Show Me, Baby by Cherise SinclairShow Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair
Series: Shadowlands (1001 Dark Nights)
Published by Other Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Pages: 207
Format: eBook
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When Rainie rushes an injured dog to a clinic, she’s appalled to recognize the veterinarian, Jake Sheffield. So not fair. His memory has haunted her for over a decade. And then he showed up at her Shadowlands BDSM club. And now, he owns the veterinary clinic? The Gods of Cruelty must be laughing at her.

Master Jake is sophisticated, wealthy, and gorgeous. Rainie’s a fluffy, ex-slum-rat. He’d never be with a woman like her. Besides, she’s been burned enough times that she won’t get serious about any man. Sure, the BDSM club trainees are supposed to be seeking a permanent Dom, but no harm, no foul—the Masters don’t need to know the truth.

As a Shadowlands Master, Jake watches out for all the trainees. But one is special. Lush body, a gift for living life to the fullest, always laughing or smiling. Now he’s learned she also has a big heart. Although Rainie trips all his switches, she’s avoided him since the moment she arrived…and he let her have that play. But when she lies to him about her goals, he knows the time has come for a Master to take an active part in her training.

For those of us who are Cherise Sinclair groupies, which I definitely am, the Shadowlands is our happy place. It’s a place where men and women learn about living a life filled with passion and love. The members of Shadowlands are a family and the reader is the lucky voyeur. So when I heard that Ms. Sinclair was going to contribute a Shadowlands novella to the inspired 1001 Dark Nights collection, you know I was pre-ordering that book. I stalked my e-reader until the book magically appeared and then God help the person who interrupted my reading.

As soon as I began reading, I was reminded of why I love this series. I fell in love with the heroine as soon as Rainie stepped out into the rain to save a stray dog. While I have loved all the women in this series, I must confess that Rainie is probably my favorite because I can relate to her the most. Her doubts about her worth hit too close to home. Add in her plus size and the resulting feelings of inadequacy, and well, let’s just say I get it. Yet, Rainie still worked hard to overcome her past and you couldn’t help but admire and cheer for her.

Jake is everything I have come to expect from a Shadowlands’ master – commanding, alpha, smart, sexy, yet still caring and loving. But Jake has his own demons to overcome, most notably that even the strongest Dom can lean on his submissive and yet still be a Dom.

The relationship between Jake and Rainie was so believable that I forgot these were fictional characters. I found myself shedding more than a few tears as Jake used his role as her Dom, to help Rainie learn to love herself. The harder Jake worked to help Rainie, the more I admired him. His protective and loving nature only made me fall further in love with him.

In addition to these overwhelming emotional scenes, it wouldn’t be a Shadowlands story if there weren’t hot, wild and passionate BDSM scenes. Ms. Sinclair is a genius when it comes to writing sex scenes that leave the reader hot and bothered. She has an amazing ability to describe the D/s relationship in such a manner as to help you understand why someone would want to live this lifestyle.

The reader was also gifted with the return of the characters that make the Shadowlands the phenomenal series it is. It is always wonderful to revisit with these men and women who have wormed their way into my heart. I love seeing how their relationships have grown and seeing where they are today.

The writing in Show Me, Baby is everything I have come to expect from Ms. Sinclair. There is drama and emotions to keep you on the edge of your seat, but with enough humor to prevent you from being overwhelmed. It takes a special kind of author to write a book that will make you cry one page and laugh out loud on another. The dialogue is so natural that I can actually hear the characters speaking. You will find yourself so lost in the story that time will just slip away.

With each addition to the Shadowlands, I swear that the newest is my favorite and so I will claim Show Me, Baby is my new favorite. Ms. Sinclair is a master technician at writing stories with so much heart and soul that once you begin reading, you won’t be able to stop until the final page. Now that this book is finished I begin the requisite guessing game of who will be featured in the next installment. Hopefully, Ms. Sinclair will never run out of characters to write about.