The Lover’s Surrender by J.C. Reed
“As a child he had wanted to be a magician, able to transfix people. What he could do today was far greater. It wasn’t magic, but it was just as powerful.”
“He wasn’t just handsome. With his black hair and eyes the color or sin, he was in every way beautiful.”
“I’ve always known that life can both suck and surprise in the same instant. I just had no idea how much it could.”
“The day I fell in love with you, I got lost in the rhythm of your heartbeat. It’s safe and say I still haven’t found a way out, and I doubt I ever will.”
“Stewart, I swear I’ll make you watch Jason Statham movies on replay for the rest of your life if you drag my ass out here without a very good reason.”
Having not read the previous books in the series, I initially struggled to piece the story together as the majority of the book consisted of the characters in intense conversation and ongoing arguments about previous events, with multiple others mentioned. Eventually the complicated plot all made sense but it would have been wise and more enjoyable for me to have read the previous books first, which is something I hope to do. After I finished the book, I actually went back and reread the first chapters with found I enjoyed them much more with the added comprehension. This is my first time reading Ms. Reed and have respect for her skill. She kept the story well-paced, taut with tension and suspense as well as glimmers of humor, and her steamy love scenes sizzled.