Review: Freedom to Submit

freedom to submitReviewed by Shelly

Fast, smart and sexy. Freedom to Submit is the first in Monroe’s menage series set in Freedom, Colorado. Even the name of the town suggests something naughty is coming at ya. Danisa Milan is on a stakeout, minding her own and her client’s business, just trying to take some incriminating pictures when she gets a lot more than she bargained for. She sees a murder through her lenses. Sheriff Brady Braxson remembers Danisa from high school and wants to protect her from the killer. But that’s not the real reason he doesn’t want to let her out of his sight, he’s hoping that she’ll be the perfect submissive for him and his roommate rancher Lucas Holt who’s also a Dom.

Before I start in on this one – I have to rant for a second. Why do grown men, who can easily afford to live on their own, have roommates? I guess it makes for an easier blending of the time spent together but it’s still kinda interesting that I’ve been reading that situation more and more in m/f/m especially the stories with elements of BDSM.

Danisa is a great heroine. I don’t like saying this and I can’t believe that I’m actually doing it, but this story was have been better without the BDSM elements. I didn’t think it flowed well in the story and I admittedly skipped some of it. Even in a novella, I really want to see the progression of a relationship and I did see that here. But what I didn’t see wasn’t any introduction of the heroine to BDSM and I didn’t like that.

To Monroe’s credit, her writing style is good and I know that she could have allowed time to introduce Danisa especially to the flogging part. I don’t like that so, again, I chose to skip those parts – I am good with a little spankaliciousness just not the whips. Back to Danisa. She was funny, nice and dare I say – drama free. Her words and actions were sincere and believable; and like me, she’s not afraid of a little (or a lot) of wine to help with the love maladies.

I wasn’t sure about the dynamics between the guys and Danisa. Lucas came across as the more Dominant of the guys. For some reason, I assumed that if Brady was in the same home they would be relatively equal, but that wasn’t the impression I got. Lucas was nice enough, but I didn’t think that his attraction was based as much on Danisa for her sake as it was based on Brady liking Danisa. I couldn’t –and still can’t– put my finger on why he didn’t work for me. I didn’t have as much trouble with Brady. His personality came through, especially in the moments when he’s performing his sheriff duties. The attraction among the three was okay, but like I said, I would have like it more with less BDSM and just plain attraction and the hotness that can result from that.

One of my indicators for either character or plot likability is the introduction of good secondary characters and Monroe didn’t fail me. Danisa’s best friends who co-own the PI firm with her are just as likable. I’m not sure if they’re going to have their own stories but I’ll gladly read them if Monroe gives them each their own story.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B-/C+

*ARC provided by Siren Publishing via NetGalley for review

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Freedom to Submit
by Melody Snow Monroe
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Publisher: Siren

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