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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Reclaimed Surrender - Riley murphy I really liked this BDSM erotic romance. It's a second-chance type romance about a married couple trying to repair and reclaim their marriage after an incident where the sub has lost trust. There are also some outside factors they're working against. Also the book deals fairly realistically with the way. life, work, time and family can affect a relationship, especially one that includes BDSM. For the most part the characters are believable and relatable. I feel the hero is a lot more likeable than the heroine, mainly because for most of the book she's not honest with her Dom/husband or even herself. He considers everything, including her dishonesty, his failure. I can certainly understand why a Dom would feel that way but I got the feeling most of the problem was that she was not yet really fully invested in the relationship and I don't think it's fair or realistic for a Dom to accept 100% responsibility in that case. That said I thought the couple worked things out and got to a place of genuine trust. I could definitely believe their HEA. And I loved that Rene was so willing to think things through and figure out why Alexis did the things she did and had the reactions she had rather than reacting in anger himself. He's got the maturity, patience and wisdom I wish every Dom had and obviously loves and cares for his wife to an amazing degree.The play/love scenes are very, very hot. They are pretty intense but there is a lot of humor and love mixed in. I did not think the kink was too much to handle. It was hot but not too edgy. I don't want to spoil anything but there is a third party in this story. I thought the author handled this very well. I don't read books with outright cheating and I was okay with this one though it was iffy there for a while. At the end I was actually hoping the third party got their own book and a chance at redemption but it doesn't appear that's the case. It's not easy for an author to get me to want more of a meddling character but that s how well Ms. Murphy has written the characters in this story.This book's a keeper and one I'll probably reread.