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    Ben and Anne the best yet

    Ben Haugen works security for BDSM club Shadowlands. He sees strange things on the job none of which has tempted him into the lifestyle. When he notices wicked Mistress Anne for the first time, as more than just a Domme, he sees the caring heart underneath all the tough exterior, he is more than tempted to give this submissive lifestyle a shot. Ben made up his mind and targeted Anne for himself even though he has only known vanilla— the alluring mistress has him wanting so much more. Mistress Anne has always been known for her tough exterior and strict Domme/slave protocol. She takes slaves for short periods, she cares for them gives them what they need in turn, they give her the control she craves. When they get too clingy, she cuts the pretty boys loose. Lately Anne has been feeling different, maybe she doesn’t want the same kind of Domme/slave relationship she has had in the past. Just when she feels adrift in life the guard dog of the Shadowlands, Ben catches her eye. He is the complete opposite of her usual pretty boy slaves with his bulging muscles and scared body. She decides to give a D/s relationship with the big, brawny ex-Army Ranger a shot. As long as she can hold on to her heart playing with him should be fun. This is the tenth book in the series and I realized immediately how much I missed the Shadowland crew. I never thought Anne and Ben would turn out to be my all-time favorite BDSM couple. This was a fantastic read from beginning to end. I simply could not put it down. Anne is the ultimate Domme the mistress everyone at the Shadowlands fears. She is notorious for taking down men twice her size in her job as a bounty hunter and having pretty boy slave’s bow at her feet. Yet it seems Anne might be changing completely against her will of course. When Ben the security guard notices there may be a heart beating under the armor she wears he feels inexplicably drawn to her. He wants her to beat his ass and take him to climax. Something Ben never would have guessed he would thoroughly enjoy being—submissive. Anne relishes introducing Ben to the lifestyle and when they start to play, they develop a strong bond. The sex scenes between these two were over the top sexy, steamy, hot, and just plain erotic. My eyes were glued to every scene, whether in one of the Shadowlands playrooms or in their apartments the chemistry of these two characters was off the charts. Though, their sex life is great and Ben becomes to realize he craves submission in the bedroom, he isn’t, so sure he wants a full time slave relationship with Anne. Afraid to lose Anne thinking she wants a full time slave, he decides to try it, for her. It doesn’t take long for Ben to realize the 24/7 slave aspect of the lifestyle is definitely not for him. In an attempt to keep Annie he tries when his heart isn’t in it. Anne and Ben tried so hard to be what the other wanted and needed that they forgot to communicate. A very important component in any relationship, especially a D/s one, in the end all they had to do was talk and compromise. These characters were so well written I felt every emotion. Anne was a strong female character, but she had a soft side that would show through when she interacted with her female friends and with Ben. I loved that side of her, but as did Ben, I loved her Domme side too. Ben and Anne are perfect for each other and they complement each other’s personality so well making for a great story. I loved how much Ben wanted Anne and how he never gave up trying to get her. He stumbles at the end for a minute, but that was because he loved her so much. Anne needed someone who would always be by her side and that was definitely Ben. All our other Masters & subbies are back, Master Z dishing out advice and giving orders. Jessica, Sally, Kim, Andrea, and Uzuri causing trouble. Our favorite, Masters are back as well, wreaking havoc, Cullen, Raoul, Marcus and Nolan. Cherise Sinclair also does an excellent job of depicting the traumas of domestic violence. Domestic violence against woman plays a huge part in this installment as it has in the other books as well. Uzuri definitely has secrets and issues regarding her violent past that she needs to deal with I hope we get her story as well I would love to see her find her HEA. Anne’s family issues are also a big part of this story her relationship with her father is shaky. He has never given her credit for her accomplishments which has made her feel any and inadequate in her father’s eyes. I really liked her brother Travis too would be nice to get his story, not sure if he has a kink though I bet he does. This was truly a great addition to the Shadowland series and it is definitely my favorite. There are some surprise for the couples in the book, some danger and some really sweet moments. As always I recommend the entire series if you enjoy the BDSM genre Cherise Sinclair is the ultimate Mistress of BDSM storytelling. RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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    Loved Servicing the Target

