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Beth must yield to become aroused, but she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets, and exactly what she needs... A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won't overwhelm her the very on Beth must yield to become aroused, but she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets, and exactly what she needs... A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won't overwhelm her— the very ones who cannot arouse her. The Master of the Shadowlands gives her an ultimatum: accept the Dom he assigns or lose her membership. The last thing Beth wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom, but that's just what she gets.Asked to take on a problem sub, Nolan sees the issue immediately— although truly submissive, the little redhead is too scared to relinquish control and her Doms have let her get away with it. That will change right now.As Master Nolan takes Beth under command, compelling her submission, she's terrified, but the experienced Dom brings her pleasure, not pain. His only demand is that she never lie to him. Under his capable hands, her body comes alive, and she begins to heal. As he pushes her limits, she learns to trust...and then to love. And she realizes he is beginning to care for her in return.But now her cruel husband has found her, and Master Nolan discovers she's been lying and lying and lying... Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to bondage, caning, domination, restraint, paddling, spanking, submission, tethering); exhibitionism, ménage, violence.


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Beth must yield to become aroused, but she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets, and exactly what she needs... A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won't overwhelm her the very on Beth must yield to become aroused, but she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets, and exactly what she needs... A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won't overwhelm her— the very ones who cannot arouse her. The Master of the Shadowlands gives her an ultimatum: accept the Dom he assigns or lose her membership. The last thing Beth wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom, but that's just what she gets.Asked to take on a problem sub, Nolan sees the issue immediately— although truly submissive, the little redhead is too scared to relinquish control and her Doms have let her get away with it. That will change right now.As Master Nolan takes Beth under command, compelling her submission, she's terrified, but the experienced Dom brings her pleasure, not pain. His only demand is that she never lie to him. Under his capable hands, her body comes alive, and she begins to heal. As he pushes her limits, she learns to trust...and then to love. And she realizes he is beginning to care for her in return.But now her cruel husband has found her, and Master Nolan discovers she's been lying and lying and lying... Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to bondage, caning, domination, restraint, paddling, spanking, submission, tethering); exhibitionism, ménage, violence.

30 review for Breaking Free (Masters of the Shadowlands #3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    4.5 Stars Above the background noise came the sounds of BDSM play: the crack of a whip, a hand slapping flesh, screams and stern commands from one scene area. Just another Saturday night at the Shadowlands. DANG, THIS BOOK WAS GOOD! After all, what is not to love about a sexy, broad shouldered and dark Dom..... "You may address me as Master, Master Nolan, or Sir." His lips twitched. "My Liege or Sire will work occasionally if you're really trying to suck up." who meets a scarred and broken woman 4.5 Stars Above the background noise came the sounds of BDSM play: the crack of a whip, a hand slapping flesh, screams and stern commands from one scene area. Just another Saturday night at the Shadowlands. DANG, THIS BOOK WAS GOOD! After all, what is not to love about a sexy, broad shouldered and dark Dom..... "You may address me as Master, Master Nolan, or Sir." His lips twitched. "My Liege or Sire will work occasionally if you're really trying to suck up." who meets a scarred and broken woman only to help put her back together again..... "Because the guys are all friends and are used to playing together" - Beth bit her lip - "and we're the toys about to be played with." Breaking Free is the third installment of the Masters of the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair. I would classify this one more as a kinky romantic suspense. It is a Cherise Sinclair book, so do expect the BDSM play. I really enjoyed the previous two books in the series; however, I admit that this one has been my favorite thus far. "She wouldn't be an easy sub to top." "Exactly." Z tilted his head. "You up to the challenge?" As a boy, Nolan and his brothers had pretended to be Knights of the Round Table. Now Z had just thrown down the gauntlet. Elizabeth Stanton (a.k.a Beth) finally managed to escape her sadistic and twisted husband after two years of unbearable pain, both physically and emotionally. She moves across the country to Florida, sets up her own landscaping business and tries to move on with her life. Beth wants to start fresh and still wants to be part of the BDSM lifestyle as she understands that this is a need within her. The problem is that due to her husband's deplorable and horrific brutality, Beth has inner demons that she deals with and finds herself unable to completely submit to a Dom. Master Z sees that no Dom has been able to completely meet Beth's needs and he decides to intervene by giving her an ultimatum. Beth can either accept a Dom of Master Z's choosing or relinquish her membership to the club. Master Nolan has no idea why he agreed to take on this problem sub despite his undeniable attraction to her vulnerable nature and beauty. Nolan is as serious as they come. After divorcing his ex-wife who cheated on him, he will not abide any form of deception. He works hard and when it comes to the club, he plays just as hard. As Nolan slowly discovers just how much abuse Beth endured, he can not help wanting to care for her. However, Beth is unable to completely let him in even though she begins to trust him and opens up under his caring ministrations. Just when Nolan and Beth make some strides in their relationship, Beth's past comes back to haunt her. Will Nolan stand by her side and save her? "Yes, you. My little rabbit. My sub. I love you, Beth." I found that Breaking Free was a much more emotionally charged book than it's two predecessors. Towards the end I was literally on the edge of my seat. I also found that I became very emotionally invested in Beth and Nolan. Beth had experienced so much pain and despair in her life and I simply wanted her to get the HEA that she needed. Nolan was the perfect Dom for her - strong enough to challenge all her barriers, yet caring enough to treat her with a gentle hand and compassion. Of course you do not read a Cherise Sinclair book without expecting some serious kink and steam. And, yes, Ms. Sinclair delivers. Boy, does she deliver. I particularly loved the small party that Nolan throws at his home with Cullen, Dan and their subs in attendance. It was panty-melting goodness. I still find myself struggling through some of the goings on of the club and so forth but damn I find them HOT! Not sure what that says about me. 0_0 Needless to say, I loved reading Breaking Free. I love how Cherise Sinclair intricately weaves compelling storylines into the BDSM lifestyle and belonging to a club like Shadowlands. There is never a dull moment. These books are intense. They are sexy. They are hot. Enough. Said. :0) And she knew there was only one answer possible, one that came easily to her lips. "Yes, sir."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

