20/08/2013 by Basia Rose
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 humour doesn’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. All too soon, she realizes she wants him to stay.
When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she finds a new home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.
My thoughts in dot points:
- Nolan and Beth are in this one. They’re still my favourites in the series, and have been strangely missing from some crucial scenes in recent books.
- I think the author did a good job finding the balance in the sadism in this book. There’re a lot of vanilla readers who didn’t want to read about a relationship involving sadism and masochism (apparently this is the ‘final frontier’ when it comes to BDSM romance), so it couldn’t be too extreme, but I think the mentality behind the need to give or receive pain was described in a way people could understand.
- I’m glad that while everyone is pairing off (it is a romance series, after all!) not everyone is having a baby a year. That’s the quickest way to ruin a series (babies aren’t great in fiction!).
- I basically just like this series. Whether or not you love every book, it’s one of the few BDSM series that manages to retain its sanity, as far as I’m concerned.