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Reluctant Surrender

(Trust in Me #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  580 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
A tightly wound woman with a secret persona meets a prominent Dom who’s itching to unravel her.

When opportunity arises, renowned Dom Ethan White seizes the excuse and offers straitlaced Colin Reneaux an escape from her conventional life. Reluctant at first, she eventually agrees when offered a chance to explore her secret desires with BDSM tapas—small bites of erotic D/s s
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 28th 2015 by Createspace (first published August 1st 2012)
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Review completed October 5, 2012

"I'm not afraid of your tears. Let me own them, even if it's just for a little while."


I will be straightforward here. Reluctant Surrender was hard to rate. Overall I liked it, it was good enough but I'm going to put it on my shelf books-everyone-loved-but-Baba.

After reading Reluctant Surrender I know for sure why I prefer to read Femdom stories. I'd like to make it very clear that my aversion for naked, crawling women who submit to their Master's every wish did
This book…

This book!

I freaking loved it!

I loved everything about it.

With as much erotica as I read, it’s often hard to find something that doesn’t seem derivative of something else. Especially within the BDSM genre. And fortunately for me, different is exactly what I found with Reluctant Surrender.

Our heroine is Colin. She is snarky and strong and smart, but the author balances her wit beautifully with believable insecurity and a need she’s not sure she’s ready for. I adored her. She felt rea
Jaime Arkin
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ok... so I'm stretching and giving this book 3 stars. I figured I can't give it 2 because I stayed up late the last two nights reading it, but I can't tell if it's because I really was into it, or if I was just powering through it to get it done with. LOL


I really actually like bdsm books and this one is actually good, I just couldn't get into it. I didn't feel like the chemistry between the two characters was believable at all and they both actually rubbed me the wrong way for most of thi
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
The Romance Review

Is it possible to convert a vanilla woman into a willing submissive? This is a question many debate. In RELUCTANT SURRENDER, this question is put to the test. Will Colin Reneaux take a walk on the dark side with Dom Ethan White and want to stay with him?

Colin is a highly sought after photographer who blogs under the name of Riling Rita. Prim and proper Colin comes across as a boring wallflower whose only kink would be if she slept wrong and woke up with a sore neck. Dom Ethan is determined to s
Christine Bell
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was about the best dang BDSM book I've ever read!Rarely does a book hit all my happy switches. It was funny, emotional and super sexy and when it was over, I sighed out loud. A satisfying ending, but at the same time, I felt a little wistful it was over. I can't wait until a few months go by so I can re-discover these characters, and even better, judging by the ending, I'm thinking sequel!

Things I liked: When Colin and Ethan meet, it's off the charts chemistry right from the word go. I'm a
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't dole out 5 star reviews very lightly so y'all know I'm serious about it when I do. THIS BOOK, y'all, THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!

The BDSM genre is not always a slam dunk for me, too many "wannabes" and too many "trying to hards" and not enough "just rights" well, this book is just right in all the important ways.

Riley Murphy created two very realistic characters in Colin and Ethan. Colin is a funny, smart, sassy woman who meets her match in Ethan, who is equally funny and smart, he is also d
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was just WOW!!

I've read a couple of BDSM books and nothing compares to this one. I was totally engrossed and lost myself in this story for hours.

Ethan the prominent Dom and Colin the straitlaced but secretive woman are a match made in heaven.

The chemistry between the two was just right. His demeanor and her stubbornness made it that much better. Ethan was very thoughtful and understanding but forceful when the situation required it.

Overall this was just a great book from start to fi
Jennifer Probst
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great BDSM book that I ripped through in a matter of hours. Loved it!
4.5 Stars Reluctant Surrender is an erotic romance by Riley Murphy.

Straight-laced Colin Reneaux is a reputable photographer who has handled events for some of New England’s most prominent citizens. But behind closed doors she secretly blogs as Riling Rita—a fictitious persona—her personal account of the events she attends and the people she meets. Having earned the collective support of a fair number of people in the BDSM community after the collaring ceremony she blogged about at Christmas,
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4.5 Stars

Having read many BDSM books over the past several years I think I have become somewhat cynical in the area mainly because the theme is pretty much the same. I have to say though I was extremely pleased with Riley Murphy’s Reluctant Surrender. I loved her writing style she added that I had not seen in a lot of these books a Dom willing to take the time and be patient with the submissive explain and show how things were to be and what h
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Ethan <3 The Hypnotist, SO FUCKING HOT!!!
Collin :D Strong and sweet

I really enjoyed the book, especially the Tapas scenes... They were swoon
The story picks up slowly slowly and fuck is it oh so ever hot ;)

“Are you going to tell me, Colin? Or do I have to slide my hand under your skirt and dig into your panties to find the answer?” *melts*

“Chess again?”
“Yes,” he drew out slowly. “You need to improve your game.”
Boy did she ever. Here she was in nothing but a skimpy butt-cleaving thong and she
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so blown away by this book that I went right out an read Reclaimed Surrender. Riley Murphy does an amazing job of writing about two strong personalities. Her heros are super alpha males and her heroines are strong, independent women. I absolutely loved Colin's self discovery and could really identify with quite a few of her sentiments. She was such a believable character that reading this book felt like getting to know a new friend. I was instantly swept away and found it incredibly diffic ...more
Cassandra Carr
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Ethan was a to-die-for Dom and Colin was really funny. Loved the scenes toward the end w/her two friends. Speaking of them, are they getting their own books? I can only hope...
Just Another Girl And Her Books
If you liked 50 Shades of Grey, you will love Reluctant Surrender. From my perspective, the only thing 50 Shades has over Reluctant Surrender is the hype. On every other count, Reluctant Surrender wins. It has better character development, a more believable plot line, and far more titillating sex scenes.

