Sarah's Surrender (Novella): A Bound and Determined Novella

Sarah's Surrender (Novella): A Bound and Determined Novella

by Lavinia Kent

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In Lavinia Kent’s scorching new eBook original novella, two wounded hearts find that only the sweet release of temptations long denied can heal the pain of past sins.
Five years ago, Miss Sarah Swilp had been deeply in love with Jonathan Perry, the second son of an earl. But when Jonathan inherited his aunt’s lands and money, he turned cold, demanding Sarah’s maidenhood and uttering those unforgettably cruel words: “You do know I won’t marry you.” She refused, of course, and that spoiled everything. Now, just as she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience, Jonathan reappears—and after Sarah gets one look at his lean, hard body, the embers of desire burst back into flame.
Over time, Jonathan has learned quite a bit about the art of pleasure—though nothing has ever given him so much joy as the husky timbre of Sarah’s laugh. It had hurt to leave her, but what other choice did he have? Perhaps he’d been too afraid of ending up like his brother, targeted by a woman seeking a title. Seeing her again, Jonathan can’t help wondering what might have been if only Sarah had surrendered to red-hot lust. Fortunately, judging by the wicked look in her eyes, it may not be too late to find out.
Sarah’s Surrender is intended for mature audiences. Don’t miss a preview of the next novel in the Bound and Determined series, Ravishing Ruby.
Praise for Lavinia Kent’s Mastering the Marquess
“Steamy . . . Kent’s lively prose keeps the reader drawn in from start to finish.”Library Journal (starred review)
“Sexy, steamy . . . an entertaining read.”Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“[A] tale of sexual exploration and liberation . . . the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101964996
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Series: Bound and Determined
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 115
Sales rank: 220,440
File size: 750 KB

