Review: If Only by Cherise Sinclair

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Review: If Only by Cherise Sinclair
If Only

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 5, 2013
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #8
Pages: 543



Whenever a reader asks for a BDSM recommendation, I respond with only one name: Cherise Sinclair. In her books, you will find devastatingly alluring characters, raw emotion, intense suspense and a story that will keep you locked in its sinful embrace. IF ONLY is one of my favourite reads this year. ~ Under the Covers

I feel like I’ve waited years for Sally and the Feds’ book but trust me when I say the wait is worth it! There was a lot of anticipation, nervousness and excitement as I jumped headlong into this book. Writing a long series and having all the characters interact with one another makes readers very, very eager. The author has built a family and readers have come to expect certain things from the characters. But as I read the opening scene of this book, a sense of familiarity and comfort returned as I remembered why I adore this series so much.

Sally has always had that spitfire attitude, that spark that a lot of the other submissive don’t show off much. Her book has that spark. There are pranks thrown at the Mistress Anne and the Feds, there are the snarky comebacks, there is her wit, and the overall sense of vibrancy that Sally’s character brings to the story. Because of that, I think this book is one of my favorites in the series. I laughed out loud, I grinned like a fool, I cursed and I teared up as well. Sinclair strikes the perfect balance of vulnerability/insecurity and sassiness in Sally’s character that it just made me love her more.

Furthermore, the sex slavery theme isn’t new in this series. But what is interesting is the way Sinclair puts Sally in the action. As a smart hacker, Sally has all the tools right at her fingertips and she uses it to her advantage when she obtains information that can save several women from being kidnapped. I have to give a hand to Sinclair for coming up with that. It’s a smart, effective tactic that makes Sally’s character shine.

The Feds are two of the toughest and the scariest Doms in the Shadowlands. Just reading about them made me nervous, but honest to God, I didn’t expect them to be so sweet either! As Sinclair builds this romance from the ground up, she has a very hard task on her hands. Two men – Doms, I may add (That’s not very common) and a sassy submissive. That doesn’t always work, but Sinclair makes it so that readers are invested in the story and the characters.

Both Vance and Galen have their own issues to overcome. It makes this book long, but one of the things I love about Sinclair’s writing is that she gives her characters wonderful internal conflict and WORKS IT OUT. She doesn’t rush that process and in the end, you can definitely feel that the character has worked out their problems, as well as fallen deeply in love. As a result, IF ONLY is a beautifully written story of overcoming guilt.

But wait! There’s more! Sinclair brings in the whole crew and some MAJOR advancements are detailed in this book. Loyal fans have A LOT to be happy about. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to get there. Sinclair showcases some of the ups and downs of past characters. Some of their stories broke my heart, but I feel like it’s worth it in the end.

If you’re a fan, then you already know this, but Sinclair can come up with some crazy interesting ways to have sex! She’ll push you in this one, as you’ll find out and some little tricks are just plain hilarious (the music make-up sex scene comes to mind). 

IF ONLY surpassed my expectations with blinding colors. It’s uncommon to find an author so consistently good at what she writes. Whenever a reader asks for a BDSM recommendation, I respond with only one name: Cherise Sinclair. In her books, you will find devastatingly alluring characters, raw emotion, intense suspense and a story that will keep you locked in its sinful embrace. IF ONLY is one of my favourite reads this year.


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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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So excited to read this book!!! as is my husband. I got him hooked on the Shadowlands series & he is on book 4. Thanks for the review & teasers of what is to come !! xoxoxo to Cherise!!!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Ooh yes! Love it when you can book your hubby on them! I did the same with this series and suggested it to one of my guy friends. He loved the first book!

Sharonda SexxyBlogger

I love this series amd I really likes how she gets just better and better with her stories. I have to finish this one because I stopped at the 3rd book. Great review Ann

Under the Covers Book Blog

Hey Sharonda! This is one of my all-time fave series. Def worth reading the other books in the series IMO!


I agree

Aly P

I loved it! And I agree with everything you said in the book, but I don’t see what direction Ms. Sinclair is taking with the series 😀

Under the Covers Book Blog

Jake’s book is next! I’m interested to see what happens with the new Master!

Aly P

Oh, true… I remember reading about that… Do you have any idea if there will be more books after his?

Rana Adams

AWESOME!!! I love anything Miss Cherise writes!! She is truly amazing!

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lisa w

Love Cherise! My other go to are Kallypso Masters & Lexi Blake


Kallypso masters is great!

Aly P

Lexi is awesome! I can’t wait for her next book.


I love everything by cherise sinclair!


Hmmm I hadn’t heard that


Sorry!….that was in response to timitra :/


I love this series not sure I’m gonna read this installment because I heard it has fisting in it and I’m so not a fan of that.

Amy R

I have book 1 of this series but haven’t read it yet, I see people on Twitter and Facebook mention this series a lot so I guess I need to get reading.
Look one of her books has your avatar on it.

trish dechant

I am the same way–if someone wants the name of an author who I think encapsulates the BDSM lifestyle in her books, Cherise Sinclair is one of the top three that come to mind. What draws me to her books is the emotion she puts behind the actions, if you catch my drift. It has meaning, it has heart, and the Masters are seriously sexy!

Although this isn’t my fave of the series, fans of Club Shadowlands needs to have this in their collection.


Glad it was enjoyable! I think I’ve read two books in the series but gave up. Though my GR buddies tell me the series really picks up at book 3. Maybe I should revisit…


I have loved all the books in this series. Buy the fist full of love was a little much for me. Still loved the book and would never say anything bad about it.