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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Sub-Dominant by Sage Marlowe

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Sub-Dominant

by Sage Marlowe

Series: Sub-Series #4

Publisher: Me and the Muse Publishing

Cover Artist: Jess Buffett

Blurb

Putting a leash on a dominant sub is a task that may require two Doms to accomplish.

When relocation agent Eric Swann is assigned to ease young Connor Prescott into moving back to London, he expects the boy to be more enthusiastic—and less irritating.

Used to roaming freely among his mother’s D-list celebrity friends, Connor is anything but happy when his father decides to put him on a leash—a leash with a far too attractive handler on the other end. Secretly craving a man who knows how to yank his chain and show him exactly where the limits are, Connor does what he’s best at. He manipulates Eric into giving him what he wants, making the man reveal a side of him that Eric himself isn’t ready to accept.

Trained by one of the quirkiest Dom/sub-teams in the country, Dom Tyler Kane knows exactly how to handle a toppy sub. He keeps Connor on his toes, er, knees, in the bedroom, but when his capricious lover sets his heart on pushing yet another limit, Tyler finds himself not only with a dominant sub but also with a Dom who has yet to accept his true identity.

Reader Advisory: Due to sexually explicit content this book is intended for adult readers only. Contains scenes in which the main characters are sexually involved with secondary characters and vivid descriptions of unusual sexual practices.

While this book can be read as a standalone novel, it is best enjoyed as part of the series in order of release (Sub-Mission, Re-Submission, Sub-Culture, Sub-Dominant)

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Giveaway

Prize: 2 x Signed paperback copy of Sub-Dominant & goodie package

Rules are as follows:
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Contest is open until November 23, midnight CEST. Winners will be picked at random and announced on my website / Facebook / Twitter on November 24.
Winners have one week to claim their prizes or a new winner will be selected at random. No purchase necessary. Open internationally, void where prohibited. Contestants must be 18 years Prize is as stated. No substitution or exchange.
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Excerpt 1 – Chapter 1

Eric

Eric ushered his guest inside, then he indicated for him to sit in the visitor’s chair. “So what’s this mysterious assignment you’ve been dying to tell me about?”

Tom grinned. “Ah, Eric, you always cut right to the chase.”

“Of course. Why wouldn’t I?”

“Whatever happened to chitchat and offering a visitor drinks and all that?”

Eric sat in the chair behind his desk. He put his elbows on the polished wood in front of him, rested his fingertips against one another and looked at the man he’d known since their school days. “I’m pretty sure you’ve had your chitchat with Rebecca before she announced you were here and knowing her, she’s going to walk through that door with your mug of cinnamon-flavoured café latte right about…now.”

There was a soft knock on the door then it opened and in came Rebecca, Eric’s assistant, carrying a tray with two mugs and a plate of biscuits. She smiled, put the goodies on the table and left after a quick glance at Eric to check whether he needed anything.

Eric flashed a smile. “See? We know how to spoil our guests here at Swann Relocation.”

“I never doubted that, Tiger, and that’s exactly the reason why I’m here.”

Eric let his doubtful frown show over the rim of his coffee mug. “Uh-huh. Drop the smarmy act, Tommy. What do you want me to do for you?”

Tom chuckled. “It’s not about what you can do for me, it’s about what I can do for you.”

Faking a yawn, Eric swivelled his chair to look out the window.

“Okay, okay. Listen. I was approached with an assignment that I think you’d be thrilled to hear about.”

“Uh-huh.” Eric cocked an eyebrow and took a sip of his coffee. “Tell me why that is.”

“Because it’s perfect for you. You’re the man for this job. And when you’ve come to realise that, too, you’re going to thank me.”

“Tom! Tell me what it’s about now, will you? Or do I have to ask Rebecca to walk you out?”

Tom’s smile widened. “Well, it’s quite simple.” He paused for effect. “You’ll get paid a ridiculous amount of money to locate a new home for your client and help him find his way around town for three months. That doesn’t sound like a bad job, does it?”

“No, that doesn’t sound bad at all. But why don’t you do it yourself if it’s such a fantastic job?”

Tom shrugged and bit off a chunk of his chocolate biscuit. “They need someone this side of the Atlantic”, he explained, chewing.

Watching Tom, Eric tried to figure out what the man wasn’t saying. He was a nice guy and a good friend, but he was also a little weasel that had the uncanny ability to sniff a good business opportunity before anybody else did.

“You know this side of the Atlantic very well. You could easily do it. Besides, this client approached you, and you know how I feel about passing them on from one agent to the next.”

