Review: Required Surrender by Riley Murphy

Required Surrender by Riley Murphy
Series: Trust in Me (# 3)
Release Date: February 6, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
Pages: 308
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Josephine needs a Dom to Top her if she’s going to conquer her issues with men. But when Ted, the frenemy she’s chosen, refuses, Jo needs to take drastic measures. She goes to his resort to find another candidate. Unfortunately, that plan’s a bust.

Headstrong Jo is a Dom’s worst nightmare. So when Ted discovers that a newbie has signed the “Full Monty” release form—an occurrence that has the resident sadists circling—he knows it’s Jo.

What’s a Dom to do? After he thanks her for giving him carte blanche, he hauls her ass up to the rodeo room for a ride. A ride that rapidly becomes a trip of epic proportions with kinky detours galore until they hit a fork in the road. One avenue leads to Jo’s prized independence and the other leads home to Ted. Now, Jo must decide between the two.


Review: When Josephine Nehr began looking for a Dom to help her work through some emotional issues, she didn’t realize that Ted Basel would step into the role. She’s bratty, opinionated and a far cry from his typical submissives. The key to success, though, is to convince her that he is in charge. In Riley Murphy’s Required Surrender, the reader gets a look at the power struggle that takes place between Jo and Ted.

The author spends a significant amount of time building the foundation for her characters. The depiction of the BDSM lifestyle is well-researched as noted by the variety of activities and accessories introduced. As expected, the heat level is extremely high. If you are not comfortable with the combination of pain and pleasure, this might not be the best reading selection for you. This is an intense look into the Dom/sub life, with glimpses of Master/slave.

The storyline focuses on Jo’s difficulty in surrendering herself, but she appears genuine in her struggles. It is liberating to see a strong-willed woman learn that surrendering isn’t a bad thing. Because this is essentially an introduction into BDSM for Jo, the author emphasizes the emotional side of the lifestyle. Ted’s efforts center around obedience, which is a significant issue for Jo. The fact that she is hot tempered and a potty mouth adds to the dynamic between the characters. Although Ted is an experienced Dom, he faces a strong challenge with this naughty girl. But in Ted’s world, surrender is required with no options, negotiations or early outs.

The witty dialog adds a layer of depth to the story that is often missing in the erotica genre. Although I wasn’t able to get a close connection with the characters, I admire the writer’s style in developing an accurate look into BDSM.