Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Review: In Total Surrender by Anne Mallory (5 stars, historical)
"You propose to whore for me?" He had chosen the words deliberately. Her smile slipped, and she looked at him for a long moment, and for the first time he had no idea what was going through her head. "No. I did not mean it in that manner, though I see now how you might have interpreted such a thing from my words." Bloody head tilt. "Is that what you require? I don't know that I'd be very good at it, as I lack the necessary experience."
Everyone knew that. And yet with those wide eyes staring at him, he almost felt an... an urge to nod. Perhaps shooting himself was the answer.
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Thoughts After Reading:
There's no way for me to adequately describe Mallory's In Total Surrender. It was quite simply awesome. The novel was masterfully crafted so that everything - the characters, the motives, the hidden secrets - were slowly revealed as the story progressed. And along this enjoyable journey, there were plenty of scenes where I just wanted to laugh out loud (or at least grin widely to myself). The hero was an embodiment of a gruff male lead: he's a shrewd and widely feared business man in London's underworld. He can dispatch five assassins without breaking a sweat, and inspire fear into a man within a few seconds. And yet, he is fascinated by the heroine from the moment she first smiled at him. As he gets to know her, he simply can't deny her anything. The heroine is an even more fascinating character. She's optimistic to the point of disbelief, sometimes as a shield, and her loving nature can charm anyone. Yet, the she's not to be underestimated. She's extremely clever and a good strategist. She trusts her instincts, and thus has no problems staring down the hero every time they meet. One thing to note is that the bedrooms scenes were basically skimmed over (the book was not exactly clean, but PG-13 at best).
I started reading the book with the expectations that it would be somewhat dark. And it was, or at least set in some dark themes. But the story itself was a whole lot of fun, and you know that everything is going to work out just fine by the end :).