Review: Slow Surrender by Cecilia Tan

Title: Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning)
Author: Cecilia Tan
Series: Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning)
Source: NetGalley in exchanged for an unbiased review
Where to buy: Amazon

Description: 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.


REVIEW: Rich, beautiful, sexy, dominant, mysterious and broken, that’s James. His money gets him seclusion, his lifestyle buys him dominance and pain . He wants to keep past hidden, his secret hides more than pain, it hides the real him. That’s James, and why do I like him? Because he has been hurt, he has trust issues and because he is mysteriously sexy and seductive. Slow Surrender is the story of James and Karina, two very different people who have had their share of pain and drama.  Some stories take you deep into the minds and feelings of some characters, Slow Surrender does that. The plot of the story is interesting and one we may have not seen before. While I like beautiful broken men with awesome sex-appeal I also like women with strong personalities and minds of their own. Slow Surrender transport us into the world of James, a man who keeps his name, persona and life hidden from the public eye and Karina.

The plot is entertaining and enticing. Slow Surrender brings us a man whose past has set up a plan for his future but one that seem to have gotten out of control. While James find himself having to lie about who he really is, his intentions and relationship with Karina as well as his plan for them take a turn for the worse where he is left exposed and vulnerable.

Karina is an art major student trying to figure out her next step in life when she finds herself meeting the mysterious James. Though at first their interaction doesn’t seem like much soon she would get to experience something she has never thought possible before. James opens Karina’s eyes to exciting and sinful experiences where her body, her heart and soul are consumed with pleasure.

I like how well the story flows, the dialog between these two characters is easy, sexy and quite sensual. His demands, commands and his surprises kept me glue to the pages. I too was looking forward to his next call and message, to his next invitation and to his dominating ways. James is sexy and all around sensual. What makes him even more interesting is his mysterious past, or perhaps his not so mysterious life style. I enjoyed the book because I think both characters though were flawed were also refreshing and unique. I think this is a good start to a series, it has the ingredients necessary to make it sinfully delicious. It has sex (hot sex), it has drama, a mysterious man with trust issues and a female heroine who doesn’t take rejection well and does anything necessary to find the man who has stolen her heart and soul. I am looking forward to reading the next book, I am eager to see how Karina’s trip to the UK goes and what is in store for her.

Cecilia Tan is an author you want to keep an eye on and add Slow Surrender to your reading pile, you will not regret it. When is it OK for a man to lie?


Do I recommend this book? Yes

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