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Fans of Abbi Glines will adore Violetta Rand’s novels about strong-willed women who must fight to survive—and the men who love them. Welcome to the Devil’s Den, a Texas strip club where the air is heavy with desire . . . and sometimes dreams come true.
 
Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.
 
The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.

Praise for Surrender
 
Surrender is a new adult romance for those who like their romance on the down-and-dirty side, with their heroines still surprisingly innocent and their heroes as knights in slightly tarnished armor.”Library Journal

“Edgy and kick-ass, Surrender is a sizzling romance that you’ll be hard pressed to put down!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series

Surrender is a wonderful journey of passion, pleasure, and the true meaning of love. You know a book is great when you’re still turning the pages at three in the morning to read ‘one more chapter.’ I will confess right up front, Garrick is my new book boyfriend. The man is hot, hot, hot!”USA Today bestselling author Sandra Owens

“A gritty, well-paced, enthralling read, Surrender hooked me from the start.”—Bestselling author Kathryn le Veque

“The chemistry between these two was delicious. Garrick and Robyn were perfectly flawed and made for a wonderful romance tale not soon to be forgotten!”BTS Book Reviews

“New Adult readers will definitely enjoy this debut, not too dark, not too angsty, and just the right amount of naked Garrick.”—A Tasty Read

“Wow, what an emotional, suspenseful and steamy read!”—Lustful Literature

Surrender sizzles off the pages. . . . The romance that develops between Garrick and Robyn is wonderfully portrayed, but more importantly, gripping and real. Violetta [Rand] takes you deep into their heads, their emotions, and you can't help but feel for both of them.”—Blue Rose Romance

“This book was very suspenseful and I loved the chemistry between Robyn and Garrick! . . . Definitely an awesome read!”—Sweet Yet Naughty (five stars)

“I fell in love with Garrick right off, and I loved this book.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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    good start to the devils den series

    3.5 to 4 stars (first half of the book, 3.5 by about 60% in I changed to 4 stars) Robyn’s Gonzalez’s mother kicked her out of the house in a drunken rage when she was a teenager. Lost and heartbroken she struggled to keep from ending up a statistic. She lies about her age and gets a job as a stripper at Devil’s Den. She begins a life of her own and goes to college setting up goals for herself that she intends to achieve. One night she gets herself into a bit of trouble and is saved by a handsome sexy as sin man. Garrick is everything she could ever want in a man, but her past and her sense of abandonment stop her from trusting that he won’t push her away like her own family did. Garrick Dempsey is about to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s decided to leave his job that takes him away from home for months on end and be the head of security of the Devil’s Den strip club. He never planned on meeting someone but when he meets Robyn her sexy sweetness sets off all his desires. He suddenly finds himself wanting to do anything for her, anything to make her happy and keep her safe. Their chemistry is scorching from the moment they set eyes on each other, but can he convince her it's more than that, that he wants her complete surrender. He wants her heart and soul. My Review: I really liked the overall storyline of this book. The stripper trying to put herself through school and meeting a handsome guy who wants to take her away from it all. Their relationship started off a little shaky for me. Not necessarily believable, but as I read and the characters became more developed I realized I wanted to know where this couple would go. Robyn was young, but had gone through a lot of heartbreak because of her parents in her young life. At times she was a bit stupid doing things to put her life in danger, when she had a strong man waiting to help her. But I could get the feeling that she was scared to trust him. She also had a really smart side to her when she was with Garrick that I really connected with making her a more likable character, especially seeing her through his eyes. Garrick comes off as your typical alpha male right off the bat. Though it did surprise me that he seemed okay that she was a stripper. However, once they started working together and he saw her strip he seemed to sing another tune. Which made sense at that point in the story. I thought the character of Macey as Robyn’s best friends was a really good balance to Robyn’s life. Before Macey and Garrick she had no one. Craig the bouncer playboy of the club who chases Robyn for most of the book was a bit irritating at first and a total jerk, but I am sure that’s how the author wanted us to feel about him. I see the next book is about Craig and Marisela Robyn’s sister, I am intrigued by how that story will play out. So, though this is not the best book I have recently read, it kept my interest, had me invested in wanting to know what happened to the characters and has me wanting to know the stories of the other characters. So good job.  RECEIVED AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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    Surrender

    The characters kept me engaged. They had lots of levels. I loved the feistiness of Robyn and the utter commitment of Garrick. They were all richly imperfect and wonderfully written. It kept my interest to the end. Can't wait for more from this writer.

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    I thought it was phenomenal!

    If you like great stories with interesting plots and great characters, you should read this. It had a stripper as a heroine but it is not about BDSM or anything like that. There is sex but not at the club and not with more than one person, so no worries! There was tear jerking moments, humorous parts, scenes that were scorchingly sexy, action, danger, romance, some great characters and some that I didn't care for like a certain Dr. and Carlos. There were a decent number of pages but I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting staying up until I was finished. I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    Good Start to the Series

    Robyn was fifteen when she was kicked out of the family home and she struggled to survive on the streets, barely getting by. Necessity leads her to beginning stripping to make a living and pay for college. One night Robyn stumbles upon a crime in progress and is rescued by Garrick. The next time she sees Garrick is at the strip club she works at and he is introduced as the new head of security. Garrick is a graduate of MIT and takes on the security job after quitting his lucrative job as an engineer on an oil rig. The attraction between Robyn and Garrick was immediate and when he shows up at The Den, they begin a relationship that faces a lot of resistance from ‘well-meaning’ family and friends. I had mixed feelings when I completed this book. On one hand, the story-line and the characters were interesting. Robyn is a strong and independent young woman but underneath that is the teenager who is still craving love and acceptance from her parents and a woman who is afraid to open up to love due to the damaging effects of her parent’s rejection of her. Garrick is a dominant, take-charge kind of guy, protective of those dear to his heart, but very overbearing. The story was filled with angst (typical with NA) and obstacles in their quest for their happy ending. One the other hand, there were some things in the story that were not in harmony with the age and mindset of the characters. Some of the dialogue was more suited to an adult romance than a NA romance. Overall, I think that SURRENDER is a good start to the Devil’s Den series. *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

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    A great start to a new series

    It isn’t easy for a young woman from a turbulent, abusive background to survive on her own. But Robyn Gonzalez is determined finish college and to write her own destiny; despite what sometimes feel like insurmountable odds. Working the poles at a Texas strip club is not the career little girls fantasize about, but for Robyn it pays the bills and provides the base from which her dreams could come true. When Robyn sees a drug deal gone bad and becomes the target of a powerful drug lord, things go from bad to worse. Enter Garrick Dempsey, the handsome, debonair head of the Devil’s Den Security. A wealthy, alpha-male from the right side of the tracks, who once he sees Robyn wants her more than his next breath. He sees beyond her strong, independent façade and sets his sights on winning her heart and protecting her at all cost. If you want to know more, read the book. You won’t be disappointed. I don’t usually read contemporary or new adult romance, but found the premise of this story intriguing. I am a fan of Violetta Rand’s Viking series and after reading the first chapter of this book, I was hooked. Ms. Rand has a unique way of capturing a reader’s attention and not letting go until the last words are spoken and the final page is turned. Well written and fast paced, Surrender is a hot, sensually charged book, an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you wanting more. With a strong cast of supporting characters waiting in the wings, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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