Master of the Mountain

In the newest addition to Cherise Sinclair's BDSM series, Master of the Mountain, Rebecca wonders what she's going to do when she finds herself stuck in a rustic mountain resort with nowhere to sleep.  That's what happens when you go against you instincts and let your boyfriend talk you into attending a swinger's club getaway then find out that the idea of participating makes you ill.  When the lodge owner, Logan, saves her from hypothermia by warming her up in his own bed, he finds out that the prim and proper lady may not be a swinger, but she is a submissive and a major temptation for a Dom who's gone without for a while.  Can Logan prove to Rebecca that men can be attracted to her, scars and all or will he do even more damage when he tries to save her from his own emotional scaring.

While it is loosely connected to the rest of Ms. Sinclair's BDSM series, in that we've met Logan before, Master of the Mountain is a stand-alone story and you can read it without any of the others.  First off each book in the series is prefaced by a warning of the "This is fiction, if you try this at home remember Safe, Sane and Consensual" type, which is very responsible of any author handling such a potentially dangerous topic.  Even more Ms. Sinclair doesn't dance around the darker side of BDSM, it's right there for the reader to see and understand the danger and possibility of injury.  With a deft and delicate turn of phrase, Ms. Sinclair demonstrates how BDSM can often aid those people with physical and emotional scars, especially victims of abuse.  In this book the heroine, Rebecca, has a poor body image due to abandonment by her father and reinforced by her mother.  The support of the hero starts to heal that, but when he pushes her aside in an attempt to protect her from his own demons, he reinforces the idea that no one will ever find her attractive.  Probably my favorite part of this book was when Rebecca decides to go to a BDSM club to see if it was the submission that she found so attractive or submission to Logan in particular.  The way that Ms. Sinclair has the whole encounter structured emphasizes the need for caution in trying new things.  Want to know what I mean?  Go read the book; it is well worth the time.

Book Blurb for Master of the Mountain

When Rebecca’s lover talks her into a mountain lodge vacation with his swing club, she soon learns she’s not cut out for playing musical beds. But with her boyfriend “entertaining” in their cabin, she has nowhere to sleep. Logan, the lodge owner, finds her freezing on the porch. After hauling her inside, he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dominant discovers that Rebecca might not be a swinger…but she is definitely a submissive.

Rebecca knows that no one can love her plump, scarred body. But, to her surprise, Logan disagrees and is quite happy to show her just how much he enjoys her curves. Under his skilled hands, Rebecca loses not only her inhibitions, but also her heart.

Damaged from the war, Logan considers himself too dangerous to be around the enticing little sub. He sends her away for her own safety, not realizing she thinks she’s been rejected because of her size. When Logan’s mountains echo with her voice long after she’s gone, he knows she’s left behind part of herself—and taken his heart. But when he arrives in the city to reclaim her, Rebecca’s phone has been disconnected and her apartment is empty…


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2009 5.00