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Beneath the Scars

(Masters of the Shadowlands #13)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,658 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Josie doesn’t need any help raising her son. 

Pregnant at sixteen, Josie learned the hard way about men and their empty promises. She picked herself up and is raising her eleven-year-old son. By herself. And that’s the way she intends it to stay. Unfortunately, her impressionable boy becomes fascinated by the scruffy, intimidating biker who lives next door.

The scars on H
Kindle Edition, 458 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by VanScoy Publishing Group (first published May 19th 2018)
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
The three C’s—he had them in abundance: competent, confident, and caring. She’d never been so…attracted…to anyone before.

All of the feels and hot as sin BDSM romance combine for another incredible addition to the Masters of the Shadowlands series. I will never tire of these books or Cherise Sinclair's words. She has this ability to create a BDSM romance that evokes as much emotion as it does chemistry, and characters that are impossible to forget. Beneath the Scars was no exce
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm-kink-menage
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I loved getting back to the Shadowlands with Cherise Sinclair. This is one of my favorite series and I always get sucked right into the world that is created on these pages. Holt and Josie were both amazing, though I did have some issues with Josie in the beginning when she seemed a little too judgmental. It made me scared that I wouldn't like her at all in the book and it would ruin the reading experience for me. But a few chapters in I came to understand her chara
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

When I need all the feels of a romance and the spice, Cherise Sinclair is my go to choice. Her "Masters Of The Shadowlands" series is the perfect mix of sweet romance and BDSM kinks and the perfect gateway for romance readers curious about BDSM erotica. (Book 1 is actually #FREE on AMZ ☞ Club Shadowlands

Josie, the heroine, is a writer moonlighting as a bartender and a single mom.
The hero, Holt, is a firefighte/EMT and gets Josie's instant dislike because of his current "rough looks". (T

I was really excited about reading this book. If you’re a fan of the Masters of the Shadowlands, then you know that she has built a great group of characters in this series. That being said, I would highly suggest reading the series in order. ALL the characters in the series so far are in this book and they do have considerable page time. I fear that if you aren’t familiar with them that you’ll really feel lost or not feel the connection enough, so I strongly urge you to read in order if yo
“Brace yourself, pet.”

If you’re looking for a romance that will give you all the tingles and all the feels, look no further! BENEATH THE SCARS, the next novel in Cherise Sinclair’s INCREDIBLE Masters of the Shadowlands series captivated me from the very start! Josie and Holt were so beautiful and so poetic together. Their journey to let go of the past and embrace the present was emotional, sexy, heartbreaking, and just…everything! I loved it to pieces, soaking up each and every word while a
Maria Dimitrova
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-smut
I always enjoy Ms. Sinclair's books. Beneath the Scars was no exception. However I needed a few chapters to get back in the world of the Shadowlands Masters, something that I never experienced before when reaching for one of these books.

As far as I remember Holt was introduced way back in Make Me, Sir. i liked him back then but really grew to love him in the previous book. He's a sweetheart and he deserved his HEA. He got it and it was a sweet story but it just didn't resonate with me the way i
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition in one of my all time favorite series!!  A scar can be left on the skin or on the soul from wounds inflicted. This story takes us on a journey of a man who bares his on the outside and a woman who wears hers on the inside.

Josie Collier is a single mother to an 11 year old boy. Being a teen when she got pregnant and having no family support until years later, Josie stopped believing in romance and love. She now lives next to her Great Aunt and is a writer of YA books and a
Big Joe  Rossi
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Cherise Sinclair is the 'Master' of this genre. Another 5 ass spanking stars for a Shadowlands book.

Josie is a single mom, pregnant to young and left to fend for herself and her child. Now she budding author and a part time bartender to pay her bills. When she sees one of her new neighbors, the tatted, scarred, big biker, she is immediately on edge.

