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Book 1- Falling In
Book 2- Breaking Out
Book 3- Coming Home
I love the jaded billionaire and naive ingenue trope in romance novels. So, when I happened upon this new to me series I was immediately intrigued.
Evelyn Keats isn't just a naive ingenue. She isn't like any other heroine I've read. She's homeless. She was born addicted to heroin and has lived on the streets her whole life. She's not a drug user, but her mother is wasting away from an addiction that has left her riddled with disease, and limited mental capabilities. There were parts of Evelyn's circumstances that were difficult and heart wrenching to read. I believe that the author brought the realities of living on the streets to life. I could picture the struggles, I could almost feel the cold penetrating my bones, and I could vividly imagine the constant hunger pains.
Lucian Patras is a God of the business world. He's a billionaire many times over. He wants for nothing, and no one ever tells him no. You can imagine his shock when he's knocked on his backside by the quiet and unassuming Evelyn Keats. Evelyn has managed to find a job in one of Lucian's hotels as a maid. She's determined to claw her way out of poverty and despair. She knows that agreeing to Lucian's proposition isn't a great idea, but she does it anyway.
Evelyn has another strike against her already difficult situation...she can't read. This really hurt my heart. There's a scene where she's trying to locate the kitchen in the hotel by following signs. She can't read the signs. Her sadness and frustration pulled at me. I can't imagine not being able to find my way because I couldn't read the signs/instructions. She's terrified of losing her job, which would only make her dream of having an apartment and food to call her own, seem much further away.
Throughout the series there are constant struggles for these two to find their footing. What starts as an agreement for simple companionship and sex, turns into an emotionally charged love affair. There are people who want them to fail. These people continue to use whatever ammunition they can dig up to pull Evelyn and Lucian apart. Ultimately, they find their way back to each other every time. But the struggle is real!
I love how Lucian's character evolves over the three books. He forever remains a broody alpha male. But he softens a little, bit by bit. His vulnerability really starts to show when he's faced with losing the woman who has come to mean more than anything to him. There are so many layers to Lucian's personality. He's tough as nails in one scene, and as gentle as a kitten in another.
Evelyn's character also grows and strengthens throughout the series. She's pretty spineless in the beginning, at least she is with Lucian. On the streets, she's a survivor. I loved seeing her take her life into her own hands. She was determined to be happy, and to have a home. She wanted a life that she could be proud of. She didn't want to ever become her mother.
I found myself getting choked up numerous times. The emotions in this series were palpable. I could feel some of the anguish sitting heavily on my chest. That is great writing. The author was able to draw out so many feelings from me. I hated and loved characters, I hurt for some of them, and at times, I was elated for them!
Lucian and Evelyn do find their way, but holy hell, it wasn't easy. This series is heavy. It was often sad. But the journey was beautiful in its own way. Getting to their HEA took guts and perseverance, and it was almost a privilege to witness it all.
The one negative thing I have to say about this book is the writing in the very first chapter. When I was reading it I wasn't sure if I could get beyond that first chapter. The flowery descriptions the author uses were over the top and ridiculous. But once you hit chapter two it has a completely different feel! It's completely different writing in my opinion. I was happy that I gave the book/author the benefit of the doubt and pushed on.
This series needs to be read in order. And since all of the books are available, you can totally binge on them...like I did!
The characters in this book totally blew me away . They are so complex and very well developed . Scout is such a great character . She is kick ass and won't back down from anyone but she hides such a vulnerability that will make your heart just melt . She wants to help her mom but she is also realizing that her mom is hurting her too . It honestly breaks my heart to read the scenes between Scout and her mom. But as you read you see her become Evelyn the one that fits into Lucian's world . The submissive that will make you fall in love with her . She is just a great character . I can't say enough about her . Now lets talk about Lucian he is pure alpha and well just sex on a stick . He oozes sex appeal but there is something in him that is also gentle and sweet when he is with Scout . We just never know what side we are going to get with Lucian , sexy and sweet or domineering and gruff or demeaning and a big ole pain in the butt. But you will fall in love with him as you get into the book .
This book sucked me in from the first page . Lydia has a way of writing that will suck you in and keep you there . She can rip out your heart and then glue it back together . She just takes you to places emotional that you don't know you can go . She also can write a pretty mean sex scene . I totally and strongly suggest this series . You will not be disappointed in the least .
This is the first book in the Surrender Trilogy series and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be starting book 2 as soon as this review is completed. While it didn’t end on a cliffhanger, more of a continuation of the story. The ending just made me want to submerge myself in this trilogy. The story of Evelyn “Scout” Keats is a journey from living on the streets with no education and no birthdate recorded to living with Lucian Patras. Lucian propositioned her one day when she was cleaning his room at the hotel that he owns after capturing her in a compromising position. I don’t want to say more and I hope I didn’t give too much away. But, I love their story!
Now I am ready to read book 2 Breaking Out.
Lucian is a ruthless, domineering, very wealthy man. Scout is a feisty, ambitious, homeless girl. She is 22, but her lack of life experience makes her seem younger. Though the lessons she has learned in her 22 years gives her the grit and determination I find endearing to her character. When these two cross paths, neither is ready for what's to come. Her lack of knowledge of his world, him thinking she will be just like every other woman from his past, her loyalty to her friend and mother, his to his few friends, it will all be challenged as they grow together, and share more of themselves with each other than they thought they could. Until the end of the story where unlikely people join forces to try and put a wedge between them, will it work? Going to start Breaking Out and see....