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Total Surrender Hardcover – 1 Jan 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739426613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739426616
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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I bought this book on the basis of the reviews - what a disappointment. I skimmed it to the end, simply because I could not believe a professional writer could write so poorly. To me it read like some of my students' work, where they know they have to use 'fancy' words, so they use a thesaurus to find a synonym without actually thinking of the layers of meaning around a word, and whether it's relevant in context. This could be a problem between US English and UK English, but it really grated on me, and frequently set me laughing at the sheer clumsiness of the language.

All too often this author *tells* rather than *shows* what's going on - this makes the interaction between the characters awkward and mechanical. As a result the bedroom scenes were about as titillating as cold mashed potatoes.

You can safely say that I won't be buying this author again. Ever!
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Total Surrender is the story of Michael Stevens and his search for passion and, unconciously, love.
The heroine, Lady Sarah, is an engaging character, and the story entrancing and very erotic.
The only thing I would say is that, like his brother James in "Love Lessons", Michael's soul-searching and angst can get a bit wearing, and very occasionally annoying, as does the apparently unwarranted self-pity. The man is handsome, rich, has a close family (if he so chooses) and goes to bed with beautiful women. Frankly, it's difficult to get that much sympathy for him, (maybe I'm just too cynical) but these moments are only occasional and do not detract overly from the novel.
If you enjoyed Love Lessons, as I did, this is well worth a read.
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By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2002
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This was an excellent book.The first I have read by this author,but it will not be the last.I found Michael fascinating, the type of hero I like to read about.Dark and moody!The bedroom scenes were quite explicit but not too much so.I look forward to the book about James, Michael's elder brother. Well worth a read.
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With her dissolute brother having gambled away every possession she owns, Lady Sarah Compton knows that her life will soon be very difficult. Before she accepts her fate, she travels to a country party, determined to enjoy herself one last time. What she doesn't realise is that the country party is actually a trysting event for the decadent members of the aristocracy.

The bastard son of an earl, Michael Stevens loves his reputation as a debauched seducer yet he is drawn to the innocent Sarah for reasons he can't fathom. When she refuses to leave the party when he warns her of the dangers, the pair embark on a very exciting journey where Michael promises to teach Sarah everything he knows of seduction. And in turn, Sarah might teach him everything she knows of love.

I am a fan of Cheryl Holt but I have to admit that I didn't feel that this was one of her better books. Michael was a very deep and complicated character while Sarah was a typical feisty yet innocent lady. They did have good chemistry but surprisingly their sex scenes were almost overshadowed by the numerous other sex scenes within the book.

There was also an awful lot of introspection for both characters which really slowed the pace of the book for me. It wasn't a problem to finish the book but I was never overly eager to return to the story once I'd put the book down. There was also often the problem of overly flowery language within the book alongside the numerous Americanisms.

As I said, I personally don't think it was her best effort but it's still an okay read if you're a fan of Cheryl Holt or if you're looking for a little historical erotic escapism. This book is also the follow on from Love Lessons which featured Michael's brother, James. Unfortunately only 3 stars for this book.
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