The Training (Submissive #3) by Tara Sue Me

Book Description:

Published: October 1, 2013

Format: Free Digital Book

It started with a hidden desire.

Millionaire CEO Nathaniel West has always played by his own strict set of rules, ones he expects everyone to follow—especially the women he’s dominated in his bedroom. But his newest lover is breaking down all his boundaries and rewriting his rule book.

Abby King never imagined that she would capture the heart of Nathaniel West, one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors—and its most desirable dominant. What began as a weekend arrangement of pleasure has become a passionate romance with a man who knows every inch of her body and her soul – yet remains an enigmatic lover. Though he is tender and caring, his painful past remains a wall between them.

Abby knows the only way to truly earn his trust is to submit to him fully and let go of all of her lingering inhibitions. Because to lead Nathaniel on a path to greater intimacy, she must first let him deeper into her world than anyone has ever gone before…

Review –

The Training picks up on the heels of The Dominant. Abby and Nathaniel have rekindled their relationship, both agreeing to balance a life of a Dominant and submissive on the weekends, and that of a typical couple throughout the week. Nathaniel is tentative on this new plan…can he be both a Dominant and a lover to the same person? Can Abby turn off her submissive tendencies during the week and be the feisty, free-spirited woman he loves? This will take some time…..some Training.

It is Abby’s training and  shaping to be a submissive. It’s like a tutorial on how things are done in the playroom and gives us a glimpse on the BDSM world. Written under dual POV, I liked seeing both their perspectives.

As their weekends are HOT and sexy and sensual and limits are pushed even further, they agree that one thing they have to work on – communication. As their first round of being together was constricted around a lot of secrets and misinformation, Nathaniel makes it a big point that they talk openly and freely about limits and likes and dislikes and what to expect over all.

A visit at Nathaniel’s mentor Paul and his wife Christine, who’s also his submissive, opens Abby’s eyes even more to the dynamics, the power, the beauty and the love between a Dom and his sub. It leads to a more intense and stronger bond between Nathaniel and Abby.
It also leads to a very interesting play party that doesn’t end as expected.

I think this book rides a fine line of loving Nathaniel, the rich, successful, sweet, caring man to not hating him as the arrogant, controlling Dom. The book doesn’t sugar coat the BDSM D/s lifestyle into something we as readers want out of a story. I think that his playroom attitude will push some people’s buttons….he’s still got the spare bedroom for her, still expects her to serve him meals, and adds more submissive requirements that made me scowl at the book.  He made her do WHAT? 

Abigail’s submissive side NEEDS her Master. It’s as much a part of her as it is him. But she also craves her lover Nathaniel….

But can Nathaniel completely conquer his fear of being both a lover and a Dom to Abigail?

The story shows how real life D/s-relationship work and struggle and how beautiful they can be. It shows how much work it is and that there isn’t an only way living this life! 

The book is complete with an epilogue and we  get our happily ever after hearts and flowers.

Hot, steamy read.

 

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Mastered (The Enforcers #1) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published:December 29, 2015

Format: Audio/Library Book

What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.

She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.

What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.

The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.

Review –

Mastered is the first novel–and an emotional roller coaster–in a new erotic series by the very talented Maya Banks. If you’re a fan of really getting into a character’s mind while going on a journey of the heart, I think Drake and Evangeline will have you intrigued.

Evangeline  was unsure of herself, doubted her good looks and her  sex appeal, but knew she was a loyal friend and would protect those she loved. Drake started off all bad-ass alpha so it was a rocky beginning, but he turned out to be such a tortured character.

In the book we spend a lot of time  in Drake and Evangeline’s heads. This had a big psychological element to the plot, both with how the main characters evolved and with how they were becoming accustomed to their Dominant/submissive relationship. Drake realizes that “his angel” isn’t like any of the other women he has had before. She doesn’t want gifts of jewelry, money, or expensive clothes. All she wants is his trust and his time. Evangeline is naive and has no clue of Drake’s “other” business, aside from the sex club and he means to keep it that way.

