Friday, November 23, 2012

The Submissive (by Tara Sue Me)

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The Submissive rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Release Date:  November 16, 2012

"The Submissive" is book one of The Submissive Trilogy

How are the sex scenes?
Definitely not vanilla, so be prepared for some stretching if you’re not accustomed to BDSM. 
Many of the sex scenes are extremely hot!

How are the story lines?
The storylines are intriguing, captivating and believable.

Would you read it again?
Most definitely.

Back of the Book

Abby King has a secret fantasy.

The city of New York knows Nathaniel West as CEO of his father’s corporation, but Abby knows he’s more. He’s also a Dominant and when she hears he’s looking for a new submissive, she decides it’s time to do something about that fantasy.

After one weekend with Nathaniel, Abby knows she needs more.  He can drive her to new heights of pleasure while at the same time nurture her novice submissive spirit. But though he can command her body, her heart isn’t as easily controlled and she finds herself drawn more and more to the man whose collar she wears.

At times she feels she is making progress in thawing his cool demeanor, but then just as quickly, he once more hides behind his carefully constructed wall.  Abby believes their relationship can encompass the best of both worlds, but Nathaniel is driven by a different set of rules, that do not allow for negotiation.


The Submissive by Tara Sue Me is a contemporary novel set in New York City. It is the first book in a Trilogy, and was originally written online, garnering over three million hits. Not surprisingly, its characters and storyline captivated an entire fandom and inspired a multitude of BDSM fiction. The Submissive is part one of three in a sensual journey of acceptance, forgiveness and love.  

Thirty-four-year-old Nathaniel West is a man completely used to submission and compliance, both in the workplace as CEO of West Industries and as a Dominant in his relationships. Despite losing his parents at a young age, he has been surrounded by family and experienced deep love. He was, however, a man damaged by loss and as a result, has kept himself emotionally isolated, hiding behind an impenetrable wall of civility and control. Behind this veneer is a very warm, thoughtful and compassionate man.

Nathaniel epitomized librarian Abby King’s darkest fantasies. Talk, dark and sensuously handsome, he is equal parts stern Master and polite gentlemen, showing incredible restraint in all environments. Courageous and intelligent, she is a bit of a dark horse initially. The author does not give a lot away about what’s ruminating in her mind. Initially, I thought her uninteresting, but as the book progressed, I applauded her spirit, backbone and self-respect. She had an inner beauty and confidence appealing to all those around her, and naturally caught the interest of Nathaniel despite his best intentions to keep her out of his heart.

Their emotional journey together was incredible as was their passion. Despite his aloof exterior, Nathaniel was a decadently, passionate man. As he played the piano, Abby commented, 

I could have sat forever and watched Nathaniel. It was as if he were making love. His face became a portrait of utter concentration, his fingers were soft and gentle, caressing the keys.” 

It was almost as if his piano was his soul mate–allowing him to express his innermost thoughts without comment or condemnation.  In many ways, Abby’s silence, which initially seemed spineless, was a deep comfort and solace to Nathaniel, something which opened his deeply hidden heart.

A particularly sexy scene involving the Library piano, was masterfully described and extremely drool worthy, as were most of the sex scenes.

“He kissed me gently, right on my clit, and I grabbed the sheets, all coherent thought leaving me. I didn’t care what he did anymore. I just needed him. Needed him badly... He blew on me and went back to kissing. Taking the time, moving slowly, letting me grow used to him. Placing kisses sporadically, soft as whispers. He licked me and I bucked off the bed. Shit. Forget his fingers. His fingers had nothing on his tongue…”  Hmmmm!

The auxiliary cast is fabulous. Felicia, Abby’s best friend is bright, bubbly and staunchly loyal to her, providing some very funny interchanges. Her quick success in winning Nathaniel’s cousin Jackson was a tad fanciful, but that’s what Romance novels are for aren’t they?

If you are looking for a hot, new trilogy, with a look into BDSM and redemption, you will enjoy The Submissive. The characters are alive and believable, the relationships intense yet credible and the plot is plausible. I truly look forward to reading Nathaniel’s story in The Dominant – part two of the Trilogy.

Learn more about Tara Sue Me and upcoming titles on her Facebook and Twitter.

This review provided by: Musing Maddie

Published by Red Publishing Pty Limited (cannot find a website)
Disclaimer:  No compensation was received for this review. 


  1. Musing Maddie if I was into,this kind of story, you certainly make it sound interesting!!! Sorry not my kind of novel, but your review of it was great!

    1. Thanks Pat! Yes, it is not for everyone! :-) MM xx

  2. Great review, makes this book appealing and a tempting read. I just might have to add this one to my to be read stack. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Scarlet! I know, that TBR pile just gets bigger doesn't it!
      MM xx

  3. Is there a second book coming out

    1. Yes, there will be a two further books - The Dominant and The Training, but I am not sure when they will be coming out. There are reviews on Goodreads for The Dominant, but i suspect they are only from the FanFic site as opposed to the published book. I have searched B&N, Amazon, & Smashwords, and have not found it listed as yet.
      According to her blog site, The Dominant is with the Editor now, and she is hoping for a Feb 2013 release. Fingers Crossed! MM xx


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