Tom sighed. He licked his fingers then washed down his biscuit with some café latte. “I know, I know, and I would love to take on this assignment myself, but I don’t really want to spend three months away from home.”

“Why’s that?”

“It’s… Well, I’m seeing someone. It’s still fresh, but at this stage, being away for so long would probably be the end before it’s even started.”

Eric smiled. Tom wasn’t too lucky in his choices of potential partners, but that didn’t keep him from trying to find the future Mrs Ketten again and again. “Okay, fair enough, but something tells me there’s still more to this than you’re letting on, so why don’t you just spill the beans now?”

Tom rolled his eyes and gave an exaggerated sigh. “You’re not easy to please, dear boy. I’m offering you a well-paid assignment. Don’t you know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth?”

Eric gave a shrug. “In fact, I don’t. I’m not keen on paying the vet’s bill, you know, so I make sure to look a nag not only in the mouth. I also check its feet and take it for a ride.”

“Fine. Thing is, our client wants the relocation agent to keep an eye on his son, too. Make sure he doesn’t skip classes, stays out of trouble and doesn’t fall in with the wrong crowd—that sort of thing.”

“What? He doesn’t want a relocation agent, he wants a fucking babysitter! How old is this son we’re talking about? Does he have to be taken to playgroup, too? I hope your client doesn’t expect you to change the kid’s nappies or give him his milk.”

Tom smacked his hand on the desk in front of him. “Oh, stop being a fusspot, Eric! Connor’s turned eighteen last September.” He leaned in and lowered his voice. “Your mission, Eric, should you choose to accept it, mainly consists of making sure the kid’s ass is in bed at night. In the right bed, at a reasonable time.” His eyes glittered. “You might be interested to hear that this is a distinctly cute ass we’re talking about.”

Eric sucked in a sharp breath. “You know I don’t mix business and pleasure and apart from that, at eighteen, he’s quite a bit too young for me, don’t you think?”

Tom shrugged. “You’re only eight years his senior and I’m not saying you should put him into your bed. I’m just saying he’s hot. Seriously hot. It won’t hurt you to get an eyeful of pretty boy while you’re doing your job. And as for his age—he may be young, but he’s legal, so you don’t need to worry about that.”

“I don’t need to worry about that because I have no intention of getting involved with him.”

“Yeah, I know, Mr Proper. He has probably no intention of getting involved with you either.”

Eric groaned and rolled his eyes. “And what makes you think that?”

“From what I’ve heard, he’s supposed to be straight. But hey, maybe you can bend him a little. Seems to me you don’t need to worry about his virtue either. Apparently there isn’t much left.” Tom waggled his eyebrows suggestively.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Eric didn’t like the expression in Tom’s eyes. In his experience, that particular gleam always meant trouble.

“There’s a rumour that he was about to start a rather promising career in the film industry—and I’m not talking Hollywood—but Daddy dearest got wind of it and now he has to return to Olde England to go to university and finish his degree like the good little boy he ought to be.”

“Somehow I get the feeling these films had nothing to do with a bunch of girls crying over a romantic hero,” Eric said.

Tom gave him a dirty grin. “Well, let’s say it was the kind of film where a bunch of girls cry out for the hero and it wasn’t so much romance as hard core porn.”

“Have you seen it?”

“Nope. It doesn’t appear to be available on the market. At least not that I could’ve tracked it down. My guess is Daddy dearest has either bought all the copies or he’s had them destroyed. Or both.”

“So I’m supposed to babysit a prodigal son who would much rather spend his time fucking around in front of a camera than go to university.” Eric sneered. “I’m not dumb, Tom. This kid spells trouble and you know it. That’s why you want to reassign him to me, not because you’ve lost your heart to some blonde bimbo with big tits and three brain cells. Why don’t you just tell your client to go find someone else if you don’t want the job?”

Tom sighed. “The contract is signed and sealed. Ricky, we’re talking about Corbin Prescott, the founder of Prescott Acquisitions, here. The man is loaded, and his company has branches in the UK and the US with employees moving from one continent to the other all the time. If we play this right, there could be a lot more business coming our way. This assignment may be a pain in the ass, but it’s worth grinding your teeth. You have to look at the big picture.”

Eric laughed out loud. “I’m supposed to grind my teeth because you’re looking at the big picture? Come on, Tommy. You should know me better than that.”

Defeat flashed in Tom’s eyes. “Fine. What are your terms?”

“To take the boy off your hands and play nice with Daddy Prescott?”

