This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Ultimate Surrender (Surrender, #2) by Jennifer Kacey
Series: Surrender #2
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Campbell Newbury could not believe who his new client was: Natalie Grant, philanthropist and pain-in-the-ass extraordinaire. Of all the security firms in New York, she had to pick his to protect her. But her flaming red hair and curves turn him on. Blond and toned, Campbell is a sex-with-no-strings guy and has bedded countless women. Love? Not an option. Forever? Not in the cards for him. But a bet with his best friend may change everything.
On their first official meeting, Natalie knew all the rumors about Campbell were true. If he weren’t the best security money could buy, she’d want no part of the cocky womanizer. But she needs him. The sudden rush of near hit and runs is proof of that. As the threats escalate, she sees a side of the bad boy he’s tried to hide—and his strong arms provide comfort and something more she didn’t know she needed. Still, she’s careful not to let her heart rule her head. They keep their relationship strictly business by day—and lustfully kinky by night. Will this unlikely couple find their way to forever or will their needs disappear once the dust settles?
“‘Worst wingman ever. Bros before hoe—’ ‘If you dare finish that sentence, Campbell, you are going to wear the rest of your drink.’ Her voice. So sweet. Reminded him of the sirens in the Odyssey. Sounded awesome. Then everybody died.”
The first few chapters are a bit tough because there are references between the characters that are a tieback to the first book in this series but after you get through that the book takes on a personality of its own. Campbell as a character is swoon worthy but his views on women are caveman at best. Natalie is very likeable; she does not let his charm stop her from calling him out on his stupidity. As the story progresses you start to see a different side of Campbell, a side he did not think that he was capable of embracing. There is a bunch of dialogue that is just hilarious; I completely laughed out loud. 😀 I liked that there was actually a story worth reading and not just some ‘R’ rated kink fest, which believe me there is a lot of that going on as well. So be warned if you are of a delicate nature. I did emotionally bond with the characters and there were many endearing elements to this story that made it so enjoyable. It is not predictable, although anyone who enjoys a good mystery will have their “Clue” moment with the “who did it” scenarios, ha ha ha. The danger to Natalie is consistent throughout the story but there are different plot twists introduced that will keep you engaged. The ending is tidy and will leave you with a smile on your face because it is exactly the ending you wanted.
*Thank you to Samhain Publishing & NetGalley for this ARC of Ultimate Surrender*