*Dreamy sigh* Beth and Nolan are back! This couple is a blast from the past in the Club Shadowlands series and one of my favorite books. Why? This was the first time I saw Cherise Sinclair add a little suspense to her books with a story inside and outside of the club. Beth survived an abusive husband and now has a successful landscaping business along with a dominant husband who is her whole world. When Nolan gets talked into traveling out of the country to help build (he owns his own contracting business) homes, Beth is left alone to all the demons Nolan keeps at bay. The one thing she wants that is out of her reach is children. She feels like a failure that her body cannot give Nolan the children he wants, when he is perfectly fine adopting as many kids as she wants.
So Nolan comes home from the trip and knows right away something is wrong with the woman he loves. She’s keeping something from him and that is unacceptable. Using his dominance, he chips away at what she is keeping from him, what she has done without him and even what her hidden emotions are doing to her.
Through his entire absence though, she continued to work at a women’s shelter she set up with her late husband’s money. A kind of karma for the abuse he heaped on her and using his money to help women in the same situation. Beth has forged relationships with the women and children there, but especially two little boys in need of hugs. Their mother has completed her drug rehab so they are going home, but Beth knows it isn’t going to be the best home and tries hard to get their case worker to pay attention.
The story is told from multiple points of view. Beth is the driving force with Nolan a close second, but you also get to see in the mind of the oldest brother as his little heart deals with his druggie mother and her abusive boyfriend. Nolan is tasked with protecting his submissive from a broken heart, but also in making it fuller. When the boys come to live with them as foster children, Nolan learns more about himself, his submissive and the strings that pull the heart.
The story has mild BDSM scenes, but they are there. Nolan and Beth are an established couple, but still struggle with normal things in marriage and wanting a family. I did feel the love scenes were muted as they should have been. The kids are emotionally damaged and Nolan and Beth do everything to keep a normal household for them as things play out.
This was a wonderful follow up story. You kind of know where it will go and how it will end up, but that’s just fine. There is a lot of love that comes through this story and how just because you are kinky doesn’t make you a bad person, but maybe someone who is more in touch with how emotions feel and how to detect when you need to do something different to handle a situation. Beth is one strong woman for all she has dealt with and having her dreams crushed in a way. Nolan is the strong male that stands behind her an loves her for her not what she can give him. The kids were an added bonus.
This was a good addition to the series to see where characters we have loved have grown and found a life that is still exciting and will continue with lots of love and caring (with a side of hot kink sex).
Literary Pickers: Whip
Pervy Girl: Bondage
Books ‘N Tunes:
—-Where Shadows Lie by Bella Morte – I chose this one because it was the music playing in the club during a scene.