Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Drea's Review - Sweet Surrender
Author: Maya Banks
Series: Sweet, #1
Release Date: December 31st 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Police officer Gray’s partner was killed. The only link he has to the killer is through a woman named Faith and her itinerant, freeloading mother. At his partner’s father’s urging, he moves to Houston to check into the link, hoping to track down the mother. Of course, Faith is one of those mousy, doesn’t-realize-she’s-beautiful heroines with a tragic backstory and neglectful mother. Her sex life is drab. She’s realized she wants a real man—one who will dominate her. So she starts looking up BDSM on the internet and makes an appointment to visit a scene house. In the interim, the hot new addition at work is too much to resist. Too bad Gray doesn’t seem quick to jump into anything with her…that is until he discovers she’s going to a BDSM house. If anyone is going to tie her up and dominate her, it’s him. Throw in some Mom-asking-for-money drama and the partner’s dad’s grief-driven insanity (or just straight up insanity), and you’ve got the plot.
I grabbed this one for the BDSM aspect, but just wasn’t sold on it after reading. Sweet Surrender was good for a few hours of entertaining reading but…not terribly sizzling.
The hero rubbed me wrong. If he could have gotten away with sticking Faith in a padded genie bottle and rubbing the base when he wanted to play with her, I think he probably would have. And Faith…there are attempts at making her a worthy heroine…with her realization of what she needs and that it’s okay to feel that way, but she’s more like a stuffed poodle…limp and filled with white fuzz. I didn’t identify with her at all. Nor did I understand why she didn’t just freaking tell someone her freeloading mom was calling again.
And then the ménage? I’m not adverse to those, but this one felt as though it had been thrown in for the sake of upping the heat level without adding anything at all. That interlude didn’t bring the characters closer, it only made Gray seem creepy (even though Faith does say it’d make her hot).
Let’s not forget Damon, the BDSM club owner who has no trouble lending his freaking beach house to a woman he’s met twice. Um…no. This wouldn’t happen in real life.
None of this would have.
(I like my contemporary romances to at least have some realistic parts)
So if you’re after pure escapism with a side of overbearing hero and some light bondage, snap this one up.