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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Drea's Review - Sweet Surrender

Title: Sweet Surrender
Author: Maya Banks
Series: Sweet, #1
Format: paperback
Release Date: December 31st 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3-stars

Drea's Review:

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. 


  1. Yeah when it's too unrealistic and that you feel it it's complicated. I'm sorry it wasn't what you expected.

    1. It was a quick read, so I'm not too broken up about it :)

  2. I read this series a few years back. I liked it overall but it's not my favorite on the BDSM front.

    1. And here I went and bought a bunch more by her LOL :D (they were on clearance)

    2. I didn't think they were bad but I've read better. I think they all hit in the 3-4 range. Most 3 1/2. I did think Damon's book was interesting since it was my first 24/7 relationship.

    3. Ooh! I have that one :)
      As unrealistic as he was in this one, I did want to read his story.

  3. I LOVE Maya Bank's historicals (they're awesome!) but unfortunately I can say the same for the contemporary series I have tried. :(
    Her stories don't have a real feeling to them, so I can totally understand your feelings, in fact in one particular book I felt like the whole story had been thrown in for the sake of publishing a book..LOL
    I will always read her hsitoricals tho :)
    Thanks Drea!

    1. Ooh I am such a historical fan. I'll have to try at least one of hers. Thank you for the tip!

  4. This one sounds... interesting? I don't want to read about a stuffed poodle though lol I'll stick with her other series :D

    1. lol I was just being catty. But yeah, she's not really a heroine I envied.

  5. I am slowly coming to the realization that maybe Maya Banks is not the author for me. Even if you sort of like it I will br skipping this one.

  6. There are lots of mixed feelings about Maya Banks' contemporary stories around the net and, to be honest, I still have to make up my mind if read them or not. Just like you, I prefer my contemporary romances to have some realistic parts, soooo...perhaps I should go with her historicals first. Hmm, decisions, decisions...
    Thanks for reviewing, Drea!