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Sweet Surrender

(Sweet #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  24,963 ratings  ·  1,071 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley Heat
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Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
I am glad I won this book in a contest. Had I paid a trade paperback price for this, I would have been out of my mind with disappointment.

Gray Montgomery is a Dallas cop working undercover, and off the record, to avenge his partner's death on the job. Faith Malone is the office manager at Gray's new job at a Houston security firm, and her mother is the suspected killer's accomplice. Gray takes this job to get close to Faith to see if she's in cahoots with her mother.

While tapping her phones and
4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage

This is a rather deep look into the makings of a Dominant/submissive relationship that encompasses both sexual and emotional fulfillment with a satisfying romantic suspense plot thrown in for extra measure. The H/H, dominant cop Gray and sweet, natural submissive Faith, are very likable characters, as are all the secondary characters. There are several hotties (sex club owner Damon and fellow security agents Connor, Nathan, and Micah) that I hope
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First, can I just say that I love how on the back of my edition it says "mature audience"? Like someone who isn't mature is going to throw up their hands and be all, "Whoops, I'm out." Just like how nobody ever lies on those websites that ask, "Are you really 18?" (Fun fact: once, when I was sixteen, I attempted to access an adult fanfiction site and a dialogue box popped up asking me if I was 18. Being the honest person I am, I clicked
Stephanie Marsh
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I'll sum this story up quickly:

Her: I want a man to dominate me!
Him: You don't know what you want. You're just playing games.
Her: OMG, you're right! I am! What's wrong with me?!
Him: Wait. What?
Girl runs away.


Him: I want to dominate you!
Her: You don't know what you want! You're just playing games.
Him: OMG, you're right. I am! And I'm lying to you, too!

100 pages of nothing but sex later...

Her: You lied to me!
Him: I'm so sorry! I love you!
Her: I understand. But I'm still so confused!
Him: L
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Erotic romance/suspense fans
This one is for anyone who likes a little romantic suspense with their erotica. I loved it--it had the perfect balance!

The hero, Gray, is a Dallas cop whose partner has been killed in the line of duty. The police are getting nowhere trying to find the perpetrator. Gray gets a lead that the perp may some way be connected to a woman in Houston. Gray takes a leave of absence and finagles a job with the family P.I. company where the woman works. He's stunned by her beauty and innocence when he meets
3.5 STARS!!!

Sweet Surrender was a little slow for me. I thought that there was a lot of emphasis placed on things that really weren’t necessary. I don’t need to read about Faith’s day-to-day work duties. In contrast, the things that I was looking forward to didn’t meet my expectations. I was a little bit disappointed with the pacing. I hate to admit it, but I was skimming a lot of the pages.

Part of the reason was because even though I liked Faith in the beginning, she kind of lost her appeal h
2.5 stars.

This book was ok for me, but not up to the caliber of, say, Cherise Sinclair's novels involving a BDSM theme. While some of the scenes were definitely hot, I didn't feel there was a great connection between Gray and Faith. I kinda felt that Gray was a bit too selfish (more of a dictator than a dom), especially in his refusal to dole out a safe word. Faith, IMO, was a weak heroine - yes, I guess she was "assertive" enough to know and insist she wanted a submissive lifestyle, but she did
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantica Lovers
Recommended to Daisiemae by: Blackbook
I loved this book so much! I hated to see it end. I loved everything about this book. The characters were likable and I found myself really caring about the outcome of the storyline.

Police detective Gray Montgomery is recovering from the murder of his partner and his own injuries. Just when he is about to return from medical leave, his partner's father Mick-who is a retired police officer-approachs him with information about the killer. Finding out that the killer is shacked up with a two-timed
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet Surrender is a sweet light and HEA type of story. Not much of story or plot. No layers on the story. Characters pretty much 1 dimensional. A lot of insta lust/ love. And since this is Maya Banks, the sex must be prominent on the story.

But I found it very standard. I do not like it nor hate it. I just read it for passing time. I even found the sex is kind of boring and repetitive. Not much steam.

3 stars
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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As the sexual tension between Gray and Faith grew stronger, my sexual tension was about to blow a gasket! I don't think I've had an itch to scratch that bad since reading Kristen Ashley's - The Gamble. So I held my expectations pretty high in hopes that my patience would be awarded - Nope. The BDSM theme in this novel was actually pretty tame. (A word I never thought to associate with BDSM!) But it was. The first half of th
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susanne by: Jenn Scranton
4.5 Great Series Opener

I adored all characters! Straight on to the next one.
❤❤ ½ (Not a terrible story. Just got terribly old, quickly)

I try not to let other reviewers' evaluations weigh too heavily on my own but I'm always so surprised when I read something that I consider less than great then see that my GRs friends/people I follow have rated it highly and/or raved about it. It just so happens that this is one of those times and as I'm reading the reviews that say things like 'great development'; 'couldn't put it down'; 'a new take on the Dom/sub relationship' or 'the
Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review contains some content that may not be appropriate for all eyes. I have chosen a paragraph from the book that is tasteful (IMHO) and gives you a look into how the author portrays delicious moments between the lovers in Sweet Surrender.

