Series: Disarm #8
Published by Penguin Group (USA) LLC on 4th November 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Julie Keaton had everything—she had a new career in a new city and, more importantly, a bright future with fiance, Jason Sherman. That is, until the day she discovered that he had been killed in Afghanistan. In one moment, her life changed, as everything she’d hoped for died along with him.
Years later and Julie still feels the aftershocks of Jason’s death. She is no longer the same adventurous, open girl; now she wears armor around her heart in order to protect the most important thing in her life—her son.
But when Julie meets the mysterious Neal, she starts to feel the smallest flicker of hope, as what began as a fling quickly becomes something more. Neal is the first man since Jason’s death to break down her armor and make her believe again. But when she discovers the secret he’s been keeping, she has to ask herself: can she surrender to a future with Neal or will Jason’s death forever tie her to the past?
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Surrender wastes no time getting to the good stuff let me tell you. And by good stuff I mean all the talking and getting to know you stuff that make you embarrassed to read this book in public. I’m sorry did I say talking, I meant sex haha. And boy was there a lot of it and just like her previous books in the Disarm series, Surrender still managed to have a good story with lots of hot sex.
For those who read the Disarm series, you will recognize Julie, Jason’s fiance at the time he died in Afghanistan. Jason was Elsie’s big brother and Henry’s friend, the main couple from the other books in the Disarm series. Since Jason passed away, Julie has been raising their son, Will, that Jason never got to meet. She’s had a hard time managing being a single mom and dealing with everything from her past and that includes much more than just Jason’s death. Within the first few pages of the book we get to meet Neal and sparks fly in buckets with these two. What starts off as a fling in San Diego turns into something much more.
I really admired Julie in this book. We met her in the Disarm series and got to know her a little bit but it was nice getting a chance to see her get a story as well. When I first heard this book was going to be about Julie I thought it might be about her and Jason from before he died because I was always curious about what exactly happened between them in the past. But when I read the blurb I realized it took place after Jason had passed away already, which I was a little sad about but since we know how that story ended, it hopefully meant Julie would get her own happy ending. Plus there was a lot of Jason through flashbacks in this book so we still got glimpses of him, which I really loved. He was just such a good guy. But back to Julie. Yeah I really liked her. I felt sad for her a lot of the time with her trying to do right by Will but feeling like she wasn’t doing what she wanted to be doing. She was also really closed off to love and being vulnerable and while understandable, I still wanted to be like “hello there’s a hot guy in front of you who really likes you so just go with it.”
Neal was great. He was hot and was genuinely a good guy. He helped out with Will and wanted more with Julie, so basically a guy all girls would want :). He was great and his interactions with Will were awesome. I swear every time Will said something to him I almost balled my eyes out haha. No not really, but towards the end there it was touch and go.
Besides the two leads though, the story itself was good. There were a few moments I thought were unnecessary or I questioned why they were in the book, but I still enjoyed it as a whole. The thing I really liked about this book and what I like about all of June Gray’s books is that I always feel like the emotions jump off the page. Her books just always make me feel everything and I love that. I always get wrapped up in the story and the characters. I just can’t help but get sucked in, which usually means I’m emotionally drained by the time I’m done because it’s always heart wrenching stuff even with the happy moments. So yes, Surrender was very good. Great addition to the Disarm series. Can’t wait to see what comes next from June Gray.