The Collar by Tara Sue Me #Review

Posted July 6, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 21 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Collar by Tara Sue Me #Review
The Collar

One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by NAL
Released on July 7, 2015
Pages: 314
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

Get it at: add to goodreads

This is my first Tara Sue Me romance story and I am on the fence on whether to go back and start the series at the beginning which I think is all about one couple or even to continue on with the series. I can’t say I loved it nor can I say I hate this book. I fell more into the it was ok, but I could have skipped it mode. With that, it can be read as a standalone book, which relieved my mind.

The story is about Jeff and Dana, former lovers and a couple who hit hard times and now are apart. Jeff’s a former police officer with a bad home life and now runs a security company. Dena on the other hand is a Senator’s daughter who has had pretty much every luxury, but really is down to earth. A prosecuting attorney, she has done well for herself and doesn’t want all the asperations her father has placed on her shoulders. Throughout the story you get snatches of their past and what ultimately drove them apart.

But back to the present.

The book opens us with Dena getting threatening phone calls and packages. It keeps escalating until she one night when she is supposed to do a training session with Jeff, she is late and sassying off to Jeff. Whoooah there. Yep, Jeff punishes her then they get tot he nitty gritty that she needs to move in with him while he investigates who’s threatening her. With heartache dodging his heels, Jeff was on his way to moving back home to take over his father’s business only to learn his father is dying of cancer. A lot of subplots going on with all these blasts to the past as well.

While I felt there was a draw between Dena and Jeff, it didn’t fill me with the need to see these two get back together. They both crave the dominant submissive dynamic, but it felt kind of cold in the present situations. Dena had needs and Jeff wasn’t willing to risk his heart by seeing to his own needs. These two seemed so messed up of what happened in the past that it kept interfering with what they wanted and needed. It became a lot of work to figure out if they were meant to be together or not that I lost all desire to read any sexy scenes because one of the other left unsatisfied (mostly Jeff).

While I think to each their own, I do have some BDSM things that I really don’t care to read about. One of them happened in this book. Kiss of the feet. To me it is more humiliating than really any reverence or handing over of the power. Again, each their own and I don’t bash them for it, just isn’t something that lights my fire.

Overall, it was just an ok story that left me looking for something that evoked more emotion and some sexual tension.

The following two tabs change content below.
Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

Tags: , , ,

21
Leave a Reply

avatar
10 Comment threads
11 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
9 Comment authors
Jennifer @ The Book NymphoLindy GomezShari Delighted ReadBraine TSLola Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Lanies Book Thoughts
Guest

Eh, kinda sounds like a weird story to me. I’m gonna go with the flow and move past this one. It’s a shame you had lost interest with this one and it didnt just work out so you could follow it easier. This sounds like one of those that’s all wishy-washy.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

I have heard the author’s name a lot so that is why I tried it. It’s not a horrible book, but sometimes a little too predictable. I understood where their problem was, but I hoped they both would just talk and not accuse each other.

Lanies Book Thoughts
Guest

I get that, sometimes the most obvious solution to put in books gets overlooked for more drama filled pages.

Angela @ Simply Angela
Guest

I’ve been on the fence about this one. One minute I think I want to read it, the next I think I’ll pass.

Lola
Guest

It’s always a bit disapointing when a book falls in the just okay category, especially when you were hoping for more. It sounds like the past messes up their present quite a lot. I don’t mind it when the past plays a role, but it sounds like here it keeps the character back too much. That doesn’t sound fun when in every sex scene one of the two is left unsatisfied.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

Others might love this one, I just couldn’t get into loving it. Maybe I just had a off day or two. I will probably give her books another try to make sure it wasn’t just that particular book. And nope, most of the sex scenes weren’t fun because they weren’t done for fun or love, but to deal with situations.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

I just think I need a break from BDSM for a while.

Angela @ Simply Angela
Guest

I’ve been on the fence about this one. One minute I think I want to read it, the next I think I’ll pass.

Lover Of Romance
Guest

I have a hard time with more in depth BDSM themed books, I just can’t ever like them very much. I don’t mind when its lighter elements. I might try the first book one day and see what I think but I have a feeling I might not like it too much. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one though.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

The BDSM wasn’t so harsh as much as I didn’t like a few elements. Just not sure I liked the writing style.

Sophia Rose
Guest

I was offered a book from earlier in the series, but the BDSM seemed too intense for me at the time. Some of them work so hard on certain aspects that there isn’t balance in the story like with the relationship feeling right. Glad you were able to give a new to you author a try, but sorry it wasn’t a hit.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

BDSM isn’t your thing 🙂 This one was a little deeper but it also dealt with issues outside of the BDSM realm. Just not what I was looking for.

Lola
Guest

It’s always a bit disapointing when a book falls in the just okay category, especially when you were hoping for more. It sounds like the past messes up their present quite a lot. I don’t mind it when the past plays a role, but it sounds like here it keeps the character back too much. That doesn’t sound fun when in every sex scene one of the two is left unsatisfied.

Braine TS
Guest

Yeah, I’ll skip this. I’m tired of BDSM, I’ve read more than my fair share. So for me to read another one, it has to be GREAT.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

I am about at the same point of ditching BDSM for a while. Just burned out on them.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

I am about at the same point of ditching BDSM for a while. Just burned out on them.

Lindy Gomez
Guest
Lindy Gomez

I need emotion in my stories with the sex. BDSM isn’t really my thing, but I find certain aspects of the lifestyle interesting. Nevertheless, it sounds like this story completely focused on this aspect, and the story wasn’t as well rounded as you would have liked. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Lindy@A Bookish Escape

Lindy Gomez
Guest
Lindy Gomez

I need emotion in my stories with the sex. BDSM isn’t really my thing, but I find certain aspects of the lifestyle interesting. Nevertheless, it sounds like this story completely focused on this aspect, and the story wasn’t as well rounded as you would have liked. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Lindy@A Bookish Escape

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

There was more than just sex, but at times they just needed relief from the pressure, pain, sadness. They weren’t cold. Jeff was more about protecting himself from the pain of her leaving again. I don’t mind BDSM, but it was a tool to get what they wanted in the present part of the story.

Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
Guest
Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

I’ve been tempted to give this series a try but I think I’m getting to my BDSM limit and will need to take a break from the genre soon. But I’ve put a pin in this series to check out at some point.

Shari Delighted Read
Guest
Shari Delighted Read

I have totally hit my BDSM and MC Romance limit. I finished an MC one yesterday and just wanted to scream. Then I couldn’t find a book that grabbed my interest. Still can’t so I am trying just clean the palate and try again tomorrow with maybe a sweet contemporary or action packed paranormal.

This isn’t a horrible story, just didn’t thrill me. Sometimes I just need a break to get better perspective.