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Posted September 15, 2012
Cael Aldridge follows and finally catches up to the elusive Roy Marlow who has been following Cael’s love-interest, Lilly, for some, as Cael believes, nefarious intent.
Lilly Crane’s birthday is coming up soon. She will change and whether she changes again is up to her, her DNA. Her best friend, Charley is getting married and everything is coming together well until someone grabs her and drugs her, dragging her cross-country and installing her as someone’s wife and mother. But why?
Surrender is the second in Aimee Laine’s Mimics of Rune series (the first was Little White Lies). I didn’t read the first one but jumped right into the second and loved it. There was only a little confusion as I got to know the characters but the author doesn’t leave much out of the second book, you can pick it up and read it without feeling like you missed something important.
Her Mimics are not only interesting but unusual in the paranormal fiction area. They can change to look like anyone, or anything, with differing abilities per person. And they don’t live forever, there are limits to things and not everyone is always drop-dead gorgeous all the time.
And there are enemies, people who want to know what the Mimics are and how they do things. And they are not beyond doing great harm to do it. Lilly is a damaged woman, she’s been through a lot as a youngster and she has self-esteem issues as well as fears that come out of her past. And she wants to trust, especially Cael, but even that trust is hard for her.
Surrender is a beautifully written, well edited, tight and exciting read. I completely fell into the story and went through all of the trials with Lilly and her friends. I cannot wait to go back and read Little White Lies and then catch the next Mimics of Run installment.
Posted September 4, 2012
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Cael Aldridge is seen running through traffic. He’s chasing a man named Roy Marlow. Roy is a man that has a connection to Lily. And Cael has loved Lily for a very long time. But why is he chasing Roy in the first place?
Lily Crane is a shapeshifter – a mimic. As you read this story, Aimee will let you know what a mimic can do. There’s also someone who wants Lily, but for what purpose. Why her of all people? Her life has changed and she’s learning things she never knew.
Tony is the husband of Angela and they have both a daughter, Leigh, and a son named Max. They have been added to Lily’s mystery. I love how Aimee makes this story about family. There is the love story of Lily and Cael but there’s also the love of a family. There are many types of families. There is our genetic family, your work family, and the family you create when you take a partner.
I love that Aimee doesn’t put in a lot of sex in this story. The story revolves around the mystery of Lily and her being a mimic. Aimee gives us some sex when it comes to the love between Cael and Lily but otherwise she keeps our attention in trying to solve the mystery. We have to turn the page because we want answers to our “why’s”.
If you have followed Aimee’s work you will know that there is another book related to the mimics. At the end of the book, we get a teaser to Little White Lies (published July 01, 2011). If you have not read this book, I would recommend that you read it. I look forward to see what Aimee has in store for her readers next.
Posted September 4, 2012
This is sort of a complicated novel to try to review. It feels like two stories gathered into one. I definitely enjoyed the second half more than the first. Let me explain… Aimee Laine has a sharp writing style. She is crisp, concise, and not overbearing on her settings. I prefer a novel that moves, and for the most part, Surrender does keep flowing. The last 40% or so of the novel flew by. Great plot, great pace, and lots of heart pumping excitement. I really enjoyed it and had trouble putting it down. But I do have a few bones to pick about “Surrender”. Too many characters: There were just too many characters in Surrender. Half the time I was lost and had no idea who was who. Now, in saying this, there was a “book one” that I did not read. This may be part of my confusion. But my mind wanted to focus on Lily. But Cael was always involved with long conversations with other people that just seemed to go on forever (from my perspective) because I wanted to get back to Lily. Aimee Laine did her job, in that I cared about Lily… but I just didn’t care about all the rest of them… even if they were trying to save Lily. It felt like two short novels pasted together to make a longer novel: At about 40% in to the novel, I was dreading writing this review. For the reasons above, I was really not liking the novel. It felt like it was winding down, and it pretty much did, with one loose end. But there was still 60% of the novel to go. All of the sudden, when the characters grabbed onto that little loose end, my interest became peaked. Suddenly, I was drawn in. I cared. I stayed up late reading. I hid from my kids trying to get a few extra pages in. We had company, and I was bored, so I scooted upstairs and got a chapter in and slipped back before anyone wondered about me. I was interested. I was hooked. It came together. I did have a slight cringe when three or so new characters were introduced into the ensemble, but the pacing kept me going. Right up until the very last page you find yourself on a roller-coaster ride of awesomeness. When I finished, I closed my reader and said “Wow, that was good.” But here lies my quandary… I feel like I have read one three-star “okay” book, and one four star “really great” book. So how the heck do you tie that all together? I’m just not sure. I wish that the author had found a way get past the first half of the book faster. There just seemed to be too much fat there, when all the beefy good stuff was at the end. Would I recommend Surrender? Yeah, I think so. Especially if you have already read Little White Lies. The beginning might make more sense if you have read the first novel in the series. But if you find you are not fond of the beginning, don’t hate me… just get to about the 40% point and enjoy the rest of the ride. The second half of the novel really moves, and it is an enjoyable, tense read right up until the last few pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2012
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Exciting is only the first word to describe Surrender. With a unique setting and cast of extraordinary characters, Aimee Laine weaves a paranormal tale to capture the attention of many. Surrender, book two in the Mimics of Rune series, delves into a web of lies, secret government facilities and programs, and surprisingly a hot romance!
As a Mimic, Lily has the ability to alter her appearance at will, except for one period of time, every year, wherein her body is forced to its original form. Lily's emotional stress builds as her shared birthday with best friend Cael looms closer and her memories of childhood torment and pain threaten to surface during a unexpected mission.
Surrender is action filled and packed with real emotion. Lily doesn't know much about mimic abilities or her potential, but she proves to her loyal team, Cael, James, Charley, and Wyatt, that she's stronger in mind than her past allows her to believe. The logistics throughout the novel are carefully formed and makes the story easy to follow, especially if readers may not have begun the series with Little White Lies. Laine will fascinate her audience as suspense builds, secrets are revealed, and love overshadows a possibly bleak future.
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