Strategic Surrender

Urban Seductions 8

To be honest, this rates a 2.75 or something. It definitely isn't as bad as a Cannot Finish and it was decently entertaining as far as things went, but there were some major flaws.

First of all -- I thought the premise that started it all to be a bit silly. I'm surprised that the solution they came up with came as such a shocker. The unorthodox solution, was, in fact, something that I thought would be the clear and obvious path. Things also escalated very, very fast -- both the sex, the violence and the "we're going to die, run!" felt like it was rushed and not entirely thought through.

It also ends on a note where nothing is resolved, we have no idea what's going on, and there's clearly going to be a sequel except I wouldn't use the word sequel because it feels like a serial ending part one and there's going to be a part two and probably a part three with how things were going.

The world building wasn't very well fleshed out. I was often left wondering just how exactly this world was set up and what the rules were.

The insta-attraction also left me cold. I couldn't really get behind their love story and that was the final clincher.

I'd give this one a miss.

Book Blurb for Strategic Surrender

Kiera Patrick has one rule and one rule only—she keeps work and play separate. She doesn’t intend to follow her playboy wizard partner’s example and let her love life make a mess of her magical work life.

But when her mentor teams them with Hayden Foxworth, a wizard who is rumored to be involved with the darker side of magic, and tasks them with deciding the fate of an evil grimoire, her heart hurts for the damaged Mage.

When Hayden persuades the others that the only way forward it to destroy the tainted thing, they bring down the wrath of the Tribunal, the council of elders who lead wizardkind. Kiera must deal with the magical fallout of their decision while battling a burning attraction to Hayden that has them scorching the sheets even as they fight for their lives.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 3.00