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The Surrender of a Lady [Kindle Edition]

Tiffany Clare
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sold. With one word, Lady Elena Ravenscliffe's destiny changes forever. Forced into Constantinople's slave market to pay off her late husband's debts and save her son, Elena reinvents herself as Jinan—a harem girl adored by the rich lords who bid on her favors. But one man instantly sees through her façade.

Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, let Elena slip through his fingers years ago. When he recognizes her on the auction block, he pays an outrageous sum to possess her, even if it is for a short period of time. But when his deadline looms, Griffin will risk all in a desperate bid to make her his—and his alone…

The Surrender of a Lady was Tiffany Clare's debut novel—a dazzling, bold historical romance.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Salacious sensuality doesn't quite trump an unlikely setting in this intensely erotic but otherwise incoherent debut. Lady Elena Ravenscliffe is sold by her gambler husband to a vastly improbable harem located in 1840s Greece and populated by Persian-speaking Turks who engage in orgies and hold high-priced slave auctions. Elena willingly serves prince Amir in exchange for the life and support of her infant son and is quickly introduced to a life of pleasure by Amir and his international group of clients. Always veiled to mask her identity, Elena is unable to hide from her long-ago first love, Griffin Summerfield, who kidnaps her from the harem, rapes her twice, and imprisons her until she agrees to love him again. While the searing sex scenes are exceptionally well-written, many readers will find the abusive hero and Orientalist setting off-putting. (Oct.)
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It has to be a mistake. No one could really sell his wife, could he? Lady Elena Ravenscliffe quickly discovers the awful truth. When her worthless husband racks up gambling debts he can’t pay back, Elena is taken away from her young son Jonathan and sent to the slave market of Constantinople. Bought by a Turkish prince who lives on Corfu, Elena is inducted into the mysterious world of the harem. Attending one of the prince’s famous auctions a few years later, Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, is shocked to discover that Jinan, one of the Amir’s beauties up for rent, is none other than his former fiancée Elena. Now Griffin will pay anything to own—even temporarily—the one woman whom he never forgot. With its exotic, evocative setting and complex, complicated characters, Clare’s lushly written, lusciously sensual debut will sweep readers away on a spellbinding voyage of scorching passion and unforgettable romance. --John Charles

Product Details

  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9WEJS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept October 4, 2010
By A. Kunz
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story concept was great; kudos for thinking outside the box. The writing was fine. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to its potential. What really killed it for me was the romance, or lack thereof. I didn't feel any connection AT ALL between the H&h. There was no development of the relationship between them. It was almost like she wrote an erotica novel and then threw in a completely superfluous romance subplot to market to a bigger audience.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings October 1, 2010
By ng
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Overall I have conflicting opinions on this book. I thought the premise (sold into slavery) and the internal battle that happens as the heroine learns to live in a new cultural, was great and different from the norm. I also liked the heros own struggles with addiction which the author captured well. That said, I found the story a bit repetitive especially in the dialogue and the internal battle that occurs for the heroine seems over done. I also thought that portions were unrealistic - the heroine is still a bit naive and innocent after being sold into prostitution for more than four years (spoiler* following a year of "training" by her master.) Overall, didn't love the book, but it gets credit for not following the same formula of all the other romance novels I have been reading recently.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should I finish this book? October 27, 2010
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I am 3/4 done with this book after forcing myself to get that far. Yes, this author has done something different than the "normal" historical romance, but where is the romance? Some of the love scenes were erotic and the rest were ho hum and rushed through. Not that I read books for the sex, but I feel that love scenes develop the romantic relationship between the characters, and these two definitely need to have some romance. So far, I don't see how they relate to each other. They recognize each other from the past...and? I just don't think I can finish this book because it doesn't seem to be getting any better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody, but I liked it! September 22, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not a romance for the faint of heart, nor would it likely appeal whatsoever to die-hard feminists, or even irresolute feminists. Judging from the reviews, it grated on the nerves of more than one reader. I suspect this is because men have all the power, financial, political, sexual, and any other kind you can think of, and they wield it ruthlessly. Most of the males are selfish, cruel, irredeemable bastards and the women are helpless prisoners or servants, completely at the mercy of slave traders, pimps, and johns. Nor is the heroine the brightest bulb in the pack. She is in the mold of Penelope Pitstop, a hapless damsel in perpetual peril. And if you require kind, loving, respectful interplay between the main characters, this book is not for you. It is more of a rough-and-ready nature, so consider yourself warned.

