In Total Surrender

In Total Surrender

by Anne Mallory

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“No one does lush, riveting romance like Anne Mallory. Her books are like chocolate—decadent and delicious.”
—Sarah MacLean

“Anne Mallory gives classic romance a fresh and delightful spin with her clever plots and winning imagination.”
—Teresa Medeiros

Surrender completely to the lush, wicked, and sizzling hot historical romance of Anne Mallory. She totally captivates with In Total Surrender—a breathtaking love story that carries the reader  from Regency London’s glittering underworld to the ballrooms of the beau monde, as the stonehearted king of the demimonde sets his sights on the one woman who shakes him to the core: an exquisite society beauty who is far more than she seems. Lush, colorful, and sensuous—a Regency Era delight in the bestselling vein Julia Quinn and Elizabeth Boyle—In Total Surrender will enthrall romance aficionados from the very first page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062017314
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who soldher first novel to Avon Books after becoming a finalistin RWA’s Golden Heart contest. In Total Surrender isher eleventh book. A native Michigander, Anne currentlylives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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In Total Surrender 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
njoireading More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally captivated by the chemistry between Andreas and Phoebe. This book was hard to put down. Highly recommend.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
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.
blueEC More than 1 year ago
While beautifully written and delightful characters-for the most part-I gave this 4 stars because the main male figure is a very dark man and not everyones' cuppa of tea. personally I loved Andreas and I adored the main female character. A must read!
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Phoebe Pace becomes a proactive young woman in the family business when her brother goes missing and her father's acumen falters. Armed with ledgers, her keen intelligence, naivety, innocence, and a smile that lights up the room, she beards the lion, Andreas Merrick, in his den. He holds the paper on her father's debts and she needs to make a deal. Andreas Merrick is feared and avoided by even the most depraved and wicked. Even those who follow and admire him have been known to refer to him as the "demon bastard". He and his "closeer-than-blood" brother Roman operate the Collateral Exchange and many more moneymaking businesses. They have survived and thrived in the underworld of London and above ground. Andreas carved his empire with blood, steel, and unyielding determination as he took Roman along with him. He rules with fear and an uncanny knowledge about what goes on in places of power inside and outside London. Phoebe can plot, but mainly she operates on instincts and emotions as she infiltrates the fearsome Andreas's world and wins the hearts of the hard case men and boys who people it. She stands up to his brutishness and compares him to a harsh thunderstorm that is beautiful, to a fearsome gargoyle that stands guard over its own, and to the dangerous yet arresting Mephistopheles. Yet, she chooses to love him and gives him control of almost half the Pace and Company assets, believing he can save it from her nemesis Lord Garret. The intriguing entanglement of the many characters is amazing and makes In Total Surrender a compelling tale. Anne Mallory's plotting skills hold one's attention while the humor she manages she weaves into such dark lives gives comic relief at just the right times. Ms. Mallory weaves a tapestry of a tale with lots of dark, ominous characters, but the bright, golden thread of Phoebe woven in liberally makes an arresting design that enthralls from start to finish. Her unique writing style with expressive metaphors creates characters that bombard one's emotions and plots that scare and even horrify at times. But, the scenes where Phoebe breaches Andreas's defenses and the reader gets to see the true Andrea are breathtaking. They redeem what early-on seemed like an unredeemable hero-a hero that falls "prey" to the intrepid Miss Phoebe Pace, who makes his dark world sparkle with her smile and unconditional love. This journey from darkness to light makes GOOD READING! Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
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.
bookworm2bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading Anne Mallory, and I was glad to have stumbled on to her! As this was a part of her `Secrets¿ series, I thought it best to read them all, and I was glad that I did. That¿s not to say that the stories can¿t be read or can¿t stand alone. I chose to do it only because of my own personal preference. I found out that even though each book tells its own individual story, I always get the `feel¿ for it by reading its predecessor first. ¿One Night Is Never Enough¿ helped me greatly to understand Andreas and his personality and I highly recommend it as well.Andreas Merrick was one of those heroes that you can¿t help but fall in love with, especially when introduced to his painful past. As for the heroine, Phoebe Pace, she will steal your heart with her gullible nature and sunny disposition. As I was reading it, I kept seeing Meg Ryan¿s smile and funny banter while Toby Stephens¿ throaty voice was Andreas in my mind.The relationship between the two was developed in stages and that was perfectly fine with me. Their wit, their sparks, and their opposite personalities were very enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining. The chemistry, sexual tension and the anticipation created by the author, was so well written that once those two came together, I couldn¿t help but sigh!Anne Mallory¿s style of writing was refreshing and every character she introduced us to was three-dimensional and the plot kept the story moving with measured speed. The author does an outstanding job in drawing you into the story and caring for the characters she created. If you love your hero intriguing, quiet and strong while he falls for a bubbly, bookish and brave heroine, you just can¿t miss this story! It is a fun, moving and an overall exciting read.* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
IN TOTAL SURRENDER by Anne Mallory is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England.The prequel to In Total Surrender is One Night Is Never Enough (Roman¿s story). But In Total Surrender can be read as a stand alone. It is written with depth,details and the characters are engagin,enchanting and will capture your heart. It has romance, sweet sensuality,danger,passion,intrigue,suspense,dark underworld, secrets,revenge,and finding love. Andreas Merrick,Roman's adopted brother,a financial wizard,sexy,feared by most man,abandoned as a child,raised on the streets of London,wealthy,and looking for revenge on the person who made him who he is today. Phoebe Pace,indepenent,beautiful,stubborn, hiding a secret concerning her family,and looking for her brother who has disappeared. She will do anything to keep her family and their secrets safe,including turning to the notorious Andreas. Andreas,would do anything to bring down his enemy and the man who abandoned him as a child. So when he finds Phoebe lurking outside his club,he agrees to help her not knowing all her secrets. Together,they find passion,danger,and solve the mystery of Phoebe's brother's disapperance. A quick read that will have you turning pages. In Total Surrender has Phoebe and Andreas in total surrender to their passion and their desires.This book was received for review from Net Galley and the publisher.Details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually have no problem reading historical romance series out of order. I can generally figure out what is going on pretty easily. This book I read without reading the previous two, and I was a bit more confused than usual on some plot points. But that didn't stop me from really enjoying this book.It was the characters that drove this book. Andreas is cold, intense, and scarred inside and out. We get to spend a lot of time in his head. In fact the first 1/3 of the book is completely from his point of view. We find out he trusts and cares for only two people in his life. Everyone else he uses fear to keep them at a distance. He and his partner, Roman (the hero of the previous book), have created an empire for themselves in London. At the beginning of the book he is approached for help by our heroine, Phoebe.Phoebe has come to Andreas for financial help. Her father made some unfortunate mistakes, and now their carriage business is heavily in debt. She confounds Andreas with her forwardness, optimism, and teasing. She pushes herself into his life and refuses to leave Andreas alone no matter how cold he is towards her. I loved their interactions; found myself laughing many times in reaction Phoebe's teasing and Andreas' reactions.So why not 5 stars? Because of their personalities, consuming attraction for each other, and fun interactions, I was really looking forward to their love scenes. I wanted to see Andreas' intensiveness and Phoebe's teasing in bed. There was one sex scene and it was lacking. It was very short and vague. I am not someone that always needs long, detailed sex scenes, but I think with these characters, it would have really added to the book.ARC provided by NetGalley.
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This book is long on plot and character development
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Love these characters
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It was just ok.
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