Forbidden Surrender (Forever Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Surrender series of three stories tells Vincent and Kristen’s tale. These three novels have been released for some time now, but time does not change a moment of the sexiness, loving tease of their story. This first one is short, but packs a powerful sexual and storyline punch.
Vincent was wealthy. Very wealthy. He was also intelligent, educated, elegant and hot as sin. He began as a surfer, more surfer than engineer according to his professors – but he did invent a camera that changed extreme sports for many of its most dedicated followers. Although he still surfs and enjoys that lifestyle when he can – he is far from your average surfer dude. Yet because of his fit, blonde good looks, some people are foolish enough to see the surfer dude when they should be seeing the billionaire. You don’t become a self-made billionaire by being stupid.
Kristen was part of the team assigned to bring in his account to the wealth management company she worked for. She had done most of the research and charts regarding how they could best advise him on the management of his money. She and Richard, her superior on this team had traveled to South Africa to meet with Vincent. Unfortunately, Richard tried to play up the surfer dude instead of the intelligent man during their meeting. Kristen was stunned by Vincent’s sheer sexiness and practically fell into his lap. Yet, she was able to save some part of the meeting. But it didn’t look good at all.
What soon became clear was Vincent’s interest in her and he would sign with their company on one condition…
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Forbidden Surrender yet, I would highly recommend you go out and fix that oversight very soon. You will find a fast paced, intense, flirty, sensuous beginning to a couple’s relationship. Remember, this is a three book series all about Kristen and Vincent. While the first novel doesn’t end strictly on a cliffhanger, it does end abruptly. You’ll want to find out what happens next, just as I did. Indulge yourself in a sexy story that will hopefully lead to a love story for our couple – we’ll just have to read the next novel to find out.
*I received an e-ARC of Forbidden Surrender from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Originally reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf (dot) com
In book one, we are introduced to Kristen Daley, a 25 year-old Harvard graduate and wealth manager employee for Waterbridge-Howser in NYC. Kristen moved to NYC in an attempt to flee an abusive boyfriend and to start a brand new life. She is smart, determined and eager to move up the ranks at Waterbridge-Howeser. In an attempt to achieve that goal, Kristen must first help convince billionaire Vincent Sorensen to invest his fortune with their company.
Vincent Sorensen is a 31 year old billionaire playboy and owner of Sandworks, the company he started and built stemming from his love of surfing and other extreme sports. He's also the very personification of "bad boy"--tattooed, pierced, charming and sexy! A lethal combination that few women are able to resist.
While Kristen is strictly business, Vincent is determined to convince her that there is nothing wrong with mixing a little business with pleasure. Most of "Forbidden Surrender" is focused on the dynamics between the two and whether or not Vincent can combat Kristen's concerns and convince her to finally give into her desires and take a risk.
On the surface, this scenario/storyline is not unique. Critics argue that this story has been told before and that Kristen & Vincent's story brings nothing new to the table. I, however, disagree with that assessment. While aspects of this story share similarities to other books that I have previously read, there are several unique differences, as well.
Perhaps the biggest difference of all is the simplicity in the overall story. Yes, Vincent is a billionaire, deemed to be a playboy, but he's also not a self-absorbed, arrogant jerk. There's no BDSM theme and he's not asking for a relationship contract or some bizarre sexual arrangement. He's also not a damaged soul. Vincent is a smart businessman that works hard and travels so much that being in a committed relationship presents a huge challenge. Simply put, Vincent is just a man, attracted to a woman--a smart, independent, feisty woman that challenges him at every turn. Kristen is a woman that makes Vincent want things that he previously didn't think he could have.
What I love most about Vincent is his ability to listen to Kristen. He hears her concerns and goes out of his way to accommodate her, trying his best to put her needs before his own. In pursuing Kristen, the biggest challenge Vincent faces is how to balance his personal life with that of his professional one.
As for Kristen, I totally get where she's coming from. Her career is very important to her, and she doesn't want to jeopardize her job over a potential one-night stand, despite her obvious attraction to Vincent. He must earn her trust before she'll succumb to his seductive tactics.
In book one, "Forbidden Surrender," we witness the growing evolution of Kristen and Vincent's relationship. If I were to rate this book based solely on the events that take place in this first book, I would probably give it a "4." However, Priscilla West's ability to draw me into the characters, and her ability to entice me into picking up the next book in the series immediately upon completion of the first, is the reason I ultimately gave it a "5."