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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Doms of Dark Haven by Sierra Cartwright, Belinda McBride, Cherise Sinclair

Doms of Dark Haven by Sierra Cartwright, Belinda McBride, Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (206 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Highly trained Mira Araceli can hold her own in the toughest parts of the world, but not, it seems, against her secret crush, Torin Carter. She’d fallen for her Hawkeye instructor years before, and to him, she’d been just another recruit; fresh, green, idealistic.

Torin, with his dark Irish good looks and fierce temper, doesn’t want a partner, any partner, and especially not Mira. But assignments are assignments, and he takes his responsibilities seriously. So when the beautifully submissive Mira crawls into his bedroom, a leather belt between her teeth, he calls on all his resolve to send her away.

Unsatisfied, Mira ups the stakes and finds another dom to play with at Dark Haven. Beyond furious, Torin storms into Master Xavier’s club and claims his rights to dominate Mira. For the first time in her life, she’s met her match.

This isn’t what she came here for!

Pursued by a group of mysterious hunters, Evangeline Jones was desperate for sanctuary when she ducked into the doorway of Dark Haven. Instead of safety, she discovers a decadent, sensual world that challenges her very outlook on life.

Harte Sommers is charmed by the little wolf with the pink streak in her ebony hair. As alpha of the Napa pack, he sometimes feels that he’s alone at the top. When he meets Eva, he knows he might not be able to keep his wild little wolf at his side, but his heart tells him that his lonely days might be at an end.

With an empty nest and divorce in hand, Rona decides it’s time to explore the fantasies that nourished her through a long, tedious marriage to a man whose idea of outrageous sex was leaving the lights on. At the top of her fantasy list is touring Dark Haven, the BDSM club, but she isn’t prepared for the effect of a powerful Dom. When Master Simon takes control and introduces her to toys and sensations she’s never felt before, she realizes he could fulfil every fantasy on her list all by himself. But she’s vowed to never get trapped in a relationship again.

One of the most popular Doms in Dark Haven, Master Simon has had his fill of eager, shallow, young subs. Rona is older, intelligent, independent...and sweetly submissive. After an evening of intense pleasure and despite her obvious attraction, she refuses to see him again. He needs a way to change her mind. She’s not the first sub he’s taken on a journey of exploration, but he’s beginning to think she might be the last.

Doms of Dark Haven is an anthology that provides a little something for everyone. While the theme is undeniably BDSM, and the stories begin on the same night in the same location, you’ll get a mixture of action, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance. It’s a nice combination, keeping the reader entertained while maintaining a notably kinky focus.

The first story, Met Her Match by Sierra Cartwright, is an installment of the Hawkeye series, although it is not necessary to have read the previous offerings to follow the story. In this you are introduced to Torin and his partner Mira. She wants to be dominated, and he doesn’t get involved with those he works with. Sparks fly when she takes matters into her own hands, visits a club to get what she needs that Torin refuses to provide, and much sexiness ensues. There is a lot of tension between the hero and heroine, which keeps things interesting. I enjoyed the dynamic and chemistry they shared, as well as the ending that shakes things up. Fans of the Hawkeye series will not be disappointed.

The second story, Educating Evangeline by Belinda McBride, offers a dash of the paranormal. Eva is a wolf shifter on the run. She’s always been alone; having relied on herself after her mother was taken from her at a tender age that left her vulnerable and confused. When she slips into Dark Haven to escape would-be assailants, she bumps into the uber-sexy Dom and alpha werewolf Harte Sommers. Their attraction to one another is immediate, and when Harte learns of her plight, he immediately takes the beautiful female under his wing. There are plenty of twists and turns here, and while the sex is sizzling, there is plenty of plot to keep things interesting. This was the first story I’ve gotten to read by Ms. McBride but it certainly won’t be the last.

The final story is by one of my favorite BDSM authors. In Simon Says: Mine by Cherise Sinclair you meet Simon (fans of Ms. Sinclair will recognize him from her other story, Master of the Mountain) and the reluctant submissive Rona who has recently ended a twenty-year marriage and wants the freedom she’s lacked for so long. Theirs is a battle of wills. Simon is a Dom who has found the submissive he desires most, Rona is a woman who is too afraid to give love and commitment another chance. In true Sinclair fashion, you’ll writhe and squirm as you take the journey, yet, come out feeling giddy in the end.

All the stories are well written, with a fast pace, steamy sex scenes, and characters you’ll enjoy reading about. This is a must read for BDSM fans, especially for those who are acquainted with the authors featured in the anthology. If you’re in the market for some blistering hot erotic romance, Doms of Dark Haven is just the ticket.

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