Review: Saved By His Submissive
Saved By His Submissive by Angel Payne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Conflicted dominant hero tangles with sexually enslaved girl could turn out real bad. Garrett Hawkins is a man with nothing to lose. He still has a family with parents and siblings, but his heart is MIA ever since his fiancée, Sage Weston, is pronounced dead. There isn't even a body to bury her and bring closure. Garrett is a Special Forces guy who enters a depressed phase of his life. During this time, his best friend helps by training him as a sexual dominant. When Sage is found alive, over a year later, Garrett now wrestles with his dark dominance. He doesn't want to taint her with this ugliness.
The BDSM in this story is mild and good for those who are taking a step past SugarKink. Ms. Payne presents the BDSM scenes in a decent manner. The body used to restraint another is sexy imagery and definitely kinks up this story. From a BDSM lifestyle perspective, it's a bit odd. BDSM is not used for therapy. In fact, those in the lifestyle discourage people from engaging in BDSM play if they need psychological help. The main reason is because it is a danger to both the Top and bottom.
For this story to work, it seems Garrett needed to be in conflict with himself. He loathed the idea of "beating" a woman, yet for over a year, he goes to BDSM clubs to flog, spank, whip or something with women. This poses an interesting paradox. Women to him are either Madonnas or whores. A reader can extrapolate this because of his insistence against any kinky sex with Sage. Because she's "above" all that nasty deviance. Wow. So all these women he's topped must be completely undesirables. This is just what a bottom or submissive wants to hear or know from a dominant they are scene-ing with. How can one build trust if the Top views a bottom as unworthy? Fortunately Sage smacks some sense into him. While Garrett still struggles with his sexual desires, Sage helps him take a step towards sexual ease.
The suspense part of this story is fine. It's the standard evil sex trafficker who won't let a female get the better of him. So of course, he goes to great lengths to punish her. The story flows smoothly with little surprises. There is a bit of a twist which enhances the tale and sets up the next installment in this series nicely. The pace of the story is good. There are enough down times to help differentiate the hot sexy interludes.
Overall, this is an easy read and recommended for kinky romance readers who love their tormented alpha males.
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