Complete Surrender - By Ju Ephraime *Review and Giveaway*

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Raymond LaCasse had just completed his studies in Paris and was on his way home, to the French Caribbean island of Martinique, little did he know sharing a taxi with a beautiful stranger would change his life in ways he could have never imagined. He couldn’t get the beautiful woman out of his mind, long after she had collected her belongings and left the taxi they’d shared on the way to the airport. Who was this gorgeous woman? He wished the drive had been longer, so he could have spent a longer time in her company. He’d get his wish, but not in the way he’d imagined.

Gabrielle Descotte, a model by profession, had agreed to assist her brother in carrying out an illegal feat. She loved her brother dearly and would do anything for him, but when she met his intended target, Raymond LaCasse, she swiftly had a change of heart. She now had to choose, her brother or the man who occupies her every waking moment, to the exclusion of all else.

Divided by loyalties and bound by a desire that drives them into each other’s arms, Raymond and Gabrielle find themselves in a convoluted web of deceit and danger that almost destroy their new-found love and tear them apart….

Euphraime gives the reader a lot of detail and backstory in her novel. While I wasn't sure if it was entirely necessary for the story it definitely builds a greater understanding of the characters. It gets off to a shaky start, I took awhile to get used to the overly formal writing style. The romance between Raymond and Gabrielle is insta-love with both claiming to be in love after having mind blowing sex and not much else. There isn't too much development by way of the two getting to know one another but their erotic scenes are steamy hot - they go at it like jack rabbits. I didn't like Raymond very much because he seemed largely preoccupied with sex and Gabrielle as an outlet for it rather than as a person. Within the first fifty pages I had been told he had an erection on four separate occasions... I actually could care less. Gabrielle I was sure about, she seemed to be easily swayed and a little naive - I don't know how she didn't figure out Pierre's game earlier, I certainly did. It's an interesting read and based in Martinque makes it a nice change from the typical North America based romance novels.

Ju Ephraime began writing professionally at the age of 19, but her love of romantic literature developed when she was a teenager, where she often found herself dallying with her own tales of love and romance. 

Two decades later, Ju decided to write novels for women who enjoy a quick spicy-themed read that includes pure pleasure and escape from the real world. With nine romantic novels to her credit, Ju admits her books are part fact, part imagination – but only she knows what’s what. After writing Temptation to Sin, her fans didn’t want to let go of Jayden’s character, so she wrote a sequel to his story – and Against All Odds was effortlessly created in Ju’s mind. Without spoiling the tale for her fans, she firmly believes her readers will enjoy the twists and turns that Jayden and his new love Genna deal with to achieve insatiable undying love. Ju lives in Connecticut with her husband, who blushingly reads every loving tale that she publishes.

She has now released her third in her LaCasse series, Complete Surrender. Set in the beautiful French Caribbean of Martinique, the story of Raymond Lacasse and Gabrielle Descotte sizzles with a level of heat that only the French is reportedly able to achieve. Check it out for yourself, and then you decide.


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  1. Great review Amber! Based on your review....Hmmm...I'm not sure about this one. I've received your suggestions on GR and I've added the books to my list, but god only knows when I'll get to them lol.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I definitely try to make sure that the people I send recommendations to will like those particular books ;) There is nothing I dislike more than being offered a book I immediately know I won't like. If only we had enough time to read them all!!! I have such a long to read list half the time I've forgotten what's on it... Luckily I can read around three books a day if I'm doing nothing else which doesn't usually happen *sigh* I hope you entered the giveaway! ;)