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Breaking Free

(Masters of the Shadowlands #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  16,925 ratings  ·  739 reviews

Beth must yield to become aroused, but she's too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that's just what she gets, and exactly what she needs...

A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won't overwhelm her— the very

ebook, 170 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Loose Id, LLC
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Sophia Triad
Master Nolan and Beth

Beth is a scarred submissive inside and outside.
Her sadistic husband took advantage of her lack of experience of the BDSM lifestyle. Soon her life became a living nightmare, until she ran away.
Now she is a member of the Club Shadowlands, but she faces several issues. She is scared to let go and to trust. Thus, she always ends up with less experienced Doms that neither scare her, nor make her feel desirable.

When Master Nolan takes Beth under command, Beth is sure this will n
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

This, the third installment of the Masters of the Shadowlands series is every bit as good as the first two, and in my opinion, even better. I’m a huge fan of the Romantic Suspense genre, so I really enjoyed the action/adventure aspect to this story.

After a failed attempt at escape almost cost Beth her life, she has finally gotten away from her sadistic husband, Kyler Stanton, who has left her badly scarred, both inside and out. Free and on her own, hiding from the man she is terrified of, she t
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 3.5 Stars ♥♥♥

This story follows Beth, a woman scarred by the abuse of her monster of a husband. She is free from him but she doesn't really feel all that free. She hasn't felt like a woman in a long time. She goes to Club Shadowlands hoping to feel arousal again, but she can't seem to get past the fear of her past. That all changes when Master Nolan takes her on as his sub.

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"She was happy, she realized. In fact, she'd felt happier today t
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Too bored to write a review. The book was awesome. It also had some kind of "story" unlike the other 2 books which went along the lines of...

1)Dom Boy sees Sub Girl
2)Sub Girl sees Dom Boy
3)DB gets a hard on
4)SG gets wet panties
5)DB ties and beats/teases/sexes up SG
6)100 pages of kinky sex
7)The End.

This one had a few plot twists and a fuller romance. The connection between the heroes was more pronounced and there were the magic "L" words after all their shit was done so I loved everything about
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit. Little rabbit.

UGH. Most annoying shit ever. In the first book of the series, there was an overuse of "kitten." I didn't read the second book yet, so I hav
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, bdsm
Well, Mrs. Sinclair you are just upping your game aren’t you?

Now first I have to say, for most people, people that have no internal understanding of the BDSM lifestyle this particular book in the series, they would not understand at all!

The heroine is a domestic abuse victim. She was previous married to a Dom that got off on inflicting sever pain (Broken bones, cutting) on his wife in order to get off himself. In the defense of the lifestyle I have to say that this is not common but it does hap
Personally, I'm not a fan of this series. The only reason this book received 3 stars is because of the ending. It was fantastic! Not to mention, Ms. Sinclair is a superb erotic writer.

However, the public sharing, public humiliation, group menages, and sadistic violence (side plot) that took place in this book went beyond what I'm comfortable with or enjoy reading. Needless to say, I'm not sure I'll be continuing the series. 

I'm grateful The Dom's Dungeon and Mountain Masters series were my firs
Velocity RaZz
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I can suspend my disbelief. I did it for the first book of the series and it worked like a charm, because the sex scenes were really nice. After all, it wasn't such a big deal -girl uninitiated to the scene gets thrown in, likes it, yada yada. Sure, it's unrealistic, but it's not dangerously unrealistic. However, Breaking Free is different. Beth, the main character, has been through horrible abuse in the past, and she finds it hard to submit to various Doms. Not to say the narrative wasn't nice, ...more
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I feel like I should be addressing Cherise with Master because she really is a master storyteller. Each book in her Masters of the Shadowlands series gets better than the one before.

In BREAKING FREE, Master Nolan, the darkly seductive contractor finds a lovely submissive in Beth.

