Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Young and the Submissive by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabelle LaPearl
The Young and the Submissive by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella LaPearl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I reviewed my personal copy of this book for Wicked Reads.
Nooooooo!!! Even knowing that book three is releasing next month, I wasn’t expecting The Young and the Submissive to end on a cliffhanger. Curse word! Curse word! Curse word! I don’t think it would have blindsided me so much if I hadn’t been sharing vicariously in Raine, Hammer, and Liam’s post-orgasmic haze. Oh yeah baby. The writing team of Ms. Black, Ms. Jacob, and Ms. LaPearl saw fit to give me my much desired ménage for the trio. From the bottom of my heart ladies, thank you so much for that. I don’t even have a word for how hot that scene was. But don’t think that just because the trio finally got their groove on that they’re all set to begin their happily ever after together. Nope.
The Young and the Submissive picks up where One Dom to Love left off, with all three back under Shadows’ roof and Raine collared as Liam’s submissive. As Raine struggles with her feelings for Liam and Hammer and potential pregnancy, the two men continue to antagonize one another causing Raine to feel as though she is the reason for their deteriorating friendship. When Liam takes a drastic move to give Raine a wake-up call, it works but not in the way he intends it to and neither he nor Hammer can find her. After confronting her past, Raine returns to Shadows to face the men that she loves in hopes that they can give her the time she needs to fix herself and a Domme to teach her submission. As much as they each want Raine for themselves, neither is willing to send her to a Domme for training and Liam and Hammer finally begin to work together. Their counteroffer of having them both train her together gives Raine hope that she may actually find happiness with both men. But nothing is easy for these three as they must learn to communicate and trust one another.
While there is still plenty of angst and drama in this installment in The Doms of her Life series, I don’t feel like it’s the same kind of angst. In One Dom to Love, much of the angst was due to a lack of communication between the characters. This time around, the drama is due to the secrets and truths that are revealed as they ALL learn to communicate with one another. While failures to communicate still occur, they do so at a decreasing level as their story progresses. Learning about the events that led Raine to Macen’s alley bring both her and his behaviors into perspective. Her walls and tendency to run are completely understandable, as is Macen’s protectiveness. Getting to know Beck even better was an added bonus to this installment as was the introduction of Seth. I’m not sure that the trio would have made as much progress as they did in this book were it not for the two men. The Young and the Submissive has joined One Dom to Love on my re-read shelf. Thank goodness I have less than a month to wait for book three, The Bold and the Dominant, to find out what the authors have in store for the trio.
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