Despite being familiar with the different games people play in the bedroom, she’s never given in to her curiosity about putting her body in someone else’s power—until a chance meeting with Daniel Covington, the seductive Senior VP of Weston Bank, draws her into a titillating new world of sexual experience, one that she never knew she desperately needed.
Daniel is highly respected within his community, but he hasn’t had an exclusive relationship for over two years. Yet Julie’s eager innocence is driving him to the brink of ecstasy, making him rethink his feelings about commitment.
As their sizzling connection heats up, Daniel is ready to take Julie fully under his command. But when the dangerous side of their play rears its ugly head, Julie will have to decide if she trusts him enough to surrender completely—or if she should escape before she gets burned…
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. 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 family, two dogs, and a cat.
Seduced By Fire by Tara Sue Me
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was excited to read Tara Sue Me’s new book Seduced By Fire, and was so happy when I received an ARC for review. I can’t lie and say that a lot of it didn’t feel familiar to me in the beginning. Young, somewhat innocent young woman meets a wealthy man with a sexual secret, aka: he’s a Dominant in the local BDSM scene. And she’s harbored secret submissive feelings for quite a while. This was definitely reminiscent of The Submissive, which I read when it was Twific.
Julie is a florist – a modest job for a modest woman. She’s in business with her best friend, who also happens to be a submissive. And one day she meets Daniel, who is in her flower shop making a purchase with his grandmother. She feels an instant connection to him, an attraction she can’t deny. And that attraction is mutual. Neither of them can stop thinking of the other.
They begin a relationship that starts on the vanilla side of things, but after a surprising reveal of Daniel’s sexual proclivities, they delve into a BDSM relationship, allowing Julie to explore her submissive tendencies.
Things I loved about this book:
• Daniel is a swoony, hot man. He is tender when he needs to be, and firm and unyielding when he needs to be.
• I love that Tara Sue Me explores all the sides of a D/s relationship, and not just the sexual kink. She really delves into the mindset of both the Dominant and submissive.
• The conflict. It was realistic to me, and it addressed questions I’ve sincerely had about what it must be like to explore this kind of sexual relationship as a novice.
Things I didn’t love so much:
• Daniel. Now, I know I said I loved him above, and I did. But Daniel is the perfect hero, who always says and does the perfect thing. And while that’s great for fantasy, I do enjoy reading about a hero who is flawed. He never came across as flawed at all.
• I find it unrealistic that every character in this book (Daniel’s grandmother aside) was involved in the BDSM scene. Especially the fact that both of their best friends were.
• The conflict resolution was a bit too tied up in a bow for me. While I kind of felt the suffering of the two main characters, I never once questioned whether they would be able to work out their differences.
I’ve thought a lot about this book today, and I’ve hovered over the similarities to The Submissive quite a bit. And what I’ve ultimately come up with is this: there are probably going to be similarities in any BDSM book because of the themes. And while some of it felt very familiar, I enjoy Tara Sue Me’s writing style enough that I wanted to keep turning pages. That says a lot about her ability to tell a compelling story.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming installments in this series. And she did a great job setting up the love stories we’ll read in the future. I’m particularly interested in where she’s going to take Cole. This was definitely a solid, enjoyable read. And I expected nothing less.
Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for our honest thoughts!