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He pushes her sexual boundaries . . . From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nHe pushes her sexual boundaries . . . From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits. She aches for more . . . What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James's sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she'll break all the rules to get it....

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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Slow Surrender Reviews

  • Jeanne
    2019-03-06 18:23

    Part of what I hate about scales and measures of media is that it treats content and our experiences of it like a magic equation that somehow makes poorly developed characters or plot not as bad Because Reason. [insert hand waving here]That makes about as much sense as truly believing that the “negative” calories in a diet soda are going to cancel out the candy bar and bag of potato chips you had for lunch. Calories and storytelling don’t work that way. Even if it did, this story has a lot of saturated fat weighing it down. Yeah, that metaphor got away from me. Anyhoodle, Slow Surrender tells the story of a mild-mannered grad student, Karina, and her sexy adventures with the mysterious rich dude, James. Their kinky adventures are the framework from which the meat of a Romantic fairy tale hangs. Oh my god, Jeanne. What is with the food metaphors? (I’m sick and high on cold medication.)When I initially started reading this book I had forgotten that it was written as a response to Fifty Shades of Grey. The author has explicitly said as such in various interviews. Even without remembering it, I saw that intention quite clearly in the text. Much to my disappointment. It’s not that I have an issue with people trying to fix that garbage fire, I write and read fan fiction after all. What was bothering me was that there is a distinct sense of condescension in the way this is written. There are sections that read almost like a lecture on the right way to view or enjoy BDSM, D/s play. Like the characters over-explain things to each other in casual situations. It was so out of place and out of character it almost felt comical. While often it was Karina explaining, so it didn’t come off as Jame lecturing her, it still felt forced and pulled me out of the story.This didn’t just happen with sex and BDSM. There are mini-lectures on feminism, sexual harassment, and rape. The really upsetting bit about the discussion of rape, is the conversation basically ends with both characters EXCUSING DATE RAPE because “he was just so ridiculous and sad, it was embarrassing (for him).” I WISH I WAS JOKING ABOUT THAT PART!This is even more disturbing considering prior to this discussion, Karina’s advisor attempts to coerce her into sex in exchange for helping her graduate. The scene is framed as very horrific and Karina is obviously traumatized. It’s not fully addressed or resolved (kind of) until James gets involved. Because it took a man to make it better. [insert angry mumbling and eye rolling here] Sexual abuse is handled very poorly in this book, which again is common in a lot of BDSM Erotica/Romance, but that doesn’t make it acceptable. For me personally, I feel it greatly undermines any strides toward sex positivity the book is trying to make. Even if the excusing of the date rape wasn’t in the book, the fact that one the major source of dramatic conflict is sexual abuse feels like a lazy cliche. He’s the bad kind of sex. Meanwhile BDSM is the good kind of sex. It makes an argument that seems to only function for people who don’t know, understand, or much like kink. Honestly, fuck those people.There is also a shit ton of slut and anti-sex worker shaming. While that is SUPER common in a lot of Romance and Erotica, especially stuff aimed at cishet women. It succeeded in making all the well intentions “right way to do BDSM” lectures look hypocritical and even more condescending.I discussed this bit with a friend, who was familiar with the book and the rest of the author’s work, and we both suspect that the slut/sexwork shaming was there for audience expectations. That’s absolute a fair assessment and a much bigger issue than just this book, but and that’s with a big ol’ B. If the intention was to give fans of Fifty Shades a better BDSM book, the inclusions of slut/sexwork shaming undo any good work that the book does, because it’s still reinforcing misogyny and rape culture. That’s pretty much everything in the Con column.Let’s get to the Pros. The sex and BDSM scenes are masterfully written. I am talking it will leave you weak in the knees. There are amazing scenes where the concept of consent is so perfectly demonstrated, but not mentioned, it made me gasp. Seriously, from a technical standpoint this book is a master class in how to write extremely sexy scenes where both people are fully clothed and ten feet away from each other. I will likely continue with this series just for the sex scenes, but that’s not a much of a Pro in my book. If anything it’s like fast forwarding through the dialogue in a porno to get to sex. Because that’s the only thing worth your time. If you really need a star rating:5 stars for fantastic sex scenes-2 stars for rape apologist bullshit-2 slut/sexwork shamingFinal total 1 starThere you go.

