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.
To be quite honest with you, I’m not sure how my Kindle didn’t go up in flames while reading this one. Holy crap on a cracker! Mr. Lucas Blaine (if that is your real name…) and Ms. Aurora Clarke have some ridiculous sexual chemistry. Woo… I’m still fanning myself over here.
This is not my first rodeo. I have read many of Chelsea’s books and I have yet to be disappointed. I absolutely fell in love with her writing after reading My Favorite Mistake. If you haven’t read it, uh, you’re making a mistake. You should definitely pick that one up. Sweet Surrendering is just one in a long line of books that I have enjoyed reading by this very talented author.
Aurora (Rory) Clarke has worked her butt off to get where she is. Yes, she works in her father’s company. Yes, she comes from a very affluent family and has had some advantages in life, but that being said, she has worked HARD to get where she is today. Where is she exactly? Well, she’s Vice President of the very well-known software company, Clarke Enterprises. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for her, Rory’s somewhat senile secretary finally retired and she’s in the market for a new one.
In walks Lucas Blaine, an obnoxiously, persistent sex on a stick type of man. He’s vying for the secretary position, and usually gets exactly what he wants. After an interesting impromptu interview, Rory is adamant about NOT hiring this man. It’s a bad idea for more than one reason…
“Actually, it’s been my experience that it does. I always get what I want, even if I have to work for it.” He was incorrigible.
Later that same night, Rory sees Lucas at a local bar she frequents. It’s open mic night and as expected there are a lot of duds. One thing is certain, when Lucas took the stage, Rory was mesmerized. Things get a little crazy and before you know it, Rory is on her way to a one night stand with the wanna be sexy secretary. What can go wrong? She can get him out of her system and never have to see him again, right?
Fast forward a day or two and Rory finds herself forced to hire Lucas. Like I said earlier, the sexual tension between those two is INSAINE! Naturally, they give in to temptation and have some pretty steamy office sessions which in turn lead to a hidden relationship. There is just a few problems. They’re like giant storm clouds hanging above their heads. The first being that Lucas is hiding something – something big. The second, office romances are frowned upon at Clarke Enterprises. One or both of them may end up losing their job, and quite possibly their heart in the process.
Okay, the first three quarters of the book had me salivating on the edge of my seat. I could NOT figure out what Lucas or Lucah, or whatever his name is, was hiding. I had all sorts of crazy thoughts, none of which turned out to be correct. My hat is off to you Ms. Cameron. My only grievance is that when I finally found out what Lucas was hiding, everything seemed to easily resolve itself. Lucas even got a nice job out of the deal. It just seemed too good to be true. With all the sneaking around, locked doors, and disappearing acts, I would have kicked his ass to the curb long ago. I guess it helps that the man is sex walking… and apparently he is really good on his knees…
This is just a tiny thing, but it made me smile. I’m always reading about, well, let me rephrase that, I’m not ALWAYS reading about it, but occasionally I stumble upon a book where the man had a pieced *ahem* member. In Sweet Surrendering, it’s the girls turn to don some lower jewelry. Might sound silly, but as a pieced woman myself, (not saying I’m pierced THERE, but I have quite a few piercings…) it’s nice to have a woman wave her freak flag a little. That’s not to say that Lucas doesn’t have any of his own, he does, just not THERE.
I enjoyed Sweet Surrending A LOT, I just wasn’t so keen on how everything wrapped up into a pretty little bow so easily. I would have liked a little more angst; a little more controversy and drama, especially between Lucas and Rory.
Like I said earlier, I enjoy a good Chelsea M. Cameron read. Sweet Surrendering is just one in a long line of books I’d recommend by this very talented author. If you like corporate liaisons with a little bad boy thrown in, this is the book for you. Me personally? I can’t wait to read Ryder and Sloane’s story. *fanning myself* If Lucas and Rory were hot, those two are going to set me on fire!
Grand prize winner: Will get to name a character in a future book, win a signed inspiration collage, and a red shoe charm bracelet. 4 runners up will receive a red shoe charm bracelet. Contest is international.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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