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Club Shadowlands

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Author: Cherise Sinclair

Published: January 2009 by Loose Id

Format: Kindle Edition , 1st edition , 155 pages

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Language: English


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Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she's sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she's a professional woman--an accountant--and surely isn't a submissive...is she? Master Z hasn't been so attracted to a woman in ye Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she's sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she's a professional woman--an accountant--and surely isn't a submissive...is she? Master Z hasn't been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She's intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can't resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within. Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, restraints, spanking, etc), exhibitionism, voyeurism.

30 review for Club Shadowlands

  1. 5 out of 5

    Blacky *Romance Addict*

    Well, since this book is pretty short, the review will be pretty short too... Here are just some basic things you need to know, and some of my reactions to them... Master Z is a mind reader :D Yup, he can tell what emotions you are feeling, sometimes even your thoughts! He is the pefect master and knows what every sub needs and wants. And I was just about to say: Where can I get some of that?, but then thought... Ummm, I really DON'T want a guy who'll know every single thing I'm thinking/feeling AL Well, since this book is pretty short, the review will be pretty short too... Here are just some basic things you need to know, and some of my reactions to them... Master Z is a mind reader :D Yup, he can tell what emotions you are feeling, sometimes even your thoughts! He is the pefect master and knows what every sub needs and wants. And I was just about to say: Where can I get some of that?, but then thought... Ummm, I really DON'T want a guy who'll know every single thing I'm thinking/feeling ALL THE TIME sure, it's good to have that ability while in bed, but outside of it? No thanks :D Jessica is just an ordinary woman who stumbled into a BDSM club one night, she knows nothing about the lifestyle, but that same night she manages to have sex with the owner of the club :D Lucky girl I'd say :D But then I thought about it a bit longer, and if it was just an ordinary one night stand it would be ok, but going into kinky with someone you know nothing about? Hmmm. I'd have to seriously trust that person to go into it, and no matter how seductive his voice is or how he reads her mind, it was just a bit too much, the same night she was introduced into the lifestyle she had bondage sex with a stranger :D Well hell OK, I get even that, but (view spoiler)[ after knowing each other for only TWO DAYS, they want to be exclusive, and he practically declared himself when he brought her to his house (hide spoiler)] That's the main thing that bothered me, I'm not a fan of insta-love, and especially in this case, only two days, well damn those weren't even two full days, two evenings at the club and they're practically in love, only they didn't say it :DDDDDD Moving on, the story... Well it looked like an introduction to the BDSM lifestyle, and I think this would be a good book for beginners :) The sex was uber light, just bondage and some spanking. Some scenes were pretty hot, but the overall feel of the book was kind of detached, almost clinical. Yes it was all greatly described what he did and how she felt, but the emotional connection just wasn't there. Why will I continue reading this series? All of my friends tell me it's going to get better with each new book, so I'm sticking to it :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    Jessica Randall managed to destroy her car in an accident finding herself alone in the middle of nowhere, Florida. It was night, and it was raining - I mean tropical rain. After lots of walking she found a big lonely house where she was hoping she would get help. She did, but not the kind she expected. The house was known as Club Shadowlands - a BDSM club. Jessica having no clue about it - she was given a paper with rules to read, but she did not bother - stumbled right in the middle of the party Jessica Randall managed to destroy her car in an accident finding herself alone in the middle of nowhere, Florida. It was night, and it was raining - I mean tropical rain. After lots of walking she found a big lonely house where she was hoping she would get help. She did, but not the kind she expected. The house was known as Club Shadowlands - a BDSM club. Jessica having no clue about it - she was given a paper with rules to read, but she did not bother - stumbled right in the middle of the party with all BDSM flavors. Luckily for her the club owner known as Master Z took her under his wing. Do you remember counselor Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation? She Betazoid and as such was partially telepathic: she could read emotions. I can only guess Master Z was Betazoid as well because he had exactly the same ability. Initially Jessica did not accept the lifestyle telling herself she was an independent professional woman and an accountant (apparently being an accountant is incompatible with being a submissive), but Master Z took interest in her and when he took interest in somebody he could be very persuasive. Despite the fact that the majority of the story take place in a BDSM club, most of them are quite mild with only brief glances and hints at more extreme scenes: Jessica was still a beginner. In my opinion, this part was done tastefully enough. The story was also quite good. The characters were quite good, if you ignore the supernatural ability of Master Z. Him falling for Jessica was a little abrupt, but not insta-love abrupt. All in all I would say everything put together warrant slightly less than 4 stars. In any way it was good enough for me to think about reading the next book of the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    KitReads (a.k.a. nd)

    Every once in a while a book comes along that grabs at your the literary brain cells. That you read and immediately want to read again, that while you're reading it, you can't put it down, you don't want it to end, you want to shout to everyone you know that they MUST, MUST read this book! You think about where the story is going to go next when you aren't sitting down holding it in your hands... well this is one of those books for me... one of those authors actually. Everything I've read by Che Every once in a while a book comes along that grabs at your the literary brain cells. That you read and immediately want to read again, that while you're reading it, you can't put it down, you don't want it to end, you want to shout to everyone you know that they MUST, MUST read this book! You think about where the story is going to go next when you aren't sitting down holding it in your hands... well this is one of those books for me... one of those authors actually. Everything I've read by Cherise Sinclair (I recently finished the Mountain Masters series), and I do mean EVERYTHING has done this to me! I put one book down, only to start the next one! I've rounded a new literary corner and the sex is HOT! Okay, I'm vanilla girl living in a vanilla world, plain and simple. I enjoyed Paranormal Romance.. then I moved a little further outside of my vanilla world and stepped into Paranormal Erotica... I thought I'd never get enough of that... then I found a group of ladies on Goodreads that read *Erotica*... *GASP* I picked up some pretty good recomendations from them, then I saw where they were talking about Cherise Sinclair and her Mountain Masters and Masters of Shadowland and I felt wicked just reading the blurbs! I couldn't understand why someone would want to read about such things as BDSM. There couldn't be any love or real romance, no HEA, just people torturing each other, or controling each other... right? RIGHT? Wrong... Enter Jessica, whose car breaks down in a storm, she walks and comes upon an estate where she askes to use the phone... one situation leads to another and she finds warmth, dry clothes... and Master Z. What she's stumbled into is a private BDSM club. Couriosity... ahh yes, couriosity is what keeps Jessica hanging around "just until she can get her car towed out of the ditch". Master Z takes good care of Jessica, and finds she is a true "Submissive" and now isn't it just lucky that he is the purrrrfect Dom? There are a lot of "scenes", and Jessica is scared, terrified... and well, turned on by it all... you'll have to read the rest to she how it goes. No spoilers here! But I must tell you, this isn't for the faint of heart. It's raw and powerful. It will make you blush, laugh out loud, cringe, but I'll bet you won't be able to put it down! Go on, I dare you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steelwhisper

