My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! Just…wow! Its taken me a few days to formulate a review for this book. Not because I didn’t like it but because it was such a different experience from my other Cherise Sinclair books.
To Command and Collar continues the slavery story line started with the last book, Make Me, Sir. It is not, in anyway, a shiny and happy book. Its dark, intense and deeply emotional. Yet its also a story of hope.
Kimberly, kidnapped and now up for sale for a second time in a BDSM slavery ring, has been horribly abused both emotionally and sexually.
Master Raoul is a civilian tapped by the FBI to attend a slave auction to gather information and get invited to a larger event.
When he recognized Kimberly as the missing friend of Gabi (from the previous book) that, mixed with his own strong attraction to her, convinces him to go off program and buy her.
What follows is the story of Kimberly’s slow recovery and discovery of her submission/slave needs, Raoul’s slow but deep fall into love with a broken woman with an amazing spirit and the continued investigation and operation to take down the slavery ring.
This is a tough book to read but a compelling story about the power exchange and dynamics in a D/s relationship. While the sex is erotic and hot it is also about how a Dom pushes a sub through emotional issues in the context of their relationship.
One of the things that fascinates me about the D/s relationship is how it is portrayed to go so much more deeply than sex.
I’m a Cherise Sinclair fan, make no mistake, but I don’t say I love this book as a fan-girl. I say it because at the heart it is a novel about relationships. The complex relationship between Raoul and Kimberly, seeing the continued relationships between previous Doms and subs introduced in the previous 5 books in the series. Also, w00t, the seeds being planted for a relationship between Sam and Linda.
Sinclair continues to grow and develop her craft and it continues to be a pleasure to read. Thanks for the great book Ms. Sinclair and I can’t wait for your next offering.