It has been a very long time since I’ve read an erotica book. I was a little shocked haha .. I guess I feel old. Regardless, this book was super cool and I really like the story and the characters.

The author did a fantastic job bringing the characters
3.5 stars. A little weak on story at times, because it sometimes moves fast. Also, the good sex takes awhile to get to. BUT when it happens, it's SMOKIN HOT!!!
I will read the others in this series eventually.
Anouk | (Foxidian_)
mehhh I didn't feel my connection with the characters, also the story was predictable ...more
3-3.5 stars

Sigh! I just had this review all written out and then accidentally erased it all... so here we go again.

This was a decent story but had some definite flaws. Faith was a good heroine and Gray was an alright hero but to me, the story was a bit lacking. BTW, the BDSM in this story is seems more along the lines of BDSM-lite.

Faith is an office manager for a security firm. Faith grew up with a lazy and selfish mother and Faith supported her mother more than anything. When she was older, Fai
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff! :)
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! I LOVEEDDD IT! Gray definitly knows what a woman wants and how to make her heart swell. I could only imagine that i find Mr. Prince Charming. The book was filled with passion, suspence and steamy romance. It was a fight for love and Gray, like all good romance books, lost as did Faith. Maya Banks is an amazing author and has always kept me enthralled and turning the page. She is one of the few authors that can make me finish a book in less then 24 hours. GREAT READ! Recomme ...more
There have been men who would be more than willing to spend a night playing the dominant male, but it ends there. I don’t want it to end.”
Insert: Twenty-something female undergoing some hefty sexual frustration.

Faith Malone is jonesing for something that will satisfy her erratic, yet undefinable sexual need. It is a desire that she can just taste on the tip of her tongue, but remains elusive.

I give kudos to Faith for researching what she thinks she wants and being bold enough to go to an exc
This book was exactly what I was looking for right now, light, fun and sexy with a great HEA at the end.

I just want get my one negative out of the way quickly. I was a little disappointed with the storyline. I had expected more of the Cop aspect, a more detailed case maybe?
But we were told who the bad guy is and what he wanted, right at the beginning. Then it went quiet in the middle and was all neatly wrapped up within a few pages at the end. So if you're looking for a really full on, complic
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
Gray Montgomery’s partner has just been murdered and he is on the hunt for the killer which leads him straight to Faith Malone. Gray is going undercover in Houston at a security firm where Faith works as an office manager. Gray believes that Faith’s mother may have something to do with the murder and tries to get close to Faith in order to gain information. What Gray doesn’t expect is his immediate and deep connection to Faith, who is going through her own trials and tribulations.

Faith is looki
Riverina Romantics
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first 50% or so of this book. There was a slow, sweet seduction that kept me eagerly awaiting the next interlude between the feisty yet shy Faith and the tough and determined Gray.

I loved their connection. Loved how Faith set out to get her jiggy on with Gray and ADORED how Gray wanted her just as badly unfortunately the second half of the book didn't match up with the first for me.

The story was going along great, the romance was set to a slow simmer and I was thoroughly e
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smuttfabulous
Okay, now that I have finished this book I am reading other folks reviews and it is certainly a mixed bag of them. The reason I decided to read the other reviews after the fact is because I have mixed emotions on this book. Parts were really good and parts were ‘Ho hum”.

Right off it grabbed me because it is set in Houston and since I live right outside of Houston I was intrigued. Gray Montgomery is a Dallas cop who is taking a leave after his partner was killed. He heads to Houston where he is
This book started out a little slow for me. Right now all of my other series have me waiting for their books, so I figured I would pick this one up. A few chapters in I really regretted that decision.
Lu Bielefeld
ok read - portuguese edition - menage
Mary M
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I wish goodreads had something other then didn't like cause this falls more under disgusted, horrified and scarred for life! NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn't even get past 30th page! Never has that ever happened to me! I wouldn't have this book at all on my account listed as read, or to read or anything, if it weren't for the fact that i'm afraid this review might delete along with it. Now you understand how much i hated this book, jokes aside. SEROUSLY.

If you like REALLY kinky book
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2read2
Well, first thing to say is Gray is yummy, yummy good and I loved the first book in Maya Banks "Sweet" series so much so I'm ready to go get the rest! Loved that the book was mixed with both a good storyline, romantic suspense and erotica all in a nice pretty package! While it was not over the top kink, it had some nice BDSM moments along with a menage moment, both conveying the trust that the partners had in one another, both emotionally and physically. More than anything it conveyed that a sub ...more
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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

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