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Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasi Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold. To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest—until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly, he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?

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Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasi Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold. To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest—until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly, he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?

30 review for Surrender of a Siren

  1. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    Well, this was the perfect start to my weekend. I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with it. But I did. My heart is warm. —————————————— I'm in need of a feel-good to start off my weekend. Tessa Dare always delivers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    Tessa Dare is definitely on my authors-to-watch list now. I loved her debut novel, Goddess of the Hunt, and even though this sequel wasn't as amazing as the previous book, it was still a great read. Sophia Hathaway has just abandoned her fiancé Sir Toby Aldridge at the altar, and she's decided to finally live her life as she wants and not as her parents and society expect. She seeks passion, adventure and excitement, and she knows she isn't likely to get that by marrying a man she doesn't love. S Tessa Dare is definitely on my authors-to-watch list now. I loved her debut novel, Goddess of the Hunt, and even though this sequel wasn't as amazing as the previous book, it was still a great read. Sophia Hathaway has just abandoned her fiancé Sir Toby Aldridge at the altar, and she's decided to finally live her life as she wants and not as her parents and society expect. She seeks passion, adventure and excitement, and she knows she isn't likely to get that by marrying a man she doesn't love. So she packs her art supplies and four dresses, withdraws five hundred pounds from her bank account - oh, just imagine the look on the face of the bank clerk! -, wins another hundred pounds at a card party, leaves a letter to her family saying that she's eloping with Gervais, her fictitious painting master and lover, and buys a passage on the Aphrodite, the next ship leaving to Tortola. Sophia's plan is simple: pretending to be a penniless governess, Miss "Jane Turner", on the journey to her next employment, she'll be able to leave England - and thus escape her parents' pursuit - and buy the time she needs (not much, only a few months) until she turns twenty-one, when she'll assume control of her inheritance and her life. Benedict "Gray" Grayson is, in his own words, "a liar, a thief, a libertine, and worse". He's no gentleman either, but he's the owner of the Aphrodite so Sophia has no choice but to convince him to accept her as a passanger on his ship. Gray is a former privateer, which is basically a pirate sanctioned by the Crown, but now that the war is over, he's starting a new life and this will be the first time the Aphrodite will sail the sea as a respectable merchant ship. Gray knows from the start that Sophia is going to be a threat to his decision to leave his womanizing days behind, but he's also a practical man and the Aphrodite can't afford the luxury of refusing passengers if he wants to make a success of his new business. So he takes the vexing woman to his ship, and this is how their journey begins. Obviously, spending time together in close proximity for weeks and weeks makes it hard to control the growing attraction between them, and they end up falling in love with each other. Gray opens his heart to Sophia, and tells her things that he's never shared with anyone. On her part, she isn't that open, afraid that revealing her identity to him will turn him away. But the deception will have to end eventually. What will happen when Gray finally learns the truth? Will he be able to trust her then? More important, will he be able to trust his feelings for her? If she's lied to him all the time, does he really know her at all? Kudos to Ms. Dare's writing to make this story work for me, because I'm not a fan of pirate/privateer heroes or deceitful heroines. Gray wasn't a privateer anymore, but this book took place mostly at sea so it was as if he still was. As for Sophia, she was almost a pathological liar and couldn't tell the truth to save her life. Strangely enough, I liked both Gray and Sophia despite all that. Sure, I wanted to shake them - well, mainly Sophia - a couple of times, but I found myself rooting for them all the same. Gray was a true scoundrel trying to reform, and I love that kind of hero. He had lied, cheated, stolen his brother Joss's inheritance - not only once, but twice - and let his sister Bel down. He made no excuses for that and he would have done all of it again if given another chance, as he believed it was all a means to an end: (view spoiler)[to protect his brother and sister, to restore their family's fortune and to secure their future. (hide spoiler)] Gray had some unfinished business with Joss, who also had some problems of his own, and I thought their relationship was one the best things of this book. I wish Ms. Dare wrote Joss's story someday, but I'm not sure it will happen. Sophia, Sophia, where do I start? She was spoiled and selfish, but I couldn't help being charmed by her "vivid imagination" at first. Her plan to escape an unwanted marriage was, well, idiotic, but I was willing to go along with it because it was "in character". It made sense considering how her mind worked: Sophia wasn't one to go from Point A to Point B in a straight line. She needed a wake-up call, and Gray didn't mince words to give it to her after she almost died in one of her foolish antics: "You—" He shook a finger at her. "You are so bloody stupid. You have no idea how damned lucky you are. Do you know what could happen to you, crossing the ocean alone with no money and no chaperone? Do you have any notion what a dangerous game you play, going addled with rum and then prancing before the crew like a common harlot?" Ouch! I cheered Gray for trying to shake some sense into her, but I also felt kind of sorry for her. Yes, like the Aphrodite's sailors, I was still engaged by her "brainless" charm. But when she chose to drag her deception instead of coming clean when presented with the oportunity to do so, I had to take one star off from my rating. As a minor complaint, the ending felt a bit rushed to me, even with the epilogue. Considering how Sophia based her postponing telling the truth on Gray's reaction to it, I was expecting a "bigger" showdown that what I was given. I wasn't disappointed, just surprised. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read, with a wonderful hero, a likable but flawed heroine, an unusual (to me) setting - a ship! - and a story that had enough romance and action to keep me turning the pages almost nonstop. This was only my second book by Ms. Dare - well, it was only her seconnd book too, LOL - but she's already become one of my favorite authors. Her writing really talks to me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Historical Romance is my total brain candy; it’s my escape, my leave the world behind and soak in a bath with a glass of wine and melt the world away kind of reading.  Surrender of a Siren has your typical Rogue of a male lead and the virginal Lady trying to get away from the trappings of society. Sophie is running away from home This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Historical Romance is my total brain candy; it’s my escape, my leave the world behind and soak in a bath with a glass of wine and melt the world away kind of reading.  Surrender of a Siren has your typical Rogue of a male lead and the virginal Lady trying to get away from the trappings of society. Sophie is running away from home and a marriage she doesn’t want.  She wants adventure and to be loved for how she is and not just some stepping stone that her family is using to move up in society.  When she discovers that on her 21st birthday the money that would be used for her dowry will be hers to control, a haphazard plan forms to sail on a ship bound for a sugar plantation and hide there until her birthday, when she will gain control of her fortune. Gray is trying to go respectable.  He was a pirate privateer during the war seizing and looting ships in the name of the crown.  But now that the war is over, he needs a new way to make a living on the seas. In his new legitimate life, he has converted his ship to have passenger cabins and passed the role of Captain to his brother while he is the owner of their newly formed shipping company.  He is trying very hard to leave behind all of his roguish ways be respectable but when he meets Jane Turner (Sophie in hiding) thoughts of her consume him and makes that plan very difficult. The romance between Gray and Sophie has moments that are endearing and cute as they circle each other the sexual tension between them building, it also has moments where I want to pull out my hair.  Sophie is pretending to be someone she is not and Gray can be an asshat at times. I liked how Sophie challenged him in a lot of ways but hated a few of the things she said that tricked him. Overall it is an old school Historical Romance (Rogue/Virgin) that definitely gets to where it is going and does have some very cute moments to go along with some frustrating ones.  It is the second book in The Wanton Dairymaid trilogy and you do not need to read them in order as this stands alone well. If you like books which involve trials at sea, I think this would be a fun read. “You ought to take care how you bat those eyelashes, sweetheart. One of these days, you’re likely to knock a man overboard.” Narration: Gabriella Baker did a decent job with the characters given to her to portray.  I think I might have struggled more with Gray had she not softened some of the harsher words he said to Sophie.  She was able to make the book come to life. Listen to a clip: HERE

