The Dominant by Tara Sue Me

cover31158-mediumTitle:  The Dominant

Series:  The Submissive Trilogy Book #2

Author:  Tara Sue Me

Genre: Romance/Erotic

BlurbNow comes The Dominant, the continuation of the tantalizing trilogy by Tara Sue Me, which has captivated millions…
Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control.
As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to test her limits.
Abby’s combination of innocence and willingness is intoxicating, and Nathaniel is soon determined to collar her as his own. As long as she follows his orders and surrenders herself fully to him, no one will get hurt.
But when Nathaniel begins falling for Abby on a deeper level, he realizes that the trust must go both ways—and he has secrets which could bring the foundations of their entire relationship crashing down…

Thoughts:  First off, let me say a couple of things here – number one, that for those of you unfamiliar with the series, the book focuses on a relationship between a dominant and his submissive (although you probably could hazard a guess on that based on the title).  If you have a problem with that type of thing, you don’t want to delve into this book.  Second, that this book is not really a “continuation” since it is the same story as The Submissive – only this time we get to read about things from Nathaniel’s point of view, rather than from Abby’s.  I’ve never really read anything like that before – at least not broken up into two separate novels.  I wasn’t sure how that was going to work for me, but after reading the first book I had confidence that if anyone could pull it off it just might be this author.  Now I confess – after the first few pages I was thinking…’uh oh….not sure if this is going to work.’, but I shoved aside my doubts and thought about how much I liked the first one and kept going.  And I’m so glad I did!

It does pick up speed, emotion, and intensity as things progress, but the first few chapters are a bit slow.  Mostly because it’s the beginning that closest resembles the first book, and you keep having that eerie feeling of ‘haven’t I already read this?’ – which is to be expected of course, but you also want it stand out enough for it to warrant a second book.  You didn’t feel that at first.  Not to mention Nathaniel’s aloof persona and distant manner, which made the first few intimate scenes a bit of a cold coupling.

However, as you start to gain more and more insight into Nathaniel and watch as his feelings grow deeper and deeper for Abby, the book really begins to change.  We see sides to Nathaniel that really adds a new depth to his character, for example his struggles with his own feelings when he disciplined Abby.  And it also begins to feel more and more like a completely new story and not just a re-told story in a different POV.  As Nathaniel begins to desperately start to do anything he can to keep Abby from leaving, it really takes on a sensitivity all its own.  By the end your heart is just breaking for him as he tries to win Abby back.  I absolutely loved it, but especially the ending.

If anything, I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first!  Totally worth the re-telling.  I stand by personal opinion that this series is way, way, WAY better than the 50 Shades series.  I can’t wait to see what she manages to do with the third book, The Training, which is due out October 1st.

Rate:  A+









The Submissive by Tara Sue Me

the submissiveTitle: The Submissive

Series: The Submissive bk 1

Author: Tara Sue Me

Genre: Erotica

Abby King has a secret fantasy.

New York City knows Nathaniel West as the brilliant and handsome CEO of West Industries, but Abby knows he’s more. He’s also a dominant, and when she hears he’s looking for a new submissive, she applies for consideration. She’s a complete novice, but Abby yearns to experience a world of pleasure beyond her simple life as a librarian.

After one weekend with the skilled Master, Abby knows she needs more, and she fully submits to Nathaniel’s terms. He’s pleased by her willing spirit, yet her attempts to reach the man behind the rules are met with coolness.

As Abby falls in deeper, she fears Nathaniel’s heart is non-negotiable. But can she salvage her own before it’s too late?

These days it’s very rare for me to read a BDSM book and love it so much that I finish reading it then tell my friends who read these types of books that they need buy this book immediately. However that is what happened when I read this book.

When I started  it I was very meh about reading it, however by the end of the first chapter I was hooked on the story and relationship of Abigail and Nathaniel.

One of the things I loved about this series was that both Abigail and Nathaniel aren’t in their twenties they are in fact in their thirties, they are well established in their careers and who they are as people. As they progress from their first meeting to the end we get to see as Abby goes on a journey of self discovery or rather sexual discovery and how her life changes.

Another one of the things I liked about this book was how the sex was handled and while we know it’s a Dom/sub relationship the sex isn’t over the top graphic, but exactly right.

This isn’t a story of a rich DOM pursuing a blushing college co-ed. Abby is in her thirties and through friends who live the lifestyle discovers that Nathaniel a man she has fantasied about is looking for a new sexual submissive. She goes through all the steps to get an interview with him. When she passes the interview they embark on what is supposed to be a sexual relationship only. However as their friends are drawn into their relationship it becomes apparent Abby’s feelings toward Nathaniel have changed, and his has as well.

The book is told in first person so we only get Abby’s perspective of the relationship, but it’s one that I found real and compelling. It kept me glued to my kindle into the wee hours of the night and I finished it in one setting. Upon finishing it I wanted to read The Dominant which is Nathaniel’s perspective from the same time frame as The Submissive.

This is one of those books that I will read and re-read as I enjoyed the characters so much.

Grade A