    ...give me a day to recuperate... After a few days to recuperate, and thanks to some absolutely wonderful pansexual BDSM to read, I get back to this here. Where to start? A vanilla woman drives her car into a ditch in the middle of the night in a thunderstorm, and enters a BDSM club to get help. This reads a bit like the great opening scenes of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", with a Jessica instead of a Janet and Brad, and a Sir Z instead of a Frank N. Furter. While this book stays rather bizarre ...give me a day to recuperate... After a few days to recuperate, and thanks to some absolutely wonderful pansexual BDSM to read, I get back to this here. Where to start? A vanilla woman drives her car into a ditch in the middle of the night in a thunderstorm, and enters a BDSM club to get help. This reads a bit like the great opening scenes of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", with a Jessica instead of a Janet and Brad, and a Sir Z instead of a Frank N. Furter. While this book stays rather bizarre, it doesn't stay as nicely bizarre as that classic movie. First off, screeching plotholes: such a big club doesn't of course have a phoneline, not downstairs, not on groundlevel, not in the apartment above, from where a friendly human being could actually call a taxi to take stranded Janet, errr, Jessica home. And of course not one of the many guests has a mobile either. Yeah, right. Instead the lady is blackmailed into signing a contract (which would be quite invalid right there) and then sexually assaulted by the clubowner. She's drugged with alcohol and left to her own devices to walk around a fetish club, with guests who of course all are happy with having complete vanillas run around all wide-eyed. Where she then earns herself a "punishment" because she stopped a scene. Yeah, right. What bullcrap. I'll not go into this any further, a lot of it angered me beyond words. E.g. the fact that this was terminally sexist, that despite protestations to the contrary there was little SSC in this, and that I think this may have been something E.L. James read for research. Spare yourself! O.o This sums up my reaction: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shurrn

    This was a fun introduction to the Masters of the Shadowlands series... If you follow my updates, you might have seen my surprise when I discovered that I had already read this book... I figured this out within the first few sentences and was more than a little surprised... Not that I had read a book that was published four years ago, but that I could barely remember anything about it... Here is what I could remember: After a car crash, a young woman takes shelter in a strange house, Which turns out This was a fun introduction to the Masters of the Shadowlands series... If you follow my updates, you might have seen my surprise when I discovered that I had already read this book... I figured this out within the first few sentences and was more than a little surprised... Not that I had read a book that was published four years ago, but that I could barely remember anything about it... Here is what I could remember: After a car crash, a young woman takes shelter in a strange house, Which turns out to be a BDSM club, And they let her in, She meets a charming Dom who happens to own the place, She explores her sexuality, She was a secret sub all along, Charming Dom realizes he has met his match with her, Happily Ever After... ...Basically, it sounded like every other BDSM Club book I've ever read. So now that I've re-read this book, what can I add to my previously fuzzy memory? Nothing really. I had forgotten how neurotic and obnoxious the main character, Jessica was... She really didn't have any character development. She never really overcame (or attempted to overcome) her body issues - He made her feel pretty, which is a start... But it's not the basis for a personality. I forgot that her "charming Dom" Master Z had the whole Mind Reader thing going on... ...And I was reminded why this book fuzzed out in my memory. On the plus side, this was a fairly subdued and gentle introduction for the fuzzy-handcuff Erotica fans. I'll probably pick up the rest of the series at some point with the hope that his book was intended to be a gentile segue into Club Shadowlands, and that the subsequent books with have something more creative and substantial to offer this (admittedly jaded) reader of BDSM Erotica.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    Actual rating 2.5 stars. Although I didn’t give this book many stars I would not want to discourage anyone from this series. This might be the softest of all the installments, the stories do get better after this first one, and they are definitely worth reading. The plots in this series are maybe somewhat standard, and the writing isn’t fantastic, although still good. However, the content, the BDSM relationships are wonderful and powerful. This book in particular is light, short, and a perfect in Actual rating 2.5 stars. Although I didn’t give this book many stars I would not want to discourage anyone from this series. This might be the softest of all the installments, the stories do get better after this first one, and they are definitely worth reading. The plots in this series are maybe somewhat standard, and the writing isn’t fantastic, although still good. However, the content, the BDSM relationships are wonderful and powerful. This book in particular is light, short, and a perfect introduction into the BDSM world. I say light, because there is no angst or deeply moving emotional turmoil. Also, being short, we don’t get to know the characters that in deep, however we do get to know more about their development through tidbits in the other installments. Which, incidentally, it is pretty great to still be connected to and reminded of the characters that we get to know in each novel. I feel the need to point out that this series might be my favorite of its genre, if only because of the way the BDSM life is reflected here. Cherise Sinclair has a very natural and healthy way to depict this world and just because of that I love her books. They made me want, wish and hope. They are even a learning experience in many ways. I am definitely addicted to this series and I am planning on reading every single installment that comes out. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone interested in BDSM. P.S: I am obsessed with Cherise Sinclair’s author’s note. "This book is fiction, not reality and, […] You, my darlings, live in the real world and I want you to take a little more time than the heroins you read about. Good Doms don’t grow on trees and there’s some strange people out there. So while you’re looking for that special Dom, please, be careful.” - Cherise Sinclair If Only (Masters of the Shadowlands #8) - 4 stars Servicing the Target (Masters of the Shadowlands #10) - 3 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    destini mia

