Thursday, April 22, 2010

Surrender of a Siren

Surrender of a Siren is the second book in Tessa Dare’s first trilogy of historical romances. From the back cover.~

Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch her most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold.

To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest-until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Partially because I loved how strong Lucy is and partially because I really loved the character Sophia. In Surrender of a Siren, we get to find out so much more about Sophia. In Goddess of the Hunt, Sir Toby wanted to marry Sophia because she was so perfect and innocent. In Surrender of a Siren, we get to see the real Sophia, not the perfect heiress she had tried to be her entire life. Yes, she is still an heiress and knows how to act as one when needed. But we also get to see the woman, not just the public image of the woman. Sophia is an artist and not only passionate about art, but about life. Sophia and Gray are attracted to one another from their first meeting. When they finally give in to their attraction, it is explosive. Of course, the fact that she hasn’t been using her real name and lied about her occupation to get on his ship causes just a few problems between them.

Much like Goddess of the Hunt, Surrender of a Siren starts a little slow. However, it picked up much fast and I loved this book. As with the first book in this series, I immediately had to start reading the final book in this trilogy once I finished this book. A Lady of Persuasion is the final book in this trilogy and I’ll get my post up by morning on it. I will say that in my opinion Dare again delivers with Surrender of a Siren.

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