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Surrender (Surrender, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melody Anne
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Book Description

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?

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 773 KB
    • Print Length: 349 pages
    • Publisher: Gossamer Publishing; First edition (March 29, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00C4CSJCI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    546 of 589 people found the following review helpful
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    I absolutely HATE being duped this way. Be warned...this story continues in another book which isn't even out yet. It is NOT a stand alone story, it is an unfinished ending.
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    217 of 232 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Sadistic June 7, 2013
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    Rafe is a sadistic bastard who only cares about himself and uses sexual torture to keep Ari in line. He was a total turn-off. Blackmail, kidnapping, sexual torment...the female character needed to call his bluff and walk away. So disappointing at the ending; the author leaves you hanging so you'll buy her next book in the series. This type of guy is un-redeemable. This type of female disgusts me.
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    184 of 200 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a romance novel June 10, 2013
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    First book I ever deleted off my Kindle. If you're looking for a love story it's not this book!! From the sample of the book I thought this would be about a man having trouble trusting his heart to another woman after finding his wife in bed with one of his best friends. The author in the beginning shows a sweet loving side of Rafe until he's betrayed. Jump three years later. Okay.....along comes Ari who doesn't jump at being his sex slave like his other mistresses have in the past and you see the nasty, controlling Rafe.
    Rafe now treats women as only objects to own, use, then toss out with the garbage. His delight is seeing how long it takes to rob them of their self respect and break them into submission. When that's accomplished he has no use for them any longer. Then in the middle of the book you see a loving Rafe with his family and how he takes care of Ari when she's in the hospital. So you're thinking okay the lower middle class gal will teach him to love and respect woman again......WRONG.
    ++++++SPOILER ALERT++++++++

    Ari told him no so many different times. He said he never forced a woman to have sex......well excuse me but AFTER SHE SAYS NO YET AGAIN HE ties her up, ripping her clothes off, forcing her to perform oral sex on you as her punishment for not obeying you IS FORCE! After that scene and he still thinks she should just get down on her kneess and beg him to let her be his mistress is unbelievable. I knew the business trip trick was going to be bad, but I didn't know how bad. I was starting to guess that he owned her mom's home and business back when Ari was in the hospital, but then I thought he's use it to show a loving side of him to win her heart.
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    264 of 303 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars It was good, but just not my cup of tea. April 2, 2013
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    First of all I have been a really, really big fan of Melody Anne for a few years now. I have read every single book she's ever written, and I have loved them all. This one; not so much though. And believe's not easy for me to admit that.

    While I always like my H/H's to be brave & strong willed, there has to be some kind of boundary line drawn somewhere along the line. To me; Rafe goes way beyond those boundries, and here's why....

    ******SPOILER ALERT!!!!******

    Men like Rafe always seem to make my skin crawl. And here is the reason why...
    My own Daughter was mixed up in a controlling relationship, very simular to this one. She had gotten herself mixed up with a man who basically broke her, until she was a mere shell of the smart,vibrant, and outgoing woman she once was. It took 8 long years to get her out of that situation. But... even after 5 long years and lots of professional therapy sessions, my daughter is still not back to normal, at least mentally. She never suffered any physically abused, but she sure was mentally abused. She was only allowed to go where he took her, As a prized trophy kind of thing. But after they came back home, she was once again hidden away in a home with not contact outside those walls. She wasn't allowed to have any interaction with her family or friends, what-so-ever. He even went so far as to dress her, told her how to walk, how to talk, and how to act when she was out in public with him. If he even thought for one moment that she'd broken any of his stupid rules, things that were important to her were taken away from her, until she could prove her loyalty towards him once again.

    I realize that many readers like this kind of thing, but it makes me wonder how much they'd like it....
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    123 of 140 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surrender June 27, 2013
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    This is different kind of series for Melody Anne and I loved it! Rafe is cynical and used to getting what he wants. He's decided that after having his heart broken by an unfaithful wife that he has no use for love. So he treats all his relationships with women as a business transaction. Arianna desperately needs a job to help pay for her mother's medical needs, which she blames herself for. So she applies for job that she finds too good to be true. She finds out during the interview that Rafe is looking for a well-paid mistress who has to be at his beck and call whenever and wherever he needs her.

    Even though Ari is in desperate need she tells Rafe she will not be his paid mistress. Rafe continues to pursue her and she can't resist him so matter how hard she tries. Rafe doesn't want to admit it but he's beginning to have feelings for Ari just as she also developing feelings for him.

    Ari learns that Rafe has been manipulating situations all along in order to get what he wants. He's decided that he's giving Ari long enough to surrender to his offer. He now lays down an ultimatum where she has to decide to give in to him or lose. Who wins and who loses? Starting 2nd book "Submit" so I can find out? Melody Anne never disappoints with her books!!!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read but similar to the fifty shades and other series but overall I enjoyed it.
    Published 2 hours ago by st clair
    2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing
    thought it would be a better read great cover just seemed like a tone down fifty shades of grey ending was a cliff hanger and didnt make me want to buy any more of her books
    Published 2 days ago by Cna.vanessa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great book, held my attention. Nice read.
    Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars The book kept me interested to the end however it ...
    The book kept me interested to the end however it is a little predictable and gets dry at times. I'm sure this is the right genre for me though
    Published 4 days ago by Whitney
    1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
    Awful! The main character, Rafe is so manipulative and emotionally & borderline sexually abusive! Although, he saved Ari many times in the story, he spent the majority of the story... Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Tristan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good, romantic and erotic. I loved the characters. I recomended it.
    Published 5 days ago by Jisela Recuero
    1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
    FinAlly just started skimming through this book. Kept hoping it might get better but the woman got more and more stupid and the guy got more and more obnoxious. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by RPGWillikers
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy!
    Kind of a 50 Shades type story line, tho I didn't read that book this is very similar poor girl meets/works for rich guy then.....…
    Published 8 days ago by joyce hovel
    1.0 out of 5 stars Very Pathetic Read
    The so called strong willed girl was a pushover to all her friends. All she had was stubbornness I certainly don't blame her for, although I can't admire it somehow. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Ann
    1.0 out of 5 stars So Predictable
    Sometimes even predictable books can be fun to read, if the story is well told or witty. This book was neither . Read more
    Published 10 days ago by C. F. Becker
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    More About the Author

    NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author Melody Anne has written the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series; Midnight Fire, Midnight Moon and Midnight Storm - Rise of the Dark Angel along with her new Unexpected Hero Series and the newest release "Taken by a Trillionaire," a collaboration with fellow Authors J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello.

    As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then published in 2011, finding her true calling, and a love of writing nonstop. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in business, she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen and the corporate world.

    When Melody isn't writing, she cultivates strong bonds with her family and enjoys time spent with them as well as her friends, and beloved pets. A country girl at heart, she loves the small town and strong community she lives in and is involved in many community projects.

    To date, Melody has over 7 million book sales and has earned a spot on multiple best seller lists, including being an amazon top 100 bestselling author for 3 years in a row, as well as a Kobo and iBooks best seller. But beyond that, she just loves getting to do what makes her happiest - live in a fantasy world, 95% of the time.

    See Melody's Website and subscribe to her newsletter at: She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at:, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne. Also, follow her blog at

    She looks forward to hearing from you and thanks you for your continued interest in her stories.

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