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Diary of a Submissive

(A Tomb of Ashen Tears #4)

4.93  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  51 reviews
“Trust no one.”

After the recent tragedy, The Unholy is on high alert as they deal with the increasing tensions of the mafia. Believing the latest attack to be a declaration of war, Sal attempts to strategize, aligning the pieces and players of an ever shifting gameboard. They know who fired the shots, but who led the countdown?

The violence wasn’t just another random act of
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Published May 2021 by The Sugargrove Book Company (first published February 14th 2020)
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Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc
"It took three to fall in love. And three to fuck it all up."

Diary of a Submissive (A Tomb of Ashen Tears, #4), is addictive to no end. I screamed, swooned and cried...and couldn't get enough of such a delicious voluptuousness. 

In that opus, the author once again reinvented the atmosphere, more intimate, where the accent is put on the emotional turmoil of my favorite trio, trinity, Sal, Iris and Deacon. 

"Two men. Two loves.[...] One girl. One epic fucking Raniero versus Cruz war."

The com
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve long been incredibly impressed by the writings of Kailee Reese Samuels, and that admiration has only deepened through the experience of her latest offering called Diary of a Submissive. If you’re a reader of Ms. Samuels’ work, you will find yourself back in the company of Sal Raniero, Deacon, Iris, Nico, Rowan, et al. Oh my, what a story this is. It has everything: love, hate, sacrifice, duplicity, fear, joy, tension and then relief. And only a gifted author like Kailee can wrap all of thes ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Kailee for this ARC and letting me into your world again. Every time I read one of your books that has Sal in it I fall more in love with him. Deacon is an amazing character and loves fiercely. I liked that Iris is so protective and smart with business. Together they make a hell of a team!! Once again thank you so much !!!!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We are going on a journey.”

Buckle up buttercup this one is going to hurt.

Book 4 in the TAT Series. We get 104 amazing chapters of raw brutal honesty from Sal, Deacon, and Iris. Once again KRS has left me sitting on an emotional roller coaster that I don’t want to get off! I have an addiction to all things KRS/Sal. There is nothing like it. ❤️

What can I say about our Sal?
He is growing, maturing becoming so much more than any of us saw coming.

“Mafia follows me everywhere I go, baby.”

Iris is a li
Jaime Reynolds
Mind blown. I have so much admiration for this author’s writing. You lose all track of time and get sucked into these amazing stories with characters that you love and want to strangle all in the same breath. I’ve experienced so many emotions with Sal, Iris and Deacon (to name a few) that I don’t know how much more I can take. Just when you think you got answers more questions or what the heck moments arise. All I can say is this is a must read and be prepared to fall down a rabbit hole you may ...more
Megan Alexis
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DOaS is beyond. Beyond belief. Beyond compare, beyond anything I've ever read up to now!!!! It is an epically written, beautiful, raw, emotional journey. There are parts... 60 percent of the story that are hard to read... and even harder not to. I'd try to put the book down, walk away and gather my emotions, build the fortress.... Didn't work. I'd come back and smash my own walls just to feel every single heart wrenching, soul defining moment. Like watching two airplanes full to the brim with fi ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was 2 am and I still hadn't put this down. I found myself desperately needing to text Kailee with a wow moment. I could only hold off until 6 am where she later replied: "We're going on a journey" and I think that statement is so perfectly apt. This is an immersive and intense journey, and I'm going to gush a lot.

These are dangerous times. When things start to come together, they get blown apart. Time and again we stress out over the decisions and then are made whole by the artful repairs.

Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Those who read the Tomb of Ashen Tears series are typically readers who are already superfans of KRS, and are heavily invested emotionally as loyal followers. Just when you think you know all there is to know about the stories behind each character, especially the main three protagonists - Sal, Deacon, and Iris - you find out quickly that you really don't.

So much is revealed in this latest book, and it stuns you from th
Lynn Stifle
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With each book I read this author never fails to surprise me and is such a brilliant storyteller. Kailee Samuels truly knows how to grab her readers and you will madly read to find out what happens next. This book has everything, there's heat, tears, healing, twists and turns, and my head is spinning and my mind is blown. The plot is intriguing, it's resplendently written, and the characters are real and complex. Diary of a Submissive is 104 phenomenal chapters and it's definitely a book you don ...more
Jenny B
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy darkness and wow! This was quite the read and truly the best of the books. I loved how much more I got about Sal during this intense, brutally raw and emotionally charged read. Once again Deacon and Iris were fabulous characters and the interactions between the three of them (with Iris shocking me a bit) were absolutely addictive. Not sure how one book can contain so much raw emotion and the twists and turns just kept coming.

