AudioBook Review: First Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City #1) by Katie Reus

AudioBook Review

The first book in the Serafina, Sin City series is a wonderful novella and one of the better introductions to an author’s work that I have experienced.  My first option to review a Katie Reus title starts in a Las Vegas casino and features characters that are familiar (I am told) from her Red Stone Security Series. 

Sierra is the head chef at the casino’s restaurant, and over the past year she and Hayden have formed a great friendship, although both have a closer relationship in mind.  When she is attacked leaving work one night Hayden feels the need to step in and take care of her.  Security is ramping up, and the questions about the ‘who’ and ‘why’ are on everyone’s mind.

Hayden didn’t want Sierra to be alone, so he brought her home with him.  While his intentions were leaning to seduction, his absorbed claiming of her, the comfort he feels with her, and the desire to share thoughts, feelings and his past with her have him confused.  Always attracted to her, he was more than a bit broken when he retired from his military service, and she was the only one to call him on his bad behavior.  Unknown to him, she was also fantasizing about him, and wanting to get closer, the only thing stopping her was her own issues with self-esteem.  Growing up she was in the shadow of her older sister, always feeling chubby and less, and still believed that men would want her sister, not her, for romance.

While there are a couple of steamy scenes, the more heartwarming moments are the honest communication and Hayden’s willingness to try to answer questions that are not easy,  and his obvious desire to claim her for his very own.

Narration is provided by Ryan Hudson, and he manages to balance soft moments with the harsher responses or action scenes without over-acting or overly emphatic expletives, tone changes or voice manipulation to indicate the different characters.  It’s the perfect tone and presentation for a story told predominantly in Hayden’s point of view, and feels natural.

My first Katie Reus book, and it will not be my last – she may even convert me from my lack of interest in ex-military stories, a trope that has never really stirred me to read.

Stars:  Overall  4  Narration 4  Story 4

AudioBook Review: First Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City #1) by Katie Reus

Title: First Surrender
Author: Katie Reus
Narrator: Ryan Hudson
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Pages: 70
Audio Length: 1 Hour: 55 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.

A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.


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