  • Angela
    2019-03-16 16:24

    Where to begin? Okay, let's start with the fact that this is Not a complete story. It is book length but has a cliff hanger ending which I personally don't like. That being said, Slow Surrender was a dark and creepy story. I could not believe the things our heroine, Karina, allowed to be done to her by a total stranger. Where is your self respect, girl? Even if Karina is rebelling against being considered a girly, girl by any man. To totally put yourself in the hands of a virtual stranger seems to be suicidal. Let me back up, Karina is filling in as a waitress for her sister at the bar her sister owns, when our hero enters. She feels a pull toward this man immediately and when he asks her to (view spoiler)[ reach in his pocket and remove a marble, then place the marble inside her panties. Then go and get him another drink with the marble in place, red flags went off in my head. And I'm like, hello, he's a pervert, move on. But alas, Ms Tans story would not have been. From there, it just got more creepy to me. Sex, though not really, because he (James), declared that she had to earn his cock, happened in the back of his limousine and in hotel rooms. Hot and heavy foreplay where he inserts all kinds of glass dildos inside of her and she has to keep them in until he can remove them. Spankings with his hands and crops and plenty of ropes and bondage and (exposure of her body for others to see and spank publicly) all work up to her earning his cock. There's a problem with all of this heated sexual play, the fact that she still does not know his real name, though I guessed right from the beginning. A huge sign of how clueless this woman is. Toward the end, he takes her to this mansion which turns out to be some sort of BDSM sex club. Again, they are on display as he finally consents to bless her with the gift of his lovemaking but only after she forces him to reveal his name to her. They have earth shaking sex, then he leaves her there on the bed without a word, still partially tied up. He's in tears and half crazed for whatever reason. (Guess we have to buy the next book!) I felt nothing but disgust for James. He was a total ass, although he prettied it up for the young and clueless Karina, who says she felt safe with him and cared for. (hide spoiler)] I would just like to forget these two losers, so I'll end this review with this note. Unless you enjoy a woman who is terminally stupid while she's being totally mind f*cked and lovin it, do not waste your time.

  • Lady Raven RAVE!
    2019-03-19 13:36

    Story: GOODIntimacy Level: GOOD + Sex-citingly FUNEnjoyment: FAIRLength: 3246 kindleStyle: Contemporary EroticaI like this story but yet found myself a bit torn, and torn because of my personal taste. This book started out interesting for for me and lighted a fire within the first few scenes. The beginning of the story with the diner scene where Karina and James first interacted with each other, left me wanting more. Karina is a student, looking to graduate and James is your typical guy with money and demands sex his way by pushing you to discover yourself. The chemistry between both characters were that of curious, mysterious guy finds and is attracted to sexually playful and curious girl. James was way too mysterious with the names given to him, but he was still interesting and was a turn on for me sometimes throughout the story. Karina, her character was a tiny bit annoying with the situations she finds herself in, but it kind of worked well with Jame's character depending on your taste of characters and story's progress. Sexually, both characters entertain me so I didn't feel bored. As I continued to read, I found the story to be like every other story I have been reading within the past year. I have read a lot of books over the years and have seen the same concepts used and reused and I have no problem with that and it never gets old to me. This cliche concept, I have read a lot lately, however, what keeps my interest, is how the author puts her spin on a reused concept. For me, this story felt no different than most books, so for me, I like the story but I wasn't excited enough about the story and it didn't stand out from the rest. Of course, there was a cliff hanger, not sure how much more cliff hangers I can take, but there is one. Overall, and ok read for me, but needed more of a spark within the story line.RNJhttp://www.romancenoveljunkies.com/So...Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/ladyravenrave/ro...

  • Lucy Hayes
    2019-03-15 12:31

    Very HOT and unexpected. This one is going on the read again shelf for sure! Worth the read!!! I was the winner of this wonderful book on Goodreads First Reads. I will be recommending it to my friends!