“Yeah.”

“How much money are we talking about?”

“The usual fee for the VIP-package plus fifty percent extra for dragging the kid around town and making sure he stays on track until he’s settled in.”

“I want ninety percent of the fee plus the full bonus,” Eric said.

“Jesus, Eric. That’s—”

“Only fair and you know it. Oh, and for your ten percent, you’re going to take care of things your side of the ocean.”

“Fifteen percent.”

Eric smiled. “Eight? That’s sweet of you, but you know, I’m still not so sure I should accept it. Even with the bonus, and even assuming the boy is going to behave, it’s going to eat up a lot of my time.”

Tom rolled his eyes and raised his hands. “When have you become so pragmatic, Eric? Think about the money. Three months and you can take the rest of the year off if you want. And there’s still the chance you get a personal bonus out of it.”

“I. Don’t. Fuck. My. Clients. Besides, I prefer my men a bit more mature. An eighteen-year old twink just doesn’t do it for me.”

“Seven percent for me and I’ll take that as a yes, shall I?” Tom grinned and Eric heaved a sigh. The man knew far too well how to push his buttons.

 

About the author & Social Media Links

Sage is a multi-published, international bestselling author of gay erotic romance novels and novellas and loves exploring the flavours of gay erotic fiction.

A willing slave to all the fascinating guys who keep queuing up and want their stories told, Sage can almost always be found cooking up the next hot story or daydreaming about new ways of rubbing sexy male bodies together to make the sparks fly.

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Sage’s website & blog: www.sage-marlowe.com

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A Nightmare Come True by Sage Marlowe

The Nightmares Series:

  • A Nightmare Come True (book #1) – in this review
  • A Living Nightmare (book #2)

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A Nightmare Come True (Nightmares, #1)A Nightmare Come True by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Dreams can come true—but sometimes nightmares are very real, too.

When Michael—Mikey—Fawkes bags himself a job as a handyman for a film production company and meets his favourite actor, gay porn star Colin Meighan, he believes his dream has come true. Colin indeed appears to be a dream turned to flesh. Handsome, young and as insatiable sexually as the roles he plays suggest, he makes his way into Mikey’s bed and introduces him to unknown carnal pleasures.

A slick lover and sweet talker, Colin also finds a place in Mikey’s heart, but as Mikey lets his new lover lure him deeper and deeper into a world of decadent on- and off-screen sex, their indulgences begin to take their toll on Mikey. Curious to find out more about the strange and inexplicable effect Colin has on his sex partners, Mikey discovers that there is a terrible reason why one man alone can never be enough to satisfy Colin’s hunger and he realises that dreams can come true—but sometimes nightmares are very real, too.

Reader Advisory: This book is the first in a series with an ongoing story arc. It is set in the world of gay porn where the heroes enjoy a red-hot multi-man pile-up with secondary characters as well as some mild BDSM play.

So what did I think?

Definitely a bit different! I’m always a bit partial to a story set in the porn industry – usually guarantees a bit of hotness! – and throw in the paranormal elements and it sure makes for an interesting combination.

Mikey, a nice boy who makes tea for his mum……
“The kettle started to boil and I hurried to put tea leaves into the pot and dump two handfuls of biccies on a plate, refusing to think about what exactly my mother and the man I’d gangbanged just a few days earlier had to say to each other.”There’s nothing like taking your porn star lover home to meet mum!

Hot sex!

And romance…….
“I’ve been missing you today and the worst about what you just told me wasn’t hearing that you are some kind of paranormal demon.” I took a breath. “It was thinking that I’d lose you.” …so sweet!

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To find out more about Sage Marlowe visit the website.

Buy A Nightmare Come True from Amazon.

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Fantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe

Fantasy for SaleFantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The Blurb…

What’s the price of reality when a fantasy is for sale?

Cam is young, sinfully sexy and willing to play without limits, a combination which makes him a fantasy turned to flesh for men and women alike – and he’s for sale.

Nate is curious when it comes to carnal delights but hasn’t found the right man to explore his desires with.

When a friend buys Nate a few hours of pleasure with Cam, it’s not much of a surprise that Nate ends up intrigued. He keeps coming back for more and the attraction between them appears to be mutual but while Nate finds himself falling for the sexy hooker, Cam makes no secret of the fact that for him, sex is just a job.

Determined to win him over, Nathan tries to show him that sex is about more than physical satisfaction but Cam’s walls seem impenetrable until a dramatic event forces him to reveal some of his secrets and Nate begins to understand that Cam pays more than just the price for the reality behind the fantasy.

