Review: The Flirtation (The Submissive #10) by Tara Sue Me

Title: The Flirtation
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group Publishing 8/8/17
Length:   196 Pages
Series:  The Submissive #10

Overview

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?

My Thoughts

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!

Review: The Exposure (The Submissive #9) by Tara Sue Me

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Title: The Exposure
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 10/4/16
Length:   432 Pages
Series:  Submissive #9

Overview

She’s ready for her close-up. . . .

Meagan Bishop gave up modeling after an ill-fated tryst with a sexy photographer left her career and heart in shambles. When that same sexy shutterbug makes a titillating offer to do a BDSM spread for his new photography book, she’s determined to refuse—until an anonymous blackmailer entices her to accept. Now her body is again at the whim of the man who broke her heart, and she’s finding his strong direction undeniably intriguing. . . .

Meagan is the muse Luke needs to make his shoot something special, even if it means keeping his hands off her. But each new erotic scene they capture makes it harder to ignore his need to command her in the bedroom as well as in the studio.

As their sexual tension explodes, Meagan’s arrangement with her extortionist becomes more perilous, putting in danger her darkest secrets and the fragile passion between Luke and her. . .

My Thoughts

I do so love being in the world of Abby and Nathaniel and all their friends, and from what little we knew of Meagan before, it’s nice to get more of her story now.  That and the story of Luke.  We knew that there was a past history between them, and it was certain that our author would take us to the edges of understanding exactly what that was.

When we start off this story, it’s Abby who brings Luke back into the picture, literally after finding magazine covers that Meagan had done when she was a model, and the photographer had been Luke.  We learned that she had a steamy weekend romance with him when she did that shoot and it all ended quite abruptly and there was no closure.  So years later when she’s faced with those pictures and the fact that Luke is involved in their circle of people, well you know that there’s going to be something more that comes of it, good or bad.

Luke has been commissioned to help shoot a coffee table book that features erotica models since the man who wants to do the book saw some of his shots and was impressed.  So meagan is drafted to be the model since Luke can’t imagine anyone else doing it, and because of circumstances, Meagan is convinced to do it.

Those circumstances being that she’s being blackmailed and part of the demands are to get information from Luke.  So you can guess by this point that not only are we going to see tensions and chemistry explode once these two are forced back together, but knowing that there’s a bit of dishonesty as to why she’s doing it, and the anxiety that she has for what she’s got to lose if she’s not able to do what the blackmailer wants….It’s going to be hot and intense.

The journey that we go on with these two is seeing whether it was stupid for them to have ended things years ago (well, stupid of Luke since he did it) and if there’s still something there.  We know that there’s amazing chemistry as Luke has some insane abilities with ropes and just the ability to make Meagan do all the naughty things that he wants.  It’s hot and it’s steamy and you can see why they have gravitated back to each other years later.

The question becomes what’s going to happen when the secret comes out since you know that Meagan will put her foot down and stop filling the demands of the blackmailer and what will Luke’s reaction be. there’s also the question of WHO the blackmailer is and what’s at stake.  I think that we almost guess who it is at one point only to realize that we were wrong because Meagan is put in danger.  Will Luke come to save her at this point?

the nice thing about this series is that there are so many women in the group that Meagan is never alone and will have a squad of girls to support her.  Same goes for Luke as there are all the men who come along with the ladies.  Seeing how they rally around each other is really sweet, especially knowing what they’ve all been through in each of their own stories.  I feel like there’s still so much more to learn about them all, especially with the teaser of Kate (cole’s ex slave) coming back into the mix – so i can’t wait to see what’s next.  Have a great week all!

Review: The Submissive (The Submissive Trilogy #1) By Tara Sue Me

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Title:  The Submissive
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year:  The Penguin Group (USA) 2/7/2013
Length:  304 pages
Series: SubmissiveTrilogy #1

Overview

Abby King has a secret fantasy.

New York knows Nathaniel West as the brilliant and handsome CEO of West Industries, but Abby knows he’s more: a sexy and skilled dominant who is looking for a new submissive. Yearning to experience a world of pleasure beyond her simple life as a librarian, Abby offers herself to Nathaniel to fulfill her most hidden desires.

After only one weekend with the Master, Abby knows she needs more, and fully submits to Nathaniel’s terms. But despite the pleasure he takes in Abby’s willing spirit, the Nathaniel hidden behind the rules remains cold and distant.

As Abby falls deeper into his tantalizing world of power and passion, she fears that Nathaniel’s heart may be beyond her reach—and that her own might be beyond saving.…

My Thoughts

We are launched right into the middle of a story here, which is interesting.  There’s no lead in or set up as to how Abby is in Nathaniel’s office or what the application process is.  we know WHY she’s there sort of, but not the steps that took her there.

So we have to think about this one a bit and that’s a nice thing sort of.  In this story, we’re taken into the dom/sub world in a different way than a lot of other series try it.  here, we meet Nathaniel who’s an experienced dom who’s looking for his next sub.  At the same time we meet Abby (Abigail) who’s never been a sub before but for some reason she’s submitted an application to be Nathaniel’s.  interesting set up – wonder where it will go right?

What we get in this story is a lot of development of the other characters – we hear more about Nathaniel’s ‘family’ but not so much about him.  I think that while i really enjoyed who he is now, we never got to what made him this way, and that was lacking.  at least he’s skilled sexually so that brought the heat and made me forget my woes.

Abby on the other hand, i’m still trying to figure her out.  She’s quite naive into her own sexuality which is nice and expected, but again, we get glimpses into her back story but not too much.

We’re taking on a hot and steamy journey with these 2 as they figure out how to make their arrangement work, who they have to keep it from and what they can learn from each other.  They get to bask in the glow of new found connections, bringing together their friends, breaking through their own walls and of course the expected struggles of what they want from each other.

While it may not have been the most compelling read, it was enjoyable and i’ve managed to get my hands on an ARC of The Dominant (book 2) so we’ll see where things go.

My questions

1) What’s going to happen with Nathaniel and Abby

2) is their back story deeper than we know?

3) Will Melanie come back and who’s side is she on?

4) do we ever get to know ‘more’ about anyone?

enjoy!