September 29, 2009

Review: Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks


For five years, Serena has run Fantasy Incorporated and has devoted her time to fulfilling her clients’ fantasies. Never her own. Until now…
Her most secret desire is to give ownership of her body to a man. Someone who will command her, pleasure her, and have complete authority over her. So she seeks out Damon Roche, owner of an exclusive sex club and a man strong enough to make her do anything he wants. Anything.
Together they’ll journey into a world she’s only dreamed of. She’s given the opportunity to immerse herself in a different life while her normal one waits for her to return whenever she wishes. Damon has no desire to let her go, however. Serena is the woman he’s long searched for, and it’s up to him to convince her to stay when the game is all over with. He wants their fantasy to become their reality and for Serena to remain his pampered, cherished submissive.(by


This review is kind of hard for me to write.I enjoyed reading the book but there are few things I’m not sure about. But let’s start at the beginning.

Serena(I love this name) is a successful woman. She has her own firm, a nice car and everything you can want from life except one thing: she wants to be a slave to a powerful master. Not like in the middle ages but like a very strict D/s relationship. I’m not sure if I, or my inner feminist likes this idea. But OK everyone what he likes. She’s not sure how to get that and after talking to Faith about it she contacts Damon and starts to fulfill her own dream. She’s a strong character despite being so submissive. She knows what she wants and I admire her strength to admit it.
Damon is really hot and from the first second I read about him in book 1 I wanted to know more about him. He has very high expectations concerning a functioning relationship. He wants to take charge of everything not only between the sheets. He knows that is much to ask and that not many woman would give so much freedom away. But he wants nothing less and waits for his super submissive to show up in his life. When he learns what Serena really wants he can’t give her to another man because she is exactly what he wants.

The connection between both of them builds relatively fast. Beneath all this master slave thing seems to be real deep feelings. It surprise me to be so emotional and I have to admit at one point their could have been a tear in my eyes. At moments everything is real cute and smooth between them but there are parts in this story I just can’t accept as easily. The slave status is taken real far, perhaps too far for me and is absolutely nothing for the faint of heart. We witness many dirty things in this book from bondage to spankings. I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. It’s really hot but a few things put a damper on it for me.I don’t want to be more specific because it would spoil the book. When you read it you will know what I mean.

The side characters were great as ever. The girls together are great and the boys are just adorable. We meet everyone again and it made me really curious about the next book but I have to admit Julie annoyed me from time to time.

This book is real great read and it’s one of the hottest books I read so far. If you got no problem with BDSM and a master/slave relationship you should get this book ASAP.

This is book 2 in the Sweet Series. If you want to learn more about Sweet Surrender, the first book in this series read my review here. To learn more about Maya and her books please visit her website here.

Read other reviews @goodreads .

Buy this book @amazon or as ebook @BooksOnBoard

Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sweet Seduction, book #3 in the Sweet Series.


pattepoilue September 29, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

See! i'm not THAT dirty minded because i'm thinking this book might be a bit too much BDSM for me. But it does sound hot.... that's quite the dilemma here lol
Great review though because it does make me want to read it anyway

SusiSunshine September 29, 2009 at 9:18 PM  

@pattepoilue I think it's too much BDSM for me but I loved reading it. Sounds strange I know but the rest of the book was sooooo good that I could easily ignore the things I didn't like.

Patti September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

Hmmm...this is part of a series? I wonder if I can get this at my B&N or if I'll have to order it, 'cause I definitely have to check out this series! I'm intrigued - great review!

Lea September 30, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

Another great honest review Susi. Depending on who writes the bdsm I'm okay with it, however for some reason, I'm just not too sure about this one! lol

However as I mentioned yesterday I do have the book here and will read it, because you have piqued my curiosity.. lol

Thanks for sharing..

Leontine September 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM  

Is the D/s taken very far?? I have read this book up till 2/3 (I know bad me has to finish it) but I did not perceive it as going too far. But then I am a very fond reader of BDSM and D/s :)

Note to self: I really need to make time to re-read Persuasion and finish it!!

Enjoyed reading your review Susi and looking forward to hearing you on the third (Seduction) in this series!!

SusiSunshine October 1, 2009 at 9:26 AM  

@Patti I hope you can get them! I have to order nearly all my books online vuz no German bookstore them to have romance of any kind in English!

@Lea I really enjoyed reading this book. Perhaps it's only my brain and me thinking about it later that makes it seem like too much.

@Leontine I will tell you what I mean when you finished the book but I think I'm a little wimp in that department.

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