4 and 3 Stars for The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1) by J.A. Rock #BDSM #MM @jarockauthor @RiptideBooks

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Title: The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1)
Author Name & Publisher: J.A. Rock (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 7, 2015 – 297 pgs

Synopsis

A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent “dom.” So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, andreal discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it’s okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you’re gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I’ll spank it.

Not that I’d ever trust anyone with that kind of control.

I’m gonna redefine “battle of wills” for the Disciplinarian. Or I’m gonna bone him. It’s hard to say.

—Dave

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Review

FourStars

David and his friends, having lost one of their sub friends are trying to muddle their way through being able to safely play, feel like they have somewhere to speak up against people who play unsafely and they are all trying to figure out what they are looking for in a play partner as well.
This story was deep, emotional, painful (both physically and emotionally for David) and one that I feel JA Rock was able to put issues that the community of BDSM has, without it being an “in your face” type of discussion.
I felt like I got to know the reason behind the Sub Club really well, but the people who were playing in the BDSM clubs were somewhat of a mystery.  You had the club owners, who were worried about alienating their clientele, then you have the subs who were more worried about keeping themselves and other subs safe, then you have each individual’s issues.  I do wish that I had more information about the issues before the formation of the Sub club and really wished that I got to see more about the club owners.  I felt that they were the bullies in this story.
Then you have the two Davids.  I liked that while their relationship was slightly contentious, it was more about self discovery than sex.  David (big D = Dom) and david were kind of a strange pair to begin with.  Despite david knowing that he wanted (or potentially wanted) a domestic discipline scenario, he had yet to find someone who would actually fulfill his needs.  Then you have David, who seems to be an introverted Dom – but one who feels that he can satisfy subs who truly want to be changed.  While I found it somewhat strange how they got together, their journey was one of collaborative need, a little desperation and some mutually beneficial need to be together.
Overall, this was a story of loss in a community and helping that community heal.  I look forward to seeing how the other subs in the club fair in their quest to find what they are looking for.
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ThreeStar
 I am unsure how I feel about this book. What I loved was Dave and David and their relationship and how it formed and grew. Dave thought David was one thing but actually turned out to be another. When the story was focused on them it was really good and I enjoyed it. When the story was on Dave and his friends and the “subs club” I was bored out of my mind. I understand they were all upset because of their friend Hal’s death but I just didn’t connect with the whole concept of the online blog and then the way Dave acted when he wasn’t around David drove me nuts, I honestly couldn’t stand him. I wanted more of Dave and David and less of everything else.
~Angie

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J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

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