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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,874 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
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 than sex, she is easily seduced into a world of ...more
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Published June 15th 2011 by Resplendence Publishing
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This was my first read by Eliza Gayle and Holy Tamales, what a book to start with! Submissive Beauty was not at all what I expected it to be. I am fairly new to the whole BDSM scene, and after reading this I absolutely want more! I was so enthralled by this book, I literally had to be dragged away from it! =) It had great romance, very strong characters, scorching hot sex and a realistic depiction of the D/s aspects of BDSM. I very much enjoyed this! :)

What I loved most about this boo
Mar 09, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
This started off so well and I was really into it. Then what you think will become more of the plot kind of just fizzles out completely.

I loved the characters, the sex scenes where awesome but I kind of felt that halfway through the author just rushed it and wanted it finished. It just ends in the middle of an erotic scene that leaves you feeling ...uh hem ...frustrated.
I still enjoyed it but it had the potential to be sooo much more..plot wise at least.
Jul 06, 2011 Monique rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Forbidden Bookshelf

Submissive Beauty begins with a sex demonstration at a BDSM club called Sanctuary. Gabrielle is so turned on by Master Thomas’ voice and his expert handling of the submissive on stage with him that she gets herself off right in the middle of the audience of the club. I was hooked within the first ten pages!

Gabrielle has just gotten out of a bad relationship and is ready to try out a lifestyle she has dreamed about for years. Throughout her 10 year marriage she
Mar 10, 2012 SassySami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Gabby has been interested in BDSM for a long time, finally realizing that she needed more than her husband was willing to give her, so she divorced him. She meets Thomas at a demonstration for the local BDSM club and is immediately drawn to his sexy voice and Dominant nature. Thomas finds the sexy little sub irresistable, but he wants to train her with another Dom, David, who he'll also be training. The three of them work through training and trust in one of the hottest, sweetest stories I've re ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I truly love this authors books! This one is based around Gabrielle a woman just discovering the world of bdsm who falls under the spell of Master Thomas while attending a demonstration. He offers to teach her along with David a dom who he plans to give Gabrielle to once they are trained. But things become complicated and Gabrielle finds that she needs the balance of both men in her life. David is calm and nurturing to Thomas's demanding nature. This M/F/M bdsm relationship will have you needy a ...more
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This was a good book that has been on my TBR list for awhile. Gabrielle has just gotten out of a bad relationship and is ready to try out a lifestyle she has dreamed about for years. Throughout her 10 year marriage she tried in vain to get her husband to try out kinky new things. But Scott was disinterested and always made her feel like a dirty slut. Gabrielle goes to a BDSM club called “The Sanctuary.” Inside she’s immediately torn between fear of the unknown and a craving to learn
Jul 17, 2011 Aimee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Hot, hot, hot! This was a scorcher! I've only recently started reading Eliza Gayle and I have to say I'm liking what I read. This was felt like a much longer book than the ones I've previously read and I have to admit, I was liking that. 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 th
Becky Sharpie
Sep 08, 2011 Becky Sharpie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone looking for a "BDSM lite" novel
Recommended to Becky by: ni_kii
Read this for the BDSM Gangbang Challenge.

I was not really a fan of this book. The premise was interesting, and there were a few hot scenes, but I found the heroine just a bit too naive for my tastes and the plot, such as it was, was pretty dull. (view spoiler)
Mrs. Missive
Aug 19, 2011 Mrs. Missive rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, aad-author
I have not read much by Eliza Gayle. I picked up this beauty because she was in the Author's After Dark convention I attended. I recognized her name from various club discussions and was excited to give this book a try. Debbie sent me high recommendations.

The book did not disappoint! I really enjoyed it. The theme I got here was sweet BDSM. Seems like a contradiction I know. But basically anything really heavy took place off scene. So if you are curious about the BDSM-themed books this would be
I had no idea which way Eliza Gayle was going to take this story. It's m/f/m but not in the typical style. Both men are Dominant. From the first violet wand scene the author transports you into Gabby's life. Emotions are not simple in this story. I found myself flat on my pillow sobbing right along with her in understanding. Leaving out the "typical" scenes found in most BDSM stories, Daniel & Thomas take the ride, right along with Gabby, in the emotional attachments formed between Dominants ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica-contemp
3.5 stars

Sweet trainer tale for an older, novice sub involving a menage. Hot with a little twist of drama to keep things spicy. The unexpected suspense element was a good component that worked well in the story.
Jul 08, 2012 Beck rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a decent length. The character's were easy to like. The sex was well written & hot to boot. The storyline was nice BUT there needed to be more from Thomas's POV. His conflict at the end of the book was too 'out-there' & made the whole 'Trust is everything' that he insisted on almost farcical. I did find the speed of resolution at the ending a bit disappointing & would have given the book 5 stars had the ending given me a better story resolution.

Jun 15, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm
Okay, I'm giving this book a 3.5. When I first began to delve into this story I was immediately hooked. This book has some similarities to my personal fav series Masters of the Shadowlands. However, it just fell flat somewhere in the middle and left me wanting something more. I appreciate the steamy hot D/s scenes, but felt as though the author could've taken it a bit further. That being said, this was a fun quick read and I enjoyed the m/f/m relationship

Nov 04, 2014 Christine rated it it was ok
If not for a challenge, this book would have probably gone in my DNF stack.

