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In Total Surrender

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful book - I loved it!

After Roman's story I could not wait to read Andreas'. There was no disappointment and has gotten a rare place on my favorites shelf. This book is a bit unusual in that the first half of the book is written from Andreas' POV. There is nothing in the entire story that...
After Roman's story I could not wait to read Andreas'. There was no disappointment and has gotten a rare place on my favorites shelf. This book is a bit unusual in that the first half of the book is written from Andreas' POV. There is nothing in the entire story that gives the reader any idea what Phoebe was thinking or why she was acting the way she was. It was fun to see through his eyes what was happening around him and how he reacted to situations. Phoebe is my type of heroine. She is intelligent and has a lot of familial pressures on her. Her brother has disappeared, her father has dementia and she is trying to hold the business together and take care of her father. There is still a lot of violence in the book, just like in Roman's but it never seems out of place. The only drawback is the ending. The last two or three pages are just a little to fairytale-ish but I can easily get pass that to enjoy the rest of the book.

posted by njoireading on October 25, 2011

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Lots of intrigue

Phoebe Pace is trying everything to save her father's company while hiding the true story about his removal from society. Unfortunately, some want to get their hands on Pace & Co, no matter what the costs. Phoebe decides to enlist the help of the most ruthless man in ...
Phoebe Pace is trying everything to save her father's company while hiding the true story about his removal from society. Unfortunately, some want to get their hands on Pace & Co, no matter what the costs. Phoebe decides to enlist the help of the most ruthless man in London, Andreas Merrick.

Andreas Merrick has lived his life with one goal: revenge on the man who made him who he is today. Everyone, with the exception of his brother Roman, is terrified of him. That is, until he meets Phoebe Pace. She knows he holds the debts of his father and wants him to help her find out who's behind the plot to make her father the fall guy. His sneering and barking do not scare Phoebe and he suddenly finds himself doing what he can to protect her.

The story had much intrigue, as the author wove us through the London underworld. But sometimes that intrigue seemed too much and left me confused as to who we were following and why.

If you like your historical romances with a lot of intrigue and just a hint of romance, this is the book for you. Me? I wanted more "total" surrendering and less of the intricate web of lies.

posted by shannschoice on September 18, 2011

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Lots of intrigue

    Phoebe Pace is trying everything to save her father's company while hiding the true story about his removal from society. Unfortunately, some want to get their hands on Pace & Co, no matter what the costs. Phoebe decides to enlist the help of the most ruthless man in London, Andreas Merrick.

    Andreas Merrick has lived his life with one goal: revenge on the man who made him who he is today. Everyone, with the exception of his brother Roman, is terrified of him. That is, until he meets Phoebe Pace. She knows he holds the debts of his father and wants him to help her find out who's behind the plot to make her father the fall guy. His sneering and barking do not scare Phoebe and he suddenly finds himself doing what he can to protect her.

    The story had much intrigue, as the author wove us through the London underworld. But sometimes that intrigue seemed too much and left me confused as to who we were following and why.

    If you like your historical romances with a lot of intrigue and just a hint of romance, this is the book for you. Me? I wanted more "total" surrendering and less of the intricate web of lies.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Satisfied but had higher hopes for this one!

    Review by Jen:

    I love historical romances and have read some of Ms Mallory's past books, so when I came across this one on NetGalley, I had to give it a try. However I have mixed feelings about the book and it's making this review hard to write. So, here I go with some of my thoughts...

    In so many historicals, the lead characters are in society... or at least one of them is. In this one, neither Andreas or Phoebe is really part of the ton, which made for a different sort of read. Because of this, the characters weren't held to quite the same rules they would face if they were navigating ballrooms and house parties. In fact, Andreas is part of the London underworld. Andreas is a pretty dark character and it was hard for me to really like him. You'd have thought with his violent actions and temper that Phoebe would be running the other direction, but she seems to find herself drawn to him and eventually falling in love (come on, I'm not giving anything away, it's a romance after all).

    The plot was interesting enough, two people from completely different backgrounds and brought together because Phoebe needs Andreas's help in finding her missing brother. But Andreas has a little secret where her brother and father are concerned, which throws another twist into the plot. And Phoebe isn't without her own secrets which make things even more interesting. But even with all these surprises, I often times found it hard to really get into the story. In fact, writing this review a month after reading, nothing about the book really stood out in my mind except the fact that I didn't particularly like Andreas. Don't get me wrong, I finished the book and was satisfied in the end, but I was also left underwhelmed. I had higher hopes for the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Read previous title first

    Andreas Merrick has drawn Phoebe Pace's family into his scheme of revenge without caring about the harm he does to that family. When he impulsively forgives their debt he believes he has seen the last of Phoebe. Instead she is determine to pay him back and becomes a fixture in his life. Andreas finds himself determined to protect Phoebe and her family against the danger that he originally placed them in while his feelings for the unusual woman grows.

    I did not read the prior title in the series and I feel that it hurt my enjoyment of the book. I did not get the main characters and their motivations. Who wishes someone to "Have a productive day"? While I did find some enjoyable in the story, I suspect it is story that reads better having read the set up in the previous title in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Liked the 1st one better...

    It was just ok.

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