September 25, 2021 04:23 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
In case you missed by note from last month, my new job has been keeping me very busy lately, so in the interest of saving time, I’ll be shortening my Book of the Month blog posts moving forward. If you’d like additional info or analysis on the book I’m offering each month, you can scroll down and click on the “Read My Complete Review” link.
I didn’t get a lot of reading accomplished in August and out of what I did read, there was only one romance that made it to the five-star level. It’s a very spicy, contemporary, BDSM romance that’s the second in a pretty popular series and the second I’ve read by this author. Master Dan is still mourning the loss of his wife in a car accident. Bearing a lot of guilt and blaming himself for her being where she was at the time, he hasn’t been able to move past her death for the three years since. Although he’s a regular dungeon master at Club Shadowlands, he’s not looking to take on a permanent sub again, which is why he never spends more than one night with any of the subs who frequent the club even though he’s one of their most experienced and sought-after doms. He’s helping Master Z, the owner of the club, teach a beginner’s class when Kari comes in for the class with a date. However, her date behaves like a caveman, making her want to leave, until Master Z gives her the option of staying in the company of an experienced dom, namely Master Dan. Kari was brought up in a sexually repressive family, but she suspects she may have some submissive tendencies and wants to explore that possibility. Since she’s very attracted to Master Dan, she can’t resist the offer. After one delicious night together, Kari wants to continue her explorations, but she doesn’t really want any other dom besides Master Dan. While Kari has gotten under Master Dan’s skin, he doesn’t think he has anything to offer a sub other than a single night of pleasure, but with a little help from his matchmaking friends, she just might prove him wrong.
I deeply related to Kari’s sweetness and light, as well as her sense of being a fish out of water in the BDSM scene. She has a constant war going on inside her mind between being turned on by the things she’s seeing and doing at the club and feeling like there’s something wrong with her for wanting these things. I thought that her newness to the scene was well-done with her slipping up a number of times, which of course, can get her into trouble with Master Dan, but at the same time, she comes to trust him—and only him—with the care and pleasuring of her body. Master Dan is a very appealing hero. I enjoyed the way he eases Kari into the lifestyle, gradually working his way past her fears and doubts, while carefully reading her reactions. He gently pushes her out of her comfort zone, without being overly pushy, and in the process gives her the most mind-blowing sex of her life. At just under two hundred pages, this book is on the shorter side, straddling the line between long novella and short novel. It dives right in with the steamy, sexy goodness and then later slows down just enough to give us a small peek into the characters’ lives outside Club Shadowlands. The way that Dan treats Kari and her willingness to comfort him over the loss of his wife add just the right touch of romance to what otherwise is a scorching hot erotic love story. So far, this series and the author are two for two on perfect reads for me. That’s why I’m naming Cherise Sinclair’s Dark Citadel as my August Book of the Month. If you enjoy a slightly tortured, dominant, alpha hero paired with a sweet, innocent heroine, both pushing each other’s boundaries in an emotional, scorchingly sexy story, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
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.
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.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
Read my complete review of Dark Citadel.
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