The Dominant (Submissive Series #2)

The Dominant (Submissive Series #2)

by Tara Sue Me


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The second tantalizing novel in Tara Sue Me's New York Times bestselling Submissive series…

Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control. As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to test her limits.

Abby’s combination of innocence and willingness is intoxicating, and Nathaniel is soon determined to collar her as his own. As long as she follows his orders and surrenders herself fully to him, no one will get hurt.

But when Nathaniel begins falling for Abby on a deeper level, he realizes that the trust must go both ways—and he has secrets which could bring the foundations of their entire relationship crashing down...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451466235
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Submissive Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 304,187
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. Twenty years later, after penning several traditional romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started work on The Submissive, and soon followed that with The DominantThe TrainingSeduced by FireThe EnticementThe ExhibitionistThe MasterThe Exposure, and The Flirtation. The series has become a huge hit with readers around the world, and has been read and reread millions of times.
Tara kept her identity and her writing life secret, not even telling her husband what she was working on. To this day, only a handful of people know the truth (though she has told her husband). They live together in the southeastern United States with their two children.

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Chapter One

The phone on my desk gave a low double beep. I glanced at my watch. Four thirty. My administrative assistant had explicit instructions not to interrupt me unless one of two people called. It was too early for Yang Cai to call from China, so that left only one other person.

I hit the speaker-phone button. “Yes, Sara?”

“Mr. Godwin on line one, sir.”


“Did I receive a package from him today?” I asked.

Papers rustled in the background. “Yes, sir. Should I bring it in now?”

“I’ll get it later.” I disconnected and switched to the headset. “Godwin, I expected you to call earlier. Six days earlier.” I’d been waiting for the package just as long.

“I’m sorry, Mr. West. You had a late application I wanted to include with this batch.” Very well. It wasn’t like the women knew I had a deadline. That was something I would discuss with Godwin later.

“How many this time?” I asked.

“Four.” He sounded relieved I’d moved on from his lateness. “Three experienced and one without any experience or references.” I leaned back in my chair and stretched my legs. We really shouldn’t be having this conversation. Godwin knew my preferences by now. “You know my feelings on inexperienced submissives.”

“I know, sir,” he said, and I pictured him wiping the sweat from his brow. “But this one is different—she asked for you.”

I stretched one leg and then the other. I needed a nice, long jog, but it would have to wait until later that evening. “They all ask for me.” I wasn’t being vain, just honest.

“Yes, sir, but this one wants to service only you. She’s not interested in anyone else.”

I sat up in the chair. “Really?”

“Her application specifically states she will sub for you and no one else.”

I had rules about prior experience and references because, to be frank, I didn’t have time to train a submissive. I preferred someone with experience, someone who would learn my ways quickly. Someone I could teach quickly. I always included a lengthy checklist in the application to ensure applicants knew exactly what they were getting themselves into.

“I assume she filled out the checklist properly? Didn’t indicate she would do anything and everything?” That had happened once. Godwin knew better now.

“Yes, sir.”

“I suppose I could take a look at it.”

“Last one in the pile, sir.”

The one he’d held the package up for, then. “Thank you, Godwin.” I hung up the phone and stepped outside my office. Sara handed me the package.

“Why don’t you go home, Sara?” I tucked the envelope under my arm. “It should be quiet the rest of the evening.”

She thanked me as I walked back into my office.

I got a bottle of water, set it on my desk, and opened the package.

I flipped my way through the first three applications. Nothing special. Nothing out of the ordinary. I could set up a test weekend with any of the three women and probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them.

I rubbed the back of my neck and sighed. Maybe I had been doing this too long. Maybe I should try again to settle down and be “normal.” With someone who wasn’t Melanie this time. The problem was, I needed my dom lifestyle. I just wanted something special to go along with it.

I took a long sip of water and looked at my watch. Five o’clock. It was highly doubtful I’d find my something special in the last application. Since the woman had no experience, it really wasn’t even worth my time to review her paperwork. Without looking at it, I took the application and put it on top of my To Shred pile. The three remaining I placed side by side on top of my desk and read over the cover pages again.

Nothing. There was basically nothing differentiating the three women. I should just close my eyes and randomly pick one. The one in the middle would work.

But even as I looked over her information, my gaze drifted to the shred pile. The discarded application represented a woman who wanted to be my submissive. She’d taken the time to fill out my detailed paperwork and Godwin had held up sending everything because of Miss I-have-no-experience-and-want-only-Nathaniel-West. The least I could do was respect that woman enough to read her information.

I picked up the discarded application and read the name.

Abigail King.

The papers slipped from my hand and fluttered to the ground.

I was a complete success in the eyes of the world. I owned and ran my own international securities corporation.

