Friday, March 16, 2012

Sacred Surrender

Sacred Surrender by Ava Riley, Lazy Day Publishing
Rowan’s life had been perfect until his fiancĂ© decided to seduce his best friend the night before their wedding and ultimately destroyed everything he’d dreamed of. After breaking off the wedding and the relationship, he vowed to never allow another woman to have that much control over his heart again. That is, until one morning when a knock on his door revealed beautiful, sexy Madison. Madison, having just moved to sunny California from a small town in Kansas, is in awe of the hunky doctor living next door, but her insecurities keep her from accepting his initial advances.

The connection Rowan and Madison experience after a night of hot sex cannot be denied, but will Madison’s insecurities be too much for their relationship to flourish? Will the relationship that Rowan is finally willing to accept end before it even gets a chance to start or can he convince Madison that her fears are unwarranted?

This book is sweet personified. There was nothing not to like about the characters, their actions so genuine and kind – they are the kind of people you’d want as friends. So it was impossible not to cheer them on as you read your way through this book. Both Rowan and Madison had obstacles they brought into their relationship but with honesty and respect, they flushed them out. Riley did a perfect job in characterization, creating depth by using secondary characters and their history.

What most struck me was Riley’s ability to describe the surroundings and set a scene for readers to nearly feel you are in it. The beach, the small pub, their homes – I had such vivid pictures of the scenes, it made the book more interesting. And it truly flew with an upbeat and continuously moving plot that didn’t leave time for the reader to get bored.

The adventurous spirit of the characters was also nice. Their dates were real dates. It wasn't all about the bedroom was a a true love story. This is a refreshing concept as so many books are straying in the opposite direction.

This book is a good read when you need a pick-me-up or just want to remember the goodness of true love.
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries – might I recommend enjoying them in those caves off the coast. Yep, that was one of my favorite scenes.

This book was given to us by the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks.
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