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Sweet Persuasion: Sweet Series, Book 2 | [Maya Banks]

Sweet Persuasion: Sweet Series, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Incredibly intense and complex characters, delicious conflict and explosive sex scenes that fairly melt the print off the pages, Sweet Persuasion will have Maya Banks fans, new and existing alike, lasciviously begging for more." (Romantic Times)

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 10-20-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "OH SOOOOO SWEET BUT MUCH MUCH MORE"

    I love M.B.'s books and this one was is no exception - it had everything you would expect from one of her books namely passion, pleasure, plenty of hot sex all wrapped up in a great story with sensative characters.

    Whilst I'm not into bdsm I get that some are, and this book treats it as part of a loving willing and giving partnership that is her fantasy - which is what the story is all about and how it backfires on her. She soon realises that it's not at all what she wants with heartbreaking consequences. This book was touching as the two lovers became drawn to each other and it took you along with them as their passions journeyed to it's final heartwarming conclusion.

    Worth a credit? Oh that would be a big fat YES I 'm loving this series and I'm downloading the rest of them now. This could be a stand alone book but why miss a single book in this brilliant series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 07-26-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "What???"

    Unfortunately this book just didn’t work for me. (Clearly I’m in the minority here) Whenever I listen to a Maya Banks book I always expect lots of hot and steamy sex. Which doesn’t bother me as long as it’s done right. However, this one just didn’t feel right to me. Even though this was Serena’s fantasy and she was a consenting adult, I just didn’t relate to the sexual slavery and complete submission. Really? Who does that?

    **Spoilers**

    There were just too many creepy scenes for me. For example, when two men (strangers) held her down while Damon used her….it just screamed rape to me which is NOT SEXY. I also didn’t care for all the “public” displays, whether in the sex club, limo or at Damon’s house where a punishment was given (yuck). Just not my thing.
    I’m a bit disappointed since I really enjoyed book 1 of the sweet series.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-20-13
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-20-13 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Reveals more about the author than intended."

    I have tried to read one or two books by Maya Banks and have always walked away scratching my head over the high ratings. I bought this one on sale, again because of the ratings, but I don't get it. This woman cannot write her way out of a paper bag.

    In this instance, the plot was constructed from a flimsy framework of abusive sexual slavery. There was never a instant when I thought, yes, that makes sense -- I can see a real person doing that. There was nothing sensual about it. It was sick sexual domination that we're supposed to accept as sexy because it was the woman's idea. The final insult is that the author tries to make us believe all of the abuse is acceptable because it is ultimately motivated by love. Perhaps if this is your first erotica novel, you might not know the difference. Perhaps that explains some of the ratings.

    The H wants to live his life with a sexual slave, and he makes no apology about it. He hasn't been able to find a woman willing to live it 24/7 with him and has about given up when he meets a woman with a fantasy of being a sexual slave. There is a contract, but no discussion of cost. Ever. Are fantasy's like this free?

    It's a hard knock life for a sexual slave, and after the initial excitement, the woman, Serena, decides that it's a little too hard core for her. But the guy is so persuasive that he continuously manipulates and breaks down her personality for his own gratification so that she doesn't know where fantasy leaves off and reality takes over. She's frightened and confused. When she acts on those feelings, she is stripped, beaten and forced to give oral sex to her "owner" in front of a dinner party so that he can exert his dominance and teach her a lesson and not be embarrassed in front of his friends..

    But what made it worse was the ending.

    Serena has a major meltdown, but instead of attributing it to the sexual abuse she is suffering, the author does to us what the abuser did to her, she twists the logic. Serena's business is about fulfilling fantasies. At the request of the parents of a terminally ill child, she creates a cruise ship fantasy (why a cruise ship for a child?) where the child is crowned princess complete with coronation -- (like a child would understand or care about a coronation.). When the child dies, which was the motivation of the fantasy after all, Serena has a breakdown because "all fantasy's are lies" and she couldn't give the child "the one thing she deserved, a long and happy life." She runs from her owner/lover, starves herself, decides to sell her business, and generally goes around the bend -- because, we are expected to believe -- a a child who is terminally ill, dies. And, this continues to be a major melodramatic plot point even after the parents of the child thank her repeatedly for making the last days of their child such joyful ones, in a scene at the grave site. But does Serena finally see the reality of the situation? No. She stubbornly clings to her certainty that she failed this child, and now her life has no meaning.