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A runaway. Men-who-are-technically-not-pirates. A strong sense of loyalty. Sophia, the protagonist, is rather…naïve. That’s not necessarily a bad trait, but sometimes, I’m just like, What the fuck are you doing, Sophia???? She can be frustrating. I’m more of a logical person, and I really couldn’t make sense of her reasoning sometimes. I mean her concerns in the book are valid in a way, but she tends to overreact and run away. Anyway, she does grow up a bit throughout the book. I like that she be A runaway. Men-who-are-technically-not-pirates. A strong sense of loyalty. Sophia, the protagonist, is rather…naïve. That’s not necessarily a bad trait, but sometimes, I’m just like, What the fuck are you doing, Sophia???? She can be frustrating. I’m more of a logical person, and I really couldn’t make sense of her reasoning sometimes. I mean her concerns in the book are valid in a way, but she tends to overreact and run away. Anyway, she does grow up a bit throughout the book. I like that she becomes friends with all the rough, seemingly scary guys on the ship. Sophia definitely becomes less shallow, as she was in the 1st book, and becomes someone who’s willing to help out other people. It’s fun reading about all their wacky, funny interactions. She talks to the men, draw pictures for/of them (she’s an artist), cooks for them, and ultimately, becomes their friend. The main guy is likable (less frustrating than Sophia). He seems like just another cocky guy at the beginning, but throughout the book, we see depth in him. He really cares for his family, and he’s insecure about messing up things for them. I love reading about his complex, close relationship with his brother (half-brother; the brother’s mother was a slave). He wants to be a good, reputable man for his sister, which is sweet. He’s increddddibly loyal. Overall, I like Surrender of a Siren. This is a solid 3 stars for me. I like the characters and their developments. The plot is fun with most of it being on the ship. I love that Tessa Dare’s books, while there is obviously romance in it, also have some really thoughtful moments and introspection. This book has definitely shown that. It's better than the 1st book in my opinion. The cover and the title are not...preferable, but it's a good book. If you want some romance, drama, humor, loyal family theme, strong camaraderie between men who work on a ship, etc. – try it out. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yep. With a cute epilogue too. (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[ No, no, low-medium angst. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[Not a sad book, but there are some raw emotions and thoughtful mometns. (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Yep. (hide spoiler)] Favorite scene? (view spoiler)[The very ending. The epilogue. (hide spoiler)] What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Mature audience. Explicit details on sex. A sexual harassment scene at the very beginning of the book. Some creepy, leering men. Crude language at times. (hide spoiler)] -------------- 1/23/17 Please let Sophia not be weak and naive - and let her become stronger and smarter in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    3.3 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    Four and a half for this one. I liked it a lot. It was very unique in that the location is pretty much the same throughout the book. It didn't bother me, though. Every once in a while I would think "Wow! We've been on a ship the entire time." But it was only a surprised observation and not a complaint. There were some great side characters and the hero, Gray, is very lovable. The heroine is Sophia, a character featured in Goddess of the Hunt. She's the one who gave me some problems. I thought she Four and a half for this one. I liked it a lot. It was very unique in that the location is pretty much the same throughout the book. It didn't bother me, though. Every once in a while I would think "Wow! We've been on a ship the entire time." But it was only a surprised observation and not a complaint. There were some great side characters and the hero, Gray, is very lovable. The heroine is Sophia, a character featured in Goddess of the Hunt. She's the one who gave me some problems. I thought she was very good and intriguing throughout most of it. An "English rose" whose suiters and family all want to pamper her as if she's fragile china, she just wants some adventure and passion. I thought it was a really nice duality for a character to be completely feminine and innocent, but to harbor "depraved fantasies" and a longing for thrill. It was a fun twist. However, she's kind of a selfish heroine, too. She's run away, leaving her family no real hint as to where she's gone in addition to the expenses of a canceled wedding, and her fiance with nothing but the humiliation of having been jilted. Wow. What a sweetie. Makes me really want to root for her. Hurrah. :^| So I was torn between liking her quite a bit and wishing she weren't so self-centered. Then, toward the end, the author takes us through a stretch where the heroine seems extremely selfish and cowardly. It's pretty frustrating and would have cost the book at least one star had Sophia not pulled it out in a scene similar to Elizabeth's testimony before the House of Lords in Judith McNaught's "Almost Heaven". I have to admit to the frustration with the heroine because it was strong, but at the same time I have to applaud Tessa Dare for pulling the whole thing off beautifully.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rane

