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Since childhood, Mallory McCabe has dreamed of falling in love with a hero. And then one saves her life. He’s honest…and blunt. Deadly, but filled with pain. Overpowering, yet ever so gentle with her. Oh yes, she’s found her hero. Taking him to her bed is simply…right. As is losing her heart.

How could she have known he’d want nothing more to do with her?

His indifference hurts. She vows to forget him…then he buys the land next to hers.

Released early from prison, all Sawyer Ware wants is to move to the city and get his life back together. But when a violent gang targets his police detective brother, Sawyer puts his future on hold. After a decade as a Navy SEAL, he won’t—can’t—walk away when someone he loves is threatened.

His task might well be deadly. He sure can’t afford to get involved with a woman—especially his captivating neighbor. Although he hungers to be near her, to enjoy her clear laugh, her easy friendship, and the peace she brings wherever she goes, a relationship is absolutely out of the question.

Why won’t his heart obey orders?

316 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 23, 2017

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Cherise Sinclair

63 books8,006 followers
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s renowned for writing heart-wrenching romances with laugh-out-loud dialogue, alpha males, and absolutely sizzling sex.

I met my dearheart when vacationing in the Caribbean. Now I won’t say it was love at first sight. Actually since he stood over me, enjoying the view down my swimsuit top, I might have been a tad peeved—as well as attracted. But although we were together less than two days and lived on opposite sides of the country, love can’t be corralled by time or space.

We’ve now been married for many, many years. (And he still looks down my swimsuit tops.)

Nowadays, I live in the west with this obnoxious, beloved husband and a seventy-pound lap-puppy. I’m a gardener, and I love nurturing small plants until they’re big and healthy and productive…and ripping defenseless weeds out by the roots when I’m angry. I enjoy thunderstorms, collecting eggs from the chickens, and visiting the local brewery for the darkest, maltiest beer on tap. My favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch next to the master of my heart, watching the fire, reading, and…well…if you’re reading my books, you obviously know what else happens in front of fires.

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Profile Image for Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾.
2,055 reviews12.2k followers
May 23, 2017
3.75 Stars
The decision wasn’t easy. He could damage her. Not her body, but her heart. Her emotions were already engaged, and if he pulled away—again—it would hurt badly. Yet, if she said no, she’d regret it. Forever.

If you've read Master of Freedom, then you'll recall Sawyer Ware, Atticus's brother. While his brother is a Detective, Sawyer is on the opposite side of the law. His sentence for a crime that haunts him to this day is cut short when he gets early release for his help during the prison riot and kidnapping. Now he's out but the stench of the ex-con stigma follows him everywhere he goes, especially when it's back to the small town where he stands out like a glaring beacon. He's a shell of the man he used to be. He just wants to keep to himself, make an honest living, and rid the town of the dangerous gang that now inhabits it and targeting his brother for the role he played in killing their leader. He doesn't expect for the shy and beautiful Mallory. When he rescues her on the side of a road, he knows that she's too good for the likes of him, but that doesn't erase her draw. She's like a ray of sunshine and he's a man used to the dark of the night. Their connection is instant and in a moment of weakness, he gives into their chemistry, only to let his assumptions get the best of him and think that Mallory is just another woman enamored with the allure of being with an ex-con.

Mallory is a sweet soul with a spine of steel. She's an understated strength full of hope and understanding. When Sawyer unkowingly hires her construction company to fix his newly purchased home, he soon learns the error of his way when he discovers all the depths of Mallory and her heart, but that doesn't mean he's ever going to be good enough for her.

I adored Sawyer. My heart broke for him and everything that he's been through. If there's one thing that Cherise Sinclair can do is create these characters with an incredible amount of depth, and Sawyer was no exception. Mallory was a sweetheart, though at times, I have to admit, she was a little too sweet for my tastes. She does stand up for herself and her soft was the perfect compliment to Sawyer's hard, but there was also something that was just missing for me.