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  3. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This, the third installment of the Masters of the Shadowlands series is every bit as good as the first two, and in my opinion, even better. I’m a huge fan of the Romantic Suspense genre, so I really enjoyed the action/adventure aspect to this story. After a failed attempt at escape almost cost Beth her life, she has finally gotten away from her sadistic husband, Kyler Stanton, who has left her badly scarred, both inside and out. Free and on her own, hiding from the man she is terrified of, she t This, the third installment of the Masters of the Shadowlands series is every bit as good as the first two, and in my opinion, even better. I’m a huge fan of the Romantic Suspense genre, so I really enjoyed the action/adventure aspect to this story. After a failed attempt at escape almost cost Beth her life, she has finally gotten away from her sadistic husband, Kyler Stanton, who has left her badly scarred, both inside and out. Free and on her own, hiding from the man she is terrified of, she tries to create a new life for herself which can still include the BDSM sexuality she used to enjoy. However, her husband’s horrible brutality has left her with nightmares, and she’s now a woman unable to find pleasure in submitting to anyone. Needless to say, no Dom has been able to meet her needs and so Master Z gives her a choice; accept a Dom of his choosing, or leave the Shadowlands for good. Master Nolan has agreed to take Beth into his care and command. He’s a no-nonsense, demanding man who, under no circumstances, will allow anyone to lie to him or disobey him, and get away with it. He knows of Beth’s past and the man who abused both her body and soul, but he only knows as much as she has told him. As he and Beth become more than just Dom and sub, she begins to trust again, allowing herself to be completely open and submissive to Master Nolan. The future looks bright for the two of them, until the rest of Beth’s past is revealed. I really enjoyed the way life at the Shadowlands is woven into Beth’s story. And the BDSM party that was attended by Dan and Kari, Cullen and Deborah, and Nolan and Beth at Nolan’s house was very, very… kinky. As I’ve said, I’m pretty impressed by Cherise Sinclair’s novels and how well she blends everyday life and the intense sexuality of BDSM into all of her books. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    * Meli Mel *