We meet Gabby at Sanctuary, where she's attending a demonstration given by Master Thomas. She wants to explore her kinky side, and is mesmerized by him and by her response to him. But she's uncertain about proceeding until her friend Angel encourages her to become Thomas's trainee. But Thomas is intrigued by Gabby and her potential as a submissive, and she agrees to let him guide her as she discovers her sexual self....Wh
Rhenna Morgan
Jan 17, 2014 Rhenna Morgan rated it really liked it
I picked this book up via a bookbub special, and I have to say it was a nice surprise. I always love it when I find new authors and I think this one delivers well. I did find a few errors in the book, but otherwise it was well done. It had one surprise I didn't see coming, and the intimate scenes were pretty damned good. If you're an erotic romance reader, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Oct 24, 2012 Tia rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've given a five star rating for a book like this ever before. This novel was beautiful. It shared everything worth sharing and I couldn't be happier after I read this novel. It was everything it needed to be. The author grasped the whole BDSM concept very well without making it too much or too tacky. I loved it and would definitely read it again.
I should have resisted, even though this came as a bargain. Glitter-BDSM of the usual boring invented variant, right along with superdomly doms, wet pussies and preternaturally subby subs. Yawn.

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Aug 26, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely wonderful. I loved how Thomas and David were with Gabrielle. I was so sad when the book ended. I wanted more. I wanted to know how their relationship grew. I sincerely hope there is a sequel.
Nov 28, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book. i love that they don't tell you Thomas issues until the end. I love the combination of the both males. hot a cold, fire and ice, smooth and firm, great combo for gabby. a must read!
Aug 21, 2011 Tammy rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. I want a sequel. I couldnt put this one down, I had to finish it once i started it. The first chapter wow.
Jul 28, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
There was something about this story I really liked. I felt they came very close to everyday people. I don't know why I found this aspect so intriguing but I did. I think the beginning of the story was contrived but as these stories go it was different which caught my attention.
I really liked how the open she was to discovering who she was. I think what I really liked was the Dom s in this story thought they had it all figured out too. They were wrong and needed to adjust their views and desires
Dec 06, 2014 ↜ƈɦǟռ☂ɛℓℓɛ↝ rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-audio
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This started off fairly hot, but the last 25% or so
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Jul 13, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut
At first I wasn't sure about the two love interests but I loved them in the end. There were a couple directions it seemed she could have taken the book with multiple problems arising but she solved them quickly. I'm not quite sure how I felt about that. It took a twist I was not expecting though. Overall I enjoyed the book. I really enjoyed how she portrayed the BDSM world and the trust and what-not in a D/s relationship. It took me a little longer to finish than most, but I still finished in a ...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)

I went into this really thinking I’d love it. I really wanted to.

Gabby goes into BDSM training with two men, not knowing that they intend for her to be just one of theirs. But then all of their hearts get intertwined during the mix, and they can’t help it.

I enjoyed a lot of the thoughts presented on BDSM and the lifestyle. I liked the attraction, and the way they slowly fell for each other. The sex scenes were nice.

I had a couple problems with it, though.

There were a lot of time skips. We’
Feb 15, 2015 Joana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic, 2014, eliza-gayle

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 than sex, she is easily seduced into a world of dominance and submission under false pretenses.

For Thomas, an experienced Master, Gabrielle is an interesting
Lindsay has a moniker from the press - "The Iron Hand" no kidding. She was kidnapped with her sister Taylor and smacked the kidnapper across the face, pushing her head into a hook and killing her. Right away I realized there is some humor here.

Lindsay has a running commentary that is quite humorous. If she was more believable as a character, I would have rated this higher. She is desperate for a job and interviews with a media mogul, Michael Hawkins. He is gorgeous and she is nearly drooling, u
Jul 22, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it
David, Thomas and Gabrielle were fantastic characters and Submissive Beauty was a fantastic read! Eliza Gayle’s book is a ridiculously well written, mature and erotic story that was exactly what I wanted to read. I was looking for a super sexy read and I was on a ménage kick, but I wasn’t in the mood for what I call a “fluffy sex” book. You know the ones where it’s like reading a cheesy porno? Yeah. I didn’t want that. I wanted a story I could get behind with sex to rev me along. And Submissive ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All BDSM fans
I really liked this book.In fact I had a hard time putting it down once I got half way through it. It is the first book I have read from this author. The characters were smart and the plot development was excellent without being very predictable. The Submissive Beauty is Gabrielle, and unlike the previous BDSM books I have read since Fifty Shades of Gray, she is not the young totally innocent and naïve girl being pulled into a submissive world. Instead, she has come out of a bad marriage looking ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
Submissive Beauty is a story of trust, surrender and betrayal. The heroine Gabrielle finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that places her at the mercy of two men, Thomas and David. While they teach her to embrace her darkest desires, they also lead her along a path of betrayal. It was a treat to watch her evolve throughout the book from the shy woman to the confident sub.

Needing to understand her hidden desires, Gabrielle goes to The Sanctuary, a local BDSM club, for a seminar/ demonstra
Aug 20, 2011 Sassafrass rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, z-2011, z-aad-2011
I finally finished this one. I was a bit upset because I had to stop in order to do a review book, but I got back to it as soon as I could.

I'm not exactly sure how to rate this because there was a big reveal that I thought took me out of the story a bit, and I wasn't if the way it was written was the way Gabby would have TRULY reacted in light of what happened also happened with her friend or if that's just my own projection to how I reacted to the big reveal.

Otherwise though, I thought that th
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