The Submissive (The Submissive #1) by Tara Sue Me-a review

THE SUBMISSIVE (Submissive #1) by Tara Sue Me-a review

The Submissive

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release November 2012

One word and she’ll never see him again.

The city of New York knows Nathaniel West as CEO of a powerful corporation, but Abby knows he’s more. Nathaniel lives by a set of exacting rules. From the boardroom to his bedroom, he must be obeyed—and any woman wanting to be part of his life must submit to his will. When Abby finally meets Nathaniel and agrees to wear his collar, she has everything she’s ever wanted—or so she thinks.

Nathaniel drives her to new heights of pleasure and introduces her to a glamorous world of power and privilege she knows only through the social pages. Heeding Nathaniel’s commands is never hard—but before long Abby wants more. Her master’s rules don’t allow for negotiation—but the heart never plays by the rules and love is the most extreme fantasy of all


REVIEW: The Submissive is the first instalment in Tara Sue Me’s (not her real name) series originally written as a piece of fan-fiction based on the Twilight series and first published (2009) online at It is very hard to be objective with the knowledge that nothing about this particular story is original or fresh considering the glut of similar series on the market.

The Submissive follows the same general outline of several of the other number one selling erotic BDSM trilogies currently on our book shelves and, the comparisons and similarities have never been denied.

The heroine, Abigail King knows who and what Nathaniel West wants-he wants a submissive and Abigail sets her sights on claiming that position. Our hero Nathaniel believes himself to be a cold and heartless man and sets out to prove that no woman will ever win his heart but Nathaniel will be the first to admit that falling in love was never in the contract.

The Submissive is a quick read that is so similar to Fifty Shades of Grey that I read the storyline anticipating and successfully guessing the direction on virtually every page. The major difference is that Abigail goes in search of a Dom/sub relationship and knows exactly what she is getting into-exactly like Bella knowing and wanting her sparkly vampire. And the BDSM content is a little more aggressive and descriptive. I will admit that I was not a fan of the safe word – turpentine. I know, I know and there was no explanation as to why turpentine was Nathaniel’s choice.

There is little in the way of character development especially of a descriptive nature-in fact there is no physical description of the heroine that I can recall. The secondary characters are mirror images of their counterparts in FSOG and the Twilight series. There is no surprise and no secret revelation-the story is what it is –a piece of fan fiction that is perfect for a lazy afternoon when you have an hour or so to spare to indulge in a sexual fantasy of your own. I am waiting to see where the storyline takes me next.

The Submissive, for all its’ similarities to many of the other series, is an interesting storyline. Tara Sue Me puts her own spin on the BDSM genre so that in its’ own way, The Submissive is a colorful read that will catch your attention and leave you wanting more.

There are two more storylines to follow:
The Dominant-August 2013
The Training-October 2013

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley

Reviewed by Sandy


16 thoughts on “The Submissive (The Submissive #1) by Tara Sue Me-a review

  1. Nice review Sandy!! I’m not a fan of things derived from fanfic, and am a little surprised that things like this get published. TURPENTINE?!?!?!!?!? *snort*

  2. Great review and I do believe all of these ‘erotica’ storylines are jumping on the publishing genre. But I thought 50 Shades started as FanFic as well?

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  4. A good review Sandy. If it is a repeat of Fifty Shades I will pass. I loved Fifty Shades and have been reading Lisa Renee Jones series that is similar so that is plenty.

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