Total Surrender by C. McCray

St. Martin’s Griffin

Erotic Contemporary/Anthology

ISBN: 978-0-312-53754-8

Reviewed by Talia Ricci



“Sweet Surrender”

Sheila has been in love with her boss, Adamo Tassoni, for years.  In love and speechless whenever he is near, Sheila fantasizes about being with him.  When he sells the company and is not longer her boss, she is heartbroken at not seeing him any longer.  When he tells her goodbye and she responds with what she thinks is a stupid answer, Sheila is mortified and sad.  The man she loves, she will never see again and to her, that just isn’t fair.  When she gets home and a package is waiting for her, she dreams that it is coming from Adam.  When her dream becomes a reality and Adam is waiting for her, Sheila wants to pinch herself.  She does one thing better – she submits to the man of her dreams.

“Sweet Surrender” has been revamped and reedited and is just as wonderful now as it was when released by Ellora’s Cave.  Sheila’s submission to Adam was breathtaking to watch and I could feel the emotional ties each felt for the other.  The limo scene has yet to leave my mind and Sheila’s surrender was oh so sweet.


“Wicked Surrender”

Looking forward to spending an erotic weekend surrendering control, Andi Kelly feels free.  She is at an exclusive resort called, “The Bondage Club” to relax and have fun.  When she spots a Dom talking to a sub and realizes he looks familiar she gasps and looks closer.  The man she sees? One of her coworkers, Derrick Macintyre, and he is headed her way.  Derrick has sexy Andi Kelly right where he wants her.  And he wants her – submitting and under his control.

I love when coworkers aren’t what they seem.  In “Wicked Surrender”, Andi and Derrick have to get along at work and are equals.  At The Bondage Club, however, Derrick is the Dom and Andi is the sub and that is exactly what she needs. Each are attracted to the other but neither expect love.  Passions reign high in their love scenes and I blushed more than once at Andi’s “Wicked Surrender” to Derrick.


“Forbidden Surrender”

Corporate lawyer Teri Carter has spent so much time traveling from assignment to assignment that she can’t even remember the last time she was with a man.  Deciding enough is enough, she dresses to kill and heads to the hotel bar to scope out the men.  Her secret fantasy is submitting to a stranger and she sees the perfect man.  When that very man arrives at her table and proceeds to rock her world, Teri doesn’t care how dangerous he could be.  She wants him to show her exactly what it means to surrender, no matter how taboo or forbidden. 

Oh my.  “Forbidden Surrender” is one firecracker of a novella! Josh Williams, the hero of the story made me sweat.  He was sexy and Dominant and I absolutely loved everything about him.  Teri’s surrender at his hands was intense and highly erotic.  While neither thought beyond what would happen after their one night together, I love how Ms. McCray ultimately tied their live together.


Total Surrender is an amazing compilation of three naughty and risqué novellas by C. McCray.  Craftily written and totally sizzling, these novellas rocked my world and made me blush.  Nothing is too taboo in Total Surrender and I loved it!


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