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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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Gossamer Publishing; First edition (March 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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462 of 500 people found the following review helpful
By tvgklg
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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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160 of 173 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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132 of 145 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a romance novel June 10, 2013
By Di
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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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story! June 30, 2013
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This book really surprised me. The author did such a great job of developing this story and putting so many human aspects into it. The character development is strong and it makes it really hard not to fall for the hot, rich and possessive Rafe. Even if he can be an arrogant jerk at times we all know the cure to that problem...a young, beautiful and sweet college student. This is FICTION and people need to go into this reading it as such and not taking personal experiences or feelings into account when reviewing this book. The author did a great job with the storyline and characters. The story grips you from the get-go and makes you want to keep reading. This is book one of three and after reading the first and second book I cannot wait for book three!
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120 of 135 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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down! June 2, 2013
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I love all of Melody Anne's books and this one did not disappoint! - that is until the cliffhanger end because I craved MORE of Ari and Rafe's story! Lucky for me, book 2 was released and it was even better than the first.. now impatiently waiting for book three!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge fan of Melody Anne's books and this new series is no disappointment. In this continuing series you meet the handsome powerful Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo, who is used to getting whatever he wants in life. Into his life walks Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow who is down on her luck and in need of personal redemption. This emotional relationship between this dynamic couple is sexy, tumultuous, frustrating, hot, emotional and so full of twists and turns, you are continually sitting at the edge of your seat! The story pulls you in and it is almost impossible to put the book down. When I got to the end of the story, I was salivating for the next book!! What a wonderful, emotional read! Wow Melody has another huge hit on her hands!! LOVED THIS BOOK AND COULD NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THIS GREAT SERIES!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Angry with myself for reading the whole book
Rarely do I review books. I read a LOT and go through books really quickly, so if I don't like something, I generally just skip to the next book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Colleen
1.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for... Glad I got it free
It felt like the author rewrote Fifty Shades of Grey with an even worse male character (so not into anyone using blackmail to get compliance and sex), a completely desperate female... Read more
Published 2 days ago by megan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a series I will finish.
This was another not really what I was looking for book as It's not what I would call a Romance the lead male Character Rafe shows signs of being a good guy and a jerk a majority... Read more
Published 2 days ago by HoneyBunny:Sweet&Charming/MidNiteVelvetBunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Amazing. Definitely worth the read.
Published 2 days ago by ToilsomeElf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My kind of book and I like the sets lieu of just one book.
Published 3 days ago by CINDY CLARK
1.0 out of 5 stars Good story but a sucker to get you to purchase more.
I enjoyed the story until I realized that it left you hanging. The story does not end but requires you buy another book. I really don't like being played.
Published 3 days ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously !!!!
I chose the rating of 2 because once again this novel ended abruptly...I would love to read a book which actually has an end to the plot. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by jacobmunger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 5 days ago by Jo-Ann H
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT HOT HOT
Great read. This is my SECOND book by this author and I enjoyed the book very much. I look forward to reading her other books. Read more
Published 5 days ago by cls
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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.

As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then published in 2011. 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 relatives 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.

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.

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

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