Review: Master of Submission by Jan Bowles

Master of Submission by Jan Bowles
Series: Masters of Submission (# 1)
Release Date: August 2, 2012
Publisher:   Siren Publishing
Pages: 161
Source:   Publisher

Thirty-year-old English lawyer Emma Parkes believes Club Submission holds the key to her best friend’s disappearance. Well out of her comfort zone, Emma’s eyes are opened wide when she observes the Masters of Submission at work. They’re so confident and sexually arousing—especially beautiful blue-eyed Master Zane.

Submission member and Dom Zane Anders frequently enjoys all the club has to offer. The wealthy, forty-year-old diamond importer has everything he could possibly need—everything except for love. A natural dominant, he’s not looking for a permanent submissive in his life. But perhaps he’ll make an exception for the stunning lawyer from London.

When Club Submission is plunged into a high-profile murder investigation, its very existence is put in jeopardy. Can Emma unlock the truth, or will the devastatingly handsome Zane Anders, a Master of Submission, unlock her deepest sexual desires, instead?


Review: I’ve read Jan Bowles and I can honestly say that I haven’t been disappointed by any of her books yet, including this book I’m about to review. Jan Bowles, at least in my opinion, is right up there with Maya Banks and Shayla Black in the BDSM romance category. If you know anything about BDSM romance you know that Maya and Shayla are pretty much the best of the best.

This is the first in a series of books that she’s having published, although I didn’t know this was a series when I took on the assignment. You don’t need to read the whole series to understand what’s going on with each of the stories.

I think a running theme with Jan Bowles books is that the male hero, while not gentle towards the female protagonist, he’s not cruel toward her either. The reason why I bring this point up, is that the male protagonist in this book, Zane is a hard man, yet he wouldn’t purposely hurt Emma either physically nor emotionally. There is a scene in the beginning of the book that beautifully demonstrates what I’m trying to say. You’ll know what I mean when you read it and if you know Jan Bowles heroes (and even if you don’t), you’ll understand my meaning. Zane is a hard man, I need to say this again because he’s had a lot of emotional “stuff”, for lack of a better word, to have to deal with, so he needs to be this way. Yet, in true dom fashion, he’s extremely confident and he knows what he wants. Zane, deep down is a decent guy.

Then we have Emma, who’s a little repressed, a little shy,and extremely determined. She’s determined to be successful in her career, her law practice, and to find out the truth about her friend’s disappearance . I found myself drawn towards Emma, and I liked her very much. In true Jan Bowles form, the two protagonists form a very close emotionally and sexually intense bond rather quickly. I really like the emotional connection that the characters make because they really need each other throughout the book. I found the secondary characters entertaining as well. There are a whole cornucopia of characters you’ll meet from the club that touched my heart, and I hope yours as well.