are steamy as all get out between these two and kick off pretty quickly. And I loved it. Zachary is a talented talented man no matter what the situation and you can feel that power and control just seeping off the pages. Gah. I love when an author can really make you feel that. The sex scenes are just as intense and even though these two have just met the connection and trust between them is just incredible. Even when scenes are out in the open--in a club setting-- they have such an intimate and powerful feel to them.
On re-read my only issue was that since it originally came out Sinclair did a bit of scene editing in one spot and I didn't love the change. It made it more watered down in my opinion in that spot and while the original scene had some edge to it I loved it and really preferred the original.
I could easily go on and on about Club Shadowlands. The characters just touched my heart and made me want to be right there with them. The Masters are scorching hot alpha Doms that know how to wield a punishment but they're sweet and caring too and oh they can make things fun and light hearted when they want. If you've ever been curious about BDSM romances Sinclair and Club Shadowlands are the place to start. Hot and steamy, full of passion, intensity and humor. They're everything I look for in an erotic romance. Sinclair had me smiling, sighing and having a serious swoon. Just the perfect BDSM-y read for me each time around.
Have you read Sinclair? Have a favorite?
What's your dream fictional BDSM club?
Do you ever go back to your "first" reads?
Master Z hasn't been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She's intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can't resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.
Heat: 4 out of 5--BDSM, light menage, club setting
Rating: 4 out of 5
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