I employed hundreds of people. I lived in a mansion that had graced the pages of Architectural Digest. I had a terrific family. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I was content with my life. But there was that one percent . . .

That one percent that told me I was an utter and complete failure.

That I was surrounded by hundreds of people, but known by very few.

That my lifestyle was not acceptable.

That I would never find someone I could love and who would love me in return.

I never regretted my decision to live the lifestyle of a dominant. I normally felt very fulfilled, and if there were times I did not, they were very few and far between.

I felt incomplete only when I made my way to the public library and caught a glimpse of Abby. Of course, until her application crossed my desk, I had no way of knowing if she even knew I existed. Until then, Abby had symbolized for me the missing one percent. Our worlds were so far apart, they could not and would not collide.

But if Abby was a submissive and wanted to be my submissive . . .

I allowed my mind to wander down pathways I’d closed off for years. Opened the gates of my imagination and let the images overtake me.

Abby naked and bound to my bed.

Abby on her knees before me.

Abby begging for my whip.

Oh, yes.

I picked her application up off the ground and started reading.

Name, address, phone number, and occupation, I skimmed over. I turned the page to her medical history—normal liver function tests and blood cell counts, HIV and hepatitis negative, negative urine drug screen. The only medication she took was the birth control pills I required.

I went to the next page, her completed checklist. Godwin had not lied when he said Abby had no experience. She had marked off only seven items on the list: vaginal sex, masturbation, blindfolds, spanking, swallowing semen, hand jobs, and sexual deprivation. In the comment field beside sexual deprivation, she had written, “Ha-ha. Not sure our definitions are the same.” I smiled. She had a sense of humor.

Several items were marked “No, hard limit.” I respected that—I had my own hard limits. Looking over the list, I discovered that several of them lined up with hers. Several of them did not. There was nothing wrong with that—limits changed; checklists changed. If we were together for the long term—

What was I thinking? Was I actually thinking about calling Abby in for a test?

Yes, damn it, I was.

But I knew, I knew, that if the application were from anyone other than Abby, I wouldn’t even give it a second glance. I would shred it and forget it existed. I didn’t train submissives.

But it was from Abby, and I didn’t want to shred it. I wanted to pore over her application until I had it memorized. I wanted to make a list of what she had marked as “willing to try” and show her the pleasure of doing those things. I wanted to study her body until its contours were permanently etched in my mind. Until my hands knew and recognized her every response. I wanted to watch her give in to her true submissive nature.

I wanted to be her dom.

Could I do that? Could I put aside my thoughts of Abby, the fantasy I would never have, and instead have Abby, the submissive?

Yes. Yes, I could.

Because I was Nathaniel West and Nathaniel West didn’t fail.

And if Abby King no longer existed. Or if she was replaced by Abigail King . . .

I picked up the phone and dialed Godwin.

“Yes, sir, Mr. West,” he said. “Have you decided?”

“Send Abigail King my personal checklist. If she’s still interested after reviewing it, have her call Sara for an appointment next week.”


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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The sex scenes are smoldering hot...a must read if you loved 50 Shades of Grey.”The Romance Review

“For those Fifty Shades fans pining for a little more spice on their e-reader…the Guardian recommends Tara Sue Me’s Submissive Trilogy, starring handsome CEO Nathaniel West, a man on the prowl for a new submissive, and the librarian Abby, who is yearning for something more.”—Los Angeles Times

“Well written and certainly entertaining.”—Dear Author

“This book is going to make you say ‘Fifty What of What?’…[Me] is so talented and captivating.”—Southern Fiction Review