There's a suspense plot that unwinds in pace with the romance which was a great addition and I loved getting more of Atticus and Gin. Master of Solitude was a slower paced romance, but as much as I loved Sawyer and Mallory, there was also something missing for me that I can't quite put my finger on. It just wasn't one of those books that kept me riveted to the pages, which isn't a bad thing, sometimes that's all you need. I think maybe my mood went against me with this one and took a little of the enjoyment out it. Nonetheless, this was another fantastic addition to the series, and one I'd certainly recommend. I live for this author's words and can't wait for more.

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1,813 reviews596 followers
May 20, 2017
Oh how I've missed this erotic and sensual world that Cherise Sinclair created some time ago. Mallory McCabe and Sawyer Ware were EVERYTHING you guys...EVERYTHING! A tortured soul, and a woman who wants nothing but to heal his heart. This journey was one of passion and emotion. It poured off of every page and I couldn't put it down for even a second.

"Tonight you have a safe word - and nothing else."

MASTER OF SOLITUDE can be read as a standalone, but if you are familiar with the series, then you know why I'm completely gushing over Sawyer. This man has been through hell and he is now trying to find a place where he belongs. Just when he is about to branch off on his own journey, he realizes that his brother needs him, and his future, once again, is put on hold. When he stumbles upon the beautiful Mallory, he knows that she is too good for the likes of him, but she is a persistent little thing, and will not let him go that easy. No matter how hard he pushes her away, he can't get the little spitfire out of his mind. She is strong-willed and just bursting with sassiness that just does EVERYTHING for him. But he will do what it takes to protect his family and her, even if it's from himself. It's only when he stops pushing, when he realizes he already found his home and his future, and it was in front of him all along.

"I love you...my captain."

Cherise Sinclair was one of the authors that brought me into the world of BDSM Romance, and I've never looked back. MASTER OF SOLITUDE is a passionate and emotional journey full of hope, self-discovery, and love. I devoured this enticing and sensual romance in one night and let me tell you, it was so hard to say good-bye to these characters and this town. I know we will meet again. I know Ms. Sinclair is far from over with this series (at least I hope she is!) but it doesn't make it any less hard to turn the final page. This story was beautiful. These characters were amazing. Their journey was EVERYTHING! I couldn't have asked for a better installment to one of my favorite BDSM series!

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7,013 reviews835 followers
May 23, 2017

Master of Solitude is another remarkable book for author Cherise Sinclair and an exciting addition to the Master of the Mountain/Dark Haven series.

This is the story of Sawyer Ware, who appeared in Master of Freedom as brother to hero, Atticus Ware. Sawyer is also a hero-a fact that is apparent to Mallory McCabe as soon as she lays eyes on him. But Sawyer mistakes the reason for her interest in him and draws away. He keeps finding reasons to get close, then pulls back. He’s lucky his lady is a bit of a pacifist-otherwise she would kick him into next week.

I loved Mallory-she is head of a construction crew-and a free-spirited hippy. Strong, serene and wise beyond her years, she makes a perfect foil for Sawyer’s dark aspects. Sawyer himself is yummy, if a bit dense. But can he make himself open to a relationship with Mallory when his adopted town is in danger and being with her would put her in danger, too?

As always when I read a Cherise Sinclair book, the ending comes to soon, and I wanted to start back over at the first page and return to Bear Flats, California. This is an author who can write anything from gruesome reality to fairy tales and make you want more. In this book, we have a little bit of both.

Expect some relatively light BDSM scenes, including a visit to Dark Haven. In fact, we get to revisit many of the previous couples from the earlier books, which makes this a warm, comforting read for anyone who follows the series. It will still work just fine as a standalone.

This is totally a five-star read with great characters, a charming setting, suspense, sizzling sex scenes, and good story.

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745 reviews142 followers
March 31, 2022
Another great addition to the Mountain Masters series. A way to escape the stressful everyday life with characters that everyone would want to have as friends in real life. Because let's face it most of my favourite characters would do awful in the real world. Not to mention that I would get killed because of them in no time. The Mountain Masters & Dark Haven characters make you dream not about what the world would be like if magic existed but about what life could really be. If you have the guts to go for the things you want and be more open to the world.

