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Posted August 27, 2012
Full Surrender by Joanne Rock Danny Murphy has just walked off his ship
and is back on land after months away at sea with the US Navy.
Stephanie, a war photographer who was abducted and held and then
released after some torture is there waiting for his return as he's the
only one that she can feel safe near. They hook up and retreat to his
family resort area where he has a place and she agrees to stay and
accompany him to the family's reunion and to gear up for one of his
brothers weddings. They rehash old things and he gets a glimpse as to
what she is still terrified about as things happen. She finds out why he
left the band to join the military after they had met over 5 years ago.
Love the extras built into Danny's house for the future. Love the family
outing and how everyone is connected with having fun. Love how hi tech
comes into play in this book and how he finds out about her pet
photography business. She is an author and is getting threats and her
mom thinks it's the kidnappers again. When he tries to help with going
to the authorities she shuts him down, she can take care of herself.
Gonna go find the rest of the Murphy men series!
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Posted April 9, 2014
I couldn’t put “Full Surrender” down. This is why I hold fast that I will read anything written by Joanne Rock; she can spin a tale like no one I know — and I read voraciously. I’ve even tried her J.K. Rock, stories written with her sister-in-law, Karen, who together make one heck of a team. While their voice is different, you still feel Joanne’s hand in it yet together they are refreshingly solid and entertaining.
Rock’s books are so engaging because her characters real, believably flawed yet captivatingly so. They aren’t all great successes or failures. They experience life as the rest of us do, by living it — mistakes, misfortunes, successes and all.
In “Full Surrender,” Rock tackled a subject that for some really does fall flat — trauma. Stephanie Rosen five years before was selected by pal Christina Marcel to accompany her as photojournalist straight out of internship to Iraq for a series of stories. While there, both were captured and held hostage for a period of time.
Steph has moved on, but still suffers some of the effects. Not being able to see what’s happening or being in the dark are among them. I love that Rock didn’t find it necessary for her female lead to have been sexually abused, as seems to be the current trend. Rape should never be treated lightly, and while even one rape is too many, many writers today seem to find it a necessary plot device if the character is in some way suffering or has something in the past to overcome.
Rock’s leading lady has also lost her “mojo” when it comes to relationships — especially the intimate part. Even with a long-term boyfriend Stephanie finds no spark. Since she hasn’t been turned on since her five-day fling with Christina’s hot cousin Danny Murphy, Steph decides to seek out the laid-back musician turned Navy lieutenant and try to recapture said “mojo.” So she tracks him down through his mother and meets him as his ship returns home after 6 months at sea. She awkwardly propositions him; asking for another fling while he’s on leave so she can achieve some sexual healing.
Turns out she’s not the only one changed by her experience in Iraq. Danny went a little off the deep end when he found out the woman he’d found bliss with had been kidnapped. When his prominent family’s connections and influence failed in getting both cousin Christina and Stephanie back — but mostly Steph, he follows that inclination that’s been nagging him for some time. He enlists to make a difference, fight for others like them.
Things are again white-hot and intense between Steph and Danny from the get go. He’s getting a second chance to convince this amazing woman he hasn’t been able to forget that he’s what she needs permanently.
Of course, while the chemistry is off the charts, there’s always adjustments to the changes in each life and experience have wrought.
These characters work through their issues. Danny, although not perfect, is the perfect man for Steph. I love that he can be strong, yet still has that musicians soul deep down. He also knows himself well enough to no what his limits are and what’s right for him.
And, despite being a sailor, he’s not a potty mouth. He gets “torqued off” when he’s peeved. I like that Rock can write a character that’s believable but doesn’t have to use f-bombs and excessive profanity to sell him as the red-blooded hunt in uniform he really is!
“Full Surrender” kept me turning pages. With this one, as I often do with Rock’s books, I coldn’t put it down!
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