Review: Sub for a Week by Erin Lark

Sub for a Week by Erin Lark
Release Date: November 7, 2012
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 108
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

For over a year, Julia has helped her clients ignite their sex lives, while her own resembles that of a nun.

That is, until Daniel. Honest, and possibly one of her most dominant clients, he’s already tempting enough without his invitation to meet in person. And his charm doesn’t end there.

Stunned by Daniel’s offer to train her as his sub for one week, Julia’s gut instinct is to pull the plug. But when they finally meet, Julia’s dormant desire flares, and her private fantasies can’t compare to what Daniel does with his hands, a flogger or a pair of cuffs.

Faced with a mouthwatering proposition and bent to his will, can Julia attain true submission before the week’s end, or will she walk away with nothing more than the memory of Daniel’s kiss, a taste of his skin, and a new-found desire like she has never experienced before?

 

Review: I have mixed feelings in regards to this book. On the one hand, I loved the subject the book was about. BDSM is something that is subjective, you either love it or hate it. No problem. I love it and I hope that whoever reads this review loves it as well.

The problem I have is that the protagonist of this book is a therapist and engaged in a sexual relationship with her client, Daniel. Therapists don’t do that, ever. Unless they want to ruin their careers. She could have lost her license. Not to mention all the trouble she would have gotten into. How do I know this? I have a degree in counseling and so I know about these things. It bothered me that Julia knew the rules, but just brushed them off as if they didn’t apply to her. She hid what she was doing so that her supervisor didn’t know.

There was one moment in the story that also bothered me as well. Julia was asking Daniel a question about his recent sub that he trained. They are no longer together, but she asked the question as his lover, while the therapist in her knew the answer. Daniel was upset with this question, as it touched upon his insecurities and doubts about himself. This is a reason why therapists don’t date their clients. What if she undid the good that they achieved in therapy? What if he broke down on her while in the middle of a scene? I was also surprised that she was so uninformed about the BDSM lifestyle, yet she counseled subs as well as doms.

With all that being said, I loved Julia’s journey into submission. She was hesitant and unsure of what she wanted and what she could tolerate in regards to her comfort level and her pain tolerance, but what she discovered about herself while submitting to Daniel was beautiful. Her journey was beautiful. She learned to trust Daniel with her submission. She trusted him not to take her to far, but to push her comfort level. She also learned how to trust herself. She learned to listen to her body, and to ask for what she wanted from her dom. She learned to communicate with him and to listen and hear what he had to say. I liked Julia’s character, I just didn’t like what she did to potentially put he job on the line.

Daniel was a character that I would love to meet in person. He’s very informed of the BDSM lifestyle. He’s very forthcoming with his knowledge, he’s been in the lifestyle a long time and has a lot of experience. He has a lot of compassion and empathy and is sensitive to the needs of his submissives. He’s strong and able and yet he knew he needed help dealing with his problems stemming from his last sub and was not afraid to ask for help. He knows who he is and what he wants and isn’t afraid of going after what he wants. He made it really easy to like him. I want someone like that.