Review: Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed (Excerpt & Giveaway)

Posted June 22nd, 2013 in Book Excerpt, book review, Giveaway / 10 comments


Surrender Your Love Series, #1

by J.C. Reed

Publisher: Self-Published (Mar. 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: eBook (324 pages)
Source: Free ebook from author for honest review
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross…and secrets laid bare.

At A Glance
I really, really enjoyed this book but I wish there was more to the plot.

The Good
Oh, Brooke, what have you gotten yourself into? Waking up next to a naked guy after a drunken blackout night is one thing, but accepting a job from him when he ends up being the boss of one of the top real estate companies is another. It was inevitable when they started working together in Jett’s private villa in Italy that their sexual attraction was going to ruin everything…or make things so much more interesting.

I have to say, I really liked Brooke. She was so ambitious and smart. She has her share of problems, like with intimacy and relationships, but she’s had a rough past and it’s easy to understand her reservations. Even though Brooke is professional when she needs to be, she also likes to have fun. I was proud of her for holding off Jett for so long. And I don’t blame her for finally caving when Jett proposed two months of wild sex with no strings. There was no way they were ever going to get work done without exploring their insane attraction. And though Brooke let Jett pretty much run the relationship with his domineering personality, she doesn’t let him walk all over her. Ergo, that horribly frustrating, sad, amazing cliffhanger ending. I about died. I was proud of Brooke for the decision she made though.

Jett was such an ass. At least he was a hot piece of ass. I really loved his cockiness at first. He straight up gets what he wants because he’s that persuasive and confident in his abilities. I have to admit, he has every right to be that confident. He takes control and that whole alpha male thing worked for him well. Jett was a complex character even though we know very little about him. He runs hot and cold throughout the whole book. He’s loving and caring one minute and mean and distant the next. We get a feeling that he is hiding something the whole time which was actually exciting. I loved the tone of foreboding interlaced throughout. I know there is so much more to his story, and I have to hope we get to know Jett better in the next book of the series.

This story is definitely worth continuing. I am dying to know where all these revelations at the end of the book are going. I have high expectations for Conquer Your Love, book two. I think Reed has great potential and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

The Bad
This book is about Brooke sleeping with a mysterious man who later becomes her boss, then they have more sex, the end. Nothing happened except for Brooke debating rather to sleep with Jett again, then finally caving in. And a little work was mixed in there. The most exciting part is the cliffhanger ending because that’s when things started getting interesting, then you realize that’s the end of the book. I about screamed when I turned the last page.

As of right now I don’t like Jett. He’s so cocky it makes my head hurt. When Brooke keeps falling into his traps, you just want to slap her and punch him. Then he was pretty rude and mean to her  the whole time and we never find out why. I didn’t mind him in the beginning but without any change in his character, I started to see him as just a jerk. I hope Jett redeems himself in Conquer Your Love.

I would also say the writing was okay. It could have been better.

The Snuggly
This is a hot romance. Some label Surrender Your Love as erotica, but its not, it’s just very hot. Think of the kind of sex you get in normal romances then double the red hot steam. But Reed doesn’t overpower this book with sex at all. She is all about the flirting and sexual tension.

At this point Jett and Brooke’s relationship is based on sex and secrets, so don’t go into this book looking for a sweet romance.

Final Thoughts
Though I really liked Surrender Your Love, I couldn’t give it more than 3 stars without a more substantial plot. I need more things to happen in my stories, not just sexual tension and angst. But I would still recommend this book to many people. I have a feeling things are going to get better. Recommended to those who love sexy books.

“This is where you belong, sweaty and panting in my arms.”

“Tragedy may hit all of us in one way or another, but fate’s not our enemy, Brooke. We are. By locking yourself away from the world, you choose your own mistakes and destroy any chance of ever finding happiness. You cannot control life, but you can chose who you are and what you make of it.”  

“I hope you don’t mind spending so much time with me,” Jett said. “I promise to be good, and I won’t be too hard on you.” His tone oozed amusement as he added, “Unless you want me to.”  

“The guy was a piece of sin. If he were the devil holding a contract, this would be the moment I might just give in to temptation and sign over my soul.”  

The second book of the series, Conquer Your Love, just came out recently (June 8th). I know I am going to read it for sure. Here is an excerpt and a giveaway the author is running for her new release.

Meeting Jett was like bad luck. Dangerous. Unpredictable. And better avoided. In his game, the stakes are high. But are they worth the risk?

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, finds forgetting is hard, but forgiving is harder. When the man she trusted, betrayed her, the only way to forget is to move on. Brooke is determined to start a new life, until she meets him again: the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god. The man who played dirty. The man who played her.

Sexy, rich, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has made mistakes. He could have any other woman, and yet it’s Brooke he wants. When second chances collide with secrets and Brooke is threatened by the past, Jett is determined to protect her. She accepts his help unwillingly because she needs him but she wants to play his game on her own terms. And she has no intention to forgive or let him back into her bed.

When the man she is supposed to hate is the one she should trust, will he conquer her…or lose her forever?

A woman who can’t forgive.
A man who has made mistakes.
Two lives that are about to cross again and more secrets laid bare.



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10 Responses to “Review: Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed (Excerpt & Giveaway)”

  1. Jaclyn Canada

    I completely get why you gave it 3 stars for not more of a story, but it looks like a good read overall with the romance as long as that’s what you are in the mood for. I think I will certainly give this one a read when I’m looking for a steamy book and hot/cold romance for sure. I like that there was a twist of something at the end that made you look forward to the next one. Thank you for the excerpt! It looks like a great read. Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

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