‘Club Shadowlands’: a sexy erotic novel more realistic than what you read in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

“Why they think everyone should be alike in making love when no one can even agree on what ice cream they like, I’ll never know” -“Dark Citadel”(Masters of the Shadowlands Series Book 2)

                With the release and popularity explosion of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” erotic romance novels have become increasingly present in stores.

Although the genre of erotica and BDSM novels can be controversial at times, I feel I should provide you with reviews on all types of romance novels. If you are wondering if reading these types of novels says something bad about you, my response to you would be “Hell no, it doesn’t.” Some people read the erotic genre simply because they like to. It doesn’t necessarily mean they participate in such activities, but if they do, so what? There is absolutely no shame in it.

The quote above sums up what Cherise Sinclair’s series, “Masters of the Shadowlands,” a series solely focused on Dominant/submissive members of a private BDSM club, is focused on. We don’t all have the same opinions, thoughts, likes, dislikes or even sexual preferences. You don’t have to fall into what people think the status quo is for a certain aspect of life. And that is exactly what Sinclair’s characters do. They don’t follow the status quo. Do what you want and what makes you happy and, in some cases, make sure you do it in a safe and consensual manner.

Book synopsis

                Jessica Randal, an accountant, becomes stranded during a storm with the only hope for shelter being a lone mansion in the middle of nowhere. The mansion isn’t just a rich family’s home, though. Jessica discovers she has stumbled upon a private BDSM club.

Master Z, owner of the “Shadowlands,” caters to all varying types of sexual preferences in his club, as long as it follows his golden rule of safe and consensual.

Z hasn’t found a submissive he is willing to commit full time to until Jessica, drenched and covered in mud, walks into his club. Jessica, though, is used to the straight-laced life of being an accountant, all of which doesn’t involve the kinky lifestyle of a Dominant/submissive relationship.

“Club Shadowlands,” the first novel in the Masters of the Shadowlands series, brings to realistic life the lifestyle of BDSM in the form of a master dominant opening the eyes of an abruptly introduced submissive to the lifestyle.

Bonus! It’s FREE!

What more do I need to say? Free is always good! Without spending a dime, you get a taste of the erotic world Sinclair has created, and you can see if it intrigues you enough to venture further into the series. Z and Jessica do appear in the novels following “Club Shadowlands” conclusion.

Thoughts on the book

                Overall, I wasn’t disappointed with this book. It introduced the characters and the different facets of the club and lifestyle smoothly without overwhelming you. The sexy scenes are steamy, and Master Z definitely shows he is in control and knows what he is doing

It is a bit fast paced at times, and I felt at one or two points there could have been something added between the fast jumps from one occurrence to the next. But it didn’t bother me to the point of being annoying.

                One strange thing I originally didn’t like was the fact that Master Z can sense a person’s thoughts/emotions.

“Within a short distance, I can actually read minds. Emotions, rather, and limited to what the person feels”

This added character trait of Master Z’s threw me off and made me think I had stumbled upon a supernatural novel set in a BDSM club. I soon, however, accepted it as a unique character trait for him. After a while, it grows on you. Z is the only character throughout the series, though, with a unique ability. It makes Master Z quite effective as the owner of the “Shadowlands” who endeavors to watch over and protect all his members. And it helps him in his meddling attempts to find the perfect and permanent submissive for other dominants.

The series and the author

                Sinclair does a fantastic job in opening your eyes to the realistic aspects of a BDSM lifestyle and a Dominant/submissive relationship. She comes off as very informed on the subject of BDSM. Check out her website and see what I mean. She has written several articles about different aspects of participating in BDSM, which show how knowledgeable she is.

Sinclair doesn’t simply explore dominant and submissive relationships in her series, though. She also incorporates into her series the varying types of Dominant/submissive relationships. Some of her books explore the aspects of a relationship between a sadist and a masochist, a female dominant and a male submissive and two dominants sharing one submissive. She explores it all.

So, check it out if you are interested. Remember this is a work of fiction, and if you choose to explore outside of just reading, be careful.

