Series: Surrender Saga #1
Published by: Self-Published on January 1, 1970
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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She's his boss. He doesn't care. This office isn't big enough for the two of them... When Rory Clarke ends up hiring the guy she spent one steamy night with to be her administrative assistant, she's determined to keep things professional. Lucas Blaine has other plans for her. He wants Rory, and it's hard to resist his stunning blue eyes, chin dimple and the way he fills out a suit. Everywhere she looks, there he is, giving her a panty-melting smile and pulling her away for the most amazing (and satisfying) sex she's ever had in her life. What starts off as one sexual encounter turns into multiple trysts in and out of the office and the lines she'd tried to draw so carefully are blurring. But the closer they get, the more Rory realizes that there are things about Lucas she doesn't know, things he's hiding from her. She'll have to decide if she can surrender to her feelings or get out while she still can.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I suppose if I were to use one word to describe this book, it would be “cheesy”. You how there’s just that one (or multiple) couple who does and says things that are meant to be sweet or cute, but just comes off as cheesy and “cringe-worthy”? That’s how Aurora and Lucas came off for me. Maybe I’m just not into the overly sweet, but I’ve read “overly sweet” in books before and I didn’t mind it, when it’s done right. Here, it just missed the mark with me. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the book, because I liked Aurora as a female lead and there were plenty of hilarious one-liners and entertaining dialogue.
Aurora was a decent female protagonist. She is motivated, smart, passionate, and a caring person. I loved whenever she hung out with her girlfriends and also how the author incorporated plenty of “girl time” in between interactions with Lucas, emphasizing the importance of friendship no matter who you find in your life, at least in my opinion. I don’t think I really connected much with Lucas, especially at first. He does have an appeal, but I didn’t feel the spark. He grew on me towards the end, but it wasn’t anything special. I also really couldn’t get on board with them calling each other “Mr. Blaine” and “Miss Clarke”. It worked with what the author was trying to portray with the characters, I suppose, but I just didn’t care for it. It just added to the cheesy factor.
Sweet Surrendering is a quick and easy read, nothing deep or emotional to it, which is a great choice from time to time. I must emphasize the “cheese factor”, but if you’re tolerance is greater than mine, then I’m sure you’ll love it. You’ll definitely get some laughs from these characters, if nothing else.
*Top Ten Reasons Why Lucas Blaine Makes an Excellent Secretary*
10. He’s… assertive: “Being assertive is a good quality to have in an employee, don’t you think?”
9. He’s easy on the eyes: I finally let my eyes travel from his sleek black tie up to his face, where I nearly gulped when I saw that he had a chin dimple. He had a dusting of freckles on his nose to go with the hair, and then I met a set of eyes that were a strange color in between blue and gray. Like wet stones I used to collect on the beach at our vacation home in Maine. Or the color of the clouds before a storm.
8. He understands the importance of “coffee”: “No coffee?” The way he said it, I was thinking he didn’t mean . . . coffee. I stared at him and he smirked and winked at me. Yup, he didn’t mean actual coffee.
7. He asks before, he enters: “Do you want me inside you?”
6. He’s honest: “You should mark this in your calendar. I’m only nice a few days of the year, and you just happened to catch me on one of them. As soon as I’ve had my coffee, I’ll go right back to being a dick, I promise.”
5. He knows what you’re thinking: “I never wear my nipple ring to the office, if that’s what you’re wondering,” he said when he caught me staring at his chest and wondering that very thing. My face flamed red and I tried to glare at him.“I wasn’t thinking that.” Yes I was.“Yes you were.”
4. He knows the value of s’mores: “I mean, unless you don’t like s’mores in which case, there’s the door.” He pointed and his face was serious.“You mean to tell me that if I didn’t like s’mores, you’d kick me out?” I raised my eyebrow.“I don’t want anyone in my house who doesn’t like s’mores.”
3. He knows how to compliment a woman: I unfolded the paper airplane and there was a note on it. Your boobs look great today.-Lucah
2. He understands punctuality: “I’m going to get some breakfast ready. If you’re not in the shower in ten minutes, I’m coming in here and throwing you in.” He nipped the end of my nose and I put the pillow over my head.“Get up, Sunshine,” he said, ripping the covers off me.“Douchebag!”
1. He takes his work VERY seriously: “So how was it for you, Miss Clarke? Do I get a performance evaluation?”