Master of the Abyss

Cherise Sinclair
Master of the Abyss
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Release Date
October 2010
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

On the mountain, the watcher seeks out evil women. And then they die.

Two years ago, when Jake Hunt uncollared his slave, she committed suicide. Guilt-ridden, he will commit to a woman for one night only, devoting his energy to a mountain lodge that caters to a BDSM crowd.

Kallie Masterson is tough. Unwanted as a child, she worked hard to become a wilderness guide. She's proud of who she is, and hurt that Jake frowns on her for acting like a man.

After rescuing the macho guide from a bar fight, Jake is stunned that the ugly men's clothing hides a warm, responsive woman. A submissive woman. When guide business brings her to the lodge on BDSM night, and she is obviously aroused by the play, Jake takes the little sub right into his world of pain and pleasure. He warns her: one night only. But she responds so beautifully -- so joyously -- under his command, that one night soon becomes two, then three...

Then a missing hiker reminds Jake of his past lover, and he realizes he's become too involved. He pulls back.

Meanwhile, the watcher on the mountain has rendered his verdict: Kallie Masterson is evil. The sentence: Death.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements, exhibitionism, violence, voyeurism.

Book Review by Michelle R
Nov 15, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
512 people found the following review helpful
BDSM fans, this is a must read!

I know I am not alone in being a huge Cherise Sinclair fan. There were quite a number of us counting down the days until her newest release. And, oh my heavens, was it worth the wait. This book is related to Masters of the Mountain, but it stands alone with ease. It is a great choice for those new or well-versed with the BDSM genre. The BDSM is on the light, but highly erotic side.

Jake is a Dominant who gave up on relationships after he uncollared his sub and she committed suicide. Jake does one night stands, not trusting himself to more.
Kallie Masterson, a tomboy dressed in men's clothing, believes her past proclaims her unlovable. When the macho wilderness guide and her male cousins join forces with Jake and Logan's lodge, Kallie is invited to visit during one of the lodge's BDSM nights to make sure she will be comfortable guiding guests with more erotic plans. Jake is surprised to see the tough girl show all the unconscious signs of a sub. Intrigued, he offers to give her a ‘one night only' sample of the life style. Of course, one night becomes two…

Meanwhile, in the shadows a psychotic stalker has taken note of Kallie. Proclaiming her evil, that she and all other demon-possessed women in the area must be destroyed.

I like that the stalker plot is a small thread that weaves into the tale in a minor way in the beginning, while the focus is on the emerging relationship between Jake and Kallie and their internal struggles to keep their walls intact. For some reason, I expected the tale to be heavy on the action and suspense and light on the relationship and character development. It was quite the reverse.

Sinclair is a master at writing complex and interesting characters. I appreciate how their minds and intentions are so transparent; it makes me connect with them that much sooner. Sinclair is also a pro at revealing the psychology of Dominance and submission. Her books have served as the catalysts for more than one discussion on discussion boards. That same unraveling continues through Master's of the Abyss.

The pacing was smooth. I hung on every word, trying to savor each. I closed the book in the wee hours of the morning to an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction. I loved the resolution to the stalker story line as much as Jake and Kallie's storyline.

There is something about Sinclair's voice and style that just allows readers to slip into the story with ease. If you are a long time fan, you won't be disappointed. If you are new to her writing, this is a great book to start with. Be warned though, after reading Jake's story, you are going to want to go read Logan's story too (and by all means make sure to check out her Shadowland series). Enjoy!
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Book Review by Debbie (reviewer)
Nov 15, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
506 people found the following review helpful
Cherise has done it again!! As if there was ever a doubt. A great mix of love, BDSM and mystery. This story is about learning to trust again, healing old psychological wounds and learning to love.

This is the story of Jake Hunt and Kallie Masterson. Jake and Kallie both have deep personal flaws. Kallie is tough and doesn't want to show her vulnerability. Jake is a Dom who had lost a sub in an accident and he's sworn that he will never have another permanent sub again. Then he meets Kallie and that changes.

Being that Jake is a very strong and observant Dom, he works with Kallie to make her realize that she is now safe and helps her with her childhood issues. He wants her to learn to trust and to love again. Of course, to do this, Jake has to fend off Kallie's three overprotective cousins who threaten bodily harm should he hurt her. Kallie makes Jake realize that the loss of his past sub was not his fault and Jake is shocked when he realizes that he does love Kallie. Now, how to make her believe it when he tells her? But when Kallie is confronted by the serial killer who has been murdering girls in their town, Jake may have come to his realization too late.

This story is the sequel to Master of the Mountain. You don't have to read that book, however, to enjoy this one. You will miss some of the story of Jake's brother Logan and a couple of the other characters, but you never feel confused or lost.

