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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Dom’s Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair

The Dom’s Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (61k words)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Foster child. Teenage whore. Now a veterinarian, MacKensie's turned her life around, but the scars remain. She saves her affection for the animals who never judge or scorn her, but it's time to get out, move on from her past in Iowa. So, she arranges a vacation exchange to job hunt in Seattle.

Although the house is lovely, one room is locked. Her years in foster care have given her two ‘gifts’: a neurosis about locked doors and the ability to open them. After she gets into the room, she's appalled…and intrigued. Chains and manacles, whips and paddles, odd benches with straps…

When Alex returns home days early and finds MacKensie draped over the spanking bench in his locked dungeon, he’s furious. But her wariness arouses his protective nature and curiosity, so he strikes a deal to keep her close—she’ll act as his submissive in exchange for a place to stay and help finding a job.

He’d planned to use the veterinarian to deter an ex-girlfriend, not replace her, but with MacKensie’s compelling mixture of strength and vulnerability, the little sub slides right into his well-defended heart.

If you love the work of Cherise Sinclair, you’re going to love her newest, The Dom’s Dungeon. As with her previous work, you can expect a high amount of emotional tension entwined with wriggle-and-squirm in your seat BDSM content.

The heroine, Mackensie (aka Mac) has had a hard life. Raised in foster care following the death of her parents, she ran away from what she believed was a terrible situation only to land in a horrific one – as a teenage prostitute. Being rescued from the streets and offered a safe haven by a kind man and his wife allowed her to hope for a better future, but she still harbors the nightmares of youth, and refuses to place herself in a position of submission again. After the people who gave her a new life pass away, she accepts a house trade in order to begin anew in a new city. What she doesn’t expect is her curiosity to get the best of her when she locates a locked door, forces it open, and tests out the bench inside what is obviously a BDSM dungeon.

Alex Fontaine is a man who has grown somewhat bored with his life – including his need for D/s. The sub he topped for a time has grown aggravatingly possessive, and the trip he planned to sort things out is cancelled when he comes to the rescue of an old lady facing a cracked-out purse snatcher. A superficial knife wound means it’s time to return home and rethink his plans. He anticipates questions from his house guest and plans to offer a place to stay until she lands a job. What he finds when he arrives home pushes those initial perceptions and ideals aside – a beautiful woman laying face down on his spanking bench, just begging for attention. Entering into his private space deserves punishment, and whaddya know, that suits him just fine.

A hotter than propane spanking turns into a tentative arrangement: If Mac will pose as Alex’s sub for the duration of her stay to shake the clingy sub who won’t leave him be, he won’t turn her in for picking the lock to his dungeon which specifically goes against the house trading rules. She agrees, but with one stipulation – no sex. Not now, not ever. He agrees, but upon seeing the darkness lingering her gaze, feels the Dominant instincts within stir. She needs something only he can provide, and even as he agrees to her terms vows he will unlock her secrets and help her overcome the past that haunts her.

Although I don’t use this word often, I certainly will now – wow. The Dom’s Dungeon is a story that delivers the goods. Ms. Sinclair didn’t pull any punches and focuses on the heart wrenching emotional history of the characters as much as the joys and freedoms that exist in a D/s relationship. Mac is frail but strong, and her progression from uncertain and insecure to willing and determined is a joy to witness. Of course, none of that would be possible without the caring and perceptive Alex, who sees more in this woman than she is willing to. Through his eyes, she will finally be able to see herself as a victim who escaped a depraved situation versus being an agreeable participant. The undercurrents of abuse were handled beautifully, and added darkness and depth to the work. This is my favorite kind of love story, with a tortured heroine and a protective hero, and I lapped it up like a cat with cream.

Fans of this genre have to read The Dom’s Dungeon, another hit-the-nail-on-the-head winner by the BDSM Mistress Cherise Sinclair. The writing is superb (as always), the dialogue is both sensual and laugh-out-loud funny, and the characters will remain with you long after you’ve finished. This is one for the keeper shelf. Be sure to get your own copy to covet.

1 comment:

Cherise Sinclair said...

Fern, I'm so glad you liked The Dom's Dungeon. :-) Thanks for an awesome review!