Review: Surrender (The Dining Club #8) by Marina Anderson


Title:  Surrender
Author:  Marina Anderson
Publisher/Year:  Grand Central Publishing. 10/8/13
Length:  35 Pages
Series: The Dining Club #8


If you pass the challenges we set, a world of pleasure awaits you.

He is everything she never wanted: brooding, secretive, rich – and far-removed from her care-free artistic lifestyle. Yet David has a power over Grace that she cannot resist, a power that comes from his darker, passionate side.

And now he is ready to truly reveal himself. Inviting Grace to a weekend at the Dining Club, David offers her the opportunity to discover his deepest desires and to find pleasures far beyond her wildest imagination – but only if she if willing to play a series of sensual games.

Grace faces a choice: give in to her doubts and retreat to her quiet life, or truly embrace happiness with David and win over her mesmerising lover forever.

My Thoughts

I think that i knew the path that this installment was going to take, and i wasn’t at all surprised.  Although the one loop hole there is that i didn’t have any expectation on what the final challenge would be for the 5th table, so that was interesting.  What we get in this final installment (or is it) is Grace being forced to make the decision if she wants to take on Table 5, Amber’s Table which would ultimately mean taking Amber’s role in the club.  David finally opens up a bit more to Grace about his feelings, and what his role in all this has been (not shocking to readers i’m sure), and then we are on Grace’s journey.

What i liked about this story more so than others was 2 things.

1) we see that Grace isn’t perfect – especially in her friendships.  Because she’s choosing to go on the journey with David, it means that her own professional life is hitting a snag, and her friendship with Fran isn’t on the up and up

2) I also really enjoyed where the story seems to be going, with the bit of a tease at the end.  Between you and me, i have a feeling what the ‘smirk’ and final conversation was about and what’s going to happen, but i guess we’ll have to wait and see if there will be more to come.

This 8th story didn’t let us down in the sense of erotic sceneing and passion, although it was a bit awkward at time.  too much of a competition and less heat and romance.  but….we are seeing everyone grow a bit and that’s what you expect at the closure of a series.

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