So what did I think?

“Yeah, we have great chemistry – so what? If I’d known it was going to give you fuzzy, warm feelings for me, I wouldn’t have done it. I warned you the last time. Open your eyes, Nate. This isn’t some kind of Hollywood fairy tale. My life isn’t a cliche. It is, well, what it is. Business. With all the filth and slime you’d expect around someone like me.”

In some ways this story has a fairly standard plot. Nate and Cam meet while Cam is working. They have a physical relationship – hot and steamy – but Nate wants more. He falls for Cam and has hopes of rescuing him from the life he is leading. But there is a certain depth to the story as the characters reveal more about themselves.

Cam (Noel) runs from Nate, trying to protect himself, believing he can only survive if he keeps himself distant and doesn’t let himself feel too much. Nate is just too tempting so Cam chooses the option of leaving rather than risk being hurt by falling in love. I was a little surprised that Nate let him walk away and waited so long to go after him!

The story culminates in Cam (Noel) finally letting Nate see more of his true self. There is no huge happy ending, more a sense that these two men might somehow make things work – while Noel isn’t ready to proclaim his love, he is ready to try. This actually gave me hope that things would work out – a fresh start based on honesty without false promises.

3.5 stars

To find out more about Sage Marlowe and his books visit his website.

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Sub-Culture by Sage Marlowe

The Sub-Mission Series reading order:

Sub-CultureSub-Culture by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

When life gets on top, delving into a sub-culture may be just what it takes to keep a sinking relationship afloat

Five years after the bumpy start to their relationship, Noah and Pierce have settled well into their lives as a happy couple. The arrival of a new child should have made their matrimonial bliss complete, but the strain of raising a baby and a teenager, combined with a lot of pressure in their jobs, is beginning to take its toll.

In the midst of what already is a potentially explosive situation, Noah’s younger brother Jonah comes to stay with them, forcing Noah to face the issues he still has regarding his homophobic parents and adding to the emotional pressure he is under.

When Noah starts behaving oddly and Pierce just can’t seem to put his jealousy to rest, the cracks in their relationship become too severe to ignore any longer. They struggle to keep their sinking love afloat but as Noah craves the comfort a certain sub-culture can offer, Pierce finds himself wondering just how far he is willing to step out of his own comfort zone to save their love.

So what did I think?

I enjoy to read a story that revisits a couple and allows us to see how the relationship has developed over time. And this book is no exception. It was great to see Noah and Pierce after five years.

I was a bit doubtful when the story started with so much domesticity but I needn’t have worried – pretty quickly sex in the kitchen was on the agenda! Although I must admit surprise that they were up for kitchen sex with a teenage daughter in the house as I haven’t heard to too many kitchens with locks!

Noah and Pierce reach a turning point in their relationship. Doubts and insecurities creep in. There are secrets and lack of communication.

Once again I was surprised at Pierce’s brother Francis’ involvement and the information he keeps from his brother. “Of course he knew. It all made perfect sense. Noah could have relied on Francis to keep his secret. Pierce had never figured out whether it was the Dom or the psychologist in Francis who protected what was confided to him so fiercely. Whichever part of him it was, he would never betray the trust put into him. Not ever for the sake of saving a failing relationship.” And when it came to Noah’s submission, I wanted Francis to back right off and let Pierce take the reins!

My only slight criticism (and it is minor) was the repeated use of “nn-nn” in conversation. For some reason it annoyed me. Maybe because I’ve never actually seen it written before?

This was an excellent addition to the series.

To find out more about Sage Marlowe and his books visit his website.

Buy Re-SubMission from Amazon.

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Re-Submission by Sage Marlowe

The Sub-Mission Series reading order:

  • Sub-Mission (Book #1) – click here for review
  • Re-Submission (Book #2) – in this review
  • Sub-Culture (Book #3)

Re-SubmissionRe-Submission by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Rubbing a toppy sub, a submissive Top and a Dom with attitude together is guaranteed to send sparks flying – but what will they ignite?

Meet Tyler Kane. Ballsy and headstrong, he’s far from being the submissive type. Francis Hollister, Dom and proud owner of a BDSM club, couldn’t agree more – and yet, as Tyler carelessly suggests a bet, Francis sees an opportunity arise and decides to take him up on it.
Soon Tyler finds himself in Francis’ club and about to be trained as a sub. When Shae, the gorgeous Top Francis has assigned to teach him, doesn’t appear to be quite as dominant as his role would lead to believe and Francis turns out to be a rather versatile Dom, Tyler sees a perfect match just waiting to be made happen. Too bad though that he’s the only one who sees it. Or maybe he isn’t?

