Fatal Submission by Nicole Austin
Story Rating – 3.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Fatal Submission is first and foremost an erotic horror story with a BDSM setting. Overall it is a fairly well written book with a solid storyline and fully drawn characters, but if you’re looking for an erotic tale with lots of hot sex and BDSM scenarios, this is probably not for you. For nearly the entire first half of the book the only erotic scene involves relatively tame phone sex, which is sandwiched between the scenes building up to the damsel in distress segment.
Claire is a wannabe sub who becomes frustrated with the slow pace her prospective dom is taking to initiate her into the BDSM world and his life. As a consequence, when she meets another dom who seems to “get” her, and who is open to giving her what she craves right away, the impulsive and impatient Claire decides to go for it. Unfortunately, he is Mr. Wrong in spades, a serial murderer with his own personal dungeon where consensual TPE is an alien concept and things end badly for subs that visit there.
Thankfully, the goings on in the dungeon are largely glossed over or alluded to rather than chronicled in gory detail. As it happens, Claire’s dom of preference is ex-military, co-owns a security company, and has been searching for his missing cousin, a previous victim of Mr. Wrong we are to learn, so with relative dispatch he manages to track Claire down and save the day (yes, I am cynical).