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Editorial Reviews


“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 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451466241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451466242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy LeGrand on October 4, 2013
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The Training is the third and final book in Tara Sue Me's trilogy starting with The Submissive and continuing with The Dominant. This is the continuation of the story between Nathanial West, and experienced Dom and Abby King, a brand new submissive. Book one is told from Abby's POV, book two is told from Nathanial's POV and this book is told in alternating POV's from both of them. I enjoyed that aspect of this book so that you know how both characters are feeling throughout the book. Book three picks up where the first and second left off, with Abby and Nathanial reunited after a breakup and deciding to pursue a relationship as lovers during the week and Dom/sub on the weekends. We experience several trials with them in trying to figure out how to balance an actual love life, which neither of them have ever successfully had before and slipping into D/s mode on the weekends. Abby has to learn to overcome her lack of communication with Nathanial and he struggles throughout the book with the realization that he is in love for the first time ever, having spent most of his life in solitude and only having sex with contracted submissives who fulfilled his sexual needs. Abby throws his world into a tailspin in multiple ways, with him having broken his own rule of never partnering with an inexperienced sub and not having a submissive ever sleep in his bed.

Abby is experiencing a lot as well in trying to learn all about being a submissive, how to give herself freely to her Dom and how to openly communicate with Nathanial so that he can ensure their interactions are safe and pleasurable. She struggles somewhat with his wealth also, determined to be an independent person and not lose her identity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Romance Evangelist on October 8, 2013
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at I also purchased a copy for my own enjoyment.

This review may contain spoilers for The Submissive and The Dominant, the first two books in the Submissive trilogy. You could read The Training as a stand-alone book, but I wouldn't recommend it.

After the riveting start in The Submissive and a somewhat tepid retelling of the same story from the hero's POV in The Dominant, we now get the touching conclusion to Abby and Nathaniel's love story in The Training. Our hero and heroine have finally realized that they should give their chance at love one more try, and they both work hard to overcome their doubts about themselves and each other. During this time of reconciliation, Nathaniel and Abby learn to harmonize their need for a part-time Dominant/submissive relationship with their fragile new status as boyfriend and girlfriend, but the road to the perfect balance is not easy, and it takes some help from Nathaniel's mentor in the BDSM lifestyle to show them the way forward.

Although I loved The Submissive, I found The Dominant somewhat less enjoyable since it was basically the same story, although I did appreciate being able to understand what had gone before from Nathaniel's point of view. What helped make The Training a success for me was having both Abby's and Nathaniel's POV available, each moving the story forward rather than simply recapping what had already been described from the other's perspective. I got a much better handle on their individual concerns and motivations, and was relieved that the author was able to avoid the spectre of "head-hopping" which derails so many books with multiple first person narratives.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sandy S. on October 1, 2013
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THE TRAINING is the third and final installment in Tara Sue Me's The Submissive Trilogy. Originally written as a work of fan fiction based on the Twilight series, there are definite and parallel similarities to FSOG and many similar series of the same genre.

The Training is as the title implies. The storyline focuses on the training of Abby King to be Nathaniel West's submissive but it is also the training of a man to become a lover and protector. Throughout the series the building relationship between Abby and Nathaniel has gone from Dom and sub to friends and lovers, but it is the lovers aspect that has thrown Nathaniel's live into turmoil. His relationship with all of his former subs has always been about business and sex but somewhere along the way, Nathaniel lost his heart to Abby King and he was looking forward to a HEA and a forever.

The sexuality aspect of the storyline followed two distinctly different paths. One venture into a sensual yet erotic fairy tale of a building love between two people destined to become a couple; the other focused on a definitive Dom/sub relationship where at times the dominant in Nathaniel West was in opposition to the man with whom Abby had fallen in love. And herein lies the issue-where does a Dom/sub relationship end and a friends to lover relationship begin?

If you are a fan of FSOG, there is no denying the similarities but The Training is a more explicit storyline with a BDSM backdrop. Where FSOG skimmed the lifestyle, The Submissive Trilogy and The Training brings the reader into the underground world of a Dom/sub lifestyle.

The writing style, once again, is simple.
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