September 28, 2009

Review: Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks


Sometimes the first step in taking control is surrendering.
Under Faith Malone’s deceptively soft exterior lies a woman who knows exactly what she wants. A strong man who’ll take without asking—because she’s willing to give him everything…
Dallas cop Gray Montgomery is on a mission: find the guy who killed his partner—and bring him to justice. So far, he’s found a link between the killer and Faith—and if Gray has to get close to her to catch the killer, so be it.
Faith is sweet and feminine, everything Gray wants and desires in a woman, but he suspects she’s playing games. No way she would allow a man to call the shots in their relationship. Or would she?
Faith sees in Gray the strong, dominant man she needs, but he seems determined to keep her at a distance. So she takes matters into her own hands to prove to him it’s no game she’s playing. She’s willing to surrender to the right man. Gray would like to be that man. But catching his partner’s killer has to be his first priority. Until Faith is threatened and Gray realizes he will do anything to protect her.


Faith is a natural submissive- she wants a man to take the lead and the control. She wants to be cared about and needs to feel treasured. Short said: She wants a REAL man and doesn’t know how to get one of those. She’s intrigued by Gray but is afraid to just get another “wannabe” man. So she makes her own plans about getting what she wants. And where did she go to: the local sex club and his sexy owner Damon.

Gray is on an important mission- he wants to get the murder of his partner but what he finds is sweet Faith. He can’t seem to avoid her. He likes her more every time he sees her and he knows getting involved with her isn’t the smart thing to do. He lies to her because his mission is incognito and he hates every minute of it. But what should he do? Stopping to try to find the murder or just forget her? He goes for the second solution but when he discovers what she plans to do in the sex club all bets are off.

The relationship between both of them is a steady back and forth in the beginning. Faith wants all and as fast as possible and Gray is a little reluctant to believe she really wants what she says. Gray annoyed me a bit with, I can’t even say what exactly. I think he annoyed me because he is himself. I think I just don’t like him. I hated the lying and that he didn’t tell her the truth when he had the chance too. I talked to a few people on twitter about that and it seems I’m the only one who’s thinking so. The sex is hawt- it has nearly everything you can think of: BDSM, D/s play and ménage without being too much. Ok perhaps I should rephrase that: Everything I can think of. Don’t know how dirty your minds are. LOL

The suspense plot is good and the pace of the story is great. I really like Maya’ style of writing. The side characters are perfect. I think I love all the other boys- specially Damon and Micah. OMG, these two are yummy.

On thing I noticed is that Maya uses the word “glad” very often(14 times- yep I counted). I only noticed because I so hate this word so much. I know I’m crazy but it sounds so awful and I have the need to puke every time I read it. I don’t know why perhaps it’s because English is not my mother tongue. So just ignore this if you’ve got no problem with this word.LOL

Ignoring my own craziness this book was really good and I enjoyed reading it.

This is the first book in the Sweet Series.
To learn more about Maya and her books please visit her website here.

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Come back tomorrow to read my review of Sweet Persuasion, book #2 in the Sweet Series.


Leontine September 28, 2009 at 8:44 PM  

Of course chaos ruled my picking nature and I started in Sweet Persuasion but I agree with you, Maya Banks writes her stories that turns them in one-sitting-reads. I really need to finish Persuasion and star in bk 1 like a good, organized girl LOL

pattepoilue September 28, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

i have this book but i'm waiting to read it since you know....i'm still under Laid Bare spells. I think i'd be biased is i read it right now (yes Laid Bare ruined any book i could be reading now lol)
It sounds like a great book, i'm looking forward reading it.

Oh yes Dirty mind indeed but let's pretend we're all innocent *wink*

i'll be looking for those crazy 'glad' ;) lol I think we all got one word we can't stand!

Mandi September 28, 2009 at 9:28 PM  

I have yet to try Maya Banks but this one sounds good. Nice review. I am looking forward to Damon and Micah ;)

Blodeuedd September 28, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

I am glad you liked this book ;)
Sorry but I could not help myself.
My mind is pretty dirty so I can imagine

Leontine September 28, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

@pattepoilue: I know what you mean with Laid Bare! :) That is one of the best erotica I've read all year.

SusiSunshine September 28, 2009 at 9:34 PM  

@Leontine LO: I always hate it to read books out of order but it happens nonetheless. Hope you enjoy this one.

@pattepoilue I know you're dirty mind. LOL

@Mandi I can't wait for Micah's story and Damon is a real hottie. His book is on tomorrow.

SusiSunshine September 28, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

@Blodeuedd ;-)

@Leontine & @pattepoilue Totally agree with Leontine, One of the best books ever!

Lea September 28, 2009 at 9:46 PM  

Hey Susi:

Great review. I read this book a long time ago and I think your rating is very appropriate.

I've read a number of Maya Banks books and she really knows how to write the tough "Alpha" hero who saves the heroine usually from a life or death situation. Her style is very easy reading so yes you can rocket through one of her books in one sitting. And, she can write the sex. lol I've got "Sweet Persuasion", in the stacks here but haven't gotten to it and likely won't for some time.

I don't know, I guess our tastes change over time. In all honesty there were a few things about her narratives that really started to annoy me after a while.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!


SusiSunshine September 28, 2009 at 10:02 PM  

@Lea I've read the first two books in this series cuz I got an ARC for Sweet Seduction and I had to take a break after this one. Can't really say why but I knew if would read the rest now I would totally hate them. Perhaps it's cuz I read Laid Bare directly before...I read a fantasy and started the second sweet book and couldn't stop till I finished book 3. Sometimes things like that are strange...

Patti September 28, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

I haven't read any Maya Banks but this sure sounds good. I need to add her to my "read these authors" list! Nice review.

SusiSunshine September 28, 2009 at 11:07 PM  

@Patti These books are getting better and better! You won't regret it.

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