Friday, 2 May 2014

Review + #Giveaway: Surrender by Melody Anne

Title: Surrender
Series: Surrender #1
Author: Melody Anne
Publication Date: March 29, 2013
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?

When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be another billionaire bad boy seeks naïve girl for kinky sex story. And, although it was pretty much that, it was so very different.

Firstly, Rafe was quite complex - a loving man who'd simply had his heart stomped on and therefore decided noncommittal sex was the way to go. But he was a very sweet and loving person, one just had to see his interactions with his family to know this. And even though he pretended he wanted nothing more than meaningless sex with Ari, his thoughts and feelings projected something else altogether; it was just a matter of how long he was going to keep telling himself she felt and wanted nothing more. Unfortunately, he was quite stubborn, so it could take a while.

Ari was a sweet girl with so much wrongness in her life. She just never seemed to catch a break. Guilt-stricken over her mother's coma and then the news of the life or death op that she couldn't afford, my heart went out to her. I was her cheerleader, though, and I couldn't help doing cartwheels every time she told Mr. Powerful (or as she might have put it, Demon Spawn) NO!! Even if all the nos in the world made no difference.

Their relationship, if I may call it that, was filled with fire and passion, and each time Ari resisted, so Rafe pursued making it was a fantastic game of cat and mouse. I loved the build up and I was totally enthralled, waiting to see if she'd finally give in. But it seems Anne likes playing games with her readers as much as she loves playing games with her characters, because that ending made me want to scream!! I was so ready for the big finale, for Rafe and Ari to fly off into the sunset and then WHAM, the final twist in this story and those evil words...THE END!!

I am really looking forward to reading the next chapter in Ari and Rafe's lives. Will she surrender to him, or will he finally submit to his feelings and make Ari more than just a business deal?? I cannot wait to find out!
Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon - Rise of the Dark Angel. She's been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.
See Melody's Website at: She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at:, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.
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