    Sophia Hathaway has run away from everything, jilted her groom and is on a secure passage on the ship Aphrodite. Posing as a governess, Sophia things she has everything planned out to the last letter, until her heart pounds and passion flares when she lays eyes on the charming Benedict “Gray” Grayson. Gray is trying to live his life on the more noble side. After years as a privateer, Gray feels it’s time to straighten out his life and work to secure a future for his brother, his brother’s son a Sophia Hathaway has run away from everything, jilted her groom and is on a secure passage on the ship Aphrodite. Posing as a governess, Sophia things she has everything planned out to the last letter, until her heart pounds and passion flares when she lays eyes on the charming Benedict “Gray” Grayson. Gray is trying to live his life on the more noble side. After years as a privateer, Gray feels it’s time to straighten out his life and work to secure a future for his brother, his brother’s son and his sister, but it’s getting pretty hard with the beautiful governess is always near by tempting him and making his forget about his noble promises.... Surrender of a Siren was a fast paced and fun read, Sophia dreams of something better then being thought of as only a beautiful trinket. She wants to be accepted as a woman (with a few wanton ideas) Thinking the only way to be free was the run away. But she can’t help but feel a strong pull toward Gray, and decides to do some chasing! Gray promised his brother who is the Captain of the Aphrodite he wouldn’t touch the pretty little governess, but somehow she keeps invading his thoughts and dreams somehow knowing he was in a losing battle with her in passion and love Gray was one of those characters that drew you in. As you learn about his past, not only does he feel guilt for what he did to his family, but now he’s trying to build bridges that were once burn down between himself and his brother Joss. But also thinking of his sister and her future. He wasn’t perfect, far from it, and was very open about the fact, but he was very redeemable, and did redeem himself ten times over when he was willing to lay his life down for his brother. When he fell in love with Sophia he fell hard, and was willing to accept her for whom she was even with the lies she weave. In Goddess of the Hunt, I didn’t care for Sophia and with SOAS I only like her a bit more. She had a great zest for life and was a great character, but I felt she would only show true moments of being a mature woman, then run away and hide behind her lies. I would have liked her more, if she faced up and told the truth eailer on to Gray and others then having everything blow up in her face. Although she did tell the truth and come clean and see her wrong doings but was dragged along till the end, which unnesscary and dragged down the story somewhat With Sophia lies the only downer in an otherwise great story, the sexual tension between Sophia and Gray was red hot, and some scenes had me reaching for a fan to cool off! The humor and some dialogue had me laughing out loud and even the goats got into the show! With most of the book taking place on the sea, the book never dragged and always kept it’s enjoyable paced. Leaving you hanging for the next in the series. Overall: an enjoyable read that will have you laughing at time, with a fun happy ending and a lesson of learning to be yourself.

