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Book Review: For the Sub

The summary of this book is confusing but basically Brandy is a sub who typically doesn’t want a long-term relationship. She’s been hurt before, and not in a good way. But she can’t help her attraction to Dom, Niles.

Niles has been hurt too. Badly. After his wife’s death, he’s done with commitment for good. After all no one can replace his wife. He’ll just slake his needs with several casual encounters. Except there’s something about Brandy that keeps luring him back.

So it’s basically two people with no stated interest in commitment coming together and reevaluating their desires and needs.

That’s kind of a dry explanation for a very steamy book.

Because if you like hot, this book has it.

Brandy is a sub we’ve seen in other parts of the series, but you don’t need to read those books to understand her story. She’s well fleshed out here and just because she’s a sub doesn’t mean she’s a doormat. Niles is new to the series, even if he’s presented as a long time patron of the den. Which is a problem because you get a lot of “as you know” in relation to him. But he’s a fun character regardless. After an intense BDSM scene both characters can’t help but be drawn to each other.

The star of the book is, of course, the sex. But I really liked Brandy as a character.  She isn’t flat, and she’s got her own distinct personality… A snarky one at that. Niles is a good character, incredibly caring but also respectful. I do have a few quibbles. The first was some pretty blatant infodump early on lauding Niles. There’s got to be a better way to do that. The second is British spelling and colloquialisms from Americans… Particularly those from Colorado. (My home state.) Seriously, this is why you hire a copy editor!  FFS! I don’t want to see native Coloradans talking about stowing their bags in the boot and giving someone a ring. It’s frustrating. I’m also semi annoyed that the sub never once uses their safe word with a dom to confirm that the dom will actually stop. Sure, the safe words are established but they’re never used. Not once. In five books.

But that being said they are quibbles.  This a good entry into the series. Four stars.

If this is your jam, you can get it here.

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