Title: Surrender To Me
Author: Shayla Black
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 7/2/13
Length: 297 Pages
Series: Wicked Lovers #4
A secret fantasy turns into an uncontrollable obsession in this Wicked Lovers novel from New York Timesbestselling author Shayla Black.
Hunter had everything until a bullet put his career as a Navy SEAL on hold. Restless and in need of distraction, he accepts an intriguing proposition: share an acquaintance’s girlfriend and fulfill her fantasy of a ménage. It should have been just one night of sexual adventure among three consenting adults. But Kata is like no other girl Hunter has ever met. By turns audacious and sexy, then vulnerable and aloof, she’s a heartbreaker he is determined to master. But he needs more than one night. And he wants to do it alone.
Kata never expected to leave her comfortable relationship and explore something so dangerously forbidden with a stranger. Though she tries to resist, the guilty pleasure overwhelms her and she surrenders herself, inch by inch, to the hard-core warrior who wants her for himself. Consumed by blazing desire, they’re soon threatened by the shadows of the past. To keep Kata safe, Hunter makes her a bold proposition of his own. Saying yes will destroy her heart, but saying no could cost Kata her life.
I don’t know why i assumed we would get Tyler’s story next but nope – it’s Hunter. And in this 4th installment to the series, we get to see the serious brother come to life. This is a story of a girl who’s too independent for her own good but has a birthday fantasy handed to her, courtesy of a casual bedmate and his buddy Hunter. What happens in vegas usually stays in vegas except when it doesn’t – and that’s what happens here.
Kata and Hunter find themselves married after an interesting of drinking (kata), pursuing (hunter) and play (both). What happens from there, they end up married, she runs home and he runs to follow her. Hunter is the kind of guy that we all want in life i think. someone who’s able to dominate and control, but someone who also has the warmest heart. it’s unexpected in a sense because we have seen how he was with Kimber in the other books, but i think that it’s expected in the sense that there’s no way that he can be sooo hard.
Kata has a tough situation now that the story is built around. as a probation officer, she’s got her fair share of tough stuff going on, always on edge because of what she’s had to do to thugs and the like. well, on her first day home, she finds herself at the wrong end of an assassin, and no one knows who’s behind it. that’s where our story really starts to take shape.
Hunter gets to do what he does best – protect, and hopefully in the same breath he’s able to show Kata that they are meant to be together and that it’s not just a whim. the roller coaster from there of course is a rocky one since Kata has a family background of a mother who’s been controlled and dominated all her adult life and that’s not something that she wants for herself. Too bad Hunter isn’t her step father, and Kata is of the mindset not to be open to the fact that the men are different. It takes her mother being put in the hospital, endless attempts at her life and the fact that they still don’t know who is behind trying to kill her, and these 2 find themselves pushed together even though she fights it.
There always comes a point where great chemistry isn’t enough, and although they have amazing passion and heat, Kata is so stubborn that she’s willing to walk away. Ms Black our amazing author has a knack for pulling us back in through the way that she writes some of these scenes – makes them so steamy that you can’t help but to read faster, but to me, it tends to also lack a bit of something that makes it deeper than just the physical. We have Hunter trying to push Kata to admitting something more psychological but it’s not an easy fight.
We end up seeing everyone set up, a huge gunfight that a few don’t make it out of – some characters that we have known of for the better part of the story don’t survive and it’s a heartbreaking end to the installment. I think that we all hope for a happy ending and then a lead in to the next book, so angst is always welcome.
So, my guess is that it’s Logan’s turn next since Hunter’s brother came up quite a bit here – we even got teasers of what has made him so closed off these past 5 years, so i can’t wait to see what’s up next. Happy Friday everyone!