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Lean on Me (Masters of the Shadowlands #4)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  10,437 ratings  ·  466 reviews
Andrea wants to submit, but not to just any so-called Dom. He has to be tougher than the slum-bred bullies she grew up with. She'd given up finding a true Dom when her friend finagles her a place as a trainee in an exclusive BDSM club with the powerful Shadowlands Masters. Andrea's thrilled...and terrified.

Forced to accept an unknown submissive into his carefully run train
Paperback, 314 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Loose Id, LLC (first published March 30th 2010)
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3.5 Stars



Lean on Me is the fourth book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair. This book is about Cullen O'Keefe and Andrea Eriksson. Master Cullen is the bartender at the Shadowlands Club and I fell in love with his laid back demeanour and sexy smile right from book one. While Cullen did not disappoint in this book, I was somehow let down by the heroine. I could not bring myself to like her all that much.

Cullen is a popular Master at the club as he attracts all the unatta
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
This is the fourth book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series and we finally get to have Cullen’s story. From the beginning, I loved this bartenders laid back manner. His easy, sexy smile and wicked sense of humor has made him one of the most popular Masters at the Shadowlands. Not interested in any kind of relationship that involves commitment, Cullen is content to enjoy the “fruits of his labors” at the club, and as the head of the sub trainee program, he’s got more than enough "fruit" to p ...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance

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From the moment you meet Master Cullen, there is something seriously alluring and seductive about him. You want more...much, much more of him. When Master Cullen told Kari he'd top her in the second book, Dark Citadel, I was done. The phrase 'hooked, line and sinker', could easily describe how I felt about him.

"I'll top you tonight." -Master Cullen to Kari

Andrea has a bit of a troubled past. She's been on her own since she was young and doesn't need hel
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Aww...What to say about this book... Cullen. Oh, dear God Cullen. He is sooo my favorite this far. I think I fell in love with a book character(again).

My Cullen

Reading about him in the previous books I expected a player, someone who would play hard to get due to "commitment phobia" and I was partly right. He was a player and he liked screwing around until a certain sub walked into his life. I like the fact that in this series the heroes aren't afraid to go after what they want, they don't resist
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
**3.25 stars**

I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this series just isn't for me?? Or if I'm going in with too high of expectations?


I've been looking forward to Master Cullen's story from the very first book. And I'm pretty much left wondering when he'll get a story because this book certainly didn't feel like the Cullen that I got to know over the course of three previous books. There were barely there sprinkles of his personality, but not enough to piece together the man that I thought I knew a b
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
Cullen looking like Boramir...RAWR! Liked Cullen and Andrea's story but I did have some problems with it...

There was a situation with Andrea and Master Dan(Master Asshole)and Master Marcus took care of it. And then when Cullen was brought aware of it and pointed it out to Master Asshole, he took a step back and felt bad about it. Whatever! Thought they were too harsh on Andrea. Then they blame Andrea and her pride for not crying about it. I was like, SERIOUSLY?!! I would have love to take a flog
Quite liked this story- but did not like the continual use of the word "Dios" just bugged the hell out of me.

I realise she was of Spanish origin and maybe it is because I do not hear this type of language in RL- not being from the US.

I wasn't keen on Andreas personality either.

I did enjoy the smexy scenes, but was wondering why the writer did not give us the full detail of their first night together in his bed. I thought that was a very special occasion and we only get glimpses of it in flashbac
Duchess Nicole
I liked Cullen more in the previous books. I guess when he's in 'Master Mode,' its a little harder for him to be a playful guy. However, each book in the series so far gets more and more emotional depth, and bring up some big issues.
Roll me over and fuck me again!! Follow the rules of Shadowlands. Do as you are told or else endure delightful shockers, kittens! Move over Zachary! Master C is here to rule the roost or should I emphasize Cullen’s ability to stimulate pain with every caress of divine pleasure. All through the bartending /Dom activities Cullen comes across as a tender heart veiled behind a rigid persona. Andrea wants a hardcore Dom and desires it real bad. Rough around the edges due to her street endurance credo ...more
OMG!...I LOVE ME SOME MASTER CULLEN!!! YUM-MY!!! Did i say that the last one was my favorite in this series so far? Well this one has just bumped THAT ONE right off the top! There's still not a whole lot of actual "story" per's pretty much just very HOT BDSM sex...with some sweet and romantic parts thrown in...and then MORE HOT BDSM sex! ;)

However, i do like that with each book the author is bringing us a little bit of "life" outside the club. In the last book we got to spend some time a
Rach~The Highlander luverrr
OK people if you are after some super hot..bad as hell. controlling Doms then the shadowlands series is one for you.
A good friend recommended these books and whilst i am a little naive when it comes to BDSM i can honestly say that these books will heat you to the core... I have been lucky in the past and managed to read a few really good BDSM however this book number 4 in the shadowlands was simply "ECSTASY"

Master Cullen is a Bartender/Dom who works at the shadowlands club a private
Liked the characters, good story, hot read. Now on to the complaints:

Cherise Sinclair makes the same mistake as many romance authors when writing a Latina/Hispanic character--she has her using random Spanish words to make her seen authentic. To all writers out there...


