Book Review: Mischief and the Masters by Cherise Sinclair

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Title: Mischief and the Masters (Masters of the Shadowlands #12)
Author: @CheriseSinclair
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Erotic
Length: 386 pages
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis

She wants a short, sweet Master. One Master.

The two devastatingly dominant Drago cousins have other ideas.

Her life destroyed by a stalker, Uzuri Cheval starts anew in Tampa and joins the exclusive Shadowlands club. Unconvinced of her claims that she can overcome her fear of big men without help, Master Z gives her a time limit. And she is improving–until she hears the stalker is out of prison. Now her time limit is up, and the Masters will intervene, which is okay–as long as whoever helps her is short. Okay, sweet and gentle would be good, too.

But two Doms? Dangerously experienced and dauntingly powerful cousins? No way.

Having volunteered in every hellhole in the world, Dr. Alastair Drago is ready to settle down. Detective Max Drago has joined him and, once again, the cousins share everything. A house, lives, problems…and whatever submissive catches their interest. One mischievous submissive has definitely caught Alastair’s. However, having been burned by a woman, Max remains detached…until little mischief’s troubles turn deadly.

Ivy's review

The Good

-Another enjoyable entry to the Shadowlands series. The Shadowlands (a BDSM club in Tampa with hot Doms and shadowkitten subbies) has been a long time favorite of mine. It was one of the first to introduce me to safe, sane and consensual BDSM and want to bust out my own whip (I like to think I’m a switch ;)). This ‘verse has grown with every book, giving a full Ms. Sinclair has continued to build on the core group of Doms in an enjoyable way and I love the time I get to visit with all the characters and see their ongoing HEAs. Uzuri had been on my radar for a while, and at first I was picturing her with someone else. Now, having read Mischief and the Masters, I can’t see her with anyone but the Dragon Doms.

-Uzuri’s character arc is well done. Uzuri came to Tampa and the Shadowlands trying to get away from a horrible stalker situation and while she’s built a group of good friends and a career, she’s still, in many ways, hiding from her past. Seeing her grow into her own and learn to accept herself and to ask for help was well done. Many issues of race (Uzuri is a biracial heroine) are addressed in an honest and sensitive way and it all enhances this triad (MFM) romance.

-The Doms are as yummy as you expect. Max and Alistair are understanding kind of daddy Doms who really help Uzuri address her issues, while also looking into their own. Their games and love scenes with Uzuri are packed with heat, sexy BDSM focused more on the D/s side of things.

-While this is more of a romantic suspense, this does not have too dark an edge, just as I expect a Shadowlands book to be. Even if you somewhat know how it’s going to play out, not every beat is telegraphed. During the climactic confrontation, just enough surprises happen to keep the reader invested and turning that page.

-Can standalone, somewhat. While it is helpful to have a full understanding of the Shadowlands the earlier books, you could read this on its own. However, longtime fans will get their fair shares of treats as well, such as seeing one couple’s wedding, and lots of visits from previous heroes and heroines to make me close my kindle with a smile.

The Bottom Line

I really enjoyed it. Uzuri, Alistair and Max’s triad romance is a great entry into the Shadowlands ‘verse and I definitely recommend it. Can’t wait to see what Ms. Sinclair comes up with next.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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