Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning #1) by Cecilia Tan

Slow Surrender, from the title I thought that a seduction was going to take place here. And to an extent it kinda did. But that’s more a perspective than fact I think. Okay, let me explain.

Karina is helping out her sister by waitressing in her family’s restaurant on a crazy busy night while all around her fans girls are crying and whooping it up over a masked rocker that has announced his retirement and is having a final concert. In walks a handsome man sitting quietly and being introspective. (ya picking up on anything yet? I know I did)

A marble is given and a sexual game is begun and by the end of the night she is getting herself off in his limo. (It’s been a few hours) What happens next is a series of encounters that will help sexually transform the twenty six year old Karina. She has never worn heels or stockings and has had a limited and not so satisfactory love life.

What I didn’t care for was the non slow surrender. She jumped right in. Ready and willing. If there was a slow surrender it was on “James” end. He refuses to tell her who he is and didn’t actually have sex with her till the very end. What we are left with is unsatisfying due to James actions and a huge cliffhanger.

Don’t get me wrong here. The sex is good and I liked “James” and his play but the story itself left me confused and unsatisfied at the end.

3 Stars

*Given via Netgalley for review


He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .

From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits.

She aches for more . . .

What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James's sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she'll break all the rules to get it.
Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she'll break all the rules to get it.

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