The Submissive Muse
by Tiffany N. York
(BDSM) Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2017
One man’s misfortune is another man’s destiny.
Elizabeth Wolfe’s husband, John, had been everything to her – protector, provider, administer of pain. Still devastated one year after his death, she decides to take her own life, but her plan is interrupted when she discovers an unconscious stranger in her barn.
Devan Carthy and John Wolfe agreed to an arrangement before he died: Devan is to seek out Elizabeth, exactly one year after John’s death, and bring joy to her life again – in exchange for a sizeable sum of money.
What begins as a friendship between a grieving widow and a mercurial artist blossoms into love as Devan reawakens her desire for living. His erratic mood swings and her need for pleasure and pain threaten their relationship, but it’s John Wolfe’s hold over them that may ultimately tear them apart.
Publisher's Note: This dramatic love story contains adult themes. If any of this might offend you, please do not purchase.
I felt the title was very misleading for this book but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. There was a lot less BDSM and sex than I had assumed a book with this title would have, but again I was fine with that, due to the strength of the actual story. If you're looking for a BDSM based story this is not it, but this IS a wonderful tale of healing and finding what you need when you least expected it. The Submissive Muse is a story of two broken souls who meet under unusual, and almost forced, circumstances and find they fill a need in the other.
Both main characters are very finely crafted, they both have flaws but this made them only that much more real and likeable. The book covers some serious issues, and tackles them well, but without ever feeling too dark or depressing. The ending seemed to arrive a little abruptly, and without all issues having been necessarily resolved. BUT it did feel more of a realistic ending than those usually found in contemporary romance novels, with an intention to overcome the issues in their lives and to work together to make the relationship a success.
The writing in the book is very good with a well thought through and interesting plot, which flowed well. The prose was easy to read, with a good balance of dialogue, thoughts/feelings, description of actions and also of scenes, which enabled you to picture the setting but didn't pull you away from the story. The story itself was fairly unique and definitely avoided the use of cliched romance tropes.
This is the first book I have read by Tiffany N. York and I will most certainly read more work by her in the future.
Tiffany N. York lives in Southern California with her spirited son, diva Chihuahua, an ever-changing number of cats, and one tone-deaf parakeet. She writes fiction to escape reality. Her two romantic comedies, The Accidental Cougar, and The Meatball Mistress are available now on Amazon. The Submissive Muse, a BDSM erotic romance will be out on Amazon 7-14-17. Visit her website at www.tiffanynyorkauthor.com