Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission is all 8 books from the Brie After Graduation Series in one book. This is the sequel to Brie Learns The Art of Submission (See my review). You must read the first book before reading this, and this post will contain spoilers for Book 1.
On the night of graduation, Brie Bennett offered her collar to the man who’d won her devotion during her time at the Submissive Training Center.
The intimate encounters Brie enjoys with her new Master are hot and deliciously challenging. On the flipside, despite her newly acquired skills, she discovers that being a sub also requires maturity, intelligence and willing sacrifice.
Her Master has a tragic past that he has kept hidden. She is unaware that someone is waiting in the wings, plotting to return and rip his world apart. Brie has troubles of her own, including an obsessive Dom who won’t let her go, parents who refuse to accept her new lifestyle, and a film that is struggling to see the light of day.
Brie’s journey with her Master brings both sweet ecstasy and unbearable pain. Friendships deepen and love grows, even as her life begins to crumble around her. To survive, Brie will need the strength of a love that binds her securely—heart and soul.
The continuation of Brie Learns the Art of Submission (book 1-see my review) was a nice, long, juicy book. Made even longer by the fact that I had to stop to jump my husband’s bones a few times. Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission was to me, less lady porn and more character depth, which I was really pleased to see. One of the things I wanted more of was to get to know the character’s backgrounds. In this book, we actually get to meet the families of our beloved characters.
“No need to cry, Babygirl. This is just the beginning.”
There was much more depth and conflict, but also a strong deep love. Speaking of strong and deep…there was lots of that too! Though there was more depth of story than the first book, don’t worry, this one still gets you all hot and bothered, big time.
“It is my belief that you cannot know your desires or limits unless you expose yourself to them” – Sir
Brie may have graduated the Center, but she is still learning. And she still has a lot to learn. Though she is absolutely thrilled to be collared by Sir, she is still haunted by her lingering feelings for Tono (who plays a big part in this book, I love him!), and her dreams are haunted by Faelen who refuses to let her go. But Brie is reluctant to share these feelings with Sir.
“Brie, anything that causes you discomfort must be shared, no matter the reaction you fear will result from it. Without trust, you and I are nothing.”
In the beginning, Sir just kind of pissed me off. I never felt the connection Brie had to him compared to Tono (and I can’t see any appeal in the simpering Faelen) but then again, Brie loves everyone (except Mary and Ms. Clarke, with good reason). I felt like he punished her very unfairly.
As the couple works through their trust issues, their love really blossoms. Brie has an opportunity to have her documentary produced, so Sir makes sure that that is where her priorities lie, and he supports her in every way possible, even if it means he has to leave her in the hands of another.
“Brie, do not let this deter you from your goal. Even when I am not near, my love and support are yours.”
As the book continues, they grow closer and I can see why she loves him. They travel throughoout the world visiting family and friends and have plenty of unique and HOT scenes along the way. We learn of Sir’s background, in depth, and meet his family, and we also meet Brie’s parents who are appalled at her lifestyle choice.
Though Brie is collared, she still gets to scene with other Doms, and there are plenty of hot scenes. The Tantra Chair
had some pretty awesome scenes, and it inspired Mr. Ana and I to use the chaise in our bedroom. Wow, I gotta say, the new angle was awesome. ;). There was also some use of the Hitachi Magic Wand. I have talked about this before. HOLY CRAP, Magic is the only word for it. It’s so magical, I created a whole store for it in my Red Room of Pain (look on the left sidebar).
We got to really get to know all of the characters in a much deeper way (haha…I said deeper), and as the book progressed, I was able to see what Brie saw in Sir, and I had no doubts of his love for her.
Brie’s sunshiny, sweet demeanor where everything makes her soul sing and she cries tears of joy was still there. A little annoying, but you can’t help but love her.
- Learning much more about each of the characters. This book delved much more into them vs. the sex.
- The sex was still varied, hot, kinky and often (though not quite as hot as the first book).
