Customer Reviews for

The Submissive (Submissive Trilogy Series)

Average Rating 4
( 153 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(68)

4 Star

(51)

3 Star

(17)

2 Star

(7)

1 Star

(10)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Sharon & posted at Under the Cove

Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Sharon & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“I really enjoyed the heck of it.” ~Under the Covers

Another fan fiction/Fifty book you ask?

Yes…it is exactly that. Well, not exactly. Apparently, this is the book that E.L. James got some...
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Sharon & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“I really enjoyed the heck of it.” ~Under the Covers

Another fan fiction/Fifty book you ask?

Yes…it is exactly that. Well, not exactly. Apparently, this is the book that E.L. James got some of her ideas from…that and Twilight. And while I didn’t really get a lot of Twilight from this book, you can definitely see the things that E.L. James picked out of it. As far as it being a fan fiction, the only clue I had was the lack of the character’s physical descriptions.

That being said, I really enjoyed the heck of it. I’m not sure what’s happened but this story line has not gotten old for me. Each story seems to have enough differences to keep me entertained…and entertained I was.

For me, this story seemed to deal more with the BDSM side of things. Right from the start, Abigail (Abby) is going in for an interview with Nathaniel to be his submissive. She has had a “thing” for him since he had a hand in helping save her Mother’s house. The problem is that she has no experience being a sub and Nathaniel doesn’t train submissives but he decides to make an exception in her case.

There’s a contract to sign, medical forms to fill out, exercise programs to follow as well as eating and sleeping requirements and BAM, come Friday at 6 pm it’s time for the festivities. Nathaniel has a couple of rules…he doesn’t do kissing and his subs do not spend the night in his bed. That really didn’t bother me too much except he had Abby sleep on a pallet on his bedroom floor sometimes and I didn’t really care for that. I wish I could say she didn’t either but while she wasn’t happy about it, she was happy to fulfill her submissive role…whatever Mr. West wanted. I don’t know a whole lot about BDSM but it seemed like this was very light. There was only one instance where I felt things went a bit far.

Abby was easy to like. Even though she’s a librarian, she’s not shy or hesitant and she knows what she wants and that’s Nathaniel anyway she can get him.

Nathaniel on the other hand is a bit cold. You can tell there is something going on there and slowly, things start to add up from the little pieces of information we get from his friends. It’s a great little twist!

The cast of characters are really enjoyable and they are the ones that help shed some light for Abby and maybe give her a bit too much of a push into thinking this arrangement could actually be a relationship. Nathaniel’s dog, Apollo, also plays a big part and you can’t help but love him.

One of the main differences of this story is Abby and Nathaniel’s love of books especially poetry. I love the little game they play with trying to figure out who said what. But my most favorite thing was when Nathaniel visited Abby at her work and left her a rose…a cream colored rose with rose tipped petals. Her coworker explained what the rose meant from a poem:

“The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;

For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.”


There’s some pretty steamy scenes, some are pretty straight up BDSM but others are a bit more daring and romantic. There’s one at the Super Bowl and at the piano that are muy caliente!

There definitely is drama and we get a good amount of it! For every little crack that Abby puts in Nathaniel’s tough facade, Nathaniel builds it back up “brick by brick.” It’s extremely frustrating!

The ending sets things up nicely for the next book called The Dominant which sounds like it will be from Nathaniel’s POV or at least part of it. I am sooo looking forward to that!

Favorite quotes:

♥ “Thank you for escorting me on my tour of the Rare Books Collection.”

♥ “You think it’s different for me?”

♥ “You’re still mine. Even with this off.”

♥ “Now that,” he said against my neck, “was an amazing half-time show.”

♥ “Turpentine.”

♥ “You were the goddess I longed to worship. My unobtainable dream. The relationship I could never hope to have.”

*Review copy provided by publish

posted by Under_The_Covers_BookBlog on February 23, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

If you are looking for an easy mindless read then this is a GREA

If you are looking for an easy mindless read then this is a GREAT book for you. However, if you are looking for a book that is intelligently written along with being steamy, than I would look elsewhere for your guilty pleasure read. 
The dialogue is cheesy, the plot is ...
If you are looking for an easy mindless read then this is a GREAT book for you. However, if you are looking for a book that is intelligently written along with being steamy, than I would look elsewhere for your guilty pleasure read. 
The dialogue is cheesy, the plot is almost exactly the same as other erotica novels (as well as twilight), and the characters and their developments are neither consistent nor realistic. There is a lack of physical descriptions (aside obviously from the sexual ones) so we really don't know what any of the characters really look like aside from his ex girlfriend and a few minor details of the main characters.
I could go on but not wanting to repeat myself I can just say that overall this is a poorly written, borderline plagiarized, unimaginative book. However I don't blame the author, I blame the publisher who allowed themselves to put their name on it. 

posted by VictoriaLucas on March 17, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 21 – 40 of 153 Customer Reviews
Page 2 of 8
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    The submissive

    Loved the book hope books2 and3 are longer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    QUESTION

    So is the dominent going to be this book again but from his view?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Great!!!!!!!

    Amazing story

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommend!!

    Excellent book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    highly recommened

    kept you intersted. can't waite for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Entertaining

    Predictable but entertaining. Looking forward to the rest of the story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Must read

    I love it..... Its almost like 50 shades of grey but better...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Love it

    I can't wait until July for book number two. Love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Wow

    Great book - did not drag out at all!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Good Series

    Enjoyed the story and characters but wish the whole story was already out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Great!

    Great book, could not set it down! Can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Great Page Turner..

    Wonderful book! Kept my interest peaked and I could see that similarities to Fifty Shades of Grey but I was completely fine with that. Looking forward to the next one, the Dominant!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Can't wait for the next in the series.

    Can't wait for the next in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    great series

    Loved it can't wait till the next book hope its sooner rather than later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 17, 2013

    If you are looking for an easy mindless read then this is a GREA

    If you are looking for an easy mindless read then this is a GREAT book for you. However, if you are looking for a book that is intelligently written along with being steamy, than I would look elsewhere for your guilty pleasure read. 
    The dialogue is cheesy, the plot is almost exactly the same as other erotica novels (as well as twilight), and the characters and their developments are neither consistent nor realistic. There is a lack of physical descriptions (aside obviously from the sexual ones) so we really don't know what any of the characters really look like aside from his ex girlfriend and a few minor details of the main characters.
    I could go on but not wanting to repeat myself I can just say that overall this is a poorly written, borderline plagiarized, unimaginative book. However I don't blame the author, I blame the publisher who allowed themselves to put their name on it. 

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Same oh

    Good fast read. Enjoyed Grey series more . Not as grapic but okay.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    it was good

    it was good, but towards the end it seems like the arthor started page filling...I got a little uninterested

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Loved It. .

    I loved everything about this book. Can't wait for part 2..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    A GREAT SHORT SERIES!

    The first in the series, The Submissive, is her side of the story. The second in the series, The Dominant, is his side of the story. And then they move to the third book, The Training, which is them together trying to figure out how BE together. Wonderful series. I like how it is split between the first book and second. Although its the same events, you get a different story from two different perspectives.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Love it

    The book was very good. Very hard to put down. To me better than 50 shades

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 21 – 40 of 153 Customer Reviews
Page 2 of 8