Review: The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1) by J.A. Rock

December 11, 2015 Review 8

Review: The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1) 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
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: When All the World Sleeps, Mark Cooper versus America, Brandon Mills versus the V-Card, The Two Gentlemen of Altona
Series: The Subs Club #1
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 7 December, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 297
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-half-flames

Reading gives entrée into various events and activities in life that you may never experience, or occasionally use as a stepping stone into your own experimentation. Since the release of the famous BDSM book that shall remain nameless, visits to casualty and horror stories of bad experiences have flooded the web and some personal blogs.  While most realize now that the relationship portrayed in that book wasn’t particularly representative of a true D/s relationship, it does provoke questions about just what happens when someone crosses a line.

In The Subs Club, J.A. Rock dives into a story about the dangers of bad Dominants, and weaves a clever story and scenario to present David’s tale, spurred to action after his friend died in a breath play scene gone horribly wrong.

Throughout the story, particularly David’s narrative, we are presented with a very honest feeling set of concerns and turn-ons, as we watch David and his friends try to walk that delicate line between pushing limits and remaining safe.  With a message board much like a yelp review, the dangerous Dominants are rated, the good ones praised and everyone feels better informed. But, the man David feels is responsible for his friend’s death is still out there, still diving in too fast and too aggressively, and David thinks he can adjust the man’s approach.

There is so much more here: the story of David’s slow grooming of Pornstache to learn that trust is essential and limits are there for a reason.  David’s ability to balance his desire and attraction with remaining safe and feeling he was making headway in the reformation is a mix of play and retreat, with plenty of steam. When you add in the lifestyle prejudices, societal onus, finding the ‘right’ partner to meet your own needs, not to mention privacy and safety, and Rock gives wonderful primer into some of the concerns and issues that could arise in this lifestyle choice. . Is this the only reference you’ll ever need? Oh no, but with all things, information is power, and new perspectives add to understanding, and you will certainly enjoy this read.


Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release The Subs Club—Book 1 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card!

About The Subs Club Universe

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

About the Author

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

8 Responses to “Review: The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1) by J.A. Rock”

  1. Lauren

    Congratulations on the new book.
    Thank you for the review.