"Jeanette Grey has become a must-read voice in romance. Seven Nights to Surrender is lyrical, stunningly sexy, and brings swoons for days."Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbiddenexcept the truth.
An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate's soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he'll need to confess the truth before it's too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.
The Art of Passion series:
Seven Nights to Surrender
Eight Ways to Ecstasy
Nine Kinds of Naughty
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn't writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm waffling between 3 and 4 stars for this one, and if I gave half stars, it would've totally gotten a 3.5 from me. Since I don't, I'm going with 3 stars. I enjoyed it. The writing was good. I liked Kate, but found Rylan kinda ... gross? There was a heavy emphasis on the number of women he'd been with and he was kinda creepy while in pick up mode. I didn't enjoy spending time in his mind. All that said... this book was HOT. Like blush in public, make sure no one is reading over your shoulder hot. Rylan had a dirty mouth and he knew how to use it, if you know what I mean. All his experience with women served him well. I read this book in the matter of a few hours in one day, but it didn't hold my attention the entire time. It was a little slow at points and my mind would start to wander. But I also had that "OMG I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS" feeling, too. Kate was a good heroine. I could relate to her desire to find herself and make a tough decision between her passion (art) and success (a job). Who hasn't been there? Not all of us can run off to Paris for a week to try to make our decision though. I applaud her for doing it. Of course, she didn't know she'd find TRUE passion like she had never experienced while she was there. As I said above, Rylan was a bit creepy to me. He did grow on me over the course of the book, but there was so much foreshadowing that I feared I would be lumping him in the bad book boyfriend category when it was all said and done. He was keeping secrets and I was unsure the nature of them. When they were revealed, honestly, I didn't find them to be a huge deal so the conflict between he and Kate didn't necessarily make sense to me. I mean, I kinda get where she was upset, but I didn't consider it a deal breaker. But, I suppose with Kate's history with liars, it would be. I didn't realize when I requested this book that it was the first in a series (or is it a duology?) but it's ok. It didn't have a brutal cliffhanger. But... I still need the second book like, now. I gotta know what happens next. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Kate is an artist who just graduated college and is traveling to Paris to 'find herself'. Looking forward to a day of sketching the sites, she stops for a cup of coffee only to realize her purse had been stolen by the man who ran into her in line. But seems luck is on her side when a handsome stranger comes to her rescue buying her coffee and proposing she spend the day with him visiting the sites. Skeptical but curious about what the stranger could offer she accepts, not expecting to find love along the way. Rylan decided to escape his family's troubles in Paris. He spends his days romancing women and trying to forget where he came from. Easy enough since he has the looks and the money to make it happen. What he hasn't found yet (and wasn't looking for) was a woman who looked beyond what he portrayed. Soon he is discovering that although he can run from his past, he can't run away from what Kate makes him feel. I enjoyed this story very much. Although the concept has been done before, I found that it was well thought-out. There was the usual insta-lust, the brooding millionaire and the young tourist willing to explore more than the city. But there's where the similarities stop. Although Kate seemed innocent and young, the author didn't portray her as weak. Actually, Kate wasn't easily won over by Rylan's charm and stood by her decision to take things slow. Yes, she took the chance in having a fling but she maintained her head throughout. Rylan surprised me even more. He was the quintessential playboy, but when it came to Kate he never pressured. Yes, he tried to seduce her, but once he acknowledged that Kate was not like any other women he had met he slowed down. Which served to highlight the fact that what Kate and Rylan shared was more than physical attraction. Although emotions came into play along the way, the author didn't go the insta-love route, which I appreciated. Kate enjoyed her adventure until it became clear she needed to step back before she got even more involved. I admired her for walking out and wanted to throttle Rylan for failing to realize what he felt for Kate before things went downhill. Needless to say that Rylan and Kate had great chemistry. It's fantastic when a touch, a look or a simple chaste kiss between the couple can have me sighing in enjoyment. So of course, once they started getting more physical I loved it too! My problem with this story was the pace and the ending. The story moved slowly in the beginning, which I understood since they were total strangers and all. But then when it picked up and I was riveted and invested in what was happening it slowed down again only to fast forward to that ending. Not that I'm not looking forward to the next part of Rylan and Kate's story, I just wished I'd gotten a little bit more between Kate leaving and Rylan finding her again. Now to wait until the next installment to see if these two have a chance at happily ever after. All in all, a romantic sexy read that'll leave you wanting more.
This is the first of a 2 part story - no HEA of HFN at the end of this part, but definitely worth the read! Kate's on a one week trip to Paris, an artist who is trying to figure out whether going to school to continue developing her skills or getting a 'real' job as her parents would say is the way to go. She plans to see the sights and tour all the famous museums, hoping that her time away from home will give her the answers she's looking for. When she meets Rylan in a coffee shop, a charming, sexy man who makes it clear that he'd like to make her time in Paris even more worthwhile, she's hard pressed to turn him down. As they share intimate moments together, it becomes clear to Kate that there is more to Rylan than he's telling her - and to Rylan that a week with Kate isn't going to be enough. But what will happen when Kate's time in Paris comes to a close? I really liked both of these characters. Kate comes across as a conflicted woman, torn with what to do for her future (hence her trip to Paris). She's also a bit innocent and naive -though not so naive as to fall for Rylan's obvious attempts to get her to sleep with him without being aware of the consequences of her decision. She figures that he's a playboy and that this is his thing, picking up lonely women and treating them to his off the map tour of the city (or at least his bed). But for once in her life, she's going to just enjoy herself, and this attractive and charming man looks like just the ticket for a good time. Rylan puts on the facade of the fly by night, give a girl a good time guy, but in truth there is a lot more depth to him than meets the eye. While it's true he's gotten into the habit of pursuing tourists for the sake of a few days of fun, it's just a means of passing the time. His life is in a shambles, decisions that need to be made to deal with the fallout of events that happened a year before just sitting and waiting for him. He's wealthy and bored and avoiding his past. But something about Kate, her willingness to see through his act and find the real man underneath makes her different than the other women. He delights in showing her the sensual side of Paris, and in showing her how good sex can be. But it doesn't take long before he realizes he wants more from her. To get more though, he'll have to give more - in fact, he'll have to come clean about who he really is if he wants to pursue a relationship. Lies and deceit haunt him and telling Kate the truth could be his end or his salvation. The sex scenes are super hot, but not only that, there is a lot of emotion to them as well. Sex is great, but won't sustain a relationship and even after their first time together Rylan realizes that Kate is different and special. After one week, when Kate is ready to go back home, Rylan isn't ready to give up everything they've already built. Only time will tell if they will be able to survive the truth of Rylan's past, and his new willingness to put his future back on track, hopefully with Kate in his life. 4 stars.