Welcome to my stop for Sarah’s Surrender by Lavinia Kent, a novella-length installment in her adult-content Bound and Determined Regency Historical Romance Series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Select Loveswept eBook Bundle.
The second in this series I have read, the first being a full-length novel, and we are again returning to the world of Lavinia Kent’s creation. Sarah had been utterly in love with Jonathan years ago until his unexpected inheritance and unbelievable cruelty pushed her away. She’s been (we are told) reeling from that ever since, unwilling to enter into another relationship that will challenge her emotions.
Now engaged to a man who can erase her father’s debts, Sarah is convinced that love is eluded her forever. She takes a chance for one night of pure passion, with Jonathan, before she subjugates herself to a life she believes will be less than satisfactory.
Jonathan is now older, and has learned from his mistakes. Or so he says. But he can’t forget the Sarah he knew, even as he believes she can never be what he needs as a mate. In one respect, this is a lovers reunited story, but in many ways, their connection was fragile and only felt remotely plausible to me during their play at Madame Rouge’s club.
Dialogue took the place of expanding on characterization and was meant to increase empathy as they traded tales of woe. While in some respects this worked for me, there were so many other moments where a word, or touch, could highlight the tenuous connection that was slowly gathering strength, and then the conversation added yet another element. Extra moments, issues and scenes became extraneous and crowded the story, even if the the repetition of interior monologues so common in Bound and Determined is not as prevalent. While the title felt as if it was edited down to novella length, it didn’t quite go far enough, in my opinion, as so many elements and issues for the characters crowded the field.
Societal expectations are, as expected in an erotic title, ignored for the most part, and it works for this series, but the lack of focus on how the characters were built and presented just didn’t work for me.
Title: Sarah's Surrender
Author: Lavinia Kent
Series: Bound and Determined #2.5
Also in this series: Bound by Bliss
Genre: Historical Romance, Erotic Elements
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 22 September, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In Lavinia Kent’s scorching new eBook original novella, two wounded hearts find that only the sweet release of temptations long denied can heal the pain of past sins.
Five years ago, Miss Sarah Swilp had been deeply in love with Jonathan Perry, the second son of an earl. But when Jonathan inherited his aunt’s lands and money, he turned cold, demanding Sarah’s maidenhood and uttering those unforgettably cruel words: “You do know I won’t marry you.” She refused, of course, and that spoiled everything. Now, just as she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience, Jonathan reappears—and after Sarah gets one look at his lean, hard body, the embers of desire burst back into flame.
Over time, Jonathan has learned quite a bit about the art of pleasure—though nothing has ever given him so much joy as the husky timbre of Sarah’s laugh. It had hurt to leave her, but what other choice did he have? Perhaps he’d been too afraid of ending up like his brother, targeted by a woman seeking a title. Seeing her again, Jonathan can’t help wondering what might have been if only Sarah had surrendered to red-hot lust. Fortunately, judging by the wicked look in her eyes, it may not be too late to find out.
Sarah’s Surrender is intended for mature audiences. Don’t miss a preview of the next novel in the Bound and Determined series, Ravishing Ruby.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.