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Book Review-Headmaster by Tara Sue Me

by | Jun 9, 2022 | Book Reviews | 1 comment

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive novels delivers a scintillating new erotic romance, where two instructors redefine the phrase “teacher’s pet” . . . .

Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.

Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried–but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.

My Review

First Impressions

Headmaster is the second book in the latest series by this author, and after loving the first book I just had to read the second book, as there was such a side plot in the first book featuring this couple and I wanted them to have their HEA so badly and see their journey. I am not ashamed to have just jumped right into this one, because it was just as good as the first one, if not better, because when it comes to BDSM as healing, you will capture my attention from the get-go with that one. This book isn’t an easy one to read though, it deals with some tough tackling topics and I really enjoyed seeing how it all played out. I knew that going into it though, it would be a heart-stopper and would really tug at the heartstrings and the author succeeded at that and more. My heart just bled for this couple and seeing how much they loved each other but not only that, but how well they “fit” so well together and seeing them get to their dream in each other was so endearingly beautiful.


Lennox MacLure is the headmaster of the RACK Academy and is one of the most capable dominants in the business. But when his submissive Winnie, was killed, he blamed himself and ever since he has sworn off the Dominnant/Submissive life and for three years has been withdrawn, grieving and not allowing himself to feel and is burdened with guilt and shame. He created the RACK Academy shortly after Winnie’s death to atone for his sins. Now enters our heroine Mariela, who is the dance instructor and the lead submissive teacher, who also happened to be Winnie’s best friend and a natural submissive and is in love with Lennox. She is determined to save Lennox from himself and get him back into the lifestyle because she knows it will heal his wounds. But getting him to that point won’t be easy and she will have a battle on her hands but also with her heart….

What I Loved

This book was everything I could have hoped for and more….I knew going into this book it would really be rough emotionally and that is true. But I also wanted to see so much from this couple. We see quite a bit of struggle and pain in the previous couple and their relationship, and so to see them find their joy in each other and truly find peace was such a win for me. This author’s writing is fully engaging, and I was so captivated by the romance between these two and the emotional scars that they were both dealing with. Seeing the heroine take control and fight for the man she loved was such a breathtaking moment, and I was cheering her on all the way. We see what a recluse Lennox has become, and she slowly draws out the dominant in him and when he bursts free and embraces that side of himself was such a worthwhile wait to see. My heart became so endeared to these two’s journey and their growth together because we see how Mariela has really neglected her submissive nature and lost her dancing song and how Lennox has lost his dominant nature and lost sight of truths about himself. Then we see as they embrace a relationship together, that they find what they have both lost. Tara Sue Me writes such powerful evoking stories and I know I am just starting to read her, but the way she develops these stories is deeply riveting and I am excited to explore more of her work and I am definitely seeing why so many have loved her work, especially in portraying BDSM relationships so well.

What I Struggled With

Honestly….I can’t really think of anything that was a big struggle or anything. I think I would have liked just a bit more couple-page time if I had to change anything.

Overall View

I found Headmaster to be such a vibrant, soul-searing romance that curled my toes, touched my heart, and had me yearning for more! A HEART-ENDEARING ROMANCE OF KINK AND HEALING!

Title: Headmaster

Author: Tara Sue Me

Genre: Erotic BDSM Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Library

Length: 306 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 5

Story Itself: 4.5

Character Development: 5

Writing Style: 4.5

World Building 4.25

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.5

Pacing 5

Plot 4.5

Cover Art 4

Ending 4.5

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

Lessons From The Rack

Master Professor-Pub 2017 #1 in the Series

Headmaster-Pub 2018 #2 in the Series

Master of Pleasure-Pub 2022 #3 in the Series

About The Author


Even though she graduated with a degree in science, Tara knew she’d never be happy doing anything other than writing. Specifically, writing love stories.

She started with a racy BDSM story and found she was not quite prepared for the unforeseen impact it would have. Nonetheless, she continued and The Submissive Series novels would go on to be both New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers. One of those, THE MASTER, was a 2017 RITA finalist for Best Erotic Romance.

Now she is focusing on new contemporary romances that allow her the freedom to write and publish on her own schedule.


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