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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Tara Sue Me
Released: April 7, 2014
Published by NAL
“Abby and Nathaniel are my type of fantasy D/s couple'”” ~ Under the Covers
I don’t know what rock I was living under as an erotic BDSM junkie, but I managed to have my first introduction to Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series just a few months ago. The initial trilogy is actually one of the originals in the billionaire Dom subgenre, but I worried a bit that the flood of books in this vein might have hampered my enjoyment of it. I was suprisingly very wrong. Abigail is my type of submissive and Nathaniel is absolutely my type of Dom. I found these three books very refreshing in their psychological exploration of a loving D/s relationship, but I thought it ended there. I was excited to hear that the trilogy was being extended and we’d get to explore Abby and Nathaniel’s relationship as it grows and changes over time. Although it could theoretically stand in its own, I wouldn’t read The Enticement as a standalone, as the joy of this one is in seeing how these characters have grown and changed over time.
The Enticement takes place a few years down the road from The Training, when Nathaniel and Abby have settled into their marriage with two children. While D/s is still a scheduled part of their marriage, it’s become a back focus. Abby has been blogging online anonymously about her life as a submissive wife, catching some media attention, leading to a job offer. Abby and Nathaniel are still deeply in love, but both have started to feel the strain, and a renewed focus on their roles as Dominant and submissive seems like just what they need. Both are sure that a 24/7 relationship is not what they’re looking for, but Abby wants to try a week straight when the go away for a conference week together. There are so many fantasies that Abby hasn’t fulfilled and Nathaniel wants to give her what she’s always craved. But like any change in a relationship, doubts and questions creep in, leading Abby to struggle with her submission.
It goes without saying that the sex between Abby and Nathaniel is flaming hot. I always find their scenes unique and Tara Sue Me throws in some fantasy and role play scenarios that had me panting. They don’t shy away from punishment and pain, despite being in a loving relationship. For those that apprehensive, there aren’t any needles or knives, but just enough edge to keep seasoned BDSM readers on their toes. Abby and Nathaniel are my type of fantasy D/s couple, which goes a long way for me. Nathaniel is firm and doesn’t give in. He demands that Abby work through her feelings and her doubts at each step. He anticipates what she needs before she realizes it herself. Sigh :).
I think what I love most about these characters though, and in this installment especially, is the realness to it all. Abby’s self doubt, her discomfort with letting go, and her jealousy of Nathaniel’s female business associates is only natural in a marriage, and even more pronounced in a D/s one. Abby is a strong woman who won’t be cowed when she feels betrayed and I loved seeing her stand up to Nathaniel, reminding the readers that submission is a gift that can easily be taken away. There are lots of good messages and psychological exploration of roles, which is something I love about good D/s erotic romance. I highly recommend this one to lovers of the series and if you haven’t started, then I would jump right in.
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I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.
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