ARC Review: The Flirtation by Tara Sue Me

Posted August 14, 2017 by Jennifer in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: The Flirtation by Tara Sue Me
The Flirtation
by Tara Sue Me

3 Stars


Released: August 8th 2017
Series: Submissive #10
Published by Berkley Books
Format: ARC

” …if you’re looking for an emotional second chance BDSM story with imperfect characters, this might be a good one for you.”
~ Under the Covers

The Flirtation is the 10th book in Tara Sue Me’s submissive series and, as more recent books have demonstrated, focuses on another couple within Nathanial and Abby’s world.   Lynn left the BDSM world a year ago after an abrupt breakup with her Dom, Simon.  She’s never really gotten over him, and the circumstances of the breakup were a bit vague, but knows that she’s most happy as a submissive and decides to jump back into the pool.   In a stroke of luck (or not), she runs into Simon on an online BDSM site.  Lynn decides to engage Simon for some online games and it’s clear the chemistry is still there.  Can these two reunite and come to terms with    the reality that they’re meant for each other?

The Submissive series has been a long standing favorite for me.  Tara Sue Me never disappoints in her skill with dialog and her pacing.  She’s a great writer.  There were character flaws and plot points about this one that did bother me though.  Lynn’s deception at the start of the book was a bit too much for me, as it didn’t provide a logical way for her to get what she wanted without revealing her deception.  While people can forgive and forget, it seemed a poorly thought out and uncomfortable way to rekindle a relationship.  Simon is a passionate Dom and the scenes between them are emotional and erotic. That’s always been a strong suit of Sue Me and I think her readers will be happy. There is some drama regarding the BDSM club and a jealous ex play partner that were also a little cliché for me. This can be read as a stand alone. All in all, I always enjoy installments in this series, but this one fell a bit flat more me, not due to the writing, but the characters themselves.  That being said, if you’re looking for an emotional second chance BDSM story with imperfect characters, this might be a good one for you.




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About Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

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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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

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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I agree she is a great writer and I enjoy this series. Thanks for the information about this installment.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Looks like a good read! Shared on my socials!

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.