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
"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)
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a good story. I liked Damon and Serena (for the most part) and their story was enjoyable overall.
Serena is the owner of a business where she makes people's dreams/fantasies come true (ones that are non-sexual in nature). With all her helping others get their fantasies fulfilled, Serena feels there's a lacking in her life. She's had dreams of being owned by a man and being submissive to him. She doesn't know how to go about it but she wants to experience that in real life, even if she's not prepared to make it a permanent lifestyle.
Damon is a businessman who owns a sex/BDSM club known as "The House". Damon is looking for the right woman, someone that will be submissive to him sexually and be owned by him on a permanent basis. He thought he had found the right woman for him years before but it didn't work out. Damon won't take second best so he's been patiently waiting for the right woman to show herself.
Serena is BFFs with Faith (the heroine from book #1, Sweet Surrender) and Julie and happens to mention to them that she's had dreams of being owned by a man. Faith and Julie are a bit surprised but once she realizes that Serena is serious, Faith agrees to help her out. Faith admits that she and Gray are in a Dom/Sub relationship and that she has a friend (Damon) that she thinks can help Serena out. Originally, Damon was supposed to be helping to find a man to fulfill the fantasy but as soon as Damon realizes it's for Serena, he decides that he's going to be the man.
Damon knows that Serena doesn't seriously see her fantasies as something that would extend long term but he's been waiting for his perfect woman for years and hasn't found her so a month long fantasy could be a nice reprieve from the loneliness. They start their arrangement and things go really well between them, the only downfall (for both of them) is the fact that it's not real and will end in a month. Damon soon realizes that he'd like Serena to be his permanently but Serena is too worried about the fact that she's a strong woman and she's convinced that being submissive makes you weak. She's so hung up on this that she is the main issue causing pain and drama between her and Damon. Thankfully, her BFFs decide enough is enough and interfere enough that Serena and Damon are able to work things out and end the story heading towards a HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. Serena...well I liked her but she had issues and wasn't exactly smart about how she dealt with them. TBH, Serena turned into a hot mess towards the end and barely kept off my "annoying heroines shelf". Damon was a good hero and I liked him. The story mostly revolved around their relationship and it was good. There was a lot of buildup in this story for the possible relationship between Nathan and Julie so I'm looking forward to the next one so I can see how it all works out. :)
An interesting story that definitely makes you want to know more about Damon but the public punishment scene just ruined it for me. However if you can hang on the future books work real hard to humanize Damon and your opinion of him will soften.
I absolutely love the sweet series by Maya Banks. I've read them all and now that I've found them in a audiobook I'm listening to them all. I love Damen and Serena's story and if you haven't read or listened to them yet I highly recommend that you add these to your library or wish list for future purchase.
I enjoyed the book, but did not find it one of my favorites. After KGI and The Colter's I am now getting around to reviewing the Sweet series..while I didn't understand Serena's needs, I accepted that she knew what she wanted/ needed. Domination is one thing, but sexual slavery is another. I couldn't reconcile that with what she got. I loved Damon in Bk 1 and was looking forward to getting a better understanding in his story, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. I loved how their relationship was coming together, but hate when both parties want more, but are afraid to tell each other. They're both seemingly strong, confident people, but asking for more in a relationship is not possible... seriously..Found that hard to believe. I agree with the other review that serena's response to the little girl's passing was a bit much. One, she didn't get that close to the girl or her parents and 2, I have to believe that the bulk of her clients are terminal or elderly, etc..this should not have affected her to the degree of selling her business and living in abject misery. A little overkill. My biggest irritation in the book was with the introduction of Connor and Nikki ( I think that was their names Serena's friend and one of the other security guys)..the friend was getting on my nerves and the back and forth she has with her friends was a bit irritating. It irritated me enough to skip her book next and go straight to book 4. I may get around to 3 at some point. All is all, this book was ok..not upset that its in my library.
it was good the chemistry between serina and Damon is incredible. but the sexcscenes are intense!
Like reading books that are a series however not much of a story in this one! Got through this one faster than the previous two. Hopefully next one more of a storyline!!!!
I love the whole series. They are full of wonderful characters, descriptive writing, and stimulating plots. Way to go Maya Banks!
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I would recommend this book if you are not afraid of explicit content. I debate whether this is good or bad behavior for a woman but it is her choice and she can always say no.....
No specific memorable moments but I enjoyed hearing about all the other characters this series is about.
I am not enjoying the narrator, but I am able to tolerate her. She speaks too fast and there is something about her tone that sounds fake.
These books are toe curlers so beware....
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
if your into sado masochism, male domination, inflicting and receiving pain and humiliation on another person for sexual fulfillment then this is the book for you. i found it simply pathetic as were all the characters. i have in the past really enjoyed Ms. Banks stories however i am rapidly changing my mind and am starting to wonder about where and how she is doing or obtaining her research?
I'm truly not a prude but for me this goes way beyond what is healthy.
really can't speak about the narration as the contents of the book so horrified me that i'm at a loss as to if she was any good. read at your own risk unless your into this kind of thing!
I loved the way he seemed so strong and sexy and I cant actually see him
The surrender of Persephone. They both have very dominate sexual encounters and they both have great love stories.
not to much except that I would have like her voice of the main character to be more defined
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