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REVIEW: “The Subs Club” by J.A. Rock


A 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.

A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.

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.


Title: The Subs Club
Author: J.A. Rock
Publisher: Riptide
Pages: 297
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Purchase Links: Riptide


I didn’t really know what I was going to get when I started reading this book. With J. A. Rock, I never know exactly what I’ll get, just that I’ll probably really like it, if not love it. Well, love indeed.

After loosing one of one of his very best friends at the hands of a Dom, Dave is a little lost himself. He’s worried, scared, and extremely cautious. His idea to start a blog where subs can be open and honest about their experiences, share and possibly warn others of poor Dom behavior, is born from deep feelings of loss, but also the very real desire to keep people safe. In the process of starting this blog, he meets “The Disciplinarian”.  What transpires between them is something you’ll just have to read for yourself. I can’t bring myself to tell you too much for fear of giving away some of the best parts in the book. Let’s just say that their interactions are really amazing and honest, and they’re a very fun couple to watch.

Where the story shines it’s brightest is in the way Dave and his friends, and the community, deal with the blog, this issues raised through the blog, and all the feelings surrounding that. It’s a struggle and not treated as though it will all just magically go away. Issues surrounding respecting boundaries and limits, safe words, and feelings are not shoved under the rug but brought to the forefront. Rock does an exceptional job at taking us through the process of how everyone deals with these situations, trying to come to an understanding and a place where everyone is heard and issues are dealt with in the open.

Through all of this, we have Dave and his friends. Knowing they are going to get their own books is a thrill because they are all so very unique in personality, and needs. At first glance, this story is comical, cute, and downright hilarious in parts. Under the surface is a serious story with real life and safety issues. All things combined make for a very enjoyable read.

About Kristie

I like to read, cook, play video games, and generally ignore most people. I hate talking on the phone, but for a small handful of people. I do my best to make my life as simple as possible. I also enjoy hanging out with my husband who makes me laugh every day.

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This entry was posted on December 7, 2015 by in BDSM, Contemporary, Genre, Reviewer: Kristie and tagged , , , , .

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