Also in this series: Giving In, Taking It All
Series: Surrender Trilogy #1
Published by Berkley on February 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, BDSM
Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.
Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.
When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.
This was actually such a beautiful romance and I couldn’t keep my hands off of it. Like literally this book kept me up all hours of the night reading it because I couldn’t put it down. It was pure delight and I had a blast with this story and seeing this couple explore what they had together.
“This isn’t good-bye,” he said tightly. “Just because you think you no longer need me doesn’t mean I’m going to just disappear. Prepare yourself for that, Joss.”
Its a story that features a widow, who has been grieving her loving late husband. But now she is ready for a fresh start and to explore her hidden desires. So she goes to a respectable BDSM club, and she sees none other than her husband’s best friend and the man that has been her comfort and companion the last three years. And certain truths come out about his desires and his love for her that he has kept hidden even though her husband knew of his affections. And they agree to start a relationship including exploring her needs and desires.
“It’s always been what I am. And let me tell you this right now. If this is what you want. If this is what you need. Then I’m going to be the only damn man you offer your submission to.”
This story was so epically beautiful, and so emotionally intune and I loved how much “heart” was in this book despite the BDSM focus in the sex scenes. Maya Banks definitely knows how to write her stories and she did wonders on this one. I just couldn’t get enough of this couple and seeing this explore their connection to each other was a majestic experience. You can’t go wrong until you pick this one up.