Review: To Command and Collar by Cherise Sinclair

Posted December 26, 2011 by Annie in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: To Command and Collar by Cherise Sinclair
To Command and Collar
by Cherise Sinclair

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 29, 2011
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #6
Published by Loose ID
Pages: 341
Format: eARC
 

 

I haven’t felt this way about a book since Sherrilyn Kenyon’s ACHERON. TO COMMAND AND COLLAR follows the same premise – a character suffers the cruel, soul-stripping torture of being a sex slave.

First off, I have to warn readers that this book is much more darker than any of the others in the series combined. Most of you would recognize the heroine in this book. Kimberly Moore is Gabi’s best friend, the heroine from MAKE ME, SIR. As you know, Kim was kidnapped and sold as a sex slave to sadistic men who get off on hurting women during sex.

Raoul, the sexy Hispanic Dom takes it upon himself to get into a special event for “damaged goods” where he finds Kimberly. Abused and scarred by her previous owner, Kim is now seen as a damaged product and is offered to Raoul for a discounted price. Raoul must play the part of a ruthless scumb in order to get Kim out. However, he finds that playing the part is more difficult than he can bear.

The amount of heartbreak in this book hits you right where you’re most vulnerable. Sinclair does a fantastic job of evoking emotion and sympathy for a woman who has endured horrific acts that would break any person.

Kim shows her strength countless times in this book and it’s hard not to shed some tears as you witness her journey. As I said earlier, this book reminds me of Kenyon’s well-loved character, Acheron. It’s their dealings with being a sex slave that squeeze your heart and make you ache with them.

I personally don’t have a preference for the BDSM slave lifestyle. That’s just not me, however this isn’t the first time I have read a book where a character wishes to be a slave 24/7. TO COMMAND AND COLLAR is one of the better ones I have read following this lifestyle choice. There were moments when I felt that Raoul was pushing Kim too hard. But in those instances, I had to remember that with the looming follow-up with the Overseer coming, Raoul was doing it for her own protection.

TO COMMAND AND COLLAR is Top Pick for 2011 for me. Sinclair gives Kim the book she deserves, showing her progression from a broken doll into a human being filled with life, something her abusers failed to see as they hurt her repeatedly.

If you are looking for a sizzling hot story that will not only heat you up, but touch your soul, then Sinclair delivers in TO COMMAND AND COLLAR. It’s a touching story that will leave you breathless and in tears, making sure it will make your own Top Reads of 2011!

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About Cherise Sinclair

Having to wear glasses in elementary school can scar a person for life. Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author?

Known for writing deeply emotional stories, the USA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year. Called an “ascendant erotica queen” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Cherise spends her days writing, supervised by a sadistic calico cat.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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Karen
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Karen

This review hits it right on the head.

K. M. Springsteen
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K. M. Springsteen

I love the emotions evoked by Cherise’s writing. She obviously puts a lot of thought into her stories and she consistently achieves the perfect balance between emotionally and physically erotic.

K. M. Springsteen
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K. M. Springsteen

I love the emotions evoked by Cherise’s writing. She obviously puts a lot of thought into her stories and she consistently achieves the perfect balance between emotionally and physically erotic.

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Thanks Karen! 😀

Amen, K.M.! I couldn’t agree with you more. Cherise really does write fantastic BDSM stories that delve deeper, touching the emotional aspect of the lifestyle. It’s amazing to read.

Ann

ilona
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ilona

Having loved Acheron’s story and the way Sherrilyn evoked so many emotions in me with her writing, I am so going to add this one to my list of MUST buys now.

Nitrous
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Nitrous

I love every book in this series! Hats off to Cherise for the hours of reading pleasure shes shared

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Leeann's Blog!

I’ll be getting the whole series

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Under the Covers

Yay, i hope you enjoy Ilona and Leeann!

June M.
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June M.

This is a wonderful story! I think this was my favorite to date from Ms. Sinclair’s Shadowlands Masters. Great emotion, super sexy, wonderful characters and story. I can’t wait for more Masters!

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Under the Covers

i’m starting to read her other series now! Another great series!

Barbara
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Barbara

Great review! I’m also tempted to get into the whole series!

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Under the Covers

Gooo Barbara!! Runnn, don’t walk!

Shelly
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Shelly

This is an awesome series. I can’t wait to read this book. Enjoyed the excerpt. 🙂

Red
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Red

love this series! can’t wait to get to this book!!

Krystal Shannan
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Krystal Shannan

Right on! Love the series and this book was right up there with the rest. I own every book in the series and look forward to any further additions. The emotional connection that Cherise creates between her characters is something that I hope to emulate in my own writing.

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PaParanormalFan

Thank you for the Great Review of Cherise Sinclair’s “To Command and Collar” Book. It makes me want to get the entire Shadowlands Masters Seires.
Take Care & Have a Safe & Happy New Year,
Renee’ S.
paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

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lindseye

This is a little darker than the previous stories in the series but the plot calls for a darker slant. Same emotional payoff.

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Under the Covers

I can’t wait to know who is next in the series? Master Sam, you think?

Ann