- How much Sir supported and aided Brie’s film career.
- There was lots more of Tono and Rystar.
- Leah’s goofy jokes.
- Though I had trouble seeing the connection at first, Sir and Brie’s love was proven many times throughout the book.
- Brie remained feisty and never lost her spark.
- Lots of funny lines, like “I love the taste of Brie” that had me giggling.
- Made it clear to me that while I may play in the bedroom, I am no submissive.
- A wonderful, yet bittersweet ending.
- Sir doesn’t use contractions. As headmaster and instructor I didn’t mind, but all the time made the relationship a bit too detached and formal.
- Brie’s soul sings, or cries out, or gets caressed, or flooded or lifted over 50 times! That’s a lot of soul movement. Added to her many tears of joy there was just too much of that.
- Faelen: ugh. What a pussy. I didn’t see one drop of dominant in him.
- I tried to, but I never found a reason to like Mary.
- 3rd person stopped me from fully connecting.
Rating: 4 stars 5 Heat
If you enjoyed the first book, Brie Learns the Art of Submission, you will love Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission. It is a great continuation, and it fully told all of the side character’s stories while still being an educational, hot read.
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Red Phoenix is an award-winning indie author who began her writing career in December of 2011. She caught the imagination of readers with her little novelette, Brie’s First Day of Submissive Training, which was published in March, 2012. Since then, fans have been riding the Brie wave with the sociable author. In October of the same year, Red published the wildly popular eBook serial into novel form, Brie Learns the Art of Submission. She recently finished Brie’s continuing journey in the book titled, Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation. The epic novel, 542 pages of seductive fun, was published the end of October, 2013.
“I am a happily married woman who believes, based on personal experience, that love conquers all. It is a running theme in my writing.”
Red is a mother of three and wife to one. When she is not writing, you can find her on Facebook or Twitter interacting with fans.
“One thing you will notice about my work, I’m all about variety. If a character beseeches me to write his or her story, I willingly give myself over no matter the genre or subject.”
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The Collaring Ceremony: Sir’s Point of view, part 4
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- See Part 2: My Fictional Boyfriend and Book Whore
- See Part 3: Sugar and Spice Book Review
- Part 4: ME!: Ana’s Attic Book Blog
- Tomorrow! See Part 5: Twinsie Talk
- Saturday, the whole scene is at Stephanie’s Book Reports
The community applauded the new union as the chime rang out three times to end the ceremony. As the last ring echoed in the commons, he picked her up and made his way through the crowd, heading towards his office. He knew what he wanted to do with his newly acquired submissive.
Thane did not speak as he opened his office door and carried her in. With no thought to decorum, he swept the materials from his desk. He laid her on it and asked, “Do you realize what you’ve just done?”
She looked up at him, eyes luminous with love. “I could not deny my heart, Sir.” He could hear the regret in her voice when she added, “But I did not mean for you to resign from the Center.”
Thane shook his head, knowing she was telling the truth, but still astounded by her lack of forethought. “There was no other option. Surely you understood that.”
It was easy to read the guilt on her face when she confessed, “I did not think that far ahead.”
“No, you wouldn’t. You run on instinct—you always have.” Thane chuckled, finding her blind faith refreshing to his soul.
“Do your regret your decision?” she asked quietly.
He initially scoffed at the question. “Regret?” But then he stopped and asked himself, Will I regret leaving the Center? He wasn’t sure. Not being sure was new territory for him. “Regret is not something I do. However, I am surprised to find myself in this predicament.” He lightheartedly accused, “For a submissive, you’ve never quite grasped the idea of following orders.”
She blushed a lovely rose color.
“Mercifully, your disobedience was exactly what I required,” Thane acknowledged without shame.
He looked around the room at the numerous books he had accumulated over the years, along with all the personal mementos. He would definitely miss this place…
But when he gazed down at Brie he didn’t care. A single thought ran through his head and he voiced it aloud to her. “Mine.”
