An all consuming and tantalising continuation to The Steel Brothers Saga that’ll leave you yearning and burning for more…
Oh. Kay. Let’s just start with OH MY GOOD FREAKING LORD! Boy oh boy, this series just gets better and better. FML. I’m actually still so revved up and excited over Surrender that my brain is having a hard time composing the right thing to say without giving the game away. I love Helen Hardt so so SO hard right now. It’s at times like this that I realise just why she’s my favourite adult author. Quite frankly, I just don’t think there’s anyone out there that can make the phrase ‘Slap those pretty titties.‘ work without making you cringe as though you are watching a cheap porno. Jesus H Christ, I am ready to combust from just elation at how brilliantly this book is written. It’s not just flawless, it’s executed to perfection. Every single twist and turn is just so phenomenally crafted that you feel like you are in an action chase. Forget Agatha Christie, Helen Hardt has just made all my detective/ snoopy tendencies flare – in a big BIG way.
I always wanted to know why…
So. Surrender follows on from Burn, now I’ve maintained that this series has been astounding from the off. But somehow, Hardt has completely outdone herself with Surrender. Okay, this book is a lot heavier on the BDSM, however it’s so well written and even though it has a blunt approach with no sugar coating, in my opinion it’s what makes this book different from your bog standard BDSM romance. In typical Helen fashion there were no holds barred, no inhibitions and it was most certainly all raw, carnal fire. I think that Helen Hardt has her character development BANG on the money – she maintains the Steel brothers’ familiarities whilst at the same time differentiating them not just with their thought processes but also with their actions.
No, Melanie. I could go out and swim a hundred laps in my pool, or I could go on a run, or we could go to my bedroom and fuck each other’s brains out. But none of those will give me peace, not right now… And I don’t know what I’ll do if you say no.
I have to be brutally honest, I cannot get enough of Talon Steel – HOWEVER – in this book Jonah really stepped up and took centre-stage. His dark side really came out and just wowed me. I’m not just referring to the sex – it was banging, yes – but, I’m actually referring to his persona. He finally unleashed, and it was beautiful. The raw anger mixed with the guilt and the need for retribution was just awing. To me it took him from tall to giant. His presence in this book is inescapable. He oozes power and sex appeal, but yet has this gentleness – a softheartedness that gives you no option other than to love him.
When we’re close, Melanie, and you become wet for me, I can feel your arousal, even before I touch you between your legs.
Melanie on the other hand maintains her softness, but at the same time she has this kick-arse side to her that again just really brought her character out to the forefront. I really needed that from her. Don’t get me wrong I liked her from the moment that she came on the scene, but in Surrender she just metamorphosed into a stronger version of herself that still had that elegant, demure and tender side. I loved that she was still so well put together, yet when she unravelled she became this uninhibited, sassy and fierce creature that owned the lead. I’m actually sad that this is the last book from Jonah’s and Melanie’s perspectives, because I could have so much more from them.
I knew, without a doubt, that my surrender had begun.
So much happened in this book that I feel like I should go back and read it again. Not that I need an excuse, if there is any certainty in this world it’s that Surrender will be getting devoured again – very VERY soon. I just need to experience it all over again. This book to me is so pivotal to the whole saga. Don’t get me wrong, you’re still left with a stonker of a cliffhanger that may just kill me… but, you finally get to see the demons for who and what they are. I’m dying to see where Shattered will take the plot. Of course, I’m also dying to sink into Ryan Steel. Obviously, duh! Quite frankly as much as I’m vying for the next Steel book, I’m also dreading getting that much closer to the end… I’m actually filled with trepidation and sadness for the day that THE END is scrawled on this brilliant and consuming series.
I can’t promise you what we’ll find, but I promise you this. We will get to the bottom of this. You and I together. And Talon, Jade, Ryan, and Marj. We will find the truth.
About the Book
Jonah Steel has fallen in love with Melanie Carmichael but still lives with the guilt that consumes him as he tries to unravel the mystery of his family’s past. A new threat has surfaced, and he finds himself trapped in a web of deceit and lies.
Melanie loves Jonah but has yet to surrender completely to his needs. Meanwhile, a new friend uncovers more information and more questions. While the ghosts of Melanie’s past still hover around her, she joins Jonah on his quest for answers. Together, they vow to find the truth.
But the deeper they dig, the more danger they uncover…and Jonah’s life hangs in the balance.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.