REVIEW – The Dominant by Tara Sue Me

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Synopsis of THE SUBMISSIVE (Book 1)

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…

Synopsis of THE DOMINANT (Book 2)

Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control.

As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to test her limits.

Abby’s combination of innocence and willingness is intoxicating, and Nathaniel is soon determined to collar her as his own. As long as she follows his orders and surrenders herself fully to him, no one will get hurt.

But when Nathaniel begins falling for Abby on a deeper level, he realizes that the trust must go both ways—and he has secrets which could bring the foundations of their entire relationship crashing down…

A retelling of THE SUBMISSIVE, the tale of Abby and Nathaniel is retold from his perspective in this very satisfying sequel. Unlike many of these very popular companion novels, THE DOMINANT introduces a great deal of new information we weren’t privy to before. Any reader who enjoyed the first book will be glad to pick this one up. I wasn’t bored, despite several straight reinterpretations of scenes from THE DOMINANT. Far from bored, I compulsively read THE DOMINANT in about 2 nights, actually.

The kink level in both THE DOMINANT and THE SUBMISSIVE is quite mild, but the relationship and the romance are very hot. Hints of future playroom scenes are dropped, so I imagine the third novel, THE TRAINING (October, 2013), will ratchet the kink level up a bit. For now, Abby and Nathaniel are sticking to power exchange without whips and chains.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves a love story, enjoys a dominant man who’s not a misogynist and a submissive woman who’s not a masochist. Honestly, Nathaniel’s retelling of so many of these scenes made both my heart break for him and provoked a desire to shake my finger at him for his various transgressions.  Finally, the introduction of the dominant who trained Nathaniel is a nice touch, too.

4 Stars

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