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Surrender (Mimics of Rune Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Aimee Laine
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Book Description

Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.

All her life, Lily Crane has suppressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.

It's Lily's latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she's desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.

Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.

Alive.

He can only pray he isn't too late.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing (24 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00927F4U8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful romance 31 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a Mimic, albeit a weak one, Lily Crane can look however she wants. Unfortunately the ability has some disadvantages, as Lily discovers when her current face causes a case of mistaken identity which will force her to face the past she has tried so hard to forget.

Cael Alderidge would go to the ends of the earth to keep Lily safe, and with a Dangerous Mimic wanting her for unknown reasons; Cael must be willing to do anything to keep the woman he loves safe.

This book throws you straight into the action from the very first page and you will be hooked until the very last. Aimee Laine definitely has the recipe for a very good paranormal romance; surrender has a perfect balance of action, romance, intrigue and mystery.

The characters have an incredible amount of depth to them, especially Lily. As a mimic her powers are very weak but she has an inner strength and determination that is remarkable considering her tortured past. Cael is the perfect love interest: smart, strong, sexy and protective of Lily without being too possessive. The secondary characters are just as amazing, my favourite was Maggie and I am hoping we will get to see a lot more of her in a future book.

The twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing throughout and there were points in the book where I could barely stand the suspense of wanting to know what Roy was up to. I loved the romance between Lily and Cael though I did keep wondering why they weren't already together after knowing each other for so long and clearly being perfect each other. However I suppose that's life, not knowing what you have until it is torn away from you.

Overall an incredible book and I can't wait for the third in the Mimics of Rune series.

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review. In no way has this affected my review*
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrender - Paranormal Romantic Fantasy with a twist (or maybe a morph?) 5 Sept. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is sort of a complicated novel to try to review. It feels like two stories gathered into one. I definitely enjoyed the second half more than the first. Let me explain...

Aimee Laine has a sharp writing style. She is crisp, concise, and not overbearing on her settings. I prefer a novel that moves, and for the most part, Surrender does keep flowing.

The last 40% or so of the novel flew by. Great plot, great pace, and lots of heart pumping excitement. I really enjoyed it and had trouble putting it down.

But I do have a few bones to pick about "Surrender".

Too many characters:
There were just too many characters in Surrender. Half the time I was lost and had no idea who was who. Now, in saying this, there was a "book one" that I did not read. This may be part of my confusion. But my mind wanted to focus on Lily. But Cael was always involved with long conversations with other people that just seemed to go on forever (from my perspective) because I wanted to get back to Lily.

Aimee Laine did her job, in that I cared about Lily... but I just didn't care about all the rest of them... even if they were trying to save Lily.

It felt like two short novels pasted together to make a longer novel:

At about 40% in to the novel, I was dreading writing this review. For the reasons above, I was really not liking the novel. It felt like it was winding down, and it pretty much did, with one loose end. But there was still 60% of the novel to go.

All of the sudden, when the characters grabbed onto that little loose end, my interest became peaked. Suddenly, I was drawn in. I cared.

I stayed up late reading. I hid from my kids trying to get a few extra pages in. We had company, and I was bored, so I scooted upstairs and got a chapter in and slipped back before anyone wondered about me. I was interested. I was hooked. It came together.

I did have a slight cringe when three or so new characters were introduced into the ensemble, but the pacing kept me going. Right up until the very last page you find yourself on a roller-coaster ride of awesomeness.

When I finished, I closed my reader and said "Wow, that was good."

But here lies my quandary... I feel like I have read one three-star "okay" book, and one four star "really great" book. So how the heck do you tie that all together?

I'm just not sure. I wish that the author had found a way get past the first half of the book faster. There just seemed to be too much fat there, when all the beefy good stuff was at the end.

Would I recommend Surrender? Yeah, I think so. Especially if you have already read Little White Lies. The beginning might make more sense if you have read the first novel in the series.

But if you find you are not fond of the beginning, don't hate me... just get to about the 40% point and enjoy the rest of the ride. The second half of the novel really moves, and it is an enjoyable, tense read right up until the last few pages.
5.0 out of 5 stars CAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 14 Mar. 2013
By Julie B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved Surrender. From the opening chapter that throws straight into action from Cael's POV, to learning more about Lily's past, to watching the suppressed romance blossom, to watching the character(s) grow, to the intrigue & suspense, and the settings & scenes-painted & world building ... I loved it.

