Book five in Cherise Sinclair’s Mountain Master & Dark Haven series. I have read Cherise Sinclair before and I enjoyed it this one just wasn’t doing it for me. Well let me rephrase that, the BDSM aspect did really impress me; probably because service submission isn’t my favorite. Everything else about the book was good I love rope play and enjoyed watching Virginia come to the slow realization and learning the difference between submission and her own personal neurosis. Atticus isn’t my favorite kind of alpha male but he is what he is and he knows his stuff and he knows he loves Virginia even if they both are not quite ready for that.
Virginia up and leaves to work as a social worker for one of the prison in the mountains of California. She wants a fresh start away from her ex-fiancé. He not only used her but cheated on her and she had enough even if it meant leaving a job she loves working with kids. Virginia comes off as very naïve, especially when it comes to sex and BDSM. He ex-fiancé convinced her it was just something they made up to sell books and is shocked and intrigued when she finds out that her new friends are all in on the scene and gets the chance to watch a Beginners BDSM weekend retreat. There she meets a man who sends shivers down her spine.
Atticus left his family home in Idaho when his little brother went to prison in California for aggravated manslaughter, drunken driving lead to an accident and his best friend died. Atticus quickly made friends with the members in the local dungeon and with his knowledge of ropes he ended up teaching on the weekend retreats. This latest one provides to be very interesting indeed.
Atticus is quickly taken with Virginia and they start up an almost vanilla relationship, Virginia calling it friends with benefits. But when Virginia starts to stress out she starts doing this for Atticus and when she realizes what she is doing, and not knowing his past breaks things off because she is afraid he would start to use her just like her ex did. Atticus forgetting that any good Dom needs to listen is angered by her excuse and leaves. It doesn’t take long before they mend things up and try working through both of their problems. The best part in my opinion is the end big finish, prison riot, prison break and Virginia is taken hostage; all very exciting.
Overall yeah I would recommend it if you are a fan of BDSM.
**ARC provided by Publisher**
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