    ♥♥♥ 3.5 Stars ♥♥♥ This story follows Beth, a woman scarred by the abuse of her monster of a husband. She is free from him but she doesn't really feel all that free. She hasn't felt like a woman in a long time. She goes to Club Shadowlands hoping to feel arousal again, but she can't seem to get past the fear of her past. That all changes when Master Nolan takes her on as his sub. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● "She was happy, she realized. In fact, she'd felt happier today tha ♥♥♥ 3.5 Stars ♥♥♥ This story follows Beth, a woman scarred by the abuse of her monster of a husband. She is free from him but she doesn't really feel all that free. She hasn't felt like a woman in a long time. She goes to Club Shadowlands hoping to feel arousal again, but she can't seem to get past the fear of her past. That all changes when Master Nolan takes her on as his sub. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● "She was happy, she realized. In fact, she'd felt happier today than in...in years (...) being with Nolan was different. She could really care about him.' ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● I feel like these stories start out in sort of the same fashion. Except for the fact that Beth seems really broken. She wasn't as feisty as the heroines in the first two books. But the fact that she was in an abusive relationship once and trying to get over it, is what really got my attention. She had trust issues as a result, which was understandable. I just didn't get why she didn't see a therapist or something so she could heal. While it was great having the sexy Master Nolan help her become more sexually uninhibited, I'm not sure if that would exactly cure her traumatic past. Master Nolan was all kinds of hot, which I'm noticing that Cherise Sinclair seems to like to write all of her heroes in this series to be. I really liked him and how protective and sweet he was with Beth. I did have a few problems, though, and this was just a problem of personal preference. While, I have been loving the steam in this series, this one I had more trouble with for some reason. I totally don't mind reading stories with ménage in them, but in this book it seemed all about the sex and with no emotional connection. Which kind of sucked for me. However, I will admit that any scenes with Nolan and Beth were still pretty freaking steamy. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● "Yes, you. My little rabbit. My sub. I love you, Beth." ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● It was a bit of a slow start for me in this one, but near the end things did get a lot more interesting. I liked the side plot that was in this book, it might have been a bit predictable but it held my attention. I'm still waiting to see if one of the books of the series will have more focus on the relationship. I'd like to see and feel the relationship grow slowly, and not too fast. While I did like some things in this book more than I did the previous books, I also disliked things about it that I didn't the last two. I'm not giving up on this series because for the most part I am liking it, plus I know it gets better so I can't wait to read the next books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    Too bored to write a review. The book was awesome. It also had some kind of "story" unlike the other 2 books which went along the lines of... 1)Dom Boy sees Sub Girl 2)Sub Girl sees Dom Boy 3)DB gets a hard on 4)SG gets wet panties 5)DB ties and beats/teases/sexes up SG 6)100 pages of kinky sex 7)The End. This one had a few plot twists and a fuller romance. The connection between the heroes was more pronounced and there were the magic "L" words after all their shit was done so I loved everything about Too bored to write a review. The book was awesome. It also had some kind of "story" unlike the other 2 books which went along the lines of... 1)Dom Boy sees Sub Girl 2)Sub Girl sees Dom Boy 3)DB gets a hard on 4)SG gets wet panties 5)DB ties and beats/teases/sexes up SG 6)100 pages of kinky sex 7)The End. This one had a few plot twists and a fuller romance. The connection between the heroes was more pronounced and there were the magic "L" words after all their shit was done so I loved everything about it. PS. Z is still my fav although Cullen rises steadily for the title.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Personally, I'm not a fan of this series. The only reason this book received 3 stars is because of the ending. It was fantastic! Not to mention, Ms. Sinclair is a superb erotic writer. However, the public sharing, public humiliation, group menages, and sadistic violence (side plot) that took place in this book went beyond what I'm comfortable with or enjoy reading. Needless to say, I'm not sure I'll be continuing the series.  I'm grateful The Dom's Dungeon and Mountain Masters series were my firs Personally, I'm not a fan of this series. The only reason this book received 3 stars is because of the ending. It was fantastic! Not to mention, Ms. Sinclair is a superb erotic writer. However, the public sharing, public humiliation, group menages, and sadistic violence (side plot) that took place in this book went beyond what I'm comfortable with or enjoy reading. Needless to say, I'm not sure I'll be continuing the series.  