Sunday, June 21, 2015

Novel Review: Master of the Abyss (Mountain Masters & Dark Haven, #2) by Cherise Sinclair

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Genre: Erotica/Adult Contemporary Romance; BDSM, D/s
Publisher: VanScoy Publishing
Release Date: 2014
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the mountain, the watcher seeks out evil women. And then they die.

Two years ago, when Jake Hunt uncollared his slave, she committed suicide. Guilt-ridden, he will commit to a woman for one night only, devoting his energy to a mountain lodge that caters to a BDSM crowd.

Kallie Masterson is tough. Unwanted as a child, she worked hard to become a wilderness guide. She’s proud of who she is, and hurt that Jake frowns on her for acting like a man.

After rescuing the macho guide from a bar fight, Jake is stunned that the ugly men’s clothing hides a warm, responsive woman. A submissive woman. When guide business brings her to the lodge on BDSM night, and she is obviously aroused by the play, Jake takes the little sub right into his world of pain and pleasure. He warns her: one-night-only. But she responds so beautifully--so joyously--under his command, that one night soon becomes two, then three…

Then a missing hiker reminds Jake of his past lover, and he realizes he’s become too involved. He pulls back.

Meanwhile, the watcher on the mountain has rendered his verdict: Kallie Masterson is evil. The sentence: Death.

The Cover:

I kind of love this cover. It has an almost old-fashioned, harlequin romance feel to it, but I think the background fits really well. And I think that their position is hot and very fitting for the couple in the book.


While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I loved this one.
There’s a Serious element, a violent man on the loose killing women. And that was creepy, and pretty well done, but not what I was reading this for, nor what I remember of the book.
Kallie is tough, and Jake pushes at her. Their romance is sweet and I loved reading it. Jake sees her in new ways, and he pushes her to see herself as well. Jake’s also trying to get over a previous bad experience, and Kallie helps him with that.
The sex, the romance—it was all fantastic, of course. And I will be re-reading the book for those things.
But the main part that stood out to me, and the scene that made me cry, was between Kallie and her cousins. Kallie, orphaned, had been passed around between family members, and with no explanation, led to think that no one wanted her. She had to be careful, or the man and his sons who kept her might throw her out. Jake sees it differently, sees the way the men really care for her. And he makes her see it, as well as showing the guys that she doesn’t. It was so sweet and heartbreaking, and it makes me want to cry just remembering it. 
I loved this book. It’s one I will be keeping on my phone and re-reading, and I look forward to reading more.

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