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Eager to understand her secret desires, Gabrielle enters "The Sanctuary." Inside she's immediately torn between fear of the unknown and a craving to learn more, until the lights dim. From the first sound of Thomas' calm and controlled voice, she is mesmerized. With an underlying need in her emotional spirit that requires more control, she is easily seduced into a world of dominance and submission.

For Thomas, an experienced Master, Gabrielle is an interesting mix of defiant, naive and submissive. Her sharp mind and wit appeal to him as much as the curves of her lush figure. He accepts the challenge to help train her despite the danger she represents. Long term anything for him is out of the question. If he does his job right, his protégé David will end up the perfect Dom for her and Thomas will move on with his armor intact.

Their journey puts Gabrielle at the mercy of two men who teach her how to embrace her darkest needs within a tight bond of trust. Unfortunately, betrayal lurks on the path to total surrender.

©2011 to present Eliza Gayle (P)2014 Eliza Gayle

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 06-25-14

Awesome story

Hot, hot, hot! This was a scorcher! This is my first Eliza Gayle book and I have to say I'm liking what I am hearing. I thought the relationship had just the right amount of time to really develop and trust to be built between all parties.

Gabriel (who prefers Gabby) was such an interesting character. She wasn't a wilting flower and I appreciate that kind of character. I like the stronger characters, not only in romance, but with wanting to submit. It enhances the story for me. But she's no warrior princess either. I love being able to see the vulnerable side. Let's face it, all women hit that point in a relationship and it makes the character relatable. Plus, what woman wouldn't be swept away by two incredibly handsome doms who want nothing more than to take care of their woman?

I liked the story (is that a shocker?). I like how it didn't fall into stereotypical when it came to some of the troubles that Gabby finds herself in. I was expecting something completely different and was pleasantly surprised by how Eliza Gayle handled it. I didn't roll my eyes or feel like it was too cliche.

Strong romance, strong story, strong characters. Absolute pleasure to listen to!

Nina Burns was outstanding in the delivery of the story.

25 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-06-15

Good Story but, could have been better.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Gabby needs to confront her husband and her friend Angel. She did neither. Having everyone else take care of her problems took away from the story. Gabby did not grow as a character. Also, the author tied up all the issues too quickly.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Like the rest of the story, there were no surprises.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Nina Burns portrayal of Gabby brought the character to life. However, her male characters could have been better.

Was Submissive Beauty worth the listening time?

Once is enough. You can eat one potato chip. There's no addiction here.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for great sex scenes, this the book for you. However, the story line needs to be more developed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tara
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • 07-15-15

If your looking for nothing but sex

This book has a very weak storyline. It is just one sex scene after another. It gets tiring after a while. The characters are not really developed. The storyline only really comes into play at the very end. This was not a favorite book for me. Save your credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

I loved this story, it was a well written BDSM story that deals with many issues that I found rang true. The narrator's voice just grabs your attention and makes you focus on the story. There were many twists and turns in this book and one moment that I was not expecting. I love when a book isn't predictable. I'd recommend this book to people who want to read a story about three people coming together and finding love through BDSM.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 07-27-14

I liked it

This is erotica, nothing that is going to win a Pulitzer Prize, as long as you go into it with that expectation I think you will like it.

This is the story of a woman who knows she wants the submissive life and is trying to get it, then there are two Doms that are willing to train her. So the hot scenes are hot, and the backstory was a bit shaky, but overall it was an enjoyable listen to watch how everyone's path unfolds.

Narrator doesn't do male voices well but her emotion was good. I got this book on sale and it was totally worth it, if I had paid full price I don't think I would have been happy, but I didn't, so I am :-)

Put it in your wish list and audible will let you know when it's on sale.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 07-22-14

Steamy, sexy and oh so erotic!

It may not be realistic but it will blow your fantasies out of the water! If you like sexually explicit listens this will make the top of your list! The narration was ok and the story far from realistic but if you are in the mood for erotica I think you just might enjoy this.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story although a little outrageous

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The sex scenes were good, although I thought they didnt dwell on the accountant story line enough

What was one of the most memorable moments of Submissive Beauty?

The inspection on day two

What aspect of Nina Burns’s performance would you have changed?

It was good, but not wonderful

Could you see Submissive Beauty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe on cable. Not sure who could star. Catriona Balfe?

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Good story

Let's see
The overall book was good. I like stories like this BDSM, but the heroine in the story was very selfish, that being said I mean she was told that honesty and trust were the most important in that relationship and yes it was a BDSM relationship. Why she worried all the time what others thought when her men were the ones who kept her safe. She also should have always told them if she had troubles. No matter if she was supposedly was keeping them safe. She wanted to run from herself. Anywho, the story was good.

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AWFUL!!!

What would have made Submissive Beauty better?

Better writing. I have read other books by Eliza Gayle and enjoyed them, but this one was just awful. It wasn't just the plot, but the writing overall was just sad, very choppy, and didn't really make sense. I stopped and started it several times thinking maybe it wasn't that bad, but it was.

What could Eliza Gayle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't think there is a way to improve the book. It would have to be totally rewritten.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nina Burns’s performances?

I didn't have any problems with the narrator other than the story was so bad it made listening painful.

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Awful. Would have to improve to be dreadful.

What disappointed you about Submissive Beauty?

Everything! The story is preposterous. The characters are unbelievable. The female is an absurdly weak, one-dimensional character incapable of rational thought.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eliza Gayle again?

Kidding right?

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was ok, one can only do so much with bad writing, garbage in-garbage out.

What character would you cut from Submissive Beauty?

All of them

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  • xxxx
  • 03-07-16

no interest

the pace of the story was very slow and very little happens that would keep you interested in the characters. would not recommend.

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  • Dim
  • 07-31-17

So so

Would you consider the audio edition of Submissive Beauty to be better than the print version?

Never read the book. I didn't mind the audio version. Like many other reviews have said, there is no story line but the romance scenes are good.

Would you recommend Submissive Beauty to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I don't think my friends would be into BDSM

What does Nina Burns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She is very expressive but I'm not so bad myself (in my head at least!)

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