Friday, October 25, 2013

"Sweet Surrendering" by Chelsea M. Cameron

Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Self-Pub
Pages: 286

From Goodreads: "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."

As Chelsea is one of my most favourite NA authors of all time (her "Faster We Burn" is one of the best books that I've read this year), I was beyond excited to learn about this book, her first foray into adult romance- something which I am quite unfamiliar with (being primarily a YA and NA reader).

I think that Chelsea's biggest talent as an author is her ability to weave stories that readers become so engrossed in that they ignore everything going on around them in real life, her books take escapism to the next level- once you start one, you don't want to put it down. Another one of Chelsea's talents is to create secondary characters who are anything but, having just as much development as the leads, something essentially unheard of from other authors (in fact, while I was reading this book I spotted at least two instances of where companion novels involving these secondary characters could branch off of it).

That being said, I did at times find myself growing increasingly more and more frustrated with Rory and Lucas's relationship. For the majority of the novel (upwards of the 85% mark), I felt that there was no substance/ depth to their relationship, it based on nothing but sex and flirty banter (obviously another one of Chelsea's talents, she writes sexytimes like no other). That being said, I did really enjoy their relationship once they were able to be completely honest and upfront with one another.

All in all, I'm glad that I did step out of my comfort zone, reading something that I never have before. While this is admittedly not my most favourite of Chelsea's books, it is a close second and I am excited to learn more about Sloane and Ryder in "Dark Surrendering" (plus, I have no doubt that this book will quickly be picked up by a major publishing house ASAP).

Rating: 3/5


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