Maybe non-Spanish speakers don't notice, but those of us who do know the language can tell you that there is nothing less authentic than a bilingual character mixing up both languages when speaking to someone who only
Where do I begin... I absolutely adore this author and this series. The stories are always very intense and thought provoking. It is not difficult to become invested in all these amazing characters and the author does a fantastic job of weaving the stories tightly between all of them throughout every book. I'm simply drooling for continuing stories in her other stand-alone books. So, that being said, I was so happy to read Master Cullen's story. The big, intimidating Dom who so easily scared eve ...more
Kim O
Next to DOM in the dictionary, there has to be a picture of Master Cullen. I've read the first 3 books in this series and I couldn't wait until I got my hands on him. Since he walked onto the page, he's the kind of character you want to know more about. I'm a total sucker for a guy with a good sense of humor (married to one) and Cullen keeps me laughing, whether it's his book or any of the others, he always steels the show with his one liners. But don't let his sense of humor fool you, he is 100 ...more
Nika (Off to Neverland)
Another great book! Why didn't I know about this series sooner?

Master Cullen is furious when a friend of his makes him take on a non club member as a trainee. He wants that sub gone. Then he meets Andrea, and realizes that he won't make her leave. Because she's too much of a challenge for him to resist.

I loved Master Cullen. He's funny, charming, caring, and loads of more things. (And plus he's a badass Dom. ;) ) And I also liked Andrea. She's a very strong character who hasn't had it easy in li
I admit I've been looking forward to Cullen's book since we first met the charismatic bartender in the first book Club Shadowlands. He's always seemed so easy-going, definitely my mistake as we (and Andrea) learn here, but I wasn't wrong about his kindness and his innate sexiness.

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Love the Masters of the Shadowlands! Let me just say Master Cullen... HOT! Andrea and his story was great! On to the next :D
I see Cullen! YAY. Can't wait to get to this one! *rubs hands together*
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict
Feb 20, 2013 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict by: Bookie | The BookChick
Hoping to start on this tonight.....Cullllllllllleeeeeen!!
I wasn't supposed to give this a 5, but I changed my mind at the last minute because I really felt connected with Andrea's character. I love her! She's really kickass. Although the other heroines in the series were independent and sassy like her, she has this certain something, maybe because she grew up in different circumstances unlike Jessica, Kari, and Elizabeth, and to others, from "the wrong side of the tracks".

I was always wondering what type of sub would bring Cullen to his knees (pun int
3.5 This is a good, light, BDSM story. I like the female in this story more than any other female character I've read from this author. She has a strong back bone and isn't overly submissive. I also like the male character. This author always has likable characters. She gives enough of a backstory on her characters to be interested in them, but not enough for me to become passionate about them and their story. I can put down these books rather easily when I need to get something done. This is th ...more
 Anna (Wicked Book Blog)
Nasty and affronting, kinky bastards, (like hell would I submit myselt to that kind of treatment!) but what do I know...
Two things I really love about a book, first is a brilliant story and second is the ability to capture a subject/theme and expound on causing the reader to fully understand what the author is trying to convey. Author Cherise Sinclair has did that for so many fans of her BDSM series including myself. I was reluctant to read a series about BDSM because my fear was I get this wildly outrageous beating and flogging but never opening up to the real and true relationship nature of a Dom and his Sub. A ...more
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Another exciting, sexy read from Cherise Sinclair. Master Cullen is dreamy and although I didn't always like Andrea's characterization, I really liked the storyline. Again, I'm impressed with the way the author incorporates past characters into the plot, it makes for an engaging and heart warming reading experience.
Si, Si Senior!

So I wasn’t going to start Lean on Me (Book 4 in the Shadowlands series) so soon after finishing book 3. Not because I haven’t loved all the books so far - they are some of the most intensely erotic books I have ever read and seriously the Masters at Club Shadowlands are highly addictive. I just planned on taking a little break since there is only 1 more book left in the series and I wanted to delay and savour and extend my series reading experience as long as possible.

Needless to
Elise-banned from infomercials and ebay
Hot!! I think this, so far, is my favorite of the Shadowlands series. Cullen was a favorite of mine in the previous books and I was hoping that his book would do him justice and it delivered. I enjoyed the way he changed from a "never have a relationship with a sub" type of Dom to really coming to care for Andrea. The book also gives good background for both Cullen and Andrea so you had an understanding of her need for obsessive independence and his need to be able to know she knows when to ask ...more
Dominant Males… Sizzling Tales…

Here’s my recommendation. Listen closely. This is important. Download all four Masters of the Shadowlands books. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Keep the bottle close. Slip into some comfy jammies. Light a candle. Read in an uninterrupted location. Be prepared for heavy breathing.

Cherise Sinclair hits the nail on the head with this series that, at times, seems so real that it could be non-fiction. The striking imagery of the BDSM world with its erotic submission and
Lean on Me by Cherise Sinclair

This is another installment in this series I enjoyed, featuring Andrea and Cullen. Another reviewer mentioned an overuse of the phrase 'creased cheek' or variations of that phrase and I agree that it is a constant in this series. Also this book did not always change pages or chapters when a timeline changed. It didn’t add the usual **** at the end of a paragraph either which sometimes indicates a change of time/place. That confused me a bit but overall this book was
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