  • Shauni
    2019-03-21 17:40

    Looking for that edgy dark seduction that we fell for in 50 Shades of Grey? Slow Surrender slips seductively into sensation and holds a dark promise of passion. Cecila Tan follows into Ms James into the edgy side of passion and gives us another intriguing look into those who dare to live out their fantasies.Karina is the girl who has spent most of her life trying to make her family happy. A solid support for her sister, a "perfect" daughter for her needy clinging mother and yes the kind of room mate that offers up the bedroom in their one bedroom apt. Only trouble is she is standing on the brink and not sure if she should jump.. and if she does will she land. She is this close to finishing grad school, although her mother is constantly harping on her choices.. Karina has never really fought for herself. So it's no wonder when she meets an interesting man at her sister's bar she is intrigued. There is just something different about this man.James is dark, daring and dangerous.. a man who captures a woman's attention and if he wants it, never lets go. He is a force to be reckoned with and yet is strangely vulnerable. It seems he has been used in the past, taken advantage of.. so he is cautious in his choices. And yet once he meets Karina he is the one captivated. James keeps Karina in the dark, barely offering her a name for her to call him and yet he slowly manages to sneak past her defenses and find ways to gather her close to him. Dominating, yes.. but still a man who appreciates a woman. He encourages Karina to decide what she wants to do and become the best she can at it. All the while, helping her delve into her darker side. Teaching her how her sensuality can be brought to the front in some very interesting circumstances. Yes, I compared this book to 50 because it does have some similarities.. it is the first book in a trilogy and also written in the first person. Something I think that manages to give this book an almost gothic feel to it. It promotes the edginess, the darkness and yet offers moments of innocence A woman learning her sensual side. In a way the entire book is a tease.. a slow buildup to culmination. Ms Tan gave this book the perfect name... slow surrender.. One of those things where each step takes Karina further along the path. Each decision teases her into wanting more. What would you do? I have to wonder.. If I knew there was something I was missing, if I knew there was something out there. That I was soooo close I could touch it. Would I take the chance when it was offered? Would I take that first step? Would You? Karina is everywoman... At least all of the women I know. Intelligent, pretty, socially aware, educated but has family issues, good lord I think I KNOW her mother, issues with men, professors, life in general. Yet she chooses to take a step to discovery.. Check out this book, although I will say book two isn't coming out until Janauary 2014 and you might just want to throw the book at the wall when you realize that.. Just like the promise of a slow seduction Ms Tan seduces the reader as well. She does not offer us closer in this book rather takes up right to the edge of the cliff... then stops.. Take the time to be seduced and read Slow Seduction..ShauniThis review is based on the ARC of Slow Surrender provided by netgalley

  • BRNTerri
    2019-03-16 12:17

    Awful. Truly Awful. I honestly forced myself to finish this. There's not one part of this story that I liked. James is a mysterious stranger who is instantly attracted to 26 year old grad student Karina Casper. They meet at a bar, where she's filling in for a friend. At first she thought he was 40ish, then 34, but his age wasn't given. He's got blond hair and green eyes. They begin a sexual affair that night that consists mostly of dildos and him preforming oral sex on her, often in the back of a limo. There's only one scene of actual penile/vaginal penetration.James tells her who he really is, James Byron LeStrange, a famous reclusive artist who goes by the name J.B. Lester, and the real BS comes at the end when Karina finds out he's also another famous person, a singer who her roommate Becky just happens to have a crush on. I'd guessed that before Karina did. Could a story get anymore absurd than this?! Though there's this mystique surrounding James I just found him to be bland. He ran off crying at the end and it was the biggest WTF moment of the book.Karina and her 26 year old roommate are both annoying and seem immature to me. Becky calls her Rina and Karina calls her Becks. Both are always saying, 'Oh, jeez' and the Asian-American Becky is always eating rice (she was two out of three times.) Karina is the type of woman I can't stand- one who blabs all of her personal sexual business to her friends an she told Becky everything at the end. Another thing that bugged the crap out of me about Karina is this- Stefan is a foreign man who drives her around everywhere in a limo or some other type of car, at James' request. She becomes friends with him, wonders about his accent yet never once asks the man where he's from. I just can't understand that. Karina has a horrible habit of ending some of her answers with a question mark. Example: James asks her why she wants to take the dildo home with her. She replies, 'Um, because I miss you when we're apart and it'll make me feel like I have a piece of you with me?'.I didn't care a thing for either James or Karina. Though the sex was graphic it did nothing for me. There's not one interesting sex scene. Because I strongly dislike Karina I couldn't like this book and I won't be reading the sequel nor will I read anything from this author again.I don't understand why this is called Slow Surrender. No one was slow to surrender anything. The story spanned three or four weeks. I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alexis Hall
    2019-03-12 17:42

    I’m always really wary about reviews that begin with “I don’t like genre/subgenre [x]” like it’s a badge of honor. It inevitably leads to the reviewer making trite observations about what are probably quite sophisticated tropes, and winding up with a comment along the lines of “I’d have enjoyed this romance a lot if the central couple hadn’t got together at the end” or “This space opera would have been so much better if it hadn’t been set in space.”Nevertheless, I feel I can’t really talk about Cecilia Tan’s Slow Surrender without first offering this bit of context: of all the subgenres of romance I’ve encountered, the one that appeals to me least is the one I think of as Billionaire & Human Female, books where the hero is some kind of tormented, maverick genius billionaire, and the heroine is, well, a human female, and often seems to have no distinctive features beyond this. Fifty Shades of Grey kind of typifies the subgenre for me. That said, this is entirely personal taste. There’s nothing wrong with B&HF, and, if it’s your kind of thing, then I suspect you’ve probably already read Slow Surrender. If not, you should. You’ll like it. See you later.However, if B&HF is not your preferred subgenre then this review is for you, because you should read this book, too. Full review o'er here.

