Protecting His Own by Cherise Sinclair #Review

Protecting His Own by Cherise Sinclair #ReviewProtecting His Own by Cherise Sinclair

Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #11
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher on May 31, 2016
Pages: 226
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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*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).

Challenge Info:

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.

About Cherise Sinclair

USA Today Bestselling Author, Cherise Sinclair is renowned for writing heart-wrenching stories with laugh-out-loud dialogue, devastating Dominants, and absolutely sizzling sex. And did I mention the BDSM? Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a Goodreads BDSM group’s Best Author of the Year.

Cherise currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her beloved husband and writes full-time under the supervision of a merciless feline.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • RO

    I haven’t read Cherise Sinclair for quite some time, but my goodness, she knows how to write a good BDSM tale that has you feeling the heat and love. Great review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This one has a lot of heart in it with the couple wanting a child of their own. Becoming foster parents is just another layer to it. The BDSM was there, but it was kept mild and was right for the point and time it was used.

  • I’ve not started this series yet, but you captured my emotions to want to read this story with your engaging review.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      You should really read this series. It does have a lot of BDSM elements, but she writes characters with so much heart. I loved this one because it had a couple I loved and how they wanted to start a family.

  • I need to try and get back into her books again. It’s been a while since I’ve read in this series and not sure why. I’m not usually a fan of bringing couples back like that but I did enjoy them the first go-round so who knows. I’m glad to see it was solid for ya.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      OH, no! Don’t let this series go because I am a huge Cherise Sinclair fan. I too don’t like bringing back couples, but their story was so good. Seeing them want to start a family when all we really saw was a bad relationship with an ex and the BDSM parts, makes this story even better.

  • Oh man, I love her books but I haven’t read this one yet.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Go get it! I loved it.

  • oh I need to pick this one up!!! I don’t think I have read her yet. And both of these characters sound fabulous. And I do adore it when authors put kids in a romance, I know most romance readers aren’t fans, but I love them. And hot kinky sex is never bad, it can liven up a relationship.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I don’t mind kids in a story as I don’t really know how a couple can have a BDSM relationship so well with kids around. This just shows you have to find a time and place for it and that just because a couple is kinky, doesn’t make them bad people. I loved now the messed it all together to be a family.