Review: Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 5) by Cherise Sinclair


Title: Make Me Sir
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Publisher/Year: Loose Id, 12/14/11
Length: 388 pages
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #5


Her job is to make his life miserable. His job is to make her submit. Whose heart will surrender first?

Across the country, rebellious BDSM submissives are being systematically kidnapped, one from each club. When her friend falls prey to the slavers, FBI victim specialist Gabrielle volunteers to be bait in a club not yet hit: the Shadowlands.

She finds that being a bratty sub comes naturally, especially when she gets to twit the appallingly conservative Master of the trainees. But she soon discovers he’s not as stuffy as she’d thought. Or as mean. She’d expected punishment, even humiliation, but she sure never expected to fall in love with a damned lawyer.

Courtesy of a prima donna ex-wife, Marcus loathes disobedient submissives. When the club owner insists he admit an incredibly bratty trainee, he’s furious. But as he comes to know Gabrielle and sees the alluring sweetness beneath the sass, he starts to fall for her.

Unfortunately, Marcus isn’t the only one who believes the feisty redhead is a prize worth capturing. And in the world of the slaver, such treasure is worth a hefty fee.

My Thoughts

I cruised right into the fifth installment of this series becuase i really can’t get enough. I feel like this story kind of came out of left field and was so unexpected that i really enjoyed it.  At the end of Book 4 Lean on Me we were introduced to Marcus who was handed the reigns for the Trainee program when Cullen realized that he shouldn’t have the position.

He appears to be the epitomy of the successful lawyer domineering type and quite the souther gentleman, however i think that he’s from Virginia so that was kind of a miss to me.  i don’t consider Virginia southerners to have some of the drawl and tone that he had but i put that aside quickly once i got into the story.

So the core of this story is that the FBI has learned of a kidnapping ring that prays on Submissives and identifies women in clubs all around the country, takes them and sells them at slave auctions.  those women are chosen for various different reasons – depending on what the auction calls for and once they are nabbed, they are beaten, abused and at times left for dead.

so at this point, we are introduced to Gabi who works for the FBI in the capacity not of an agent but as a social worker.  The reason she’s woven in here is because one of her good friends Kim is kidnapped by this ring and she wants to help.  The FBI (and Gabi) get intel that the ring is looking to get girls from the Tampa area, and they need to set up a sting to put girls into the clubs to act as defiant subs to get the attention of the spotters in the hopes to find out where the girls are and not only get Kim back but get all the girls and shut down the group.

Gabi claims to have BDSM experience in order to get into the role yet her past is very limited and plays a big role in this story.  The FBI agents in charge of this sting interestingly enough are Doms themselves and are quite friendly with Master Z which of course is a big help.  So because of this Gabi and 3 other women being their under cover work in Tampa.  3 of the women go to other cubs and Gabi is put into Shadowlands.  Since she’s so new, Z (who is the only one in the club that knows what’s going on) puts her into the trainee program under Marcus. Since Gabi needs to act even more defiant than expected from a sub, she has to prepare herself to receive the wrath of both Master Marcus and all the other doms/Masters in the club.  Marcus has no idea what’s going on so he of course has to deal with this girl who’s submissive yet being very NON submissive.

We get to see the struggle here that Gabi has with her role – she finds everything that she does to be VERY hot and stimulating and arousing, yet it’s scary and she’s pushed so far past her limits that she doesn’t know if she can go on at times.  Top that off with the fact that her back-up agent who’s supposed to ‘tail’ her gives her the creeps and is an all around asshole.

We spend a lot of time wondering when the kidnappers will strike, who they are targeting, and when we hear about some of the women that are being targeted, you wonder if your suspicions are right and that they are in fact some of the other women that we know and love already.  The protective nature of Z and all the other doms causes a bit of strife, and since they are trained to be so attuned to what’s going on with their subs, they figure out that there’s a lot going on that doesn’t quite add up.

So aside from some intese BDSM action, lots of pain and arousal that just won’t quit, there’s quite a bit of suspense in this story that was unexpected at the onset and really quite welcome.  I was left constantly wondering if all this work was for naught for Gabi, if Marcus would be able to continue training GAbi withiout wanting to beat the crap out of her….and toss her out of the program since it didn’t seem like it was a fit, and all that the same time trying to figure out little Gabi since she was such a jekyl and hyde.  one girl in private and another in public.

so much happens that the last chapters went by in a blur since i had so much anticipation and anxiety building up.  check it out – yet again you won’t be disappointed.

Review: Lean on Me (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 4) by Cherise Sinclair



Title:  Lean on Me
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Publisher/Year:  Loose id 9/16/10
Length:  314 Pages
Series:  Masters of the Shadowlands #4


Andrea wants to submit, but not to just any so-called Dom. He has to be tougher than the slum-bred bullies she grew up with. She’d given up finding a true Dom when her friend finagles her a place as a trainee in an exclusive BDSM club with the powerful Shadowlands Masters. Andrea’s thrilled…and terrified.

Forced to accept an unknown submissive into his carefully run trainee program, Master Cullen is furious. Not only is the young woman new to BDSM, but she’s unsuited to her role–armoured in leather like a Domme, she’s more liable to punch a Dom than kneel. He decides to push her right back out the door. But as he ruthlessly intimidates her, punishes her, then comforts her, his glimpses of the woman inside the emotional armour intrigue him and her utter surrender captures his heart.

Although Master Cullen is famous for his unfettered lifestyle, Andrea believes he might be interested in her, until she discovers he’s not just a bartender–he’s a cop. Maybe he’d overlook her past brush with the law, but when another trainee accuses her of stealing money, Andrea’s sure she’s lost the Master she wanted with all her heart.

My Thoughts

We meet again, in the interesting world of the masters – and who’s next up on our list.  It took 4 books, but here we are focusing on Master Cullen who we know is really a great guy and you just really want to root for.  He has a role at the core of every story being the bartender that every sub has to interact with and we see that he’s got a playful side yet is quite domineering which is perfect for him.

Cullen oversees the Trainees at the club – which is something i found to be really interesting.  I think that the author did an amazing thing here by showing us that not only is Shadowlands a safe place for experienced Doms/Subs to engage in their favorite activities, but it also safely introduces people who are interested in being a sub to the lifestyle in a way that’s slow yet very very fast and oh so hot!

Andrea manages to nab herself a prime place as a trainee at Shadowlands becuase of her lifetime best friend and that’s both a blessing and a curse for her.  See Andrea has gone through a few BDSM clubs, clearly portraying herself in the wrong way if she truly wants to be a sub, and as a result, doesn’t find what she needs AT ALL.  She’s tall, curvy, and i believe Amazon, the term often used to describe her really does suit her.  she’s sure of herself, not one to easily back down, and that’s exactly what Cullen needs i think. She grew up on the streets, has been through quite a bit in her life and although being submissive is something that she thinks she wants to be, it’s definitely something that will take a lot of work.

Being the head of the trainee program, Cullen has to deal with a lot without overtly playing favorites.  It ‘s hard at times since it seems like Andrea wants to be a dom more tan a sub sometimes or just plain doesn’t want to be there, yet this big guy that Cullen is some how manages to find what makes her tick and goes from there.

Suffice it to say that one thing that i’ve learned with these strong women as leads in the stories – the more defiant the hotter the sex.  make sure you have your A/C cranking when you read this and all others in the series because there’s truly not even 1 tame woman lurking in there.