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A good finish to the trilogy
on October 5, 2013
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.
Tara Sue Me does a really good job of bringing the characters along in their journey of realizing their love for each other as people, realize their love for each other as Dom/sub, and how they figure out how to balance the two relationships.
My only negative with the book is I felt there were several items left hanging. ***Spoiler Alert*** The epilogue of the book takes their story 6 years into the future and while the book ends on a happy note, we don't get resolution to several things. Abby tells Nathanial that her goal within five years is to become a mentor to fellow submissives. Nathanial wants to start hosting parties of their own at their house once Abby feels more comfortable. We never find out if these things happen which I felt were important parts of their characters as Dom/sub. Perhaps the author will write a follow up novella or something that will clear up these loose ends as well as a couple of others.