BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks

I have always been a fan of erotic novels, way before Fifty Shades Trilogy became popular. I recently decided to re-read some of the novels from my collection and Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks was first on my list. It’s been years since I read it, so I literally had no recollection of plot.   If you are unaware of Maya Banks, she is one of the top erotica novelists of our times. She has also been on the New York Times best-selling list. With over 50 books under her belt, she is truly an amazing author.

Sweet Persuasion is a story about a master/slave BDSM relationship. It’s a bit sexually intense for those of you who may be a bit more conservative regarding sexuality. However, for those of us with an excitement towards kink, this book will not disappoint. The story is filled with erotic details, humor, romance, and friendship. It’s also an easy read, so it’s more like reading a magazine rather than a textbook, which is great when you just want to enjoy a book for the thrill as opposed to educating oneself with gigantic words that require Google.

The main characters in the story are Serena, who is an owner of Fantasies Inc. (not the kind of fantasies you may think) and Damon, a business owner, of one particularly interesting enterprise, which is basically a sex club. Serena’s personal fantasy is to become a sex slave, and Damon is just the man who can fulfill her fantasy. Banks takes you on an emotional journey, a first-time sex slave’s experience in the kink world, including a fantasy “auction”. Now that was quite interesting.

I believe this novel book opened my eyes towards more acceptance of the kink world. I became more curious about d/s relationships. My Mr. and I were actually in the process of learning about d/s while I was reading the novel, so I would highlight sections of the book that turned me on so that he could have for reference.

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One of my favorite parts of the book was Serena’s explanation of what she desires and her understanding of d/s relationships, “I want the security of knowing I am…owned. Oh, but that’s such a terrible word and yet I can’t think of a better one. I want to be cherished, protected, pampered…valued. I want the man to know me as well as I know myself. I want him to anticipate my needs and fulfill them but at the same

Overall, Sweet Persuasion was an excellent book. It took me about 5 days to read it (in the evenings when children went to bed). However, I’m sure I would have killed it in two days had I not had finals and children.

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