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Release Day Launch: Sweet Surrendering by Chelsea M. Cameron {Review+Giveaway}

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Happy Release Day to Chelsea M. Cameron and Sweet Surrendering!
To celebrate not only am I posting my review to share, but there's also a giveaway and some sexy teasers!

Sweet Surrendering (Surrender Saga #1)
   by: Chelsea M. Cameron

Publication Date: Oct. 17, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by InkSlingerPR and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 254 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

My Review:

I've heard great things about Chelsea's books and it's about time I jumped on the bandwagon! Because: Helllooooo sexy times! Whew! This book is STEAMY! And I loved every delicious moment between Lucas and Rory. One of my favorite things about this book is the dialogue. Rory's inner thoughts are hilarious and the way she interacts with both Lucas and her friends had me cracking up!

"Sloane was hunched over the coffeepot like Golem over the Ring and she growled at me when I asked her for a cup." (e-ARC 72)

"I'll have to, at some point. He's not a moron, he's going to figure it out. So I love him and I can't say the words out loud and he's still hiding things from me and not sharing them with me and it pisses me off because I love him and want to have his ginger babies." (e-ARC 155)

Rory is a really great protagonist. She's confident, sassy, and FUN. She is incredibly successful and loves her job. She's working in a man's world but has really made her place in her dad's company. She is looking to hire a new personal assistant when Lucas Blaine walks in with all his cocky glory. He didn't set up an appointment, but he is a 'get what he wants' kind of guy. As determined as he is, he isn't a jerk and I really liked that. He was cocky and confident, but you could tell right away he has a playful side to him. The attraction between these two is off the charts! After a chance encounter one night at a bar, the two can't help but explore the extent of that attraction. Hot damn!

This obviously presents a problem for Rory as Lucas has stellar reviews and his name keeps coming up for the assistant job. She hires him and now has to figure out how to keep herself under control and maintain a professional work environment.

Easier said than done! LOL. Watching these two try to remain indifferent to one another is so funny! What was supposed to be only one night of scorching hot sex turns into so much more. It's hard to remain professional when there is so much tension and attraction between the two.

I liked Lucas's character too. You knew right away he was keeping things, as he was not open about his life at all. Lucas is one determined guy and he will do whatever it takes to be with Rory. She was bothered by the fact that he was keeping things from her the deeper their relationship got and when feelings starting getting involved. However, he was always honest about the fact that there were some things he just couldn't reveal to her. We do find out a bit about his family and that he has a troubled younger brother and I am quite interested in learning more about him! Perhaps the second book in the series will focus on him?

Their relationship definitely started out as purely sexual, but grew into more. They definitely pushed the limits of their working relationship and I was definitely afraid the two would get caught! Yet, watching their relationship develop from a sexual one into a deeper one was pretty great. Both of them have fallen hard for one another and what starts out as just nights together, turns into wanting mornings and then wanting to be together period. Sadly, both know that can't happen, not while they work together. Ah, forbidden love!

The side characters! Sloane, Rory's roommate, was awesome. She was feisty and not afraid to say what's on her mind or be herself. I definitely would like to read more about her too! I love how dedicated the two friends are to one another. They don't ditch each other to hook up with guys and they are there for each other when everything falls apart. We don't get too many scenes with Rory's other girlfriends Chloe and Marisol, but you can tell the girls are a close knit group and I really miss having that with my girls! We only get to meet Lucas's brother Ryder for a minute, but we hear plenty about all the trouble he's gotten himself into and he's a bad boy to the bone! (Please let the second book be his!)

I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop! You knew it was coming- that Lucas's secrets would out themselves, and I was just waiting for the shit to hit the fan. While Rory was hurt, I think that she knew ahead of time that Lucas was concealing things from her, she wasn't completely blind-sided either.

I only had a few minor qualms about the story. I did feel some scenes were a bit redundant and that there wasn't a whole lot of action/events taking place and that did seem to make some of the story go a bit slower for me. I also got a bit annoyed with Lucas and Rory calling each other Miss Clarke and Mr. Blaine all the time. I get it at work, and I think it was funny to pretend to be professional while they were busy sexing it up, but I just felt it was said a bit too much.

Overall- if you're looking for a steamy, sexy adult read with funny, witty dialogue this is definitely one to pick up!
About Chelsea M. Cameron:
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, Listen coming out in 2014.

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  1. Hot damn! That cover is begging to be pet! I loves it and I think I needs to read this one, it sounds delicious and you know I love me some delicious books. Great review!

    1. Hahaha! Yes the cover is SO hot! I love it! I do love delicious books and this one was very yummy!

  2. Hmm...this does seem good, and I love that cover. I also like the quotes you included. I'm glad you enjoyed this, despite the minor issues that bugged you. Great review!

    1. Thanks Andrea! It's definitely worth reading, despite my issues- I loved her writing style so much, it was easier to look past them.

  3. Awesome Review! I have really been wanting to read a Chelsea Camaron book for a while but haven't yet. Since this was $0.99, I picked it up so hopefully I can read it soon. I love these forbidden romances. I'm a bundle of nerves, waiting to see if they'll be caught!

    1. Thanks chica! I hope you enjoy this one! I also am a sucker for forbidden romances! Hehe!

  4. Great review! I am glad you enjoyed this. My tour stop is coming up soon.

    1. Thanks Ellen! I can't wait to read your review!

  5. Hmm, this one sounds pretty steamy! I will put it on my list of HOT STEAMY TO READS hahaha Great review hon

    1. LOL. Nice! I love that you have a list of that!


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