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Surrender to Me by Ella Jade
What happens when a Dominant falls for his not-so-submissive attorney?
Martin Abrams, owner of Master M’s BDSM club, has become unfulfilled with his lifestyle. Ever since his sub, Gracie, left to marry her true love, Martin has lost his way. Living the life of the head Dominant in his circle isn’t as appealing as it once was. Something seems to be missing.
Sassy lawyer Arianna Covington relocates to New York City after a humiliating divorce. She’s looking for a fresh start when she agrees to become Martin’s exclusive attorney. She’s intrigued by his domineering personality and wants to know why women kneel at his feet.
Their attraction is undeniable despite Ari’s initial beliefs that she will never submit to Martin’s desires. But Martin is up for the challenge. Arianna is more than he ever imagined in a woman. He vows to claim her heart, with or without the games. Who will surrender first?
Featuring Cade and Gracie from Make Me Stay.
Content Warning: contains explicit language and graphic sexual content
“Do all the subs act that way around you?” Arianna asked.
“It’s the only way they know. It’s what’s expected of them.”
“I don’t understand how any woman would bow down like that. It’s not normal.”
“Maybe not for you.” Martin understood Arianna’s position. Most who didn’t participate in a Dominant and submissive relationship didn’t get it.
“It’s degrading. She can’t use the phone. She’s a grown woman.”
“Arianna, this is a lifestyle you can’t possibly comprehend because you know nothing about it. A submissive gets just as much as he or she gives. The arrangement they enter into with a Dom is consensual. Roxy is not forced into being here. Her Dom respects and cares for her. She has a very good life.”
“He punishes her.”
“When she disobeys. It’s in her contract.”
“A contract that can’t possibly be enforced in court.”
“Spoken like a true lawyer.” He finished his scotch. “The contract is to protect them both. It lists what is expected of a sub and what the Dominant’s responsibilities are. They outline hard and soft limits. We create a safe, sane, and consensual environment, and that contract maintains trust between the two parties. As long as it is upheld between the parties involved that’s all that matters.”
“To each his own, I suppose.” She shrugged. “I’m your real estate attorney. What you do here is none of my business.”
Then why are you here, kitten?
“I’m very open, Arianna. If you have questions, I’ll be happy to answer them. People should be educated in my lifestyle. It isn’t as uncommon or bizarre as you may think.” He reached for her hand. “I hope you won’t judge me without getting to know me.”
“Um, no.” She looked down at their joined hands. He liked the way her cheeks turned colors when he flustered her. “Of course not. This whole environment is different. It’s going to take some getting used to.”
“I understand.” He ran his thumb over the soft skin of her hand. “If you’d prefer not to meet here anymore—”
“It’s not a problem.”
“Very well.” He smiled because as he suspected she wanted to be there. “Will you join me for dinner?”
Martin couldn’t remember the last time he’d asked a woman to have dinner with him. He usually just summoned a sub when he was in the mood for company. Gracie was the last woman he’d spent any time with at all. Perhaps it was time to explore his options. Obviously, Arianna would be different than the women he dealt with, but he liked the change. When Gracie left him for Cade everything changed. He hadn’t been interested in another sub. As a matter of fact, he hadn’t been interested in another woman until now.
“I’d love to join you for dinner, Mr. Abrams.”
“I’d like you to call me Martin.” Allowing people to use his name wasn’t a privilege he granted often, but everything was different with her. He stood from the bar and picked up her briefcase. “I hope you like Italian. I ordered enough for six people. I wasn’t sure what you would want.”
“Italian is fine.” She took his extended hand and walked to the back of the club with him. “Why didn’t you just wait and ask what I would want?”
“I’m not used to asking.” He motioned for her to take a seat in the huge u-shaped booth that overlooked the Manhattan skyline.
“Oh, Martin.” She giggled. He liked the way his name tumbled off her lips. “You have a lot to learn about non-submissive women.”
Good lord! What can I say about Surrender to Me that won’t sound all fangirl or even stalkerish? I can tell you that I have a new book boyfriend and his name is Martin. Sorry Noah! (Noah from Julie Garwood’s Shadow Dance)
Martin is the perfect Dom in upheaval. He founds the perfect sub in Grace but knew upfront that she was in love with another and that was okay with him. He did fall in love with Grace but not in romantic love with her. Since she left, he’s been at a crosshairs in his life and the club. Needing a new attorney for his business, he asks one of his friends (Hunter, a Dom at the club) for a recommendation and Martin hires his cousin, Ari.
OMG! Ari was a breath of fresh air in the world of the sub genre of BDSM. She’s not a virgin, damaged, emotionally unavailable or needs fixing. She’s smart, sexy, funny and is at complete disbelief at some of the things the lifestyle holds. Trust me, the scene above does not do Ari justice in her disbelief. The scenes are funny and understandably thought-provoking. Shoot, she didn’t even know her cousin was a Dom. Their conversation was realistic and non-judgmental.
When Martin and Ari get together its sweet. Yes, sweet. Martin doesn’t know how to do vanilla but with Ari he is willing to try. While their sex was hot, it also wasn’t too heavy on the BDSM element until the very end. 😉 Ari was learning the basics of BDSM play but for her it was more intellectual and emotional in learning. For Martin, it was as basic as letting Ari touch him. He wasn’t used to someone touching him without permission. Seriously!
The scenes at the club are few but powerful in understanding Martin, his friends and ultimately, Ari. The ending was perfect in my book. I expected it but in the end, it was the only way. What made it that way for me was it was only going to happen that once. 😉
I highly recommend that you pick up Surrender to Me. Its a refreshing story about a Dom and his journey to the vanilla side of a relationship and the woman that balances his life and her’s.
Oh, you do not have to read Make Me Stay to enjoy Surrender to Me. I would suggest though that before books # 3 & #4 come out that you read them in order. Yes, I found out that Ms. Jade is working on the other two books in the series. Woo Hoo!
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Can the sub teach the Dom to play?
Natural submissive Gracie Miller thought she had found her other half in Cade Jameson. Not only did he help her through a difficult time in her life, in the bedroom he brought her more pleasure than she could have ever imagined. They seemed perfect for each other.
Cade knew what he wanted in the bedroom. Gracie brought out his domineering side and ignited his passion. But he feared he was too dominant for this beautiful, naïve girl, who was so young and impressionable, so he ended their relationship.
Two and a half years later, Gracie returns to town a new woman. She had moved to the city and found a “Master” who showed her what she was truly capable of. Now she’s back and wants to show Cade exactly what kind of submissive she could be for him.
But after hearing all that she’s experienced, Cade now wonders if he’s dominant enough to satisfy her. Can he be the man Gracie needs him to be?
Content Warning: graphic sex, BDSM themes
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About the Author:
Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can’t be stopped. Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she’s not chasing after her kids, she’s busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you’ll get lost in her words.
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