Since the very first book in this series, I've wondered what kind of man Michael Kavanaugh would become. I wasn't sure Ms. Riley would give him a story. However, it finally comes full circle and Michael gets his story in Reputable Surrender. I am huge fan of this author and this series in particular. I enjoy the BDSM genre but usually read it in the same way I read Sci-Fi or Paranormal Romance. It's sexy and hot, but unreal and make-believe. Ms. Riley has opened the world of kink to me as a reality. Oh, I know these stories aren't real but I feel the connection between the characters and I better understand the motivation and needs of those in this lifestyle. The characters in her books could be the people that you meet every day.
As with the entire series (and I do suggest you start at beginning), the story is told from both Michael's and Laren's perspectives. The dialogue is witty, intense and very revealing. The strong emotions of both characters is evident throughout some incredibly hot scenes. The outside world and the past invade their fledgling relationship and pose some real conflict. Laren's trust issues are tough to overcome, but Michael has become one hell of man since the first time we met him. A tense and suspense filled subplot brings all our favorites together and the action is tense and fast paced. This was a fantastic read and I'm a little sad to know it's last in the series.
Laren has made some mistakes in love life and so she's determined to focus on her career. She knows that she has needs but refuses to fill them. Michael learned the hard about what it truly means to a Dom. He follows all the rules now, thus earning him the moniker of The Reputable Dom. His first meeting with Laren is electric and he's a goner. But the rules don't work with everyone and Laren packs some pretty heavy baggage. Their journey is difficult with threats from within and without, but the love is there and trust might just follow.
Laren Jenson’s life motto? Some women weren’t meant to be tamed…
With the option of small-town living, a white picket fence, and a Dom husband long since off the table, Laren has one goal in mind: To marry her career so she can pay off her sister’s debt. She’s one deal away from landing a corner office in The Big Apple that will help her reach that goal when Michael Kavanaugh storms into her life. Although she’s tempted, she’s been sidetracked by a man before, and vowed never again.
Michael Kavanaugh’s life motto? Some men were made to tame only one woman…
After years of earning the hard-won nickname “The Reputable Dom”, Michael is ready to throw it all away. He’ll become the opposite of everything that name suggests for a shot at owning the strong-willed business woman who clings to her secrets with an iron-fist. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to unearth her mysteries and make her change her mind about him, even if it means he has to ditch his stellar reputation in order to claim her…by very disreputable means.