I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. I have read every part of the series. I bought the compilation Before Graduation so I had to buy the compilation for After Graduation. Red Phoenix has done an awesome job of bringing the reader into the life of Brie and her Sir.... to know his name you need to read the series. She has developed a cult like following of fans who love Brie and the whole cast of characters. While we may have our favorites, we love them all. When Brie offered the collar to Sir at the end of the Before Graduation, you knew you were headed on an adventure as Brie learned how to share her life and belong to Sir. We went along on those adventures-- all the way to Moscow and to Italy. We fell more in love with Mary, Lea, Durov and Tono. They became part of our family and we all looked forward to the next installment. The final installment, Brie Surrenders her Heart, was an emotional and fitting completion to this beloved series. If you haven't read it, get this now while it's on sale and go back and start at the beginning. You won't regret it!
This After Graduation series continues the sexy, BDSM adventures of Brie Bennett and Thane Davis. What's great is that Red Phoenix reveals what happens after the "happily ever after" ending. She shares the fears, trust issues, unresolved problems with parents, and living together transition that face Master and sub. Sexy scenes are liberally sprinkled throughout with the Tantra chair, fun'toys', fantasies enacted, the visit with Rystar in Russia, fun trip to Master's Italy, and the sexy birthday scene with Tono and Lea to name a few.
I enjoyed that none of the characters were perfect; all were flawed. That made them more relatable to me. I appreciated that Thane supported and encouraged Brie to complete and release her documentary, even though there was unexpected fallout. The interviews of the training center Doms, Domme, and subs for the documentary were revealing.
Todd (Faelen) played the role of the 'Big, Bad Wolf' after Brie's rejection of him at the collaring ceremony. His refusal to move on was immature. Mary was her usual sarcastic, truth telling self. It was great to witness the growth of Faelen and Mary by the end of the stories. They probably had the biggest breakthroughs.
The issues with parents, Thane's and Brie's, played a significant role. Brie helped Thane to get a priceless hierloom that belonged to his father back, but not before she breaks his trust with blatant disobedience. The beast, Ruth, is his mother who thoroughly earns the moniker with her schemes. Brie's parents, especially her father, struggle with Master's age (she's 22 y/o; he's 33 y/o), the BDSM nature of their relationship as well as the Brie's revealing BDSM documentary.
So many of the characters in the original series, Brie Learns the Art of Submission, were in this series. From Mr. Reynolds, Candy, Ms. Clark, the training center Doms, to Lea, it was great to see what they were up to. The real reason Rystar rejected Ms. Clark is revealed. OMG.
I enjoyed all of the stories, some more than others, but especially the last, Brie Surrenders Her Heart where Brie and Thane deepen their bonds. The way it ended seems to open up the possibility of another series. I think there are more stories to tell. I hope that Red continues with another series.
Like the first book, I loved the second book as well. Again, the story never seemed to lag. There was always something going on with the majority of the characters and Brie. I learned even more new terms and implements…either by the book itself or looking up something I read about.
This part contains spoilers…please do not read any further if you have not completed this book!!
I have two things that I struggled with:
I still don’t understand why Ms. Clark had a problem with Brie. I understand what happened between her and Rystar. That was a fascinating situation, by the way. But I just can’t seem to figure out why she took such a dislike to Brie. Was it because Rystar likes Brie? I didn’t feel I had closure on this.
The other thing is Tono. He needs his own set of books now. I didn’t care for the pairing between him and Lea. I know that I’m not going to agree with every pairing but I kept repeating…”No, they can’t stay together…they aren’t right for each other.” But I especially didn’t like how he was left searching at the end of the book. I need his story. I need to follow his adventure to find his sub. I need to fall in love with her with him. I need him to be happy. While I really liked Sir and I felt he was perfect for Brie…my heart belonged to Tono in the end.
Please write his story for me, pretty please with a cherry on top *bats eyes and pouts*
Red quickly became one of my favorite authors because she takes you on a journey with her well written characters. You will get to read more about some of your favorite Doms from her series 'Brie Learns The Art If Submission' series along with some new plot twists. I bought each of these stories along the way and STILL needed this collection in my library. Red's books are not just about the mechanicals of submission but also the trust and love these two characters are starting to feel for one another. Great job, as always!!