However, after two years of being abused by her sadist husband, Klyer Stanton, Beth finds it difficult to trust someone completely and with good reason! Upon her skin, Beth wears the trauma tha
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
I really adored Nolan and Beth's story. Not only is there good writing, there was plot development, character growth, time spent on showing a relationship being built and some very innovative and interesting kink scenes. The play party at Nolan's is the definition of the word "scorching". I'm surprised my kindle didn't melt from the heat of those scenes.

Whilst I very much enjoyed the first two books, this definitely felt like more of a story. This is a journey whereas they were a well linked col
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, erotica, e-book, bdsm, march
This is the third book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series and if possible it was the best one yet. The storyline was more complex with the added element of suspense which as a romantic suspense junkie I really enjoyed. If possible the Dom/s scenes and sex were some of the hottest ones yet...they were off the chain...errr wait there were chains involved more than once and a whole lot more. One thing Sinclair does in her stories that I like is to not repeat the same “types” of scenes in each ...more
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Loved Master Nolan!! This series gets better & better!!!!!
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Story is better than most erotic books. There is a lot of public nudity, sex, bondage, and pain.

Beth was a submissive – liked being dominated. She married Kyler a sadist. He burned her, crushed her fingers and left scars from whips and knives all over her body. She ran away and is in hiding. She provides gardening services. She comes to the Shadowlands bdsm club. She has a long list of what she will not accept from Doms, but she is never sexually aroused by them. Master Z
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
You have to love Nolan! This book was wonderful!

Beth is a difficult sub at first, but for good reason. She was physically abused(to the extreme) by her last dom/ex husband Kyler. She ran away from him leaving California and coming to Tampa. She ends up at the Shadowlands. Due to her former abuse, she finds it very hard to trust any dom, let a lone feel any pleasure at all. Master Z finds this upsetting(love me some Master Z :D) and gives Beth an ultimatum: Try with any dom of his choosing(reall
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this as part of The Seduction in the Sun Box Set, but I decided to review the books individually.

As soon as I started this book, it seemed familiar. Turns out I read it about a year ago. I re-read it (skimming occasionally) to see if I liked it any better than the 2 stars I originally gave it. I didn't.

Beth didn't need a Dom, she needed massive amounts of therapy. The abuse (torture, really) she suffered was awful! I find it hard to believe that lots of embarrassment/humiliation, public s
Duchess Nicole
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
In a word: Intense! At times heartbreaking, this was very different than the first two books. It had a much more serious tone, as the sub in this book was viciously beaten by her husband a year prior to the beginning of the story. Nolan is described as a big, dark, scary looking quiet Dom. And he is, but he's also such a patient, good man.

Very well written, definitely still pushing toward the edge of my comfort zone when it comes to the exhibitionism and a few other smaller details. But I see t
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I loved Breaking Free and it's in my top 5 BDSM favorites.

What an amazing story about a damaged, abused, hurt sub named Beth and how a strong and serious dom named Nolan, tries to help her and heal her. I could feel the connection between the two of them from their first encounter. Hot and sexy with a touch of suspense. Loved it!

For those of you that are confused about BDSM or turned off by it, this book details a positive Dom/sub relationship and how BDSM can be used to transform and heal
This book was GREAT. I think when Master Z proposed his ultimatum to Beth, he may have just saved her life...in several ways which I won't spoil. I have no idea how in the world BDSM and a D/s relationship can be therapy for a abusive marriage where the woman is beaten within an inch of her life, but it sure seemed to be that way for Beth with Nolan. He taught her to trust again, to love again, to feel beautiful and sexy again, and to be happy again. And to have an orgasm again. A LOT. I really, ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm-kinks-taboo
Where to start...

Ok, firstly, I loved this author's Dark Haven & Masters of the Mountain series. But I can't get going with this one at all, which is a pity as there are so many books in this series. Book one was average, book two I didn't get past a few chapters, and this third instalment was very poor.

