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To Command and Collar (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 6) Kindle Edition
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This book focuses on Raoul and Kim. Kim is rescued early on the book and the story focuses mostly on how she and Raoul are constantly thrown together to help further the FBI's goal of bringing down the human trafficking ring. Raoul is portrayed as a stern but caring man. He has his own demons, mostly involving his ex-wife, but they are downplayed for the sake of helping Kim and the FBI. Kim is portrayed well considering that the storyline moves much more quickly then anyone is truly comfortable with - including the characters.
Some of this is because the book is fictional and for the sake of the story things that would normally happen in months, take only a few days. While it feels fast it doesn't feel rushed. There always seems to be something to anticipate. Will she cooperate? Will he accept? Will they free the other slaves?
I like that Raoul is gentle with Kim, but still pushes her. She's been through severe trauma and he recognizes that. But he doesn't coddle her or let her hide. He also doesn't take over her life, forcing her to make some decisions on her own, or speak up for what she wants/needs. It's a fine line between domination and abuse - and it's even sharper when one, or both, parties have experienced the later. Sinclair handles that line beautifully by letting the characters develop on their own rather than forcing the story.
My one issue with the book is at the end. Raoul has made a decision that is mostly out of character for him and Kim is trying to convince him to change his mind. It takes Z stepping in and making a suggestion as to how she can "prove" herself to Raoul. I have a real issue with this section. Mostly because it crosses the line for several of the characters. First, Z, as a psychiatrist, would know what he was asking of Kim was not right. Second, having seen what it took to get Kim to trust him, it was out of character for Raoul to both turn her away and accept Z's suggestion. Third, Raoul and Kim's story is more about living a 24/7 Dom/sub lifestyle as opposed to Sinclairs other books were the Dom/sub dynamic was mostly limited to the bedroom. To have a single scene be the defining moment - one where it was more about having Kim do something to "prove" her loyalty - regardless of her fear - struck me as wrong. Yes she would need to eventually deal with that particular fear but to force her to deal with it so immediately seemed abusive. She hadn't betrayed his trust or left him out of anger. So she shouldn't have had to prove anything. His rejection of Kim had more to do with his ex-wife than anything else, and even that had been downplayed to the point that it seemed almost trivial. So the fact that this suddenly becomes a reason to reject Kim is confusing.
Overall I liked this book. It was a good follow up to the previous book and laid the ground work for the third book. It was also nice to see a different style of the BDSM genre. There is nothing wrong with "in the bedroom only" stories but it's nice to have a different perspective. And for the most part this was 24/7 done well.
To Command and Collar continues where Make Me, Sir leaves off. The ongoing investigation into the white slavery ring and putting a stop to these sick animals who kidnap innocent women to be trained and sold as sex slaves is still the major storyline. Master Raoul takes center stage as a potential slave buyer but on the night of the auction he is shocked when he comes face to face with a familiar face...Kimberly Moore - the missing best friend of Gabi (from Marcus and Gabi's story Make Me, Sir). Raoul knows he's going to blow the FBI's undercover operation because he knows there is no way he can walk away from the auction as he was instructed to do and leave Kim in the evil clutches of the slavers - so he buys her.
The atrocities Kim has gone through at the hands of the slavers and a previous owner are heart-breaking and chilling to read. She is a broken, scared, but very determined to survive young woman. You can feel her fear, her trepidation at being purchased by a new owner and oh my goodness I had no idea how Ms. Sinclair was going to be able to write her story considering how damaged and scarred she was.
As usual the tenderness, caring and unbelievable kindness of the Masters is perfectly crafted and Master R lives up to the reputation Ms. Sinclair has created for her masterful Doms. But let us not forget after all these men are Doms, so Kim was not in for an easy time of it. But she really couldn't be in any better hands than those of Master Raoul *sigh*?
While Kim is attempting to recover both her body and her spirit, she must still play a pivotal role in the FBI's investigation. The slavery ring still needs to be brought down once and for all and abused and imprisoned women still need to be rescued. Despite all her fears, Kim understands her role and agrees that she must continue to play the submissive to Raoul's Dom no matter how much she is scared to assume the role. Under Raoul's careful ministrations and training Kim comes to discover some startling revelations about herself.
The return of a vengeful owner, Master Grenville had me right along with Kim quaking in her stilettos (well mine were slippers). My heart was pounding during the confrontation and I couldn`t turn the pages fast enough. It was nerve wracking and anxiety inducing considering the plans this pond scum had planned for Kim. Kim showed amazing strength and resilience during most of the telling of To Command and Collar considering her past experiences at the hands of brutal, deranged men.
To Command and Collar was another solid addition to the series. Although we do see a lot of familiar faces from past books in the series and these Doms and their subs are seriously fun to catch up with, a lot of the action happens outside the walls of Shadowlands.
My final word to Ms. Sinclair: Please write many more books featuring the Masters of the Shadowlands and please write faster. Thank You...Me!
I love how Cherise Sinclair brings the reader into her Shadowlands world and the sadness you feel when it's time to leave. Definitely one of my favourite authors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written. She brings her characters to life. You feel what they feel. Can't wait for the next one.
Enough action to keep you hooked. Going straight into the next book.