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Friday, September 28, 2012

Retraining the Sub by Jennifer Denys

Retraining the Sub by Jennifer Denys
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M/F, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Thistledown

When submissive Ann misuses her safe word once too often she is told to attend a retraining program. However, the only Master prepared to train her is hard, inflexible Luke, the man she jilted eight years previously.

Dominated by her parents, shy Ann left home because there was something missing in her life she wasn’t getting from her sweet fiancé, as he was then, and is introduced to BDSM.

Shocked to see each other at the club, but stunned at how they’ve both changed, Ann has to be trained by Luke, or leave. It becomes a battle of wills to see who will lose control—the battle being about trust. Can Ann give up control and trust a Master? Can Luke trust Ann not to run away again? The emotional victory for each battle flies back and forth between them. Who will ultimately win?

Retraining the Sub is fast paced and filled to the brim with bratty sub antics and a Dom that is determined to have the last word.

Stories about Doms and the subs that love them abound. In this story, Ann is a sub with some serious trust issues. Jilting her then fiancé, Luke, at the altar all those years ago has left a few scars. Hanging out at the local BDSM club, Ann cries wolf and overuses her safe word one too many times. The Dungeon Master has little choice but to force Ann into a remedial BDSM class with a new Master. If she refuses, she will be banned from the club. It just so happens that the one Master willing to tangle with this bratty sub is the man she walked out on. Master Lucas has entered the building and all Hell is about to break loose.

The angle of the bratty sub was done pretty well, but I found myself getting annoyed with how mouthy Ann was toward Lucas. Being in a BDSM situation, you must have a certain kind of personality that invites public display of the body and sexual activities. That is why you go to a club. Ann balked at every step and gave absolute Hell to every Master she encountered, including Master Lucas. As the events progressed, you could see she wanted to trust him but the constant whining made me want to stuff a gag in her mouth myself.

The tension in Retraining the Sub was well done. The trust and abandonment issues were prevalent and you could see how early events in the book shaped the character growth of Lucas and Ann. The fact that they both ended up at the same club trying to work out their issues was interesting, as were the exercises Lucas put Ann through to strengthen her skills as a sub. Ann’s overall journey was harrowing, but I wanted to hear less complaining. The dialogue was strong and the sex scenes were terrific. Writer Jennifer Denys did an excellent job of expressing to the reader exactly what was taking place, especially in the ménage scene.

The cover art on this book was absolutely yummy. Master Lucas clad in leather pants, a studded belt and a single tail whip was sexy and made me want to read this book before I even knew what it was about. Sour Cherry Designs did a superb job.

If bratty subs and the Doms that tame them are your game, then Retraining the Sub will be right up your alley.

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