Author: Tara Sue Me
What I’m Talking About:
Seriously. Pulling up a book file for Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series is always a lot of joy for me. Sometimes, I get all rant-y about how people don’t do BDSM correctly, and the Dom is all risky and the sub is like a puddle of goo. Not so with Ms. Sue Me’s titles in this series.
I was super excited to read The Exposure because Meagan is a switch—she will either Top or bottom depending. And, because I wanted to read Meagan’s story. Pairing her with Luke was inspired. The glimpses we’ve had of Luke in other stories had made me curious about him, and I simply needed to know more.
Now, The Exposure has a bit of a romantic suspense feel—there’s blackmail happening, and it plays out in the relationship between Meagan and Luke. But, with their history, the ‘distance’ could’ve honestly been leftover from their previous entanglement. It’s also really cool to see people in the lifestyle that aren’t utter noobs. Both Meagan and Luke are ‘veterans’ and established. Many of the D/s stories have an established Dom and bring in this romantic interest who is new to the lifestyle.
Meagan had a lot going on in The Exposure. Besides having to deal with her feelings about getting back into modeling and working with Luke again, she’s got the work thing and the blackmail thing. Take into account her need to both Top and bottom as a switch, and it’s pretty much a rollercoaster from Meagan’s perspective. I kinda liked that part. Usually, when there’s a Dominant character, they’re pretty much in control of everything except their love interest, which throws them off-kilter. Meagan definitely wasn’t.
Luke, on the other hand, definitely seemed to be in control of everything except what was going on between Meagan and him. He’s diversified his life and made a name for himself in the world of photography as well as owning several exclusive BDSM clubs. What endeared me to Luke was the way he handled Meagan’s hesitance to become involved again. So many times we see Doms Behaving Badly—like petulant toddlers—when they don’t get what they want right away. It was really refreshing to see Luke acknowledge he needed to earn Meagan’s trust again after their previous relationship soured.
I always enjoy reading The Submissve series by Tara Sue Me. Part of it is the glimpses into Abby and Nathaniel’s married life while maintaining a D/s relationship. We see glimpses of past couples as well, and it’s great to have that check-in with the characters of previous titles in the series. The continuity—if nothing else—keeps me reading and coming back to this series. I’m intrigued by Ms. Sue Me’s new series—Lessons from the Rack—debuting April 2017. The first title is Master Professor. While I look forward to more titles in the Submissive series (are there more coming?), I think my voracious reader can be placated with the new series.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
She’s ready for her close-up. . . .
Meagan Bishop gave up modeling after an ill-fated tryst with a sexy photographer left her career and heart in shambles. When that same sexy shutterbug makes a titillating offer to do a BDSM spread for his new photography book, she’s determined to refuse—until an anonymous blackmailer entices her to accept. Now her body is again at the whim of the man who broke her heart, and she’s finding his strong direction undeniably intriguing. . . .
Meagan is the muse Luke needs to make his shoot something special, even if it means keeping his hands off her. But each new erotic scene they capture makes it harder to ignore his need to command her in the bedroom as well as in the studio.
As their sexual tension explodes, Meagan’s arrangement with her extortionist becomes more perilous, putting in danger her darkest secrets and the fragile passion between Luke and her. . . .
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Series: Submissive #9
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format(s): paperback (432 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
The Enticement by Tara Sue Me (Submissive #5)
The Collar by Tara Sue Me (Submissive #6)
The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me (Submissive #7)
The Master by Tara Sue Me (Submissive #8)
The Claiming by Tara Me Sue (Submissive #8.5)