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‘Garrison’s Creed’: a sexy sniper and fierce CIA agent reunite

Synopsis

Cash Garrison is a sniper working for Titan Group, a black ops organization. He fell in love with his best friend’s sister back in college, believing she died his senior year. However, one fateful mission destroys what he believes happened to the girl of his dreams and brings them back into each other’s lives.

Nicola, an undercover CIA agent, thought she would never see her family or the love of her life ever again, but things change when a Titan mission collides with the mission she has been working on for months.

Confused and unsure of how to proceed, Cash and Nicola try to sort out their feelings and the new situation of reunited lovers they find themselves in.

Cash and Nicola are put together to catch a mole in the CIA and deal with a mobster seeking revenge. Cash learns he must accept that Nicola works in the field as a CIA agent, which places her in precarious situations. At the same time, Nicola looks to show she can go toe-to-toe with the bad guys and doesn’t need a man to protect her.

“Garrison’s Creed” is a military romance rollercoaster filled with action, steamy love scenes and a long sought for happily-ever-after.

Thoughts on the book

                 Full disclosure: Cash is one of my top five book boyfriends. With his endearment of “sweet girl” for Nicola, Cash is a sweet gentleman who isn’t afraid to let his alpha male attitude show.

“Stop your sweet ass one second, and turn around, Nicola”

“I trust you to make the right move. But if something happens, I’m there, itchy trigger finger and all. You’re mine to protect and possess.” Processing his words….The seconds ticked by. “I’m yours?” “Was there some confusion about that?”

And boy is he not afraid to lay it all out for Nicola.

“Screw that. Here’s the truth. I lost you once… I like this. I like us. And I liked last night. A lot. You’re more than a fun fuck, and I don’t want to lose you again, so there you go sweet girl. Maybe I’m all lost in nostalgic malarkey, but not only do I want you in bed, I want you out of bed. Which, as you’ve been clued in to, isn’t my MO. So shit’s different with you.”

At the same time, Nicola is a warrior woman who can hold her own and can run with the big boys.

…slammed her against the wall. Her head lolled to the side, but rights. Her eyes locked on Cash’s. A fucking smile danced across her face, mouthing “hi.” She was insane. He loved a crazy woman

Cristin Harber, author of the Titan series novels, does an amazing job bringing the characters and the world they inhabit to life. The story doesn’t drag and you fall in love and sympathize with the characters completely wishing you could be a part of the Titan world, especially if it means you are surrounded by sexy warrior men.

FREE books to look at alongside “Garrison’s Creed”

                Who doesn’t love free books? Not only is there one free book, but two you can add to your Kindle or iBooks library.

“Sweet Girl” is the prequel to “Garrison’s Creed,” telling the story of how Cash and Nicola fell in love back in college. You get to see who Cash and Nicola were before they became the kickass Titan sniper and CIA agent and discover what tore the two apart for 10 years. I absolutely fell in love with Cash and Nicola through this book, which made me buy “Garrison’s Creed” immediately when I discovered their story continued. Then, it was up hill from there in buying every book in the Titan series. I cannot tell you how much I have loved this series from day one and continue to with each new book released.

The second free book is the first novel in the Titan Series, “Winter’s Heat.” Military psychologist Mia Kensington collides with Titan operative Colby Winters. Start from the beginning, and a free one at that, to discover what the Titan Series is all about. It only gets better and better after this one.

WARNING about one book in the Titan series

                I want to warn you about one of the books, “Savage Secrets,” if you do delve into the Titan series. “Savage Secrets” includes a detailed sexual assault scene. I did not see the warning on Amazon stating “book includes violent scenes” (which isn’t very clear as to what “violent scenes” fully entails) when I first bought and read the novel. I love the series and have reread the books several times, but I never reread this one because of how disturbing the sexual assault scene is. I love Rocco and Caterina’s story, but I can’t make myself reread it because of this one disturbing aspect.

Titan World

                Be a part of Titan world through Facebook. Cristin Harber has a personal Facebook page and a Team Titan page where you can connect with her and the amazing, fierce and strong readers who love the series. It’s an amazing group of people, which I am a part of, and Cristin Harber is great at interacting with all her readers