Review: The Master (Submissive #8) by Tara Sue Me

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Title:  The Master
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 2/2/16
Length:   223 pages
Series:  Submissive #8

Overview

She’s ready to try again. . . .

Sasha Blake is scarred from a BDSM session gone wrong, but she can’t deny how much a strong Master turns her on. Determined to overcome her fears and rejoin the Partners in Play community, she asks Abby and Nathaniel West to set her up with a Dom who can help her feel safe again as a sub. They know the very experienced Cole is exactly the kind of man who can push all of Sasha’s buttons—and she soon wants to go much faster than she had planned. . . .

Cole knows that Sasha is not the kind of submissive he needs. He wants someone who will serve him 24-7, not a part-time partner. Still, the further they go into their play, the more Cole begins to wish he could make Sasha his all the time. . . .

When forbidden desires turn into scorching action, Sasha and Cole come face-to-face with their demons—and realize their scorching relationship might be too dangerous to last. . . .

My Thoughts

I love this series, and i think that as we’ve grown to know more and more of the doms in the group – it’s nice to see how each gets their own story.  I think that one of the great things that Tara Sue Me does when she writes this series is that she’s able to continue to pull through the characters and couples that we love while also making sure that we get a true continuation of the bigger story.  She’s also really good at setting up story lines for the upcoming installments.

In this series, we already knew a bit of what to expect with Sasha – we learned about her horrible experience in past books – about how she was whipped too severely by a dom who wasn’t allowing her the ability to safeword out, and it’s through this next installment that we see healing begin to happen for her.

We also had met Cole, a Brit who we learned was quite the demanding dom – one who actually has a penchant for the more severe Dom/Slave relationships – and it’s both interesting that he was selected to retrain and welcome Sasha back into the group and expected because i think that it’s those that push us the most sometimes that make the most impact.

So throughout this next installment, we see how Cole is able to heal Sasha – make her feel safe and secure while finding what she needs and craves out of the lifestyle.  It’s also Sasha who’s able to help ‘heal’ cole as he’s come out of an eight year relationship recently and needs to find what works for him too.

True to our author’s form, we get some of the steamiest scenes that you can imagine, with several of them not involving actual sex, but just the foreplay bits of the BDSM lifestyle.  We also get to see how the relationships here in the BDSM world are much more than just physical.  there’s a lot of depth, and substance between all of these couples, especially with Sasha and cole – and that’s what i love.

The questions that i have through most of this story is what it will take for each of them to realize that they are more than a re-training exercise – that they matter to each other.  It’s not something that any of them are ready to admit, and i think that there’s a lot of paths that this story could take to get to the point where they realize that maybe there’s more.  I think that we get to a few different points in the story that you feel like they will come to the conclusion that they are right for each other, but of course – that’s too easy.  So our author keeps us guessing and wondering all the time.

Last but not least, the teaser that we get for the next book seems like it’ll be a good one.  In one of the past books, we learned quite a bit about Abby’s boss Meagan and it looks like we’re finally getting to the bottom of why meagan and Luke (another dom in the network) have so much tension.  So on that note – have a great saturday everyone!

Review: The Enticement (Submissive #4) by Tara Sue Me

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Title:  The Enticement
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 4/7/15
Length: 304 pages
Series: Submissive #4

Overview

Limits were made to be pushed.

Abby West has everything she wanted: a family, a skyrocketing new career, and a sexy, Dominant husband who fulfills her every need. Only, as her life outside the bedroom becomes hectic, her Master’s sexual requirements inside become more extreme. Abby doesn’t understand Nathaniel’s increased need for control, but she can’t deny the delicious way her body reacts to his tantalizing demands…

Between Abby’s reluctance and Nathaniel’s unyielding commands, the delicate balance of power between the Dominant and his submissive threatens to shift. And as the underlying tension and desire between them heats up, so does the struggle to keep everything they value from falling apart …

My Thoughts

I had forgotten that there would be a continuation of the story with these folks and i’m so glad that i got the reminder that there was a new installment out this week.  Even better since i was on vacation and needed something to read while laying out by the pool.  (i know – tough life right?)

so we’re back in the life of Abby and Nathaniel, and while married life seems to be something great for them, although it seems to have made things a bit stagnant for the couple and i think that it’s a bad road for them to be going down.  To add to that, we see that Abby’s been offered an amazing opportunity that coincides with Nathaniel’s desire to take things to the next level in their relationship and it’s a wonder of what they will decide and what it will mean to their future.

There are a few interesting twists that i think were great teases into what’s next for the series.  We know that Nathaniel wants to have someone take over part of his non-profit and the woman that comes along to do it rubs Abby the wrong way that you know it’s going to be a problem in this and future installments.  There’s also Megan, Abby’s maybe new boss and well, we learn that she’s a Switch and not a good one (in the sense of watching out for Abby) which leads us to meeting Jeff who’s going to be a great addition to the crew i think.

I’ve always wondered in this series how invested Abby was in being a sub or if it was Nathaniel given the circumstances on how they met.  I think that one of the great things that our author does here is take us into her mind a bit – into the process for what she’s doing and it’s via a Q&A that she does it which makes you process it even more.  I hope that we get to see more of where this is all going, and i’m happy to assume that it’s not the end of the Submissive series.