I have to admit, that I was somewhat nervous about the response I’d get from readers who have been patiently waiting for Knowing Her Place, the third and final instalment of The Perfect Submissive Trilogy.
Book One, The Perfect Submissive, and Book Two, The Retreat -which introduced Miss Jess Sanders to a submissive life, and then tested her ability to sustain it- have been flatteringly well received, and I desperately didn’t want to disappoint anyone with the stories conclusion.
Just before Knowing Her Place was put out on general release, I asked the wonderful Modesty Ablaze (who I knew had enjoyed the previous books in the trilogy- and who I knew I could trust to be honest in her review), if she would like to read it- and if she liked it, write a quote for the books cover.
These sorts of request are always a gamble- it can never be guaranteed that the person asked will like a single word of what you’ve written! To say I really anxious as I waited for Modesty’s verdict is an understatement- it seems I need not have worried…
Knowing Her Place- a review
The Thrill is in the Detail by Modesty Ablaze
You must know the feeling . . . quite by some unexpected twist of fate you’ve discovered a wonderful album by a completely new (to you) musician. Or perhaps a debut movie by an unheard of actor (or actress). Or maybe a book by an author you’ve never come across before. And the surprise and enjoyment of your discovery leaves you craving for more . . . that next album, that next movie, that next book . . .
. . . only to find when it arrives in your excitedly expectant hands that your sense of anticipation as you begin to listen, watch or read, is replaced instead by a flat feeling of disappointment and let-down.
Such was my worry as I shakingly began to renew my acquaintance with Jess Sanders in “Knowing Her Place” the third book in Kay Jaybee’s “The Perfect Submissive” trilogy.
“The Perfect Submissive” had not only been my introduction to Ms Jaybee’s writing, but had quite simply been the first book I’d ever read that I just didn’t want to put down until I’d finished. Of course I physically had to stop reading from time-to-time (from excited exhaustion!), but just couldn’t wait to resume at the earliest possible moment.
The words just jumped from the page with almost electrical emotion and arousal, perfectly expressing all those enthralling and erotically exciting scenarios that I’m sure we all desire in our moments of passion.
For me that is the beauty and power of words, more than any other medium, that they inspire and stimulate your imagination and bring them into your world . . . and yours into theirs.
That was the effect of “The Perfect Submissive” and Jess’s story. I shared her journey, her emotions and her discoveries . . .
. . . and I am thrilled (in so many ways!!!) to be able to say that far from a disappointment or let-down, “Knowing Her Place” builds on the excitement and the anticipation of The Fables of “The Perfect Submissive” and the Fairtasia of “The Retreat” to a tumultuously tingling and erotically explosive Finale.
Jess’s journey in “Knowing Her Place” begins with her departure in Scotland from “The Retreat” and continues with five erotically-charged stopovers throughout England towards her final destination. And though the different situations, and different company, she finds herself in all have that (often unstated) reference back to her previous adventures, such is the descriptive beauty and power of “Knowing Her Place” that it stands as a wonderfully exciting and erotic journey in its own right (or write, so-to-speak!)
And that beauty and power is due to the way every sentence seems to balance so wonderfully the ability to describe and yet ask one to imagine the story unfolding before you.
For me the thrill is in the detail . . . the detail of the surroundings, the very being (the scent, the smell) of the people my heroine encounters. The feel of the fabric of every piece of clothing. The touch, weight and proportion of the props and implements Jess is asked to endure.
And just like any adventurous journey there are many unexpected and surprising twists and turns, acts of treachery and betrayal, denial and fulfilment.
Yes, the thrill is in the detail . . . but the detail is not gratuitous not forced, it begs to be imagined, to be drawn and touched and felt by all of ones senses.
That is what sets “Knowing Her Place” and the previous two books apart from any other erotica I have read. It is that wonderful ability that Ms Jaybee seems to find so natural . . . every page seems to flow, to inspire, to stimulate . . . and excite.
If you’ve felt disappointment, or let-down . . . or unsatisfied . . . by any other erotica you have read, I challenge you to take Jess Sanders journey. I am sure your imagination will take a new and exciting journey of it’s own.
What can I say? I think THANK YOU covers it!!!
If you’d like to read Modesty’s previous reviews for The Perfect Submissive and The Retreat, then just hit these links.
Modesty’s blog is a wonderful emporium of eroticism- make sure you check it out soon!!!
If you’d like to read Knowing Her Place for yourself, you can buy it in e-format on
(Paperback version to follow soon)