The Subs Club

J.A. Rock
The Subs Club
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
December 2015
Book 1 of The Subs Club

A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent "dom." So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it's okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you're gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I'll spank it.

Not that I'd ever trust anyone with that kind of control.

I'm gonna redefine "battle of wills" for the Disciplinarian. Or I'm gonna bone him. It's hard to say.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Oct 27, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
209 people found the following review helpful
Five friends. One tragic death. Can the four friends find a way forward and begin to heal?

Dave and his three friends try to work through their grief after losing one of their best friends during a scene at a local BDSM club. It's been over a year, and the pain is still fresh. Dave still hasn't come to terms with what has happened and is extremely upset that the Dom responsible was found innocent in court. He tries to work through his issues by spending time with his friends and trying to find other outlets for his grief. He turns to another Dave, the Disciplinarian, for guidance. He ends up with more than he bargained for in a good way.

The Disciplinarian is trying his best to give Dave what he needs, including spankings, an enema, a caning, and the hardest thing for Dave, learning to be silent. While Dave and the Disciplinarian develop their relationship, Dave is also busy starting a website called The Subs Club. It's meant to be an outlet for other subs to share reviews on Doms in the hopes that nobody else has to die at the hands of somebody who doesn't know what they're doing. I liked the concept of this website, the drama that surrounded it, and the related consequences.

This was only told from Dave's point of view, and I never felt like I really got to know the Disciplinarian very well. The two seemed to play well together, but it was the relationship side that was a bit too light for my tastes. Romance aside, Dave's voice was strong and interesting. Without a doubt, this author consistently writes very real and unique characters. We spent quite a bit of time during the story with the other three intriguing characters which set us up for the next several books in the series.

Finding discipline, no matter the source, can sometimes make all of the difference in the world.
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Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Nov 13, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
150 people found the following review helpful
Bratty, bratty, bratty! Oh boy, Dave needed a good spanking.

Dave and his friends were tired of the same stuff from the same Doms. Their friend had recently died during a scene and because of that, they wanted more open dialogue between subs and doms. They wanted subs to be able to voice their concerns and to be taken seriously, so they started an online group called The Subs Club. A safe place where they could have discussions, voice concerns, and even talk about--and rate--local Doms. Dave decided to take on The Disciplinarian for review. Only, he got more than he bargained for.

The Disciplinarian, or D, caught Dave's attention before the idea of the blog came about. D had his work cut out for him with Dave. Dave was such a brat and so defiant. I really loved the dynamic between them. They were very different, an opposites attract type of couple, but they worked so well together. They were all around great together--during a discipline scene, in the bedroom and when they were just hanging out.

There was a lot of spanking and discipline, but this was a surprisingly light read. I think most of them stemmed from Dave, as this was told from his POV. He was witty, charming and very loyal to his friends. The way he took care of them made him so easy to like. Don't get me wrong, he was a total pain, but cute.

'Don't smile like that. It makes me nervous.'
'It's cute, though. Right?'
'Unlikely animal friends are cute. You are terrifying.'
I laughed. 'Really?'

Yes, Dave was a little terrifying. D did not have an easy task in front of him with Dave. As much as I loved Dave, I think I enjoyed D even more. He's this manly dude with a pornstache who loves bacon. He had a hard time with intimacy, but beneath the macho exterior he was a big softy.

The only reason I had to go with four stars is because the end was cut too short. Just one more page would have been perfect. I don't feel like the HEA was fully realized and I was so bummed to see The End.

I am totally sold on this group of friends and can't wait to read more about their kinky ways. THE SUBS CLUB was a really fun read.
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