Curious to find out what happens when you rub a submissive Top, a toppy sub and a Dom with attitude together and what exactly the sparks from that explosive combination ignite, Tyler enlists the help of Pierce, Francis’ brother, and his partner Noah, and sets out on a mission.
While Tyler’s plan seems to work out astonishingly well, it seems that there’s more than one man in the club who is pursuing a hidden agenda..

So what did I think?

This story starts interestingly as Tyler enters into an agreement to train as a sub for a month, purely as a bet. Frances is a Dom who owns a club but it is Shae, a Service Top, who will be undertaking Tyler’s training. And Tyler is in for an eye opening journey! “He’d been so enthusiastic about his idea of getting an introduction to BDSM that he had completely forgotten to discuss the details.”

And the story sure does keep you on your toes! Toppy sub? Submissive Top? Plans are hatched, but who is manipulating whom?

Sometimes the story seemed a bit textbook like, providing explanations of the psychology of the submissive nature including the desire for things like flogging. Yes Tyler was being educated but sometimes I felt it would have been better to show rather than tell, or maybe just have a bit less telling. However, overall it was enjoyable tale with great characters, an interesting plot and an opportunity to visit Pierce and Noah, the characters from the first book.

I really enjoyed Sub-Mission the first book in the series, so read this without reading the blurb. This meant that I wasn’t expecting the book to take the direction it did and was a bit surprised that the story didn’t involve Tyler, the main character introduced at the beginning, falling in love. I really wanted to see Tyler find his happy ever after ending too. He does meet Connor but I was left wanting to see and know more of the two of them together.

And one last thing that seemed a bit of an unbelievable coincidence…Shae leaves London to visit San Antonio, Texas….of all the cities, in all the world….it’s the one city Tyler is from and he just happens to be there visiting too…really? (unless I missed something?)

3.5 stars

To find out more about Sage Marlowe and his books visit his website.

Buy Re-SubMission from Amazon.

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Sub-Mission by Sage Marlowe

The Sub-Mission Series reading order:

  • Sub-Mission (Book #1) – in this review
  • Re-Submission (Book #2)
  • Sub-Culture (Book #3)

Sub-MissionSub-Mission by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The Blurb…

How far would you go to save the one you love? Pierce Hollister is a down-to-earth businessman. Most of the time. His romantic side has him secretly dreaming of Mr Right, a family and happy ever after. Noah Conway is a single father who doesn’t believe in happy families anymore. When his daughter’s life is at stake, he would sell his soul to save her but as a sadistic Dom takes an interest in him, he sells his body instead. A shared session at a BDSM club leaves Pierce intrigued and soon he finds himself willing to do anything in his power to heal the wounds that life has left on Noah’s soul. When he realises that the very thing Noah dreads the most might just be what he needs, Pierce sets out on a mission – but maybe it’s just not in his power to save Noah. Will Noah be able to battle the demons that haunt him and find the happy ever after Pierce has dreamed up for them?

So what did I think?

I found this book unexpected and refreshing in the way the relationship between Noah and Pierce was portrayed. But this was definitely not the story I was expecting. It had some elements that were fabulous but others had me confused. My conundrum with this book were my feelings about both the main characters but mainly Noah. I felt quite conflicted. I had so much sympathy for his terrible situation, for the rejection by his family and the heartache of the problems with his little girl. I could understand his desire and need to do ANYTHING to save his child. I loved the way he opened up to Pierce and started to let him into his life but I absolutely HATED some of his actions. Obviously the author was doing something right to elicit such feelings towards the character!

I was also slightly conflicted with Pierce. I found his behaviour during his first encounter with Noah to be questionable. He had a feeling something wasn’t right and didn’t trust his instincts. This didn’t endear his character to me and I couldn’t understand why Noah really wanted to see him again.

However, overall the story presents a very interesting view of how Noah and Pierce finally come to be together – the emotional complexities, the response to betrayal, the steps to healing. There wasn’t the BDSM I was expecting in the relationship between the two men and I admit I was quite surprised by Pierce’s brother’s involvement in Noah’s recovery. Obviously Pierce and his brother have a very trusting relationship for jealously not to rear it’s head! I will definitely be continuing on to read the next book in the series.

3.5 stars

To find out more about Sage Marlowe and his books visit his website.

Buy Sub-Mission from Amazon.