by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Surrender Saga #1
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: All Night Reads
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Retellings, Romance
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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She’s his boss. He doesn’t care. This office isn’t big enough for the two of them…
When Rory Clarke ends up hiring the guy she spent one steamy night with to be her administrative assistant, she's determined to keep things professional.
Lucas Blaine has other plans for her. He wants Rory, and it’s hard to resist his stunning blue eyes, chin dimple and the way he fills out a suit. Everywhere she looks, there he is, giving her a panty-melting smile and pulling her away for the most amazing (and satisfying) sex she’s ever had in her life.
What starts off as one sexual encounter turns into multiple trysts in and out of the office and the lines she’d tried to draw so carefully are blurring. But the closer they get, the more Rory realizes that there are things about Lucas she doesn’t know, things he’s hiding from her. She’ll have to decide if she can surrender to her feelings or get out while she still can
I have to preface this review by saying that after reading the first chapter of this book I honestly considered putting it down. I thought it was going to be all smut and I was nervous. I am happy to say that it shifted gears and although there was some racy content there was a lot more to this book.
“I knew something had to go wrong soon to balance things out. Not that I was cynical, but it was my experience that when things are perfect, that’s when reality comes and bites you in the ass and reminds you that life isn’t like that.”
Rory and Lucas have an instant attraction and fall into bed together and then he is hired to work for her. Although they try to keep it professional they cannot fight the connection as hard as they try. The secrets that Lucas is hiding threaten to destroy everything Rory has worked for.
I really liked this book, Chelsea Cameron builds strong characters that you fall in love with. I really liked Rory, she was a breath of fresh air being a strong female character who was the boss at her corporation. Despite her successful career she was very lonely. Lucas was dark, mysterious and very sexy but… a secretary? Really? I had trouble getting past that part but he did have a lot of other redeeming qualities. I also loved a lot of the other characters such as Rory’s Dad and her friends. I especially liked Sloane, Rory’s fashionista BFF and roommate, she was so funny and unique!
“I miss being in a relationship. I miss having something to look forward to, a reason to get pretty”
This book surprised me with how funny and witty it was. I laughed out loud so many times! The banter between Lucas and Rory was so funny, and between Rory and Sloane hilarious!
“The god of love will do the rest.” -Sloane “The god of love? We talking the Greek or roman one?” -Rory “The American one… Alcohol.” -Sloane “Point well made.” – Rory “
I absolutely loved the relationship between Rory and Lucas, it progressed at a good rate and as they slowly fell for each other I fell for them. They had such a great chemistry together! One of my favorite parts was when they went to the science museum together, it was so cute and sweet 🙂 However, I did not like that Rory was so accepting and meek about all of Lucas’ secrets. She was such a strong independent female and should not have taken that lying down! But that is just a small complaint.
“Something I learned when I was young still rang true… Boys are weird”
I thought it was so clever and unique that Cameron reversed roles and made her heroin the boss and the hero of this story her employee. It gave it the story a unique edge.
“I loved him. Over the moon, past the stars, couldn’t breathe, smiled whenever I thought about him, couldn’t keep my hands off him, pictured a wedding and babies and growing old and rocking chairs love.”
Overall, I really liked this story. Cameron has a very funny and charming but at the same time steamy writing style. I will definitely read more of her books in the future! I am dying for Sloane’s story Dark Surrendering which should be coming out in August. I have got to snatch it up right away!