I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Surrender To Temptation by Lauren Jameson
Published by Penguin Audio on April 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance
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In this stunning romance, Lauren Jameson presents a story of unexpected desire in which two strangers play a dangerous game in the quest for incredible pleasure. But winning comes with a price....\r\n\r\nAfter walking in on her boyfriend with another woman, Devon Reid decides to seek solace in the small California town she’s often visited on vacation. Instead, she finds herself consumed by a mysterious man who sets her ablaze with one simple look.\r\n\r\nDevon has always been the good girl, but Zach’s touch turns her into something primal, especially when he persuades her to give up control to him. But while Zach can make her burn, he seduces Devon one moment and turns her away the next.\r\n\r\nWhen Devon starts her new job at Phyrefly Aviation, she learns that Zach is actually founder and CEO of the massive corporation. And while Devon knows she should keep things between them strictly professional, his overwhelming magnetism makes it impossible to stay away....
Surrender to Temptation made me want to surrender…my eardrums. And all memories associated with this audio.
Things I Liked
There was nothing about this book that I enjoyed. Not one goddamned thing.
Things I Didn’t Like
Everything: the characters, the plot. But mostly the characters. And the plot.
At the beginning of Surrender to Temptation, I actually did enjoy it. It reminded me of Bared to You by Sylvia Day, except on the the west coast. A lot of the plot lines were similarly drawn: Wealthy CEO of a self-built corporation meets a girl who eventually is in his employ; both have emotional issues and baggage and (surprise!) they are sexually attracted to each other. But where Bared To You is a story about two characters struggling with themselves and each other, Surrender To Temptation is just a lot of fuckin’. Fuckin’ here, fuckin’ there, fuckin’ everywhere! Which I wouldn’t mind if I actually liked the characters.
Zach and Devon are two very damaged people. The reader/listener spends most of the novel trying to figure out why Zach is so messed up, while eye-rolling Devon who spends the majority of her time whining about her misfortunes. Her baggage is merely explained as “boyfriend troubles” and “lost parents in car wreck” without exploring the issues any deeper. As my husband would say, all they were doing, was tying each other up and fuckin’. There was simply too much sex. I actually don’t mind sex in novels, as long as it’s done well. The majority of Surrender To Temptation takes place in the bedroom (or the car, elevator, office, beach, side of the road, bathroom…), and little of it is spent on growing as characters. There was zero character growth in this novel. I personally enjoy character growth throughout a book, but in Surrender To Temptation, we kind of leave exactly where we start off: with a passive female MC who just wants to be screwed hard and good by her boyfriend. The end.
Devon, Zach & BDSM
Devon discovered her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and didn’t even have the ovaries to say anything. She left a note and then ran off to Cambria, where she then met Zach. There is no fight in her, no repercussions for the cheating boyfriend when she finds him. If that had been me, my fist would have met his nuts. Maybe a few times. But nope, she runs. In fact, she spends a lot of time in the novel running, either from or to, depending on who’s doing the beckoning. Zach is a total douchecanoe. He is domineering, brooding and neither of these things in any way makes him sexy like I normally find domineering and broody male MCs. A lot of time is spent wondering by the reader/listener just what could possibly have messed him up so bad that he needs to be a Dom. It does get explained, but honestly, when I heard the reason, I rolled my eyes so far back in my head, I’m pretty sure I saw my brain. It was literally the biggest cop-out ever. I won’t spoil it for those who actually want to read this drivel, but I, in no way, found his reason for wanting to be a Dom believable. Anyway, Zach’s hot and cold attitude would normally turn me on to him as a male MC, but his personality was so awful in general, that I just wanted to stab my eardrums. There is literally no reason for the BDSM in this novel. None.* Not only is it unbelievable that Devon would go from a completely normal relationship to full-on anal beads, Ben Wa balls, whips and chains, and be completely submissive in the bedroom (alright that part isn’t so hard to believe), it’s also never explored why. While she does come across as a very passive character in general (another reason I just didn’t like her), there is no reason for her to just start being submissive and liking it, out of the blue. She is also inconsistent: on occasion she tires of being submissive and stands up for herself, only to cower back down because Zach delivers a glower in her direction. Grow a pair, lady! Either you want to be spanked and bossed around, or you don’t. You can’t have it both ways! To his credit, Zach consistently was Dom. *applause* /sarcasm *I just thought of one reason for the BDSM: content filler.
Too much dumb shit happens that doesn’t make any sense.
Lots of stupid things happen in Surrender To Temptation. Examples:
- Devon learns to surf without any lessons – of any kind. She stands on the first try. Yeah, I totally believe that an unathletic girl can successfully surf her very first time with zero lessons. Magic!
- In bed, Zach flips her over on to her stomach, and then proceeds to suckle on her boob. Either she has old lady breasts or there are lots of bedroom gymnastics at play here. Or it was just poor editing. I’m banking on the last.
- After banging in the car, Devon is unable to face Zach’s driver – whom she has met before (after sexathons) and already knows – because she and Zach just had sex and her makeup is smeared. Give me a break, lady. Face it, you are acting like a glorified call girl and we may as well just call you Vivian. At least Vivian wasn’t ashamed of herself. JFC.
- Zach nicks himself on his leg and a small bead of blood pops to the surface, which she smells, describing its coppery scent. Look, I have the nose of a bloodhound and even *I* wouldn’t be able to smell my husband’s blood if he pricked himself shaving or whatever.
There are a lot of cheesy lines in this book.
Lemme quote them for you:
“I’m going to drink your sweet pussy for hours.”
“Look at that ass. So pretty. So pink. You did SO well.”
“You have a choice: we can talk, or if you’re not in the mood for conversation, you can suck my cock.”
And my personal favorite:
“…opening her labia like a flower to the sun.”
Labias open like flowers? Excuse me, I’ll be right back. I need to check some things.
The narrator was hit or miss. Her voice kind of annoyed me and she couldn’t do “gruff” very well. I wouldn’t go out of my way to avoid her, except now I associate her voice with this hot mess.
Oh yeah, and there was porno music at the end of the audio version.
FML. FML so hard. *weeps*
I did not enjoy it even a little.
Between the characters, the lack of plot and just in general how much I loathed myself while listening to it, I would only recommend this to my worst enemies. So if I don’t like you, I think you should totally read it.