Josie doesn’t need any help raising her son.
Pregnant at sixteen, Josie learned the hard way about men and their empty promises. She picked herself up and is raising her eleven-year-old son. By herself. And that’s the way she intends it to stay. Unfortunately, her impressionable boy becomes fascinated by the scruffy, intimidating biker who lives next door.
The scars on Holt’s face are only the most visible of his wounds.
Out of the hospital after being attacked in his own damn house, Holt is coming to terms with the fact that his scars frighten people. Like his now-ex-girlfriend who ran after one look at him. Like his redheaded neighbor who hauled her boy away as if Holt was a serial killer. Fine. He’ll give the pretty bartender all the space she wants.
The Shadowlands will bring them together…
When Josie starts bartending in the exclusive, private club, she discovers her neighbor is a member. And a Master–a skilled powerful Dom who can make her fantasies come true. Slowly, the firefighter breaks down the walls around her heart, teaching her how to trust. How to love…
But when her son’s choices lead to disaster, can their relationship survive?
I received this book from the authors for an honest review.
Oh man was I excited to get a book about Holt. I had a bit of a soft side for him after Uzuri’s book. Now don’t go getting all crazy because Master Marcus is still my favorite but still Holt has my heart a fluttering.
Holt is a sweet, kind and gentle soul who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The fact he was attacked by a stalker and left with a few scars unfortunately chased away his girlfriend, Nadia. He is a bit bruised but still hopeful he can find love when he meets his sprite of a neighbor Josie.
Josie is dedicated to her son and will move Heaven and Earth to make sure he gets what he needs. When the new neighbor moves in, she freaks because a man on a bike with tats and scars has to be a drug dealing biker right???? She is none too thrilled he shares a duplex with her great aunt either.
When Josie loses her job a chance meeting with Master Z lands her a job in the Shadowlands. She loves the job as a bartender. The hours fit her need and schedule, but the pay is FANTASTIC. Now she is stunned to see her neighbor is not only a member but an honored MASTER…say what????
Josie and Holt’s chemistry is amazing to read. They have a zing every scene they are in together. The couple had a lot to work out because of Josie’s fear of men and her trust issues after her life experiences taught her romance and love just exist. I think for Me, as a reader, I loved the confidence Holt has in regards to chasing Josie. I love a confident man but a man who also knows when to give his little scared pet a little bit of space before he overwhelmed her AGAIN with what she didn’t know she needed.
The backstory of the arsonist is great reads. I loved how it all played out plus who all came to help in Holt in the ending.
Authors often say their characters argue with them. Unfortunately, since Cherise Sinclair’s heroes are Doms, she never, ever wins.
New York Times and 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.
Fledglings having flown the nest, Cherise, her beloved husband, and one fussy feline live in the Pacific Northwest where nothing is cozier than a rainy day spent writing.