  8. 4 out of 5

    seton

    First, let me say that this book can be read stand alone, altho it will be a richer, more nuanced read if you have read the first book – Goddess of the Hunt (GOTH). Sophia only appeared in a handful of scenes there but the general consensus seems to be that she stole what scenes she was in. A lot of readers seem to love her and looked forward to her story. I was not one of them. I generally don’t respond well to characters with . . . hmm, how shall I say this? . . . . over-active imagination. I wo First, let me say that this book can be read stand alone, altho it will be a richer, more nuanced read if you have read the first book – Goddess of the Hunt (GOTH). Sophia only appeared in a handful of scenes there but the general consensus seems to be that she stole what scenes she was in. A lot of readers seem to love her and looked forward to her story. I was not one of them. I generally don’t respond well to characters with . . . hmm, how shall I say this? . . . . over-active imagination. I would say that it is almost a hot-button with me. I basically put Sophia down as a pathological liar in GOTH. It is a tribute to Dare’s skills as a writer that I ended up loving Sophia after I finsihed. Sophia is such a strong character that she dominated the book. This is as much her story as it is a romance and she is shown in all her vivid, lusty, selfish, curious, mischievous, artistic glory. My favorite scene in the whole book is the dolphin-fish scene. Sailors are harpooning fish for food and Sophia sees the fish lose its beautiful rainbow colors as it is in its death throes. Any other heroine would go swooning back to her cabin but not Sophia. She wants to harpoon, too. I loved how the scene turned on a dime. Her lust for LIFE for so huge and it really moved me. SOAS starts pretty much where GOTH left off. Sophia has just escaped wedding a baronet which her ambitious family much desired. She books a passage on a ship to Tortola (in the Virgin Islands) where she meets the hero, Gray, the owner of the ship and a former privateer. Approximately 80% of the novel occurs on the ocean. I’ve always imagined that sea voyage stories are one of the harder ones to write and not make claustrophobic. Dare does a great job of describing what could be endless days. I thought the pace of the book was surprisingly good since sea voyages aint my cuppa. The only lull I came across was at the end when the court scenes were not as grandly climatic as what I am used to. I was reminded of quite a few books as I was reading SOAS. I guess it can’t be helped when you started reading romances as an amoeba as I have. The last sea voyage romance I read before this was Marsha Canham’s fabulous The Iron Rose. Both Iron Rose and SOAS are assured, vivid novels where you practically smell the ocean breeze but that’s where the comparison ends. The Canham is a classic swashbuckling adventure where you almost expect Errol Flynn to appear any minute in costume. SOAS reminds me more of James Cameron’s Titanic: an ocean romance with a restless heiress feeling trapped and eventually finding her true self & destiny. Genre: Sea cabin romance, Regency Period Series: Second in a trilogy Sensuality: PG-13 to R Content warnings: None. Grade: A-

