Joy Montgomery must convince Ash Hunter to display his erotic photography in the art gallery she works at, or she'll be fired. Ash really isn't interested in continuing his art, he's growing restless, and needs a reliable source of money. That, and the fact that he hasn't found a muse to inspire him. But when Joy approaches him, he feels his interest piqued by the curvacious red head. He agrees to exhibit his work , if she will be his subject. Joy's low self-image, normally wouldn't let her expose herself in such a way, but their all-consuming desire soon has her wanting to pose. Ash has Joy pushing boundaries she never thought to cross, while enjoying every minute of it. But will a secret expose itself, threatening to ruin their budding relationship?
There's no denying that DARE TO SURRENDER was a sizzling, sensual read. The bondage theme was strong but not overpowering, making Joy's initiation believable. Ash was absolutely delicious, I would let him tie me up anytime! But Joy definitely needed some work. She was a slob, who had an epiphany to suddenly turn her life around near the end of the book, which made me not really think it would last, though fortunately she's got Ash to pick-up after her.
While the sex was great, it consumed most of the book, leaving the plot to sadly fall flat for me. I felt that Joy had plenty of time to fess up to Ash, but it just drug on. I liked the scenes of Joy at work, and thought the outcome of Ash's exhibit was a very fitting almost end of the story. Cartwright and Panos were both real creeps, but I liked Andrew, and hope he continued to work with Joy. I also wish there had been more about Ash's security job, but that was just brushed under the table to make room for his true passion, making him seem rather flaky. I understand him not wanting to leave the country, but I felt that he seemed to find true enjoyment working with the team as their stateside tech. I was under the impression that it was something he really liked, when he wasn't distracted by sex.
Also, the side story between Erica and Blaine didn't work for me, but that could be because Erica really came off as a real pain in the ass, and there were just to many holes in their relationship. I liked when Joy would meet her friends, as it tried to expand the story, adding more about her life and personality. And I liked the glimpses of the conflict between Joy and her grandmother, and meeting Ash's sister and mother, though it bothered me that their lives seemed to be on hold and really dragging them down, and then wallah, after years of struggle, their world is moving on.
Violet seemed to be very self-sufficient and for their mom to be on the verge of a breakdown, which to me would have indicated that Violet was much much worse off. If she had been bed ridden and depressed, not doing much for herself I might have understood what was wrong with their mother, but as it read, I felt that they both should had been living full lives years prior to this. I understand that money would be tight, but to go from Violet needing full-time care and Mom being so stressed out, then poof, she's ready to move away and work on her own, just made no sense to me.
HE MEETS HIS MATCH.
SHE MEETS HER MASTER.
Art gallery curator Joy Montgomery has never liked her body's generous curves. And she's always been too shy to explore her wild side. But tonight, everything is going to change . . . Desperate to save her job, Joy approaches bad-boy artist Ash Hunter and asks him to exhibit his erotic work at her gallery. Ash agrees on one condition: Joy must pose as his model. But business soon turns to pleasure, as Joy experiences a passion beyond her wildest imaginings and Ash finds more than just inspiration in his voluptuous new muse.