My Liege of Dark Haven

Cherise Sinclair
My Liege of Dark Haven
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Publisher
Loose ID
Release Date
August 2012
ISBN
9781611189780
Series
Book 3 of Mountain Masters
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Threatened by university cutbacks, Professor Abigail Bern's only hope is to publish a provocative research paper--soon. Planning to covertly observe behavior in the notorious Dark Haven BDSM club, she takes a receptionist job. When the owner calls upon her to assist in a demonstration, she's appalled. Then fascinated. Under the unyielding hands of the master known as my Liege, she discovers a need to be more than an observer.

His late wife had been the center of his life, and Xavier Leduc wants no other. But when his new receptionist does her utmost to keep an emotional distance from him, he's intrigued and digs deeper. She's adorable. Intriguingly intelligent, beautifully submissive, sweetly vulnerable. He soon realizes her defenses are keeping her on the fringe of her sexuality--and her life. As he draws her into fuller participation, she unconsciously does the same for him. She begins to fill his world.

Ever since the night she met my Liege Xavier, Abby has questioned everything she believes about herself. She's falling for the stern owner of Dark Haven and thinks he's beginning to care for her...until the day he learns why she's in his club.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Oct 14, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
My Liege finally meets up with the submissive woman he wants to keep!

Xavier is the owner of Dark Haven BDSM club. Like any sexy experienced dominant, submissives are throwing themselves at him. Xavier tends to keep his women in separate categories. There are ones for him to take to public functions, ones he trains with at home and ones he uses at the BDSM club only.

Abigail is new to Dark Haven. She's there with a dual purpose. She hopes to learn more about BDSM for a personal as well as a professional reason. Abby's boyfriend, Nathan, dumps her because she won't let him dominate her. As a professor, Abby needs to publish or die. Her paper will be on the BDSM lifestyle so joining Dark Haven will be the answers to her problems.

This set up really aggravates me. As someone in the lifestyle, I would find it very offensive to have someone observing me and writing a paper mentioning me without my consent. This behaviour is completely anathema to the BDSM subculture. First, without consent is bad enough. Second, to reveal to those outside of BDSM the inner workings in this manner is no different than outing a person. For many in the BDSM lifestyle, it is private because our jobs and family can be placed into jeopardy. Even as BDSM is becoming more mainstream, it is still not acceptable. As recent as the late ‘80s, people outed had to fight to keep their children. Courts would move to break up families, with social services stealing the children from the accused deviant dangerous parents. This is how serious it can be, which is why Abby's covert research pissed me off extensively.

It could be Ms. Sinclair purposely created Abby and positioned her in this manner, which made her unpalatable. In the beginning, Abby is irreverent to Xavier. For a person who is studying BDSM to potentially get back together with Nathan, she is paying attention to all the wrong things. Abby is too focused on the interpersonal relationships and hierarchy of the BDSM lifestylers to learn how to be a good submissive. It shows. Xavier picks up on it but since he doesn't know the true reason behind Abby's desire to join his club, he's at a disadvantage.

The conflict in this story is all too realistic. Abby is sucked into the lifestyle and now she wrestles with the ethics of her subterfuge. She became friends with people who will see her action as an act of betrayal. The inevitable occurs and Ms. Sinclair resolves it in a manner that is fantastic. It even turned my opinion around about Abby.

The BDSM in this tale is hot. The games Ms. Sinclair devises are ones that trip my trigger. It's because they involve a pursuit and capture theme with a fun kinky twist. This specific scene at the picnic helped to turn this story around for me into a positive manner. The scenes in the dungeon are tantalizing glimpses of what happens in a real BDSM club. The punishment scene is a favourite even if I felt it was too easy on Abby. Perhaps I'm more vengeful than others and more obsessive about my privacy being violated.

The relationship development between Abby and Xavier started out rocky. It never fails to confuse me why Xavier, who is this hot strong man, would want someone like Abby. Abby is insecure and rather annoying, and her lack of confidence is a big turn off. Fortunately, in this tale, she grows and comes into her own. She just needed a bit of reassurance from family, friends and a man who believes in her. Xavier also does some growing with the help of Abby. This helps enhance the character development. Neither main character is flawless yet they are a good match.

Between the erotic journey and personal issues resolved, this story ends in a trademark Ms. Sinclair happily ever after. This BDSM story is recommended to kinky readers who want a realistic portrayal of BDSM dynamics woven into a lovely romance.
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Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Jan 12, 2014
105 people found the following review helpful
Abby's university position is in jeopardy. So she comes up with the idea of writing a paper on BDSM in hopes of getting it published. She figures she can kill two birds with one stone: save her job and satisfy her curiosity on the subject. Her inability to effectively deal with her fears and insecurities has already interfered with a relationship she thought she wanted. Armed with a new found sense of self preservation, Abby applies for a job as receptionist at Dark Haven. She is completely overwhelmed by all that she sees in the Club, but nothing prepared her for the visceral reaction she experienced when she lays eyes on Xavier Leduc. Abby, so used to being part of the scenery, knows that someone like Xavier who never be interested in her. However, Abby's innate submissive nature calls to Xavier like a siren of the sea. The commanding owner of Dark Haven is immediately smitten with the "little fluff" and takes her under his wing. His intent was a professional one. Dark Haven needed a receptionist, and Abby couldn't afford the membership fee, so they made an arrangement. But no matter how much he talked himself out of it; Xavier couldn't tamp down his desire to help Abby free herself from the proverbial chains that bound her spirit and help her discover the woman that he knew she truly was.

What can I say about Cherise Sinclair that hasn't't already been said? This woman writes Doms like no one else. Just when I think I've found my favorite: Master Z, Master Raul, Master Sam…to name a few, she floors me with another one! Master Xavier or My Liege is a strong, Dominant who rules with an iron hand but has a heart that needs to beat again. Abby is the one person who has captured his interest in a long time. I loved the way she blossomed under his hand. I loved how he made her feel like she was the only woman in the world. Even though she didn't realize it, he needed her just as much as she needed him. Ms. Sinclair's characters are never perfect. There is always some insecurity or past issue that they need to overcome, and I love this about her stories. It makes easy to relate to her characters and her stories plausible. I loved the flow of this story and the "rebirth" of two people who couldn't help but fall in love. This one is a winner!
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