Forbidden Surrender by Priscilla West | Rating: ★★★★☆
As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
Forbidden Surrender is yet another take on a stereotypical erotic romance (instalust!) and is quick, steamy and to the point. It’s the perfect little guilty pleasure to read between breaks in your day and lose yourself in the fantasy of flames. While it isn’t anything new or unique, it is perhaps one of the best pieces of erotic fiction that I’ve read in recent years and by the last chapter, it left me swooning for Vincent Sorenson.
Which in all honesty, is rare for someone like myself.
We open with the knowledge that our leading lady probably has her job on the line if they don’t score the delicious and dangerously sexy Vincent Sorenson’s account. After the introduction of an insufferable boss and a disastrous first meeting, it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll be working together. Even so, there’s a spark of chemistry that borders on adorably awkward and painfully hot that leaves us with an idea of the steamy story we’re about to be told. And where it goes from then on out isn't disappointing and proves to be one of the steamiest romances in recent times.
Fans of the Crossfire series will surely find themselves drawn into the romance of Kristen and Vincent, which is surprisingly well written and something that will leave its readers panting for more and in serious need of a cold shower or private time with themselves. How Priscilla West manages to make such a cliche and overdone plot and romance stand out and capture my attention is beyond me, but West does so with great skill and I applaud her.
I’m so completely wrapped up in this first-comes-lust romance. It’s easy to see why the two leading characters are so attracted to one another. From the moment Vincent and Kristen meet, the chemistry is off the chart and falls under many categories. It’s sexy, it’s smart, it’s endearing and most importantly it’s intriguing beyond all belief. Forbidden Surrender is easy to be drawn into and will easily be a story some readers will leave in one sitting.
It’s impossible to put down.
Other pros: Kristen is a lovely narrator. She’s intelligent, she’s cautious and just overall a nice voice to read about. You come to want to protect her from a past that comes out of the shadows and worry for her well being in this. She’s special, I can’t explain it other than that – I fell head over heels for her and felt as if she were a friend of mine. I’m very nervous to see where the next installment takes her and am concerned about the reappearance of her abusive ex and the potential for disaster when it comes down to her career and the fact that she is dating her client.
Here’s to desperately hoping for a happy ending for K!
And Vincent? Phew, he is really a blast to read about. Our male lead is on fire. While I’m not one to say “Where’s my ____?” when it comes to fictional characters, I almost said this during some of his scenes. He’s just so…. wow. I’m sorry that’s all I can say. There’s just something about Vincent.
This isn’t to say he’s a saint or necessarily the best guy in the world, but he sure is a fun character and even though his determination puts me off from time to time, his obvious care for Kristen makes him a great match for our leading lady and I look forward to seeing him grow.
Cons: it’s very predictable. I mean very. While it leads to the charm in some parts of the story, it still is what it is and will certainly annoy some people. Priscella really, really kept me reading and invested through the way she tells their story and with any other author, I’m not so sure I would have stayed focused. But she kept me on the edge of my seat, eyes focused and heart beating for these two.
Forbidden Surrender is chick-lit and romance at its finest. It’s filled with drama and fluffy goodness and impeccably detailed sex that leaves you fanning yourself. There’s something very fun and relatable about both our leads and the story is just a good time read just in time for summer. So grab your drinks, grab your shades and drown yourself n this romance.
Fans of this genre, beware: you won't be able to put this down.