Slow Surrender. Cecilia Tan
Slow Surrender. Cecilia Tan
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
OK – I was hoping this was a standalone – I’m so fed up of waiting months for next instalments of novels. To me that spoils them, by the time the next part is out I’ve lost the impetus of the book and have to re read – I don’t mind that, but I hate the wait, the time spend reading something with no conclusion, and I think if all two or three parts were out at same time I and many other readers would like it much, much better. I appreciate that’s tough on authors, but paying for parts of a story and waiting months – or never in some cases – for final endings is tough on readers too. Personally I’m tending not to buy books now unless all parts are out, having got caught on ones that turn from trilogies to 5 part series or where publishing date gets pushed back..and back.. and back and in some cases it seems authors just go on to write other books and abandon some started already 😦 I’m sure many readers will know exactly which books I mean 🙂
Anyway Slow Surrender – not a stand-alone but a trilogy – part two out soon, hurrah, and part three hopefully this year. Then, dammit, dammit, dammit – my real personal hate, a sodding cliffhanger ending – though we do get a glimpse of what’s to come and some light in the dark. Its such a shame because this is a terrific story, well written, full of sensuality that shows how love scenes can be erotic without full on conventional sex. Sometimes we get so much sex its actually boring, but Cecilia keeps it fresh and fun this way. The air of mystery about James has me pulled in, he’s a real gentleman and yet we feel there’s a dark undercurrent to him. I thought I’d an idea of who he was at first, then a red herring was thrown in, and I though I’d guessed wrong and then..more clues so I was still wondering – right til the end 🙂 It was clear James had some demons in his past somewhere, that he was fiercely protective of his identity, and that he was a good man, as evidenced by the care for him his staff had, and yet he took a huge risk with Karina, acting on an impulse when I feel he rarely does anything he hasn’t considered all parts of. I want to see and know more of him.
Karina – she fun, on the surface a light-hearted, happy girl, and yet under family pressure to conform, struggling with her career, and with a jerk professor threatening her doctorate. She’s a sunny side up girl though, and James is entranced by her. She says the most off the wall things – I sympathise, sometimes my brain is shocked by what comes out of my mouth too! James loves it all though, so long as she obeys his one rule – honesty. I wonder just what’s happened to him to make that so important? No-one likes to be lied to but he takes it to another level completely. Karina’s happy to play along though – sometimes I just can’t believe how open she is to trying anything, she puts great trust in people, in a way she’s very naïve, but yet its a kind of refreshing openness, rather than a juvenile “don’t know” facet of her personality.
I really enjoyed this book, was hooked waiting to see what was next, what had James got planned, what was happening to Karina in her family and professional life, so many things to enjoy. It was a pretty positive part of the whole series overall til the end – and that was dramatic. Fabulous! I love drama.. I’m hoping that this sad part doesn’t end too quickly – I want desperately to see more of James, but need some unhappiness to balance all the positives we’ve had. I need some answers too – if they just pick up where they left off that won’t work for me. Oh – so many questions and such a wait….that’s exactly what I hate about books divided into parts. If it wasn’t for that damn awful cliffhanger, and three part stuff this would be a full on five star read but I really really hate those 😦
Stars: four and a half
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