Silent Surrender by Abigail Barnette

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Silent Surrender by Abigail Barnette
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Plymouth, England, 1841

Five days and nights of wicked pleasures and fulfilled fantasies, almost within Honoria’s grasp. All she needs now is the man she has chosen.

Deaf from an illness in her infancy, Honoria knows that her life as a dormitory minder in a deaf school will be dull and lacking the opportunity to experience the kind of passion she has read about. With five days left until her ship sails from Plymouth to Calais, she has selected Esau Coal, a common dock worker, to be the man to introduce her to all the sensual delights she fears she’ll never have another chance to know. With the help of her tutor Jude, the man who has been her teacher, translator, friend and link to the hearing world, she arranges for Esau to spend five days and nights with her.

But five nights will not be enough—and neither will Esau, when Jude is also there to tempt her.

With the threat of a secluded life surrounded by others of her kind hanging over her head, Honoria must find a way to fulfill her greatest desires before her father’s dying request is fulfilled. With only five days to find her dreams of passion and romance, Honoria enlists the help of her tutor, Jude, to help her win the object of her desire – Esau. But will her crazy adventure end when her ship sails? Or will the strong-willed Honoria defeat her disability and continue on her own way?

Honoria is an oddity in her time. Deaf from infancy, she’s considered deaf, dumb, and unimportant. However, like so many other misunderstood and underestimated women of her time, she sees and knows more than anyone expects. Her character is inspiring in the way that she refuses to let her deafness – or her femaleness – be a barrier to getting what she wants. The only issue I did have with her is that she had a tendency to be a bit of a spoiled brat when she didn’t get her way, but not overwhelmingly so.

Esau is Honoria’s opposite in every way. She’s cultured, educated, and refined and he’s… not. A coarse, rough dockworker, he’s astounded and a bit offended by Honoria’s proposition. But, like a true man of his station, one that knows he had better take the opportunities when they present themselves, he quickly gets past his uneasiness and agrees to help the lady out. I really enjoyed Esau’s character. The author really infused him with life and character. It’d be easy to just write him in as an uneducated laborer, but he’s so much more.

As Honoria’s teacher, translator, and friend, Jude is the real wildcard in the story. While Honoria sees him as her right hand man, he looks at her much differently. He impressed me with the way he swallowed his pride, for the most part, and helped her achieve her goals before being shipped off to a life of boredom. His love for her is strong enough that he both cautions her and helps her, even when he knows she’s being stubborn. He’s the steady and reliable one, but he has a hidden rebel within him as well.

Silent Surrender is an erotic novel of self-discovery. Honoria surprised me at every turn. Her dedication to getting to experience life despite what all the men in the world thought was inspirational considering the time period she lived in. She, combined with her two protectors, Esau and Jude, are a wild combination of sexy, fun, and so not meant to be, but somehow they work. Perfectly. Sexy, engaging, and so different from anything I’ve ever read, I had a hard time putting it down.

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