    I love this series and always look forward to the next book! Cherise Sinclair is one of my favorite authors.
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    Another Great Story

    Love the story of Ben and Anne. With Ben learning that he does like some of the kink he has been seeing over the years and for Anne to realize that change can be a good thing . I love these two characters, great job again Cherise.
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    Servicing the Target

    Awesome book. I just loved Ben and Anne story. Could not get enough. A definite 10 plus. All your books are fantastic. Could read them over and over again. Never get enough of your books.
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    Fantastic story!

    In this story, Ben is a security guard at Club Shadowlands. He has never considered joining in the play scenes there until finding himself attracted to Anne. Anne is a Domme with a penchant for slaves, men who will do anything for her. They are generally younger, masochistic, and her 'boys' worship her. But her last relationship fell apart when she found that his desire for pain was more than she was willing to give him and her sadistic side just wasn't the same anymore. When Ben approaches her for a scene, she is attracted to his size and strength - and his desire to be submissive to her. He's ex-military, and a little bit of pain isn't going to put him off his personal mission to spend time with her, even if it has to be under the strict play conditions of the club. He'll do whatever she wants. But Ben wants more than just her whip - he wants her heart too. He'll play at being her slave, but the reality is that he wants them to be equals outside of the bedroom. Is Anne willing to seek a new kind of relationship, one of sexual submission in sex play only? And more importantly, is she willing to risk her heart? I loved the heroine in this story. Anne is so much more than just a Domme. At the club she has a reputation as a strict but fair woman. In her day job she's a bounty hunter, where speed, agility, intelligence and a kick ass countenance are required. She's in charge of her team and they get the job done. But she's still a woman, and she has a caring and tender heart under all that toughness. She volunteers at a shelter for abused women and children and she takes as much pride in helping them move forward in their lives and escape abusive situations as she does in her other jobs. She has a soft spot for children, and envisages having her own someday, though that would require her to be in a relationship with someone who understands and accepts her for what she is. I found Ben to be an equally dynamic and interesting character. He's the tall, handsome, gruff guy who appears to be a total alpha male - but he is willing to put that aside to do what Anne likes in the 'bedroom' - and discovers to his surprise that he enjoys pleasing her so much that he's willing to do whatever she wants there. It's not that he's been avoiding his submissive side, it's just that until this relationship with Anne it's not something he'd ever considered. The problem comes outside of their sexual situations - while he's perfectly fine to cater to her every whim there, he has trouble being the perfect slave in the rest of the situations they encounter because he just isn't built that way. He needs to have some control when they aren't in bed together (and even in bed, when she gives him the green light he'll gladly take over the dominant role) and he's not sure that he can give up that part of himself to please her, even as she isn't sure she can give up her need for absolute control to please him. This makes for some challenging emotional situations, ones where they have to decide whether a partnership can really be in the cards for them. I loved how they were able to come to a compromise (because of course this is a romance with a happy ending) and find a way to make each other happy. The sex scenes between them are super hot and steamy, and even though they border more on the pain for pleasure side than I usually enjoy, the fact that Ben got as much sexual satisfaction out of them as Anne made them fun to read. Anne comes to some realizations over the course of the story that make her character change understandable and believable - she's not changing for Ben, she's learning that being with him is an extension of the changes within herself. Fans of the series who are familiar with some of the other characters will be pleased to see them make several appearances in this one. Though the story is told mainly from Anne and Ben's points of view, there are a few chapters from other characters POVs that made for an interesting read and only whetted my appetite to learn more them (clever move, Ms. Sinclair). This story had my attention from the outset and I found it to be a real page turner as Anne and Ben struggle through their emotional ups and downs to get to their happy ending. But I loved every minute of it, and I can't wait to dive into some of the other books in this series. 5 stars!
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