Thursday, July 25, 2013

Surrender by C.J. Archer + Featured Freebie

Gentleman spy, Alexander Redcliff, murdered his colleague. It's an event he can't remember, except in his nightmares. Suppressing them is the only way to keep his sanity, but forgetting is no longer an option.

Only one woman can save Alex from himself.

Georgiana Appleby is a most unconventional lady. Prejudice shadows the physician and scandal is never far away. Forced to take Alex as her patient, she must not give into the rogue's advances or she will risk losing her career and her heart.

Will Alex's fierce longing for Georgiana be enough or will he surrender to the darkness inside?

My Rating: 5 Roses

I LOVED this book! Seriously, it was so good that it now has a place of honor on my list of favorite historical romances. Surrender was a brilliant historical romance that was a little darker than what we normally see in the genre. And that uniqueness is what made it so good.

This book is about addiction. Alex, in an effort to rid himself of horrible nightmares about the night his friend died, takes opium to sleep. In true addict fashion, he claims that he doesn't have a problem and he only needs the opium to sleep. Georgiana is an unofficial physician who learned the craft under the tutelage of her father and specializes in curing addiction. Most of the book is spent with these two battling with Alex's addiction. So, that casts a darker shadow onto this book. And that made it refreshingly different. The only book I can think of that is similar to this is Hero of My Heart, where addiction also plays a large role and that's one of my favorite HR so the comparison shows how much I enjoyed this book. Since historical romances are usually light and somewhat fluffy, having one that is darker and heavier is an interesting change.

Georgiana is a very strong and admirable heroine. She is tough with enough perseverance to conquer anything, including someone's addiction. She doesn't give up and never backs down. I really liked her. I thought she was a great character that I could really support. If I had one issue with her, it was that she let her old demons almost ruin the possibility of a relationship between her and Alex. But, it wasn't a huge deal and, for the most part, I thought she was a perfect character.

Alex was a complicated hero. I thought his addiction might make me see him as a weak character, but knowing why he turned to opium, I couldn't really blame him. The night his friend died haunts him, even more so because he doesn't remember exactly what happened. However, his addiction brought out some ugly parts of his personality. Despite that, he's a good man at heart. Sweet, protective, and a gentleman at heart. Even in the depth of desperation for opium, he couldn't bring himself to harm anyone. And, after he finally came to a realization that he needed to stop taking opium, his complete determination to end his addiction made me come to truly respect his character. After seeing his growth from a desperate addict to a healthy and drug free gentleman, I ended up really adoring him. Like Georgiana, he was a perfect(ly flawed) character.

The romance was intense. Not only in the extremely hot sparks between them, which there was plenty of, but also in their emotional attachment to each other. Throughout the book, it was increasingly obvious how devoted these two were to each other. An intense mix of sweet and spicy, the romance was wonderful.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of what actually happened the night Alex's friend died had me riveted and the thrill of wondering who was after Alex kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending was lovely, sweet, and utterly perfect.

Surrender was a brilliant historical romance, one that I completely adored. Lovers of the genre, if you want something different than the norm, then you have to read this book. It was absolutely wonderful. 

*Thanks to Netgalley and C.J. Archer for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a historical romance that sounds great: Snow Raven by Patricia McAllister. Go forth and get it for free!

Embittered after his beloved wife’s death at the hands of his sworn enemy, Ranald Lindsay, the Highland laird called The Wolf of Badanloch, is hungry for vengeance. When chance puts him face to face with the woman betrothed to his enemy, he kidnaps her, intending to force a confrontation with his English rival.

The Pawn of Two Powerful Men…But Only One Can Claim Her Heart

With her blazing red hair and daring wit, Meredith Tanner both infuriates and challenges her brooding captor. Undaunted by his anger, Merry turns Ranald’s dark and dreary keep into a cheerful and orderly household, winning his clansmen to her cause even as she tries his patience again and again.

The mutual desire Ranald and Merry feel only complicates matters as courtly intrigue and turmoil erupt between Scottish and English rivals, border lords and royals alike. Snow Raven flies from the windswept Highlands to the deadly intrigues of England’s Tudor Court, with a passionate cast of characters leading the charge.

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