    This was like being Alice in a very twisted Wonderland... Holy hells was that steamy! If your looking for a short, hot and entertaining read, look no further. Club Shadowlands pulled me in and kept me in a heat-filled daze. The writing was easy, the characters were interesting and this book was a perfect way to take a break from my depressing and masochistic reading. Rough night, Kitten? *sigh* I can never resist a man who calls his girl Kitten. Master Z was one of my favorite c This was like being Alice in a very twisted Wonderland... Holy hells was that steamy! If your looking for a short, hot and entertaining read, look no further. Club Shadowlands pulled me in and kept me in a heat-filled daze. The writing was easy, the characters were interesting and this book was a perfect way to take a break from my depressing and masochistic reading. Rough night, Kitten? *sigh* I can never resist a man who calls his girl Kitten. Master Z was one of my favorite characters. He was so sexy and dominant but could be really sweet. And, praise the gods, a man who actually knows what he wants and goes after it. There was none of that "maybe she wants me... no she doesn't... this is only a one time thing... yes... no... maybe" garbage. Perfect combination if you ask me. Why the hell couldn't I be the one to have a shitty night and stumble upon his club and gorgeousness? Master Z I really liked Jessica. She was sweet and so innocent it was hilarious. She didn't get on my nerves or bore me with her endless insecurities, so that's always a plus. Jessica This story was like an easy, pleasurable read without all the unnecessary drama wrapped up in a sexy packaging. 3.5 stars delectable stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    3.5 Stars Your expectations going into this book will make or break it for you. Seriously. If you expect beautiful literature or in depth character development or rational human behavior you’re going to be pissed. You’re going to scream things like this: “Haven’t you ever seen a scary movie? Do NOT go in there!” But if you go into this book expecting a fully formed BDSM fantasy you may end up screaming things more along these lines: “Yes. Yes. Give it to me. YES!” Because I went into this pre 3.5 Stars Your expectations going into this book will make or break it for you. Seriously. If you expect beautiful literature or in depth character development or rational human behavior you’re going to be pissed. You’re going to scream things like this: “Haven’t you ever seen a scary movie? Do NOT go in there!” But if you go into this book expecting a fully formed BDSM fantasy you may end up screaming things more along these lines: “Yes. Yes. Give it to me. YES!” Because I went into this prepared for a fantasy I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered how readable it was. No really. From the very first page it was better than I expected it to be. The writing was good, the female lead likeable (minus a few irritating moments where she randomly balked) and the male lead…well…let’s just say that I’d let him tie me up anytime. *grins* For such a short book there was also a great buildup of sexual tension between the main characters. It was so seductively drawn out that I found myself transforming from a 28 year old woman into a total creeper, prone to waggling my eyebrows and overusing the word “Giggity”. It was also quite funny at times and the ending was sweet but definitely not a perfectly tied up (giggity) HEA. If you’re looking for a light read or an introduction into consensual BDSM this book may be just the thing for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy K.

    An ugly storm, her car ruined. Jessica is left to walk to find the nearest Shelter. It happens to be Club Shadowlands. A private BDSM Club. Owned and run by Master Z. Jessica is introduced into the world of BDSM, the good and the bad. Master Z takes her as his Sub. One night wasn’t enough. She comes back again. She is discovering a side to her Sexuality that she didn’t know existed. Master Z and Jessica become more than Dom and Sub. A relationship develops. A totally engrossing, thought provoking book. A look An ugly storm, her car ruined. Jessica is left to walk to find the nearest Shelter. It happens to be Club Shadowlands. A private BDSM Club. Owned and run by Master Z. Jessica is introduced into the world of BDSM, the good and the bad. Master Z takes her as his Sub. One night wasn’t enough. She comes back again. She is discovering a side to her Sexuality that she didn’t know existed. Master Z and Jessica become more than Dom and Sub. A relationship develops. A totally engrossing, thought provoking book. A look inside the BDSM world for the novice.😘

