Review with Excerpt: Beautiful Surrender by Ember Raine Winters

Posted September 28, 2017 by Minx

Review with Excerpt: Beautiful Surrender by Ember Raine Winters

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Ember Raine Winters. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review with Excerpt: Beautiful Surrender by Ember Raine Winters Beautiful Surrender by Ember Raine Winters
Series: Pride and Honor #4
Also in this series:Beautiful Delusions, Beautiful Sacrifice, Beautiful Deception
Also by this author: Beautiful Delusions, Beautiful Sacrifice, Beautiful Deception, There's Something About Vegas
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Ember Raine Winters
Pages: 261
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:
Heat Factor:three-half-flames

The final chapter of the Pride and Honor Series is finally here.

Trey Pissed couldn’t even begin to describe the way I felt when I thought about her. She lied to me. She didn’t even have the decency to stick around and explain herself. The only problem, we needed her to find my family, and despite how angry I was, I needed her. She was everything I ever wanted and I had no idea how to make her stay.

Kenzie I didn’t do relationships. I didn’t do family, and I definitely didn’t do feelings. But, when I was with him, I found myself dreaming about the what-ifs and could be’s. That was dangerous. Anyone who had the misfortune of loving me ended up dead and I refused to let that happen again. My walls were thick but the scary thing was Trey might just be the one to break them all down.


Minx’s Musings:

Something that I LOVE about Author Ember-Raine Winters’ writing style is that her stories always give something more than just sexy times. Beautiful Surrender is an action-packed thrill ride of ups and downs with a side of mystery and a whole lot of hoorah! I was also so excited to see that this story was about Trey and Kenzie finally figuring out what was going on between them. For the past few books in this series, Kenzie has been in the background, popping in and out of the picture, dropping informational nuggets that were exactly what the GTT crew needed but never sticking around. She was truly an enigma to all. She also seemed just a little bit, hmmm, crazy. So, it was good to get to know this character better.

For a while, Trey had a crush on the hacker Persephone, who he later learned was Kenzie, and he trusted her because she had mad hacking skills. Once meeting her in person he went from crush to must have, but Kenzie had kept him at a distance. If he got too close she would disappear and that would be it. A little unstable might be how Kenzie seemed but there was so much more to this character than what was perceived. Kenzie may have been a notorious hacker but she also had a very specific mission in life. Kenzie’s mission was what kept her detached from others, she knew that relationships with her were dangerous and she took steps to keep others safe.

Trey knew that Kenzie was used to keeping others at arm’s length because her mission to expose her biological father’s crimes was a very dangerous undertaking. Unfortunately, her father had made things very personal when he decided to capture several members of the GGT family and hold them hostage. Now, Trey, Kenzie and the others needed to work together in order to save their loved ones, and it would be this cooperation that would ultimately force Kenzie to confront her fears of intimacy with others. Trey knew what he wanted with Kenzie and this time he was not going to let her go, he put his pride aside and laid it all out on the line in order to be very clear about his intentions. He was willing to do whatever it took to keep Kenzie by his side.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole high-intensity action that revolved around getting the GTT family to safety but what I loved was the connection between Trey and Kenzie’s characters. Trey really comes into his own in this series and the chemistry between these two was off the charts. I also totally appreciated that Kenzie was the aggressor in the bedroom. Not saying that Trey didn’t hold his own, but it was nice to see a woman taking what she wanted and making no apologies. Definitely prepare yourself for some hot and steamy scenes, these characters had an intensity between them that was just sizzling!

Beautiful Surrender is the fourth and final book from the Pride and Honor series and it was just a thrill to read! There is just so much to love about this story and series! Every time I finished a book in this series, I was left on a cliff and was eager to get the sequel in my hands. The ending of this series is very satisfying and I loved how the author wrapped up each couple’s story. In every installment I felt the friendship, camaraderie, tensions, frustrations, and overwhelming love that all these characters had for each other. It was nothing short of amazing and this is a story and a series that once again I can say that I highly recommend!!

