Masters of the Shadowlands 2: Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose ID
Length: Short Story (134 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism, Anal Sex
Rating: Best Book
Review by Fern
After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner's Night at Club Shadowlands, she's given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Despite her steamy fantasies about BDSM, the inexperienced schoolteacher plans to simply observe. Yet under the unyielding hands of Master Dan, she not only participates, but gives him everything he asks for. There is nothing she can hide from him. Not her passion…or her love.
Still mourning the death of his wife, Master Dan avoids getting involved with women and he never takes a sub twice. But this modest little beginner is such a sweetie, one night is far from enough. As he plumbs her responses, taking her ever deeper into the world of BDSM, the gentle submissive begins to show him how barren his life has become and what a dark citadel he's made of his heart.
During their three nights together, the teacher will learn to submit...can she teach the master to love?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, restraint, spanking, tethering) exhibitionism, voyeurism.
Welcome to Club Shadowlands. Please leave your inhibitions at the door.
Kari Wagner visits the private establishment, Club Shadowlands, to discover what it is about the BDSM community that excites – and ignites- her submissive side. Unfortunately, the date in her accompaniment isn’t the Dom for the job. Eager to leave after an altercation with her surly escort, she’s intercepted by the owner of Club Shadowlands, Master Z, who introduces her to Master Dan. When Master Z offers Dan’s services as her Dom for the evening she reluctantly accepts, as intrigued as she is unnerved by the large and powerful man that sees right through her.
Officer Dan Sawyer is an experienced Dom that lost his wife three years ago in a traffic accident. He continues to shoulder the burden of guilt over her death, thinking himself responsible as he was called into work the night she died. He assists and instructs new subs in the lifestyle, but he has a stringent rule – he will only train a sub for one night. After that, they have to find another Dom. He’s not looking for anything more until his friend and fellow Dom, Z, places a doe eyed submissive with lush curves, a soft body, and a suppressed eagerness to please into his keeping.
Dark Citadel takes the reader on one hell of a ride. It’s not always an easy read, but that’s to be expected. Cherise Sinclair has constructed a comfort zone rollercoaster that excels at pushing those limits, creating pages that are searing hot and wickedly intense. But at its center, Dark Citadel is a romance. The protagonists are vastly different. He’s a police officer and she’s a high school teacher. He’s a Dom and she’s a sub. He’s a man that wants nothing to do with love or commitment and she’s a woman that yearns for just that. But when they come together, both are aware something exists between them that cannot be denied. It’s a matter of letting go, accepting the past, and moving into a new and exhilarating future together.
I personally love material that pushes boundaries, and Dark Citadel didn’t disappoint. This story is a must read if you enjoy the BDSM genre, especially if you’re attuned to works that are less about the sexual acts themselves and more about the tension that comes just before. Tightly written, beautifully crafted, and something meant to be read more than once. Cherise Sinclair has gained a fan for life with this one.