I loved Mallory. Shy and introverted she's easy to identify with. Hell, I'm her but without the power tools and the meditation! Maybe I should try the later. Who knows maybe I'll have better luck in life that way ;)

One of the things I like bout this author is that her male leads aren't a-holes. Or at least they they are only occasionally. Sawyer is no exception and when he did act like a total douche he had a good reason to do it. Sure it was an idiotic one but it was noble of him as I said, stupid, but hey, people make mistakes. Especially when they're scared. And even big strong alpha males can be scared. They're only human after all.

The cameos from the Dark Haven characters was an added bonus and hopefully we'll get another full length novel set in SF soon so we can see how their lives are progressing following their books.
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1,365 reviews52 followers
October 15, 2017
Well, I finally finished this story, after picking it up and putting it down for months on end. This book was a disappointment to me. The last few of Sinclair's novels in general haven't captured me like her earlier work. I appreciate that she tries to expand her character repertoire, so having Mallory be a strong, undamaged female not particularly in need of rescuing (most of the time), while the male has plenty of issues instead, was nice. I got frustrated with her and Sawyer, though, mostly because of Sawyer. He blew hot and cold, couldn't seem to understand how to communicate with Mal, and put her as well as himself in danger with his stupid behavior (and lack of communication about it). His behavior. Ugh. That whole vigilante aspect of the book was very tiresome to me, as was the repetitious use of the word "gangbangers", and all their cartoony evil. I appreciate that they were white supremacists--I'm one of the Americans still OK with Nazis being bad ALL. THE. TIME. But the villains were still so over the top exaggerated. They didn't just knock down a female pedestrian. They knocked down a sweet, frail old lady! And the great big show down at the end was just more of the same.
Also, I got SO TIRED in this story of the repetition about "women do this" and "men do that" and blah blah stereotypical gender roles. I get this is a rural mountain town, and people there may be more traditional, but it felt like Sinclair was beating readers over the head with 'men are like this' and 'women are like that'. Clearly all her characters agreed, as they made comments like that repeatedly. Doesn't it undermine having strong independent characters like Kallie and Mal if they are constantly relegated to the kitchen and housework and babies, and kept out of harms way when shit goes down? Because it sure felt like it to me. One of the things I appreciate about most of the BDSM novels I read is the openness to different gender roles and identities and sexual preferences. Sinclair's writing is starting to feel more and more like BDSM for conservative white people, and it makes me crazy.
Also, in what is fairly important in a BDSM erotic romance, I found the sex scenes relatively tame, almost vanilla, and sparsely scattered throughout the book. Sure, there was some kinky play, but a lot different in nature than many of her previous stories. there's enough BDSM-lite novels out there already, isn't there?
Based on this book, as well as Sinclair's last couple of stories, I'm moving her off my "auto purchase" list and onto my "I'll see how the reviews are" list instead.
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787 reviews130 followers
October 11, 2018
A great story as usual - I really liked the characters. Cherise Sinclair just knows how to write a good book!
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664 reviews115 followers
July 24, 2023
Another really satisfying story from Cherise Sinclair. This is Sawyer’s story, along with Mallory’s. We first met Sawyer in Detective Atticus Ware’s story, then his brother, ex Navy SEAL, Sawyer Ware, was in prison...now here he is, adapting to forming a life outside of prison, but where some townspeople have nothing more than their prejudices whenever they see him. In this, the real villains are the neo-nazi skinhead group, the Aryan Hammers...and I loved Ms Sinclair’s written justice toward these scum.

Cherise has built a great series from her Mountain Masters and Dark Haven stories and this is another addition that I have to rate as just into 5 stars for me.

Yes, we know not everyone has past baggage or psychological trauma who is into bdsm...but a fair few people are. No, it’s not a treatment or cure...and as to why it calls some of us, heartfelt, physically, emotionally, as well as sexually, and for some helps us come to terms with past and move into present and future...well, I’m no psychiatrist!!
But Cherise looks at psychological effects and affects on her characters personas. There’s depth to them, and a richness to the world they inhabit, we readers feel for them, and at times identify with them.
The places where these stories are set vary from Dark Haven’s city-based private BDSM club to the mountainous Pacific west coast small town and wilderness region of the US. Contrasts indeed.
This one is more out of the rat race and has a western theme, almost from a bygone age, that many who live in out major towns and cities yearn for.
So, this has balm in the setting for many of us, with a visit to My Liege’s BDSM club too for Sawyer and Mallory to get a taste of, and experience their kink that complements each other. Lead on...

