Title: The Flirtation
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group Publishing 8/8/17
Length: 196 Pages
Series: The Submissive #10
Lynne has not wanted for anything since she began working as Nathaniel and Abby’s nanny—until the night they invite her to a group BDSM meeting. The abrupt breakup she had with her last Dom made her turn her back on the lifestyle, but now she’s ready to dive back in. When she starts chatting on online BDSM message boards, she’s shocked to discover Simon, her former Dom, is a frequent poster—and even more shocked at herself when she creates a secret identity and strikes up a conversation.
After messaging with a mysterious submissive online, Simon forms an immediate connection. Lynne and Simon’s D/s relationship grows in intensity, but can their relationship survive after the truth is exposed, and Lynne’s identity is laid bare?
I do love this series – and i really have to say that i’m impressed how our author Tara Sue Me is able to continue to come up with such dynamic stories with all of the characters – giving us things to think about that we never really put in the series before. We knew of these characters before, and i think that it’s great to see them have their own story now.
So we have Lynne- the girl who has become part of the West’s family – she’s their nanny – and this job found her at the perfect time since she was trying to figure herself out after a break up and between thoughts of the future. It’s now when she’s got the chance to take summer classes to become a teacher that her past life and present blend together.
Enter Simon – another of the Dom’s in their circle – and the guy who broke Lynne’s heart. He’s a sadist – and that’s not for everyone , and because of that, he’s often found himself wanting so much more and never getting it. When he learns that Lynne is back in town, he starts to feel what he hasn’t in a while.
That’s when things get dicey. Nathaniel has warned Simon to stay away from Lynne, and Lynne has this sense that she needs to prove to simon that she is a sub and can be what he wants. When they both venture back to the same online chat group that brought them together in the past – the same chemistry is there – even if Simon doesn’t know that it’s Lynne he’s talking to.
I think that this is an interesting take on the story that we usually get from Tara Sue Me. I feel like there’s always the underlying sense of trust that keeps the stories complex and exciting, but it’s always trust that was broken for other reasons. not of their own doing. In this case – Simon lied to Lynne about why he needed to break up with her, and she’s deceiving him into thinking that she’s someone else, so we all know that it’s going to implode and it’s just a matter of when.
Add to that a sub that now has it out for Simon since he’s not into her like she hopes- and this same crazy girl is friends with Lynne – well we see that trust is certainly not the only thing keeping them apart.
Aside from that – we get everything that we hope for in this series. Some incredible scenes between these two when they have a chance to get together. We get to see the control that Simon has and the way that Lynne’s about to find herself and truly let go. All that also leads to some incredibly steamy scenes- and the need for a cold shower.
So all in all, a great addition to this series and i can’t wait to see what’s next since we know the female lead and have seen how her story has been woven into the mix over the years. Enjoy!