Troy’s Surrender by KM Mahoney is a fast-paced novella at 19,000 words from Amber Allure (Amber Quill Press). It features one third-person viewpoint (Troy) and several hot and detailed sex scenes. The novella’s sexy, larger-than-life tone establishes Troy as an appealing, if hot-blooded, hedonist. He lives life at the mercy of his own appetites while hoping to find his dream man. If his impulsive nature gets him into trouble, then his charm and optimism will surely enable him to turn the situation to his advantage. Readers who may especially enjoy Troy’s Surrender might include fans of modern cowboy stories and aficionados of fiction that features light BDSM, specifically bondage.
The novella opens with Troy, who is a private detective, hired to infiltrate a ranch and pose as a certified public accountant in order to go over its finances. Troy’s client hopes to gather evidence of financial wrongdoing (or any sort of dirt) with which to blackmail the ranch owner Rafe. The whole thing sounds unsavory to Troy who is starting to burn out on his profession – but then he sees a photograph of the handsome Rafe. Even though he knows it is a bad idea to deceive a man to whom he is attracted, he decides to take the case just to meet Rafe. However, his troubles have just begun as he must struggle with his conscience and decide whether to finish the job or confess all to the man with whom he is starting to fall in love.