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- Print Length: 227 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (27 Jan. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MSS0X6S
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Surrender: A Devil's Den Novel Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Let me start by saying I was drawn to this book, simply by the fact that the leading lady, Robyn was a stripper and I was intrigued as to how the love story would play out and let's face it, I had hoped that we'd have some incredibly erotic scenes.
Now I'm pretty torn with this book. On one hand we have an incredible story. Whilst we have everything I look for in a great read, Suspense, Passion, Heartache, a great villain, somewhere along the way these things were diluted.
The book at times felt more like I was reading a list and the emotional aspects just didn't shine through. Garrick, an ex Mechanical Engineer and now Head of Security at Devil's Den, should have been an incredible character and whilst I get that he is hot, I didn't feel much of his personality shine through. I also understood that he wasn't overly keen on Robyn's profession as a stripper and being Head of Security, it meant he had to watch her get naked and entertain the customers at the strip joint. He seemed ok with other men seeing her body and the only time he intervened was when a customer touched her.
The sex scenes themselves did feel a little rushed and again felt more like a list of events which meant I had to work harder with my imagination.
There were a few other minor issues and inconsistencies within the story, but if I'm completely honest, I couldn't put the book down, because the storyline itself was that good.
I genuinely believe with some more depth to the characters, this could be one amazing book.
Whilst I liked Surrender I didn’t love it. Garrick and Robyn had an interesting dynamic and I liked the parts of the book when they were together and dealing with their issues in order to build a relationship. Garrick is dominant, possessive and has a definite way with words and actions. Robyn although working in an environment that belies one thing, is actually pretty much the opposite of all the expectations you would have for a woman in her situation, those aspects together made me keep reading. What I found detracted from that were all the side plots and random characters that were thrown at the story.
”I’m glad you’ve found me.”
There were a couple of tropes that carried enough weight to them, that should have been explored more, rather than having lots of little things added, for me it just made the story all sorts of scrappy, jumping from this, to that, then to something else, but never really offering the level of depth I was looking for.
The writing style is easy to immerse yourself in and I did like the story, plenty (if not too much) of drama, interesting sexy-times and dual POV, I just think it could have done with a little more focus, and less of a cut & dried ending.
Surrender is the first book in the Devil’s Den series, its successor Seduction is due, mid-March. This is my first book by this author, and although I am uncertain as to whether I will read any more books from this series, I would be interested to read something with a different setting, tropes and characters by Violetta Rand in the future.
ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
What I loved most about this book is the rawness of it. The author describes an authentic Texas - this is not the highly stylized version that one finds on old episodes of Dallas. The author also brings to life the fictional Devil's Den, a strip club that is as important to the story as the hero and heroine. The Devil's Den reminds me of Merlotte's or Penny Royal Greene in its ability to become the third character in the novel - a place full of interesting characters that adds to the overall dynamic.
Robyn Gonzalez was kick out of her home on her 15th birthday. Having been on her own for the past five years, she’s done all that she could to survive and stay off the streets as much as she could. Now, one of the top dancers at the Devil’s Den, she’s working her way through college and can’t wait until the day that graduates so that she can leave Corpus Christi and her past behind. She’s independent and doesn’t hold back when a man touches her. Just because she’s a dancer doesn’t mean that they have a right to manhandle her, it often leads to her being written up and them being escorted out. All that changes though on the night of her 20th birthday and finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe it’s the right place at the right time? It all depends on how you look at it.
Garrick graduated from MIT and is a mechanical engineer but after years of being on an oil rig for months at a time, he’s ready to come home and takes a job as head of security at The Devil’s Den. While fishing one night he finds himself helping Robyn from a thug that is chasing her and he knows right away that she’s different and that he wants to get to know her but she’s full of secrets. When he finds out that she’s a dancer at the same club that he will start working at in a few nights he wonders, can he trust his instincts or is she really trouble like so many other dancers? All he knows is that he drawn to her and he is determined to keep her safe when the thug keeps coming back for more.
I bought this book when I was given an ARC of book two. I wanted to see how it all started and I am so glad that I did. I loved it! Robyn was handed a raw deal with her family. They were a bunch of jerks and I often found myself thinking to myself that I don’t believe that I would be as forgiving as she was. To be thrown out as she was, I truly believe that I would have been more bitter and wouldn’t have kept trying to so hard to get back into her families good graces. She was strong, independent and set on making sure that her future was a bright one and not end up as a statistic. The only thing that I didn’t like in this book is that she never comes out and tells Garrick the whole truth. It just felt wrong to me and feel that it would have made a better story if she had. I can’t wait to dive into Seduction which is book 2 and comes out March 17th. It features Robyn’s little sister, Marisela. She was a real spitfire in this book and I can’t wait to see how her story plays out.
Violetta Rand has the ability to grab hold of you in the very beginning and doesn't let you go until you've read the final page. She gives readers what they want and so much more.
Surrender is a story of love with no limitations. It's a story of how somethings in life are worth fighting for. An unforgettable romance that tells a story of love and pain, fate and circumstances, forgiveness and hope.
I really like this book I was instantly rooting for Robyn to fulfill her dreams, to stay strong, find love and to be safe.
This is a book about a survival, Robyn is thrown out of her parents house very unceremoniously when she was 15. She was abused and not believed, to make things worse her mother is judgmental and verbally cruel. Robyn is determined to succeed and she is strong working her way through college, paying her own bills and she has an apartment that feels like home. How? The only job that pays that kind of money is being a stripper at the "Den," Robyn likes her life and she loves order, of course that goes out the window when she meets Garrick. He saves her as she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. From that moment there is an attraction that is unstoppable, they can't keep their hands to themselves, but its hard for Garrick to accept Robyn's job especially since he works at the “Den” and sees how other men react to her. He wants to protect her, not only from the customers at the “Den” but from the drug dealer who is looking for her. She of course fights off the unwanted advances and continues to work, but she can't save herself from the men who are looking for her.
This book is really about how people judge Robyn because of her job at the “Den”. They don't really understand how alone she grew up but how strong she is now. She is definitely not what she appears to be and Garrick can not believe how it's possible he is her first.
I highly recommend this book and would love to read the rest of the series. This book is hot. 4 stars
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