  10. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Erotica Type: Standalone Book 1 from Masters of the Shadowlands POV: First Person - Female Rating: On a cold rainy night, Jessica Randall, a plain Jane accountant, ran out of luck when her car ended up stuck in a ditch. She walked the isolated road until she came across a mansion to ask for help. Never would have she realize what's behind the door was a whole another world that Master Z was more than willing to open her eyes to. I had this book on my TBR for a very long time since I first Genre: Erotica Type: Standalone Book 1 from Masters of the Shadowlands POV: First Person - Female Rating: On a cold rainy night, Jessica Randall, a plain Jane accountant, ran out of luck when her car ended up stuck in a ditch. She walked the isolated road until she came across a mansion to ask for help. Never would have she realize what's behind the door was a whole another world that Master Z was more than willing to open her eyes to. I had this book on my TBR for a very long time since I first popped my BDSM cherry. It didn't turned out the way I expected to be. Her concern spilled through him like warmth from the sun. Until now, he hadn’t realized he’d been cold. Mostly, it's just how my taste in books evolved since I first started. I'm no longer interested in the wide eyed, clueless heroine type (except in super short smuts) - Jessica was exactly that. The vibrations on her clit somehow made the ones in her ass even more arousing. Also, I think this book is more suitable for BDSM virgins. I find it hard to keep my attention with the "basics of BDSM lessons". I just want the real actions lol! Club Shadowlands is a story of a woman unexpectedly thrust into a sexual re-awakening. It's an introduction to the world of kink and would appeal to readers looking for a light kinky read. Books in the series: Read during Shh... BDSM week for: ❌ Dispelling the MYTHS about BDSM! ❌ Giveaway: https://goo.gl/X27FyZ ⬅️ Open now! Author Chat: https://goo.gl/HsYrxY ⬅️ Open late night Nov 16 EST! For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    This read was boring to me, as I didn't connect with Master Z (Zachary) and Jessica. Master Z was a caring, sensitive and protective Dom, Jessica was a nice and courageous (even if a bit TSTL) sub, but I didn't feel any chemistry between them. Everything was too rushed and their sexual encounters left me cold, which is saying a lot considering that BDSM usually ruffles my feathers - sometimes in a bad way, sometimes in a good way. This time, I couldn't care less. This was only my 2nd book by this This read was boring to me, as I didn't connect with Master Z (Zachary) and Jessica. Master Z was a caring, sensitive and protective Dom, Jessica was a nice and courageous (even if a bit TSTL) sub, but I didn't feel any chemistry between them. Everything was too rushed and their sexual encounters left me cold, which is saying a lot considering that BDSM usually ruffles my feathers - sometimes in a bad way, sometimes in a good way. This time, I couldn't care less. This was only my 2nd book by this author and I don't know what to make of her yet. Since I loved The Dom's Dungeon, I can only hope the next book in this series is up to par with that one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat Fletcher

    Sort of the standard BDSM thing of an accidental introduction to the lifestyle. Girl is driving in storm, girl's car breaks down, she goes to castle to use the phone, but castles don't have phones a******, so she has to stay the night. Everyone does the time warp and she's introduced to the world of kink. I have read this book before. I love reading this book. Except it doesn't turn out to be that book. Before she's done much more than look, she breaks a rule and because she's signed a member ag Sort of the standard BDSM thing of an accidental introduction to the lifestyle. Girl is driving in storm, girl's car breaks down, she goes to castle to use the phone, but castles don't have phones a******, so she has to stay the night. Everyone does the time warp and she's introduced to the world of kink. I have read this book before. I love reading this book. Except it doesn't turn out to be that book. Before she's done much more than look, she breaks a rule and because she's signed a member agreement (signed it while cold and wet so she can come out of the rain), she's "agreed" to whatever punishment if she breaks the rules. So, well, to be blunt, she's then sexually assaulted. I simply can't get past that. She's tied up and paddled without any consent, struggling against it all the way. I don't care if she signed the thing. I don't care if Mr. Pinhead can read her mind and has decided she really wants it. The hero sexually assaults the heroine. I wanted a nice cop to come, take her home in his squad car, whip out his handcuffs, and show her what consensual domination is supposed to be. Then being a perfect alpha and multi-talented, after a night of passion, he could whip up some breakfast and they could eat and laugh about how Mr. Z was learning about what consent or non-consent means from a large man named Bubbha in the state pen. And they bitch about 50 Shades giving BDSM a bad name.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    “You may call me Sir.” Like the marines or something? “Uh, right. Exactly what kind of club is this?” I remember years ago, when I was curious about BDSM books, I have started reading this book. It is highly recommended by the experts and this series is like the epitome of BDSM romance. Anyway, I think I read about 10 pages before I fell asleep. The next night, I had a similar experience. I read about 10 pages more before I fell asleep. This book has such a tranquillity, such a peacefulness, tha “You may call me Sir.” Like the marines or something? “Uh, right. Exactly what kind of club is this?” I remember years ago, when I was curious about BDSM books, I have started reading this book. It is highly recommended by the experts and this series is like the epitome of BDSM romance. Anyway, I think I read about 10 pages before I fell asleep. The next night, I had a similar experience. I read about 10 pages more before I fell asleep. This book has such a tranquillity, such a peacefulness, that it was like reading a lullaby for adults. You may say “Are you crazy? This book describes ropes and crosses and spanking and orgasms and hard-core kinky sex.” But honestly Master Z was describing in such a clinical, detached way to thunderstruck Jessica the way the BDSM works and the rules; that I was feeling that I was watching a documentary from the Discovery Channel. Besides the fact that there is no angst, basically there is also no story. It is an introductory book that describes the outline of the club and the main characters, especially mastermind and mindreader Master Z. This time I managed to finish the book and I learned that he is a psychologist. Does this explain the fact that he knows straight away if someone feels aroused or threatened? I don't know. I have never trusted much the psychologists and their judgments to be honest. I believe I will continue this time and conclude the available books in this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vishous

    1.5 ● things I liked in this book: ................. ● things I didn't like in this book: ○ every single sentence on every single page; ○ heroine that is TSTL; ○ hero that feels other people's emotions and is a mind reader and obviously the smartest living creature on planet Earth; ○ did I mention extremely annoying heroine?! ○ did I mention a hero with super powers in his loins?!

