By J.M. Witt
May 31, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Meredith Nichols. I’m the epitome of a good wife and a good mom. I’m President of the PTA, I volunteer in my children’s classrooms, and I moonlight as a freelance editor for romance authors. No one suspects what secret desires lurk below the surface, except my husband. I’ve openly tried to persuade him to join me in my fantasies, but he’s refused over and over again.
Then, I met Gregor Thompson. Our worlds collided one fateful day and there was no turning back. He’s a mystery, intriguing, dominant, and has the same struggles at home that I do. He’s opened my mind to the possibility that my fantasies can indeed be met and that he’s the man to mentor me. He’s infiltrated my brain and seems to know my wants and needs before I express them.
It’s time to be who I was meant to be, get what I want, what I need, and forget what society thinks. I’m going to let Gregor take me on a journey of self-discovery to places most are unwilling to go. We all have a public life, a private life, and a secret life… He would be mine.
He was my safe place, my secret escape.
He was my Sir.
He was My Secret Submission.
The premise behind the storyline was relatively easy for me to relate to – Meredith is at the point in her life where she’s questioning the status quo in her life – and it’s also a realistic one from where I’m standing. This read is emotional, transparent (between Gregor and Meredith) – the email exchanges rock!, and even though it’s a taboo topic for many people (I’m guessing), Witt handles it with a controlled hand (no pun intended). The story flows, and the twists are warranted and compelling.
The book is really about Meredith’s journey, but I was intrigued to know more about Gregor. I was captivated a bit by his seeming wisdom, especially during his earliest email exchanges with Meredith. His admission that “it’s almost impossible to find one person to meet all your needs, especially when most of us get married so young…still discovering ourselves…odds are if you do find that person to meet all those carnal needs, as well as others, it happens later in life.” Bingo. And, in addition, “For me, it’s simple, if you’re not getting what you need, crave, and desire at home, you’re going to find it somewhere else….I’m not saying it’s right, but it is what it is.” Yep. For me, this framed the arrangement that evolved between Gregor and Meredith, and the eventual growth of their feelings for one another. Their relationship, if you will, is about much more than physical release and control: it begs friendship, admiration, love, pleasure.
Witt is a good writer. I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to know what would happen next. Was I happy with the ending? I’m not sure, actually.
The “huh?” part?
I wasn’t sure if I understood the ending the way I was supposed to…or not.
It’s up to you. If it’s a topic/genre you’re comfortable reading, then yes. For me, reading Gregor’s “wisdom” was a lesson in itself.