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Title: Servicing the Target
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #10
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Release Date: July 28, 2015
A discharged Army Ranger, Ben considers his job as a BDSM club security guard to be an excellent hobby. He’s never been tempted to join in. But everything changes when the notorious Mistress Anne inadvertently reveals the caring heart concealed beneath her Domme armor.
Now, he’s set his sights on the beautiful Shadowlands Mistress. Maybe he’d considered himself vanilla, but she can put her stiletto on his chest any day, any time. He’ll trust her delicate hands to hold his heart. And if she wants to whip his ass on the way to an outstanding climax, he’s just fine with that too.
Sure, he knows she likes “pretty boy” slaves. And he’s older. Craggy and rough. And six-five. Minor hindrances. The mission is a go.
Lifting her sax, she wetted the reed and tested a wandering set of notes. With one hip on the railing, she let her internal playlist scroll and found herself playing “As Time Goes By.” Like a soft rain, the notes spilled over her deck and joined with the evening. A slow song, but not sad. It reminded her that the fundamentals of life, living and loving and dying, held the same from generation to generation.
That life could change for the better.
She was changing, as was her world. Or maybe she should call it growing, rather than changing.
As the tune went into the chorus, she heard Ben say something to Bronx in the kitchen. The dog whined an answer, and Ben’s big laugh rumbled out.
He was quite a guy. He’d been so careful with her this afternoon. Not pushing, but not stopping before he’d made his point.
Sometimes his internal strength was a bit disconcerting. All her slaves had wanted her in charge, wanted her to take control of everything. But Ben didn’t need her guidance.
At the same time, he wouldn’t fall apart if she showed any weakness, and because of that, she could relax around him.
But his obstinate need to be tough—to hide any weakness—was a problem. She should have noticed he was having flashbacks. But now she knew, and she could lead him to talk about his past. She’d pamper him up, keep him close, and ensure he got his sleep. He said he slept better at her house. With her.
He liked being with her. The realization was…amazing. Overwhelming.
She felt the same and more. He’d filled her life. Warmed it.
With a slow flourish, she ended the song and started another. One that had been growing in her heart over the past week, with the knowledge, the worry, the awe.“When I Fall in Love.” The music flowed, the ache of her soul merging with the notes.
She’d wanted to run. To push him away. And she hadn’t.
Ben, I love you.
The knowledge was terrifying and wonderful. For a little while yet, she’d savor the gift, and then she’d share.
Light washed out over the deck, and he stood there, filling the doorway as completely as he did her heart. “I was listening to you play.”
His golden-brown eyes held hers as he slowly smiled. “Mistress, may this submissive haul you off to bed?”
While I read quite a few BDSM books and love them, I generally don't read a lot of books focusing on female Dommes. Sure, I know they are there, and they are frequently background characters in the books I read, but I don't see them as the "heroine" in a lot of what I read. While I'm not in a traditional BDSM relationship I consider myself fairly submissive. So I can't relate to a Dominant woman too well. But I've read and really loved all of the Masters of the Shadowlands books and I've loved Ben since the first book so I wanted to try this one.
At first I did have a tough time relating to Anne, but she quickly won me over. I was so happy for Ben to finally get his story and explore his kink that I quickly got engrossed in the story. I think part of what I was worried about was that Ben would be wimpy. He's not. He may be submissive, but he's still all alpha male. His best friends are all the Shadowlands Masters. He's extremely protective and very sexy.
Mistress Anne is definitely a Domme. She likes control and she likes to be in charge. After growing up with two brothers she knows how to handle herself around men. She's strong and fit. But she's also very feminine. She may like her control, but she is sweet and sensitive too. She's had to fight all her life to be accepted (by her family and her profession). In Shadowlands she's accepted by all - Dominant and submissive.
In the other Shadowlands books both Anne and Ben have had minor roles, but here we really meet them both. We learn where they come from and why they are the way they are. We also finally learn that Ben, who has always said he's vanilla, isn't completely. He has a hard time giving up control, but he does when he's amazing.
I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves BDSM. Even if you're like me and like the male Doms I guarantee you'll change your mind for Mistress Anne and Ben. They're perfect and once again Cherise Sinclair has a hit on her hands.
I give SERVICING THE TARGET FIVE STARS!
Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author?
Known for writing deeply emotional stories, the USA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year.
Cherise lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Their two fledglings have left the nest recently to try their wings and hopefully will fly high and strong. The “ascendant erotica queen” (Rolling Stone Magazine) now spends her days writing with occasional supervision from a sadistic calico cat.
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