The Subs Club is the perfect beginning to J.A. Rock’s new series by the same name. Focused on four friends and the way they learn to find what they need within their local BDSM community, the series promises to indulge in a wide variety of kinks and fetishes.
David and his friends, Gould, Miles, and Kamen, all enjoy participating in varying forms of BDSM play. Their best friend, Hal, died before the book starts but his death served as a catalyst for the group. A negligent dom is responsible for his death–or so they feel–but he was acquitted and allowed to return to the club the group frequents.
David, passionate and impulsive, decides that enough is enough and starts The Subs Club blog. He wants a safe place for subs to talk about issues and warn each other about dangerous doms. It’s only supposed to be for subs but, of course, word gets out and the doms are not happy.
Meanwhile, David meets The Disciplinarian. David wants to dislike him but even as he’s calling the man ‘pornstache’ in his head he’s fantasizing about being disciplined by him. Disciplined in a way that he’s always secretly wanted, but never been able to let go enough to get.
I love everything about this book. I love the perfectly imperfect MCs, the adorably precious friendship between David and Gould, and the fact that David is so passionate about making the lifestyle safer for subs.
David is so funny as a narrator. Honest to God, I was laughing hysterically at some of the things he said and thought. He’s hilarious and I adore him.
I also really appreciated that The Disciplinarian wasn’t this perfect, god-like Dom. Sure, David finds him attractive, but he doesn’t have rock hard abs or a jawline that could cut glass. He’s human and realistic. You don’t see that too often and I loved it.
The push and pull between David and D (what David ends up calling The Disciplinarian) was probably the best part of the book though. David wants certain things that he’d have to give up total control to get, but he’s convinced himself he can’t/shouldn’t have. And D, well he has to learn that there can be more to a D/s relationship than scheduled spankings.
The development of the blog and the local community was also interesting to watch unfold and I hope to see more of it in the next book. David and his friends seem to really be building something wonderful.
The Subs Club was a highly engaging and comical book. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and many more books by J.A. She is a masterful story-teller.
Copy provided through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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, and real 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.