My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Title: The Collar
Author: Tara Sue Me
Series: Submissive, #5
Date: July 7, 2015
Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…
Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.
Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…
I didn’t dislike this book, but I didn’t like it either. I thought it was rather meh.
I didn’t feel a connection to Dena or Jeff and I didn’t really feel a connection between them if that makes sense. They had lived together for years as D/s before a tragedy tore them apart, so there should have been something there. In this book, they are making their way back to each other.
The book switches between present day and their earlier relationship. I did like the way this explained the backstory to someone who had not read the earlier books. In fact, the only time I felt a connection with the characters was during the scene where they broke up. It was the only time the emotion felt real to me.
You know how there are certain things in books that are “hard limits” to you as a reader. For example, I will not read a book in which either character cheats. Well, I found a new one with this book. During their scenes, Dena kisses his feet. No, just no. I never knew that was an issue for me, but I had a really strong negative reaction to it.
Normally, I will go back and read earlier books if I somehow read one in the middle. I am not even tempted with this series. The secondary characters in The Collar seem like very interesting people, but there are too many other books I know I will enjoy to spend anymore time on this series.
Other reviewers have really liked this book and maybe I would have liked it better if I had read the entire series. Anyway, it’s just not for me.
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.