What he has to do at the end is horrible for both of them, but especially Evangeline. All the faith, trust and respect that Drake had given her is forever shattered. 

The book ends with a cliffhanger but I’m lucky enough to have it queued up and will be listening to it very soon.

Fantastic book with great, completely believable characters and VERY hot sex scenes.

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Marriage Games (Games #1) by CD Reiss

Book Description:

Published: October 22, 2016

THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.

THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.

THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong

Review –

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I can’t believe that this is my first experience with the writings of CD Reiss  but it definitely won’t be the last and let me tell you why.

Not only was this book filled with inferno hot, steamy sex but it was an emotional roller coaster ride of two people who spent years together and yet drift  apart.

Diana leaves Adam a note telling him that she doesn’t love him any more and he is beyond devastated. He has loved her from the moment they met.

At first, he doesn’t accept what she’s telling him and tries to get her to come back only to have her refuse him at every turn.

Some background  here would be helpful – Adam was a Dom and belonged to a sex club and owned a house where he would take submissive to break them before he met Diana. Diana, on the other hand, was prim and proper and totally vanilla and since he had never  been able to love a sub, he did not want to introduce her to the life style.

After years of marriage and working together Diana feels something is missing and that Adam’s head is somewhere else when they have sex. She’s right. Adam wants to be a Dominant again but loves Diana too much to bring that into the bedroom.

The saying goes, it takes two to tango. That’s because they spent years together without ever revealing their true selves. It’s difficult to love someone else if you’re not truly embracing yourself. With Adam’s fear of showing his dominance with Diana, he held so much of himself back. Denying his true self was his biggest mistake and once he regains the control he’s ignored for so long, he begins to feel free and euphoric. Dominant Adam was way intense and a major turn on!! ( and don’t get me started on the male narrator, Sebastian York and his dominant voice, OMG, he could have been reading a phone book and my blood still would have churned)

I didn’t care for Diana until the POV of the story switched to her and the reader saw where she was coming from. Each of them had things they weren’t sharing with the other and it was their downfall.

Adam proposes that Diana give herself over to him for 30 days and let him show her his Dominant side. He’s always believed he could never combine love with his dominant lifestyle. That is until he offers up this  deal to his soon-to-be ex-wife. Thirty days in a cottage together. Thirty days to return to his old self and hopefully in the process, fall out of love with Diana so that he can move on with his heart still relatively in one piece. 

Along the way Diana discovers that she IS a submissive and has been craving what a Dom can give her even though she didn’t know it, but Adam discovers that by breaking Diana sexually he now doesn’t love her in the same way.

The tables have turned and now Diana is the one trying to put their marriage back together and Adam is the one walking away.

The follow-up book, SEPARATION GAMES, comes out in January and I can not wait.

This book is extremely sexual, describing explicit sex and using very explicit language. Reader beware.

Five stars *****

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Second Surrender (Ranger Heat #2) by Caitlyn Lynch

Book Description:

Published: March 12, 2016

Sequel to First Submission, this is an exciting erotic adventure as Selina decides to go looking for the Brody, the Dom of her dreams! But will Brody be happy to see her, or was she just a one-night-stand he’s already forgotten?

Review –

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This book takes place three months after the first and finds Selina arriving in Savannah from Dallas and finding Brody Seemingly at a loss for words when he sees her. She’s afraid he had forgotten about her but that’s not the case, he is just super surprised to see her. In reality, he’s never quit thinking or dreaming about her.

Since her plans are up in the air Brody convinces Selina to stay with him and this short book is about Brody teaching Selina the ways of a submissive while he falls more and more into, what? Love, he doesn’t think so, but it’s something pretty strong.   END

While I enjoyed this book, it didn’t pack the same punch as the first one. The sex scenes were explicit and the dirty talk was there but there was something lacking.

BUT, I will read the third installment to see how the author is going to end the storyline.

 

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Broken Dolls by Kitty Thomas

Book Description:

Published: December 23, 2014

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it’s possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn’t yet smart enough to refuse: “Let me find you a good master.”

Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

Note: This book happens in the same world as Guilty Pleasures with reoccurring settings and characters. However, it is not a direct sequel and it isn’t necessary to have read Guilty Pleasures first. If you enjoy this book, however, you may also enjoy Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas.

Review –

Mina is beyond  broken. She has had a run of bad luck when it comes to men. Abused and scared both physically and emotionally from her last master then tossed out, Mina has given up on the one thing she has always wanted – a safe kink relationship.

When Mina’s therapist tells her that he would find her a good Master, little did she know that she would eventually end up with Brian Sloan.

Brian is a psychopath, killer and sociopath rolled into one, and has his own horrific past to contend with. He keeps his demons in check by assuming the role of enforcer at the manor which serves as a training ground for submissives and  needs to inflict pain to keep his rage in check.

When Brian  firsts meet Mina he surprises himself when he doesn’t want to hurt her, he wants to protect her, and make her his.  She calms his violent urges but will Mina be able to get past her fear of him and have a meaningful relationship? It reminds me a bit of the classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST fairy tale only much darker and with sex thrown in.

This is another great DARK EROTIC read by Kitty Thomas. If you haven’t read any of her books – you should.

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The Director’s Cut (Spotlight #3) by J. S. Taylor

Book Description:

Published: December 10, 2013

Ready for your close up?…

Issy and James have survived dangers and challenges to their relationship. But now the cameras are rolling, a new threat could ruin everything.

With Isabella, sparkling behind the camera, and James smouldering behind it, life on set is sexy and explosive. So when a malicious press leak, could end filming, their chance of a real relationship is suddenly in jeopardy.

Review –

The saga of James and Isabella continues with their relationship becoming serious and threats of being made public causes anxious but determined action.

Great series.

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Kink (Fate #2) by Nikki Sex

Book Description

June 22, 2014
Emily Malone snuck into my life, slipped under my skin, and right into my heart. Little did I know that danger and death tagged along with her, following in her innocent wake.

I’m always in control – but not with her. Emily makes me doubt myself because she’s so important to me. Em knows nothing of the lifestyle. I know she’s submissive, but I must take it slow.

Gradually, step-by-step, I’ll teach her to enjoy my particular brand of kink, my unique darker needs. She’ll learn to love what I love. What I need.

That is if both of us live long enough to complete her training

“Kink is one of these books that grips you by the throat and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Heart pounding scenes and an amazing story of a woman and her journey into a BDSM lifestyle.” – Kristy, Book Addict Mumma

“Kink is a visceral and yet tender love story that could only be written by the sensual pen of Nikki Sex. Darkly intoxicating and wickedly irresistible…” Autumn, Agents of Romance

Review –

In this book we are first introduced to Andre, a sexy, French sex counselor and Dominate. He appears in many other Nikki Sex books too. He helps Paul with Emily and it is “kinky”.
Adults only,BDSM,graphic sex
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Fifty Shades of Grey( 50 Shades Trilogy) by E. L. James

Book Description

Publication Date: April 3, 2012 | Series: Fifty Shades Trilogy (Book 1)

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This book is intended for mature audiences.

Review –

I had not planned to read this series because of all the hype but my sister-in-law in Alabama persuaded me to give in and try them.  So, okay, I decided I would BUT I would not BUY them.  I put the first one on hold at our local library and was called a couple of days later that they had it ready for me.

I really don’t know what I expected but it certainly wasn’t  what I found.  It was much more descriptively ( I don’t think that’s a word but oh well.) sexual than I thought it would be and it actually had a plot which I also had not expected.  It was a very fast read and I took it back to the library in a day and a half and put the second one on hold…….more on that one later. My favorite parts are the emails between Christian and Ana, I thought the author did a good job with those. As a hold I learned more about some things that I’ll ever need to know. Enough said.

After reading this one I HAD  to go on to the next one, didn’t I?

If things sexual in a book bother you this is not the series for you, stay clear.