Friday, April 4, 2014

SUNNY: ARC REVIEW "Sweetest Surrender" by Katie Reus

Sweetest Surrender
by Katie Reus
Release Date: March 30, 2014
Series - The Serafina: Sin City Book 3

A woman on the run…

Angel has been on her own for two years, moving from place to place to outrun her past. With no family and few friends to lean on, she’s managed to keep her secrets and stay safe. But when her past suddenly catches up to her, she has a choice to make. Run or stay and claim her life once more.

He’ll stop at nothing to protect her…

Vadim has never let anyone close to him—until Angel. From the first time he met her, everything changed. As a private consultant for Wyatt Christiansen, he’s good with computers and he’s got connections to unearth people’s deepest, darkest secrets. When Angel’s life is threatened Vadim steps in and uses all his resources to end the threat once and for all. As the danger closes in, he lies to her in an effort to protect her, not realizing that even once the threat is eliminated, he might lose her anyway.


This book makes me think that I was born a decade too early.  When I went to high school, what was considered "cool" with the BMOCs (Big Men on Campus) and the surfers (yes, I grew up in Southern California).  I thought they were cool too.  But I was always shared that attraction with the smart, quiet, somewhat socially awkward guys too.  These days we see an increasing number of books that feature the "intelligence" guy, the computer whiz who can find any information or hack through any security system in most alpha teams (whether it is special ops or motorcycle clubs). So now, it is vogue to be both geeky and brawny.  This is fast becoming my favorite kind of hero.  All to say, that Katie Reus offers up a sweet story featuring this alpha-geek aiding a damsel on the run. 

This is the sweetest little story. Not the most tension filled romantic suspense, but something about the relationship between the two characters is highly appealing. Against the backdrop of Vegas and the Hotel Serafina, Vadim and Angel circle around each other until Angel's past catches up with her and Vadim finds the opportunity to protect the one he's be admiring from afar.  From afar because this left-brain dominant alpha is clueless that he's been the object of her affection. I love the fact that he's a little geeky  He is sweet and awkward and brilliant and alpha.   The best part is watching this romance develop. Like the other heroines in the Serafina series, Angel has an inner strength that is attractive.  Angel is not the ├╝ber strong, kick-ass chick, but rather the regular, stubborn, girl with a steely resolve. That what makes this pairing so perfect.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between the two characters.

The suspense part of the story is a little light.  The narrative is straight forward, but Katie Reus gives us a couple of unexpected turns that keep the story interesting. 

My favorite of the Serafina stories so far, don't miss this installment of the series.  Go ahead.  Indulge in a little alpha-geek goodness. 

Thank you to Katie Reus for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.  

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