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The Dominant 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a sequel. All it is is a rewrite of the first but from his POV. if I wanted to read the Submissive again I would. Don't waste your money. I want my money back. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So tired of paying $8-$10 for the same thing! I want my money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really is a rewrite from a different charecters point of view. I have been waiting for this book to come out, and now I feel so cheated! I want my money back!! Don't waste your money on this book...wait for the third book in October.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a sequel to book 1 it is a rewrite of book 1. Last page in book one says "to be continued" so you assume book 2 is the continuation, the author lied it is not. Don't waste your money on the same book. Pathetic the author needs to lie to sell books. I will NOT buy another book from Tara Sue Me. B&N please make readers aware of this
Bekina32 More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. I wish I'd known this was just a rewrite of the 1st book from a different point of view. Wanted to read it but paying $10 for it? Don't think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't believe I wasted money on the same book as the first but his pov. What a crime these authors keep doing this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was touted as the second book in a trilogy. It's not - it's the same story as the first book just retold from the man's perspective. TOTALLY a rip off at almost $9. I feel completely cheated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it....the title says it all....its his story.....i like reading about his feelings and what he was feeling....i also enjoyed the furthing of their story at the end of the looking forward tothe next book... The Training!
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel Weston is looking for a new submissive. He likes to have control in all aspects of his life, both as CEO of West Industries and in his personal relationships. He has four new applicants, the first three are experienced but don't particularly interest him. The fourth name however, is one that shocks him..... Abigail King. He knows who she is and never in his wildest dreams would have thought she would be interested in a BDSM relationship, but she has requested him specifically, even though she has no experience whatsoever. Nathaniel is a dominant with a very strict set of rules and parameters and never takes on inexperienced submissives.....but for Abigail he breaks his own rule, and decides to give her a chance. Abigail, a librarian at the New York Public Library, surprises Nathaniel. Smarts, heart, innocence and a natural submissive who instinctually puts her trust in him, was more than he had hoped for and it does not take long for him to put his collar on her. But soon the exclusively weekends arrangement are not sufficient for Nathaniel anymore and as he is allowing himself to feel more, he is loosening the restrictions he has put on the relationship.......and himself. But can he take that final step and trust Abigail with the truth? I absolutely love the male perspective!! It really sold this story to me. The inner dialogue, the reasoning, the fears, all the while tightly controlling the exterior is fascinating.  I had not read the first book, which is Abigail's perspective and I think I will, simply to get the full three-dimensional experience, but I have a feeling that the viewpoint of the dominant will stay my favourite, because I can finally see how this could really be the less powerful role. For me.....An enlightening book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was glad to see nathaniel's POV in this book! I had concerns & questions about his motivation in the 1st book & I thought this book was helpful in explaining everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like where the story line is going. Steamy scenes and not a "hardcore" dominant. A bit emotional. I like how Book 1 is from Abby's perspective and Book 2, from Nathaniel's. Well done with filling in those missing pieces from Book 1. Can't wait to finish Book 3. Hoping for a happy ending.
bjreader More than 1 year ago
Great view from the other side. Can't wait for the final book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. It left you wanting more. Can not wait for the final book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. Here I pre-ordered couldn't wait and then .....WHAT .....I just read this didn't I. It embellished a little on some parts because it was his POV but I feel I have been ripped off and am not a happy Camper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved his side of the story! I cant wait to read the last book. It will be sad to see it end.
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ET70 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. Loved the twist of reading his side of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire time I was reading The Dominant I thought that I had started to reread The Submissive again. The exact story line is in both books, there is no need to buy The Submissive if you are going to purchase the Dominant. It's disappointing really, I just hope the last book to come out has a different story line.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you read the Submissive???? Then, guess what??? You HAVE read The Dominant!! It is the exact same book, only written from Nathaniel's point of view!!! Which means you can pay for the same book TWICE!! I guess the next one will be from the dog's perspective! I m greatly disappointed. Both Tara Sue Me and Barnes and Noble acted dishonorably and pushed this book as a sequel. Shame on you both and I will NOT spend another dime on one of the authors books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. I knew going in that this story was his POV but it was not a good read. The secret he was hiding from Abby was trumped up and not a big deal. Nathaniel's character came across as weak and whiny and just unpleasant. I liked him better in the first book. If the next book is mostly about her BDSM training, I'll pass. So disappointed.
MusingMaddie More than 1 year ago
If you have read Tara Sue Me's The Submissive, you will want to continue the series with this cleverly written version of the story thus far, The Dominant . I admit, I do like to read parallel stories, especially when they shift POV to the Hero.  To many, CEO Nathaniel West had it all: Looks, success, and control. What he lacked though, was a feeling of peace, a feeling of belonging, acceptance, love. He had strong family relationships, which were perhaps what kept him from being completely alone. Inwardly, he saw himself as a failure, incomplete. What he wanted but felt he didn't deserve, was Abigail King.  He was sure he wasn't capable of normal, that being a Dom was the only 'relationship' he was destined to have. He saw hints of Abby's longing. Hints of her love. But his lack of self-love, his fear of loss, his fear that even if Abby did love him, that too would dim, disallowed him true happiness.  This is Nathaniel's journey, and I loved it. I loved seeing inside his mind, inside his heart. Into the torture he put himself through, his despairing loneliness. 'My life had been a puzzle with one piece missing and then that piece fell into place.' Such was the writing, that I was teary reading about Nathanial's angst.  The Dominant was eloquently written, true to character, and poetically crafted. The banter between Abby and Nathaniel was wonderful. And, of course, it was passionate, sizzling and lascivious. That is, if you enjoy the BDSM genre. To me, it was more than just another book of that genre though. It was a powerfully emotional journey of one man's path to trust, love and completion. I look forward to Part 3 - The Training. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to receive and review this ARC. No compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't impressed. It was the same story as the 1st book.
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