Who’s ready for a little BDSM fun? I know I am. I’m not into BDSM in my personal sex life but I love reading about other people doing it. I may or may not be guilty of watching some a time or two.
The Flirtation by Tara Sue Me is the tenth in the Submissive Series. I never read one through nine, so it is safe to say that this is a complete standalone.
I’m probably going to get a little bit messy here but for the most part I will keep it pretty.
First, a word from the author. . .
Lynne has not wanted for anything since she began working as Nathaniel and Abby’s nanny—until the night they invite her to a group BDSM meeting. The abrupt breakup she had with her last Dom made her turn her back on the lifestyle, but now she’s ready to dive back in. When she starts chatting on online BDSM message boards, she’s shocked to discover Simon, her former Dom, is a frequent poster—and even more shocked at herself when she creates a secret identity and strikes up a conversation.
After messaging with a mysterious submissive online, Simon forms an immediate connection. Lynne and Simon’s D/s relationship grows in intensity, but can their relationship survive after the truth is exposed, and Lynne’s identity is laid bare?
I want to start by saying that I could not grasp a personal connection with the book. In all fairness, I have a pretty good reason behind it.
- It’s written in the third person. That automatically creates a distance between the reader and the story.
- The character’s personality was difficult to nail down because the writing was all over the place.
- The female character lacked character development and was very weak-minded.
I know that many women in the BDSM world are very confident, self assured women and Lynne was not.
Simon was an okay Dom but not anything that made me excited. But, he also lacked the drive to fight for his way to get the woman he cares for. Considering the fact that less than a year ago, Simon breaks up with Lynne for reasons she is unaware of. A real Dom would not have done that, they would have maned up and said what they were feelings, IMO.
There were too many cliche, been there, done that, moments for me. The entire book was predictable. I found myself more invested in the side characters just to keep myself entertained. I was constantly felt like something was missing (Tara Sue Me should have asked me to beta read this book. We could have come up with a few more things.) I’m not 100% for sure what was missing but it is lacking. The were no EXPLOSIVE moments, no angst, no suspense, no bells and whistles, it was just there.
If you’ve read one or two BDSM books than you will most likely feel like you have read this one too. There wasn’t anything special about the book. I don’t know what the previous nine books were about, so I can’t say if they were better or worse than the others and this was was just a fluffed piece.
Let’s turn this around to some of the good points in the book. . .
Lynne had a very cute way of gaining Simon’s attention again after he drop her months ago like a sack of hot potatoes. She started to own her sexuality and accept the kink she was into. Even though her ways of getting Simon’s attention were kind of childish, that made for a decent storyline.
I loved that the author didn’t make Simon out to be this rich as hell man who commands everyone around him around. He was just a normal guy, with a normal job, with a normal heart. That was a refreshing change from the typical BDSM books. But, not to worry, as normal as he was, he had some sexy as sin kink in him.
All in all, it wasn’t a horrible read that I regret, which is good.
Do I recommend this book? No. I only recommend books that I connect to.
Will I read another book by this author? No. I don’t like reading books written in the third person.
I’m proud of myself for not getting overly messy! I going to spend a little time getting pretty again.
TTYL, lovers. . .
Stalk all things messy. . .