Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review: The Training (The Submissive Series #3) by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: October 1, 2013
from NAL Trade
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Now, in the enticing conclusion to Tara Sue Me’s Submissive Trilogy, the submissive and her dominant explore just how long they can make the pleasure last…

It started with a hidden desire.

Millionaire CEO Nathaniel West has always played by his own strict set of rules, ones he expects everyone to follow—especially the women he’s dominated in his bedroom. But his newest lover is breaking down all his boundaries and rewriting his rule book.

Abby King never imagined that she would capture the heart of Nathaniel West, one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors—and its most desirable dominant. What began as a weekend arrangement of pleasure has become a passionate romance with a man who knows every inch of her body and her soul – yet remains an enigmatic lover. Though he is tender and caring, his painful past remains a wall between them.

Abby knows the only way to truly earn his trust is to submit to him fully and let go of all of her lingering inhibitions. Because to lead Nathaniel on a path to greater intimacy, she must first let him deeper into her world than anyone has ever gone before…"

My Thoughts:

This series is just so incredibly addictive. Each and every book was very hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed every book in the series, but I think it’s safe to say The Training was my favorite of the three. Partially because I’m a sucker for romance, partially because it was super steamy, and partially because I loved the dual POV.

Abby and Nathaniel are a couple you will root for and there is no denying that they complete one another. They really are each other’s 1%. Abby is very different from the girl we first met. She is still her feisty self, but she is also much more confident and sure of herself. She has come to trust both herself and her feelings for Nathaniel. Moving on to Nathaniel, this book definitely showed me that I prefer his point of view. After reading The Dominant, I thought that was the case, but I wasn’t sure if I felt that only because we got the full picture to the story. After reading their perspectives side by side, I was able to see that I really did prefer Nathaniel’s. I’m not sure what it is. It could be that his perspective is just so different from any other I have read or it could simply be that he is more observant so I feel as if I’m getting more from his side. Whatever it is, I loved it. 

Nathaniel and Abby have come so far in this book and I loved seeing them together. They had some truly sweet moments. But don’t get me wrong, this book is not all hearts and rainbows. The book focuses on their relationship growth and that includes both sides of their relationship. So you can’t go into the story simply expecting the lovey dovey, because that just isn’t how they work. Their relationship grows in both aspects and they become a strong couple as a result. 

One of my favorite aspects of the story is that it is very low on angst. It really just focuses on them and their relationship with few to no other factors. We don’t see many other characters and I would say 95% of the book we are either with just Abby, just Nathaniel, or just Abby and Nathaniel. The other characters are there and talked about, but they honestly don’t make much of an appearance. I kind of loved that. I loved the simplicity it brought to the story. I wasn’t always waiting for the angsty shoe to drop, I just enjoyed watching Abby and Nathaniel grow. 

All in all, The Training is a great conclusion to the series. It’s both sweet and sexy and not one fans of the genre will want to miss.

6 comments:

  1. Great review! I haven't heard of this series but I am definitely interested. It sounds like my kind of book :-) I love that there is no angst and it is just a romance focusing on their growing relationship.

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  2. I know I keep telling you this, but I have GOT to read this series! If you love it, I'll love it... and it truly does sound addictive. I like that this is low on angst, and I adore dual POV's when they are done well -- and this certainly sounds like it is. So happy this was such a great conclusion. Brilliant review, wifey! *smoosh*

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  3. Addictive, sexy and low on angst?? SOLD! This sounds like such a great series. So glad you enjoyed this, Teresa!

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  4. With every review for the books from this series you're really winning me over. I usually stay away from adult reads but I can read them once in a while. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Great review :)

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  5. Oh, I'm so glad this was a great conclusion to the trilogy, Teresa. I have to admit to being a bit skeptical about this series but your reviews have sold me! :) It seems really character driven and I like that. That it's low on angst is a definite plus. Thanks for a fantastic review, Teresa!

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