Title: The Lover’s Surrender
Author: J.C. Reed
Series: No Exceptions #4
Release date: 23th November, 2015
Genre: Mature New Adult / Contemporary Romance
LOVE…sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s bad. And sometimes it’s dangerous.
Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one of thing. She should never fully trust someone who has secrets. Especially when said bad boy is the sexiest man walking on earth. She is running away and has no intention of ever returning to him. But when a friend is killed and the one man she thought she would never meet again is accused of murder, she knows the story doesn’t add up.
Dangerously sexy and arrogant millionaire Jett Mayfield knows his secrets are not doing him any favors. However, when they serve to save Brooke’s life, he has no intention of revealing them. When problems spiral out of control and his life is turned upside down, he knows he needs her more than ever. He needs her more than he knows. But will he be strong enough to do what needs to be done?
In a world where truth shatters and danger is closing in on them, where love is their only sanctuary, will they be able to find each other or is it time to let each other go?
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Kindle Friends Forever 4.5 ★ Review by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
What a finale to an absolutely marvellous series. Saying that, the author’s storytelling technique had a way of making this reader suffer to the point of thinking about doing the unheard of; throwing her Kindle against the wall! An intriguing plot full of suspense and twist and turns had me sitting on the edge and is exactly my cup of tea. In essence, the author has outdone herself brilliantly regarding the flow between the books. How did she do it? Snippets from the past were cannily added to the storyline helping us remember details which one could have forgotten. Up until now, the leading man’s modus operandi had me asking a lot of questions. I needed answers to the whys and wherefores of his acts and even though I had suspected that he had something up his sleeve in the last book, I wasn’t going to find out what it was at the drop of a hat. Oh boy, does Jett Mayfield come back in full force!
Firstly, The Lover’s Promise was told from Brooke Stewart’s point of view and I must say made me eager to find out why Jett left the love of his life with such a weak excuse because neither Brook nor I had any idea. Regardless of him annoying the pants off me, discovering what really made him tick was an absolute joy. Now he’s given the chance to tell his side of the story which I liked immensely. I’d been on Brookes’ team throughout; however, in this book my connection with Jett was just a matter of on what line should I sign and can’t wait for you to deliver Jett! I had no doubt whatsoever that he would get his act together. Well-knowing Brooke was in danger would mean he’d have to fight with an open heart and for once in his life, be honest. Secretive by nature, how he’s going to delegate the goings on in his personal life became a real dilemma. Always controlling, now he has to have faith in the loyalty and expertise of a friend, and for me, made him bigger than life. Past mistakes weigh heavily, time is running out, and the odds of him bringing down his and Brooke’s enemy is complicated. Complicated being the optimum word.
Jett ~ “It is still my responsibility to protect you, whether you want it or not.”
Brooke has a habit of shying away from problems as we all know from the previous book. But that doesn’t mean that she’s not prepared to look for solutions to move on without Jett in her life. When she discovers her friend meets with the worst, her coping mechanism kicks in and we see a stronger Brooke.
Kenny ~ “She’s a lot stronger than you give her credit for bro.”
I thought she was very brave in parts of the story and was convinced that her reasons for being so generously forgiving was nothing less than true love. And Jett knows this. By giving more of himself, there’s a chance they can build a future together. Tender, compassionate moments touched my heart making a tear or two fall. Does he deserve her after everything they’d been through you?You’ll only find out by reading their story.
Jett ~ “But I’m not that same man anymore, Brooke. The player in me is gone. For what’s it’s worth, meeting you changed me. You made me a better man.”
Whether the secondary characters are the goodies or the baddies, they are all well-developed. I couldn’t help but like Brooke’s bestie who had her back at all times, and is honest about her feeling towards Jett. I love a read when the protagonists’ opinions are told from both sides, too. Banter is of utmost importance and this last book abounds with brilliant one-liners and overflows with emotion. Watching them, because I did feel like I was, strive to find their happy medium was an unforgettable journey of hope and everything one would expect in a story of this calibre. This series hasn’t been an easy ride for the reader, either. Left on tenterhooks in The Lover’s Promise, there are more nail-biting moments of tension than in this last instalment. Bedroom scenes explicitly illustrated which I considered a plus, were scorching hot and an extremely satisfying epilogue leaves me with no option but to say bravo to you Ms Reed.
J.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she’s not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.
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