Review: The Subs Club (The Subs Club, book 1) by J.A. Rock

The Blurb:

Book Cover - The Subs Club Book 1 by J.A. RockA 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.


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.


The Stats:

December 5, 2015
Riptide Publishing
Contemporary, M/M, GLBT+, BDSM
297 e-book pages
1st person
Series, book 1
Dates I read this:
Edition I read:
December 6-7, 2015
Kindle Edition
See the book on GoodReads.

The Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard or so often while reading a book.

The Disciplinarian. Ya’ll. PORNSTACHE and BACON. What more could you possibly need to know?

I think David is probably the brattiest sub I’ve ever read. Apparently he’s the sixth or seventh brattiest though…but to me, he gets the prize. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a submissive quite like him, and his depth was portrayed in a fantastic way.

While this book is uproariously hilarious, there are a few very serious elements within the story. It deals with the death of a beloved friend. It deals with safety, consent, and power dynamics within the BDSM community. It deals with trust—and earning that trust.

Those elements are so perfectly woven in that the characters remain true and the emotions ebb and flow beautifully without making light of the more serious factors. The humor backs off just a bit then comes rolling back with perfect timing every single time.

This book ticks nearly every checkbox of what I’m looking for in Erotica and Humor.

There’s nothing gratuitous about the sex…and there is definitely some imaginative freaky business on page that had my eyes bugging, not knowing whether to laugh or wince. I chose laughter ‘cause that’s way more fun.

The supporting characters have depth and are nuanced, gorgeously and hysterically, through David’s eyes as the narrator. He loves his friends with a depth of affection and acceptance that is enviable.

The writing—on point and not a word is wasted. The humor is relevant, and every bit is my kind of sardonic wit.

The BDSM elements are thoughtfully explored and deconstructed in ways that don’t feel like tropes, and don’t read as though we’ll be quizzed later on things we can’t know unless we’re in the scene.

I put this book on my wish list back in September while thinking, yeah, maybe. Then I saw a review a few days ago, and it was so perfect it was all I needed to go buy the book and pre-order the next three in the series. And those next books can’t get here fast enough.

Really fun review chock-full of gifs posted on GoodReads. Also cross-posted on Amazon.

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