  9. 5 out of 5

    Insh

    Long ago, she’d learned this key to deceit. It was easy to lie, once you understood that no one really wanted the truth.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    5 Stars...I loved it! Ok ladies...I've read two of Dare's books and both of them have been 5 Star reads! 2 out of 2?! How rare is that?! "Surrender Of A Siren" is the second book in this series and I was so worried I wouldn't like it like I did the first. But WoW! Did I ever! This author has a way of making every character come to life, and at some parts this lady is laugh of loud funny! I wasn't very fond of Sophia in "Goddess Of The Hunt", but let me tell you...Once I got to know her...I loved he 5 Stars...I loved it! Ok ladies...I've read two of Dare's books and both of them have been 5 Star reads! 2 out of 2?! How rare is that?! "Surrender Of A Siren" is the second book in this series and I was so worried I wouldn't like it like I did the first. But WoW! Did I ever! This author has a way of making every character come to life, and at some parts this lady is laugh of loud funny! I wasn't very fond of Sophia in "Goddess Of The Hunt", but let me tell you...Once I got to know her...I loved her! She was a brat and she new it...She was spoiled, but she didn't know how bad until she hops ship and sets out to change her life. Dare sure matched Sophia with her perfect yang. Gray has always been a "family pleaser", and learns he must live for himself instead of living to right past wrongs... Oh and did I mention he was HOT?! Ummm-hmmmm.... I really hope you give this author a chance...She writes and reminds me of how Julia Quinn's books used to be. You know, back when short cuts weren't taken and you actually got a story, instead of pages full of bloated words? I'm so anxious to get my hands on the next couple in the series, and I'm really hoping this author gets the fans and credit she deserves!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    In Surrender of a Siren, the main character is Sophie from the previous novel. You catch up with her at the beginning of the book as she's trying to board a ship for passage out of England. She's scandalously left home after fleeing from a marriage proposal in the previous book. In a rather unusual fashion she meets Mr. Grayson, the owner of the ship she intends to sail out on. She gives a false name and story to Mr. Grayson and the crew to persuade them to let her board. But over time her attra In Surrender of a Siren, the main character is Sophie from the previous novel. You catch up with her at the beginning of the book as she's trying to board a ship for passage out of England. She's scandalously left home after fleeing from a marriage proposal in the previous book. In a rather unusual fashion she meets Mr. Grayson, the owner of the ship she intends to sail out on. She gives a false name and story to Mr. Grayson and the crew to persuade them to let her board. But over time her attraction to Mr. Grayson threatens both of their resolve as Mr Grayson has secrets of his own. On one hand I liked it more than Goddess of the Hunt, the first book in the series. I'm kind of a sucker for romances during sea voyages and pirates and so forth. I also thought Sophia and Gray fun and interesting characters. On the other hand it drove me crazy how Sophia kept lying to Gray. By the same token it seemed ridiculous for Gray to feel to betrayed by Sophia when she admits she's been lying. It seemed like he already knew she wasn't telling the truth from the moment he met her. But anyways it was still pretty good even with my gripes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    For all practical purposes Sophie Hathaway may act like a proper miss of early 19th century British society, but underneath her façade is a woman who has big dreams. She wants adventure and romance, where she will be swept off her feet but some sex hungry man who will have his wicked way with her. Sophia has this fantasy of being ravished by her painting master, Gervais, which she tells in great detail to Lucy in Goddess as well as in Siren to reformed pirate and rogue, Benedict “Gray” Grayson. For all practical purposes Sophie Hathaway may act like a proper miss of early 19th century British society, but underneath her façade is a woman who has big dreams. She wants adventure and romance, where she will be swept off her feet but some sex hungry man who will have his wicked way with her. Sophia has this fantasy of being ravished by her painting master, Gervais, which she tells in great detail to Lucy in Goddess as well as in Siren to reformed pirate and rogue, Benedict “Gray” Grayson. Gray will be tested to