  • Nicola Cameron
    2019-03-02 12:24

    The Cinderella story is a classic fairy tale that lends itself particularly well to retellings in a variety of genres; perhaps too much so, considering how many romance novels use the "poor girl meets rich man, loses him, then gains him again after a search" trope. With that in mind, Cecilia Tan takes the familiar fairy tale and turns it on its head, reimagining it as a grand, lush erotic romance set in New York. Slow Surrender follows the developing relationship between Karina, a fine art grad student who is more familiar with the pre-Raphaelites than what she wants from life, and James, a handsome, mysterious businessman with issues of his own and a taste for sensual BDSM.No, this is not 50 Shades Yet Again. For one thing, Karina is intelligent, quirky, and has a backbone and no inner goddess. And James is a sexual sadist with a heart of glass and a secret past -- emotionally fragile as he is intensely dominant, he's as much the Cinderella character as Karina is. Their courtship is deliciously kinky as well as emotionally satisfying, and you'll be rooting for both of them to find their happy ever after together.The question is, will they? I warn you, this is a trilogy (don't blame the author -- that was a publishing decision, not hers) and ends on a cliffhanger. But with a story as captivating and well-written as Slow Surrender, you'll love the agony of waiting for the next installment.

  • J
    2019-03-16 16:28

    Wow, this book was beyond expectations (maybe a 4.5 but I rounded up to 5). An early reviewer on Amazon had said that it was what 50 Shades should have been and, of course, I took that with a grain of salt since every author or reviewer says that. But, you know what, that reviewer was almost correct. Actually the writing was really better, the main characters much more believable and especially the female who was witty and very strong in her own way. I liked her a lot. The only drawback was I think she fell into the BDSM (pretty light version) a little too quickly with maybe not as much thought as she should have. Also, I think almost every reader will figure out who the male lead really is before it is "officially" revealed, but that didn't detract at all from the story.Overall it kept my interest throughout and I couldn't wait to get to the conclusion, even though I unfortunately already knew it would be a cliffhanger and at least one more book would be coming (I usually avoid cliffhangers). But,I am really looking forward to book #2 and the rest of the story. Thank you Cecilia Tan!!

  • Cuir
    2019-03-08 17:20

    By a writer who really knows quite a lot about bdsm, not the 50 silly things that are being said in most books recently, the first in a new series about Karina and a man with a lot of secrets and talents. If this were just a story about Karina's discovery of consensual, seductive play and recreational sex it would be hot and a good read. But it's also a story about a woman who has to negotiate with the real world in real terms: her mother's lectures on femininity, boyfriends and marriage, the sexual trials of naive teenage girls and college students, and Karina's own efforts to confront the nasty ultimatums that male gatekeepers can demand of women seeking a degree or a career.

  • Suzyn
    2019-03-05 16:43

    This is a much better writer's answer to Fifty Shades of Gray that manages to be the same sort of book, written better. Notably, the sex scenes are very individual to the book, reveal the characters and advance the plot. Cecilia Tan has always known what she's doing in her erotica and this book is no exception. That said, it doesn't transcend the conventions of the romance genre as much as I wish it had. There's a predictability to it that was a little disappointing. Still, well worth the read.

  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl
    2019-03-16 18:22

    So, here's a tale, which may say more about me than this book. I have been reading this, on and off and not really enjoying it too much. The billionaire dom/impoverished Magic Vagina Girl who makes him realise what love is: rather played out. I've read a lot of them and, at this point, it will take some special writing to pull me back. This book didn't have that writing. So, I wasn't giving up, but I was reading other things and coming back to this periodically.This evening, I went through my Kindle back catalogue to download some of the books I read before GRs and wanted to reread and review. And, low and behold: Slow Surrender. Reader, I HAVE READ THIS BOOK BEFORE.I got to 92% (not the end, incidentally) and I have highlights and notes and everything. At no point during the (second) reading of this did I, at any point, recall I had, in fact, read it before. I didn't even suspect it. So, I'm giving myself a pass on nearly finishing it a second time. Apparently it wasn't good enough last time to make even a measure of an impression, let alone a good one. And this time I was bored. DNF.The author should forgive me though because, apparently I have bought her book twice. [good catch Amazon, really, *slow clap*, great work, top, top notch]

  • Divas BookBlog
    2019-02-25 11:42

    Get comfy in your glass slippers and enjoy, ladies! This book from beginning to end was an excitingly erotic ride. Cecilia Tan captivated us right from the start with her different and enticing book, Slow Surrender.Karina Casper is a hard working grad student who has a run in with a mysterious and attractive stranger in the midst of the final Lord Lightning concert frenzy who immediately pushes her sexual lines to new limits beyond her wildest dreams. Feeling strangely comfortable with the man she knows nothing about (and only knows by his assumed name, James) she agrees to explore different games he sets forth for her. From a simple marble to exhibitionism, Karina and James find their growing attraction and feelings for each other harder to ignore. The one thing that stands in their way is James’ true identity. Will Karina push too far and push him away or will he slowly surrender to her and his feelings?Slow Surrender left us craving more and we cannot wait for the sequel Slow Seduction to be released in January 2014. The Divas give this book 4 out of 5 champagne glasses!

