Title: The Chalet
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group USA 10/21/14
Series: The Submissive #3.5
Submitting her body was only the beginning.
Abby King didn’t know true passion until she gave herself to Nathaniel West, one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors and desired Dominants. Now, on the eve of her marriage, she realizes all her dreams are coming true. And with a romantic honeymoon getaway planned at a secluded Swiss chalet, she’s sure Nathaniel will find even more fantasies to fulfill…
Nathaniel never thought he’d settle down until Abby broke down his barriers and changed his plans. With their wedding only weeks away, he can barely wait to possess her completely—heart, body, and soul—and show her the true meaning of being both a wife and a submissive.
Only Abby has one more challenge in store before she becomes his: no sex and no collar for one month before the wedding. Nathaniel is willing to give it a shot but he has one scandalous stipulation—once that month is up, anything goes…
What a sweet novella to carry us over until April when the next installment of what i thought was a trilogy comes out. We are reunited with Abby and Nathaniel – on the eve (sort of) of their wedding. A month or so out to be exact, but still the timing is pre-wedding. We see that things are settling nicely for them – they have found a rhythm to their life, a way to do the D/s thing on the weekend and remain happy and balanced during the week. They have been successful in finding time for each other – remaining calm and keeping the spark and sensuality alive when they are together.
Things seem to be looking up – Abby’s bestie Felicia seems to have warmed up to Nathaniel, her own marriage is in a good place – Abby feels like she’s kept true to herself, and life couldn’t get any better. As the wedding comes and goes, we see that Nathaniel has settled into a good place. He continues to push Abby in ways that she wasn’t certain about before, and we see that the biggest question is what they will do when they notice that the barrier between weekend play and the weekday starts to blur. This is where things get interesting i think – since Abby was always clear before that she didn’t want to be controlled during the week, yet it’s something that Nathaniel is showing her that he enjoys and that maybe is actually for her.
It’s not until the end of this story that we see their play take on a more aggressive tone. It’s always been hot, passionate and a bit on the naughty/dirty side, but things continue to be pushed – limits pushed and that’s always a fine line to walk with these 2 since Abby will just run. The question becomes will she and what will happen? The other piece of things is that you know that their happy bubble will have to pop at some point too – and i’m curious on what’s going to cause that to happen. Will it happen in this novella or will we have to wait until the next installment of the series? Your guess is as good as mine! The good thing here though is that our author continues to give us what we want out of these 2 – a great dynamic, characters that remain true to who they were at the beginning and still at present. The chemistry comes off the pages and you feel like you’re really in need of a cold shower after scening with them. Enjoy!