Sub-Dominant by Sage Marlowe ~ Book Review by Caroline

27387024Title: Sub-Dominant

Author: Sage Marlowe

Publisher: Me and the Muse Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/13/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly


Putting a leash on a dominant sub is a task that may require two Doms to accomplish.

When relocation agent Eric Swann is assigned to ease young Connor Prescott into moving back to London, he expects the boy to be more enthusiastic—and less irritating.

Used to roaming freely among his mother’s D-list celebrity friends, Connor is anything but happy when his father decides to put him on a leash—a leash with a far too attractive handler on the other end. Secretly craving a man who knows how to yank his chain and show him exactly where the limits are, Connor does what he’s best at. He manipulates Eric into giving him what he wants, making the man reveal a side of him that Eric himself isn’t ready to accept.

Trained by one of the quirkiest Dom/sub-teams in the country, Dom Tyler Kane knows exactly how to handle a toppy sub. He keeps Connor on his toes, er, knees, in the bedroom, but when his capricious lover sets his heart on pushing yet another limit, Tyler finds himself not only with a dominant sub but also with a Dom who has yet to accept his true identity.

Reader Advisory: Due to sexually explicit content this book is intended for adult readers only. Contains scenes in which the main characters are sexually involved with secondary characters and vivid descriptions of unusual sexual practices.
While this book can be read as a standalone novel, it is best enjoyed as part of the series in order of release (Sub-Mission, Re-Submission, Sub-Culture, Sub-Dominant).

My View:

This is book 4 in Sage Marlowe’s Sub-Mission series. As there is quite a gap in publishing between book 3 and Sub-Dominant I went back and re-read the series as soon as I saw this one was due for release. Although not totally necessary to the story I do believe I made the right decision – this is Eric, Connor and Tyler’s story but it also gives us a look into the lives of the characters that came before and how their lives and stories are intertwined.

Connor appealed to me straight away. He is a bratty teenager from a broken marriage who is generally ignored by his mother, the parent he lives with in the States, and is left to do what he wants. As a teenager he doesn’t always make the best decisions and his latest one, taking up with a man much older than he is along with a few other dubious choices, sees his father charging in and dragging him back to the UK to save him from himself. Connor is left angry and lost at his father’s actions, he believed this older man was in love with him whereas his father believed he had been abused.

Connor’s father may have rescued him but he doesn’t have time for the general nitty gritty of life. This is where Eric comes in when he is hired to effectively babysit Connor and help him settle into his new life. For Eric the very thought of trailing around after a spoiled brat gives him hives so he is not at all prepared for the reaction he has when he meets the young man. He remains ever professional, mostly, but he is not blind and can’t help appreciating the beauty before him.  When he lets his professional mask slip and things become tricky Connor runs and that is that….

Jump forward five years and a lot of things have changed but when Connor and Eric bump into each other that same electricity between them is evident. Connor is certainly no longer a gangly teenager and in the space of a couple of hours has manipulated Eric into going home with him whilst not being totally honest. I did wonder how Tyler would get written into the story and I certainly never saw that one coming! We have met Tyler before in an earlier book, he is a Dom who certainly knows how to manage Connor, he also seems willing to give him anything he desires and at the moment he desires Eric.

Connor is the piece in the middle that holds everything together but for a menage to have any chance all three people must be invested. There is the additional problem of Connor and Tyler living a BDSM lifestyle, something that Eric knows very little about and has some very clear worries about particularly about what he sees as losing control. There is no overload of drama or angst here but more a story of three men who work to figure out their dynamics, the sex is hot but so is the love and care they give each other.

Great fourth book in the series!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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