Surrender by Melody Anne review.
Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption.
They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him. Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it’s too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for.
Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He’s got the Midas touch, since every endeavour he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party’s come out mutually benefited.
Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she’s ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that’s too good to be true. It turns out she’s right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she’s sent on her way, only to find out her mother’s near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom’s only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother’s the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?
First let me say that you need to read Rafe’s emotions in this book and not just the arrogance! I’ve seen a few people say they don’t like him but to me that just seems like they’ve not read his emotions. It’s obvious to me what his feelings for Ari are even though he can’t or won’t admit them.
He’s scared of allowing any woman to see him for who he really is after a betrayal by his wife, the ultimate betrayal. I can see why he would shut himself off from women after getting his heart broken. Yeah he is arrogant but he’s also gentle.
Rafe is hot with a capital H. I would melt in a puddle at his feet haha. He won’t let any woman in heart again so makes relationships just like a business transaction, Contract and all. Rafe has a loving family whom he adores. A loving father, mother and two sisters. These are the only people he lets in his heart.
Ari is head strong and alone. Her mother is in a coma and has been for the last 6 months and Ari is struggling to get money together to pay for her mothers medical bills. She has dropped out of college and is applying for any job she can. One job comes up but doesn’t give her much information as to what the job is. She gets through so many stages to the last stage and is offered the job…. To become Raffaello Palazzo’s mistress!
Rafe is sort of a white knight in a lot of things he does for Ari without her realising exactly what he’s doing for her. There is a lot of sexual tension between them every time they’re together which leads to them exploring each other… well more Rafe exploring Ari.
Ari lands herself a job and all seems to turn in her favour. Only she can’t get Rafe out of her mind. He also can’t keep Arianna off his mind. The chemistry is strong between them.
Ari seems like she has the world’s worst luck. Everything that could go wrong in her life does. Rafe seems to be there to help her every time but that’s what I love about him!
It’s tame erotic writing but still just as sexy. I found myself unable to put the book down until I’d finished reading it. I do want to say it’s left at a cliff-hanger and there is a question that wasn’t answered in there that I kept wondering about… what happened to Ari the night her mother ended up in a coma? I’m hoping we find this out in book 2, Submit.
There are many laughs out loud moments in this book and some hilarious characters. I fell in love with Ari’s work friends, Rafe’s family and best friend Shane… who was created with the help of our very own lovely Natalie Townson, along with 3 other of our lovelies!! Good going girls!!
Naturally Rafe is a strong dominant male and Ari is a strong female who gives Raffaello just as good as she gets! Rafe is YUMTASTIC! :-)
Yes I need to let all you screaming ladies that are after Rafe that he’s currently chained to my bed. Sorry but no one staked a claim so I have! Cheers Melody for giving me… I mean us, your readers, Rafe. He is hot as sin!
Thank you Melody Anne for ANOTHER amazeballs book! You did it again!!
Firstly you will not know how excited i was when i saw my name in the dedication's as a Thank you for helping to create Shane, Thank You so much melody, as a fan its so amazeballs that you include us in helping to not only name a character but to actually create him, not many authors involve their fans as much as you do. Ok back to the book, one word sums up this whole book RAFE my oh my he is so hot he had me drooling, this book is a little more sexual than Melody's other books but i LOVED it (makes me sound a randy bugger lol), I loved the pace of the book, I loved the characters, I love how Ari gives as good as she gets and I love love love The human ball of fire that is Rafe,
I stayed up all night reading (as i usually do with Melody's books) as i couldn't put it down, i cant wait for more of Shane and Lia's Story (oh come on we all know where that was heading) and if melody needs a lovely young woman who can make Ryan see the error of his ways then Natalie is always ready and willing lol.
There isn't really much more to say as the lovely Alicia has said it all but i will say Thank you Melody Anne for continuing to write amazing books, Accepting us into your life as your friends and for becoming my Favorite author EVER!!
We give this book a massive 5 * it really does deserve it x
The AuthorMelody Anne has had a love of writing since she was a little girl. She got serious about it in 2007, starting her first romance book. Upon finishing several books she considered publishing them, and was thrilled with the response.
She is humbled and excited by her success.
Melody Anne is currently working on her final book in her romance series "Billionaire Bachelors". Also in the works is the 3rd book to her young adult series Midnight Storm - Rise of the Dark Angel. Writing young adult fiction has been a fun diversion from her romance genre, as she also has a great love for books such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.
Melody Anne reads even more than she writes. Upon searching for her, her children will find her either reading a book, writing a book or spending time with family members and that includes the dogs, of course. With a strong "family first" set of values, Melody Anne is elated to have a career as an author, and works from home.
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