  • SaturNalia
    2019-03-20 18:30

    A kinky retelling of the Cinderella tale, with a mysterious hero and spunky heroine. Karina is waitressing when she meets James at a bar. Their first interaction is a prelude for the rest of the book. They play a seemingly innocent game with a marble. As the story progresses the games become kinkier. I liked Karina, she was straightforward, open about her wants and honest. James is a mystery, at the end of the book some information is revealed about him. James introduces Karina to many new experiances and feelings, the sexual tension is unbelievably hot between them. He teases her constantly but treats her like a queen. I liked that most about James, he made sure Karina felt good and beautiful. In addition to all the sexy times, the emotional bond between them grew. Exhibitionism is not my favorite, neither is including others in their sex play, and there were some strange games they played that made me do a duble take, but over all I really enjoyed the story. Ended on a cliffhanger, I can't wait till the next book.

  • Deshone Hollis
    2019-03-03 19:32

    I don't know what book these people was reading when they compared it to FSOG or Crossfire. Heck I don't know what book they was reading when they said it was a good or great read. I hate giving bad reviews because I feel that any author or person brave enough to put out any book and have other people judge it should be awarded. So I want to start off by saying that I applaud the author and maybe its just not a book for everyone. Maybe you will pick it and love it. Me on the other hand... It was a serious waste of my time. There was no depth in the story. No true plot or conflict. This book was just sex and not even good sex. Much of the time the main male came off creepy not sexy. This book is just awful point blank. I do not recommend the book if I could I wouldn't even give it a star maybe half of one for effort.

  • Merri-Todd Webster
    2019-03-17 16:34

    Having a snow day off from work allowed me to read this in one sitting. My only complaint is that it is a relatively short novel, and now I have to wait for the second in the series! Since I am probably the first reviewer, I'm going to make the inevitable comparison: This novel is 50 Shades of Grey written by a capable writer who knows how to convey erotic experience. Plucky grad student and part-time waitress meets mysterious stranger with a hint of British accent and a really big hint of wealth. Banter, erotic games, sex, and increasing romantic involvement ensue. This is *not* your typical male dom/female sub scenario--it's something far more witty and complex, a unique game between two individuals in which the stakes get higher and higher with each round. I highly and unequivocally recommend this.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-02 17:26

    wow is anyone feeling hot hot hot. as I am after reading this book of James and karina. karina was standing in at her sister bar for a girl who was unwell and that is where she met a sexy man who wanted to play games and games they definitely played. James was hiding a secret and karina didn't no what but the more games they played the more she found out about him and slowly began to fall in love with him bit then after a night of fun and passion things went wrong. I usually hate cliffhangers but after reading what book two will be like and other people's reviews I think I might stay at book one as I don't want to destroy thing smoking hot bubble I am in after reading this book. xx

  • ♡B♡
    2019-03-04 15:30

    I enjoyed it from the get go! I think in reality it would be awesome to have some rich guy come and invite me to play this little game with them haha.Okay let me start off by saying I am getting really tired of EVERY BDSM book being compared to fifty shades! Fifty shades is NOT BDSM, yes there is kink but a Dom he was not! SO please can everyone STOP holding fifty shades up to this high standard that it really shouldn't be held to. This book was good on its own merit! I did not once think of fifty when reading it, it wasn't until I was getting ready to mark it down as read on goodreads did I see the fifty references. There really isn't any 'Master' or 'Sir' stuff going on. He just likes to be in control. The only way one can make comparisons would be the millionaire man with a naive girl. So if that is what you are looking for this has that!There is so much to this story.He is very secretive about who he is. There is a dark edginess to him that drew me in immediately but at the same time he is very confident in who he is as a man. That in itself is attractive. I have to say that some of the things he had her do were beyond hot! I couldn't put this one down I wanted to know what was next. I wanted to know what he was going to have her do next. She is new to all this and has come to realize that she has been missing out on and wants more.You get to go on this fun little journey where she gets a taste of domination, and finds out that she enjoys it more than she probably should."Every girl dreams she'll be the one who catches his eye, who catches his heart.Do any of them dream of being the one who's caught?"I have always been a huge fan of BDSM books because of the power exchange the dominant having it, the submissive giving up control. It always has been my favorite genre of books. For the most part it probably is because of moments like this..."...when I'm with him, all the attention is on me. It's all about my needs, my desires. I'm the one who gets off. He said I'm going to have to earn the privilege of his cock."Who wouldn't want to read this??I am looking forward to the next one! And the ending...yeah there were a few twists that were thrown in there for good measure and well had me completely at a loss. I wasn't sure exactly what happened or why, but will find out hopefully in the next book.The title of the book holds true. If you are expecting this to go fast and get right to the sex between the two of them then you will not enjoy this one. It takes time for him to get her where he wants her oh the build up and anticipation!To end it all...This is a girl who does things with a stranger, a man she doesn't even know his name. So if something like that would drive you nuts than this might not be for you. That and there IS a cliffhanger at the end of this one. I know some do not enjoy them but I do from time to time.

