Surrender (Devil's Den #1)
by Violetta Rand
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.
“What?” I ask, taking a swig. “The irony,” she says. I wait for her to elaborate. “That guy was a wrecking ball, a drug dealer—I’m sure of it.”
“Yeah,” I agree. “Who wears a thousand-dollar suit to the beach?”
We laugh again.
“Where did you meet him?” It’s time for a few answers.
“What is that supposed to mean?” I eye her critically. I hope she’s not a liar.
I know a liar when I see one. Robyn is telling the truth. She’s smart. Sexy. Beautiful. Damn. “I’m glad you found me,” she says.
She throws me one of those irresistible wide-eyed looks again. The I’m helpless one that draws a man in . . . Who’s really vulnerable here? I take her hand and give it a friendly squeeze. “You’re safe now.”
She’s tight-lipped, but smiles appreciatively. Then, she leans sideways and plants a kiss on my mouth. My body can’t resist the heat or temptation. I’m rock hard the minute she touches me. Hell, the minute she leans in. She tries to withdraw, but I cradle the back of her head with my hand and kiss her back. This time there’s no mistaking the message. For a second she responds passionately, her tongue gliding across my bottom lip. I growl, not wanting this to stop. It’s electric.
I think it startles her. She jumps away, staring out the blasted window again. What’s she looking at? Thinking about? It’s as if she’s here, but gone at the same time. I’m not used to that. She checks her watch and looks at me. “I need to go.”
“Wait,” I urge. There’s amazing chemistry between us. I don’t know how to contact her. I want her phone number.
She opens the door and hops out. “Thank you, Garrick.” I love hearing my name roll off that sexy tongue. “I won’t forget what you did.”
Before I have a chance to respond, she shuts the door and gets into her Camaro.
I have a bit of an obsession with stripper romances so I knew Surrender would be right up my alley. Sexy dances, hot security guys, and a heroine that can take care of herself? Count me in!
Robyn hasn't had an easy life. Her parents kicked her out when she was 15 and she's been on her own ever since. She's been working as a stripper at the Devil's Den for 3 years to help put herself through college. Thanks to her abandonment issues she has a hard time letting anyone in but as soon as she meets Garrick she feels an immediate connection.
Garrick is a sweetheart with alpha tendencies. I wouldn't say he's all alpha but he's definitely got the whole protective, possessive thing down pact. He knows Robyn's the one when he first lays eyes on her and does everything he can to keep her safe.
Of course, since Robyn's been on her own for so long she's not comfortable with Garrick taking over her life which causes some definite strain in their relationship. Add in the fact that Garrick's sister doesn't approve of Robyn's profession and they definitely have some hurdles to overcome.
While I really liked Surrender, I had a hard time connecting with the characters, or maybe I had a hard time feeling the connection between them. I'm not really sure, but it was definitely missing something. You could feel the chemistry between Garrick and Robyn, especially when she danced for him, but the sex scenes weren't as smoking as I'd expected them to be.
Overall, this was a great read that held my attention and left me wanting more. Can't wait for Marisela and Craig's story in Seduction!
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.
Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Surrender in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.