  15. 4 out of 5

    * Meli Mel *

    ♥♥♥ 3.25 STARS ♥♥♥ This was quite the short read, but it was full of steam. It was a pretty good start to the series, but it wasn't without any flaws. The story starts off with the Jessica leaving a horrible date, and her car stranding her on a street in the pouring rain alone. She goes in search for some help when she comes across Club Shadowlands. She has no idea the nature of this club or that that night is BDSM night. This is where she meets Master Z, a Dom, she is immensely attracted to. ●  ♥♥♥ 3.25 STARS ♥♥♥ This was quite the short read, but it was full of steam. It was a pretty good start to the series, but it wasn't without any flaws. The story starts off with the Jessica leaving a horrible date, and her car stranding her on a street in the pouring rain alone. She goes in search for some help when she comes across Club Shadowlands. She has no idea the nature of this club or that that night is BDSM night. This is where she meets Master Z, a Dom, she is immensely attracted to. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● "But a Dom's responsibilities include exploring your needs, both the desires you know about and those you haven't experienced. I think, someday, you might well enjoy being on display--And I'd enjoy seeing you there." ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● Like I mentioned before, it was a good start, but I did feel Jessica was a bit too naive. I also thought her decisions were quite questionable. I mean, I thought she was sweet, tough and feisty, which I liked. She was insecure of her body because she wasn't thin, which didn't make me dislike her. But, she goes off with this Master Z, a complete stranger, and lets him tie her up and have his way with her. She wanted it too, mind you, but it was just weird. They were talking about trust when they barely knew each other. Master Z, I will admit was freaking hot. We were able to get his POV too, which I really liked. I loved the kind way he treated Jessica. He never rushed Jessica into accepting this BDSM lifestyle. He was an awesome Dom and super sexy when he took control. The mind reading thing was a tiny bit freaky, though. Just because it would freak me out for someone to figure out what I am always thinking. Other than that, I really liked Master Z. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● 'He wanted more from her than a few evenings in the club. She roused feelings in him that he hadn't felt in a long time.' ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● The writing was bad at all, but the book may have been too short. I wasn't able to feel a complete connection between these two, because I felt that they never really got to know each other completely. There was definitely something there, but I felt that it was a bit rushed near the end. Which brings me to the ending. Something was definitely missing from the ending. After two nights together, they seem to have fallen for each other, which was way too fast for me. I needed to know more, but it just ended rather abruptly. The steam was good, at times too clinical, but hot. The BDSM was light, which makes this a good read for a beginner who wants to dive into the BDSM genre. Overall, it was a good read. I look forward to reading the next books, because I hear it only gets better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Posted on Under the Covers Whenever I ask for BDSM recommendations, I am told the same two words all the time: Cherise Sinclair. Curiosity got the best of me and I read an excerpt of this book online. I was instantly hooked and delved right into Club Shadowlands. This is a novella so I was quite impressed by the story that bloomed between Master Z and Jessica. When Jessica finds herself stuck in her car in the middle of the storm, she seeks shelter in a private club for the night. Unbeknownst to Posted on Under the Covers Whenever I ask for BDSM recommendations, I am told the same two words all the time: Cherise Sinclair. Curiosity got the best of me and I read an excerpt of this book online. I was instantly hooked and delved right into Club Shadowlands. This is a novella so I was quite impressed by the story that bloomed between Master Z and Jessica. When Jessica finds herself stuck in her car in the middle of the storm, she seeks shelter in a private club for the night. Unbeknownst to her, she signs in without reading the contract which outlines what kind of private club it is. Soon, she realizes that she may be in over her head when she goes bug-eyed at witnessing scenes between Doms and their subs. Even more surprising is the fact that she finds something darkly sensual about it. That feeling ignites when she meets Master Z, the owner of the club. Zachery is a great Dom. He’s potent man, just barely contained and you can tell he possesses a lot of power. I really enjoyed him. But perhaps what made him more desirable is the fact that he embraces the fact that Jessica is a more conservative person who isn’t used to this lifestyle. His patience with her makes me weak in the knees. And it’s their blooming trust between one another that makes me love this book the most. It’s a little baffling to see this development with such a short book, so I must give Sinclair a hand for this. Great pacing and character development! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. If this book is any indication of what to expect, then I’m in good hands.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Another book of Cherise's that I couldn't put down!!! So far all her books that I have read I really enjoy and can't put them down!! Once again the "steam factor" is off the charts! The book starts off with Jessica arriving at Club Shadowlands on a dark and stormy night!! Her car is off the road and she is cold so she ends up there. Master Z (Zachary) is a dom who finds Jessica interesting..She ends up learning about being a sub and sees for the first time different scenarios that go on in the cl Another book of Cherise's that I couldn't put down!!! So far all her books that I have read I really enjoy and can't put them down!! Once again the "steam factor" is off the charts! The book starts off with Jessica arriving at Club Shadowlands on a dark and stormy night!! Her car is off the road and she is cold so she ends up there. Master Z (Zachary) is a dom who finds Jessica interesting..She ends up learning about being a sub and sees for the first time different scenarios that go on in the club. Her and Master Z start a dom/sub relationship which eventually turns into more. This book is a good introduction into that world of BDSM..There are a bunch of glimpses into different situations going on ( whipping, caning, spanking) and I liked how Zachary and Jessica's relationship developed into more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ~V~

