Don't get me wrong, mediocre Cherise Sinclair is better than no Cherise Sinclair.
It doesn't make me happy to say that this barely scraped to a three star, AND IT HAS MASTER Z!
This is a transition novel using the eloquent, masterful, savvy, sexy...I'm going to stop now...Master Z, the sub Whisperer, from the Shadowlands series. Master Z and cute Jessica, but the effort was phoned in for me.
Had to laugh when their 18 month old daughter runs around naked after her bath. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Let's see how Z handles that when she is 18.
A madman is after Z, and he leaves for Alaska for a friend's funeral and to draw the madman away from his family. Rolled my eyes when he gives Jessica a "loving" goodbye. A loving goodbye? Are you kidding me? He didn't manacle her and spank her?
Anyhoo, the madman has already shot Z once, and gets another shot in then yet another attempt despite three out of the four hunky men from this series being on the scene.
[In fact, when you boil it all down, Jessica is the one to save Z from the killer. End spoiler)]
All in all, this fell flat. The writing, the story, the villain, the connections between the male characters ( Master Z and the adopted sons of his friend) and the setup IF these new characters are Doms just wasn't there.
Is this a deal killer for Cherise Sinclair and me? Nope. I'll get the next one, but I have a feeling that her writing truly sparks when she is writing about her core characters. Back to the dungeon, Ms. Sinclair.
Off to re-read Club Shadowlands.