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If Only (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Cherise Sinclair
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Book Description

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 her 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 more than pleased. Realizing she's suppressing deep-seated 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. And that should be the end of that, since both Galen and Vance have reasons not to seek a long-term relationship, especially with a submissive who doesn't want what they can give. 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 the little imp brings light into their lives, and just as they begin to want more, they discover she's hacked into an organization that delights in burning people alive. Now more than hearts are on the line, and Sally's submission could save her life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If Only I Loved it... November 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me just preface my review by saying that I love Cherise Sinclair's writing. Her stories are vivid and detailed and draw the reader into the story by pulling on their emotions in some way. The Shadowlands series is a favorite of mine and I have read several of the books more than once, because they are just that good.

*Sigh* on to my review.

I waited so long for Sally's story. She was always one of my favorite subs with her sassiness and wit. And, when the Feds came into the picture, I just knew her story would blow the others out of the water. Helllllooooo, two gorgeous alpha male FBI agents. I could not wait for this story to come out. Welp, my anticipation did not match my enjoyment of the story. Sure, it was a solid story and well written like only Cherise can. However, I did not enjoy this story overall. There were moments where I laughed (like when the Doms referred to the subs as "The Shadowkittens") and sighed when Dan and Kari were able to rekindle the magic of their relationship. But beyond that, my enjoyment of the complete story was neutral--definitely NOT the norm for me with Cherise's books.

So the "why" of it all?

Ok, let me start with Sally. Her character was so strong and sassy whenever she appeared in the other books. She was always mouthing off and giving the Doms grief. I totally loved her attitude. Conversely, although she had moments of sassiness and strength in If Only, I found the Sally in this book to be a complete dichotomy of the Sally in other stories. For one, she met and stayed with a Dom (not a Shadowlands Dom) who was a drunk abuser. She experienced the ultimate care by the Doms at Shadowlands so it seemed odd that she would subject herself to a stranger who is abusive. Also, we never hear where she met this Dom.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF ONLY there was a real Shadowlands! November 6, 2013
By LindaM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is just no writer quite like Cherise Sinclair in this genre! Her books provide wonderful fantasies, but with a realistic turn with the various BDSM practices she depicts. Her Doms are always loving and careful of their subs, and this newest in the Shadowlands series is no exception. Anyone reading the previous 7 books in the series is well aquainted with Sally, and knows that she has problems connecting with any but the strongest of Doms. But there turns out to be so much back story that runs under the surface, and most of it isn't that great. It all comes to a head for her when she gets into a bad relationship. Of course, she needs 2 Federal Agents to come to her rescue! They not only protect her from further abuse at the hands of her ex, they dig into her problems that have made it hard for her to ask for what she needs or wants.

There is still an unresolved bit of business with the northeast quadrant of the Harvest Association dogging the Feds, and Sally gets hold of some information she can exploit to help locate the head of the organization. She and the Feds have a final scene with a member of this organization. Then the Shadowlands Doms celebrate the end of the organization.

All our old friends make appearances in the book, most notably Dan and Kari, Nolan and Beth, and of course, Master Z and Jessica. Gabi helps Sally with a dilemma and gets in a few zingers, and Marcus keeps her from going overboard! All the others are at least mentioned. I have always loved Dan and Kari since book #2 and was glad to read more about them. Nolan has a heart of pure gold and it shows in this book! I love Gabi and Marcus and their complimentary senses of humor. Well, darn it, I just love them all, and it was great to catch up!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...and in conclusion? November 5, 2013
By Jaycee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
*previously posted on Goodreads*

First, let me say there is a bittersweet component to this long-awaited story, which is that this may represent the end to The Shadowlands. I understand that there is a time and place to call it a series, and some of the wrap-up would indicate that's the way it's going to be. On the other hand, I personally am choosing to live in hope that the discussion of Z's future plans for Shadowlands, was really an indication there might be more to come, and what direction that "more" might take. And with that bit of hopeful housekeeping taken care of...

I've waited for what seems like forever to witness Galen and Vance successfully execute this non-FBI sting and Sally certainly challenged all their counter-intelligence skills. But they proved they are unsurpassed as a team...pick an arena, any arena! I did find this whole "final" interlude with the Harvest Association to be a bit more understated than I expected. On the other hand, throughout much of the series that has been a major focus but certainly not the only one.

Sally never stood a chance, though as expected, it did take two Doms to bring her to heel. It was unexpected however, given her personality, the life experiences that truly brought her to her knees. A Shadowlands reader would never have imagined...

Gabi still has the best one-liners and Marcus still has her number. Sam can still cut to the chase in a matter of one simple statement. The Harvest Association has been tilled into the ground like so much dung, and Z has once again proven himself to be a "potent" Master!

Yep, it's been a good day in reading land...
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5.0 out of 5 stars never disappoints
Sally was always my favorite and I knew Vance and Galen could whoop her ass into shape ...I love this series and I hope there will be more
Published 3 days ago by Lisha Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I love this series and this book definitely didn't disappoint! The story line was very clear and didn't jump around like most stories. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jessica Garcia
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Published 14 days ago by melody
5.0 out of 5 stars Number eight
The best one yet . I think it may be the last one and I will tell you as much as I've loved every one of these books I am so glad that I'm finished because I'm starting to feel... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only
I wish this series would never end. I could barely put down any of these books. Very steamy and spankolicious.
Published 1 month ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars but I love that they did
I can't even beging to figure out when all these characters got under my skin, but I love that they did! This has been such a great series to get into! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kimberley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this
I wish there were more! I love this series
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad there are no "real" shadowlands masters ;)
I'm hooked on the characters and can't wait to find out what happens to them all in the end!
Published 1 month ago by Jazz's Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Loved this book, want to give it more stars. Great MC's and story....builds to a great climax (lol). Will be on my re read list for sure!! Best name of a cat EVER!!!
Published 2 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars If only
Oh,to be a Shadowkitten. It was wonderful, as always. Wish I knew if the shadowlands was modeled after any real clubs in Tampa.
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Come HERE to find all Cherise Sinclair's books listed.

USA Today Bestselling Author, Cherise Sinclair is renowned for writing heart-wrenching stories with laugh-out-loud dialogue, devastating Dominants, and absolutely sizzling sex. And did I mention the BDSM? Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice nomination to a Goodreads BDSM group's Best Author of the Year.

Cherise currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her beloved husband and writes full-time under the supervision of a merciless feline.

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Vince and Galen partners????
Yes they are partners in the FBI and they also are Co-Doms and like to share submissives. The book is fantastic and I think you will love it.
Nov 7, 2013 by Lisa Marie |  See all 3 posts
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