Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review: The Master (The Submissive #8) by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: February 2, 2016
from NAL
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Tara Sue Me’s New York Times bestselling Submissive series continues with a delicious new story that explores the thin line between pleasure and pain. . . .

She’s ready to try again. . . .

Sasha Blake is scarred from a BDSM session gone wrong, but she can’t deny how much a strong Master turns her on. Determined to overcome her fears and rejoin the Partners in Play community, she asks Abby and Nathaniel West to set her up with a Dom who can help her feel safe again as a sub. They know the very experienced Cole is exactly the kind of man who can push all of Sasha’s buttons—and she soon wants to go much faster than she had planned. . . .

Cole knows that Sasha is not the kind of submissive he needs. He wants someone who will serve him 24-7, not a part-time partner. Still, the further they go into their play, the more Cole begins to wish he could make Sasha his all the time. . . .

When forbidden desires turn into scorching action, Sasha and Cole come face-to-face with their demons—and realize their scorching relationship might be too dangerous to last. . . ."

My Thoughts:

Seven books into this series and I can still count on it to deliver a really fun and steamy read. The buildup for Sasha and Cole has been coming for quite a while now and I’m happy to say their story delivered.

My heart broke for Sasha. She is so lost, but also so determined and I really admired her strength and courage. I loved watching her learn to trust and open up once again and to see her face her demons.

Surprisingly Cole was my least favorite of all the male leads so far, still loved him though. I think Cole is just a bit too intense for me. But what I love about this series is that although I could never deal with any of these guys (seriously I’d probably drop kick them in about 3.5 seconds), I can still totally appreciate the relationship and root for it. It’s easy to acknowledge that while Cole is not for me, he is EXACTLY who Sasha needs and wants. And more importantly Sasha is what Cole needs. It may be a D/s relationship but there is still a mutual need, which I think is incredibly important.

As always, it was great catching up with the gang. Abby and Nathaniel are always great. I still adore Daniel and Julie, even if Julie’s hovering drove me bananas, it came from a good place. And one character we got to know a bit better was Kelly. Guys I want Kelly to have a book in the WORST WAY. I mean, we always have the power play with the guy in the dominant role but Kelly is a Domme. I just want to see the role reversal and see this switched up! Seriously. I’m all grabby hands.

All in all, The Master is another good addition to The Submissive series. I’ll admit I was hesitant when I first heard this series was expanding characters and beyond a trilogy, but I’m so glad it has because I’ve really enjoyed each and every book.


  1. I love what you said about Cole and I do agree, I probably couldn't last with a guy that sounds like that. But being able to appreciate their relationship and understand is awesome! I love encountering characters and couples like that! I'm glad you enjoyed this one

    Lovely review!

  2. I know how much you love this author and series. I need to make the time for it, because you're still loving it at 7 books in! I like the sound of Cole, honestly. I like the broody guys. But if he's your least favorite, I have some new book boyfriends to meet, don't I?!? I'm happy TSM delivered another great read for you, Teresa!

  3. I just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and really enjoyed it!!!

  4. This cover is SO pretty! Love it! I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, wifey!!


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