*Thank you to Author Ember-Raine Winters for this eARC of Beautiful Surrender*


Excerpt from Beautiful Surrender:

Stupid Trey and his stupid ideas about my driving! He didn’t think about the fact that both times I drove we were kind of in the middle of a life or death situation. No, he only saw my erratic driving. Well okay, maybe I am a little erratic most days. They do like to call me terrorist Barbie, but as Trey sat there smirking over at me with his stupid green eyes that a girl could get lost in, I sulked.
“Well?” he asked sitting in the driver’s seat waiting, as I continued to watch the way his muscles bunched under his shirt. I needed to shut this down. Maybe if I just fucked him and got it over with I could get him out of my head and we could work on getting everyone back. I shook myself internally and banished that idea to the back of my head. That might be the worst idea I had ever had, and that was saying something.
“Well what?” I asked stupidly as I continued to try to rein in my hormones. I was sitting too close. His smell was all around me, suffocating me, intoxicating me.
“Do you have an address?” He repeated, laughing and I watched in fascination as his Adam’s apple bobbed up and down.
Come on, Kenzie! Focus!
“Um, yeah,” I stuttered as I handed over the address. His fingers brushed my hand and I felt a jolt of electricity race up my arm and back down my spine.
I have no idea how I got there but the next thing I knew, I was straddling his wide hips, grabbing his hair and pulling his head hack. His eyes were wide but lust was shining back at me. My mouth came down on his, and my hand was still fisted in his hair, pulling it as I kissed him desperately. His hands were everywhere at once. I laced the fingers of my other hand in his hair as well and then bit down on his bottom lip forcing the sexiest growl from him. He put both hands on my hips and pushed me down onto his hardened cock. My hips gyrated seemingly on their own and I moaned, tilting my head back feeling the sensations wash over me. He took that as an invitation to trail his lips down across my throat to the top of my breasts, pushing down my T-shirt, where he licked and sucked them into his mouth one by one. While his mouth played havoc on my chest, his good hand trailed down until it was stuck between us. 
“What are you doing to me, Kenzie?”
He cupped me over my too tight jeans and I groaned. His fingers skillfully started undoing the button on my jeans, and his hand dove inside immediately finding my clit, circling it with just the right amount of pressure to make me grind down on him harder. He growled and bit my beaded nipple through the fabric of my top—it was too much. The sensations of his mouth and fingers had me spiraling over the edge and I came with a shout.
After a moment, I looked down into his too cocky face and watched as he pulled his fingers from my panties and brought his fingers to his lips and sucked them clean. “When we get back from this meeting, I’m going to show you exactly what I have been fantasizing about doing to this tight little body for the last two years.”
That made me pause. He had been fantasizing about me? Even before we met? It was too much and I jumped off of him quickly and sat back in my seat as far away as I could get from him. “No,” I said rapidly putting myself back to rights. “We can’t do that again. We need to focus on everyone else. Let’s get to the meeting before the contact thinks we bailed.”
Turning my head, and watching out the window, I hoped that he wouldn’t see the pain and confusion etched across my features. I definitely didn’t want to see the hurt in his eyes.
“Whatever you say, Kenzie,” he sneered and put the car in reverse. I was glad he didn’t argue, but the way he said my name hurt some deep unknown part of me, and for the first time one of the walls I built up around my heart cracked just a little. I couldn’t let him get close. My mother was murdered simply for wanting me. I couldn’t let anyone else die because of me, especially not Trey.


Beautiful Delusions ~ Pride and Honor 1

One night was all it took. One accident and I could no longer outrun my past. The terror I’d escaped was hot on my trail and the only person I could turn to was the man who’d hurt me the most.
One moment was all it took. One wrong word and she was gone from my life. Fifteen years later, I had a chance to make things right. I could even make Kaylee mine…
If the monster didn’t destroy her first.



Beautiful Sacrifice ~ Pride and Honor 2

Being a cop, I didn’t have any choice, but I really wish I hadn’t got mixed up in this case. My dark past is catching up to me ever since he barreled into my life without a care. It terrifies me that he sees right through me. He could be the one to save me . . . or break me.
It was just a job. Until it wasn’t. By then the sexy little redhead had her claws in me. Now, she’s in my life and I’m lost. How am I supposed to keep the demons from her past from eating her alive? I don’t know, but I will do whatever it takes to make her mine.



Beautiful Deception ~ Pride and Honor 3

He knows. He knows what I did and there is no way he will ever forgive me. That’s the least of my worries. Now, that secret, that little boy that holds my heart in his hands has been stolen from us. I’ll do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it costs me my life.
Marcy had always been mine. I thought she always would be. A misunderstanding ruined that. Ruined any chance for us to be happy. She stole that chance… that life. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to forgive her. The truth is I never stopped loving her, and I’ll do whatever it takes to save her.

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About Ember Raine Winters

Author Ember-Raine Winters

Ember-Raine Winters lives in sunny California with her two beautiful kids and a wolf. Also known as Apache her pure white Siberian Husky. She loves writing romance and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. And, football! She loves watching football and going to games. It’s one of her favorite ways to unwind. She dislikes the super-hot temperatures in her city and exercise. She hates to exercise but somehow her sister still gets her to do it every day. She also thinks it’s completely awkward talking about herself in third person.

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