The Submission Gift

The Submission Gift

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by Solace Ames
     
 

Newlyweds Jay and Adriana had a happy marriage and a spectacular sex life—until tragedy struck. Wounded in a car accident, Jay spent a year recuperating while Adriana worked overtime as a chef to pay their bills. Though he's made nearly a full recovery, some aspects of their intimate play will never be the same. It's a small price to pay, all things considered

Overview

Newlyweds Jay and Adriana had a happy marriage and a spectacular sex life—until tragedy struck. Wounded in a car accident, Jay spent a year recuperating while Adriana worked overtime as a chef to pay their bills. Though he's made nearly a full recovery, some aspects of their intimate play will never be the same. It's a small price to pay, all things considered.

But when a long struggle with the insurance company results in an overdue payout, Jay has a plan. He'll take some of it and hire a high-end rent boy who specializes in sexual dominance. Not for him, but as a gift for Adriana, for taking care of him for the past twelve months.

Paul is the handsome stranger they choose…and the one who changes everything. What starts out as a onetime session to fulfill a fantasy turns into something bigger than all of them. But when the money runs out and Paul's dangerous past resurfaces, the sacrifices required to stay together may end up tearing them apart…

100,000 words

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/03/2014
A husband hires a "rent boy" to satisfy his submission-craving wife, with no idea of the consequences for all three of them, in Ames's debut, a tender, erotic ménage romance. Paul is financing his studies with sex work, a sideline that allows him to indulge in his talent for domination. He's hired by Javier, who's recovering from a severe car accident, to provide Jay's wife, Adriana, a tough-as-nails chef, with the rough play that has never come naturally to sweet-natured Jay. What starts out as a sexy threesome evolves into a nuanced look at polyamory and BDSM, as Ames navigates physical disability, race, and sexuality. But Paul is hiding a secret that could destroy everything they've built together, and his past can't stay buried for long. The journey to the eventual revelation is an enjoyable one, studded with sex scenes urgent and lazy, kinky and vanilla; despite the one-note title, there's something for everyone here. The plot is a slow burn—but as Paul shows Jay and Adriana, slow can be the most satisfying. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426898280
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
03/24/2014
Series:
LA Doms
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
193,100
File size:
483 KB

Meet the Author

Solace Ames is a Japanese-American woman with roots in the Southeast US, although her heart lives somewhere along the Pacific coast of Mexico. She’s worked in restaurants, strip clubs, academia and the corporate world, and studied everything from the philosophy of science to queer theory to medieval Spanish literature. Rejecting neat  categories, her writing sprawls across genres and genders. Along with writing, education and political activism are her passions. 

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The Submission Gift 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Those looking for a steamy read will get exactly that in this atmospheric story where the BDSM scenes are intense and not for the faint of heart and the concept of marriage and commitment takes on a very modern meaning. I've not read anything by Ms. Ames before and commend her on crafting a story that pulled me in against my will as the BDSM scenes were a bit too intense even for me at times. That didn't keep me from finding this a compelling read though the story did go over the top occasionally with the numerous acts that befell the main characters from a crazed co-worker to a druggie client. Adriana and Jay are very secure in their feelings for each other and this helped make their connection to Paul believable. They were happy with each other but wanted someone to make their kinks acceptable. Paul took aware their fears of acceptance by being their guide and giving them an outlet full of praise and adoration. He made them stronger by pushing their limits. Jay was a very caring person who took responsibility for everything and Paul taught him to let things go. He gave strength to Adriana by giving her power in their sexual play though it doesn't seem that way to readers not in the BDSM world. She started to stand up for herself and went after what she wanted. They're a great couple who have had a lot of hardships befall them where true happiness is found only during their sexual encounters. Paul is not your average hero and is a bit unlikable at times. He's a BDSM master who takes on clients as a job while struggling to get through architecture school. He has a murky past that still haunts him today and leaves him with few options while making amends. His life fell apart because of a previous relationship with a couple and is leery of having that happen again, but can't help being drawn to Adriana and Jay. Paul is desperate to start living as, until now, he's just been existing. He cut off his emotions and had virtually no one to care about him until the fateful night he met this unconventional couple who saw him as someone worth caring about. Theirs is a rocky journey to a mostly HEA. The BDSM scenes range from mild to VERY INTENSE and were squirm-inducing once or twice. These scenes didn't detract from the surprising emotional connections allowed to flourish during quieter moments. Scenes not associated with their ménage were over the top and felt intrusive. When devoted to just this trio it was easy to become immersed in their story with the dream-like feel of their couplings. This is the second book in the LA Doms series but it can definitely be read on its own. Though I had some issues with this story I ultimately found it a compelling read and highly recommend it to fans of the BDSM genre as it gives a very realistic portrayal of the lifestyle. 3.75 STARS!
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