I'm grateful The Dom's Dungeon and Mountain Masters series were my first experience reading Cherise Sinclair. Had I started the Masters of the Shadowlands series first, I'm not sure I'd given Ms. Sinclair's other books a chance. And that would have been a shame. I'd have missed out on two of my favorite books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Posted on Under the Covers I feel like I should be addressing Cherise with Master because she really is a master storyteller. Each book in her Masters of the Shadowlands series gets better than the one before. In BREAKING FREE, Master Nolan, the darkly seductive contractor finds a lovely submissive in Beth. However, after two years of being abused by her sadist husband, Klyer Stanton, Beth finds it difficult to trust someone completely and with good reason! Upon her skin, Beth wears the trauma tha Posted on Under the Covers I feel like I should be addressing Cherise with Master because she really is a master storyteller. Each book in her Masters of the Shadowlands series gets better than the one before. In BREAKING FREE, Master Nolan, the darkly seductive contractor finds a lovely submissive in Beth. However, after two years of being abused by her sadist husband, Klyer Stanton, Beth finds it difficult to trust someone completely and with good reason! Upon her skin, Beth wears the trauma that has been dealt her way. Scars mar her body and Master Nolan can’t help but feel for her. Out of all the books so far, Beth had the most distance to travel emotionally. She has her BDSM kink and nothing will ever change that, but with the abuse she has endured, it takes a careful hand like Master Nolan’s to coax the scared little rabbit. This book is by far my favourite in the series so far. Master Nolan is a great Dom who puts the needs of his sub first and is so attentive to her needs that he already knows what she is feeling before Beth does. There is one particular scene where even before Beth can call out “yellow”, the warning signal to slow down, Nolan is already pulling back before those words leave her lips. This is why Master Nolan is the best Dom so far. I absolutely adore him. Cherise does a fantastic job of developing this unbreakable bond between Beth and Nolan. I think this is the best part of the book. It’s the fact that Beth learns to trust Nolan in slow increments that makes this book so damn good! As you read, you can sense the subtle changes in Beth, how she learns to control her anxiety and fears, how she and Nolan talk about their relationship and feelings. I felt like I was watching Beth bloom into something beautiful and strong. Nolan was the main reason for that change. There is also the added suspense subplot that picked up the pacing of this story and really made this story go from good to great! I always love some suspense with my BDSM reads and Cherise really delivers. I’m reading LEAN ON ME next, which is Cullen’s story! It’s about time, I say.

  8. 5 out of 5

    K

    Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. UGH. Most annoying shit ever. In the first book of the series, there was an overuse of "kitten." I didn't read the second book yet, so I hav Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. UGH. Most annoying shit ever. In the first book of the series, there was an overuse of "kitten." I didn't read the second book yet, so I have no idea what annoying endearment was used, but I know it's going to piss me off. This book was just ridiculous. I didn't buy Beth's reaction to her abuse. The level of abuse that she endured from her husband didn't match up with how her character was written. I mean, she was fucking TORTURED by that man, but a year later, after running for her life, she was already back in bdsm clubs. Yeah, she avoided experienced Doms, but immediately after being forced to get one, she gets turned on and is drawn to him. After a couple nights, she agrees to go out with him, right after that she agrees to attend his bdsm party at his house. I just would've liked a little more caution. The last Dom she fell for she married and he tortured her half to death, but she jumps head first into it with Nolan. Smh At least she never met him anywhere they were completely alone. That's the only thing I can give her props for, tbh. Ugh, and that bdsm party that Nolan threw. Look the D/s thing in the bedroom is fine, but when the subs have to sit on the ground by their Doms feet and stay quiet while the Doms converse with each other...no. I couldn't rme enough when Beth begged Nolan if her and the other subs could go have ~girl talk~ at the other table. Smh Look, and don't get me started on what happened after she was drugged, kidnapped, and tortured again by her husband. Like, Beth wasn't even phased by it. Where's the damn psychiatrist? Where's the counseling? I mean, isn't Z a damn psychiatrist? Why didn't he recommend someone for her to talk to? Why wasn't her mental health brought up? Only thing that was mentioned was nightmares and how her and Nolan would get through them together. Lol What a joke. Oh, and apparently the two weeks she spent living with Nolan after the kidnapping involved constant sex... Really? I mean, 'cause her back was sliced up from a whip. Some of the wounds needed stitches... The knife wound on her stomach also needed stitches... Also, let's not forget that she refused pain medicine, so... She was just having constant sex while healing from gashes on her back and stomach without the aid of pain meds. Okay. Plus, three weeks after the attack she was back in the club as if nothing happened. What a brave little rabbit...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Future Slayer Girl

