The continuation of the tantalizing trilogy by Tara Sue Me that has captivated millions…
Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control.
As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to test her limits.
Abby’s combination of innocence and willingness is intoxicating, and Nathaniel is soon determined to collar her as his own. As long as she follows his orders and surrenders herself fully to him, no one will get hurt.
But when Nathaniel begins falling for Abby on a deeper level, he realizes that the trust must go both ways—and he has secrets which could bring the foundations of their entire relationship crashing down...
He's stayed away, not wanting to taint her, but he gives in when she comes to him, eliciting emotions inside of him that confuses and soothes at the same time.
This novel is the exact same story line as The Submissive, which is told in Abby's POV. Only this time, we get to learn what Nathaniel thought and felt throughout their erotic relationship. I actually enjoyed Abby's story more, because the story felt more complete. The writing flowed and I didn't feel like I was really missing something. Not knowing what Nathaniel was thinking added to the intensity of the story and we got to see little peeks into his psyche through Abby's eyes. With The Dominant, I felt the pacing was really fast. It felt like scenes were sometimes incomplete and missing something vital. Abby is a quiet women, and when we don't know what she's thinking, pages of silence fill the void. I felt detached from this one, even though the library/piano scene touched me deeply. That scene from Nathaniel's eyes was truly epic. It made me sad, like someone took hold of my heart and squeezed too hard. It was beautifully raw and poignant.
He's an emotionally stunted man who doesn't know what to do with the feelings Abby evokes in him. At times I despised him and others I loved him.
But aside from those two scenes, had I not read The Submissive first...I would have felt lost and confused because again, the story was quickly paced, and I felt like scenes were cut short. We don't get anything from Abby unless she and Nathaniel are in a conversation, and there isn't much talking in their relationship for most of the book.
I enjoyed the story. Nathaniel is a complex man, and I getting inside his head was a real treat, but I feel that this book is for those who are big fans of the series, because nothing new is really offered in this novel. Same story, different POV.
I was conflicted with the rating and settled on 3 olives. It's a good read, highly erotic tale, though at times missing that emotional connection that I crave with my romances. I was given a copy of The Training, which is the 3rd book in the trilogy, and I'm really looking forward to reading more about Abby and Nathaniel. I'll post my review of that closer to release date, October 1st, 2013 :D
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