Surrender by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted June 23, 2020 in review Tags: , , , ,

Surrender by Rachel Van DykenSurrender by Rachel Van Dyken
Pages: 300

Series: Seaside Pictures #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Seaside, OR
Source: ARC, Publisher/PR
Also by this author: The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence, #1), The Consequence of Revenge, Capture, The Dark Ones, Untouchable Darkness, The Consequence of Seduction, Empire, The Matchmaker's Playbook, The Bachelor Auction, Enrage, The Playboy Bachelor, Eulogy, The Consequence of Rejection, Envy, Risky Play, Ruthless Princess, Scandalous Prince, Mafia Casanova, Destructive King, Mafia King, Office Hate, Falling for the Villain, My Summer in Seoul, Broken Crown , Office Date, The Anti-Fan and the Idol, The Godparent Trap, Dissolution, Exposing the Groom, The Unperfects
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I had his posters on my wall when I was sixteen and when I accidentally got pregnant in high school--his was the face I dreamt of when I closed my eyes at night.
Now, over twenty years later, that dream's turned into a reality.
Not only is Drew Amhurst in my tiny town of Seaside, live and in the flesh...
But he's mentoring my rockstar son.
Drew says he's mine for a week.
And he made me three promises.

"No strings attached."
"No falling in love."
"It's only seven days."

He's confident that he can help me rediscover myself both in and out of the bedroom, and I'm confident that he's too arrogant for his own good.
And at the end of seven days, he swears he'll walk out of my life the way he came into it.

The only problem is, the more I get to know him, the more I want to surrender the last pieces of my heart and beg him to stay.

surrenderSurrender combines lots of interesting elements. First, you have your rockstar romance. Then you have a bit of lusting after a friends mom. You have a single mother. Top it off with a “fling” set up of only 1 week together and seriously, there is a lot going on!

Andrew (Drew) is a 36 year old rockstar who is beginning to feel like he is missing out on life. His band mates are all happily married and Drew is nowhere close to that. He has beat his drug addiction, but his life feels unfulfilled. I don’t really like rockstar romances, but this twist on the trope worked for me. He has had the fame for years, gone through the crazy parties, drugs, women, and booze and come out the other side (only slightly damaged).

Bronte became a mom young, married a man who didn’t love her, then found herself raising 3 kids alone. Now her oldest son is a rockstar (thanks to the help of Drew), her middle daughter started college, and it’s just her and her youngest daughter. Bronte has been nothing but a mom for all these years and now that her kids are grown and living their own lives, she realizes how lonely she is. Oh, and its about to be her 40th birthday.

Drew proposes a 1 week deal for he and Bronte. This kind of rubbed me wrong because I felt like Drew was thinking this was a fling. He is helping out his friend’s mom by giving her a week of fun with a hot rockstar. Bronte thinks that’s how he feels. It didn’t make me love him. But, of course, that isn’t Drew’s plan and he is battling he own demons (as well as a bat crap crazy ex). The chemistry these two have in Surrender is GREAT. Drew manages to add touches of humor to everything that keeps it light. Not-Dad was amazing and his interactions with Amelia were simply adorable.

If you want your romance to have mature characters who have been though rough life experiences, quirky humor, and just enough angst to make it interesting, then Surrender is a solid pick for a quick weekend binge!



Lick by Kylie Scott, Idol by Kristen Callihan, Royally Screwed by Emma Chase, Superfan by Sarina Bowen…then you will probably like Surrender!



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About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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