The Collar

Tara Me Sue
The Collar
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Penguin Audio
Release Date
July 2015
Book 5 of Submissive
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

The New York Times bestselling author of The Submissive returns with a scintillating new tale about power, danger, and jaw-dropping passion....

Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…

Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena's doubts, they couldn't stay away from each other.

Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they'd rather forget, but Dena can't let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they'll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 05, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
200 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "2nd Chance to Submit" Stars for the story and 4 stars for the narration!

Lovers of BDSM titles will not want to miss the Submissive Series. Reminding me of one of my favorite BDSM Series, The Club Sin Series by Stacey Kennedy, THE COLLAR had me enraptured from the very beginning. From its attention on the push and pull between the main couple--who although perfect in the bedroom, come from polar opposite upbringings--to its detailing of the numerous friendships that have been built from their shared interests in dom/sub play at a local club, I loved all aspects of this listen. Furthermore, the talented narration by Angelica Lee also makes this a perfect choice for a hot and steamy listen.

For those of you who are wondering if this title can be enjoyed as a standalone, the answer is yes, it can! In fact, this is the only book that I have listened to in this series (though I now plan to remedy that soon)! In that regard, I will note that although listening to this series in order is essential to a complete understanding of all of the secondary characters in this novel, Dena's and Jeff's love story is fully contained within THE COLLAR.

Seeking relief from her otherwise overly controlled life, Dena Jenkins, the daughter of an influential politician who is short-listed for the vice presidency and a powerhouse lawyer in her own right, decides to try her hand at relinquishing control at a BDSM club. There she meets Jeff, a blue collar raised dominant, who after earning his GED became a personal investigator. Irrespective of their differences outside the playroom, Dena soon finds herself calling Jeff "master" as his collared submissive.

However, when a personal tragedy and family pressures culminate in the termination of their relationship, both remain involved in the BDSM club and occasionally even play in training sessions together, but they otherwise keep their distance. Living in this limbo has its own pressures and after several years, Jeff finally decides that before they can both fully move on, he will create some distance between them by moving out of the area, for at least a short while.

However, when a personal threat arises, Jeff puts his moving plans on hold in order to fulfill Dena's wish that he personally investigate the threat. Soon they are forced to reevaluate their past decisions as their mutual chemistry once again becomes undeniable. But can they get over the past hurdles that caused their relationship to end prematurely? Moreover, will Jeff be able to pinpoint the cause of the threats against Dena before it's too late?

The narration of THE COLLAR is provided mostly by Angelica Lee with a small cameo appearance at the end by John Michael Morgan (which basically seems like an introduction to the next Submissive title). Given the brevity of Mr. Morgan's appearance, I will limit the review of the performance to Ms. Lee's role.

Ms. Lee excels in a number of the factors that I look for in a good audiobook production. In that regard, both her male and female voices sound authentic and are easily distinguishable from one another, making the reliance on dialogue tags unnecessary and allowing you to sit back and enjoy the story. Additionally, Ms. Lee also did a great job at producing slightly different intonations for each of one of the large cast members of the same gender, thereby also allowing you to know who was speaking just by listening.

Ms. Lee also does a relatively good job at conveying the particular mood of the scene just by her inflection and delivery. For example, you could feel the heightened suspense in the scenes where Dena and Jeff are dealing with the potential threat against Dena. Perhaps the one area where I did feel that the delivery may have been slightly dramatic--although arguably any BDSM scene is naturally heated--was in the passionate scenes. Nonetheless, I still found the narration in general to be enjoyable and to add to the story as a whole.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed both the extremely erotic, hot BDSM scenes, as well as, the personal struggles and suspense element of this listen. Now, I can't wait to listen to more of The Submissive Series!
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