Review: If Only by Cherise Sinclair


If Only by Cherise Sinclair

3 stars

Read from April 9-12, 2017

Synopsis: After the last fiasco, Sally gives up. She’ll never find a Dom of her own. Instead the computer whizz is job hunting in between bending the law—just a bit—to unearth the bastards who’d enslaved her friends. The clueless cops and Feds obviously need help.

FBI special agents, Galen and Vance, have waited to play with Sally for a long time. When the mischievous submissive returns to the exclusive Shadowlands BDSM club after an ugly relationship, the experienced co-tops are pleased. Realizing she’s suppressing her emotions, the powerful Doms push her—only to find that her sassiness conceals a scarred and vulnerable heart.

Shaken by the unexpected emotional exposure, Sally flees the demanding Masters and the Shadowlands.

Both Galen and Vance have reasons not to seek a long-term submissive, but when a brutal attack by her ex-Dom sends Sally into their home, the two agents are driven to protect her. To help her. To take her under command. Falling in love isn’t in the plans.

But as the little imp brings light into their lives, they begin to want more…until they discover she’s hacked into an organization that delights in burning people alive.

Bookish Things: 432 pages. This cover goes with all the others in the Masters of the Shadowlands series. This is book #8 in the series. I have reviewed books 1 – 3, 4 – 6 and #7 already.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $7.79.

My Review: 

If only… if only this book had been earlier in the series, if only it weren’t so repetitive, if only I could give it 5 stars.

I really liked these characters, Sally, Galen and Vance made an amusing, cheeky trio. The ménage worked well, in fact, I’d argue perhaps a little too well.

The issues that plagued the trio were interesting, particularly the external pressures and work related challenges. What I didn’t like was the repetitiveness of the sex.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic scenes in this book, chief among them scenes involving anal sex and various toy play sessions. I just wish that the sex when all we’re involved was less…err…perfect explosions and fireworks.

I thoroughly enjoyed the crime syndicate side story and the glimpses into other Masters and subs lives, including the dysfunctions. The message about communication being key was as subtle as a sledgehammer. Yet, it has to be made. This is why I feel this should have been closer to the beginning of the series. It exemplifies example after example of what poor communication can do to a relationship, D/s or otherwise.

Another easy, enjoyable read from Cherise. I will devour book #9 in the series soon.

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