Surrender to Me Kindle Edition
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Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
Former aristocrat turned lowly vampire Devlin Dalcon gets by on his supernatural charm, swindling others for money and goods. When Devlin encounters bride-to-be Annabelle—another potential victim—he finds the tables have turned as he falls in love with her.
** I'd like to mention first, that Surrender To Me was written before the Promise Me series was created. The short story is taken from the full length story in Immortal Confessions.
Being a vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be. Devlin Dalcon is tired, hungry and angry with himself. He uses humans to bilk them of their money. Devlin is supposed to be making plans for how to steal a dowry shipment, not looking for romance. But instead he falls in love with a woman about to be married.
Following Devlin into the woods, Annabelle doesn't notice she's about to be attacked by a bear. Devlin comes to her rescue just in time, but he's lost a lot of blood and needs to replenish it. He drinks from the bear, and Annabelle finds out that he's a vampire. Thinking she would be repulsed by him, now she is more intrigued and then one thing leads to another, and Devlin is making love to a virgin.
The two decide to run off together, despite the many obstacles in their path. They plan to use her dowry money to live on and are almost on their way when the gypsies arrive. A scuffle ensues and Annabelle is badly hurt. Will Devlin be able to save her?
Surrender To Me by Tara Fox Hall is written from Devlin's point of view which already makes it different. I was quickly drawn in on page one and wanted to keep turning the pages long after there were no more pages to be turned. I wanted to read more and more. Devlin and Annabelle's story is a true love story that is very well written. Devlin was turned into a vampire centuries ago, he still has trouble controlling his rage. The story is short and there is a lot packed into it, emotions, danger, surprises, and a few twists. Devlin is a handsome man, and he uses women to get what he wants, money and sex. His character seemed to change right before my eyes. I didn't get to know Annabelle very well, she seemed to know what she wanted and wasn't afraid to fight for it. I liked the world Ms. Hall created for her characters and I will continue reading The Promise Me series.
What I liked best about this story was the way I was instantly sucked into its fictional world. In fact for a moment I actually thought I might be reading a sequel as the characters all arrived fully-drawn and with histories that did not require slow unveiling. That made them all the more believable and `larger than life'. It also kept the momentum and pace of the story rolling throughout.
Devlin, the vampire, has to be one of the nicest and gentlest vampires in history - not to mention one of the most romantic. His love for and devotion to Anna pours out of every page.
"If I refused to go with you, what would you do?" she whispered.
"I'd stay here and let the sun have me."
After he's just been mauled almost to death by a bear to save her life, what sweeter words could a woman expect to hear? I'm not used to vampires being so tender and romantic so this really did it for me.
However, the course of true love certainly does not run smooth for this couple, given their vastly different stations in life and I defy any reader not to be gripped by the colourful events that follow. I know I was. And it's always a sign of a good story when you feel it ends too soon and want it to continue, even though you secretly know it ended at exactly the right time.
I think this writer really knows how to weave an exciting story and make it compulsive reading.
My only criticism is that on a few occasions Devlin's language sounded a bit too modern and idiomatic for its historical period and setting and once or twice jolted me out of the wonderful fictional world the writer created. A minor detail, however, which certainly didn't spoil my overall enjoyment and will not stop me from looking out for future stories by this very talented writer.
Book provided by: book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
The first thing that captured my attention was that this book was written from the man's point of view. I really wanted a change and this seemed like a perfect way to shake things up a bit. This short story is related to Promise Me Series by Tara Fox Hall.
Devlin Dalcon is the main character and he drew me in like a moth to the flame. Devlin's feelings for Annabelle were clear and powerful. I was envious of her from the start. The heroine Annabelle is not a character I admired right away. It was difficult for me to find what it was about her that was so special that Devlin was willing to risk so much. There were a few unexpected twists and I always enjoy those.
The story itself was beautiful and captivating. Having finished this short tale I am now compelled to find out the complete story and will be finding the rest of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it told from the heroes' perspective and I hope that I can find more books written from this viewpoint. Tara Fox Hall has used her amazing talent to compress a huge amount of content and passion into a wonderfully written short story. If you love a love story you need to read this.