About the Author

Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

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Sarah's Surrender (Novella): A Bound and Determined Novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SJCReviews More than 1 year ago
One of the ways in which novellas can be effective is if the reader is dropped in medias res, with the character working though a previous history. I am usually more forgiving of tropes in a novella than I would be in a full novel, especially in when the book is in the hands of a talented writer and Lavinia Kent is a good writer with a great skill in regards to character motivation. Even if you don't agree with characters actions, you mostly understand why they behave the way they do. Miss Sarah Swilp and Jonathan Perry, a second son, were deeply in love when Jonathan inherited a fortune. In a cruel test of that love, Jonathan demanded that Sarah sleep with him and when she refused, he left her behind. 5 years have passed since they have met and Sarah is about to enter into a loveless marriage of convenience. In an attempt to remove her regrets, Sarah propositions Jonathan for one night of passion prior to her marriage. Jonathan never got over Sarah. He sincerely felt that Sarah loved him and was devastated when she refused to sleep with him prior to marriage. He views the proposition as an opportunity to finally het her out of his system for good. One of the reasons that I found this storyline bearable is that once they communicate with each other, Sarah is able to rub Jonathan's assumptions and privilege in his face. Having grown up as a male Jonathan had powerful viewpoint and Sarah in a much more vulnerable position than Jonathan had much less options and she communicates her powerlessness and fragility to him in such and effective manner. Again, if this were a full blown novel, I would probably have more issues with the work but its short format is surprising effective and worthy of an hour or two. Reviewer received ARC on Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2.5 in the Bound and Determined series. Miss Sarah Swilp is about to agree to a marriage of convience. Before she does, she wants one lasting memory to keep with her. Propositioning the man that broke her heart five years ago, she offers herself up to him for one night of passion. Thinking that Sarah was just after his money five years ago, he told her that he would never marry her. When she propositions him, he realizes that he has never gotten over the one woman that he fell in love with. Can this one night of passion lead to a lifetime of happiness? I enjoyed this story. It is a reunion story, which I always like. I is pretty short, but that doesn't take away from the story at all. Kent is able to convey all that needs to be said and done in this novella. Hot and steamy, this series in not for the faint of heart!! If you are looking for a short red hot romance, this is the story for you! Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing that would have made this better would be if it were a full length novel...more developed story and characters. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the way he coaxed her sexuality from her
booksbysarahrobinson More than 1 year ago
My first historical erotica read but definitely not my last. Lavinia Kent is a master of steam, and this book will have you hot and bothered from the very start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the first one. This one to me was lacking passion and I didn't feel their emotions....let's just say he liked to talk alot and he likes to tell her what to do. He was not a hot character that I would want..I wanted more hot sex scenes, kissing ( there were none during there time together during sex) and less talking!! This book just reminded me of some creepy guy pretty much sitting back telling her to play with herself while he did the same and watched..I get kinky sex... but the author didn't pull this one off for me..there was no kinky..he likes when his woman just lies completely still...hmmm..weird.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Despite it's short length, the author does a great job in including Jonathan and Sarah's past and the reason behind their separation. Sarah is resigned to marry a man her father's age in order to save her parents from ruin, but I love that she decides to be selfish and go for one night of pleasure with Jonathan before she formally accepts. It took a lot of strength for her to approach him and make the offer. Jonathan cannot help but give into his attraction and lingering feelings for Sarah. At first he thinks he can use the situation to punish her for the hurt she caused him, but as the night progresses, he accepts that he was also at fault. Their night at Madame Rouge's is sensual, erotic and full of emotion. I love this series, can't wait for the next one! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second in this series I have read, the first being a full-length novel, and we are again returning to the world of Lavinia Kent’s creation. Sarah had been utterly in love with Jonathan years ago until his unexpected inheritance and unbelievable cruelty pushed her away. She’s been (we are told) reeling from that ever since, unwilling to enter into another relationship that will challenge her emotions. Now engaged to a man who can erase her father’s debts, Sarah is convinced that love is eluded her forever. She takes a chance for one night of pure passion, with Jonathan, before she subjugates herself to a life she believes will be less than satisfactory. Jonathan is now older, and has learned from his mistakes. Or so he says. But he can’t forget the Sarah he knew, even as he believes she can never be what he needs as a mate. In one respect, this is a lovers reunited story, but in many ways, their connection was fragile and only felt remotely plausible to me during their play at Madame Rouge’s club. Dialogue took the place of expanding on characterization and was meant to increase empathy as they traded tales of woe. While in some respects this worked for me, there were so many other moments where a word, or touch, could highlight the tenuous connection that was slowly gathering strength, and then the conversation added yet another element. Extra moments, issues and scenes became extraneous and crowded the story, even if the the repetition of interior monologues so common in Bound and Determined is not as prevalent. While the title felt as if it was edited down to novella length, it didn’t quite go far enough, in my opinion, as so many elements and issues for the characters crowded the field. Societal expectations are, as expected in an erotic title, ignored for the most part, and it works for this series, but the lack of focus on how the characters were built and presented just didn’t work for me. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Sarah agrees to marry to settle her father’s debts but first she is going to take a night of pleasure for herself in the arms of her former love Jonathan, whom she hasn’t seen in five years. Will one night be enough? This is a great read, I couldn’t put it down. The chemistry between Sarah and Jonathan is excellent. The story is fast paced, sexy and emotional. Don’t miss out on this fabulous series. Great Read!
Maisie-D More than 1 year ago
Sarah Swilp loved Jonathon. She was ready to give him her heart, soul and virginity. But just before that happened, he told her he would never marry her. Sarah was devastated, destroyed by the love of her life, and ranted in anger and heartbreak at Jonathon words she never remembered saying. Jonathon stormed from her life, and she didn’t see him for 5 years. Now she is set to marry a man she detests, but must to save the family from ruin. But she wants that night with Jonathon that never happened those years ago. So she propositions him. He agrees, he has no idea why, but he wants what he thought would always be his, Sarah. Jonathon has discovered he likes control in the bedroom, and if Sarah agrees to that he is willing to fulfill her dream of her one and only night with him. Of course Sarah agrees but she finds she likes being controlled and told what to do and how to do it by him. This is an erotic tale, and I was on the verge of tears many times reading this book. It is a tragic love between Sarah and Jonathon with so many misunderstandings. I believe I will find other books by Ms. Kent and read them. I enjoyed this one so much. I was given an ARC of this book by NetGalley for an honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to read this ARC. This is a short but enjoyable story. I had trouble putting it down. Here is a woman, Sarah, who has decided to have a taste of something good before she moves onto her life of blah or worse. A blast from the past, Jonathan, shows up and gets her fire going once again. The journey to understanding each other's reactions in the past was a fun yet tough one. They both found that the choices they made back then made them who they are now. I love second chances stories.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
The Bound & Determined series has been such fun to read and this was no exception. Sarah & Jonathan are such interesting characters and their situation was just heartbreaking. This book was such a great example of how misunderstandings can rip lives apart. I just love how the story is set in a "brothel" because for the depth of their love to be discovered in such an unlikely setting is just plain fun. I can't wait to read more!