    Well, Mrs. Sinclair you are just upping your game aren’t you? Now first I have to say, for most people, people that have no internal understanding of the BDSM lifestyle this particular book in the series, they would not understand at all! The heroine is a domestic abuse victim. She was previous married to a Dom that got off on inflicting sever pain (Broken bones, cutting) on his wife in order to get off himself. In the defense of the lifestyle I have to say that this is not common but it does hap Well, Mrs. Sinclair you are just upping your game aren’t you? Now first I have to say, for most people, people that have no internal understanding of the BDSM lifestyle this particular book in the series, they would not understand at all! The heroine is a domestic abuse victim. She was previous married to a Dom that got off on inflicting sever pain (Broken bones, cutting) on his wife in order to get off himself. In the defense of the lifestyle I have to say that this is not common but it does happen. The whole idea of this storyline and what I think people won’t take away from this story is that it is the one with the largest amount of trust involved. Beth not only still wanted to be restrained and controlled, but she still found the slight level of pain that a flogging brought as still a turn on. However, in a very brilliantly written scene, Nolan, the Dom, and if I may say my favorite Dom to date, tests Beth’s limits with a flogging in his own home. He watches her, he gauges her reactions and realizes that she is not calling yellow when she should be. He audibly drops the flogger for her to hear it hit the floor and goes to her and tells her she should be saying yellow. For those of us that live this, know that Nolan is the BEST Dom to have, to have caught that. Sinclair then proceeds to lighten the scene with a game that follows. I think that as this series moves forward she has opened her mind to not only the deep inner challenges of being a Dom or a sub with abuse issues, but she is starting to up her game with the storyline. When you are involved in a world where you need that sort of extreme to be sexually happy you are inevitably going to come across those that take advantage of it (Beth’s husband). I like that she wrote this. I appreciate that while she says “This is who you are, embrace it, but please be careful!” I don’t think any books in the series could carry a better lesson! This was my favorite book in the series. I think if I have to put myself as one of the subs so far I am very much like Beth, I am so willing its sick LOL! However, I have incredibly bratty moments, that is where Gabi comes in (book 5)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    This review was posted at My Secret Romance I think when the books have woman who come with baggage, are the ones I like the best. They're more emotional and intense for me, which is just what I like in my reads. Beth, on the run from her sadistic, psycho husband, is a submissive to the core. She has been gone for a few months and thinks she may have finally found a place to call home...for now. Needing to be dominated and feel like a woman, she finds the bdsm club, Shadowlands and joins. It's the This review was posted at My Secret Romance I think when the books have woman who come with baggage, are the ones I like the best. They're more emotional and intense for me, which is just what I like in my reads. Beth, on the run from her sadistic, psycho husband, is a submissive to the core. She has been gone for a few months and thinks she may have finally found a place to call home...for now. Needing to be dominated and feel like a woman, she finds the bdsm club, Shadowlands and joins. It's the only place she can be free. The problem is, after all the torture and abuse that was dealt to her from her husband, she is having problems submitting to the bigger, stronger Doms. After weeks of no progress, Master Z tells her she has one last chance to make it work and assigns Master Nolan, an ex-military man to her. Nolan is everything she does not want. He powerful, aggressive, and doesn't take no for an answer. Yet he's gentle and in control and not to mention, attractive. But maybe that's what she needed all along.... I am really enjoying this series much more than I thought I ever would! This level of bdsm is so out of my comfort level, yet I can't stop reading them. Cherise Sinclair is a Master...or should I say a Mistress. ;) You can't help but love the overpowering men. There is a soft side underneath all that domineering exterior and I love how it's shown. The only problem I have is the public display of humiliation, sharing and menages. Some things are meant to be kept private, and for me, sex is one of them. There is no need to put woman on display for anyone to touch and see. The woman clearly did not want it. But, that seems to be the theme here for this series. I guess I'll have to over look that in the rest of the books since I will definitely be continuing the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    This is the third book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series and if possible it was the best one yet. The storyline was more complex with the added element of suspense which as a romantic suspense junkie I really enjoyed. If possible the Dom/s scenes and sex were some of the hottest ones yet...they were off the chain...errr wait there were chains involved more than once and a whole lot more. One thing Sinclair does in her stories that I like is to not repeat the same “types” of scenes in each This is the third book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series and if possible it was the best one yet. The storyline was more complex with the added element of suspense which as a romantic suspense junkie I really enjoyed. If possible the Dom/s scenes and sex were some of the hottest ones yet...they were off the chain...errr wait there were chains involved more than once and a whole lot more. One thing Sinclair does in her stories that I like is to not repeat the same “types” of scenes in each book - there’s always a new variation to captivate and titillate. In addition to being some of the most gorgeous, intuitive and alpha men on the planet - these Masters are very inventive when it comes to playing games and doling out punishment. Somebody turn on the fan - it’s getting hot in here! Beth is on the run and hiding from her abusive and sadist ex-hubby who really did some nasty things to her in the role of her Dom during their marriage. She’d tried leaving him once before and that didn’t end too well for her and her body carries the scars as a constant reminder. She’s scared about being discovered by her ex but she refuses to stop living. Beth displayed an inner strength I admired while trying to make a go of it on her own with a small landscaping business and wow what a surprise that one of her clients is Club Shadowlands. When Beth decided to dip her toes back into BDSM game I was sorta skeptical on how she would ever allow herself to let go and be dominated and trust anyone again to the level that is required in a Dom/s relationship considering what her Ex had done to her. I really feared for Beth at first and her return to the BDSM scene, but considering she was at the Shadowlands - I knew she was in “good hands” and those hands don’t come any better than attached to the oh so yummy Master Nolan. Not to sure what Sir would feel about me describing him as yummy - but he is! I came to the realization that Beth was a sub at heart. It was a position she enjoyed and a lifestyle she was comfortable living and just because her previous relationship had been a train wreck - her desire to return to her roots was understandable. I realized it would be no different than a straight woman in an abusive relationship - she wouldn’t turn into a lesbian or a homosexual man wouldn’t turn straight. The heart wants what the heart wants and Beth wanted to be dominated. As I stated earlier I loved the added element of the suspense. Knowing Beth’s husband was out there looking for her and it was only a matter of time before he found her kept me turning the pages...ohhhhh that and a lot of other things made me race through this book. Let me just say that Master Nolan knows how to throw an intimate house party with some pretty hot and sexy party games *fans self* *fans self* *fans self*. Finally I was over the moon at the ending. Justice was served and if this had been a movie, then the theatre-goers would have been standing and cheering at the end. What goes around, comes around loser ex-hubby!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    You have to love Nolan! This book was wonderful! Beth is a difficult sub at first, but for good reason. She was physically abused(to the extreme) by her last dom/ex husband Kyler. She ran away from him leaving California and coming to Tampa. She ends up at the Shadowlands. Due to her former abuse, she finds it very hard to trust any dom, let a lone feel any pleasure at all. Master Z finds this upsetting(love me some Master Z :D) and gives Beth an ultimatum: Try with any dom of his choosing(reall You have to love Nolan! This book was wonderful! Beth is a difficult sub at first, but for good reason. She was physically abused(to the extreme) by her last dom/ex husband Kyler. She ran away from him leaving California and coming to Tampa. She ends up at the Shadowlands. Due to her former abuse, she finds it very hard to trust any dom, let a lone feel any pleasure at all. Master Z finds this upsetting(love me some Master Z :D) and gives Beth an ultimatum: Try with any dom of his choosing(really try) or he will revoke her membership... Enter Master Nolan(sigh). Master Nolan has scars of his own, a little tough around the edges, but he knows just what Beth needs. Loved Beth and Nolan together, seeing their relationship blossom. Then, towards the end, Kyler comes back in the picture... hop aboard the crazy train... I actually really loved the ending. This was one of my most favorite Shadowlands books, though they all are excellent. "Feel good?" he asked, "Oh, yes." He chuckled. "Not good enough if you can still talk." Holy hotness! Cherise Sinclair writes the best bdsm books! If you haven't read the Master's of the Shadowlands, you are missing out!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Velocity

