CdnMrs Reviews: Ocean’s Surrender by Denise Townsend

When a lonely woman has lost all trust, it takes an otherworldly creature to restore her faith in mankind.

River is still recovering from the attack by an ex-boyfriend a year ago that left him dead, and her grievously injured. Damaged emotionally and physically, she is continually tormented by her attacker’s brother, who blames her for it all. Worse than his blame, though, is her own—River believes she was at fault for letting the attack happen.

Fen can sense River’s emotional pain like a beacon in the night. A selkie, he is compelled to help her on her path to healing, both emotionally and physically. Leading her on a journey to claim her own strength, he also helps her draw closer to Leo, the paramedic who saved her life that dark day…and who has never forgotten her.

Warning: This book features an abused woman, a man who wants desperately to help, and a sexy selkie who knows just how to heal what ails them all.

  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O83KG6
  • Purchase Ocean’s Surrender at Amazon

Ocean’s Surrender is book 2 in what I’m calling Denise Townsend’s Sexy Selkies Series. The novel (Ok, I read somewhere that Ocean’s Surrender was a novella, but it felt novel length to me, so I’m just going to roll with that, m’kay?) is a smokin’ hot erotica, filled with boys, toys and sweaty sex. However, as much as I loved all the hotness (and I did!), what I enjoyed most about Ocean’s Surrender was the characters and story.

So often in erotica, where the sex/romance is titillating the story is dull or even, to be completely honest, just a means of getting the characters back in the bedroom, elevator, office, sex club, etc. In Ocean’s Surrender both the story and all of the sex work cohesively to create a poignant story of redemption and renewal, of one woman’s struggle to trust after tragedy and about how the aftereffects of a tragedy can adversely effect more than just the immediate victim. (Sidenote: All the sex and emotional healing occasionally brought Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing while reading Ocean’s Surrender, but that’s probably more about me than the actual book.)

Another issue I have with erotica and romance is the use of cookie-cutter-like, generic characters. Denise Townsend blows this genre stereotype out of the water. Jason, our main character’s brother has an intellectual disability and honestly I was worried when I started reading about him. I was waiting for his character to be patronized, for him to be written as some kind of man-child with a heart of gold or for his disability to be some kind of plot device. None of this was the case. Jason was simply another character in the story. He could have been simply a younger brother or a well meaning friend or whatever, but instead Denise Townsend wrote him, in my opinion bravely and very well, as a character with a disability. All of the characters in Ocean’s Surrender, everyone from Fen the selkie to Jason were written with respect, compassion and a great deal of depth.

If you’re looking for a hot, intelligent and beautiful story that is as much about menage as it is about brokenness and healing then you should absolutely pick up Ocean’s Surrender. I cannot wait to read more from Denise Townsend and look forward to having both my dirty mind and my intellectual mind blown by her smart, well written erotica.

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