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The Art of Submission (The Art of D/s #1) - Ella Dominguez This is a review of the revised version, the first book in The Art of D/s series. Both H and h are D/s switches, seemingly natural in both roles. A exclusive concept for the genre. Whether the MCs are willing to accept this is yet to be revealed. This alone may move you to read the entire series. What works: -Dylan and Isabel's deep POVs. You know exactly what the characters are thinking at all times. Sucks you into the story as if you're there with them.-The dialogue is honest, sassy, and often quite humorous.-Isabel paints what she's innately drawn to without ever experiencing the BDSM community. This is a compelling and unique plot element.-The sex scenes are well written and appropriately placed.-Best line in the book: “Oh, you know. The doorman showed me.”What doesn't work: -In general, the narrative language isn't creative or inspirational, and the flow between POVs is jarring at times. -There's more telling than showing, using adjectives and named emotions in place of showing details (e.g. You're told he's beautiful and sexy more than you're shown the color of his hair or the shape of his jaw. I still don't have a clear idea of what he looks like...barring the actual jpeg of him provided in the book)-Isabel falls out of character a few times, reacting in ways that feel more contrived than believable (e.g. she removes belts from the "kinky" room because she can't look at them, yet she has no problem wielding one to use against her Dom). You'll enjoy her dominant side and you'll be convinced it's a natural attribute, but when it emerges, it feels disconnected. The catalyst for her alter-ego isn't developed.-Isabel pays a visit to her abuser but the reason isn't solid, and as you'd expect, bad things happen. It's a decision she doesn't think through and this really weakened the character for me.Overall, there's a lot voice in the narration and --Yay!-- it doesn't hang you on a cliff like so many in the genre do. The ending is fun, teasing exciting things to come. I'll continue to read just to find out out how the multi-switch thing plays out.