Surrender by Aimee Laine

Posted on 08/15/2012 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Surrender by Aimee LaineSurrender by Aimee Laine
Series: Mimics of Rune #2
Published by J Taylor Publishing on 8/24/2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Fiction, Romance
Pages: 380
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.

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All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.

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It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.

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Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.

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Alive.

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He can only pray he isn’t too late.


Aimee Laine delivers a fab follow-up in her Mimics of Rune series with Surrender, the sequel to Little White Lies!

If all the mimics in Rune, NC were dogs or cats, Lily Crane would be the runt of the bunch with diminished power and a seemingly meek, albeit upbeat, demeanor.  She’s got a spotty past that she guards fiercely, not wanting anyone to know or judge her for it.  She’s also young for a mimic – only 61 years old – and she often feels as if she doesn’t know enough about who she is inside, nor this special gift she has, because she was never taught.  Little does she know just how very special she is…

The plot of Surrender is fast-paced.  If you read Little White Lies and Surrender back-to-back, you are delivered a one-two punch that really can leave you reeling, especially when you consider how closely the books tie into each other.  In Little White Lies, we followed Charley Randall as a secret FBI operative who uses her photographic memory – and shape-shifting abilities – to help solve cases.  In Surrender, we continue with the backstory, following, instead, Lily, who is kidnapped while out on the seemingly benign streets of Rune for her genetics, simply because of her chosen likeness that day.   And while she’s been taken away, her best friend – and an interest she’s always denied – Cael, is desperate to get her back.

Laine continues to write her characters with a great deal of depth, investing the reader wholeheartedly in their story.  Lily, in particular, thinks of herself as very fragile, but I think beneath that assumed fragility exists a very strong woman that needs to find her own strength through knowledge and independence.  What’s ultimately the greatest thing about her is her need to show that she isn’t weak, that she doesn’t want to be weak.  Everyone just expects that of her and she has this sort of desperation to shed that skin and come into her own, no matter the cost to her.  Which also shows how altruistic Lily is.  Sometimes to her own detriment…

They say that opposites attract and Cael is no exception.  Strong to Lily’s weak, he’s her protector and her warrior,  but sometimes you have to let the people you love fight their own battles.   Demanding and loving, Cael was a great character to get to know better and I am so glad Laine wrote about him more.  The two of them together…well, I’ll let you read about it!  But I think the best relationships are built on a strong foundation of friendship.

The rest of the characters continue to be fascinating…especially as even more were introduced in Surrender and the plot thickened!   The history and science behind the mimics was absolutely fascinating and never failed to keep my nose in the book.

All in all, this was a great follow-up to the first in the series and I eagerly await the next.  And Aimee…can we get more on Maggie and James?  PRETTY PLEASE???

     

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She’d thought to run, to fight, to scream.

None of it happened.

 

 

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What are you waiting for? Go buy it!* Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Nook | The Book Depository (sorry, no buy links yet, but I’ll try to post them when they become available!)

 
 


Disclaimers: This ebook was provided to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.
*If you decide to purchase this book through any of these links, I do receive a small monetary kick-back.

 

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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