Surrender by June Gray #Review

Surrender by June Gray #ReviewSurrender by June Gray

Series: #3 Disarm
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on November 4, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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I was so excited to get this last installment of the Disarm series with Julie’s story. She has been there as a secondary character all along supporting Henry and Elsie and raising her son after Jason died. I ended up packing it in at the 100pp mark.

I don’t know why it is, but after liking her in the first two books, I had no patience for Julie in her own book which is ironic because Henry and Elsie’s story really put me through the wringer. She’s got some serious issues from her parents’ marriage, losing Jason and marrying the wrong guy only to divorce him. She determined early on that she wouldn’t open herself for love and just went for one night stands and casual hook-ups. Even with Jason, she held herself back. Now this thing with Neal takes off like a rocket. Neal opens himself to wherever things are leading, but Julie is the opposite. She wants to continue with her casual ways and gets prickly or runs for the hills every time it starts to get real. Neal is honest with her, but she lies by omission to him.

Other than Julie, I was also put off with how fast stuff went. I wasn’t ready for that. ‘Hey my name is…’ barely preceded an orgasm and, by one more brief meet up, they’re in a hotel room for some hot and heavy and then off to Vegas for a few days for some more no holds barred sexy times. My head was spinning. Guess I was expecting some development and couldn’t shake this woman with small child and still grieving over child’s dad.

I might have adjusted to the wham bam stuff in time if it hadn’t been liberally doused with Julie’s issues. I really wanted off the tilt-a-whirl when it came to her. If she had wanted to slow stuff down because hello she jumped the bones of a perfect stranger and even went off to Vegas with him after one night that I would have understood and applauded. That’s not the case. She’s gung ho and owns a voracious sexual appetite, but it’s when stuff gets real that she freaks and does a runner or flips out and does the pout stomp. Poor Neil had no idea what triggered all this and deserved none of it. Just let’s pack up the cray cray and send it home, ‘kay? I thought I was in an angty YA or NA the way this woman was acting.

At that point, I decided to call it a day. A hundred pages in and I was exhausted with her and didn’t like her much at this point any way. Maybe I’ll come back and finish when I’ve more patience for someone who has big issues and no plans to claim them and fix them.

For those who are interested, this one might be okay out of order, but it does give spoilerage for the books before it so I’d recommend reading in order. And for those who are eager for this one, you might have more patience or be in the right mood so go for it with my blessing. It’s hot and these two were honest about what they wanted in the bedroom. That has some appeal in its own right.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • It’s such a great feeling when a series’ secondary character finally gets her story told. It’s unfortunate that Julie’s tale turned out to be such a bust, and I really hate it when the main couple jumps in to bed together too quickly. I’ll pick slow burn over insta-love any day of the week.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    • Hey Carmel! Yep, I really wanted this one, but it just got to be too much. These two dove in head first while still practically strangers which had me doing the slow blink. She’s a mom worried about doing right by her kid and then she just goes off with a stranger the weekend she meets him.

  • She doesn’t sound very likable at all. Too bad you weren’t able to enjoy it and how sad is that when you were looking forward to reading her story 🙁

    • Exactly. I was really bummed. I didn’t like her from the beginning of this one, but I just kept reading hoping for her to grow on me or something to change b/c I was so excited to finally get her story.

      • aww man, that sucks. Why can’t we get more stories where yeah, the heroine was hurt but she is still willing to at least try to give love another shot without be such a major “you know” lols.

        • That’s just the thing. She was like this before her fiance died. She saw a bad match as a child and then decided to shut all emotion down. Unless there was more that needed to come out about that, it just didn’t seem like a good enough reason to push everyone away and live this half-life thing she has going. At least with the earlier books the traumatic stuff made sense. So yeah, I don’t know why. 😉 I just know that I wasn’t interested in waiting around any longer to find out.

          • I can totally dig that, lols. Sometimes you just have to let a story go 😉

  • I didn’t like the insta-love here. In hindsight I’m thinking maybe it would benefit the series better if the timelines were tweaked like this went first and not Elise’s. Henry & Elise’s story is hard to top too

    • Now that might have helped not having the comparison there. Good catch, Braine!