The Submission Gift

Solace Ames
The Submission Gift
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Carina Press
Release Date
March 2014
Book 2 of LA Doms
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Newlyweds Jay and Adriana had a happy marriage and a spectacular sex life—until tragedy struck. Wounded in a car accident, Jay spent a year recuperating while Adriana worked overtime as a chef to pay their bills. Though he's made nearly a full recovery, some aspects of their intimate play will never be the same. It's a small price to pay, all things considered.

But when a long struggle with the insurance company results in an overdue payout, Jay has a plan. He'll take some of it and hire a high-end rent boy who specializes in sexual dominance. Not for him, but as a gift for Adriana, for taking care of him for the past twelve months.

Paul is the handsome stranger they choose…and the one who changes everything. What starts out as a onetime session to fulfill a fantasy turns into something bigger than all of them. But when the money runs out and Paul's dangerous past resurfaces, the sacrifices required to stay together may end up tearing them apart…

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Apr 24, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
245 people found the following review helpful
As an experienced reader, it takes a lot to shock me, but author Solace Ames' foray into the world of polyamory did just that.

THE SUBMISSION GIFT centers around Jay and Adriana, a married couple who are finding a new normal following Jay's car accident. In order to meet all of Adriana's needs for domination, Jay turns to the Internet where he finds Paul. Paul enters their lives initially through a financial arrangement but stays when the money runs out.

The author delves deeply into the relationship dynamics between the three individuals. With BDSM, ménage and m/m activity, there's not a lot left on the to do list. The three indulge in a fully functional triad, complete with all the challenges that accompany this type of arrangement.

From a heat standpoint, this is not for the faint at heart. The scenes are hard core, particularly as Adriana explores her submissive self and need for pain. Although married to a woman, Jay wants to fulfill his bisexual desires. Meanwhile, Paul simply wants to be able to create a place where he is wanted for himself, not for the pleasure he can provide.

The author uses those scenes as a basis for developing the new relationship between the three people. The storyline also takes a twist when Paul's history is revealed.

Even though it took me way out of my comfort zone, I have to give the author credit for creating a well-developed piece of work. Her characters are multi-faceted with real challenges. It is a different perspective that many readers may not be used to, but this is a perfect introduction.
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