    **3 1/2 stars** Hhhhmmmm...so at first, i have to admit, i was a little bit nervous to read this since BDSM is most definitely NOT my "thing" but after seeing all of my GR friends' ratings and reviews my interest was piqued and felt that i had to at least give the 1st one a shot. In the beginning i was STILL having doubts simply because Jessica was stupid, plain and simple!...she enters a house with two strange men...signs a contract even though she hasn't read through it and really has no clue w **3 1/2 stars** Hhhhmmmm...so at first, i have to admit, i was a little bit nervous to read this since BDSM is most definitely NOT my "thing" but after seeing all of my GR friends' ratings and reviews my interest was piqued and felt that i had to at least give the 1st one a shot. In the beginning i was STILL having doubts simply because Jessica was stupid, plain and simple!...she enters a house with two strange men...signs a contract even though she hasn't read through it and really has no clue what it even is...THEN she lets a man she doesn't even KNOW...YUMMY MAN of course!..but she still doesn't know who the heck he is...undress her, bathe her and re-dress her...and not once does she try to cover herself up or push him away! LOL!..all i could think was REALLY!?...REALLY!!?? She could have been MURDERED for gosh sakes!! But alas...this IS a romance so she does still live!..AND she got to enjoy very erotic/kinky sex with a VERY HOT MAN! Of course this all takes place in Master Z's home where all different forms of bondage take place..some CRAZY stuff i might add!!...but nothing that has frightened me off yet! ;) This book certainly grew on me as the story went on. I really liked Zachary..a lot..he was very sexy and very sweet with Jessica and even though it was novella length and things usually seem very rushed...i didn't seem to feel that way with this book... it was still a satisfying and enjoyable read. I def. liked this enough that i am moving on to the second book right away. Can't wait to read about Master D and i'm really looking forward to Cullen's book too..i REALLY liked him! :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Syndi

    This book is a novella. Short but still pack with all that heat. Miss Sinclair done an excellent job to build the climax using her descriptive words. Especially the experience inside the Club Shadowlands. To anyone who is familiar with Miss Sinclair works, will be very delightful reading. Steamy of course. To others, please be warned this book has many triggers. 4 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mason Sabre

    So this is the second book with a BDSM theme that I have read. This one was recommended to me by my own readers. I must say I enjoyed it and pretty much read it in one day. Save for a family disaster, I would have finished it in one day too. I liked the authors writing style. It was quick and easy to read. Just hitting that balance of right on everything. I liked the two main characters, Jessica and Master Z. I love the bond that grew between them and the way the author got you to feel that is w So this is the second book with a BDSM theme that I have read. This one was recommended to me by my own readers. I must say I enjoyed it and pretty much read it in one day. Save for a family disaster, I would have finished it in one day too. I liked the authors writing style. It was quick and easy to read. Just hitting that balance of right on everything. I liked the two main characters, Jessica and Master Z. I love the bond that grew between them and the way the author got you to feel that is was more than just sex. For me I like a little more plot in my books, but that is just personal taste and no reflection on the author. It did end rather abruptly for me, though. Just as it hit that climax, it ended. For me, it felt like it needed one last chapter. Just to tie up all the ends. However, if you're looking for a read that is definitely hot and very sexy, then this is the one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Club Shadowlands is NOT one of my favorite Cherise Sinclair books, that's for sure. I did like Master Z's character but I never fully warmed up to Jessica's character. I also had a hard time believing Jessica to be a submissive. The heroine remained to obstinate and dubious throughout this book for me to buy into her submissive nature. Not to mention, for someone described as level-head and critical thinking, she sure did some really stupid things. Club Shadowlands is well written and insightfu Club Shadowlands is NOT one of my favorite Cherise Sinclair books, that's for sure. I did like Master Z's character but I never fully warmed up to Jessica's character. I also had a hard time believing Jessica to be a submissive. The heroine remained to obstinate and dubious throughout this book for me to buy into her submissive nature. Not to mention, for someone described as level-head and critical thinking, she sure did some really stupid things. Club Shadowlands is well written and insightful book that gives the reader a basic understanding of the BDSM lifestyle. However, I felt this book lack that special romantic element I've come to expect from Ms. Sinclair books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    Another re-read, though I hadn't reviewed this one on here before so I can narrow it down to 2016. 750+ books on my TBR and I'm doing re-reads. Procrastination seems to be my middle name at the moment. So, onto my thoughts about the book and all I have to say is "wow" and "swoon" and "I'm just going to my room for 5 minutes". Phew - do NOT read this anywhere other than the comfort of your own home and preferably somewhere with privacy. There are occasions when this book may well elicit one-handed Another re-read, though I hadn't reviewed this one on here before so I can narrow it down to 2016. 750+ books on my TBR and I'm doing re-reads. Procrastination seems to be my middle name at the moment. So, onto my thoughts about the book and all I have to say is "wow" and "swoon" and "I'm just going to my room for 5 minutes". Phew - do NOT read this anywhere other than the comfort of your own home and preferably somewhere with privacy. There are occasions when this book may well elicit one-handed reading. Oh my word the words "scorching" "hot" and "sexy" do not do this story justice. I was grabbed from the start by the great writing, interesting characters and, yes I'll admit it, amazingly hot sex scenes. In the story we have Jessica, not just a newbie to the BDSM scene but a complete innocent about it, never having even had any fantasies of that nature. A run of bad luck has her knocking on the door of Club Shadowlands and what ensues is any woman's fantasy. Master Z owns the club, a very experienced Dom with a hidden talent. He and Jessica are drawn to each other immediately and whilst this was a little insta for my tastes, the author did draw into the story their need to date and get to know each other on more than a carnal basis. And I have to say that for both of them, and particularly for Jessica, I 100% believed their feelings for one another. The ending is more HFN than HEA, though this couple continue to make brief appearances in future books, so we do get to see the HEA that way. I loved that the kink in this was fairly mild. Whilst it might be a little tame if you've read other books, it was still extremely hot to read AND given Jessica's complete lack of experience it was more realistic than her suddenly being tied to a St Andrew's cross and whipped. It's also left me with a craving to re-read Dark Citadel, which I may just be indulging in as soon as I've clicked 'post' on this review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debra Johnson

    Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair Genres; Adult, Erotica, Romance 4.5 Stars Loved it. Well written. Great flow. Beautiful MC's that are intriguing and keep you interested in the story. I can't believe it has taken me this long to 'Rediscover' this author. BDSM the way it should be represented. Loved the idea of how Jessica 'came upon' the club and meets Master Z. A fun and delightful BDSM romance. I highly recommend this one to readers of erotica. More later..... Master Z has an uncanny ability that I Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair Genres; Adult, Erotica, Romance 4.5 Stars Loved it. Well written. Great flow. Beautiful MC's that are intriguing and keep you interested in the story. I can't believe it has taken me this long to 'Rediscover' this author. BDSM the way it should be represented. Loved the idea of how Jessica 'came upon' the club and meets Master Z. A fun and delightful BDSM romance. I highly recommend this one to readers of erotica. More later..... Master Z has an uncanny ability that I won't disclose in my review. It adds to the depth & complexity of the world build & characters of the story. Jessica is a person many will connect easily on various levels. From the way she sees herself to her questioning of her sexuality. If you love adult romance with BDSM and characters you can easily connect to, you will love this book. I now have the next 3 books in this series and am looking forward to exploring each & every one of them. Each book IS stand alone with an HEA. I am so doing the happy dance----> 🎶🎹🎷🎸💃🕺🎺🎻🥁🎶

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    *Note: Review unedited*. This story is fucked up, my friends. Like, fucked up along the lines of Fifty Shades of Grey. I brought this book cause it was a freebie. I didn't even read the synopsis. The cover looked hot though so i picked it up, haha. That was a few months ago, so i decided to actually read it and give it a go. It was a really short read i read in a day. It's about BDSM, and this girl who stumbles upon the club that is all about BDSM sex. She meets the owner, instant 'oh he is hot, *Note: Review unedited*. This story is fucked up, my friends. Like, fucked up along the lines of Fifty Shades of Grey. I brought this book cause it was a freebie. I didn't even read the synopsis. The cover looked hot though so i picked it up, haha. That was a few months ago, so i decided to actually read it and give it a go. It was a really short read i read in a day. It's about BDSM, and this girl who stumbles upon the club that is all about BDSM sex. She meets the owner, instant 'oh he is hot, i wonder what it would be like to ride him' kind of attraction going on between them. This book has only sex in it. Some scenes where super hot i admit, but the rest in my opinion where either ridiculous, or just....wrong and super fucked up. So if you like that kind of stuff and short BDSM stories you will really enjoy Club Shadowlands, otherwise...stay away, LOL.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I should point out I am reviewing the series, not this particular book. But it would essentially be the same for all books anyway. I read these when I don't want to think, when I'm bored and just wanting light entertainment. They are basically the same thing. Everybody is awesome, what are the chances! Single Sexy Girl stumbles into BDSM club, Perfect Dom of her dreams sees girl and has to have her, turns out it what she needed all her life! Everybody has millions of orgasms, everybody falls in l I should point out I am reviewing the series, not this particular book. But it would essentially be the same for all books anyway. I read these when I don't want to think, when I'm bored and just wanting light entertainment. They are basically the same thing. Everybody is awesome, what are the chances! Single Sexy Girl stumbles into BDSM club, Perfect Dom of her dreams sees girl and has to have her, turns out it what she needed all her life! Everybody has millions of orgasms, everybody falls in love, everything's fantastic. I don't hate them, they just aren't a serious read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Jessica Randall is an accountant with several disappointing and unsatisfying relationships in her past. Returning home from a trip to Tampa for a date with a man she'll never see again, her car hits an armadillo in the rain and goes into the ditch. Alone on the dark country road, the only signs of life is a house she passed further down the road. It's a mansion with a formidable giant of a man at the door, who seems reluctant to assist when she asks for help. Returning with the handsome Master Z Jessica Randall is an accountant with several disappointing and unsatisfying relationships in her past. Returning home from a trip to Tampa for a date with a man she'll never see again, her car hits an armadillo in the rain and goes into the ditch. Alone on the dark country road, the only signs of life is a house she passed further down the road. It's a mansion with a formidable giant of a man at the door, who seems reluctant to assist when she asks for help. Returning with the handsome Master Z, the door guard, Ben, lets her in. But this is a private club, and before she can be allowed any further than the entrance she has to read and sign the rules. Tired, freezing and dripping, Jessica can barely make out the words, but how bad can it be? It's just a rich person's club in the country. So she signs without understanding just what kind of club it is. Her introduction to Club Shadowlands, a very private and select club for those who enjoy practicing BDSM, is a bit of a shock to gentle Jessica's system. But Master Z takes her under his wing to show her around and teach her the rules - and hopes for something more from her. After a night of opening her senses to a new world, and the desires she's always had but never realised, will Jessica ever return? Would Master Z want more than a brief D/s relationship? This short introductory novel into the world of Club Shadowlands, the first in a series, is fun in a distinctly titillating way. It doesn't waste time with filler or too much dithering introspection, which I could really appreciate. It is romantically inclined - the Dominant men we're introduced to don't want just another sub, but something more long-lasting and meaningful: love, and whatever comes with it. That said, we don't really get to know Jessica or Master Z - Zach - in depth, but we do get a good sense of their characters, and come to like them, from their interactions. The Doms aren't sadists, they're more romantically inclined, patient and follow the idea that bondage and whipping etc. is for the sub, not the Dom. Pleasure in pain, that kind of thing. Jessica's not into the pain, but she learns that she enjoys being dominated and tied up. In her tour of the club, she sees that there are many different ways of exploring BDSM, and learns that the subs, whether they're women or men, are willing participants. Doms who go from giving what the subs need to actually being abusive or violent with them, are quickly kicked out and banned from the club. For readers curious about the lifestyle, this is a good guide, though for readers like me who've read plenty of BDSM stories already, it's a bit too familiar. There is an added element to the series: some of the characters have paranormal abilities. Master Z can read people's emotions, which puts him in an excellent position of running a club like this - and being a popular Dom. This gives him an edge and is what enables things to move quite fast between him and Jessica. Especially considering Jessica is almost as naive as Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades. Almost, but thankfully not that bad. Being short, the novel does lack a deeper level of emotional involvement and tensity, leaving it almost a bit too cute and simplistic. But I did enjoy it, and wouldn't mind reading more in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    All right, I'll begin by saying that while I'm fairly new to the BDSM scene, I thought that I had a fairly good idea as to what to expect. I've never felt uncomfortable with anything that I've read thus far in the erotica/BDSM genre. Seems to me that most of the authors that I've read have been very careful to give the sense of a very distinct line between consent and non-consent. Hence safe words and constant reassurance. I definitely did not get that from this book. I was really uncomfortable All right, I'll begin by saying that while I'm fairly new to the BDSM scene, I thought that I had a fairly good idea as to what to expect. I've never felt uncomfortable with anything that I've read thus far in the erotica/BDSM genre. Seems to me that most of the authors that I've read have been very careful to give the sense of a very distinct line between consent and non-consent. Hence safe words and constant reassurance. I definitely did not get that from this book. I was really uncomfortable with a couple of scenes here. I was also very surprised that I've never read a single review that alludes to what happens in the first 'scene' between Master Z and Jessica. Jessica is given no safe word, and not even the illusion of a choice in the matter. I can't say its rape, as there isn't actual sex, but it's definitely a violation. Its apparent that she doesn't know what's happening, and that she doesn't want it to continue. If I'd been her, I'd have run far, far away once the restraints were gone. But no, this little uptight accountant...comes back for more?! WTF?! So, for THAT part of the book, this is a 1 star. For the rest, a 5 star. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the rest of the book. Master Z was actually kind of a romantic figure amid the leather and lace. Vulgar, he was not. He went from being this extremely controlled Dom - the biggest and baddest Master of the Shadowlands - to a gentle, understanding teddy bear who loves to snuggle. The mind reading thing kind of threw me. Is he really a mind reader - as in telepathic - or simply good at reading people? The world may never know. But I did feel the connection between Z and Jessica. Of course, I think a lot more could have evolved between the two of them if their relationship had more room to grow. Basically, I was really torn. I was really, really uncomfortable at first. If I could forget about that first encounter, I would have really liked this. I don't know if I've just gotten lucky with these types of books that I've read so far. I'm really hoping this isn't the norm. I have enjoyed the trust level that is there between D/s. The connections is tangible and makes the extras that much more titillating. That's seemed to be a major highlight of this type of book, but it wasn't there in this one, as far as I'm concerned.