the limits because he has given up all vices. And that means no longer seducing women. Too bad for Gray because the moment he meets Sophia, he will have a bad case of blue balls because of his new direction in life. Sophia has jilted her fiancé at the altar and ends up at the docks where she will book passage on a ship to Tortola. Her new role will be a governess to a family there. Sophia must find Captain Grayson of the Aphrodite so he can allow her on his ship. She meets a Captain Grayson in a tavern and tells him her name is Jane Turner. Captain Grayson doesn’t believe her for a minute, mainly because she doesn’t look like any governess he’s seen. Sophia is a bit vain and even though she is wearing her maid’s old dress, it’s her fancy gloves that almost do her in. Grayson tries to talk Sophia out of going on this journey. There is actually a deeper reason Grayson doesn’t want Sophia on his ship. This voyage to Tortola is where Gray turns respectable. And with Sophia on it, he won’t be able to stop from seducing her. He also thinks Sophia is too fragile and, “she might break it he breathed on her wrong.” One of the funniest internal dialogues in this whole book is where Grayson’s mind wanders and imagines what Sophia would say to him while he is trying to talk her out of this rash decision: “Please, take me on your ship and away to Tortola. Please, strip me out of this revolting gown and intimate me in the pleasures of the flesh right here on the barstool” After much persuasion on Sophia’s part, Grayson let’s her come aboard. Sophia is almost home free and can spend her days painting and appreciating the rock hard cannon like muscles and charming yet dangerous look Gray has to him. Sophia is not amused when she finds out Gray is not the captain of the Aphrodite but only the owner. The captain is Gray’s half brother, Josiah, who is the illegitimate son of Gray’s father. Josiah is black, a child born from Gray’s father and Josiah’s mother who was his slave. Josiah is not happy with having Sophia as a passenger because he doesn’t trust that Gray won’t seduce her. Gray promises Josiah he won’t touch her. It’s going to be a very long voyage for Gray. Sophia makes quite the impression on the crew and because Gray can’t give into his urges, he is very cranky. Sophia is still an innocent, even with all her romantic talk, and has no clue why Gray is so surly towards her. One minute Gray is flirting with her, the next he is rude and keeps his distance. Rather than Sophia moping around because of the way Gray treats her, she paints and draws the men on the ship. And because Gray expects Sophia to be as uncomfortable as he is, he is not happy that she is ignoring him. Because Sophia pushes him from her mind, Gray becomes more enthralled with her and from that, things progress in a way where he can’t stop himself from having Sophia. And Sophia is very happy in experiencing that passion she has always long for and with a man like Gray. The main question arises about Sophia’s true identity and whether she can tell Gray her secrets. She knows Gray will be more then displeased if he finds out her identity is a sham. Plus there is a small problem of the unpredictable weather almost destroying the ship and Gray’s reputation that may get him arrested and killed. I had a rousing good time reading Surrender the Siren. The majority of the action happens on the ship but there is never a dull moment. Tessa had a wonderful talent at keeping the reader engaged and she excels at this with her characters. Not only was it enjoyable watching Gray and Sophia fall in love, but it was just as nice when they were in separate scenes. Gray’s relationship with his brother Josiah really grabs you and Sophia is able to charm everyone from the cook to the barely teenage cabin boy who forms a crush on her. And those scenes where Sophia draws Gray are exquisite. Gray makes Sophia do something very unlady like things with her fingers. And you can imagine what that will lead to. Surrender the Siren is a bit of a role reversal. The hero Gray should be the one to ravish and plunder the virginal Sophia, but it is the other way around. The delight in reading such a book like this is watching these two interact with one another. Gray is trying to act the gentleman; Sophia is trying to figure out the best way to seduce Gray without looking like a fool. These two are just so delicious together. Lusty love on the high seas comes to mind with Surrender the Siren. I could almost feel the wind in my hair and taste the salt in my mouth. Gray and Sophia are two people who were lost, adrift in their lives until they found one another. What more could you want in a romance?

