Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Review: Surrender by Violetta Rand

Welcome to the Devil’s Den, a Texas strip club where the air is heavy with desire—and sometimes dreams come true.

Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.

The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.

ebook, 240 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by Loveswept 
Genre: New Adult

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! The expected publication date is January 27, 2015.

This is definitely one of those new adult reads where it is heavy on the hot and steamy. Fans of new adult with a lot of sex will surely enjoy this book.

Although I enjoyed it, there were a couple minor issues that I feel the need to address...

I felt that Robyn and Garrick's relationship developed too quickly. There wasn't enough of a build up for me as the reader to feel their connection. It made their first night together fall more than a little flat. The emotional bond just wasn't there for me yet and what should have been a big deal considering Robyn's romantic history wasn't. As the story went on I did start to find their relationship and feelings a little more believable but the overwhelming need for me to see them succeed as a couple wasn't as strong as I would like in a story.

The second thing that I struggled with was Garrick's feelings. When he was first introduced and saving Robyn at the beach I was thinking that he was the kind of book boyfriend that I could get behind. He then went all alpha male too quickly, in my opinion, which made him come across a little more possessive, controlling and needy than I think was intended. It made him a little less attractive. There is a fine line between what is sexy in a man and what is over the top and he was at risk of the latter.

Although I personally didn't find any new book boyfriends or characters to love, it was still an enjoyable and easy book to get lost in for a few hours.

About the Author
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.

Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

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