The story is extremely well-written. It does have very hot and steamy love scenes. This book is also about BDSM. But Jake is a very loving and caring Dom. There is nothing harsh or non-consensual. I loved every minute of this book. Towards the end, I couldn't stop reading when the killer was about to be caught. Scenes following that had me in tears. Happy tears, of course.

All I can say is, "WOW, what a book!!"
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Book Review by Belinda Boring (author,reviewer)
Mar 23, 2011
241 people found the following review helpful
I can't get enough of this author with her delicious Doms and I know I'm not the only one. I was looking for a quick hot read that would not only stir up the tingly bits but also sear my heart and MASTER OF THE ABYSS was hands down the best choice. Although I yearn for trips to Club Shadowlands (honestly who wouldn't with those sexy Masters running loose), Serenity Lodge has quickly become a place I love to visit because the owners and brothers, Jake and Logan, just sizzle with their strong and commanding ways. I expected the heat, I expected the deep sigh moments and I expected to find a thrilling Dom/sub relationship. What I didn't expect was to be hit of the head with emotion that stole my breath and left me with a smile on my face. Well.. I should've expected it but the intensity floored me.

Kallie is a tougher-than-nails kind of woman who would more likely swing a punch than get all girlie on you. She's had to be as she shelters a very fragile heart within a rough exterior and unflattering clothes. Deep in her heart, she hides the pain of feeling unloved and unwanted and refuses to put herself back in hurts way, even when she harbors an attraction for the local lodge owner Jake Hunt. That man is pure sex on a stick but with a strict "one night only" policy, she knows he won't take a single moment's notice of her. That is until he does and once he's set his sights on her, he rocks her world. Jake would never have thought he'd be attracted to Kallie but when he discovers she's a natural sexual submissive, he enforces the policy and invites her to a night of "play". One night becomes another and they both struggle to keep their feelings distant. Meanwhile, there is a killer loose on the mountain who looks for women filled with "demons". As things become crazy between Jake and Kallie, her protective cousins becoming involved, the killer targets her, bringing the story to a stunning conclusion. Will Jake suffer the loss of another woman and will he finally admit his love for Kallie? Even though Kallie has given her body into Jake's care, will she also give over to him her fear of abandonment? And finally, will the killer get his way, destroying Kallie in his sick belief of saving the men in her life?

Cherise Sinclair continues to suck me in, impress me, educate me and dazzle me with her stories and I loved the way MASTER OF THE ABYSS took over my senses. The setting for the book was definitely different from her Masters series but I loved watching the BDSM scene away from the club, music and mayhem. Even though the book was filled with erotic moments, I enjoyed imagining the scenery of the mountains and creeks as Jake and Kallie had their fill of each other. I loved the plot Cherise mixed in with the story – of a killer on the loose and the brief moments you spent in his head. Don't be fooled into thinking all this author can write is sex. She's amazing at weaving heavy emotions in her stories and her villain was completely convincing. The only thing that I missed in this book was the after scene "sub snuggle" that you find when you visit Club Shadowlands. After the Dom has taken his sub and pushed her to new heights of pleasure, I loved watching him wrap her up in a blanket and snuggle with her on his lap. There is a level of erotic sensuality and intimacy that comes from that kind of connection and was sad to see that didn't happen too much with Jake and Kallie. I will add though, when it did happen in the end, I was so choked up with tears streaming down my cheeks because the moment was so intense. I think that's what I love most about this author – she pushes her readers all the way like an observant Dom. She knows what we want, she knows what we need but it's at her discretion how we receive it. It was an amazing story and such a memorable experience

I really loved Kallie and Jake as a couple. I used to think being submissive was to be weak but that would definitely not be a word I'd use to describe Kallie. She is one tough character but with a real vulnerable side. Like with most tough exteriors, she hides a hidden hurt and I loved that Jake not only recognized that she had the false belief of not being wanted, but that he cared enough to help her work through it. He was one sexy man that looked beyond it all and saw into her heart, and took charge when it was needed to help her. I loved the way they played off each other. Both of them came to each other with baggage – one not feeling wanted and the other not wanting to be needed. But love doesn't care about those things and I had so much fun watching them realize just how much they truly cared for each other. There was so much intensity to this couple and I was so happy to reading their journey. Jake – like all of Cherise's Doms was sexy and commanding and I found myself wanting to submit to him and his firm demands weren't even meant for me. He had that tortured appeal that I loved and I completely enjoyed seeing him realize what he needed. *sigh* Totally fell in love with this couple.

This was such a great story and one I wholeheartedly encourage romance lovers to read. A great book and series for those new to the BDSM lifestyle and who have a curiosity for it. I don't regret exploring this branch of the genre and I'm eagerly looking for new authors. Give this book a try and I hope you fall as deeply for this Dom and sub as I have. Happy reading!
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