Friday, June 28, 2013

The Dominant (The Submissive Trilogy #2) Review *SPOILERS*

Pub Date:  August 6, 2013

The continuation of the tantalizing trilogy by Tara Sue Me that has captivated millions…

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...

I have to be totally honest, I did not read The Submissive before I picked this one up on Netgalley.  And in a way, that is a great thing.  This book can stand on it's own.  It is strong and it is well written.  The third in the series is due out in October 2013.

Nathaniel West is a wealthy Dom who has had an obsession with Abby King for years.  He apparently saw her in a college library and never forgot her.  Although he was unwilling to make his presence known back then, he always kept up with where she was and what she was doing.  In a way it is creepy, and in another way it is so very sweet.

Abby apparently knows who he is because when she looks for a Dominant, it is Nathaniel she seeks out.  She just can't seem to be satisfied with a normal vanilla relationship and decides that Nathaniel is the only one who she will trust with her new education as a Submissive.  Of course what Nathaniel doesn't know is that Abby has been into him for a long time as well.

Nathaniel won't kiss Abby and he is breaking rules set in place as a Dom in order to ensure Abby stays with him.  And as it usually does, it backfires.  We see the two get closer, both physically and emotionally, only to see Nathaniel push Abby completely away.  After one night of true intimacy and honesty about their feelings Nathaniel pulls the rug out from under Abby and tells her it was just a scene.  I actually hurt for Abby too, as she was desperately in love with him.

Nathaniel for some reason thinks that if he is honest about how he used to watch Abby in the college library, that she will leave him.  This part of the story made no sense at all.  And maybe this is where reading the first book would have helped.  But I doubt it.  He says he never followed her anywhere but the library.  Oh and once to her mom's house, which he ends up saving for her mother.  So where is the big problem?  I just found this to be completely blown out of proportion.

Nathaniel's former Dom and good friend Paul is probably my favorite character in the book though. He is just so awesome and I love how he sets rich and powerful Nathaniel straight.  Felicia, who is Abby's BFF, is a bit of a judgmental bitch.  She ends up marrying Nathaniel's cousin and warms up a bit towards Nathaniel. But truly, I just dislike her immensely.

So apart from the whole semi stalking thing, my other issue is, why does this feel like a formula?  Rich man seeks not so rich woman to dominate, fall in love with, push away, pull back in, & live happily ever after.  We have seen it time and time again.  It's well written, but it is just another take on an already played out story.

I give it 3.5 lipsticks!

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