Author: Kitty Thomas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Third Person
Julie had with a dream of a perfectly normal middle class family. As a bartender, the clientele were not exactly meeting her specification except for one of her regular customer.
Gabe Griffin has been coming to the bar for months, but their interaction was limited to drink transactions. When he finally asked her out, he was hoping for something much more, but she might not be able to fulfill his particular needs.
Before starting this book, I had a certain expectation even though the blurb barely gave anything. It turned out completely different than I imagined.
“But what I really want is someone who will call me ‘master’. And I want that someone to be you.”
Gabe was a Dom, but he was not the typical kind. He didn’t believe in coercion but wanted his sub to learn in a different way.
She couldn’t imagine being subject to pain and humiliation at Gabe’s hands, not only for him to see her like this, but to participate in her degradation. She just couldn’t.
Julie’s personality was not something I like for heroines. I love fragile characters but she was too innocent and too clueless. And her incessant crying grated my nerve.
I’m known as the nice one around here, but that doesn’t mean I’m a pushover.
This book was a lot lighter than I expected with minimal eroticism. I believe I get what the author was trying to do with the storyline, but the execution fell short.
I like there was an unexpected turn of event in the beginning. However the dark subject was portrayed in a too light manner, it just felt off. The characters were barely introduced and I couldn’t feel any connection with them individually or together. This is a shame because Gabe’s character and his role in the story could have been something really good.
“I will awaken something inside you that you never dreamed was possible. I will make your body and soul sing for me. I will wrap you up in the kind of warmth and security you thought only happened in fairy tales. So, Julie, are you mine?”
Surrender plays with the theme of choices and free will between a Dom and his acquisition. It would appeal to readers looking for stories in light BDSM setting.
Note: This book is a standalone but occurs in the same world as Guilty Pleasures and Broken Dolls with reoccurring settings and characters. I have not read either one. Even though it’s not required to read before this book, I think it would probably be helpful to have knowledge of previous books because I feel like I really didn’t know much about Gabe and his background.
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