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Surrender (Surrender - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melody Anne
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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
  • ASIN: B00C4CSJCI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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429 of 464 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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143 of 153 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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119 of 129 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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243 of 279 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 me....it'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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111 of 125 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
2.0 out of 5 stars hope air has the courage to stick to her guns
I wonder if this book will disappoint? The female protagonist had some character in mind but lacked in action, I hope she plays not hard to get but open
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read!
Published 2 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 3 days ago by rtaillon
4.0 out of 5 stars For a free book this book was juicy!
For a free book this book was juicy! Very sexy! Kept my interest so much so I purchased book 2.
Published 4 days ago by C. De Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this book.
I would not say to any one that I liked this book and have any wish to read any more.If I must choose a star sense there is no-star I guess I will select # one.
Published 6 days ago by Ailene Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrender
This unfinished book was well written and in many parts very similar to a very good one I read, but still an unfinished book. You rather invent your own end or buy the next book.
Published 7 days ago by Mirna Carus
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book...until the end! Literally, we are following the author along through the complications of the relationship and balancing love, control, and surrender. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Angie
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Reading This One
This book is frustrating. I do not understand why the author felt the need to drag out the plot beyond this book. The cat and mouse chase was plain boring. Read more
Published 7 days ago by KBDallas
1.0 out of 5 stars rubish
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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: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/melodyanneauthor, 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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