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The Romance Reviews (TRR) - Dark Citadel

Dark Citadel

Cherise Sinclair
Dark Citadel
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
April 2009
ISBN
9781596329
Series
Book 2 of Masters of the Shadowlands
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner's Night at Club Shadowlands, she's given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Despite her steamy fantasies about BDSM, the inexperienced schoolteacher plans to simply observe. Yet under the unyielding hands of Master Dan, she not only participates, but gives him everything he asks for. There is nothing she can hide from him. Not her passion…or her love.

Still mourning the death of his wife, Master Dan avoids getting involved with women and he never takes a sub twice. But this modest little beginner is such a sweetie, one night is far from enough. As he plumbs her responses, taking her ever deeper into the world of BDSM, the gentle submissive begins to show him how barren his life has become and what a dark citadel he's made of his heart.

During their three nights together, the teacher will learn to submit...can she teach the master to love?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, restraint, spanking, tethering) exhibitionism, voyeurism.

Book Review by Michelle R
Oct 28, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
Blush inducing, pulse racing, wicked ride.

Dark Citadel is book two in Cherise Sinclair's Masters of the Shadowlands series.

Catholic school girl and conservatively raised Kerry has been told she is frigid in bed. Blaming the loss of her fiancé on her lack of bedroom skills, she agrees to join new acquaintance Buck at the beginner's class at a private BDSM club, Shadowlands. As uncomfortable with the idea as she is, Kerry sees it as an opportunity to overcome the obstacle keeping her from her own happily ever after. Unfortunately Buck and Kerry quickly clash wills and part ways. Kerry, ready to leave for home, is given the opportunity to stay and join the class under the care of Master Dan.

Master Dan, having lost his wife three years ago, isn't looking for a relationship. He will take a sub for one night and one night only, and thanks to his prowess he is never short on subs. But after meeting Kerry, one night becomes two and his will begins to crumble.

Of course the sex is HOT. Hello. We are in a BDSM club. Master Dan was pushing my comfort level right along with Kerry's. But the naked playing wasn't the only thing causing the blush on my cheeks. Master Dan's tender moments as he cuddled Kerry and encouraged her made me a puddle of goo. The way he paid close attention to every detail about her experience endeared him to me. My heart broke as he struggled to keep his heart closed off while everything about her was tearing those barriers down. Hand me a hanky, I've started to drool. Or cry. Or both.

Kerry's journey of self-discovery moved the plot along with ease, but it was tension brought about by her ex's pursuit that kept my nerves on edge. Both plots combined for an explosive and climatic ending that absolutely satisfied.

For those who are interested in what the BDSM scene is all about, this is a great book to read as a light introduction. It really helped me to see the caring intentions behind a Dominant's actions. And, for those who enjoy romances with strong well-written characters, Ms Sinclair delivers. She is a master of showing, not telling, and makes her cast come alive. So grab a cold drink (‘cause you are going to need coolin' off), close the drapes and get ready for a wickedly-wild hot ride.
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