I loved this one! Cherise Sinclair never fails and Servicing the Target might be one of my favorite tale from the Shadowlands so far!
A Masters of the Shadowland Novel:
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.
Author : Cherise Sinclair
Title : Servicing the Target
Series : Masters of the Shadowlands
Publisher : Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Pages : –
Release date : July 28, 2015
Genre : Erotica, Bdsm.
Tour : InkSlinger
If there is one author that never fails to mark me, it’s Cherise Sinclair. I have apprehensions, preconceived ideas even. (Don’t shoot me, I’m just human!)
I couldn’t think I would enjoy a BDSM story with a Domme as the heroine but as it turned out, I was WRONG.
Why? Because I read romance and erotica as an escape and I need my reads to make me feel GOOD. I need something more than just the discovery of a story and characters. I need to be able to identify myself at least a little to the lead female. Most of the BDSM reads I’ve had so far were always featuring a Master and his submissive. And as much I enjoy a strong willed heroine, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a Dominatrix and a submissive man.
No matter how much she guarded her tender heart, eventually, she’d let him in.
I was wrong and for that I have to thank Cherise Sinclair. I think the main reason as to why this set up worked for me is that the hero, Ben, although submissive in the bedroom, was über alpha male the rest of the time. A strange and unusual mix that really made Servicing the Target one of my favorite Masters of the Shadowlands so far.
Submissive. The word sucked, but the feeling of restraining himself and letting her enjoy him was satisfying as hell. He could break her in half within a heartbeat, but the instincts at play said to give her whatever she pleased.
Anne Desmarais, is a well respected Mistress at Club Shadowlands and a fugitive recovery agent by day. Growing up in an all testosterone environment, she knows how to stand for herself and doesn’t need a man to be happy. Or so she thinks.
Lately she has been less and less interested in playing with her boys at the Club, less taking on a new slave after her break-up with Joey.
She was a take-no-prisoners, never back down, bossy woman. And fuck, he got off on that.
Ben is the Shadowlands’ club security man. If you read book 1 in this series, you’ll remember him from Master Z and Jessica’ story.
Ben Haugen is a former US Army ranger sniper with mild PTSD issues. He’s working part-time a security guard at the Club and is a renown photographer on his free time.
I really loved Ben! At first appearing aloof and remote, this book unmasked a true smartass and gentle guy hiding in a monster and intimidating wall of muscles.
He was demon submissive, fiercely determined to be sweet.
Ben was a walking contradiction and it took me some time to figure him out, but as it turned out, his hesitancies and questions about his own sexuality matched Mistress Anne’s own internal questions. They both needed a change in their life and will eventually find solace in each other.
Once more Cherise Sinclair gave us the gift of multi layered characters, with complex back stories and emotions.
This was not a man to be underestimated. Give him an inch and he’d take the entire country.
I loved the power-play exchange between them. Ben stomping his big feet in the D/s play was really funny and endearing to observe. The way this wall of a man was willing to submit to Mistress Anne was touching and captivating. Their growing “relationship” will demand adjustments from both parts
As usual, the sex scenes were scorching hot and I’ve found myself absolutely enthralled by the heroes connection and demonstration of trust and love.
She was screwing with his mind as easily as she’d tormented his body. Sadist.
Servicing the Target, book 10 in the Club Shadowlands series, was not only a brilliantly written Bdsm erotica novel, but a charming and endearing love story as well. You’ll get to get glimpses of all the couples you loved in the previous books, the friends and family connections and some new faces I hope will get their books soon.
My Mistress reigns in the bedroom, and that’s just the way I want it.
He’d lied to her because of his own fears.
They’d both messed up.
Why had he told her he wanted to be her slave? Whatever had possessed him? She’d known he was almost vanilla. Had cautioned him because he was so new to the lifestyle. Told him he was rushing things.
Her eyes welled with tears. Her memory of that day was so clear, the joy she’d felt so brilliant. “I’ll be your slave.”
And because she remembered so well, she also recalled what had happened before. How Ben had handed her the phone.
Joey’d been on the line.
She froze as the puzzle came together.Oh. Damn.
After a long moment, she rubbed her hands over her face gently. Her skin felt fragile, as if a sudden movement might cause pieces to fall away.
Joey’d asked to be her slave again, and Ben had heard enough to worry.
She sighed, seeing how events had created the inevitability of this day. Because Ben wasn’t the sort of man who’d allow someone to poach his woman. If he’d been with her longer or understood more about the lifestyle, he’d have known he didn’t want a 24/7 submissive or slave relationship.
But Joey had forced his hand.
She’d been so stunned—“Yes, Ma’am, this is what I want”—and so filled with happiness, that she hadn’t questioned his motivation.
Then, as she tumbled into loving him, she’d seen only what she wanted to see. Love might be blind, but it was also deaf, dumb, and stupid.
She pressed her lips together. Her heedlessness had hurt them both.
Now what should she do?
A half-laugh escaped. The person she’d normally ask for guidance would be Ben. She rubbed her chest where the aching mass of bruised heart muscle hadn’t stopped throbbing. Heknew her. He’d have given her solid advice because he liked her the way she was.
With him, she’d been able to relax and not stay “on” all the time.
Was that because he didn’t need her to always be strong and invulnerable.
He was smart. Easygoing. Deadly. Competent. A survivor of the worst New York could throw at him and war, as well. He didn’t need her to make his decisions.
She blew out a breath, feeling like an idiot. Caught up in the way she always did things, she’d tried to make every choice for her, for him, for them.
He didn’t need her to be in charge.
What about her? Could she cope with a relationship where she wasn’t in control all the time?
Rather than an instant “no,” she heard only silence. As if the answer was…maybe. How odd.
Having to wear glasses in elementary school can scar a person for life.
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.
Sold! I love an alpha-dude who is a submissive in the bedroom. 🙂
😉 I hope you’ll enjoy when you get to it, SoCalGal! This one was really nice balanced, sex, humor, a little angst and really well written characters.
Damn, I want this one too.. Ahahahh