First Surrender by Katie Reus is the kick off novella to a new series titled The Serafina: Sin City series. It includes a couple of characters from Katie’s Red Stone Security series. In First Surrender we meet Hayden, second in command for security at The Serafina hotel owned by Wyatt Christensen where his wife, Iris is head of security. We also meet Sierra, head chef at the restaurant in the hotel. Hayden and Sierra have been friends for a long time, but it takes an attack on Sierra to push them both over the line of friendship into lovers.
First Surrender is sweet and passionate and a quick read. Hayden really cares for Sierra and his protective instincts kick in after he learns Sierra is attacked. I thought that was sweet, especially since they kept their relationship pretty platonic with no touching or hugging. However, I was then surprised at how crude he could be in some of the language he used when describing what he wanted to do to her intimately. I was taken back by it since he knew she was so innocent and wanted to treat her well. Perhaps it was because the story just wasn’t long enough to develop the characters or the plot as much as I would have wanted. I did like what little I learned about Hayden and Sierra in general and sure hope to see them in future stories. It is a good start to a new series and I look forward to reading the other books in the series. I hope the suspense kicks up a bit, too, as Katie is an awesome romantic suspense writer. If you like short, hot, romantic suspense stories, I recommend First Surrender.
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About the Book:
Title: First Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City Series, #1)
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Katie Reus
Release Date: September 22, 2013 (part of Wicked Firsts Anthology, August 19, 2013)
Category: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC received from Author
He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…
Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.
And he’s about to make his claim…
Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.