Author: Tara Sue Me
What I’m Talking About:
I’ve been reading Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series for a while now. I’ve loved it because it shows how a real couple, albeit a *rich* couple, navigate a relationship. That’s why I fell in love with it. Today, after reading The Exhibitionist and sleeping on it, I’m still pretty much stuck as to why I’m not feelin’ this title.
I think it’s the conflict. Like in some romance titles, there’s internal conflict. Nothing that’s *really* external for both Nathaniel and Abby. I’m pretty sure that was it, because the issues didn’t *seem* that big. Maybe it’s because of my own relationship with Mr. VampBard that this really annoys me. Abby has something that bothers her. Remember Charlene from previous books? Yeah. She’s still hanging around. Abby’s jealousy is, I think, her conflict, whereas Nathaniel’s conflict is wondering if he is enough.
There are some seriously hot play sessions, as well as some sweet sex in this title. I felt like I was hopping from one sex scene to the next, and the connective tissue was superficial in many cases. We learn more about Jeff & Dena, and I’m glad—I needed to see their HEA after reading their book. We learn in the end matter that Sasha & Cole get a book (or maybe I’m just reading into the foreshadowing in the book as well as the sneak peek).
I know not every relationship is picture-perfect. It’s gotta be hard for authors to keep coming up with stuff readers want. I actually understand the reason for a book like this. It’s important to relate the exhibitionist side some people have. Many of us are more demonstrative in public, versus keeping all that for behind closed doors. One thing I think was covered well in this title was the way people continue to grow and change. It’s important that we recognize these changes in our significant others, and TALK about it. Needs, wants, and desires change over time. How we evolve as a couple, in the face of these changes, is what matters. I think that element of the internal conflict could’ve been handled better.
I’m still interested in picking up more titles in the Submissive series. I’m not breaking up with the series or anything. This title just didn’t do it for me.
My Rating: B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues
About the Book:
She’s ready for even more.…
When Abby West discovered her submissive desires, she felt like she was born anew. But lately, her Dominant husband hasn’t been the demanding Master who once fulfilled her every passion. Abby begins to crave something else—and to wonder if Nathaniel can still push her past her boundaries to the places she craves.
Nathaniel knows that Abby belongs to him completely, but even he can’t ignore the pleasure on her face as they get to know their new BDSM group. They’ve invited Nathaniel to guide their group to a new level, and he’s promised to show them the way, even as he recommits to fulfilling his beautiful submissive wife’s every desire. Only this time, uncovering her sexual limits may also expose their relationship to more conflict than it can withstand.…
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Series: Submissive #6
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley
The Exhibitionist (Submissive #6)