The Collar by Tara Sue Me (Submissive #5) + GIVEAWAY

The Collar by Tara Sue MeAvailable: July 7, 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: NAL

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…

Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.

Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…

After the incredibly sexy introduction to Jeff in the last book, I eagerly hopped into this one wanting to be blown away. I’m not sure it achieved everything I wanted it to, but The Collar is a solid erotic romance from start to finish.

Dena and Jeff had their chance and they flamed out several years ago after a huge, emotionally charged misunderstanding. Now, faced with some disturbing threats, Dena has run to the only person she trusts with her life…Jeff. But being back under his roof and living with his rules has them at odds, and incredibly turned on. Dena wants nothing more than to wear Jeff’s collar again but he seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. What starts out as protection quickly escalates to passion but without total surrender neither will be able to move on from the past.

Tara Sue Me is a master at setting the erotic romance scene and Jeff and Dena definitely set the pages on fire. This was a classic reunion romance mixed with a tiny bit of suspense as the threats to Dena seem to keep her on her toes. As book five in this series, The Collar was the first book to step back from the original hero and heroine and focus on a different couple. I wanted to love this book because Jeff had such an impact on me in The Enticement (book four), but I think ultimately this one fell a bit short. I think I’m just to invested in Abby and Nathaniel at this point to stray away from them in this series. Had changing couples been brought in sooner, perhaps I would have felt differently, I’m not sure. Jeff and Dena are excellent characters and in their own right, very hot but every time Abby or Nathaniel would make an appearance I wanted more from them.

I liked the slight suspense aspects that were woven into the story line and thought it gave Jeff an excellent opportunity to show Dena how much he still cared. I wished they would have spoken about their troubled past long before they did so that there could have been some closure on that earlier. Their obvious longing for one another was what made this story great. It created a wistfulness combined with the sexy bdsm elements to give the readers a love story that was both hopeful and strong. Their opposites attract scenario made for lively reading but Jeff’s mentality of not being good enough for Dena’s high class ways did get a bit grating.

As a separate story, The Collar upheld the erotic romance line quite well…I just wished it either would have been done sooner or as a spinoff series. I have a feeling readers will be getting a story from Daniel and Cole as well at some point, though book 6 looks to be a Abby/Nathaniel again.

I give The Collar by Tara Sue Me 3.50 stars! 

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