I really can't fan girl hard enough over how much I loved this book. It took a serious look at a serious subject matter but did so with a lot of thought and a lot of humor. I wasn't expecting the level of humor that this book had. (I mean it's JA. I thought this was going to be dark) I literally laughed out loud more times that I can count. I lost track of how many pages I marked with funny things I wanted to remember. David is a fabulous narrator. His internal monologues are the best. (The stuff he says out loud was just as funny.)
David is the MC and he is a sub. He has a group of close friends who he shares the lifestyle with. They've all been through a very hard time as a member of their group was recently killed during a scene due to a Dom's negligence. After finding out the Dom has been admitted back to the club they go to, they all go through a series of emotions. David decides to channel his anger into creating The Subs Club, an online, private group where subs can discuss Doms in the community. His motivation is a pure one, to protect subs from harm. Unfortunately the issue isn't as clear cut as it would first appear and the website quickly spirals out of control.
In addition David has met a Dom he's interested in. A Dom he calls Pornstache. Pornstache is David's total opposite and the two men simutaneously annoy the daylights out of each other and turn each other on. Their relationship development is a key plotline in the story and it was done really well. No insta love. No easy road. These two work for what they have and the story slowly built the BDSM component in a way I found believable.
David's friends are great side characters and they were key factors into the plot. I felt like I got to know them all just enough that I can't wait to get to their stories.
For me this book had everything. Unique plot, some serious moments, a sweet love story, some sexy scenes and a lot of funny. This was a stellar read for me.
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.