All Linda wants is to return to her quiet,
conservative life. She’s going to be
normal if it kills her, and if the comments of her late husband and previous
lovers are anything to go by, being a masochist is the farthest thing from
normal. Only Linda can’t seem to find
her balance. She still battles with the memories
of her imprisonment and abuse, and there’s someone in her hometown who won’t
let her forget her time as a slave. After
hateful words are spray painted on her home, Linda’s shocked when her friend sends
Sam Davies to help her. Sam brings all
the desires she’s tried to suppress to the surface. Can she come to accept her whole self and make
a go of a relationship with Sam? Or will
the all-too-real ghosts of her past tear her apart before she has the chance?
Honest, emotional, sexy, thrilling…THIS IS WHO I
AM is all that and more. Cherise
Sinclair is THE powerhouse BDSM romance author and her talent shines through in
THIS IS WHO I AM. I loved this book from
beginning to end for more reasons than I can say, though for the sake of this
review I’ll keep it brief.
Cherise Sinclair has written many memorable
couples, but Linda and Sam definitely rank among my top favorites. They’re older and wiser than many romance
heroes and heroines, and their maturity and experience gives THIS IS WHO I AM a
different tone. I flat-out loved both of
them. Linda is a warm, caring, strong
woman who’s been through hell and has come out the other side, ready to face
her fears. It’s not easy for her, nor is
it just her memories of her captivity that are holding her back. I loved watching Linda come into her own over
the course of the story, and watching her learn to accept and enjoy who she is
was simply beautiful. As for Sam, he’s a
sadist with a heart of gold. Not knowing
much about the sadism side of BDSM, I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. But Sam – though he has a firm hand with the
flogger and is undeniably a sadist – has a gruff, old-fashioned gentleman way about
him that I just swooned over. His
straightforward, no frills caring nature makes him stand out in my mind. He’s not without his own demons, however; his
horrifying ex-wife did a number on both Sam and his daughter and he’s reticent
to drop all his barriers around Linda because of this. Together and separately Linda and Sam were a
compelling, sizzling hot couple and their happily ever after was worth every
bit of work they had to do to attain it.
Though Linda and Sam are the heart and soul of
THIS IS WHO I AM, MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS fans needn’t fear that their
favorite Shadowlands Masters and subs are missing from the story. All six couples – plus some future
protagonists – play strong supporting roles.
Reading about the Shadowlands community makes me feel like I’m visiting
with old friends. There’s laughter and
jokes aplenty, but it’s the honesty and acceptance among the group that made me
smile over and over again.
I cannot recommend
THIS IS WHO I AM highly enough. Ms.
Sinclair has written a unique, engaging book that I devoured in less than a
day. Don’t be afraid to take a trip to
the dark side with this book – you won’t regret it.