The stage for Reluctant Surrender is set before the story even begins. Colin Reneaux is stubborn, difficult, challenging, and curious. Ethan White is patient, understanding, insightful, and smoki
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reads
Awesome - awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome and a little bit more awesome! It is hard to pinpoint exactly what I loved about this story, but I do know I was over half way through and went to reflect on a sex scene when I realized actual sex had not yet occurred - I was so wrapped up in the story, I didn't even notice or miss it!
So we have Ethan, Dom extraordinaire, having an immediate attraction to blogger Colin. Now I have to say, I was turned around by her name, and everytime it was used full
Romance Readers Retreat
Wow! What a ride! 

How does a Dom cope when he seems to have lost his way? When he's spent a year tied to a sub to whom it no longer has a connection? A sub who he's had to blacklist for her own safety. 

Ethan (The Hypnotist) has had a terrible year. He's in a rut and just wants to get his new venture with his two friends off the ground. 

This leads him to meeting the lady his friends have named The Ice Queen, Colin. She's a straight-laced, business savvy, career driven mouse with a stick up her ar
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually only rate the books that I read. However after reading Reluctant Surrender I feel the need to share how I felt about this book. This book was everything. Many books in this genre are sex with a story buried in between the sex. Do not get me wrong I enjoy them and have given some of them the same rating because I enjoyed them. That is one of the reasons that I felt I needed to write this. Generally I would just share with friends what I felt about a book (tend to tell them the whole sto ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
Reluctant Surrender
Riley Murphy
Ellora’s Cave Taboo

Wow! This book Deserves 5 Stars because Riley Murphy is a great writer. This book will suck you in and bring out all your emotions. I had to finish reading in one day because my emotions were seriously in the ringer. I’m not saying I agree with every concept, in reality there were a few ideals Ethan had and Colin put up with that I personally wanted to smack him around for. There were good times, bad, disgraceful, disrespectful, hot, sex
She Hearts Books
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we first meet Colin she seems almost meek, but one scorching hot encounter with Ethan cracks that facade. We find out that she has a few secrets hidden deep inside with at least one that is just bursting to get out. She longs to have a man dominate her and Ethan gave her a small taste of what is possible in that kind of relationship. When she is coerced into spending a week with him Colin knows that her world is about to change. Through a series of BDSM tapas Ethan reveals her inner submiss ...more
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, e-book-on-deck
This guy sure thought alot of himself.

I want to connect with your inner submissive. I want you to trust me above all else. And when you do, you will discover that serving the desires of someone else, serving my desires will lead you to a kind of freedom you have never known.

You need a man in your life , sweetheart. A man so you can satisfy his demands instead of chasing your own.


Those vanilla ideas of equality you are clinging to are at war with your sexuality. You don't want to
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these characters!

I read this last year and still remember the story. It is one of the first erotic books I read after 50 Shades and I really liked the book and author. I guess I just never got around to a review!! I recently read it again after searching through many purchases and finally finding it.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've got to give it all the stars because I haven't stopped reading since yesterday! I didn't dare close my eyes!

This book! That man! Dear lord there are not enough Ethan Whites in this world. And Colin (strange female name where I'm from) well, Im just so proud of her for overcoming her fears!

Loved it! So much!
Sophy Sorn
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a good book to read but am not to crazy about him displaying her in front of others to see but am glad that he took her away and not wanting to share her with others anymore then he had to. Not too crazy about putting the condom on using her mouth, that's kind of gross and Ginger in her? Hmm interesting. but Ethan is very sweet and caring even thou he pretends not to.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictional-arcs
Reviewed on behalf of Fictional Mens Room...

Sabine Wilson
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE this book! Love Colin and Ethan. I couldn't put the book down. love this angle of BDSM. it always seems like being a submissive is easy but there's a lot more to it. can't wait for the follow up book. I know Ted and Jo will be a hoot!
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God.

I was sad to see this book end because I fell head over heels in love with the characters.

This is a must read for anyone who enjoys romance or BDSM!

When is the story for Jo and Ted coming out??!! I need that love story in my life!!!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had this book for a few years and have read it 4 or 5 times. Every time I read it, I enjoy it more.

It’s the story of a young woman who wants to explore her submissive side and her interest in BDSM. Through her quick wit and courage she ‘saves’ a jaded Dom from himself and his previous Sub.

This is the funniest BDSM book I have read (I’ve read about 100) - the first chapter is a riot and the author keeps it up throughout the book.

I liked the tapas scenes; they’re a spur to the imagination.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite Riley Murphy books. Ethan takes on the challenge of turning Colin into his sub within 10 days. She supposedly is doing it for what it will contribute to her blog. He supposedly is doing it for the publicity for his new BDSM resort. Really - they are both hot for each other and maybe they both have a lot to learn. A great diversity of sex scenes as he trains Colin.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Riley is a good writer and creates some very interesting characters. It's fun to get what feels like a "real" peek into a world most of us will never encounter IRL.
And I thought I could just read almost anything...

I enjoy the BDSM just like the next person, but I am a little torn on this book. I have found that not once, twice, but five times skipping ahead on pages. The story is well informed but a little TOO well informed.

It kind of makes me feel like I am watching daytime TV where soaps rule the day. This is a story that is like Bo who dives into the water to save a mysterious girl that was thrown off of Victor's dingy and in a commercial length of time
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