Mallory’s talent of reading coloured aura round people...well, I have no knowledge of such, but who am I to say it doesn’t exist. As my Grandma used to say...quoting Shakespeare...there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in philosophy...

In a time of personal stress, my dear departed friend and Sir suggested some time ago, I go read Cherise Sinclair's books again and that through these I would gain balm, contentment and peace over grief and t‘would lead me back to living again. Wise sage, Sir. X

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2,082 reviews91 followers
June 28, 2018
I liked this one. Mallory was great, loved her ability to judge others for herself and to stand up for herself and others. Sawyer had some baggage, but was working on things. The situation in their small town called on them to step up for what is right and in the end, all was well. There are so many characters who need their stories told, I'm hoping there is more coming in this series!

I listened to the audio and liked it. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross do a good job with the dual narration.
May 19, 2017
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Master of Solitude by Cherise Sinclair

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EEEP!! Its been a bit since I have read a book in the Dark Haven series but I sure didn’t miss a beat. The men are still super yummy and the ladies are oh so sassy!!

Sawyer is an ex-con who I looking to protect his family from the gang bangers who have decided to take root in the small town of Bear Flat. Sawyer is not about the find love in this town and the woman who are throwing themselves at him because of his convict status make him roll his eyes but when a feisty, won’t back down from a bad guy gives HIM the time of day…Sawyer is rocked to his core.

Mallory is the sweet, introvert who happens to fall head over heels for her neighbor who happened to rescue her and a young girl from a bad situation. After a night of “fun” and miscommunication, Mallory is totally embarrassed and a bit heart hurt over Sawyers rejection of her.

The two of them continue their miscommunication and begin to rub the other the wrong way. When the run into each other at Dark Haven…well things take a turn for the better!!

When Sawyer and Mallory decide explore things, Mallory is all in with her heart but Sawyer resists. When Mallory lets the words slip one day she knows Sawyer feels the same way but he still rejects her heart…..but when the final rejection comes from him to her in front of the town…yup I understood but still wanted to smack him upside the head.

I loved Sawyer and his over protective heart. I loved Mallory and her calming yet sensitive way that let Sawyer open up to her on his own terms without pushing him when he wasn’t ready. I am super excited to read more in the series and catch up on the couple of books I have misses!!
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813 reviews38 followers
May 24, 2017
Finally a good book. I thoughtI was broken there for awhile, I wasn't able to get into anything, but Cherise Sinclair to the rescue!

I liked this book. I probably should have refreshed myself with Atticus and Gin's book first, because I forgot what Sawyer was in jail for. But eventually we learned it. And I have to give props to the author, she didn't give a rundown of what happened in previous books all at once. It came out in bits and pieces, sort of naturally. I can't stand when an author, in an attempt to refresh the reader just comes out of nowhere with the reminders.

I like Mallory. I really liked that Ms. Sinclair listened to her readers about having a character who was into BDSM just because they liked it. The aura stuff was cool and not overdone.

Sawyer was also likable. He had his little jerky moments but nothing over the top.

I really liked that the BDSM that they enjoyed was somewhat tame. I've seen some authors trying up the kink level in each book and sometimes enough is enough.

The writing was excellent, I enjoyed the suspense as well as the romance.
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2,195 reviews289 followers
May 23, 2017
3.5 stars
I liked Sawyer and Mallory’s romance. The BDSM scenes are well done (as always) and exactly what I expect from a Cherise Sinclair novel. It can function as a standalone, even though there are alot of characters from earlier books and the new reader may get a bit lost. I would have loved a bit more balance between Mallory and Sawyer, since he has several jerky moments and Mallory is just a bit too zen with it all. That said, I still enjoyed myself and I closed my kindle with a smile. The secondary plot involving the danger with the Aryan Hammers is good, and I wished the romance had kept me as interested as those bits. Still, there’s alot left to explore on this mountain and with these masters. If you love BDSM, I encourage you to check our Ms. Sinclair’s books. I can’t wait for the next one.