  13. 4 out of 5

    sraxe

    Oh, man...and it started off so well. I really liked Gray in the beginning...and then my adoration for him fell away as he got more and more annoying. I felt the same way with the first book as I do with this one -- I hate the female protagonists, Lucy in the first and Sophia in this, don't have as much dignity as I wish they had. This series, so far, is chase, chase, chase from the woman and then the eventual capitulation from the man (which then usually leads to the HEA). It was annoying in th Oh, man...and it started off so well. I really liked Gray in the beginning...and then my adoration for him fell away as he got more and more annoying. I felt the same way with the first book as I do with this one -- I hate the female protagonists, Lucy in the first and Sophia in this, don't have as much dignity as I wish they had. This series, so far, is chase, chase, chase from the woman and then the eventual capitulation from the man (which then usually leads to the HEA). It was annoying in the first and it was even more annoying in this. Just like Jeremy with Lucy, Gray says stupid things to Sophia but she's quick to fall in line when he shows anything other than disdain. Gray is super hot and cold with her, spurning her so much (even though I did understand his promise to Joss), and she still continues to fall into his arms the minute he so much glances in her direction. I should've kept count of the number of times she was melting in his presence. I liked Gray in the beginning with his charm and his moments of humour. However, that quickly fell away with how he was with and towards Sophia. And though it might be unfair, Sophia's constant submission to him actually made me dislike the both of them and not just her. His story might have been interesting but the back-and-forth on the romance-front occupied most of the time and took away from his and Joss's back story. Sophia. Oh man...there were so many times I was begging for her to just love herself...actually, even just like or at least tolerate herself after a certain point. She's constantly describing feeling hurt by Gray's rejections ("his words had cut her like a knife," "something inside her splintered and cracked") but it's no big. He says things to her like he doesn't want her and calls her "conniving" (amongst other less than complimentary things) and she always goes right back to pining after or straight-up giving in to him. Goodness, he tells her that he'll "deal with this later" (as in, deal with her) and she, honest to goodness, sits around and waits to be dealt with. She waits around for him all night until, finally, exhaustion gets the best of her and she falls asleep. This autocratic display of his, conveniently, is followed by him punching someone to defend her and her immediately melting in response. He then tells her that, if she's carrying his child, he won't allow her to "run off" and raise his child "God knows where" and will, in fact, force marriage upon her. She has a moment of defiance, but that's quickly overshadowed by her being kind of hopeful in their eventual reunion because she realizes that he "still wanted her." Just...ugh...couldn't there have been even a bit of resistance on her part? Even just one episode? There wasn't, though. Like...at all. ((view spoiler)[And I thought him being drawn into her book was creepy as fuck. That shit wasn't cute. Oh, and the lies of her identity lasted for waaaaay too long...like, literal eleventh-hour reveal. (hide spoiler)] )