  • Reanell Tisdale
    2019-03-15 13:21

    5 Incredible Stars I received a copy of Slow Surrender through Net Galley and Forever(Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for my honest review.I absolutely loved this book. Yes it has the "fantasy" aspect to it because it has the "connect at first meeting," but it worked in this case. I couldn't put this one down once I started. I've seen this compared to 50 Shades of Grey and other works related to the BDSM scene, but this one is so different. Yes it has the filthy rich man, (James) who snags a poor woman(Karina) and he has a secretive life, but that's as far as the similarities go. Cecilia has a way to make the sex(or no sex) scenes work that is so different from what I've read in other BDSM books. It all starts with a game involving a marble, yes you read that right, a marble. You will not be able to look at a marble the same way again after reading this book.James tells Karina she has to earn the privilege to see his cock, and at first I was skeptical because come on what guy gets a girl off several times and doesn't want anything in return? But he kept his word and seemed genuine in wanting to pleasure Karina. He sends Karina to a spa, and I can only ask "where the hell can I find a spa like that?" He knows the person at the spa and Karina gets treated to a shave and then is introduced to a glass dildo, A DILDO! This leads to a very hot scene indeed!James and Karina are enjoying each other immensely but soon feelings are involved and things get serious. I wasn't expecting what came next, and it sucks that that is how the book ended. It's not really a cliff hanger but yet it leaves you wanting so much more. Some of my favorite lines: "Good. Now if you really desire this"-he hefted his own package in his slacks-"get down on your knees and kiss it.""I make educated guesses. the thing is, they are so busy making their assumptions that now of them will guess the truth." "The truth?" "That I am, as we speak, already fucking you right in front of them." Slow Surrender comes highly recommended by me to anybody who likes the BDSM and bondage. Cecilia Tan

  • Averin
    2019-03-01 16:28

    “The game is very simple. I ask you to do something and you do it.”Karina is an Art History graduate student without a firm goal as to what to do with her education. Against the backdrop of the last concert of a legendary musical performer’s career, she meets the mysterious male protagonist while temporarily filling in at a restaurant her sister manages. The night’s tribulations also include her new thesis advisor and a man with whom she recently had a job interview. While avoiding the other two men downstairs, the handsome, lone man upstairs begins a kinky flirtation. From there, an unconventional relationship forms and builds right alongside the other big deal in Karina’s life, graduation. Even though I’m a fan of this author since her Blue Moon/Masquerade days as well as a religious reader of her web serial Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, I wasn’t sure what to expect when she announced this project. This genre has resulted in a few gems and many duds. In human history, completely new storytelling ended thousands of years ago. Instead, writers build and re-tool tales of those who came before. If you are going to complain about originality, get in line behind the hausfrau who gave the Brothers Grimm Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The protagonist’s secret identity was obvious to me early on; I think, more from a familiarity with her work and not a shortfall in foreshadowing. Two things I really did not like: first, everyone, including the female protagonist blames her for the aftermath when she demands honesty. Oh he’s so fragile, bull! She is an underemployed graduate student trying to get her act together, he knows everything about her and possesses, literally everything including access to therapy. The second thing I didn’t like is that the sequel does not come out for a year! Highly recommended.

  • Devin Price
    2019-03-20 14:32

    This books just stuns me! I read about 3-4 books a week and I come across some duds. But sometimes I find a book that I just want to continuously read, a book, that when I'm in a land of trashy books with spelling errors and unbelievable changes of heart, I need to go read my favorite part to cleanse my brain! That is exactly what Slow Surrender is! Not only did I love the story, but I loved the characters and the build up. It was worth every penny and minute I put into reading it. If you're not into great erotic/romantic fiction maybe this book isn't for you, but if you understand the genre and want your mind blown THIS IS FOR YOU! Now please release Slow Seduction! My heart can't handle the pressure ;)

  • Michelle Cristiani
    2019-02-22 18:35

    Finally, a book of erotica that is 1) decently written; 2) actually has a pretty good plot; and 3) doesn't go over the same old trite stuff. There's actually originality here, people. And Cecilia Tan throws in what amounts to a BDSM public service announcement here and there, too. What makes this book really good is that it completely normalizes the sex life of these two protagonists. They live in a culture of acceptance, and deftly separate themselves from the people who don't. I applaud Tan for neatly fitting erotic fiction into a mission statement. It manages to be complex as well as seductive.

