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Submit: XXX Maxim

(Club XXX #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B07NC9VQBF

Pain is the most potent drug and Frankie Marconi is addicted to the burning sting of it. Maxim Koslov, a deranged crime lord with a tormented past, is more than willing to deliver the dose she needs.

But when lust becomes obsession, Frankie begins to realize that there is only one way out of this dangerous game of Russian Roulette
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published February 1st 2019
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Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
4.5 STARS!!
My devil.

My deliverer.

My doom.
Holy cow! Submit held me in its thrall from beginning to end. I 'accidentally' started it at about 10pm last night and read it straight through until after 4am. (When will I learn that the book will still be there the next day? LOL)

Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)

Plot: Maxim is a sadist who hires women to sate his desires. Franki
_All.Things.Steamy (V. Simran)
4 ”Money makes the world go round” stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wild. Wild like a thunderstorm with deadly lightning. Wild like a fucking tornado. He rips me to shreds. Tears me apart. 
 And I never stood a chance.

Dark. Edgy. Brutal. Extreme. Filthy. These are some of the words that come to my mind after finishing this fucked up of a book. I’m usually unfazed when it comes to dark romance but this one...this pushed my limits, half of the time I was questioning just how much I could ha
Lu Han
RTC 😳🤯

This is the first time I feel like I can’t rate a book.

Dazed, confused, uncomfortable, discombobulated (love that word) you name it, I’ve felt it with this book.

I’ve had quite the discussions with a friend about this book today. You see we did a very informal buddy read (she is not on any social media whatsoever) and boy do I wish she was - I would have been messaging her constantly. Anyway, since finishing it we have had several full and frank exchanges of opinion - all lighthearted I might add. We have discussed whether this book is hardcore kink?
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Weeeeeeelp..... this was DARK ! Maxim is scary AF !!!!!!!!!!!!
3.5 stars
Im not sure how I really feel about this one other than, yes, I’ll read book 2.

I read a lot of BDSM but Maxim is possibly the most brutally violent and true sadist I’ve ever come across as a character. He truly doesn’t care about Frankie or her wellbeing. He just wants to hurt her, badly. Hence the “accidental death” clause in her contract. He’s a mystery. A violent man and an exhibitionist who lives about as far from safe, sane and consensual as you can get.

The “kink” here is not my
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an experience this book was.
Submit is harsh, gritty,violent,no butterflies and rainbows, it's pretty fucked up, and to be honest I wasn't feeling it at the begining but the book and its intensity grasped me.
The charaters Maxim and Frankie are authentic with difficult and sad life,their relationship is interesting and the evolution is subtle and realistic.

Lana Sky brings me out of me comfort zone,and I enjoy the ride.
I can't wait for book two to see where this two are going to take us.
Sammi Dyer
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow Lana Sky has done it again leaving you a train wreck of emotions you could not stop if you wanted to. She had me within the first paragraph and keep me flipping pages well into the night wanting to know all the tantalizing details. She peppers the pages with dark twisted eye opening glimpses of esmerizing but horrific looks into the very essence of who Frankie and Maxim truly are. Which explains so much and leaves you invested in these riveting intriguing characters, long after you have clos ...more

I don't even know where to begin, Intense doesn't even begin to cover it. Lana Sky a new to me author definitely all about the dark. This story as grand and amazing as it is, there is no rainbow and butterflies. and I loved it

A hard life leaves you with hard choices to make just to survive, especially when it's not just you. A prime deal comes your way and you snatch like its a lifeline, a quick answer to all your problems.

The lifeline's name is Maxim, he has specialized tastes, needs and wants
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Submit is by far the most extreme book from the author.

With a killer suspense, unsettling and, sometimes borderline scary, Lana gave us Frankie and Maxim story, making pain its biggest protagonist of all, while gambling its role between both tormentor and reliever.

Can't book two come any sooner?!
Wendy Livingstone
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series from this talented author, and in my opinion, is her best work to date. Frankie and Maxim’s story is dark, raw, gritty, twisted, fascinating, and an emotional roller coaster. I was totally hooked and intrigued throughout and cannot wait to read the next book in this amazing series.
Dawn Yarrow
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This was a hard one to review because at the start i absolutely loved it, Dark, twisted and brutal which is what i love in a book, darker the better but by half way through i was starting to get so fed up of the brutality as it was just one thing after another without much story/reasoning behind it. The female character just carried on and carried on and it started to get a bit ridiculous that i found myself skimming to the end. This is a new author to me and even though the last half
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG What A Crazy Ride

How much can one body take? You can’t help but feel for both characters, Maxim and Francesca. They are both two horribly broken souls who come together in the most sadistic ways.

