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~ The Romance Studio
If you're looking for a fast-paced, intelligent, character driven BDSM story, you need to pick up Cherise Sinclair's Club Shadowlands. * Reviewer's Choice Award *
~ Two Lips Reviews
Whenever I ask for BDSM recommendations, I am told the same two words all the time: Cherise Sinclair.
~ Under the Covers Book Reviews
The only problem in reading a book this great is that you tend to use it to gage everything else you read. I may not be able to give out a top rating again for awhile. I give Club Shadowlands 5 chocolate dipped Strawberries without any reservations. Sinclair will also be placed in my "read anything they write" group of authors. WOW
~ Guilty Indulgence Book Reviews
I only wished I could rate this stellar book a "10"! * Recommended Read *
~ Blackraven's Reviews
- ASIN : B00B1N3EBC
- Publisher : VanScoy Publishing Group (January 15, 2013)
- Publication date : January 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2321 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 170 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,383 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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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.)
First off, no one would have ever been admitted to our clubs without a sponsor and exteme vetting. Everything we do is considered assault by the mainstream. That is one of the biggest reasons we hosted monthly "Munches" a meet and greet on neutral ground. No colors, no tactics, absolutely no pressure. It was a place where the curious had their questions answered. Evey other month we offered a private slide show veiwing of various scenes, along with explanations and, if the venue was private enough we had experienced Dom/sub pairs demonstrate thngs newbies expressed curiosity in. NEVER would a complete stranger, ESPECIALLY a lone and compromised female have been allowed in. We would have driven her to a motel or something.
This book appeases curiosity, but, now more then ever, you've once again made our way of life seem dangerous and put us back in the shadows.
Yeah, you put that warning in your Foreward, but to a sub or slave, you just thew Kerosene on the fire
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.
Top reviews from other countries
I understand that the book has to move along at pace, but there is an underlying concern for me regarding dubious consent when Jessica is introduced to punishment within hours of an accident, being frozen and given the option of sitting on the floor in thin clothing in a cold vestibule, or going into a warm room. Not really much of a choice. The simple fact that she has no clue about BDSM lends itself to the dubious consent concern.
There are a couple of grammatical errors but they don't kill the book, and a couple of editorial errors that really should have been picked up.
There is no swearing that I can recall except for one instance used in context during a confrontation.
There is copious amounts of sex including use of sex toys etc.
I can't abide the use of 'pet ' when addressing submissives because not only is it lazy it's also demeaning. I don't think for one minute it's used as an endearment, since half the time it's used when the 'sub' seems to be put in their place.
However, the characterisation is good, the storyline well crafted even if the timeline is rushed and if you are into BDSM this is certainly the book for you, although there isn't much romance. I have all of the books in the series so obviously I would recommend them.
This story is a good introduction to Club Shadowlands. I felt a bit like Jessica walking into the unknown but I soon learned what was what, and who was who and that was all thanks to Master Z.
I love witnessing the chemistry that Jessica and Zachary share, although I wish I had felt it myself and connected with the characters. I thought the author did a good job of allowing me to see how much Jessica was nervous and curious about the BDSM lifestyle and I loved that Zachary understood her and gained her trust putting her at ease when necessary but enabled her to push her boundaries. The scenes that we are privy too are detailed and hot, which I enjoyed.
I’ve had this book on my kindle for years and I was reminded about it yesterday and so decided to read it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Will I continue reading the series? Maybe if the author puts them into KU so I can borrow them through my subscription. I’m not sure I’d spend the money on each book individually based on what I have just read.
Jessica managed to walk back to the last house she'd seen, a mile back. Cold, wet and completely bedraggled, she knocks on the door.
Zachary took one look and decided to take pity on the rain drenched female.
But all was not as it seemed, the house was a Private Club. But how many of those come with their own dungeons?
Now she's in Master Z's world, and he's intent on showing her just how good pleasures of the flesh can be.
women, with curves not shapeless bodies an a brain. My biggest whinge is, why can we only find these men in books. Well written not to wordy, where you skip bits because there's to much description that's boring. Will definitely read more from the series and this author.