    I can suspend my disbelief. I did it for the first book of the series and it worked like a charm, because the sex scenes were really nice. After all, it wasn't such a big deal -girl uninitiated to the scene gets thrown in, likes it, yada yada. Sure, it's unrealistic, but it's not dangerously unrealistic. However, Breaking Free is different. Beth, the main character, has been through horrible abuse in the past, and she finds it hard to submit to various Doms. Not to say the narrative wasn't nice, I can suspend my disbelief. I did it for the first book of the series and it worked like a charm, because the sex scenes were really nice. After all, it wasn't such a big deal -girl uninitiated to the scene gets thrown in, likes it, yada yada. Sure, it's unrealistic, but it's not dangerously unrealistic. However, Breaking Free is different. Beth, the main character, has been through horrible abuse in the past, and she finds it hard to submit to various Doms. Not to say the narrative wasn't nice, but it kinda ruined it for me that all I could think of was how badly she needed to see a therapist. Domestic violence, especially on the level described in this book (hint: really fuckin bad) is no laughing matter, and I wish the author had done her research. Maybe then she wouldn't offer sex/love as a stand-alone panacea for all ills. Seriously, even a simple mention of a therapist in Beth's life would suffice. It'd definitely get 3 stars from me then. Now I just want to forget that the Masters of the Shadowlands series includes this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    In a word: Intense! At times heartbreaking, this was very different than the first two books. It had a much more serious tone, as the sub in this book was viciously beaten by her husband a year prior to the beginning of the story. Nolan is described as a big, dark, scary looking quiet Dom. And he is, but he's also such a patient, good man. Very well written, definitely still pushing toward the edge of my comfort zone when it comes to the exhibitionism and a few other smaller details. But I see t In a word: Intense! At times heartbreaking, this was very different than the first two books. It had a much more serious tone, as the sub in this book was viciously beaten by her husband a year prior to the beginning of the story. Nolan is described as a big, dark, scary looking quiet Dom. And he is, but he's also such a patient, good man. Very well written, definitely still pushing toward the edge of my comfort zone when it comes to the exhibitionism and a few other smaller details. But I see the appeal. The trust level between the D/s has to be rock solid, and Nolan had to work awfully hard. I actually teared up once. I think people tend to build walls around their emotions, and Nolan wouldn't let Beth keep anything from him. He does it so perfectly, though, that she finally feels strong enough to allow for her vulnerability to show.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    Loved Master Nolan!! This series gets better & better!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    3 stars. Story is better than most erotic books. There is a lot of public nudity, sex, bondage, and pain. STORY BRIEF: Beth was a submissive – liked being dominated. She married Kyler a sadist. He burned her, crushed her fingers and left scars from whips and knives all over her body. She ran away and is in hiding. She provides gardening services. She comes to the Shadowlands bdsm club. She has a long list of what she will not accept from Doms, but she is never sexually aroused by them. Master Z a 3 ½ stars. Story is better than most erotic books. There is a lot of public nudity, sex, bondage, and pain. STORY BRIEF: Beth was a submissive – liked being dominated. She married Kyler a sadist. He burned her, crushed her fingers and left scars from whips and knives all over her body. She ran away and is in hiding. She provides gardening services. She comes to the Shadowlands bdsm club. She has a long list of what she will not accept from Doms, but she is never sexually aroused by them. Master Z asks Nolan if he’s up to the challenge to try to fix her. He is. Master Z tells Beth that if she refuses or quits on Nolan, she will not be allowed at the club anymore. The first thing Nolan does is throw away her list. Through much of the book she acts like a frightened rabbit. Nolan calls her “little rabbit.” Nolan kisses her lovingly and plays with her breasts a lot. Instead of whipping her as a punishment Nolan displays her and plays with her in front of others. There’s very little sexual release for the guys, since most of the sex is Nolan and others tying up, touching and playing with the girls (their subs). A secondary story is Kyler searching for Beth and getting close. He plans to damage her in a way that will prevent her from ever leaving him again. REVIEWER’S OPINION: The story is pretty good – better than a lot of erotic books. I accepted the reason the couple separated which is usually the weakest part of the story. I could understand Nolan’s knee-jerk angry response. I had trouble deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I ended up with 3 because I don’t expect to read it again, and I can’t say it was “really good.” It had some good parts. I love seeing revenge and justice, so I really liked the ending. This is a Dom/sub story. Lots of embarrassing public displays of nudity and sex. I was uncomfortable with some of the Dom/sub scenes, but it was arousing in ways. There is some rear door activity and a ménage scene. It’s not the hottest that I’ve read – maybe because I prefer a little more emotional draw for the sex. It was nice seeing how Nolan was so loving, gentle, and protective of Beth. She was always afraid he would hurt her, but pain from him was mild with pleasurable results. I give the author credit for one play scene that was different. Nolan organized a game at his home. Three male Doms brought their subs (girlfriends) who were naked. Sexual vibrating toys were inserted and attached to the subs. The subs were then required to walk around the swimming pool bringing drinks to the men. The fastest won a reward. The slowest got punished. Any spills got punished. The three men were doing the punishments and rewards to different subs, not just their own. DATA: Story length: 243 pages. Swearing language: mild, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Approximate number of sex scenes: 14. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 58 plus additional bondage and sexual play pages. Setting: current day Tampa, Florida. Copyright: 2010. Genre: erotic contemporary romance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This book was GREAT. I think when Master Z proposed his ultimatum to Beth, he may have just saved her life...in several ways which I won't spoil. I have no idea how in the world BDSM and a D/s relationship can be therapy for a abusive marriage where the woman is beaten within an inch of her life, but it sure seemed to be that way for Beth with Nolan. He taught her to trust again, to love again, to feel beautiful and sexy again, and to be happy again. And to have an orgasm again. A LOT. I really, This book was GREAT. I think when Master Z proposed his ultimatum to Beth, he may have just saved her life...in several ways which I won't spoil. I have no idea how in the world BDSM and a D/s relationship can be therapy for a abusive marriage where the woman is beaten within an inch of her life, but it sure seemed to be that way for Beth with Nolan. He taught her to trust again, to love again, to feel beautiful and sexy again, and to be happy again. And to have an orgasm again. A LOT. I really, REALLY loved this story so much. The more and more I read about the Masters of the Shadowlands, the more and more I fall in love with this series. And it's SOOO neat to see the characters of the past books making an appearance...makes this seem like more of a series. Now I wished I had waited to read Make Me, Sir now, even though reading this series in order isn't critical. I just may have to go back and read about Master Marcus and Gabi again so I can read about Dan/Kari and Beth/Nolan again since I remember that they made significant appearances in that book. This is a really strong BDSM read without any edge play. Just like the rest of the series, it's fun, sexy, romantic, and I love watching the Doms fall in love when they meet the right sub. Awesome, awesome book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another one from Cherise that I could not put down!!! I was pleasantly surprised by Nolan; He may be gruff but on the inside he is so patient and gentle in his own way. I really liked this storyline and how vulnerable Beth was and yet she was still a fighter no matter what she had been through with her husband. When she became kidnapped by him and he was able to beat her, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Nolan to come save her... THis is what I love about Cherise's books...they aren't ju Another one from Cherise that I could not put down!!! I was pleasantly surprised by Nolan; He may be gruff but on the inside he is so patient and gentle in his own way. I really liked this storyline and how vulnerable Beth was and yet she was still a fighter no matter what she had been through with her husband. When she became kidnapped by him and he was able to beat her, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Nolan to come save her... THis is what I love about Cherise's books...they aren't just BDSM they have such a good story as well. On to the next story in the series and I do look forward to it!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nia