    This is the first time I've read a story where the author is in denial about her own character. What makes more sense? Serena is an unstable narcissist with a God complex who thinks she should have power over life an death as part of a realistic business plan? Or are we witnessing the emotional degradation of a woman so severely abused that a her personality disintegrates, and she accepts sexual slavery? Serena says over and over again that she's lost herself. She's right, but apparently the author didn't have the guts to write this story the way it should have been written.

    Instead, this is a sexy erotic novel, so of course she's not sexually abused, right?

    If the motivations attributed to Serena were the norm, the Make a Wish Foundation would be out of business.

    IMHO, this one was pure crap.

    Also, Caroline Wintour is not a favorite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelique Vallejo CA, United States 06-29-13
    Angelique Vallejo CA, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Too much dialog"

    Before I ordered this book, I couldn't remember why I stopped buying Maya's books. Now I remember, most of the dialog and details are unnecessary. The Author constantly feels the need to repeat character names incessantly, even when only two characters are talking she adds their names to the conversation to the point that is so annoying. The chatter between girlfriends is unnerving and go on for ever. It's a shame because the stories are good, but the way it's written doesn't allow for a natural flow. You are never given the chance to just loose your self in the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa Smalltown,AL 01-16-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 01-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Mmmmm Mmmmmm Good"
    If you could sum up Sweet Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    Hot Hot Hot!!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Persuasion?

    It's all good.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Wintour – was your favorite?

    Damon, wow what a man!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it all in one sitting!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very sexually explict, which when it's done right, and in my opinion it was very right, is good. If strong sexual content bothers you then it's not for you. Otherwise, it's well worth a credit or the purchase price. I loved the first book in this series. Liked this one even better and I'm looking foward to book 3!!!!!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Yvonne centennial, CO, United States 09-07-12
    Sarah Yvonne centennial, CO, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read. I love all genres but romance in particular. The hotter and steamy and sexier book is the more I want to read it.

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    "great book about fanasty fulfillment ."
    Would you listen to Sweet Persuasion again? Why?

    Yes I would it has a wonderful couple that wants something in each other but are to blind to see what's right in front of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Persuasion?

    The great detail in the fantasy and reality of the auction.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Wintour’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have it is good. Body of work as I have listened to all the sweet books .


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It does have moments that I did shed a tear or twoz and all the books I have a strong reaction to just most are more sexy/sensual.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 08-15-12
    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Not sure if I was going to like this"

    Even though I love every thing by Ms Banks, I was not going to read the series because of the bdsm and sharing with a "third" which I don't really get. I was drawn in by the reviews and I am glad I listened to this audio. This story was different in that there was love and respect between Damon/Serena even though I still don't get the bdsm. I also liked that Damon would not share Serena with another. Serena and her friends made me laugh throughout the book. Great Audio!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-06-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 11-06-12 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I liked...but total submission???"

    II really like how each Dom is completely different in these books. Maya Bank does a great job in creating her characters. However, that being said, Serena gave Damien total submission. WTF! No way on this planet! 24/7 submission is humanly impossible for an independent woman like Serena, but Banks creates a pretty good fantasy. The characters seem soooo believable too. Great Job... Great Smex... Worth the Credit. Not a buy, but a free credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda L. Mclaren South Florida 10-08-12
    Linda L. Mclaren South Florida 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Bandmom

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    "Captivating!!!!"

    Ms. Banks weaves a wonderful story. While the detail is a bit raw for some, the characters snag you and won't let go!!! This is an excellent series - I wasn't going to continue but I keep going on to the next book because I can't wait to see what happens next. I will be sad when I get to that last book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Van Alstyne, TX, United States 11-21-13
    Jennifer Van Alstyne, TX, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow-so unexpected!"
    Would you listen to Sweet Persuasion again? Why?

    The raw emotion, fear, and lust all into one book! Just when you least expect the love to grow, it hits you like a train! Serena-such a shy and unspoken person. Damien-the dom who wants control........Fair warning though-YOU WILL CRY!!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Serena-I can relate to her in so many ways!


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Wintour’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She puts such expression and love for the role into the reading of the book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    CRIED!!!! Sad thing is it wasn't even the main concern of the book-something so off topic, you almost forget about it


    Any additional comments?

    A must read in the collection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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