Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…
Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.
Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…
There are books that grab you in from the beginning and then there are ones that build a slow fire and them bam explosion in the heart. This is both. Relationships are hard and BDSM relationships are no exception to that, there are so many more vulnerabilities that become involved. The collar fully encompasses are of that. It’s a roller coaster of non stop emotions.
While some books may have characters that you can’t help but hate but love them, Dena and Jeff aren’t those. They are both completely relatable characters. They have flaws and their self hate because of their past together. Dena is a strong woman. She is a perfect example that even though someone may identify as a submissive, they aren’t a doormat in their day to day. She is also an amazing sexual being. She knows who she is and embraces it. When life has pain and restrictions, she learns from it and grows. However there are times when she is her own worse enemy and going on the journey with her through that, was empowering. She wasn’t just a fictional character to me, she was a friend.
Then there is Jeff, man if reading about him just didn’t bring out the brat in me. He showed there is so much more to being a Dominant than flogging a girl or guy. Also it shows just how hard headed Doms can be. There are scenes I could practically feel “the Dom stare” happening. The one that sees into your very soul and gives you the shivers down to your toes. You aren’t sure whether you are in trouble or whether you will be. Doms aren’t perfect they have their flaws and to be the person in charge of everything can be exhausting. There can be so much self doubt. The inner dialogue in Jeff’s mind is heartbreaking at times.
Add Dena’s history and Jeff’s history, its a bomb waiting to go off. And I admit I loved reading/watching it unfold. I decided sleep could wait while I read this. I needed to know how they overcome things. I needed to know the subspace of it all. It is hard to say a part of this that was my absolutely favorite, because even the parts that made my heart jump, the parts that made me feel a bit nauseous because it was awkward, I loved them all.
After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.
Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.
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