Review – Master of Solitude (Mountain Masters & Dark Haven #8) by Cherise Sinclair

Cherise Sinclair 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. ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb:
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 put his life back together. His police detective brother houses him while he makes plans. But when a violent gang targets his brother, Sawyer puts his future on hold. He’ll have to take on the gang first. After a decade as a Navy SEAL, he won’t–can’t–walk away if someone he loves is threatened.

His mission is likely to prove bloody. He sure can’t afford to get involved with a woman, especially his captivating neighbor. 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?

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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