What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

To Command And Collar by Cherise Sinclair

To Command And Collar
Cherise Sinclair
#6 in the Masters of Shadowlands series
Erotic Romance - bdsm

Determined to find the human traffickers preying on Shadowlands’ submissives, Master Raoul gets himself invited to a small slave auction. Once informed, the FBI orders him to reject the limited choices so the slavers will invite him to the big auction. To Raoul’s shock, one of the slaves is the kidnapped friend of a Shadowlands sub. She has a scarred body…and an unbroken spirit. He can’t leave her behind. Ruining the FBI’s carefully laid plans, he buys her.

Kimberly’s freedom has come at a devastating price: the other women are still slaves. An FBI raid is their only hope for rescue. Desperate to help the Feds locate the big auction, she agrees to pose as Master Raoul’s slave. Wearing a collar again is terrifying, but under the powerful dominant’s care, Kim starts to heal and then to blossom. This is what she’s been drawn to—and fled from—her entire life.

She escaped the slavers who captured her body—can she escape the master who’s captured her heart?

This author NEVER ceases to amaze and dazzle me. As soon as I heard this book had been released, I purchased it and put everything else down. Cherise is the one who introduced me to reading about the bdsm lifestyle, and not only did she intrigue me with the combining of intense emotions and sensuality, but she also had me look closer at a genre I never would've explored. To Command And Collar is BY FAR my favorite of the series. It blows the rest of the books COMPLETELY out of the water, which says a lot because the entire series is PHENOMENAL.

Where to even begin? There was such a depth of emotion with this story that it was virtually impossible for me not to connect with Raoul and Kimberley. I was able to forget what was happening around me - the world could've ended and Iwouldn't have known. I love reading stories where my body reacts alongside the characters  - crying, laughing, anger, hurt. There were times I held my breath because despite everything that was happening, two people were able to overcome horrible things and find love. YES, there is love and romance and swoon in this story. Don't let any preconceived ideas about bdsm fool you. This book had EVERYTHING.

Out of all the books, I love Master Raoul and Kimberley the most. Not only because they have incredible chemistry, but because what they have to go through to be together. Sex slave auctions are heinous, and when Master R infiltrates one, bringing Kimberley home ... it sets up for a powerful example of just how amazing a strong, protective Dom can be. If you thought bdsm was all controlling males and whimpering females .. think again. Master R truly knows what Kimberley needed and helped her overcome the horror of her experiences. He knew her limits, and helped build back her confidence. Gosh, the man honestly made me swoon so hard and I'm not afraid to admit, I would've given anything to be Kimberley in some of the scenes. There was so much going on, and I never wanted the story to end. I loved seeing Kimberley open up and let down her defenses. Loved seeing her figure out what she truly wanted, and the way she submitted herself to Master R's care. I loved watching them both battle demons, and rise above it. Gush ... gush ... gush ... ABSOLUTELY amazing!!

If you're new to reading bdsm and are curious, Cherise Sinclair is definitely the author to introduce you to the lifestyle. She tells an amazing story, explaining things along the way where it makes sense. You can see why it appeals to some, why it would fulfill their needs. Bdsm is erotic, but the way she describes the relationship between Dom/sub, it's not hard to see it's also incredible sensual and emotion based. This is definitely a great series to break stereotypes, and if you have an open mind - I 100% recommend you give it a try. BEST series EVER!



June M. said...

I must say that I totally agree with you! This was an awesome book in a wonderful series. I have enjoyed every book in this series but none as much as this one. I loved how she wrote the characters so that they seemed real, they had to battle their demons and even what they thought they wanted, their beliefs. I can not wait to see what comes next with the Masters and their subbies.

Anne said...

I have two of these on my ereader and I've never read them, definitely must read them soon.