Review: Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed

April 18, 2013 Adult, Adult Romance, Book Review, J.C. Reed, Self-Pub, Surrender Your Love 20

**WARNING: This a Mature Adult novel – 18 and over**

From Goodreads:

Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross…and secrets laid bare.

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I don’t usually review Adult Romances on the blog, but when this book was sent to me by the author, I was very curious and honestly in need of something fun and a little sexier than my normal YA reads. I must admit, the cover is what sold this book to me, and even though the storyline didn’t seem like something all that new, I had to give it a chance. It’s a little hard for me to review an Adult Romance because, well, I don’t read a lot of it so I don’t have much to compare it with. So I’m going primarily on how I personally felt as I was reading.

We start off with our main character, Brooke, waiting at a bar for a meeting with a client for work. Who showed up wasn’t what she was expecting and after some lust at first sight, she quickly leaves. Her night takes a turn when she goes out with a friend for drinks and wakes up with the same handsome stranger/client, Jett, from the night before in her bed. I don’t want to go full into the details and spoil anything, but said client manages to become her boss and whirls her away to Italy to work on a real estate case. These two have the major hots for each other from the get-go, and they quickly decide not to fight it.

As for the characters, they were okay. I didn’t fully connect with either of them though. I mean, I liked that Brooke didn’t immediately fall all over herself and Jett, even though she was highly attracted to him and kind of wanted to. I think my favorite moments with her were at the very end. She doesn’t let people walk all over her and that’s a good trait to have. As for the love interest, Jett… I don’t know, I was hoping for someone super hot and swoony. Don’t get me wrong, a few scenes were hot, but I feel like we barely got to know him and I wanted more!

The plot had some good moments. If you read the synopsis above, you can see that it doesn’t necessarily seem like something all that new. And I honestly wasn’t expecting anything beyond that. I was just looking for a fun read. But there was an aspect to the story that I found to be pretty interesting, namely the real estate case these two were working on. It doesn’t fully reveal itself until closer to the end, but I must say it was my favorite part of the book. My major gripe with this though is that I turned the page and found the end where I wasn’t expecting an end. I literally went back and reread the last few pages because I didn’t understand what had happened. I totally get cliffhanger endings, sometimes, but I felt like nothing was remotely resolved. 🙁

There also seemed to be a lot of repetitiveness. The poor girl was constantly having heat pooling between her legs, and her cheeks. Or need. Maybe it was just me, but it was enough to make me notice. And it was constantly a build up of Brooke getting ‘turned on’ real fast just to have everything stall out and the action be repeated a few pages later. Don’t get me wrong, I love some good ol’ UST (Unresolved Sexual Tension), I actually was hoping for some, but for some reason it didn’t work as well here. Instead of giving me feels it just made me annoyed.

I realize I’m sounding like a total Debbie Downer here, but on a whole I did enjoy this somewhat. The cliffhanger ending does serve well for the fact that I would like to read the next installment, Conquer Your Love when it comes out later on this year. I’m invested enough to want to continue. And I feel like some of my issues with the characters may be resolved somewhat in the next book, especially with how things ended. Honestly, I’m a little excited for it. 🙂

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

20 Responses to “Review: Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed”

  1. Tanja - Tanychy

    I remember this book as I was part of blitz for it. I mean look at the cover, you can’t go without noticing it. I’m really happy that you enjoyed some parts of it. I like you don’t read adult things but it’s a nice change from time to time. Great review 🙂

  2. starryeyedjen

    I see crack!!! 😀 Sorry, my inner-13-yo is shining. 😛 Your review reminds me of all the reasons I usually stay away from adult novels, especially those erotic in nature. They are always so hit or miss with me, and it’s usually the opposite of what I’m expecting. I guess the same can be said of YA, too, but I’ve had surprisingly good luck with most books I pick up. Thanks for the honest review!

  3. Jenny

    Hello hot cover! *fans self* I’m with you Sara, I love unresolved sexual tension, but I can only take it for so long before I get as frustrated as the characters probably are. If the smexy times are thwarted a couple times that works for me, but if it keeps happening and they keep putting the brakes on I get just plain irritated. Sounds like that happens a bit in this one unfortunately:(

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      If the UST is spread around and really gives it time to build, I love it. But when the main character is described as getting hot and bothered and nothing and then like 23 pages it’s happening again… it gets a little repetitive for me. 🙁

  4. lilysbookblog.com

    THIS COVER *Silenely dies* haha, but I’m glad to hear you did end up enjoying it! Sara you should review more NA for your blog because I love this review! 🙂
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Awww, thanks! I mean to read more NA but they always end up getting sidelined do to review books. 🙁 I’m trying to request less for this summer so I can read more then. 🙂

  5. Silverlight

    I fell so hard for this cover, and I’m in the middle of this right now. Although, I am having a VERY difficult time getting through it 🙁 I too, can see the repetitiveness, at least in the beginning and found myself confused at parts. Like she slept w/him once maybe twice before she even knew him, and then they act like complete strangers at times, weird right? Plus, she never questions her actions or Jett’s? I’m not too sure if I can finish it. Thanks for the honest review!

  6. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    Okay am I the only one who thinks those shiny boots look tacky? Besides that the cover is hot! I actually don’t like cliffys when reading romance novels, because I read them for indulgence and cliffhangers stress me out. Though if I have book 2 on hand I can handle it. I love an Italian setting, and I don’t mind a fair bit of prediction in these books, but this one sounds like it isn’t a stand out, and that it could potentially annoy me. I’ll probably skip it.

  7. Rachel

    That cover is a real attention grabber! HOT! I can see why you’d get frustrated with the build-up and let down of sexual tension. It’s a little hard to get fully invested in a story if you don’t feel connected with the characters. Maybe this will be resolved in the next installment, though. Great honest review, Sara. 🙂

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