Blog Tour and Giveaway: Subordination: Katie Ashley

Katie Ashley

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When Sophie Jameson first became a domme at Club 1740, it was more out of financial necessity than it was for personal pleasure and sexual exploration. But over the years as she rocked her leather corsets and boots while wielding every crop and flogger imaginable, she grew to love the thrill and adulation that her clients brought her. But all along, her path in life and her heart was with a different profession—one she was planning to embark on at the summer’s end. 

And then he changed everything. Tall, dark, impossibly built—William was the complete opposite of whatever image a male sub conjured up. After all the subs, Sophie finally felt true lust and desire. Although he was the proud stallion who needed breaking, he became the one to make her break all her rules and let down all her walls.

But it was just supposed to be for that one night, but an accidental encounter days later outside Club 1740’s protected walls had the two seeing each other in a different light—as simply Sophie and William, not Domme and sub. While they should have parted ways, they couldn’t. While they should never have gone back to her place, they did. 

And that simple mistake has a serious price for both of them. 

I have to admit that I usually don't like stories about Dommes and subs and sex clubs. It is just not my cup of tea. However, this is Katie Ashley so I tried to go in with an open mind because I usually trust her to bring me characters I can relate to and like. Yes the story does start out there, but I found myself totally engaged in it and there really is so much more to this book.

I found myself loving the interactions of the main characters Sophie and William. The more I saw of them, the more I liked them. They had a fun rapport, chemistry, but also were both intuitive and understanding. I loved seeing them begin to open up, share past pain, and develop more of an appreciation of the other. He had his reasons for his preferences, but it was a job for her and not her lifestyle. But she was able to relate to his needs and proclivities. And he was charismatic, sexy, and manly enough to make his needs known even as a sub. He did not feel meek, wimpy or less of a man because he liked to give up control in the bedroom and let go. He's big, built, handsome, and athletic. And his personality was likable, sweet, magnetic, and he still had a sexy edge.

She was more of a dichotomy between the sweet, caring, Daddy's girl and the intimidating Domme. But even when she was in her character, her heart still showed through and she connected on a personal level with the men despite the fact she had rules in place and did not engage in certain activities with them. But it was just a job to put her through school and help with money, and now she is ready to start her new life away from the Scene and follow her dreams.

At the heart of this story though are two people who met when they least expected it and found a connection. But whose lives are in some ways different and others almost too similar, and that come with built in complications. They are faced with more than they ever expected to be. Their chemistry making it difficult to avoid temptation even when their lives are dictating that they resist.

Even though this is not subject matter that I usually seek out or particularly enjoy reading about, I found it entertaining and enjoyable. It was humorous, steamy, emotional, and sweet. The characters were likable and there was a lot of fun banter and teasing. The side characters added more humor, support, depth, drama and emotion to the story. I loved her relationship with her brother Ansel and her Dad.

I found William to be a swoony hero which surprised me since I usually find issue with sub types. He was charismatic, charming, and sexy. I thought Sophie was outspoken, strong, sassy, and funny. And I genuinely loved them as a couple. I liked that she understood his needs and could satisfy them even when she was not sure she was really cut out for it. And that he knew what he wanted, needed, and was determined to make her see what they could be...no matter how stubborn she could be. But the conflicts in their lives were real and the repercussions could be serious. This is more about how they tried to navigate through all of the complications they were facing in regards to trying to have a relationship and with career and family issues rather than just being an erotic story. I found myself totally invested and trying to figure out how it could all work out. So even though this does explore Domme/sub relationships and starts in a sex club, it also has other dramatic and emotional situations going on as well that make it a full, interesting story with lots of feels.

Sophie Jameson turned to the world of BDSM as a professional Domme for the financial aspects rather than any particular interest in her own pleasure. She has never taken pleasure from one of her subs, until William. But her heart has never been involved in her activities and she has plans that mean she is leaving the club behind her, until William. What was supposed to be one night turned into an unexpected problem when their paths crossed once more, in a far different setting.