    Wow. I loved Breaking Free and it's in my top 5 BDSM favorites. What an amazing story about a damaged, abused, hurt sub named Beth and how a strong and serious dom named Nolan, tries to help her and heal her. I could feel the connection between the two of them from their first encounter. Hot and sexy with a touch of suspense. Loved it! For those of you that are confused about BDSM or turned off by it, this book details a positive Dom/sub relationship and how BDSM can be used to transform and heal Wow. I loved Breaking Free and it's in my top 5 BDSM favorites. What an amazing story about a damaged, abused, hurt sub named Beth and how a strong and serious dom named Nolan, tries to help her and heal her. I could feel the connection between the two of them from their first encounter. Hot and sexy with a touch of suspense. Loved it! For those of you that are confused about BDSM or turned off by it, this book details a positive Dom/sub relationship and how BDSM can be used to transform and heal.

  20. 5 out of 5

    HeatherTX

    Nolan's story did not disappoint. There is no way a girl could not just love these alpha men (Doms). Master Nolan turned out to be very compassionate & caring in contrast to his hard exterior. Early in the story he discovers that he longs to have a life partner not just bdsm partnership. Taking Beth as challenged request from Master Z to help her overcome a very painful past that is inhabiting her ability to satisfy her needs. Master Nolan proves to be just the Dom to do it! And, damn does h Nolan's story did not disappoint. There is no way a girl could not just love these alpha men (Doms). Master Nolan turned out to be very compassionate & caring in contrast to his hard exterior. Early in the story he discovers that he longs to have a life partner not just bdsm partnership. Taking Beth as challenged request from Master Z to help her overcome a very painful past that is inhabiting her ability to satisfy her needs. Master Nolan proves to be just the Dom to do it! And, damn does he ever....Beth never stood a chance. Just love the entire story & the awesome ending.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Camila, the opinionated Catruler

    By far, my favorite Shadowlands couple. I mean, that's the way everyone should say I love you, if you ask me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachaellovesbooks

    Dnf at the end of chapter 3 because of descriptive sex scene with OW 😭while I fully understand doing a scene in bdsm i was really hoping there'd be no ow actual sex so it's a no from me *note to self*

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Reviews (Carole)

    4.5 stars out of 5.0 stars "Great characters, wonderful story. Whether you're into BDSM or not, this is the book to read! Hard to put down!" Cherise Sinclair knew how to twist your emotions into a giant, tangled knot where you hurt along with the heroine (and root for her all the way) or melt at the gentleness and understanding exhibited by the big and strong hero who knew what she needed. Nolan King is an irresistible hero, especially when seen through the heroine's eyes. Irresistible not because 4.5 stars out of 5.0 stars "Great characters, wonderful story. Whether you're into BDSM or not, this is the book to read! Hard to put down!" Cherise Sinclair knew how to twist your emotions into a giant, tangled knot where you hurt along with the heroine (and root for her all the way) or melt at the gentleness and understanding exhibited by the big and strong hero who knew what she needed. Nolan King is an irresistible hero, especially when seen through the heroine's eyes. Irresistible not because of his looks or gorgeous figure, but for his qualities--the care he took for his subs, his patience and his genuine desire to give them what they need. He exudes power and authority, and more importantly, competence. I'm not into BDSM and I don't know squat about it, but if all the Doms were like Nolan, I wouldn't mind trying it out. Beth comes across as wild and feral and fragile, all due to a deep-seated fear (with good cause), and I was happy to see her bloom under Nolan's care. Her past and her vulnerability really tug at my heart. No woman should suffer so, yet we know there are not a few women who were in such abusive situations. Cherise Sinclair captured Beth's emotional conflict and journey perfectly, and in the end, Beth discovers that the human spirit is more resilient than she thinks. As a person who isn't in the Lifestyle, I'm glad I read this book because I believe I have gained an understanding about BDSM that I hadn't before. I have read a few stories dealing in BDSM before this, but for beginning readers on this topic, I would have to recommend this book as it gives one a rudimentary (and I hope, correct) knowledge about the subject matter without being heavy-handed about it. I do know that I'm going to read books 1 and 2 of this series as well. I just have a slight problem with how the villain was made a non-threat, due to the hero's deliberate intent. Then again, possibly the author was showing us another side to Nolan--how he must have faced similar situations in his stint as a CIA and had thus acquired a certain ruthlessness that made him able to do what must, in his book, be done. That said, I enjoyed the story and in fact, I have books 1 and 2 in my laptop and I'm looking forward to reading them while I wait for book 4, Lean on Me, Cullen's story (coming March 30). Reviewed by Silver

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Wow props to Beth in this book. She was married to a sadistic man who beat her black & blue & tried to destroy her spirit. After escaping his clutches she moves to Tampa and signs up to join the Shadowlands as it's in a BDSM lifestyle that she truly feels like a woman. Problem is her husband has made her bury her feeling so deep that she is struggling at the club to be aroused by any of the Doms she has met, as she only lets less Dominant men top her as she is frightened to death of exper Wow props to Beth in this book. She was married to a sadistic man who beat her black & blue & tried to destroy her spirit. After escaping his clutches she moves to Tampa and signs up to join the Shadowlands as it's in a BDSM lifestyle that she truly feels like a woman. Problem is her husband has made her bury her feeling so deep that she is struggling at the club to be aroused by any of the Doms she has met, as she only lets less Dominant men top her as she is frightened to death of experienced Dom's with power. Master Z offers her the choice of either leaving the club or allowing Master Nolan to top her as he see's the club is not meeting her needs. Faced with this choice she decides to allow Master Nolan to top her. Being an experienced Dom he brings her nothing but pleasure and unlocks the feelings she tries to keep hidden. He only asks for one thing in return - honesty. And he soon discovers she has been lying & lying....what will he do when he finds out about here lies and her husband??? Third book in the series, great book and like the first two, oozes hotness!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Red

    This is probably the most intense book so far. You have a woman that was in an abusive D/s relationship that while she eventually got out of it, it did mess with her a little mentally on what worked for her and what didn't. An outside person having to watch that would have a hard time. Thats where the story starts focusing on how her new dom is going to help her overcome that mental obstacle. I enjoy reading BDSM stories that delve a little into the emotional aspects of BDSM, not just because pa This is probably the most intense book so far. You have a woman that was in an abusive D/s relationship that while she eventually got out of it, it did mess with her a little mentally on what worked for her and what didn't. An outside person having to watch that would have a hard time. Thats where the story starts focusing on how her new dom is going to help her overcome that mental obstacle. I enjoy reading BDSM stories that delve a little into the emotional aspects of BDSM, not just because pain can feel good. It really is different for everybody and the mental needs a lot of the time are not really delved into in stories but Ms. Sinclair did a wonderful job showing the emotional need and how with the right instruction ( :) ) anything is possible. The scenes are great and very hot! Each installment of the shadowlands just gets better and better and I for one can't wait for Master Cullens story......

