Title: If Only
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Genre: Erotica / BDSM
Rated: 4.3 on GoodReads
My Rating: 4.5
After the last fiasco, Sally gives up. She’ll never find a Dom of her own. Instead the computer whizz is job hunting in between bending the law—just a bit—to unearth the bastards who’d enslaved her friends. The clueless cops and Feds obviously need help.
FBI special agents, Galen and Vance, have waited to play with Sally for a long time. When the mischievous submissive returns to the exclusive Shadowlands BDSM club after an ugly relationship, the experienced co-tops are pleased. Realizing she’s suppressing her emotions, the powerful Doms push her—only to find that her sassiness conceals a scarred and vulnerable heart.
Shaken by the unexpected emotional exposure, Sally flees the demanding Masters and the Shadowlands.
Both Galen and Vance have reasons not to seek a long-term submissive, but when a brutal attack by her ex-Dom sends Sally into their home, the two agents are driven to protect her. To help her. To take her under command. Falling in love isn’t in the plans.
But as the little imp brings light into their lives, they begin to want more…until they discover she’s hacked into an organization that delights in burning people alive.
So a little late, I know – I owed you guys this review like 2 weeks ago haha! Thanks for being patient with me, been a rough few weeks ♥
Now, onto the review!
I’ve loved Cherise Sinclair’s series as long as I could remember. I’ve always been into the extreme kinda ‘spice’, and growing up with my older sister’s books at my disposal always sated that. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take her books with me, and so had to start looking into building my own library.
Cherise piqued my interest while I was browsing recommendations, and from Book 1 of the series, I was hooked.
This will be the last book in this particular series I read, as the plots I’ve seen of the ones that come after don’t particularly interest me. That said, wow…If any book had to be the last of the series for me, I’m so glad it was this one!
Sally was always one of my favorite side characters throughout the series; intelligent, feisty and a brat with flare. Honestly? I connected with her quite a bit throughout this story – Each heroine in the series has their emotional traumas, and Sally is no different. If you want to be internally called out for your problem with asking for help? Pick it up! Or don’t. Being called out by a book is about as masochistic as you can get, in my opinion.
I absolutely loved the chemistry between herself, Vance and Galen. It was a thruple I will swoon over time and again – I adore thruples, and will say honestly that I was jealous of Sally on more than one occasion. Two big, bad, hunky FBI agents to tease and cuddle all you want? Sign me up! (Looking at you, FBI-Agent-Currently-Stalking-Me)
The sex is prime, and something that grasped my attention in this book compared to prior ones was how it was built up. It was a slow burn, and the safe word was utilized in an amazing way here. Some of the prior stories involved subs who didn’t use it due to self-conflict, or because they didn’t consider emotional overwhelm a reason to use it. Sally had no such issues – The second she’s pushed too far, she’ll holler it to the mountaintops. Damn right, love!
That said, I took a .5 away from my rating for one teeny, tiny pet peeve of mine; The Chapters were just a little too long.
They had every reason and necessity to be long, given that the story is essentially told from 3 separate perspectives, but I tend to go by a “read one chapter a night” philosophy day by day. That just wasn’t possible with this book, or if I did do it, I ended up reading into the early morning.
All in all, I loved this book, and this series as a whole. I’m so happy I found this author, and will definitely be looking into her other series for something else to tickle my kinky taste buds!