This was my first time reading a Domme/sub book, usually when I venture into the world of BDSM it’s a male Dom. Shifting that dynamic in my head took a few chapters, but the way Sophie’s Mistress Juliette persona is introduced and developed made it an easy switch and I quickly came to love Sophie -- from her motivation for working at the club to her disorientation at learning her last sub was her new boss.

William is a smart, sexy, well built man. I loved getting to know him. His sweet side really complimented Sophie and gave him the insight to know exactly when he needed her to push and when to back off.

They had a lot to sort out -- from Sophie’s first foray into a sexual relationship with a sub to their professional interactions after the fact. Because Sophie had never had a relationship outside the club with one of her subs, she had a lot to learn about the dynamic between them and how to navigate the control she wielded between them.

The connection between them was fast -- nearly instant attraction and chemistry grew as they learned they had more in common than was obvious.

This was very different from Katie’s other books in some aspects, but in others is absolutely characteristic of her. Humor and wit flows throughout the story. Her women are smart and sassy, and her men are strong and sweet. The BDSM aspect, while very strong in the beginning, almost takes a backseat to the relationship between them and the struggle to keep things professional, at least until the major conflict picks up.

Review copy provided by author and tour host in exchange for an honest review.

Keeping his head bowed, he asked, “Mistress, will you give me the honor of pleasuring you?”


“But why?”

I swept my hands to my hips. “Are you being insubordinate with me?”

“No, mistress. I just wish you would consider my offer.”

“And why is that?”

“Because I want to please you. I want to make you come as hard as you made me.”

“Sorry. The answer is still no,” I replied as I took the rope over to the sink to be disinfected.

When I turned around, surprised filled me at the sight of William on his feet again. His gaze still remained averted from mine. “Look at me,” I commanded.

He raised his eyes to stare at me full on as I walked back over to him. Although he was trying to mask it, I could tell he was hurt by my refusal. “I want you to understand that it’s not you—you didn’t do anything to displease me. I don’t receive pleasure from any of my subs.”

“You should,” he insisted.

Cocking my head at him, I said, “You should remember how to talk to your mistress.”

Instead of appearing apologetic, he took a step forward. “May I at least kiss you?”

As I gazed at his earnest expression, I didn’t see what it could hurt. “Fine. A kiss and then you go on your merry little way.” I poked a finger into his breastbone. “And you tip me well.”

William smiled. “Yes, Mistress.”

I stood toe to toe with William and tilted my chin. “Kiss me,” I instructed.

He dipped his head, and he closed his eyes. At the slight brush of his lips against mine, a shiver of anticipation shot down my spine. I felt like I was thirteen again with a boulder of anxiety in my stomach as the boy I liked kissed me behind our barn. When he deepened the kiss, he brought his arms around me, molding me to him. The kiss was everything—passionate, intimate, and affectionate. It felt like rediscovering a lost emotion—a lost part of me.

Needing more, I sucked his tongue inside my mouth. The moment I gave him the green light, a switch flipped inside William. The reverent way his mouth had worshipped mine was replaced with a desperate conquering. His tongue battled along with mine, sucking, licking, devouring. An ache began to build between my thighs, and I pressed my hips against William’s.

His hand left the small of my back to wrap around my braid. He tugged on it, pulling me back to look at him. “I want to taste every part you, not just your mouth.”

Breathless from our exertions, it took me a moment to find my voice. “I told you I don’t do that.”

“Why should you deny yourself?”

Staring into his handsome face, I wondered the same thing. All these years, I’d never taken any pleasure for myself. There had been subs I’d been attracted to like Owen. Not all of them were interested in reciprocating pleasure, but many were. And I told them all no.

As I stood molded against William’s warm, overpowering body like a second flesh, I didn’t want to argue anymore. I wanted to let go. I was a twenty-four year woman who had pretty much sacrificed her life for work, school, and her family. I couldn’t remember the last time an orgasm hadn’t come from a vibrating device.

Dipping his head, William’s breath was warm against my ear. “Please let me make you come.”

At the thought of what his mouth could do on my pussy, I whispered, “Yes.”

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with Olivia and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter,Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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