Monday, August 2, 2010

THE DOMS OF DARK HAVEN by Sierra Cartwright, Belinda McBride and Cherise Sinclair

Publisher: Loose Id
Date published: May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60737-593-7
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

CLICK TO PURCHASE!Three stories set in the world of BDSM and a special club called Dark Haven. Come meet the three Doms that participate here and in the process find love in the unlikeliest of women.

The first story to kick this anthology off is called Met Her Match by Sierra Cartwright, a Hawkeye story. Mira Araceli is a highly trained Hawkeye agent. For years she has lusted after her instructor, Torin Carter. He has always seen her as a recruit, a student, anything but a woman. When she is partnered with Torin, the heat flares between them and when Mira delivers a challenge to him, will Torin see her not just as a fellow agent but a woman who will claim his heart?

Met Her Match is an interesting kick off story about two people who work together and find they have many interests in common, namely BDSM and the club Dark Haven. When Mira forces Torin to see her not just as a colleague but as a submissive woman, all his Dom instincts roar to life. Taking the challenge, he takes what Mira offers and finds something much more-love. What I found intriguing was the dynamics between these two characters. Mira is a strong, independent woman, able to handle any situation. Torin is an ‘as tough as nails’ agent who doesn’t want any partners, especially one as lush as Mira. These two fit so well together that it kept me intrigued to see how the story would end. The only drawback I saw was that I never read this author’s Hawkeye stories before so I felt a little lost when some of the characters from the series popped in. Otherwise the story flowed smoothly, writing was tight and it seamlessly blended into the next story with no hiccups.

Next was Educating Evangeline by Belinda McBride. A story about a lone wolf on the run from mysterious hunters and a werewolf Dom who finds the one woman meant to be his. Evangeline Jones is trying to lose her pursuers when she stumbles into Dark Haven. Instead of the dance club she assumes the place to be, she finds a decadent world that will challenge everything she believes in. Harte Sommers is charmed by the beauty that ran into him and finds that the mate he yearns for is Eva, a wild wolf who stirs his passions to a fever pitch. I loved this story. Full of passion, adventure and mystery, Ms. McBride delivers a story that will knock your socks off. The characters were interesting, the sex was smoking hot and the mystery of who wanted Eva was consuming me while reading this. I am hoping Ms. McBride delves back into her world she created here in the future. I would love to see some of the secondary characters again.

Finally, the one story I have been waiting for, Simon Says: Mine by Cherise Sinclair. If you have read MASTER OF THE MOUNTAIN, you have met Master Simon. I have waited for his story since then and Ms. Sinclair does not disappoint. Simon Says: Mine is one hot, erotic story full of emotion and sinfully hot sex. Rona just got through a divorce and an empty nest and decides to make a list of all her fantasies to explore. Up on the list, touring the famed BDSM club Dark Haven, where she meets Master Simon, a man who stirs her senses and introduces her to a world of sensual delights in one passion filled night. Determined to not be in a relationship, Rona takes off after that night, vowing to never feel Master Simon’s loving caresses again. Master Simon has had it with the eager, shallow submissives he trains and uses at Dark Haven. One of the popular Masters there, he never expects to be drawn to Rona, a woman that stirs something much deeper inside him. Rona might not be his first sub he takes on this journey of exploration but he thinks she might be his last. Simon Says: Mine is the perfect ending to the Dark Haven anthology. Full of intriguing characters you can’t help but fall in love with, hot sensual sex amid the BDSM world and the reader is drawn into not just a BDSM story but an emotional one as well. Simon and Rona work well together and I was rooting for them to fall for one another from the beginning, when the sparks flew between them. Ms. Sinclair is a wonderful writer that will surely captivate you even as she teases your senses with her latest BDSM story.

THE DOMS OF DARK HAVEN is truly not for the faint of heart. It has bondage, BDSM scenes & other aspects that may not appeal to everyone. If you enjoy a wonderful BDSM story then grab this anthology. It has everything you need to enjoy in a story-captivating characters, smoldering passion and romance all wrapped up with a bow or in this case a rope or chains. If you enjoy these three authors past books, then grab this latest installment that will leave you panting for more. THE DOMS OF DARK HAVEN is truly an anthology that will get your motor running in more ways than one. I am hoping to see if there will be anymore Dark Haven stories in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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