**ARC provided by author for review**
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1,185 reviews24 followers
May 25, 2017
Emotions and actions

Mallory is a strong but sensitive women, Sawyer is a ex convict who saves her and a teenager from a gang members assault. Mallory thought she found her hero but he wants nothing more to do with her after their one night stand. What she don't know is that he has his own reasons......

I love this story and I absolutely adore Mallory. Sinclair has a tendency to write about characters that has experienced trauma in their life but this time she has written a strong, well adjusted and grounded women who still needs someone to "rock her world"

Sawyer is the broken one, with childhood trauma and PTSD. After a tragic accident he ends up in jail and now when he's out he just wants peace and quiet.

I think the storyline was good, I was kept on the edge all the time about when the gang was going to come after Sawyer for killing one of their members during a prison riot.

The love between Mallory and Sawyer builds slowly but not to slowly and the emotions are strong. The way Sinclair describes love scenes is unique and it's always a joyful read.

No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings and lots of dialogues is a winner in my book.

This is book 8 in this series but they can be read as standalone. Now I just wonder if we're going to get Hector, Wyatt and Morgan's story???

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 wonderful stars
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537 reviews94 followers
May 11, 2020
The aura stuff was incredibly incredibly annoying, and completely out of place for this genre of book. The escalation of violence from the gang was ridiculous and so against their own self interest as to be farcical.

Also, wasn't this dude on probation? That whole vigilante kick was utter nonsense and full of self-aggrandization.

This book was actively, awfully, bad. I forced myself to finish and am officially scrapping the author.

I wont put myself through this kind of torture again.
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2,533 reviews76 followers
May 28, 2017
Every once in awhile you'll find an author that just makes your heart melt. This is one of my favorites. Cherise just gets women, and men. If this story doesn't make you feel right, then she's not the author for you. These characters really spoke to me (so many of hers do) because they are "real".
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1,333 reviews23 followers
September 29, 2022
Reread 2022
Probably liked this one more on the reread
I liked Mallory and her attitude, she just got on with it, understood when things didn’t go the way she wanted and just moved on. Sawyers back and forth while understandable did annoy it a little.
I enjoyed the town getting together for a common goal.

Good end

3.75 ⭐️

I really liked Sawyer and Mallory’s vibe – they had a very adult relationship. No hysterics just acceptance and working together. When Mallory appeared during the fight, he didn’t have a kitten, he just moved on and worked towards to common goal. Same when he did something she didn’t like.
I liked that they mainly only used bondage as it gave another side to the BDSM lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be all whips and chains, it’s what works for each couple, and I also liked that with Sawyers past that he didn’t like hitting women. I enjoyed the story line with the town working together.
While it didn’t change my rating I felt like this one dragged on and even though I was enjoying it, it felt like it took a long time to read
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6,472 reviews112 followers
June 28, 2019
It was not bad, but it lacked drama that is the thing that I adore in romance, sorry!!! She is way too perfect and their love is also way too perfect and she forgives him everything and....well I think I made my point.

Non è che sia un brutto libro anche se sicuramente il peggiore della serie fino ad ora, ma non c'é nessun dramma e lei gli perdona proprio tutto perché é proprio troppo perfetta e insomma....non é per me, ma che sia chiaro che é colpa mia.
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3,638 reviews65 followers
June 4, 2017
These mountain men, and the mountain women, they definitely know how to keep things lively in such a serene and calm place!

As noted, this story is about the group in the Mountains, though we do get a visit to Dark Haven, and I wish we could spend some more time there *hint hint * . We met Sawyer in the last book, he is Attiticus' brother. I think Mallory has been around the edges as well, she has been in town all along, and is a neighbour to Attiticus and the Masterson's.

