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Book 1 of 5 in the Submissive Trilogy Series

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"The sex scenes are smoldering hot...a must read if you loved 50 Shades of Grey.”—The Romance Review

“For those Fifty Shades fans pining for a little more spice on their e-reader…the Guardian recommends Tara Sue Me’s Submissive Trilogy, starring handsome CEO Nathaniel West, a man on the prowl for a new submissive, and the librarian Abby, who is yearning for something more.”—Los Angeles Times

“Well written and certainly entertaining.”—Dear Author

“This book is going to make you say ‘Fifty What of What?’…[Me] is so talented and captivating.”—Southern Fiction Review

About the Author

Tara Sue Me is the New York Times bestselling author of The Submissive, The Dominant and The Training. She lives in the southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat. 
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Product Details

  • Series: The Submissive Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451466225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451466228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (687 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NEW YORK TIMES/USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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 and The Dominant and The Training soon followed. 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 husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.

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If you enjoyed Fifty Shades (come on we know you read it) then you'll adore this one. Where Fifty had an enticing premise - this one meets that expectation and jumps ahead by leaps and bounds. Additionally this was written by someone who doesn't repeat the same phrases over and over and if you're like me - you won't feel a need to grab a red pen while reading! The scenes are hotter because the female protagonist isn't a child unsure of herself - this time we have a grown up who not only knows what she wants but is strong enough to go after it! MUST READ!
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I felt no connection to Nathaniel whatsoever. That made this read hard for me. I wanted to find something redeeming about him but just couldn't. **Spoiler** At one point Nathaniel beats Abby out of anger alone - no pleasure involved whatsoever. That was it for me. I get BDSM is about pain and pleasure - but not just pain.
Don't waste your time or money on this one. There are many other stories if you enjoy this genre.
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After reading Fifty Shades of Grey last year, I have to say that it was hard for me to read another trilogy that would captivate me just like Christian Grey did, but THE SUBMISSIVE with Nathaniel West totally held my interest. For those who thought Anastasia Steele was a little naïve, I have to say that Abigail King was the total opposite and she held her own at times.

I did a little research after I had received this book to review and was saddened that I have to wait for the next two books to be released, but I will sacrifice and wait. Thank you so much, Tara Sue Me, for publishing your work and for the publishing company that made this possible.

I got so excited as I was reading this book and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. However, I will tell you this: he needs to really beg Abigail in order for her to forgive him because what he did was cruel. Some surprising truths were also revealed.

When I first started reading this story, I really didn't like Nathaniel because he was such a jerk, but when Abigail found herself in a bad situation, he was there to comfort her and make sure she was fine. That was when I truly fell in love with him. He was able to give Abigail what she was missing from her past relationships, to discover a new lifestyle and not be afraid of a little pain because pleasure was right around the corner. I really liked that this showed a certain side of him and how it impacted Abigail because of his insecurities and intimacy issues. How his actions pained Abigail and how she was able to handle each intense situation. It took a lot of guts, will and power to do what she did. I loved the storyline of this book and how it unfolded a D/s relationship and touched all of the bases for that type of relationship.
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I read this trilogy for free when it was part of the Twilight fanfiction base. This was one of the first BDSM type of stories I read, and it's been a good 3-4 years since I read it online. It still holds the charm and is the story I remember. Although obvious changes to character names, physical characteristics, setting, and other details were needed to de-Twilight the triliogy, it still maintains its charm, flow, and integrity of the original premise that I enjoyed reading. Tara Sue Me's writing is fluid, keeps the story moving. For those who feel this is a 50 Shades knock off, you are incorrect. Tara Sue Me wrote this trilogy BEFORE 50 Shades was written. Very happy for the writer! Can't wait to download The Dominant, which was my favorite of the three.
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Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Sharon & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
¡°I really enjoyed the heck of it.¡± ~Under the Covers

Another fan fiction/Fifty book you ask?

Yes¡¦it is exactly that. Well, not exactly. Apparently, this is the book that E.L. James got some of her ideas from¡¦that and Twilight. And while I didn¡¯t really get a lot of Twilight from this book, you can definitely see the things that E.L. James picked out of it. As far as it being a fan fiction, the only clue I had was the lack of the character¡¯s physical descriptions.

That being said, I really enjoyed the heck of it. I¡¯m not sure what¡¯s happened but this story line has not gotten old for me. Each story seems to have enough differences to keep me entertained¡¦and entertained I was.

For me, this story seemed to deal more with the BDSM side of things. Right from the start, Abigail (Abby) is going in for an interview with Nathaniel to be his submissive. She has had a ¡°thing¡± for him since he had a hand in helping save her Mother¡¯s house. The problem is that she has no experience being a sub and Nathaniel doesn¡¯t train submissives but he decides to make an exception in her case.

There¡¯s a contract to sign, medical forms to fill out, exercise programs to follow as well as eating and sleeping requirements and BAM, come Friday at 6 pm it¡¯s time for the festivities. Nathaniel has a couple of rules¡¦he doesn¡¯t do kissing and his subs do not spend the night in his bed. That really didn¡¯t bother me too much except he had Abby sleep on a pallet on his bedroom floor sometimes and I didn¡¯t really care for that.
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