Blog Tour (Book Review): The Collar by Tara Sue Me

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Title: The Collar (The Submissive Series)
Author: Tara Sue Me
Genre: Erotica
Length: 360 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of The Submissive returns with a scintillating new tale about power, danger, and jaw-dropping passion….

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…

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Michelle's Review

I am a huge fan of Tara’s writing, so when I heard she was writing The Collar, I was all in.  For those of you who haven’t read her other books, you can read The Collar as a standalone.  Her other books, The Submissive, The Dominant, The Submissive Training and The Enticement all center on Abby and Nathaniel.  The Collar is Dena and Jeff’s story.  They are friends of Nathaniel and Abby and are in need of their help, even if they do not know it.

You should know this book has BDSM aspects and although not at the forefront of the story, Ms. Me writes the scenes so beautifully.  Dena and Jeff’s story is emotional and heartbreaking.  They have a history together.  They met seven years ago and have been broken up for three years.  Yet, their love never died.  The circumstances of their break up was so sad.

Dena and Jeff are from different backgrounds.  Dena comes from an affluent family, her father is a well-known Senator who is short listed for Vice-President.  Her father had her life planned out for Dena, and she wasn’t having none of it.  She purposely moved away from D.C. to Delaware and become a prosecuting attorney to get away from her overbearing father.  Jeff, on the other hand, comes from lower means, but has become a successful business man owning his own security firm.

When a threat arrives at Dena’s doorstep, she goes to the only person who she can trust to protect her, and that’s Jeff.  Jeff is battling his feelings towards Dena.  Ever since he removed his collar six years ago, he’s been aloof towards Dena.  He’s also having to take care of his dying father, whom he hasn’t had much of a relationship as well.

I loved how the story was fluid and did not lag.  When I got to the about regarding the break up, I had to grab some tissues.

Several things that bothered me with the storyline, was the lack of communication with both Dena and Jeff after their initial break up.  It may have been the author’s intent for the angst factor.  But if you are familiar with the BDSM lifestyle (and not that I am an expert only from what I have read), communication is key between Dom and sub.  I think it may have been the heartache these two felt that they could not communicate their feelings.  My other problem was the threat towards Dena, it was handled to quickly and neatly.  I thought there would have been a little more suspense.  Other that those two things, I really enjoyed The Collar.  I always look forward to a Tara Sue Me book and cannot wait for her next installment.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided via Net Galley for an honest review.

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Excerpt

Chapter One

Present day

Jeff Parks knew it was taking all of Dena’s willpower not to look his way. And since he had once had that willpower bend to his command, he was well aware of the strength involved. On any other given night, he’d be using his own willpower not to stare, but in light of his recent decision—

“Have you been listening to anything I’ve said in the last five minutes?” his friend and fellow Dom, Daniel, asked.

Jeff looked back to the man standing at his side. It was late on a Thursday night and their local BDSM group meeting had just ended. No one was in a hurry to leave though. Everyone wanted to stay around and talk with Nathaniel and Abby. At the moment, Nathaniel stood beside Daniel, grinning. The guest Dominant had led a discussion about keeping D/s relationships from getting stale. Considering the two scenes Jeff had participated in a few months ago with the married couple, staleness wasn’t an issue between Nathaniel and Abby.

“Sorry. What?” Jeff asked Daniel.

“Nothing important. Just going over plans for the play party tomorrow night.”

“Your house at ten.”

“At least you remember that part,” Daniel said in his not-quite-teasing voice.

“I’ve got a lot on my mind.” He might as well go ahead and tell Daniel everything. He’d find out eventually and the two of them had been friends for long enough that he deserved to hear the news from Jeff himself. “I’m moving.”

“You’re what?” Daniel asked in shock.

“Why?” Nathaniel asked at the same time.

Jeff’s gaze automatically found Dena again. She was talking with Abby and Julie. Daniel’s submissive must have said something funny, because Dena snorted with laughter, shaking her head. Her long blond hair swayed with the movement.

“Ah,” Daniel said.

“It’s not what you think.”

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About

COLEMAN-RAYNER. Los Angeles, CA, USA. 28th October 2012. North Carolina author Tara Sue Me pictured in Los Angeles ahead of the release of her new book The Submissive. The American romance writer is said to be part of the inspiration for the best selling novel, 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. CREDIT LINE MUST READ: Glen McCurtayne/Coleman-Rayner Tel US (001) 310-474-4343 - office  Tel US (001) 323 5457584 - cell www.coleman-rayner.com

Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own and The Dominant and The Training soon followed. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.

Find Tara Online:
http://tarasueme.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5833418.Tara_Sue_Me
https://www.facebook.com/TaraSueMeBooks
https://twitter.com/tarasueme

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