Genres: BDSM Romance
Released on April 6, 2015
Bring on the Cherise Sinclair BDSM Club. Oh, wait, there is already a name for this group. Well, I am an adoring fan of almost anything she writes. We head back up the mountain to see a Master take on a new skittish submissive. Their careers intersect, but in the bedroom they are just chemistry students. Mild BDSM, with a side of action romance. Enough to satisfy any romance lover.
1001 Dark Nights is a group of stories what a narrator is telling a man who kills his wives the morning after the wedding. But one wife tells a story each night and enthralls him into letting her live another day. So each story is one of the collection of stories told from the woman to save her life. So they have to be good stories, right?
Virginia Cunningham needs to put her past behind her and move on from her broken engagement to a cheating bastard. Taking the first job she finds, she heads out from New Orleans to the mountains of California to council inmates in a local prison. Not the best job by far as the inmates aren’t really polite nor civilized at times. One inmate though has touched her soft heart for the depth of his sorrow for causing his friends death, but not all inmates have a story of regret. Not believing BDSM is a real thing, she accepts a friends offer of a backpacking adventure where couples learn the basics of BDSM while outdoors camping. Intending to be a watch, not a participant, she can’t resist the call of a alpha Dom who wants to get to know her better.
Detective Atticus Ware (what a name!) has moved to California to be closer to his younger brother who is doing time for a stupid mistake he made. While he has enjoyed the submissives just looking for a good time, he is looking for more, or the one who he can have a connection with. Teaching BDSM keeps him involved and he loves teaching couples to be closer. When arrives to a weekend retreat of BDSM couples, he is taken with the shy, but fiery Gin. After he learns she is not taken, she shows her what BDSM can be for a woman and then ruins it all when he learns she is his brother’s councilor at the prison.
And so it goes that Atticus likes to piss off the submissive that he wants. He does it more than once and I wanted to Gibb smack him a few times. Atticus is a nice guy who likes control. He’s not into being a sadistic, but he likes to spank his woman and then drive her to heaven with pleasure. So it goes that they start a friends with benefits relationship where Atticus is a man and we women want that man, but we also want him to stop being the stupid man. Saving people is his job, so when things get rough for Gin, he wants her to quit, but knows there’s not much else around for her to do.
Now Gin has her own issues to get over. Her father left her family as a child and she has this complex of always wanting to please the people in her life. She goes the extra mile thinking that is what will make them stay. After her break up with her ex-fiance, she decides she isn’t going to be that person any more. The downside…well, she is a service submissive. She likes taking care of people, so when she realizes she is starting to give everything to Atticus (and he is giving back), she freaks out and pulls away.
These two unfortunately need a crisis in their lives to get them to realize a few things. Their good people with bad pasts making silly decisions without really thinking it through. I loved it! Throw in something going on at the prison and you have a little suspense to get through along with some really *panting* sexy times in the bedroom.
This is more on the light side of BDSM, which I really am beginning to appreciate more. There are group gatherings, and Cherise loves the hay piles in the barn kind of playing around. We see past characters from all the Master of the Mountains and Dark Haven series. It’s a spanking good time in the mountains!
Their issues are real and at times got in the way of the story, but that’s real life. I loved how they kept the BDSM lighter, like probably more relationships, but they also did interact with other lifers. The chemistry was there, but at times it felt muted. Overall, it’s a good story to read in an afternoon all snuggled up in the mountains!
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