  • PJ
    2019-02-24 15:41

    Gosh, I read this so long ago! I can't believe the sequel STILL isn't out. That said, it says it will be out this month, fingers crossed. Do I still care? Yea, I still do. Though, if this is a trilogy and we have to wait ANOTHER year for the last book, I will be seriously PISSED!

  • Shelly Bell
    2019-03-11 15:25

    I really liked it, but I wish I'd known there would be a cliff hanger and the next book won't be out for a year.

  • C. Shell
    2019-03-16 18:18

    I really liked it. I wish there was a more emotional connection between the two but if nothing else the sexual connection was hot.

  • Yvonne
    2019-03-04 17:20

    Great book, love the characters. The end killed me!!! Can't wait for the next book.

  • Ilana
    2019-03-05 11:34

    OverviewHe pushes her sexual boundaries . . .From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits.She aches for more . . .What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James's sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she'll break all the rules to get it.My ThoughtsWOW - i really enjoyed this story - that's for sure. I think that Cecelia Tan hit a home run with this series debut for sure. We first meet Karina our female lead when she's filling in for another waitress at her sister's bar (at least her sister's the manager at a bar) on the night of a final concert for Lord Lightining who is supposed to be this AMAZING pop culture icon that people are fanatical about and have no idea who he really is since he wears a mask. so on this night, Karina is in the bar working, tending to many of the Lord's Ladies who are there for drinks after the final concert and she spies her thesis adviser walking in which is a huge problem since she cancelled her meeting with him with the excuse of being sick so that she could help her sister out. This drives Karina upstairs where her life changes for ever. She intercepts a handsome well dressed man at the hostess stand and takes him to a table upstairs so she can hide. It's this meeting with this stranger that turns her world upside down in a good way. Karina feels a chemistry with him from the beginning and he draws her into a 'game' of sorts to see what she's willing to do outside of her norm, in the hopes of both pleasing him and herself. Throughout this story, we're given very little insight to who James is (since we're not even sure what his name is) - we just know that he has this privacy that he keeps and an identity that he's trying to keep hidden. We also know that Karina is taking all these new chances through the game of his because she feels emotions and stirrings that she's never felt before.We're taking on quite a hot and steamy journey with these 2 and it's really quite interesting to see the games that James plays with her and how far he'll try to push her. the ending leaves us at quite a cliff hanger. I do have to say though that i had one thing sorted out from the very beginning, but it's not really off-putting since i think that there's definitely much more to the story aside from that item that makes you want to keep reading. My questions for book 21) What's going to happen to Karina and James?2) Will we ever know the truth about James?3) will Karina graduate? does it even matter anymore?4) What's the deal with Lucinda, and should we be concerned?can't wait for the next installment - that's for sure!

  • MT931
    2019-03-05 13:21

    Several things in this fiction book really bothered me. 1. The main character Karina - was she living under a rock? She was absolutely annoying. Living in New York and she jump into a stranger's limo. 2. Her comment about her not putting on make up, fixing her hair, wearing skirts, blah blah blah would end up her getting into trouble?!?!? 3. She is 26 years old and she has never worn a skirt and worn heels before but she will wear a ball gown, a tiara, have her hair done and wear make-up for a billionaire stranger who she doesn't know his name, what he does for a living or if he is married with children. A guy who she has had several sexual encounters. UghhhI can't enjoy a book with annoying main characters. A retiring mask rock star who had never revealed his identity, has trust issues, into BDSM, enjoys toying with Karina.... and then drops her at the end. Just because she knows his name.

  • I.J. Miller
    2019-03-12 12:38

    The seduction was slow, but my heart was racing...A must read!