Holt is recovering for being nearly killed by Uzuri, his friends, stalker. A gnarly scar on his face and stab wounds on his torso, the fireman/
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
As usual, Cherise Sinclair does not disappoint. I won't bore anyone with a synopsis, I'm sure there are plenty out already. I really enjoyed the story, I thought the relationship between Holt, Josie and her son was very realistic. The sex and BDSM, as always, was wonderful. I also love the way Sinclair weaves the lives of the rest of the Shadowlands into each new story. She really has created a community. And in my opinion, the next book should be about Ghost, the security guard we first me in S ...more
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
4.25 stars. This was a good book. This is Josie and Holt's series. Josie moves in next door to Holt, who is living in Uzari's old house. Holt is recovering from his attack by Uzari's stalker in the previous book. Josie is a single mom of an eleven year old boy, a YA Fantasy author and bartender. She has been a very young single mom on her own for years and hasn't really ever dated. She doesn't really imagine any romantic prospects for herself. Josie sees Holt and misjudges him as a rough biker. ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
Want a full length story with heart and amazing characters; don't miss out on any of Sinclair's assortment in this series. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

4 stars ⭐️

Great addition to the series. It was great seeing Holt get his woman. I enjoyed that the miscommunication was not used as a long plot device. Once Josie found out what happened to Holt she went straight away and apologised.

I liked Josie and Holt together. I kind of understood Josie’s issues and I liked how Holt worked around them. He knew when he’d made a mistake and went about fixing it, but Josie was also honest enough with herself to know she had over reacted but wasn’t sure
Camila (previously the opinionated Catruler)
For a moment there I thought there was a Masters of the Shadowlands book I hadn't read and I reached for my inexistent pearls.

Silly me, I just read it in my time away from Goodreads this year and hadn't logged it. Disaster averted.
Angel (huge fan of all things Totoro)
Huh. Meh.

These are the words that first come to mind when I think of this book. As I finished the last page, I just felt…whatever. I've definitely read better books from this series, and I've definitely read worse books from this series. The best, to me, are "Breaking Free" and "Make Me, Sir". The characters just jumped off the pages and the sex was H-O-T!! the worst, to me, are “Mischief and the Masters” and “Dark Citadel” (I cannot for the love of me remember this story. It was THAT boring, pe
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore how real the couples are in Ms Sinclair's novels. In this one, single mom Josie meets scarred Holt (attacked in the previous book). How Ms Sinclair takes a single mom with a pubescent boy (and *all* those emotions and issues) into the scary place of opening up to dating and a relationship is truly a beauty to read.

Josie has some major trust issues due to her past experiences with what should have been trustworthy male figures in her life. She's raising a son by herself with a great-aunt
Cécile Smits
When i heard Cherise had a new story in the Shadowlands series,i immediately pre-ordered and counted down the days until it landed in my library. I needed to know who was going to give Holt what he só deserved after that vicious attack,after being abandoned by his so-called girlfriend....a sweet,soft and caring subbie. After meeting Josie and her son Carson,i found i hoped they found what they deserved as well....a caring,strong man. One that could be the fatherfigure Carson longs for. One that ...more
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was really excited about reading this book. If you’re a fan of the Masters of the Shadowlands, then you know that she has built a great group of characters in this series. That being said, I would highly suggest reading the series in order. ALL the characters in the series so far are in this book and they do have con
Feb 18, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 35%. Ridiculous and awful. Why? We have an MC with limited sexual experience. Pregnant at 16, raises her child alone, who is now 11 years old. She admits she doesn’t even date. Ever. Men are not to be trusted.

What does she do? Why, she gets a job as a bartender at Shadowlands, a BDSM club. 🙄 Okay, I’ll go along.