Sawyer is facing problems in town because he is an ex-con. The prison shut down but the gangs lingered, and everyone from the prison is lumped together by some of the town folk. The gang that Attiticus and Sawyer, and the Masterson brothers, defeated and killed a few members of, are still in town, and set on revenge. Wyatt Masterson is off in Africa, so he is safe, but Attiticus is clearly in their sites. Sawyer is sticking around to eliminate the threat, so Attiticus can have a safe and happy life

Mallory is an everyday person in town. Not stunning, not broken, not carrying around a lot of baggage. She runs a construction company she inherited from her grandfather, so she doesn't have a fussy style, but she is a girl. She is feminine, but most men don't look past what she seems. She has pretty much given up on ever finding anyone who will look and see the real her and be a partner for her

Sawyer and Mallory connect rather innocently, and it is a scorching good time, but then nothing. A series of misunderstandings on both their parts, keep them apart. Fate doesn't let keep happening, but the misunderstanding thing, yeah, lots of that. Every time these two make a break through, something else intervenes. It would be easy to lay it all on Sawyer, but Mallory takes her share as well. He protects himself and her, she curls up and protects herself, but, she draws him out each time to get to the bottom of things

These two take a stroll to get together, because while the attraction is instant, they take a bit to get to know each other. When they are together, be prepared, they are powerful in the attraction. This is one of my favourite series of all time, so I know I love seeing previous characters about. There is that here, but the focus is Sawyer, Mallory, and the town in this story. I loved it for everything it was!
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Author 22 books156 followers
February 7, 2019
Another Cherise Sinclair book that I enjoyed. :-) I put off reading this series for a while, even though I love her Shadowlands Series, simply because the first two books didn't hook me, however, after reading Not A Hero as soon as it came out, I wanted to continue binge reading some of her books and this and a couple of others were the only ones I hadn't yet read! It was good. Very enjoyable. With her trademark romance that I love and great sex scenes. I really do love how she writes BDSM, she makes it so easy to see why the characters feel the way they do and she is very careful to make it obvious where dominance stops and abuse begins and her heroes are always the type that would never overstep the mark. When I read her books I don't have to worry about her heroes ending up as possessive, controlling arseholes, who claim their behaviour is simply being 'protective' or because they are a dom. And I definitely don't have to worry about simpering women who let their guys walk all over them. This author knows that submissive, even outside the bedroom, does not mean doormat. Mallory is a good example of this; although not a fighter the way some of Sinclair's heroines are, she has a strong characters and a sense of pride and dignity, yet she's still vulnerable in ways that are just so relatable. Sawyer was also a great character, however, I just couldn't reconcile the Sawyer we have in this book, to the one we saw in the previous book while in prison and I also felt like his emotions about his past could have been explored more... Despite that though, a solid story, it had romance, sex and some action. A good edition to the series! It also made me very intrigued about Morgan and I really want him to have a book, although he hasn't really shown much interest in the BDSM scene throughout the series... 
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1,950 reviews274 followers
September 19, 2018
Master of Solitude tells the story of Sawyer Ware and Mallory McCabe in Bear Flat, California. Mallory is the rare "no rough past" character. While she's friends with those in the lifestyle, she doesn't participate. Sawyer was recently released from prison and the reason has put him, his brother and those they love in danger. Mallory is one who cannot and will not stand by when another is in danger, nor will Sawyer. When their paths cross Sawyer gets the wrong impression. Mallory, who can see auras, knows he's struggling with something but until he opens up she cannot help.
“Oh, Sawyer, love is simply a feeling, not a Yuletide gift exchange. Like warmth from the sun, it simply exists and won’t disappear…even if the recipient protests.”
The author notes, "... this story is for the lifestylers who reminded me that not every submissive has had a rough past." It was a nice change. I love Cherise's writing, her characters and their stories. As much as it pains me to say, I had some serious issues with Mr. Ware. So many of his actions did not ring true to me. Granted, he's been through a lot and has rationalized his reasons for everything, but I just couldn't buy it. Much of the time he chose to take matters into his own hands when his brother is a cop, he was a Navy SEAL and constantly bemoaned no longer having a team at his back. He's surrounded by others willing and able to help, but no - alone he goes.

