“Surrender by Pamela Clare
Surrender had everything I love, especially strong, independent characters, that make it easy to fall into their story and their world – that seem real enough to touch. Ian and Annie are wary and unsure of each other, and rightfully so considering the circumstances and their historical perspective, but their character similarities and some good old-fashioned chemistry make them AWARE of each other. That awareness and the deft, sparse pen of Miss Clare leads to some significantly hot scenes. Sometimes when I’m reading the build-up to a sex scene, the kisses get boring or routine or I just find myself thinking, “Do it, so we can move on with the story!” Not so with Surrender. Every kiss was read-worthy. Every bit of tension translated to a next step in their passion for each other.
But none of that over shadowed a great action and adventure story filled with heroes and villains. There were courageous acts and horrific scenes and some gallows humor I imagine would be true when your every day was spent in surviving against enemies and a beautiful, but deadly, terrain. I found William Wentworth to be the most interesting character of the story other than Annie and Ian. Ruthless, and perhaps born that way, but complicated and human enough to have great flaws and still possess some measure of right and wrong. I hated him and pitied him and wondered if he was redeemable. I’ll be thinking of him as much as I will Ian’s brothers while looking forward to Miss Clare’s next story.