Congratulations to Sherry F. who just won her very own copy of Surrender here on Known to Read (thanks to the very cool publisher, J Taylor)! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Speaking of that, here is FINALLY my review of the amazing-you've-gotta-read-this Surrender by Aimee Laine......
by Aimee Laine
Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.
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.
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.
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.
He can only pray he isn’t too late.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Independent
My Rating: * * * * *
True to form, Aimee Laine has written yet another amazingly romantic and suspenseful book! Her novels are the best of both worlds, taking us on a stunning romantic journey all the while shocking us with must-hold-your-breath suspense!!! This is just crazy, my friends, these books are just that good!!!
In Surrender we continue getting to know the entire gang we first met in book 1, Little White Lies, but the focus is squarely on Lilly and Cael. Lilly is a unique character; she's vulnerable and gentle and more than a bit unsure of herself. Throughout the book we get to understand the reasons behind her insecurities and, even though she's not your typical kick-butt heroine, you can't help but absolutely adore her. She is strong in a quiet, subtle way and has admirable courage. Cael is this steady (and smoldering) rock. He's obviously very much in love with Lilly (we saw that in book 1) and it takes some time to understand why he's been "just a friend" for so long. Cael .... I'm struggling for words here .... is just so absolutely what you want from your guy. He's Lilly's champion: fighting for her, going crazy with worry and anger that someone would hurt her. He's her best friend: supportive and encouraging. He deeply loves her: accepting of even her darkest secret. And --again-- wow, Ms. Laine, how do you manage to verbalize love so well?!?
Now if all this stunningly-well-written romance wasn't enough for you, then there's the suspense/thriller part of story. Yikes! The book barely begins and someone's grabbed Lilly! Craziness is afoot and the plot twists and turns like the Amazon River. There's conspiracy and questionable intentions. You just don't know who Lilly can trust! I do want to note that though there's Lilly's abusive past and a missing teen girl as central components to this story, it never gets too dark for those of us who don't do truly dark and scary stuff.
The ending is so, so, sooooo good! There's so many good things there and then there's some cliff hanging that makes you hungry for book 3. It's pretty clear who book 3 will be about, but I'll leave you in suspense. **wink, wink**
This isn't your typical, "oh so pretty" cover. Nonetheless, how could you not be intrigued and pick this book right up?!?
Want it? I know you do! Find it here.
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