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Monday, August 13, 2012

Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair


When Rebecca's boyfriend talks her into vacationing at a mountain lodge with his swing club, she quickly learns she's not cut out for playing musical beds. Now she has nowhere to sleep. Logan, the lodge owner, finds her freezing on the porch. After hauling her inside, he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dom discovers that Rebecca might not be a swinger...but she is definitely a submissive.

Rebecca knows that no one can love her plump, scarred body. To her shock, lodge owner Logan not only disagrees, but ties her up and shows her just how much he enjoys her curves. Under his skilled hands, Rebecca not only loses her inhibitions, but also her heart.

Damaged from the war, Logan considers himself too dangerous to be around the enticing little sub. He sends her away for her own safety, not realizing she believes she has once again been rejected because of her size. As Logan's mountains echo with her voice long after she's gone, he realizes she's taken his heart with her. But when he arrives in the city to reclaim her, Rebecca's phone has been disconnected and her apartment is empty...

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An engaging read that will have you swooning and panting right along with the heroine. Ms. Sinclair does a wonderful job of writing the emotions of her characters that pulls you right in and has you feeling everything right along with them. A well rounded narrative with characters that come alive and get you truly caring about them to the point that the sizzling sex is just a bonus rather than the main course.



Rebecca is an intelligent, fairly confident woman in most respects, but suffers from a poor self image and a low sense of self worth with regards to her body and her attractiveness to men. She's had her life so mapped out with regards to what she thinks she wants, but when she has attained what she considers to be the perfect boyfriend and life, she discovers that it's not really what she wants at all. Her disquiet with the way her life is going is just starting to blossom when her boyfriend talks her into going on a swingers weekend with him - an activity of his that she hadn't known about until he asked her to come. Despite her misgivings, she lets him talk her into it, and though she quickly discovers that swinging isn't for her, being in the mountains, and meeting Logan, opens her eyes to what she really enjoys and wants. I found her to be an entirely believable character, though thought that she should have been able to get past her self image problems on her own more given her level of intelligence and self-assuredness in other respects.

Logan is your typical alpha male in many respects, though far more egalitarian than some are. A combat veteran with mental wounds that are still healing, he finds himself drawn to Rebecca, but doesn't trust himself to commit to her. But just as her 4 days at his lodge open her eyes to what she really wants from life, so too does his time with her open Logan's eyes to the fact that he wants more than what he's allowed himself so far, and that it might not be as dangerous as he believes it is to go for it. He does have one or two moments where he acts like a jerk, but overall he's far less of one than many alpha male heroes are.

If you pick up this book for the sex and BDSM, you won't be disappointed, for it's certainly smoking hot in that regard. There is far more to the book than just the sex, however, and the story would likely have been just as complete and compelling (if not quite as arousing) without it. The attraction between Rebecca and Logan is a love at first sight sort with "meant to be" overtones that will appeal to romance lovers and the curl-your-toes sex scenes will appeal to those who like their romances spicy. A solid start to the series, I'd recommend this one highly to anyone interested in romance and/or erotica with a BDSM focus.

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