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Surrender to Me (The Derrings) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 2008
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About the Author
Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.
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Top Customer Reviews
Astrid's father arranged her marriage to Bertram. Bertram spent her dowry then abandoned her with no money to live on. Astrid's parents were dead. Astrid hears that Bertram is in Scotland posing as someone else planning to marry an heiress. Astrid travels to Scotland to try to stop him. Along the way she meets Griffin. Highwaymen and feuding clans cause danger for them. Griffin was raised in Texas and came to Scotland to investigate something his mother told him on her deathbed.
I had trouble liking the heroine Astrid. She was never loved by her parents or husband, so she maintains a cold façade to everyone. Even after Griffin awakens her passionate side, she repeatedly returns to her cold and distant manner. Her coldness causes fights and other conflicts. She repeatedly causes trouble for herself by saying things based on stupid reasoning, for example: she is traveling with Griffin, and they are surrounded by a group of potential bad guys. Griffin tells the bad guys they are married so the men will leave her alone. She stupidly says "we are not married." Another example of poor judgment: a couple is in love, but Astrid takes action and/or tries to influence the girl marry someone else to make the relatives happy. This happens twice, with two different couples. I'm guessing the point is that Astrid was never loved, so she doesn't know how to love or interact with others in a reasonable manner. Somehow, I didn't enjoy reading about her and her predicaments.
Griffin was a good hero: smart, strong, loving and helping others. The author did a nice job with the plot. It was good. The author has a nice voice.Read more ›
Enter Griffin Shaw an American in search of his long lost relatives and when he happens upon Astrid and her maid in distress he rises to the occasion to aide them from a disastrous violation and end.
From the beginning, this book reeked! Big strong, handy Griffin couldn't fight his way out of a pillow fight. He is felled by a rock to the head during the rescue and not only captured once, but twice and then he could not make lemonade with lemonish Astrid who tried too damn hard to be miserable. Romance is supposed to offer the reader some sense of escapisim, but the escape I wanted was away from this book. Unfortunately, I have this nagging little crisis that occurs when I dump eight bucks on a book... I have to read it or die trying. And guess what... I may have preferred the die trying part.
The ending was rushed and somewhat ridiculous with a murder and rape being shrugged away and a wrong against her relative (Portia) from the previous book wiped away like bread crumbs from a piece of toast. The characters of Griffin's grandfathers were overly cartoonish and the fact that they acted like 6 year olds fighting over a toy had me rolling my eyes and begging to be put out of my misery.
Unfortunatley, when buying this book, I also purchased 2 more of her books strictly on the basis of the 4 stars other reviews on Amazon gave them. But Aaahhhh! I saved the receipt.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrible!! Seriously. It doesnt even deserve one star. Amazon needs negative stars. He compares her to a common whore multiple times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CP
Love these stories that are associated with other characters in other stories. Makes me want to read the other stories.Published 4 months ago by Denise palestini
This book was an Easy reading book with lots of juicy details! Would certainly recommend this for you to read.Published on October 3, 2013 by W. A. Wysocki
I loved this story and have can't wait to read more of this authors books. I have also told my friends to buy this story.Published on September 2, 2013 by Nicole Sveum
A woman with a title, but no money to show for it is talking to her friends and tells them that the husband everyone thought was dead, is actually alive and is about to get married... Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by ilonaz
I almost...almost cried. Oh, he was an excellent lover and a great man with more honor in him than the so called gentlemen around her. But she was too much of a martyr.Published on March 24, 2012 by Maxine MacAllister
Sophie Jordan is able to write a good book, and this time it's just marginally good. Romance is fiction but can anybody imagine such a dumb woman who is supposed to be a duchess,... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer