Title: This Is Who I Am
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #7
When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won’t even admit she’s a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She’s everything he knew she would be…except for her bullheaded determination to be ‘normal’.
Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be ‘normal’? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn’t he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He’s amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor can’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. Soon she realizes she wants him to stay.
When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she feels as if she’s found a home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.
Man, I have been waiting for this one it seems like forever! I could NOT wait for another Shadowlands book to release! When she posted the date for it I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to get my little fingers on it and just lock out the entire world and read!
The dame came, I got it, I read it , I LOVED it!
I don’t know how else to say it other than if you want a great Dom series…Cherise is the one to go to! I have yet to NOT enjoy any of her Shadowlands books. I still need to get over to her Mountain Masters books. I just know that no one I mean NO ONE can write a Dom the way she can. All my friends in my book group on Facebook who have read the series have agreed with me. There are others out there who are close but she is still the top!
I honestly don’t even know what to say that could be a negative about this read. I loved it from start to end. I absolutely loved that this one I think is the longest one out of the series so far. They all got a little longer as you get further into the series. I can only hope that means that Sally’s story will be as long if not a little longer. 🙂 A girl can wish.
Okay on to my thoughts now:
I LOVED the relationship between Sam and Linda. I mean we all knew they were destined to be together ever since the scene at the auction.
There is so much that Linda is fighting to process and the poor girl is having a hard time getting over things. Which I mean who wouldn’t. I honestly could go on and on about how much I love the Dom’s in this series, but you have to read them to know exactly what I mean. And for those who have read them you will completely know what I mean.
I don’t want to give away too much because I hate when reviews post spoilers but the relationship between these two is amazing. Reading how their relationship grows is just touching. So many are afraid to read S/M stories but I have to say this is one I was looking forward to reading VERY much!
So many think that a Sadist is uncaring and unloving and that is why they refuse to read anything with it; but Cherise does a wonderful job showing the loving side to Sam. Maybe it is because he is a Dominant Sadist?! I don’t know but I do know that I would love to be on the receiving end of his pain. He is so gentle and rough at the same time. So loving and caring. It was surprising at some points because he was always so harsh in the past books. Always the Sadist. But here we get to see a different side to him.
It is funny because so many of the books I read have the HEA and we get to read all the torment that the characters go through throughout the process. Sam and Linda being older to be honest I wasn’t expecting it so much, I had automatically assumed that they had their “stuff” together when it came to that stuff, for the most part. It was fun seeing that they were no different from any other 20-30 year old confused and unsure when it comes to love and relationship stuff.
There were parts that had me all hot and bothered. I have to say that their scenes were pretty damn hot! I know for some him calling her “Missy” and “girl” might be a turnoff but for me it was far from that! It was cute, and endearing.
There are some parts that I was laughing so hard. Cherise ALWAYS has a way to throw in a GREAT funny “party” scene. In every book so far I catch myself wondering… Does this actually happen in real life? I would love to see this.
You have to absolutely be open-minded when reading these books. You cannot be turned off by BDSM and sex because these are filled with it. There is romance, sex (lots of it and all different ways), bdsm, human trafficking, abuse, and love in each and every one of them. (Okay the human trafficking aspect didn’t come in till about book 3 I believe).
If you are looking for something that is a GREAT read! This series would be it! For those who have read Fifty Shades and wants something MORE and something BETTER this is it! But if Fifty was too much for you to handle (sex wise) then you would not enjoy these!
~ favorite quote~
“Fight-or-flight revs up the nerves. So does pain. Means you felt more normal. So after I’d whipped you, you were loaded with endorphins and in subspace. Turned your head right off.”…
…”Do your eyes tear up when you peel an onion?”
“Huh?” “What the heck?” “Yes”
“That’s your nerves reacting to chemicals. If you tell yourself not to cry when peeling onions, does that work?”
“No.” she whispered. Nerves and chemicals. A person couldn’t control those…