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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair


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.

Still mourning the death of his wife, Master Dan avoids getting involved with women and he never takes a sub twice. But this modest little beginner is such a sweetie, one night is far from enough. As he plumbs her responses, taking her ever deeper into the world of BDSM, the gentle submissive begins to show him how barren his life has become and what a dark citadel he's made of his heart.

During their three nights together, the teacher will learn to submit...can she teach the master to love?

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A great follow-up to Club Shadowlands, and every bit as emotion filled. Cherise Sinclair does a great job of bringing her characters to life and pulling you into the story such that you feel everything they're feeling right along with them.



Kari is a very relateable character, and also a refreshingly grounded one. She has no major traumas or heartaches in her past, just a very conservative upbringing that makes her somewhat timid and shy about exploring her submissive side. Still, no matter how embarrassed she feels about exposing herself in public at the club and opening herself up to Master Dan, she has the courage to stick with it once she's decided it really is what she wants, even when it's scaring the bejeebus out of her. It's clear from the beginning though that she's not someone that can submit to just anyone, and even though she has no problem in submitting sexually to Dan, she still has no qualms about standing up to him and chewing him out about other things. Submissive she might be, but she's no pushover.

Dan, or Master Dan as he's called at the Club, is something of a study in contrasts. On the one hand you can feel the alpha male power of him radiating off the page when he's in Dom mode. The implacable will, and the authoritative manner come through loud and clear. But Dan does have trauma and heartache in his past, namely the death of his wife 3 years previous in a car crash after she'd been at a party and had likely been drinking. Her loss has left him empty and determined not to let anyone in that close again, thus he rarely ever uses the same sub more than once, restricting himself to a long series of one night stands. Kari breaks through his walls almost from the moment they meet, however, and awakens his possessive instincts toward her. What follows is a bit of a bumpy ride as the Dom has to learn how to submit to his own desires and feelings instead of shying away from them like he's done for the last 3 years.

The story here is fairly simplistic, with the plot mostly being just about Dan and Kari and their budding relationship. To some, the speed with which things become very intimate between them might be a bit shocking, but it works within the context of a BDSM club given the fact that they've both come there basically to have sex. The roller coaster of emotion between them will keep you glued to the page (or the screen as the case may be) not wanting to stop reading. In this respect, it delivers much of what I'm looking for when I read books in this genre.

I definitely would recommend this book and series to anyone who likes erotica, especially BDSM themed erotica, or who simply likes an emotionally-charged smutty read and doesn't mind a bit of kink thrown in for good measure. 4½ stars.

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