Man, this is one heartstring-tugging story of self-discovery. Lily has always been the weaker of the Mimics of Rune clan--she certainly seemed that way in Little White Lies--but in Surrender she is forced into learning a self-history she didn't know, whilst being dragged through memories she'd rather to forget. And it's sad. Even what she puts herself through in a determination to prove she's stronger than everyone thinks is sad. The sacrifices she makes are sad.

Then we have Cael, whose instinct has always been to protect Lily. For the most part, she usually lets him. And having to take a step back to give Lily breathing space to prove herself is not an easy task for him to accomplish. Dude, I fell in love with this guy. With his protectiveness, as well as his inner strength and his respect for Lily that drives him to let her walk her own path. Then there was his pain, which came through almost as tangible to me as Lily's did. He definitely steals the show whenever he's on stage. All other blokes in the story pretty much faded into the background--coz, dayum, did Cael have my attention. And not in the macho `I am man, hear me roar' kind of way. It was more in a quiet kind of way, an inner turmoil kind of way--with a subtlety made all the more effective because it was pretty damned obvious Cael ain't exactly a pune.

I don't want to say too much without giving it all away. But these shapeshifting marvels give the reader a show that is a whole lot more impressive, and way more serious, than the reader was entertained with in Little White Lies. In fact, as soon as I have an opening slot, I imagine I'll be reading this one again and with the way this one ended? I cannot wait for the third instalment to arrive.
3.0 out of 5 stars ~Surrender 4 Nov. 2012
By Coffee Time Romance & More - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Readers should eat their Wheaties before attempting to read Surrender. Ms. Laine drops them into the middle of the action and in the midst of foggy impressions of what is going on and why, which leaves readers bewildered and with the feeling of being behind from page one. Surrender is a-thrill-a-minute, a suspenseful story between good and evil with a paranormal twist. And I enjoy reading of a different kind of character, one that is not the usual werewolf or vampire. This is a truly enjoyable book with an interesting storyline as long as readers are prepared for some confusion. I would suggest reading the first book in the series, Little White Lies, for a better understanding.

Delane
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
5.0 out of 5 stars So, so good! 25 Sept. 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I gave Little White Lies (Mimics of Rune #1) 5 stars, but this one I must admit captured me more. If 5.5 stars were available, that's what Surrender would receive. Perhaps I ought to change my star rating system.

Anyhoo...

Lily's story is emotionally moving. She's forced to face her haunting past and finds unexpected, but welcomed surprises along the way.

Yummies: Cael. Faithful, rock solid changeling who would do anything for Lily. I could go on & on, but what woman wouldn't want a man as focused on her as he is on Lily? She's one lucky woman.

Lily herself is a troubled chracter whose story reaches out to entangle the reader in her woes. She gained my empathy & I couldn't wait for her story to come a-right. I didn't want it to end - I just wanted that HEA she definitely deserved!

Yuckies: Ray *SPOILER ALERT* the villain came across as a slimy, sneaky, shiver inducing chunk of puke. However, he too was portrayed in such a way that I can't even call his character yucky. Just the changeling himself.

Recommend: If you enjoyed LWL, you'll love this 2nd installment. If you haven't read LWL, do so!
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful romance 16 Sept. 2012
By L. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As a Mimic, albeit a weak one, Lily Crane can look however she wants. Unfortunately the ability has some disadvantages, as Lily discovers when her current face causes a case of mistaken identity which will force her to face the past she has tried so hard to forget.

Cael Alderidge would go to the ends of the earth to keep Lily safe, and with a Dangerous Mimic wanting her for unknown reasons; Cael must be willing to do anything to keep the woman he loves safe.

This book throws you straight into the action from the very first page and you will be hooked until the very last. Aimee Laine definitely has the recipe for a very good paranormal romance; surrender has a perfect balance of action, romance, intrigue and mystery.

The characters have an incredible amount of depth to them, especially Lily. As a mimic her powers are very weak but she has an inner strength and determination that is remarkable considering her tortured past. Cael is the perfect love interest: smart, strong, sexy and protective of Lily without being too possessive. The secondary characters are just as amazing, my favourite was Maggie and I am hoping we will get to see a lot more of her in a future book.

The twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing throughout and there were points in the book where I could barely stand the suspense of wanting to know what Roy was up to. I loved the romance between Lily and Cael though I did keep wondering why they weren't already together after knowing each other for so long and clearly being perfect each other. However I suppose that's life, not knowing what you have until it is torn away from you.

Overall an incredible book and I can't wait for the third in the Mimics of Rune series.

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review. In no way has this affected my review*
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