Review: The Claiming (The Submissive Series #8.5) by Tara Sue Me


Title: The Claiming
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 9/20/16
Length:   88 Pages
Series:  The Submissive Series #8.5


Submitting is just the beginning…
Sasha Blake never thought her emotional wounds would heal—that they were a part of her just like her physical scars. But that was before Cole Johnson’s boundless love and overwhelmingly sexy control set her free, unleashing a confident side that she never knew she had. He’s more than just her Master; he’s her world. And she’ll do anything he asks…

Cole’s days of restless wandering are done—he’s found everything he needs in Sasha. Now, it’s time to make it official. When his childhood home in England goes up for sale, he realizes the old estate is the perfect place to claim Sasha as his own, and the ideal opportunity to show her just how much she means to him.

As Sasha, Cole, and their closest friends from their Partners in Play community descend on the British countryside for a titillating adult vacation, the submissives and Dominants alike will test their boundaries—and have an adventure none of them will ever forget…

My Thoughts

We read the full length installment of how Cole and Sasha came together – she was recovering from a brutal scene from months ago and Cole was chosen to see if he could re acclimate her to the lifestyle.  little did anyone expect that they would grow from a D/s mentoring relationship to something more.

What we have in this novella is a continuation of their story.  Sasha and Cole are going to the UK where Cole has just purchased his childhood home.  It of course puts Sasha a bit off balance as she’s concerned that maybe it means that he wants to move to the UK, but it’s something they will work through together if need be.

Cole invites a few other couples, Abby/Nathaniel and Julie/Daniel to go with them and what we get is a fun filled few days of playing in the English countryside. While we all enjoy fun and games, and some great BDSM scening, there’s always a crimp in things and this time it comes in the form of Mary Catherine, a girl who Cole kissed when he was 13, and a girl who has jealousy issues.

It’s rather entertaining to see how that all plays out since there’s no lack of trust or security between Sasha and Cole.  Abby takes it upon herself to lay it all out for MC and it’s really quite the scene there.

I think that the overall culmination of this trip is so sweet and heartfelt that it makes you want to read more in the coming installments to this series since i feel like it’s never going to end.  We’ve met Fritz, the man who taught Cole all that he knows and i think there’s a good story there.  There’s also the constant reminder of kate which makes me think that there’s going to be more as well.  The teaser for the next book due out in a month gives us a new character still but i think that it’s going to be just as steamy, passionate and complex as all the others.  Enjoy!