“All yours, Sir.”
He grasped the back of her neck and pressed his lips hard against hers. He felt Brie tremble in his arms and he surged with sexual need for her.
I will possess you mind, body and soul.
“You cannot know the number of times I sat in this office, imagining what I would do if I had you all to myself.” He leered at her—there was nothing to stop him now. “I think we should indulge my fantasies.” Thane took the cuffs Durov had given her.
Brie held out her wrists to him of her own accord. His cock swelled in response to her willingness to be used for his pleasure. He reached between her legs and stroked her swollen clit with his thumb. Good, she was equally affected.
Thane lifted her off the desk and held her wrists above her head, securing the metal cuffs to a small hook attached to the ceiling. She looked beautifully vulnerable, unable to resist her Master’s touch. His hands traveled down the curve of her body as he whistled appreciatively.
“I’ve always found your body irresistible, Brie. From that very first meeting in the tobacco shop I knew I wanted to possess it… You.”
Her whimper set his loins on fire and he claimed her with his mouth. Thane stopped to retrieve a box cutter from his desk. With a smirk, he cut the laces of her corset and let it drop to the ground. Her breasts were magnificent, round and full—and now they were all his. “Better,” he complimented as he cupped them in his hands.
Thane removed the dragon bracelet from her arm, then the wolf comb from Brie’s hair. Her long, brown curls tumbled down, framing her face. Thane smiled to himself knowing neither man could claim her now. He tossed both items in the trash where they belonged.
He removed her lace skirt and moist thong, commenting, “You’ve always looked good in just hose and heels, babygirl.” He leaned down to nibble her neck but was assaulted with an unwanted scent.
“You smell of other men. I must remedy that.”
He left her to gather soap and water. With a sensual caress, he washed every inch of skin. He was thorough, making sure there would be no trace of either man left on her.
Once Brie was made pure, Thane began nibbling her neck. He growled softly, feeling her sway in her bonds as her body struggled for control. He grazed her skin with his teeth as he made his way down to her breasts and nipped her erect nipple. Her soft gasp drove him wild.
Thane had denied himself too long to maintain self-control for any length of time…
He lowered himself to the floor and grasped her ass in both hands to partake of her wet femininity. “Fuck, you taste good.” He separated her outer lips and took another long lick of her. Brie twisted on the hook, moaning in pleasure.
He enjoyed having this effect on her; she was so tantalizing to tease.
Thane stood up and sat down at his desk, admiring his beauty. “I imagined you just like this, bound to be used at my disposal. To taste at my leisure.” He decided to pack, to draw out the moment. Picking up a box of books he no longer needed, he dumped them unceremoniously on the ground and started clearing the office of his personal effects.
Periodically, he glanced at Brie stretched out in a beautiful pose, waiting for her Master. He noticed distress written on her face and suspected the cause. She was feeling guilty as she watched him pack up his office.
To put her at ease while increasing the level sensuality, he took a strip of cloth from his desk and approached her. Her body sent shockwaves of desire as he secured the blindfold over her eyes.
God, she was intoxicating.
Thane murmured to Brie in a low voice, “Ah, the allure of the unknown. Where will I touch you?”
Her breath caught when his fingertips traced the contours of her arm. He smiled when she giggled and tried to move as he lightly caressed her armpit. As a lesson in obedience, he pulled away from her.
When he saw Brie still herself, he returned to tease her delicate skin with light caresses, knowing the firestorm he was creating between her thighs. He needed to dive into the depths of that desire.
“I love you, Sir.”
The words were like an electrical jolt to his soul. He growled into her ear huskily, “What did you say?”
“I love you.”
He was suddenly overcome with a need to consume this woman. He kissed her roughly as he crushed her in his tight embrace. But the word love kept ringing through his mind—a word that was both powerful and terrible—distracting Thane from his quest. He shook his head and broke away, needing to think it through before proceeding.
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