  • Corduroy
    2019-03-04 13:19

    Do you ever feel like you're an alien? Or like other people are reading completely different books than you are? Am I somehow genetically incapable of liking anything? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN. What I thought I thought I was getting with this book: a psychologically twisty, emotionally intense version of those dull "Generic Billionaire Meets Human Female" books, where the characters were going to be real and the chemistry raging. What I actually got: exactly the same book as those dull "Generic Billionaire Meets Human Female" books, except this one is geek-flavored: instead of the hero being built like an MMA fighter, he is a young David Bowie with an unusually long neck.I quit so early I almost wanted to return it, even though it was the nearly-free price of 99 cents. I just find this type of book really frustrating, and I felt kinda betrayed by the enthusiastic "this is so much better than most books like this!" reviews. Here's some prose: I turned the menu over to the list of desserts. "Today's sorbet is passion fruit." "Passion fruit?" he asked, one eyebrow raised like he was skeptical of it. "Nah," I joked. "That's the name of my Lord Lightning cover band." That made him laugh. Did it? DID IT REALLY? IS THAT EVEN A JOKE? "Lord Lightning" is the name of some super famous but mysterious rock star who is performing near the venue where the heroine is filling in as a server when the long-necked billionaire enters. I think you are supposed to not instantly guess that the mystery billionaire is (view spoiler)[presumably Lord Lightning, which by the way is a really terrible, uncool name for a rock star. Right? Right???????(hide spoiler)]The light from outside was stark and bluish compared to the soft amber lights in the bar, making his cheekbones look impossibly sharp. His hair was dangerously blond, almost white, and cropped close to his head. His age was impossible to gauge; he could've been a young forty or a haunted twenty. He was gorgeous and striking and his voice had a slight British twinge to it as he said, "Oh, just try to work it into every conversation, do you?"Then he orders the passion fruit sorbet and then makes her eat some of it. It isn't sexy, it's awkward. They have an exchange where she is supposed to be nervously blathering and he is supposed to be cool and in charge. It doesn't feel that way. After a while, she notices his body again: His neck was long and graceful, and he had not the slightest bit of slouch in his posture, like a male figure skater.Erm. Ashley, tell me something," he said, angling his head as if to see me better. "Would you like to try something else new?" "Something else?" I echoed. "What do you mean?" "Are you bored? Tired of the rat race? Looking for a little adventure?""Well, sure, who isn't?" I said.He nodded at my automatic response. "Indeed. Ashley, I'm bored. I would like to play a game. And I would like someone to play it with me." "I bet you say that to all the girls," I joked.His expression darkened, surprising me. "Actually, it takes a very special person to pique my interesting." He thinks I'm special, I thought?Oh good lord! Man. I hate that sort of thing. Like anvils dropping from the sky rather than something an actual human would do/say/feel/think. The hero has been in this restaurant for long enough to have a total of maybe 1 minute of interaction with the heroine. We as the audience have yet to see anything, even separate from her interaction with the hero, that makes us find her "special" or interesting or charismatic, or to see anything in her interaction with him that makes what happens next seem reasonable. It's all so rushed, so paint-by-numbers, so devoid of charm, chemistry, HUMANITY. DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS SORT OF THING? What do you like about it? What are you seeing that I'm unable to see? Then he makes his actual proposal to his waitress who he has known for 3-4 minutes now. Here it is, in all its sexy glory: "The game is very simple. I ask you to do something, and you do it." "Something like what?" "Something like this: I have a marble in my jacket pocket. I'd like you to reach into the pocket, take out the marble, and put it in your mouth. I'll also have another bourbon and a glass of water, and when you bring me back the drinks, put the marble into the glass of bourbon. That's how you'll return it to me." His voice deepened and it felt like silk sliding over my skin. "Would you do that, Ashley?" This is the type of thing I mean. I understand what the book is telling us is happening. But it feels like I, as the reader, am being asked to do all of the work in imagining this scene as sexy, compelling, so compelling that the heroine (whose name is actually not Ashley, for reasons) does what is actually a pretty weird thing for a complete stranger. I don't actually feel that the heroine is hot for the hero - it's just words on a page informing me that she is. Signposts letting me know what is allegedly going on. But I don't feel that the book is actually SHOWING me, it's just telling me. Eventually Karina (the heroine's real name) returns with fresh drinks and his weird, unsexy sex marble in her mouth. At last I stopped in front of his table, drew in a deep breath, and set down the glass of water. I then held up the shot glass of bourbon as if I were smelling it, brought the marble out until I held it with just my lips in an O shape, and let it go, almost like I was blowing him a kiss. The marble fell with a plop and I set the bourbon on the table, resisting the urge to wipe my lips. I settled for licking them.(I find this kind of gross, not sexy. YMMV, I get that.) I just don't understand. Why would a woman who is a harried graduate student we have little other information about do this or find this sexy? I feel like if you're a writer setting up a story where your heroine is going to do something transgressive and sexually fancy with a complete stranger, you need to spend some time setting up for us her character in a way that makes this plausible - almost inevitable. Like show us how she is stifled in her life, how her sexual selfhood feels boxed in and trapped. Show us her life and character in such a way that when Mr. Long Neck shows up, we understand that he is the inevitable release valve. But that's not what happens here. It's just more of the exact same "Generic Billionaire/Human Female" nonsense, except instead of being mainstream/vapid/dull, it's kinda geeky/vapid/dull.