Title: Secret Surrender
Published: 7th December 2013
Author: Priscilla West
A Romance Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Priscilla West
Note: This is the second book in Vincent & Kristen’s story. Please read Forbidden Surrender first, in order to fully enjoy this book.
“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”
I knew that giving in to Vincent Sorenson was a risk, but it was one I was willing to take. I had hidden my heart for so long and for the first time in a long time, Vincent was close to breaking down the walls.
When a trip to Vincent’s exclusive private island reveals the real Vincent underneath the layers of suave nonchalance, I thought we were close to the start of something special.
Just when things were looking up for us, I would discover the one secret that Vincent never intended for me to find.
Well this starts right where Forbidden Surrender left off. The first book didn’t leave on much of a cliff hanger but more felt like it fed straight into this one, which did make it flow seamlessly. Still full of hot and steamy scenes between Kristen and Vincent though, so lots to entertain throughout.
Vincent and Kristen are now a couple but because of still wanting/needing to keep it a secret (Vincent is now a client of Kristen’s firm where she is his advisor) cracks start to appear in their relationship. More so because Vincent is away on business so much, something that Kristen knew about but didn’t fully grasp the implications of straight away.
When he is with her Kristen feels like he is really there but when they are apart you are almost in agreement with Kristen that its like she doesn’t exist or that she just isn’t a priority to him. She knows it’s early days in their relationship but when she starts to realize how quick and strong her feelings for him are becoming she finally understands that a relationship with someone who is constantly travelling might not be the best person to be with. Though with being apart so much but needing each other so badly you do have to come up with some interesting ways to feed the need – fun skype call anyone!
When they do have time together though Vincent again does go above and beyond anything Kristen could come up with. Anyone fancy a surprise weekend away on a private island? I know I would. Think of all the fun you can have naked and wet by a waterfall! Time alone is just what they needed to reconnect after being apart. They do make up for lost time on this break away but it’s also when Kristen meets one of Vincent’s ex’s. A blond bombshell who happens to be a model/surfer, so you can see why she would feel put out and insecure about why Vincent would be with someone like her when he could be with his ex.
When they first met Kristen could see how women would flock to him – his charm could draw anyone and everyone to him. Vincent doesn’t come across as a brooding male billionaire but definitely a playboy. It’s that fact that makes Kristen nervous in their relationship that he could stray with one of those carefree women he seems to draw to him so much while being away on business. With the threat of her ex never far from her mind and a text message that is hard to swallow it might be trouble in paradise for these two.
Much better cliff hanger ending with this one that makes sure you want to read about what is going to happen in the final installment. I kind of feel though that the first two books would have been better as one. In this one the back-story hasn’t really been delved into yet and even though you know the threat of the ex is real you don’t actually hear much about it until right at the end. With Vincent being away so much throughout this one I felt Kristen’s character kind of lost her way. She was feeling so safe with him that when he goes away she almost doesn’t know what to do with herself. Which is a contrast to the feisty bold women from the first book, but this might have more to do with her insecurities about her ex being back on the scene than anything else. So let’s see what happens in the final installment and hope that there is a bit more drama throughout.
3 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from Net Galley for my honest review.