By now you are wondering how I could have given it four stars. Bear with me, I just thought you should know going in that this is not a predictable formula historical romance. I found it more appealing because of that. One should compare apples to apples, after all, and Tiffany Clare is no Georgette Heyer.

The Surrender of a Lady is an original twist on a genre more often set in ballrooms than bordellos. Extra, extra, extra spicy, with strong sexual content and more than a dash of deviancy (domination, bondage, orgies, exhibitionism) the love scenes are undoubtedly too far out there for one-foot-on-the-floor gals. I, on the other hand, thought the erotic content not only fit, but was essential to the story line which takes place in a harem filled with captive beauties who are routinely auctioned off to the highest bidder. The hero, if he can be called that, is a wealthy merchant and erstwhile nobleman.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre! February 14, 2011
By Splage
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bizarre book for me. I didn't feel the love between the H and h. Weird sexual scenes, weren't exciting or beautiful just weird. Just didn't feel any connection with any of the characters, primary or secondary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wht didn't they talk? November 27, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had a different premise, and I thought captured the hostage syndrome rather well. However, I still don't understand why the here disappeared following his propsal--he was an adult male, after all, and it sounds as if his addictions occurred post separation. That was never explained properly.
The only "erotic" scenes were in the seraglio and were group scenes. When it comes to a sexual relationship between the protagonists they were glossed over.
And OK, you discover your long lost love is a sexual slave and you purchase her. Don't you think you would at least ask, if not initially, how she got there and does she want out. No, you kidnap her.
As with other reviewers, I did not find a connection between the two at all. And the hero was a very possesive and controlling individual. I didn't like him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars could have a been a lot better than it was August 29, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I never write reviews, but I was so annoyed by this book I had to. I did not feel any connection between the H and h. I felt more of connection between the heroine and Amir. There was too much sex and not enough character development for my taste. I find myself wanting to read a story about Amir, as he was the most intriguing character out of this book
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining early Victorian romance October 21, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1841 in Constantinople, a shocked Lady Elena Ravenscliffe hears one word "sold" that has her mortified. Her husband Robert says he has had a bad run of luck so he put her up as ante and lost her to a sex slave trader. Although it does her little good, she feels it is fitting that her spouse soon dies.

Elena reinvents herself as Jinan the harem girl in order to protect herself and her infant child. Her master offers her sexual favors to bidders. At a sex auction, Marquess Griffin Summerfield recognizes Jinan as Elena who he wanted back in London. He makes a seemingly exorbitant bid winning her for a few weeks. However, as they spend time together enjoying each other, Griffin knows he needs a revised plan to somehow take his beloved and her son with him back to England.

The Surrender of a Lady is an entertaining early Victorian romance with a wonderful Ottoman Empire prime location that enhances the Elena dilemma. Fast-paced from the moment Robert sells his wife to a sex slave broker to pay off his debts, sub-genre readers will wonder what will happen to the commodity once the three weeks are up and the auctioneer demands her return for her next sale. Although Robert's death is a convenient ending of a relationship problem as he owned his wife, fans will welcome Tiffany Clare into the fold as she provides a super historical.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Beautiful story
I Really liked this book it was a great story. I couldn't put this book down either. A very beautiful story.
Published 3 months ago by Ebony M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Needed more of a story line ....
I almost liked Amir better, but couldn't because he's into buying and selling slaves, and turning men into eunuchs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cameo
4.0 out of 5 stars I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book
I'm not going to give a synopsis of the book. There is plenty in the other reviews to tell you what the book is about. Read more
Published on May 7, 2011 by C. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars What an exciting debut of historical romance! BEWARE! does have sex...
THE SURRENDER OF A LADY by Tiffany Clare is a historical romance set in 1841 Constantinople and Greece. It is well written with details, depth, fast paced, and a page turner. Read more
Published on November 5, 2010 by April A. Renn
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A DEBUT!!!
What a Debut!
I won't go into the plot itself. It's been done by the reviewers before me. I just had to add my 2 cents (or in this case 5 stars) in. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by bookworm2bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars A light spicey read
Yeah, so this had it's moments of "what the heck?". And the main heroine annoying most of the time . Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by Roxy
4.0 out of 5 stars 4-1/2 stars for an excellent debut!
Cheers to a new historical author who steps forward with an emotionally heart-wrenching reunion romance. Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by OklaNannie
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Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children and housework of any kind (unless she's on a deadline when everything is magically spotless), Tiffany Clare opened up her laptop to write stories she could get lost in. Tiffany writes historical romances set in the Victorian era and is currently working on her Desire Me Now series for Avon Impulse, which releases in 2015. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids and two dogs.

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