Romaine Heart
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first three books of this series, Tomb of Ashen Tears, were mindblowing leaving me speechless. Diary of a Submissive is explosive! The first page started out with a BANG!
With Kailee's stories always expect the unexpected and then some. She has a way with words like a siren to the seas. Seductive. Poetic. Her books revolve around Sal and his selected family. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
You feel the emotions of the characters as though you are there with them experiencing e
Lisa Roberts
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say just WOW!!! What a ride it's still in my head and I think it will be there for awhile, every single emotion you have you it will be experienced in this outstanding beautifully written story.
I was sucked in and consumed by these characters and words that I absolutely love and adore that demand your complete attention at all times there's just no way around it so prepare for the unexpected because sexy Sal, Iris and Deacon will own you.
Dora Harvey
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Wow, what can I say! Kailee Samuels, you did it with this twisted, steamy, and suspenseful dark Mafia romance with powerful characters at play, it was thrilling and shocking—I was captivated from start to finish! I was flabbergasted with the unexpected revelation that happened, but it is jaw-dropping good! This is book 4 of the TAT series. This dark Mafia suspenseful thriller is full of emotional angst. It is riveting, dark, wicked with
Elaine Holcomb
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am blown away by the latest TAT (Tomb of Ashen Tears) book!!!This Author has some incredible books, but this one is definitely her best to date. This is a BIG book, but don't be afraid, it's so worth it... Diary of a Submissive is the continuing story of Sal, Iris (The Lotus Queen) and Deacon along with some of our other favorite characters, some part of The Unholy. Blood is shed and now they need to find out where the order originated from, and how they will deal with it. This story is Intens ...more
Em Dorsey ~ A Darlin’ Doll and Her Books ~
Top read of 2020!!!

"The Storm will be here soon. I suggest you say your prayers.”

Diary Of A Submissive is hands down the best book I have read this year!!! Nothing could have prepared me for this one! It is ugly, painful and real which makes it so beautiful. This is probably the most intense book I have ever read to date. I wanted to jump through the pages and slap every single person. EVERY! SINGLE! PERSON!!! 

"It’s not a lack of trust, but faith in our bond . We’re bent and broken by the ravage
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever climbed up to the topmost board at the swimming pool and carefully crept to the edge? The butterflies swirl around in your stomach and the distance is intimidating. Then, gathering every iota of nerve, you jump! The fall, the plunge into the beautiful water, the gathering of your body and the glorious ascension to the glittering surface where you experience the exhilaration of success...this describes just some of my emotions when going into a book written by this exciting, experim ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're like me and want a good bang for your buck, this is it. Chances are, you will not finish this story in a day. It will stay on your mind though and you will look forward to continuing the journey with Sal, Iris, and Deacon. This is the fourth book in the series, so they have become like family to many of us. I have to say that I sometimes skip through the romantic escapades to get to the meat of the story. Don't get me wrong, they are definitely worth reading. It's just that sometimes I ...more
Mona Livsey
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kailee
Sal, Iris, Deacon. The depth of their souls encourage you to explore their journey. This book isn't about sex, deviances, tortures, crisis, sex and the multitude of sins these three have lived through. But about the Triumphs, the Passions, the Sacrifices and Horrors that the have had wrought on them. What they have had to do to survive what insane twists and turns their *families* have gifted them with. They find solace within each other's minds and bodies and find a love they will go through ti ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I am blown away from this incredible author and the unforgettable journey she is taking us on and even after 1,000+ pages I am left wanting so much more. DOAS is Sal, Deacon and Iris like you have never seen them before. Sal is on his way to becoming a Capo and will do whatever it takes to get the job done and protect the people he loves. Deacon knows who he is and what he wants and sometimes has to do unspeakable things all for the sake of love. And Iris, just prepare yourself for on ...more
Little monster
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Again Kailee doesn't disappoint with a stonker of a book yes it's loooonnggg 104 chapters long but......I just couldn't stop reading. Alll my favourite characters back but of course the main three Deacon, Iris and Sal again these three and the relationship they have is amazing. This book was a whirlwind of emotions throughout I laughed, cried ugly tears and of course wanted to throw my kindle up the wall a few times lol, but again Kailee knows how to write deep characters and you
Mandy Williams
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read a book of Kailee's, I don't just read it, I devour it. Diary of a Submissive, book 4 in this series, was a feast for my senses. Sal Raniero is the ultimate bad boy, obsession, dom. I was drawn into this story immediately, my senses overloaded with plot twists, character's behaving badly (which was so, so, good to read), secrets revealing even more secrets. In short, this book consumed my life. And I loved every minute of it. Like her other books, the sex scenes are graphically detail ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is book four in the A Tomb of Ashen Tears series. I absolutely love this authors stories so when I started this my expectations was high. Well she blew my expectations out of the water. This was absolutely brilliant.