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim O

    This is the 3rd in the series and they keep getting better and better. I wouldn't have thought it possible. I gobbled this one up in a day because I COULD NOT put it down. The scenes in the club still intrigue me and let me just say I'm releived none of our characters are into the true BDSM PAIN. The dungeon scenes scare me. In previous books Nolan came across as this very intense, cold, didn't want to get involved with anyone kind of person, but he won me over quick. I ended up loving everythin This is the 3rd in the series and they keep getting better and better. I wouldn't have thought it possible. I gobbled this one up in a day because I COULD NOT put it down. The scenes in the club still intrigue me and let me just say I'm releived none of our characters are into the true BDSM PAIN. The dungeon scenes scare me. In previous books Nolan came across as this very intense, cold, didn't want to get involved with anyone kind of person, but he won me over quick. I ended up loving everything about him and he was the perfect person for Beth. Bless her heart, that girl needed a happy ending, and was relieved with how the situation with her ex/husband turned out. Having all of these rough and tough guys become close friends and include their subs has been fun to read. All I can say is Master Z is one hell of a match maker. Oh, and I'll never think of bbq the same EVER again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaylea Cross

    Cherise Sinclair is an erotic romance force to be reckoned with. With every book she sucks me in to the story until I can't turn the pages fast enough--and that's even though some of the subject material is uncomfortable for me. I'm not personally a fan of scenes where the heroine is punished/humiliated, but the Doms in Sinclair's books are so damn hot and good at what they do, and she carefully balances the harsher side of BDSM with an aching tenderness that's just plain addictive. I've read al Cherise Sinclair is an erotic romance force to be reckoned with. With every book she sucks me in to the story until I can't turn the pages fast enough--and that's even though some of the subject material is uncomfortable for me. I'm not personally a fan of scenes where the heroine is punished/humiliated, but the Doms in Sinclair's books are so damn hot and good at what they do, and she carefully balances the harsher side of BDSM with an aching tenderness that's just plain addictive. I've read all the Shadowlands books, and this one was by far my favorite. Master Nolan's combination of control and gentleness melted me, plus he's ex-military, which I love :) I highly recommend Ms. Sinclair's books to everyone that loves erotic romance, even if they're not BDSM fans. She'll win you over, I swear!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair No ‘third times a charm’ requirement for the third book in this series. They have all been charms to me and I’ve enjoyed reading them. Master Nolan…what to say…”The man simply radiated force, his bearing supremely self-confident.” and “With him, dominant was more than a term; it was who he was to the bone.” Beth…God was a strong woman. To have gone through HELL and kept on going. To have put herself out there again and not given up all HOPE. (view spoiler)[To have Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair No ‘third times a charm’ requirement for the third book in this series. They have all been charms to me and I’ve enjoyed reading them. Master Nolan…what to say…”The man simply radiated force, his bearing supremely self-confident.” and “With him, dominant was more than a term; it was who he was to the bone.” Beth…God was a strong woman. To have gone through HELL and kept on going. To have put herself out there again and not given up all HOPE. (view spoiler)[To have come to believe in the words “I trust you, Master Nolan. You will keep me safe.” This was the only story that I felt ended rightfully so, with ‘I Love You’…sigh. (hide spoiler)] And my favorite line was by Master Nolan to Beth… “Who needs fireworks when I have you?”

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is my favorite book of this series so far!!! Nolan is so HOT & at the same time shows much compassion while remaining in control of Beth, the sub he's assigned to. In my opinion he would be the perfect Dom! Always thinking of his subs insecurities but pushing right at the comfort level patiently! Beth had an excruciating past with her husband/Master who she is on the run from. She has so many physical & emotional scars that I have to praise her for even attempting to stay in the life This is my favorite book of this series so far!!! Nolan is so HOT & at the same time shows much compassion while remaining in control of Beth, the sub he's assigned to. In my opinion he would be the perfect Dom! Always thinking of his subs insecurities but pushing right at the comfort level patiently! Beth had an excruciating past with her husband/Master who she is on the run from. She has so many physical & emotional scars that I have to praise her for even attempting to stay in the lifestyle. The chemistry between Nolan & Beth is sizzling shocking both of them! Once barriers are broken the sex scenes are extremely HOT! There are many twists & turns in this book that just keep you turning the pages for more! Unlike some BDSM books there is an amazing storyline rather than just SEX! This book is definitely worth the read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    Again, I'm way in the minority here... I was in the mood for some good old fashion hetro BDSM, extra hot, so I took the advice of just about everyone here at GoodReads and read this book by Cherise Sinclair. It was indeed hot, the BDSM intense, the Dom a sexy beast... BUT, I just couldn't get past the "club" and "party" aspects of the setting. Public sex freaks me the fuck out. And since the female MC didn't trust the male MC enough to be alone with him, all their sexual encounters were in public Again, I'm way in the minority here... I was in the mood for some good old fashion hetro BDSM, extra hot, so I took the advice of just about everyone here at GoodReads and read this book by Cherise Sinclair. It was indeed hot, the BDSM intense, the Dom a sexy beast... BUT, I just couldn't get past the "club" and "party" aspects of the setting. Public sex freaks me the fuck out. And since the female MC didn't trust the male MC enough to be alone with him, all their sexual encounters were in public. So, recommended if you can get into public sex and love hot hetro BDSM, otherwise I'd pass.

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