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The Training: The Submissive Series
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 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.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at SeductiveMusings.blogspot.com. 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. Best of all, the ups and downs that occur between Nathaniel and Abby throughout The Training only help to make their Happy Ever After even more enjoyable when they finally get that happy balance that they've worked so hard to achieve together. (And yes, I did cheer when I saw there was an epilogue. I love epilogues and this one was sweet.)

The Training is a satisfying conclusion to the Submissive trilogy and I recommend it to readers who love a tender romance along with their kinky sexy-time reads.

Ratings:

Overall: 4
Sensuality level: 4 (heavy BDSM including anal sex and caning)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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. Some readers may question the heroine's (Abby King) decision to become a sub especially when she readily accepts everything that is requested and demanded (with no prior training, experience or desire). The storyline does not cross into hardcore BDSM (unless nipple clamps and suspension ropes are not your thing) but saying that, each reader will take away a different aspect to the storyline premise and the lifestyle of which is represents.

And as I have said in a prior review for FSOG, who are we to judge a lifestyle that is different from our own. This is after all a story of fiction that will make you think about what actually goes on behind the scenes of some of the most rich and powerful people in the world
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
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This is one of those books that had me at the first sentence. Live the characters and the way they love each other. I want to wrap myself in their experiences. But I can say Tara did that from the first to this one knowing and falling deeply in love with these characters like you truly know them. I can say my favorite part of this book is when he starts to open up about the past and his parents. But wow is he commanding and possessive in the most romantic way. Thank you Tara
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
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I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Tara sue is a great author, more than that she is a hopeless romantic as I am which will keep me reading her books. I will admit I like books with kink to it and I like the "night in shinning arm our" too. This book has it all, it is hot, hot, hot, romantic and kinky, you definitely want to read this book! I can't wait to read her next book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
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I absolutely loved this series.... I could read this again and again. Abby and Nathaniel were amazing..... Tara Sue Me you have out done yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
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From start to finish this book had me on the edge of my seat. Had me speechless at times. Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
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I am glad the couples found each other, but this read like a "Bondage How To For Dummies". I want more excitement or conflict, or I guess the sex was the excitement. I could predict the marriage, and most sex scenes. I read the first two books and was unhappy when the books were identical. However not in perspective, I hoped their story would progress in another way, but that would be up to the author. If you want to be a dom or sub, then this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
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I was really looking forward to getting to know Abby and Nathaniel in this last book after reading the 1st 2 books told from each of their point of views. I really wanted to like this book. Instead I felt like almost the entire book was exactly as the title said. TRAINING. Very little else was in this book nearly all of it is a play by play of sex in and out of the playroom. It's hard to stay hooked when it reads nearly the same every chapter. The ending is rushed and in no way surprising.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2014
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well written in good taste...I hated to see it end!! I waited to see how the author would end it-I love that it ended with a soft and gentle moment. I know this story is over and I can't wait for another!!!
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