Friday, 11 August 2017

BOOK TOUR & REVIEW ~~~ The Submissive Muse by Tiffany N. York

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.

Knowing in advance that John (Elizabeth's husband) was going to die made the first part of the book a little strange. It was almost as if I was waiting for the story to begin properly. However I did like the fact that we got to see John and Elizabeth as a couple, as well as some of John and Devan's interactions. These were very important for the rest of the book to work, for me it was just knowing that John and Elizabeth were not the love story I was going to read about.

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.

She turned her back to him and began soaping up one of the wine glasses. He reached around and grabbed it from her hands, then threw it against the wall. It shattered into pieces. 

She turned off the running water and faced him. "I'm going to start billing you for broken wine glasses. You broke another one the other night." 

It was true, he had. After she pulled away from their kiss, he had smashed his glass against the wall. He had also overturned John's "sacred, off-limits" armchair in anger. 

"Everything you do is my business. That was the deal." He stood a hair's length away, so close her perfume tickled his nose. 

"We have no deal. What are you talking about?" 

Shut up, Devan. 

He blew out a long, slow breath in an attempt to calm himself. 

"Because you take care of my horses, you think you also have a responsibility to take care of me?" Her voice quivered with emotion. 

Yes, he did, but he couldn't tell her why.
"I can tell you when you're making a fool of yourself with a kid almost half your age." 

"Screw you." She made a motion to leave, but he trapped her there with both his arms at her sides. "Let me go, Devan." 

He wanted her so bad he could no longer fight it. If she didn't want him, he'd have to leave here for good, because the torture of denial was making him lose his mind. 

"Tell me you want the college boy and I'll let you go."
She turned her face away from him. "No."
Devan grabbed ahold of her chin and twisted it around to face him. "Look me in the eyes and tell me you want him, and not me."
Her eyes flashed with frustration while she stubbornly pressed her lips together. She attempted to flee again, but he held her by the shoulders. Her angry breaths flooded his face as she squirmed to get away. 

"Why are you fighting it? Isn't it obvious you want me as much as I want you?"

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


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