Friday 10 July 2015

Review - The Collar by Tara Sue Me

Title: The Collar
Series: Submissive #5
Author: Tara Sue Me
Release Date: July 7, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Submissive returns with a scintillating new tale about power, danger, and jaw-dropping passion....

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…

Holy Mother of Flog Wielding Doms everywhere… This is my first Tara Sue Me book, and for that I apologize. I am sorry that it took me so long to read your work; I feel as though I have failed myself by not knowing about these books sooner. I plan to remedy that ASAP.

Jeff and Dena is the couple this book focuses on. I assume they have been in the past books (but I haven’t read them so I can’t say 100%) and if you have read them, you'll know there is a history there. This is the tale of them (pardon my French) pulling their heads out of their rear ends and figuring out that maybe they DO belong together.

This book is so good, I read it late into the night and was up early the next morning to continue it. I couldn’t put it down! I am a sucker for a BDSM book, and this one has topped every other one I have ever read. The characters are real and, even though they have a different lifestyle than most people, it was still very easy to relate to them.

I am a drama whore in books so I do wish there was more elaboration, or more scenes with Jeff’s investigation, but not having it did not distract from the story at all. And, obviously, this book CAN be read as a standalone with minimal-to-no confusion of past events.
~ Review by Devlynn

Dena Jenkins, lawyer by day, submissive by night. She’s been active in the BDSM community for years. Seven years ago, she met Dominant, Jeff Parks. And while the sparks flew and their attraction was undeniable, their relationship just couldn’t be maintained. 

As the years have passed, Jeff and Dena remain involved within their close knit BDSM community, but they avoid each other as much as possible because they’re both trying to forget their history together—but they can’t. 

Just as Jeff has decided to move across the country to give both himself and Dena some space, Dena needs him. Is Jeff willing to delay his move to help her? If he delays, what does it do for their relationship? Can they trust each other again, by letting go of the past to give themselves over to each other completely?

OMG, is this book H.O.T. Dena and Jeff’s relationship sizzles on the pages. Their care and concern for each other even when they’re not “together” is evident. Dena is a smart, funny, caring woman, who knows who and what she wants—Jeff. Jeff is a brooding, hot, sexy Dom who loves to be a part of the BDSM community and maybe still loves Dena. When they’re finally brought back together under extenuating circumstances, Dena and Jeff have to work to get over their past history and old behaviors and expectations. 

I loved seeing their growth as both individuals and as a couple. I also loved their interactions with Nathaniel and Abby, and Daniel and Julie. Even Sasha and Cole play a part. It felt like coming home—to an oh so sexy, dirty, hot, welcome home party.

Dena and Jeff’s story is part of the Submissive series, but The Collar can absolutely be read a stand alone.
~ Review by Missy

Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. Twenty years later, after penning several traditional romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started work on The Submissive, and soon followed that with The Dominant, The Training, Seduced by Fire, The Enticement, and The Exhibitionist. Originally published online, the series has become a huge hit with readers around the world, and has been read and reread millions of times.

Tara kept her identity and her writing life secret, not even telling her husband what she was working on. To this day, only a handful of people know the truth (though she has told her husband). They live together in the southeastern United States with their two children.

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