The Right to Surrender

Piper Coley
The Right to Surrender
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
February 2016
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

He's spent his life searching for control. She's the one woman who can steal it away.

Bad boy Finn James and rich-girl-turned-undercover-agent Gretchen Christensen have known each other their entire lives, but when Gretchen is sent to infiltrate the shady world Finn inhabits, they will have to depend on each other to keep their secrets.

Gretchen has been in love with her older brother's friend for years, but Finn doesn't think he's capable or worthy of love. When she comes back into his life, he can't deny his attraction to her or his desire to protect her. As his interest in her gains dangerous attention from his supposed allies, he is forced to surrender to his feelings and decide which version of his life he is willing to live permanently.

Book Review by Adelaide Rose (reviewer)
Jan 03, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
"She fought her tears. He knew what she was thinking. Just like him, she knew if he touched her tonight the way she wanted him to, if he loved her the way she thought he could, one night would never be enough. And like him, she wasn't willing to forfeit that night to save herself from future pain."

Gretchen Christensen has yearned for bad-boy Finn James, her older brother's best friend, since she was just a girl. When Finn James' life is torn apart by the tragedy of his mother's murder, Gretchen offers him her love as she succumbs to the passion she has tried to repress. Though he desires her more than she knows, Finn refuses to claim her virginity and Gretchen flees with a broken heart – never to forget the tumultuous feelings Finn awakened in her body and soul.

When Finn and Gretchen cross paths at her brother's wedding, Finn finds that the innocent young girl he once knew has been replaced with a gorgeous, and confident, woman. Though the sexual chemistry between Finn and Gretchen is nearly overwhelming, they will soon discover that Gretchen's life as an undercover agent will immerse them in desire and danger beyond anything they have known.

Finn James, known to the criminal underworld as Jay Finley, is the head of security, and "problem solver," for mob boss Raymond Carlisle. However, Carlisle's strip club has come under police scrutiny for prostitution and Gretchen has been assigned to the case as Carlisle's newest, and most provocative, dancer. Posing as a feisty and carefree dancer named Lilah, Gretchen places herself at the center of a dangerous investigation with the highest stakes of her life.

Although Finn knows the risks of succumbing to desire while surrounded by crime and intrigue, he finds Lilah, the sensual and mysteriously-familiar dancer, irresistible. Their passion soon ignites in a steamy sexual encounter in the club, throughout which Finn imagines that it is Gretchen making love to him. When he soon discovers that his fantasy has come true, Finn is overcome with conflicting emotions – lust, anger and a desire to protect the innocent girl he once knew from the sordid men, and women, of their criminal enterprise.

Gretchen, too, seeks to shield Finn from the legal consequences of associating with Carlisle as she loses herself in their forbidden love.

Though they seek to protect each other's secrets, their relationship places Gretchen in mortal danger when a female associate of Carlisle returns to town.

Ronnie Sinclair, a stripper turned pimp, is a notorious criminal, known for kidnapping women and forcing them into sexual submission – and for serving a clientele that seeks women to violate and abuse.

Though Ronnie's return shifts the focus of the investigation to her criminal empire, it becomes clear that Ronnie will stop at nothing to have Finn for herself. When Finn's efforts to protect Gretchen attract Ronnie's violent attention, Finn takes desperate, and dangerous, actions to ensure her safety – actions that compromise their love and threaten to once again break Gretchen's heart.

An enjoyable read, THE RIGHT TO SURRENDER is a thrilling story with a heroine who is both sensual and strong. Piper Coley presents Gretchen as a woman who isn't just loved for her beauty, but also for her brains and her resolve to do the right thing amid fear and danger.

Finn is also a compelling character – a good man in a bad world, his tumultuous blend of desires – protection, possession and love – drive the action of the story. Though it would be easy to present his conflict as melodramatic, Ms. Coley does a wonderful job of conveying the emotional power of Finn and Gretchen's love with raw emotion and realism.

In spite of the overall clarity and quality of Piper Coley's writing, there are some pacing issues in this work. The last chapters of the novel feel rushed and present a conclusion that, while very satisfying, may have implausible elements to some readers.

However, it is important to note that THE RIGHT TO SURRENDER is Ms. Coley's debut novel and is a sexy, engaging and well-edited work. I look forward to reading more from this author and I would recommend THE RIGHT TO SURRENDER to any reader looking for a heroine as brave and she is desirable, as well as to fans of exciting, criminal-suspense romance.
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