Monday, December 7, 2015

The Subs Club by J.A. Rock

Title: The Subs Club
Author: J.A. Rock
My Rating: A-

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Subs Club #1
Main Characters: David and David
Release Date:  December 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
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.

—Dave

My Review:
This series is about a group of 4 friends who all happen to be subs. They used to be a group of 5, but one of them died during a BDSM scene. That death has left them all reeling and they don't know how to go about continuing their lifestyle. Knowing that doing this...putting themselves and their trust in someone else's hand...could cause their death is not an easy thing to accept. And they are all dealing with it their own way. 

This book is about how David is handling it. I'll give you a hint...not well. He's terrified now to sub or to let his friends do it either. The fact of the matter is you never really can know who the other person truly is that you're giving ALL the control to. So he has an idea...a website called the Subs Club where other subs can post warnings about Doms that don't always follow the safest protocols. The entire purpose is to protect, but things spin out of control quickly. 

David isn't an easy character and a lot of that is because he's so confused. He's a complex guy...and that plays out in his need for BDSM. He needs the domination to center him, but HATES giving up that control. He needs discipline and often uses his bratty side to gain it. This is even worse since his friend died. His interactions with the Disciplinarian illustrate that beautifully. The Disciplinarian wants his subs to do things his way...no questions asked, but David can't give up total control like that even when he thinks D might be able to really help him. He just can't...

This book is so rich with realism. Both of these guys have doubts and issues. Neither is really as sure about what they're doing as they'd like to be or have others think they are. They are floundering and there's a beauty in that vulnerability that comes across the page. Both David's...both Dom and sub (yes, they have the same name.) The book is told entirely from sub-David's point of view, but the author did a great job showing the emotions behind Dom-David, too. He's trying, but he's human with human emotions, too. So many Doms in fiction are alpha, tough, and always confident. I liked that Dom-David wasn't that way. He gets frustrated and sad when things don't go right. He gets hurt by a lot of sub-David's actions. He felt real and that made this book brilliant. 

None of these guys are bad guys...not even the Dom involved in the death. They're human. They make mistakes. But what these four are trying to do is minimize those. No, they may not go about it the best way, but I am so looking forward to seeing how they continue to progress.

Note: I love the way that J.A. Rock described the group as the boy band and that little description of each of them helped solidify each of them in my mind especially for the first few chapters of this book when there are a lot of characters being introduced. It was really well done. 

I can't wait to read the rest of the series. This was a fabulous start. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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