Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Surrender Series by Melody Anne

Surrender by Melody Anne

Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption. 

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him. Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it’s too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for.

Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He’s got the Midas touch, since every endeavor he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party’s come out mutually benefited.

Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she’s ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that’s too good to be true. It turns out she’s right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she’s sent on her way, only to find out her mother’s near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom’s only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother’s the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?

Surrender (Surrender, #1)Surrender by Melody Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me get the cons out of the way first. Yes, it's basically 50 SOG but better written. The sex is more about passion than toys. Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger and I was looking at myself like WTF. But, it's an enjoyable story and yes I bought the second one. Yes, Rafe is a controlling, self centered, selfish jerk, but he's hot as sin. I love the way these two characters interact and that Ari doesn't just bend over begging for him to control her. It was a great story and I really enjoyed it!

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Submit (Surrender Series Book Two)

Arianna Harlow has a choice. Does she choose love or self-respect? Will she give up her freedom and become nothing but a shadow of herself?

This is the exciting sequel to the NYT’s and USA Today best-selling book Surrender. In Submit, Ari faces an impossible ultimatum. She needs to decide whether to accept Raffaelo Palazzo’s indecent proposal and stay at his side as his bought mistress, under his complete control in his world and in his bedroom. Rafe holds the keys to her mother’s happiness, and Ari must choose love for her mother or respect for herself and for the morals her mother instilled in her. You’ll find out that decision in this book and discover the unexpected repercussions of what Ari does choose. 

In Surrender, we were also introduced to the dynamic story of Shane Grayson and Lia Palazzo. See where their story leads as the Surrender Series continues. 

Watch as two strong, confident women make choices that will affect their lives forever.

Who will submit? Will it be the women or the men?

Submit (Surrender, #2)Submit by Melody Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Though not a huge fan of the big decision cliff hanger, I have to admit I'm hooked. These stories are fun and amazing. So much better than 50 SOG and their flat lined characters. I enjoy seeing Shane and Lia mixed into the story and have fun watching Ari grow as a woman. Rafe unfolding his issues with trust and becoming a softer man held me tight. Yes, I'll admit it, I bought the next one! I'm thoroughly enjoying this series!

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