This is a dark mafia read and oh so hot as Hades. I love how Lana Sky’s writing style can make your heart beat faster and make you feel so much for each character.

This series is getting oh so good! I’m a Maxim and Francesca fan already!

Can’t wait for my next fix!
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Submit by Lana Sky is a dark mafia romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Zara Eden. This is the first book in the Club XXX series.

This book does come with a caution “18+ Extremely Dark Themes. Strong Sexual/Adult content. Mentions of abuse and violence.”

This is the first book of Lana’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. This book was dark and twisted in all the best ways. The messed up relationship between Frankie and Maxim kept me at the edge of my seat waiting to
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a take you for a ride with two intense characters. Maxim is one scary intense guy. However, There was something about him. I was drawn to his darkness and I was drawn to the chemistry between him and Frankie.

This author knows how to pull me out of my comfort zone and I LIVE for that. She doesn't fear sticking her toe in the shark-infested waters in order to give her audience one titillating ride. I look forward to what is coming next.
Charity Chimni
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Frankie and Maxim’s first book! Neither is what the other expected when they started their arrangement. Things quickly turn to more before either is willing to admit it. I can’t wait for the next book! Full of desire, pain, self-discovery, family, obligation, passion, and unique love.
Krystal Bowlin
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark & twisted

Submit is beyond anything I imagined when I first read the blurb. This book is dark and twisted but I could not out it down. Francesca has lived a tormented life but it didn't prepare her for what was to come once she walked into Maxim's high rise apartment.
Krystal Bowlin
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Submit is beyond anything I expected when I first read the blurb. This book is dark and twisted but I could not put it down. Francesca has lived a tormented life but it didn't prepare her for what was to come once she walked into Maxim's high rise apartment. ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read, own-it
What can I say? I totally drove right into this book and enjoyed each and every page! The characters are written so well that you can't help but want more! I am looking forward to the next installment. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book. ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so so so much. It's really dark and so well writed. Lana is my favorite author and I'm never disappointed with her stories. You should totally give this book a chance, it's amazing. ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark
This book is PHENOMENAL! Lana Sky is an amazing author. I’ve read all her published works and I’d have to say that this book is darkest of them all. I loved Francesca and Maxim.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!! This book was intense!! This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It was dark, depraved, gritty & raw. It had my emotions all over the place, and I loved every single bit of it.
Maxim is one twisted H. We get snippets into his past which explains some of his ‘tendencies’, and as for Frankie, she’s not in Maxims league, but she too is one twisted cookie.
Looking forward to reading where this story goes in obey & how much more Frankie is willing to be lured to the dark side? We’ll ju
Sandy Lieberman
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maxim and Frankie's story: WOW says it all! This is the first time I have read a book this intense so be prepared. With that said, I couldn't put it down. Each page kept drawing me in and totally captured my attention. It's brutal and sad; both Maxim and Frankie are tormented souls. Lana Sky has written an unimaginable story. Read it today. I cannot wait for Book 2 to come out to see how this all works out.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This was a good read. A bit heavy on the blood for me but I liked everything else about it. I look forward to book 2.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia, romance
Submit has all the power to wreck you, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Though more bitter than sweet, the light that comes through all the darkness can be enough to make your chest tighten in the most wonderful of ways.

Like Lana Sky's other characters, Frankie and Maxim are complicated people with deep scars. They're not heroes and they're not the kind of characters you blindly root for because of their goodness or noble deeds. Instead, they're people corrupted by and sacrificed to their envi
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Dammmmnnn! Let me start by saying this is definitely for those who enjoy playing in the deeper end of the dark romance genre -
Our main characters are a true sadist and masochist in every sense of the word - Instead of roses, candlelit dinners and soft caresses Maxim gives Francesa the things she truly craves the harsh bite of pain, blood play, and humiliation - all the things that for a moment gives her a chance to breathe, to let go - a moment of peace.
This first book shows us Francesca's self
Gina Burkart
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gracie Spangler
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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“Hearing him need anything from me—it shatters my mind. My soul. I’m pieces of a person falling at his feet, and he shoves them back together however he sees fit. Any control I had fucking disintegrates. A stranger takes over my throat.
“Please, please, please—”
“Please what?” He pets me, running his hand along my hair.”
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