She meets her hunky Thor neighbor who just happens to be a Master. 🙄 They don’t go out on a date, have limited conversations, kiss, make-out, hell, even hold hands! 🙄 Nope. Not h
Took me a little to get past the h being a little bitchy in the beginning but then I got pulled in and enjoyed the book. I liked Holt, I think he may be one of my favorite shadowlands guys. I had a love/not fond of feeling for Josie. Carson’s part was written very age appropriate, which is great, because I’m finding that authors have a tough time with that.
I enjoyed seeing all the other couples pop up.
Looking forward to Ghosts story.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much more than just a BDSM story!!

Beneath the Scars is the latest Shacowlands novel, and takes place almost immediately after events in the previous book, Mischief and the Masters. Holt is still recovering from injuries he suffered when he was attacked. Fortunately, he has a friendly neighbor - a single mom with a pre-teen son. Unfortunately, she hates him on sight, dismissing him as nothing more than a violent biker. Fortunately, she is hired as a new bartender at the Shadowlands, where Holt
Johan Bastiaanssen
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, romantic
Cherise Sinclair always begins her foreword with the statement that "... the romance is compressed into a very, very short time period". Bear that in mind when in the beginning Josie is fired from her bartending job at an upscale location and accepts a job as a bartender at the Shadowlands, although she has little sexual experience and would be considered very vanilla and shy.
But once these conditions have been set, the romance between Josie and Holt is very well written. Josie is a single mom,
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those doms... sigh. Unfortunate that it is all fiction.
Holt was amazing. Josie was incredible. I loved to see them come together. The story was beautifully written.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I read this author, and this series and I have to say it was like visiting with old friends. Awesome story, with characters you can’t help but love. Simply fabulous 🙂
3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this one. First of all my favorite part of this book was Holt. He has been through so much in the last book and I just really wanted to see him happy. He is so good about being friendly, fair and is a great Dom.

Josie was the iffy part. Some moments I love how she connects to others. How she is able to provide comfort and listen to others. She is a really great bartender for the Shadowlands and adapted well since she wasn’t part of lifestyle before. I also lo
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, erotica, bdsm, e-book
I think what I like about this one was that Josie had no clue about BDSM and found herself in this world. Josie adjusted pretty well to everything, her bartending job in a very unique setting. I will say that I didn't care for Josie's initial judgement about Holt, but when she learned the truth she rectified the situation and owned up to her thoughts.

Watching Holt and Josie slowly become a couple was great. I liked that Holt included Carson and didn't run when things got tough and Josie pushed
Deanie Nelder
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommendations
Since getting pregnant at 16, writer/bartender Josie has avoided getting involved with men, especially dangerous-looking ones like the biker next door. After surviving an attack by his friend's stalker, paramedic/nurse Holt has been adjusting to the fact that his new scars have changed the way people see him. When Josie gets a job bar tending at the Shadowlands club, she's introduced to the world of BDSM, and a new side of her neighbor, Master Holt.

Cherise Sinclair has a way of creating wonderf
I don’t know what I lived most about this, the single parent or the firefighter. Single parent stories bring a whole new dynamic to stories, which I love. I mean let’s be realistic, once you have kids it’s pretty difficult to go around having sex anywhere anytime. I like to see how authors work around that. :)

And of course I’m all about the sauce. And the Shadowlands is full of super spicy sauce. This is probably my most favorite bdsm themed series. It’s seems more real, IMO. The toys, the atmos
Paige Turner
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!!!

Beneath the Scars is another winner in the series. The author is my favorite and the stories she writes are wonderfully written with the perfect blend of love, drama and kink.

Holt has been one of my favorites and he's paired with a sweet submissive who is raising a son all by herself. The couple has a lot of fun but doesn't have the easiest road ahead of them.

I especially loved this book because the other Masters and Shawdowkittens were a big part of it. They were blended into the
M.L. Sparrow
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There was never any doubt that I was going to love this book. Cherish Sinclair is my favourite BDSM writer because she gets the balance between character development, plot and hot sex right every time. Her Shadowlands books are my favourites and whenever she has a new one out I have to pre-order it and read it on the day, though I always wish I hadn't read it so fast afterwards, because I want to go back a read it for the
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