#review #BDSM – The Effing List by Cherise Sinclair, Book 14 of the Masters of the Shadowlands

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Let’s liven up our marriage. It’ll be fun.
Then her husband brought two slaves into the house. That was the end of that. Divorce achieved, Valerie is working on her goals. Friends: has a new one. Fitness: little muscles! Finances: in the black.

Friskiness? Total. Effing. Fail.
So she attends the notorious Shadowlands club’s open house. There, a sadistic Dom—a fellow professor–teaches her that she loves pain with her pleasure. He wants to show her more.

Despite the razor edges of his hard face and the authority in his every word, he’s careful and caring. He listens, and how tempting is that?

But she knows better. Her heart is off limits.

Retired Special Forces colonel, Ghost has been a widower for long enough.
Although he’s ready to love again, the generous, caring woman he desires has scars from her past. However, he has hard-won skills, enough to show Valerie there can be a new F on her list—fulfillment. Life looks good.

Until his past surfaces, shattering his new life and the love he’d hoped to win.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

What I love about this series is how I appreciate the men are not the young strapping Doms but they are seasoned men who know what they want.  They have been through it all and are in the prime of their lives.  As I get older, I am beginning to appreciate a man who knows what he wants, who he is, and what he will do with his live.  The fact all of Cherise’s Dom fall into this category makes my reading even better.

Valerie and Ghost AKA Finn.  They are two professors who enjoy the lifestyle.  Valerie has learned she is a very eager masochist while Ghost is the very eager sadist to teach her the ways of it all.  The two should have it easy but conflict arises.  Valerie had a WONDERFUL DB of an ex who put a lot in her head.  His treatment is what is causing Ghost so many difficulties.  Ghost on the other had also has some issues with his past like many of the other doms.  The two have a lot to fix in themselves before they can fully open up to what could be with the other.

As always, I love catching up with my old favorites form the series and see how life has progressed for them.  This book doesn’t disappoint me at all.

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s renowned for writing heart-wrenching romances with laugh-out-loud dialogue, alpha males, and absolutely sizzling sex.

I met my dearheart when vacationing in the Caribbean. Now I won’t say it was love at first sight. Actually since he stood over me, enjoying the view down my swimsuit top, I might have been a tad peeved—as well as attracted. But although we were together less than two days and lived on opposite sides of the country, love can’t be corralled by time or space.

We’ve now been married for many, many years. (And he still looks down my swimsuit tops.)

Nowadays, I live in the west with this obnoxious, beloved husband and a seventy-pound lap-puppy. I’m a gardener, and I love nurturing small plants until they’re big and healthy and productive…and ripping defenseless weeds out by the roots when I’m angry. I enjoy thunderstorms, collecting eggs from the chickens, and visiting the local brewery for the darkest, maltiest beer on tap. My favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch next to the master of my heart, watching the fire, reading, and…well…if you’re reading my books, you obviously know what else happens in front of fires.

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