Type: Erotic Romance
My Copy: Sent
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…
I really enjoyed this last book in Tara Sue Me’s Submissive series! After book two and the fact that it was just a rehashing of everything from book one, except in Nathaniel’s POV…well, I wasn’t sure how this one was going to go. However, The Training is alternating POV’s from both Nathaniel and Abby so readers get the best of both worlds while still enjoying a progression in the overall plot.
The Training was extremely hot! I loved how the BDSM and Sub/Dom roles portrayed seemed to be more inline with actual relationships. Nathaniel and Abby had to navigate that AND a relationship outside of the playroom which added a lot of stress to the book. As expected they had varying degrees of difficulty while learning how to interact and live with both sides of their personalities.
In book one (and two) Nathaniel had a hard time coming to grips with the fact that Abby was no regular submissive and was in fact, the one for him. He made a lot of mistakes and I thought for sure that he would screw up big time in this book resulting in driving Abby away again. Surprisingly Nathaniel is quite content in The Training and seems to be much more at ease with everything than Abby. She stumbles a few times trying to separate her submissive nature with her opinionated personality and Nathaniel’s expectations on both fronts.
I also really liked seeing other relationships and how they paralleled and distinguished Nathaniel and Abby’s budding relationship. I especially liked how Nathaniel’s friend and Dom who trained him has a relationship just like what Abby and himself were striving for. Their presence reaffirmed what they could have if they could just conquer their fears and find a spot they were both comfortable in.
There was a TON of sex, hence the erotic romance label. Smoking hot, whips and chains, ball gag, vibrator sex. So please take that into account before starting this one. Also You should read the prior books…or at the very least book one, though there were parts of book two I enjoyed as well. Even though I was ticked it was the exact same story.
I really look forward to seeing what Tara Sue Me does next. Since this was originally fanfiction, it’ll be nice to see if she can branch out. I enjoy her writing style immensely and hope we get something new soon!
I give The Training by Tara Sue Me 4.25 stars!