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Wicked Surrender (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – September 7, 2010
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For the past month, Viscount Blackstone, or Brandon, has had his eye on her. One glance and he knew she was something special. Brandon sets Scher on fire, but she knows the type of men who hang around playhouses. After being duped when she was sixteen, she is not about to let her lust take the lead. But he does funny things to her insides, and in that short month, his clandestine visits excite her very much.
Soon though, a respectable marriage proposal comes her way. The fourth son of a titled family, Kit asks her for her hand and although she doesn't know him that well - she sees her house in this future, with a yard and kids running around. Kit just happens to be Brandon's cousin, and Brandon is not thrilled his new found love is off the market. But he wants her to be happy, and he harbors a very deep, dark secret that makes him unable to give her what she needs. Kit and Brandon become her only allies as she is forced into polite society and ridicule and mockery become her daily life. Kit wants to marry her, Brandon wants her as a lover, and Scher has a big decision to make.
What really stood out to me in Wicked Surrender is our heroine, Scher. Yearning for only security and marriage in her life, she finally gets the chance with Kit.Read more ›
We meet our heroine Lady Scheherazade Martin (Scher for short. I called her Cher.) Where was I.. Oh yes! Scher is a Lady at The Tavern Playhouse and runs the troupe with efficiency. However, while she is considered a Lady, she's far from it and the knowledge of that fact has been getting to her more of late. She has dreams of becoming a respectable wife and mother, but not to just anybody, but to someone of the peerage. Scher's dreams I can understand. Her reasonings are not from what you would think - that she's looking for money. Really, she only wants respect and security that a marriage of wealth can bring her.
The man making these dreams difficult is Lord Brandon Blackstone. He wants Lady Scher to be his mistress, but the idea of becoming the mistress to a viscount doesn't even appeal to Scher and she refuses him. It's only when Scher is offered marriage by Brandon's cousin, Kit Frazier, does Brandon expedite his plans to win her over.
When I first started Wicked Surrender, given the name, I was expecting something.. well.. wicked, naughty. While Ms. Lee does give us some excellent scenes, the majority of the book is really sad to me. The trials and obstacles that Scher and Brandon must go through would exhaust anybody. Almost no one but our two lovers come out ahead in the end which is the reason my storm cloud was added to.
As my first Jade Lee novel, I would say that even given my mood after-wards, it was still well received. I liked her writing, her story telling and the fact that she could make me feel so deeply for her characters. I'm looking forward to Wicked Seduction when it releases in March.
Historical Romance -Sept 7 2010
Scheherazade Martin longs for respectability and security in life. As an actress and manager of a small tavern troupe, her status is society is akin to a prostitute and definitely far, far below of a respectable lady. Men offer her carte blanches, but not marriage. Scher is resigned to her lot in life and almost becomes the mistress of Brandon Cates, Viscount Blackstone...until his cousin, a young puppyish Kit proposes to Scher, promising to give her everything she ever wanted. But, can Scher learn to forget Brandon? Which will she choose? Him or her dreams?
To be honest, I was kind of weary of Lee. I have read her book Tempted Tigress before and it was kind of disappointing and not at all my cup of tea. But, Wicked Surrender definitely surpassed my expectations. Scher's character is fascinating - her desire to be accepted by society is something many of us can relate to. Not only that, the way she handled society's criticism shows her resilience and determination. Brandon, our tortured dark hero, is also another pleasant surprise. Instead of the usual alpha male swaggering and seducing, he's vulnerable and defeated to the point where he no longer has the will to live. Most romance writers will never write about such a downtrodden male character, which makes Lee's portrayal of him so touching and real.
The romance between Scher and Brandon unfolds in a smooth and even pace. With so many obstacles in their way - Kit, Kit's evil family, and Brandon's past, I ended up rooting for them even though (especially towards the end), it felt like a doomed romance. I must say that I am very satisfied with the ending. It's a good ending with a nice twist on Brandon's part.Read more ›
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