Control. Submission. Power.
Amy Mendoza knew she'd never have a Cinderella story. She walked away from the ashes of her childhood on her own, and signed her first porn contract the day she turned eighteen. The money's been good, but it's time to walk away again before the life drags her down. When a mysterious stranger offers her an unusual contract—sexual companion to a recently relapsed rock star—she accepts.
Amy quickly and gratefully falls into an easy rhythm of control and submission—but it's not her client who keeps her up at night. Emanuel, lead guitarist and the man who hired her, occupies her thoughts—and soon, her bed. Their connection is intense, and although Amy knows sleeping with Emanuel isn't what she's there for—isn't what she's being paid for—what's between them is too strong to ignore. But there's more to Emanuel than Amy knows, and submitting to him might come at too high a price…
Twosomes, threesomes, bondage, a little S&M: porn actress Serena Sakamoto, aka Amy Mendoza, has done it all. In less capable hands her characterization as a tough-on-the-outside insecure young woman might be clich d, but Ames (The Submission Gift) pulls off a genuinely complex portrayal with ease. When Amy crashes a Hollywood party to rescue a helpless friend, she meets Emanuel, the lead guitarist in one of her favorite bands. He recognizes her from her films and offers her a dream job. All she has to do is be a sober friend and sex plaything for Miles, the band's floundering lead singer, and she'll be generously compensated enough to get out of the porn business. When Amy learns that Emanuel once broke Miles's heart, she realizes the job is going to be a little more complicated than it sounded, and to make things worse, she's falling for the wrong guy. Ames strikes an excellent balance of rock-and-roll zaniness, California kitsch, and sensational sex scenes.