So yet again I’m sitting here and wishing I could swallow a dictionary to give this book the review it deserves but I can’t. I just can’t. So I’ll say this is an epic read. It’s a big read and I’m so glad it was. Kailee has her own unique way of telling a story and I really wis
Sara Callaway
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when toy thought it wouldn't get abhor complex it does. I don't know went I expected anything less from this author. Be prepared because this is a long one but you don't even notice until you're finished. I loved seeing Iris, Deacon, Nico and course our star Sal. This book is full of love, hate, fear, tension and relief. Throw in some amazing steamy scenes and you've got one heck of a book. I honestly don't know how she's going to top this one but I have no doubts that she will.

Read with K
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 5-star-read, 2020
Diary of a Submissive is a dark, twisted yet beautiful story and once again this author has left me speechless. I started to write this review yesterday right after I finished reading but I was still processing everything. This book has 104 mind blowing chapters that pulled me in and by the end I still wanted more. I definitely recommend this book and this author to everyone who loves great writing and heartbreakingly beautiful endings.
Sherri Stovall
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for this book. OMG I've had myself so worked up over it. You know how we get ourselves psyched up over something then Bam!!! its here. Well let me tell you it was insane. Loved it from beginning to end.
This series has never been anything but amazing. I don't like to give any spoilers, that's cheating. LOL What I will say is get this book, read it and have your world rocked. LOVE, LOVE LOVE
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH EM GEE!! I'm not even sure how to review this book that will do it justice. It was dark, beautifully twisted and and full of suspense. This very possibility could be my favorite book I've read so far this year. This book took me on a raw emotional rollercoaster ride.....and I loved every single moment. I couldn't wait to find out how it was going to end while at the same time not wanting it to end. ...more
Jenny Trowler
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say !!!!! AMAZING.... wow this book is amazing. I love the storyline involving Sal, Iris and Deacon. Their story just drags you in by the hair and won't let you go. Its twists and turns will bring out every emotion that you have. This book is brilliant written by an amazing author. You must read this book and fall into their story... ...more
Jenna Mejia
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She did it again!!!!! THIS is why I love Kailee. Her character development through all of her novels are simply the best. I love the dynamic between Deacon and Iris. I just have no words for how much I love their fierce love and protectiveness. I love how dark and twisted it is yet so perfect! I couldn’t put it down once I started. BRAVO are truly one of a kind girl!
Kristina Simkins
Wow! This book is a phenomenal page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat begging for more. It’s mind-blowing, emotional, brutal and raw. Sal, Deacon and Iris take us on a journey deep into the depths of the emotional and business sides of the trinity. There are more changes and surprised she’d for the trinity and I can’t wait to see what rose they have in store for us.♥︎
Scott Ryan
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trust must be earned.
And even's own issues might get in the way. Are a couple members of the trinity childish? Maybe. Are there secrets? Hell to the yes. I was wrong about at least one person still surviving at the end, as well as being Somewhat less annoyed with them. And, as usual, not all is as it seems.
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Kailee Reese Samuels is a dark fiction author. Her writing contains elements of dark romance, romantic suspense, psychological thriller, coming of age, MC, and mafia. At the start of her epic-length, dark mafia romance series, a Tomb of Ashen Tears (TAT series or TAT books), she made one promise, Sal & Iris would be together at the end of the journey with a happily ever after.

TAT books are romance

Other books in the series

A Tomb of Ashen Tears (6 books)
  • Salt Kissed Love (A Tomb of Ashen Tears, #1)
  • Famous Last Words (A Tomb of Ashen Tears, #2)
  • Every Minute I Love You (A Tomb of Ashen Tears, #3)
  • A Dark Place (A Tomb of Ashen Tears #5)
  • Forbidden Sins (A Tomb of Ashen Tears #6)

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