Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Is Who I Am

Title:  This Is Who I Am  
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Publisher:  Loose Id, LLC
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-62300-148-3 
Genre:  {M/F}, BDSM, Series
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Sam knows he messed up with Linda when she was rescued from the slavers, but he can’t figure out how.  Linda is trying to get her life back, but realizes she is a masochist and needs Sam because she feels safe with him.

The latest in the Masters of the Shadowlands series, This Is Who I Am, takes a serious look at some of the questioning that comes from realizing you need something most people don’t like, mainly pain, and finally accepting yourself. Readers that have followed this series have been waiting for Master Sam’s story and Ms. Sinclair does not disappoint.

There is a difference between actual abuse and consensual floggings, whippings or canings.  The difference is very clear in this story, but that doesn’t change the possibility that this story may cause triggers to be tripped in some readers.  The creative way Sam used these implements was wonderful and he was very careful to make sure Linda knew it was him and that she had the power to stop him anytime.

Once Linda and Sam get together, the two burn the pages up.  Sam is so caring and shows Linda what she had been missing.  Sam is so protective that Linda starts to feel safe, and with the help of friends and therapy was able to work through a lot of what happened to her.  Ms. Sinclair also did not shy away from issues with triggers and showed how a great Dom can help a sub work through some of them, and Linda had a lot.

Most of the secondary characters were from previous books and I really liked how they all pulled together to help Linda, as well as Sam.  Even though, we know that there was still one of the bad guys around the club, we got to know him a little more.  I loved the surprising way Sam settled an issue and Mistress Anne’s additional touch.

While readers can read This Is Who I Am by itself, the subplot in this story actually started with Make Me, Sir and To Command and Collar. This Is Who I Am finishes up this particular thread.  To get the most of this series, I recommend it be read in order, and I, for one, can’t wait for future stories

Note: This book contains strong but consensual sadistic elements that may be uncomfortable for some readers.

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