Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: May 25th, 2010
ISBN: 9780061684319
Historical Romance
Mass Market paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft is tired of the easy conquests. He is a practiced rake and his instincts are telling him to beware of Diana Carrick, a bold beauty who has completely thrown Tarquin off his guard. Diana is determined to seduce the Earl of Ashcroft just to get her freedom, yet there is something about him that calls and intrigues her. His kisses turn her to putty, her desires are flaming hot and Diana is melting in the pool of lust that Tarquin invokes inside her with just a glance. But Diana is hiding a secret one,that could be dangerous not just to Diana but also Tarquin. Can these two strong-willed people find a way to be together before danger strikes?

MY RECKLESS SURRENDER is written from the hero’s point of view which threw me a little. I normally read third person POV and this was a departure for me. At first the hero, Tarquin, is a cold, stiff man…one I felt was very unlikable if I met him on the street or social setting. Then you get Diana, the heroine. One who had hidden motives on why she chose Tarquin and the reader gets a sense of who this calculating woman was. I found Diana to be very unlikable in the whole book. As the reader continues with their story, you get to the heart of Tarquin and you find a warm, loving man hiding behind that cold mask. Not so with Diana. I found her shallow, calculating and not worthy of Tarquin. Anna Campbell really knows how to get into her male hero’s head and heart which really made the book to me because you saw how he evolved and fell in love with Diana. She didn’t do that with Diana. It was hard to like Diana as after a few moments in the book had me almost forgetting to finish it. It was almost like Diana wasn’t worthy of Tarquin while reading MY RECKLESS SURRENDER.

MY RECKLESS SURRENDER was saved by strong writing by the author and a well developed hero, though her heroine could have been a bit more multi-dimensional for my taste. I do have to mention there is a lot of sex in this story. After awhile it got quite tiring to see how the main characters kept jumping into bed with someone (or with each other). Ms. Campbell delivers an interesting story that with a few tweaks would have been a strong novel to enjoy. Overall, it’s a dark story that may appeal to readers who enjoy this sort of thing in their reading pleasure.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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