- File Size: 330 KB
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publisher: VanScoy Publishing Group (January 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B1N3EBC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Unlike the later books which had suspense, angst, intense romance and extremely complex characters, the early books laid the groundwork for explaining the lifestyle...and future storylines. I doubt there are any better books for newbies than Shadowlands 1 & 2, it's great characters along with great explanations of alt-lifestyle basics, but it makes it just a tad DIY/how-to for those who aren't newbies and who are just looking for a romantic story.
Beth and Nolan's story, as well as their novella are (and apparently will remain) my favorites. After the 10th time reading Protecting His Own, I wondered if I'd ever be able to get to the point of being able to read it without feeling a hole in my chest or turning into a blubbering idiot. I know what's coming...heck, I probably know it by heart, and yet I still can't take the risk of reading it in public.
Plus, getting glimpses into Kari/Dan, Jessica/Z in the subsequent books are always cherry on the cake moments for me. So obviously I formed an attachment for the early-on-the-series characters, they just don't grip me as much as the later works. Could be because there's just so much going on in the others that they suck you into an emotional hurricane of worry and pain and bittersweet happiness, whereas the first two books were strictly about the main characters, learning about the lifestyle and following their burgeoning relationships.
Make no mistake, just because I am not as in love with the first two books as I am with the others, doesn't mean that they shouldn't be read. It just means 'hurry up and read these books so you can get the full impact of the other stories and unfolding romances'.
I think the Shadowlands is a must read series, I thank Ms Sinclair for giving us these wonderful characters, and I will never understand how Christian Grey got a movie and Nolanman did not. I can only think that this is what comes from an entire generation of women the world over growing up on Harlequin/Mills & Boons where we're made to believe dating a guy who treats you like crap but then professes his love is what romance is supposed to be. Here's to hoping that writers like Ms Sinclair will play a big part in putting a stop to that adolescent and dangerous way of thinking. I've seen way too many women in hospitals and domestic violence shelters who thought a man who treated them like they were nothing loved and respected them.
I think the entire BDSM novel author community should rise up and require the Club Shadowlands author Ms. Sinclair to totally rewrite the first four chapters of this book. The BDSM portrayal as normal and acceptable is horrific to the BDSM reputation and could turn away the uninitiated in horror or greatly mislead newcomers into severe personal danger. Apparently the author has revised this book and not even corrected/strengthened her introductory statement to readers to be careful if new to BDSM. This is an unacceptable BDSM misrepresentation left hanging out there in the ether, and worse, by an award-winning best-selling author whose book will be read good or bad. It must be remedied.
(I would have assigned only one star to this book, but I did force myself down off the emotional cliff the first four chapters forced me onto, and after reading the rest of Club Shadowlands, enjoyed it as a series of sexual encounters between two strangers who are starting to know and appreciate each other as individuals.)