Stop Petting My Peeves, Please. Authors do a lot of research for their books, or so I would imagine, yet so very many use the wrong Marine Corps battle cry. Yes, the USMC is a Department of the Navy, but they have their very own battle cry. Google. Easy & Done. Rant over.
CORRECT: "Oorah"
INCORRECT: "Hooyah" = Navy; "Hooah" = Army

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1,131 reviews14 followers
June 1, 2020
Ex-Navy SEAL Sawyer Ware has had a rough few years. After leaving the military, he suffered from severe PTSD. He went to prison for driving drunk in an accident that killed his (even more drunk) friend. And he survived being attacked defending his (female) psychologist from escaping prisoners, only to face prejudice against ex-cons upon his release. Contractor Mallory McCabe has never been particularly feminine, but being around Sawyer makes her feel things she's never felt before. But his walls and resistance are challenging to break through.

Sawyer Ware, introduced in Master of Freedom is a complex and interesting character. He's made serious mistakes and now is facing the consequences -- some deserved, some not. Mallory McCabe is usually seen as "one of the guys," but her relationship with Sawyer opens her up to new ideas and challenges. Their relationship is really great, especially given all the obstacles they have to overcome.
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1,559 reviews18 followers
May 26, 2017

I love all her books but this is my favorite in this series. Sawyer and Mallory were perfect for each other. She was as head strong and determined as Sawyer. It was light on the kink but that's ok. The storyline and the characters were interesting enough characters.
I would also recommend your tissues for this book. I was a little teary eyed by the end.
As with most of her books I could have read more about these two characters.
1,629 reviews5 followers
May 30, 2017
I have so loved this series and was thrilled when Cherise released this latest one. Mallory and Sawyer make for an interesting couple....she is so calm and accepting....he is broken, has nightmares and just out of prison. They are so good together, she gives him peace and he fulfills all her girlish dreams of being loved and cared for. Another winner from this wonderful author.
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429 reviews30 followers
June 7, 2017
So happy to have a new release of this series (or any series by Ch. Sinclair)!
This was more romantic and somehow sweeter (maybe milder, if that can be said of any Masters book) than previous books. Characters were well developed and they come across as very real, even if the main couple is made up of two very unique individuals. It was nice too catch glimpses of other couples in town and see everyone's doing well there. There were literary seeds planted about maybe for future main chatacters and new books -- I will be waiting for that !
Recommend, of course.
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1,443 reviews60 followers
August 26, 2017
I love Cherise Sinclair 😍😍. Her Mountain Masters series is one of the best out there.
What I loved most about Master of Solitude was that there wasn't a lot of going back and forth between not wanting a relationship and wanting one. There was a little but not much.
Sawyer is a true tortured hero and Mallory is his peace in the midst of chaos.
I highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys a good romance with some danger and steam.
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485 reviews4 followers
June 12, 2017
The writing was good along with the story. Cherise knows how to mix it up between the sex and the story. You wont be dissapointed. If you want to read a BDSM book but aren't into the pain aspect this is probably a good book to start with. It dose have some pain involved but it isn't as bad as most.
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1,756 reviews50 followers
July 9, 2018
Mallory McCabe has always been a romantic at heart, dreaming of a hero. She may of found him. After a night of the hottest sex, he disappears, she was wrong. Then she sees him more and more and time and again he proves he is a hero but other than sex his interest is limited.

Sawyer Ware is an ex convict. PTSD and a dumb decision cost his friend his life and he paid for it. Now out he is tired of the looks, the stares, the whispered comments. The convict chasers who want to bang the bad boy, the real kind. A night with Mallory and a misinterpretation of her want then situations arise making it seem he isnt interested. WHen he is, just he doesnt think he deserves her.

I love Cherise Sinclair. I have read all the Shadowland books. Up to this book in this series and not a bad book in the bunch.

This has gangs, all out battles, gun fights, and steamy spicy, hot BDSM and scintillating sex.

What is not to love?
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1,221 reviews49 followers
August 25, 2017
5 exquisite stars!!

Yup!! Yet another stunning entry for Ms. Sinclair!

I cannot seem to get enough of these guys!!

Love 'em!
421 reviews2 followers
October 21, 2019
sawyers story was a good one. A little different from the rest of the series.
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Author 38 books680 followers
November 6, 2020

Quite frankly, this author never fails to disappoint. She's earned a spot in my favourite authors of all time, for a reason. The sex is always fantastic, and the kink has an edge I always crave. Her characters stay with a reader long after the book is finished, and the plots have a crafty twist.
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