Nolan was a dick. Couldn't warm to him at all. Didn't like how both he and Beth were having sex with other people. He briefly discussed hard limits with Beth, but only as they came up. And for s
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Nolan's story did not disappoint. There is no way a girl could not just love these alpha men (Doms). Master Nolan turned out to be very compassionate & caring in contrast to his hard exterior. Early in the story he discovers that he longs to have a life partner not just bdsm partnership. Taking Beth as challenged request from Master Z to help her overcome a very painful past that is inhabiting her ability to satisfy her needs. Master Nolan proves to be just the Dom to do it! And, damn does he ev ...more
I'm really enjoying my reread of this series and this book was no exception. Beth is sweet and Nolan is scary, together they just work. As usual, 1000 kinky stars for Cherise Sinclair. ...more
The Romance Reviews (Carole)
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance, bdsm
4.5 stars out of 5.0 stars

"Great characters, wonderful story. Whether you're into BDSM or not, this is the book to read! Hard to put down!"

Cherise Sinclair knew how to twist your emotions into a giant, tangled knot where you hurt along with the heroine (and root for her all the way) or melt at the gentleness and understanding exhibited by the big and strong hero who knew what she needed.

Nolan King is an irresistible hero, especially when seen through the heroine's eyes. Irresistible not because
Reread 2022

Very good still. I still loved Nolan and how he was so conscious of Beth at all times. He understood her fears and never once raised his voice, just waited her out and let her make her own decisions.

The break at the end hurt to read, especially knowing how far Beth had come

4.25 ⭐️

This was very well done. When a sub has suffered abuse in a previous relationship or somewhere in their past, sometimes the BDSM would just appear more abuse heaped on. Not in this case. I felt so much for
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most intense book so far. You have a woman that was in an abusive D/s relationship that while she eventually got out of it, it did mess with her a little mentally on what worked for her and what didn't. An outside person having to watch that would have a hard time. Thats where the story starts focusing on how her new dom is going to help her overcome that mental obstacle. I enjoy reading BDSM stories that delve a little into the emotional aspects of BDSM, not just because pa ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, erotica, bdsm
This is my favorite book of this series so far!!! Nolan is so HOT & at the same time shows much compassion while remaining in control of Beth, the sub he's assigned to. In my opinion he would be the perfect Dom! Always thinking of his subs insecurities but pushing right at the comfort level patiently!
Beth had an excruciating past with her husband/Master who she is on the run from. She has so many physical & emotional scars that I have to praise her for even attempting to stay in the lifestyle.
Kaylea Cross
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Cherise Sinclair is an erotic romance force to be reckoned with. With every book she sucks me in to the story until I can't turn the pages fast enough--and that's even though some of the subject material is uncomfortable for me. I'm not personally a fan of scenes where the heroine is punished/humiliated, but the Doms in Sinclair's books are so damn hot and good at what they do, and she carefully balances the harsher side of BDSM with an aching tenderness that's just plain addictive.

I've read al
Kim O
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd in the series and they keep getting better and better. I wouldn't have thought it possible. I gobbled this one up in a day because I COULD NOT put it down. The scenes in the club still intrigue me and let me just say I'm releived none of our characters are into the true BDSM PAIN. The dungeon scenes scare me. In previous books Nolan came across as this very intense, cold, didn't want to get involved with anyone kind of person, but he won me over quick. I ended up loving everythin ...more
Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair

No ‘third times a charm’ requirement for the third book in this series. They have all been charms to me and I’ve enjoyed reading them.

Master Nolan…what to say…”The man simply radiated force, his bearing supremely self-confident.” and “With him, dominant was more than a term; it was who he was to the bone.”

Beth…God was a strong woman. To have gone through HELL and kept on going. To have put herself out there again and not given up all HOPE. (view spoiler)
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Again, I'm way in the minority here...

I was in the mood for some good old fashion hetro BDSM, extra hot, so I took the advice of just about everyone here at GoodReads and read this book by Cherise Sinclair. It was indeed hot, the BDSM intense, the Dom a sexy beast... BUT, I just couldn't get past the "club" and "party" aspects of the setting. Public sex freaks me the fuck out. And since the female MC didn't trust the male MC enough to be alone with him, all their sexual encounters were in public
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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. Bu

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