  29. 5 out of 5

    AH

    Thanks to Allromance.com and their 12 days of Christmas, I was able to sample a genre of books that I would not have necessarily sought out. Do any of you remember The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Do you remember how it started on that dark and stormy night? Brad and Janet’s car broke down and the only house in the area was the spooky mansion? They arrive soaked and are told that there is a private party going on? Well, this ebook had a very similar start. Jessica skids off the road and walks over Thanks to Allromance.com and their 12 days of Christmas, I was able to sample a genre of books that I would not have necessarily sought out. Do any of you remember The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Do you remember how it started on that dark and stormy night? Brad and Janet’s car broke down and the only house in the area was the spooky mansion? They arrive soaked and are told that there is a private party going on? Well, this ebook had a very similar start. Jessica skids off the road and walks over to this large mansion. She knocks on the door and asks for help. She is told that a private party is going on and she would not be able to stay. The owner of the house Master Z sees her and invites her to clean up, shower off the mud, and get into some dry clothes while she is waiting for help. Now, this is no ordinary party, and there are papers to read and sign prior to entry. Jessica figures that she has nothing better to do, so she signs the papers without reading them and enters the party. I really enjoyed how the author portrayed this particular lifestyle. There was a dignity and respect for the subs that I did not know existed. Master Z (Zachary) was particularly sensitive to Jessica’s needs. There are some hot and surprisingly sexy moments. I also melted when Master Z called Jessica Kitten. Now where have I heard that before? Funny it had the same result with me. The description of the club was very interesting. So many different things happening - some in public and some in private. I was fascinated by all the rules and regulations involved in running such a place. I like how abusive doms were treated – they were kicked out of the club and blacklisted. My only disappointment is that the next book in the series does not continue Zachary and Jessica's story. It would be nice to see how everything turned out for them. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I will be looking for more of Cherise Sinclair’s books in the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘

    FOUR STARS! If you've ever had to walk a mile in the rain and cold after losing your car in a ditch, then you probably are having the worst day ever, and I'm going to guess that your name is Jessica. Club Shadowlands opens up with our heroine, Jessica Randall, a no-nonsense accountant currently down on her luck and searching for some road-side assistance. She stumbles across a private club where she meets the swoon-worthy Master Z, who leads her on a gentle exploration of the kinky side of sex an FOUR STARS! If you've ever had to walk a mile in the rain and cold after losing your car in a ditch, then you probably are having the worst day ever, and I'm going to guess that your name is Jessica. Club Shadowlands opens up with our heroine, Jessica Randall, a no-nonsense accountant currently down on her luck and searching for some road-side assistance. She stumbles across a private club where she meets the swoon-worthy Master Z, who leads her on a gentle exploration of the kinky side of sex and teaches her to push her boundaries and live a little. I quite enjoyed this book. Enjoyed discovering through Jessica different kinks that I would be OK with, enjoyed the dual gentle and dominating nature that is Master Z, loved the sweet things that came out of his mouth that made me wish like hell there were more guys out there like him. I didn't really have any complaints with this read other from the fact that I wish it were longer and that I had hoped for a scene outside of the club. But as it is a series, I'm guessing I'll get more glimpses of this couple with the next few books. Overall, a great and fun read. Definitely recommend it to those who, like me, had never explored the realms of BDSM. This is a great introductory into the genre.

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