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Yes, I liked it, but I didn't loved it like the other Ms. Dare's books. Why? Because I thought Sophia lied too much about everything! I could understand the lies at the beginning when she didn't know Gray from Adam, but I hated her when she continued and kept on and on... even when Gray professed his love, when he said that she was the One and Only for him! And I didn't understand why she didn't wanted to stop lying!! Why, for God's sake, why??? All the other stars are for Gray who was a really nice Yes, I liked it, but I didn't loved it like the other Ms. Dare's books. Why? Because I thought Sophia lied too much about everything! I could understand the lies at the beginning when she didn't know Gray from Adam, but I hated her when she continued and kept on and on... even when Gray professed his love, when he said that she was the One and Only for him! And I didn't understand why she didn't wanted to stop lying!! Why, for God's sake, why??? All the other stars are for Gray who was a really nice alpha male without being overbearing. I loved his desire to prove himself something other than a privateer; a honest and trustworthy man! Still it was a good book, but not excellent!

  15. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: violence, animal death, fire, lying. I think that's all?? 3.5 stars. I was very much looking forward to getting Sophia's story after loving her as a secondary character in the first book in the series. And for the most part, I really enjoyed this. I liked getting a Regency character who's very aware of her body and what she wants to do with it. I liked that she went out of her way to educate herself. I liked the friendships that she struck up with the crew and that she was dete Trigger warnings: violence, animal death, fire, lying. I think that's all?? 3.5 stars. I was very much looking forward to getting Sophia's story after loving her as a secondary character in the first book in the series. And for the most part, I really enjoyed this. I liked getting a Regency character who's very aware of her body and what she wants to do with it. I liked that she went out of her way to educate herself. I liked the friendships that she struck up with the crew and that she was determined to help out on the ship. And I liked that there were people of colour in the story. What I wasn't so keen on here is something that I think Tessa Dare has shied away from in her more recent novels - female leads who are barely out of their teens falling for men over a decade older than them. Sure, it may be historically accurate. But in the 21st century it's ever so slightly squicky. Just make them, like, 22 or 23 and keep the guys in their late 20s and it's FINE. But there's something unsettling about it for me, especially given that I work with 19 year olds at times... Anyway, this was fun for the most part. But the age gap was a personal squick and the ending was a liiiiiittle dragged out. Other than that? It was decent.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    I didn’t understand some of the logic, and I didn’t like the reasons for much of the conflict. STORY BRIEF: Sophia’s parents arranged a marriage for her to someone she didn’t love. She will receive her trust fund money when she becomes 21. She manages to get 600 pounds, which she will live on until she can inherit the rest of her trust fund. Gray owns the ship Aphrodite. His brother Joss is the captain. Sophia arranges passage on their ship to take her to Tortola in the Caribbean. She uses a fake I didn’t understand some of the logic, and I didn’t like the reasons for much of the conflict. STORY BRIEF: Sophia’s parents arranged a marriage for her to someone she didn’t love. She will receive her trust fund money when she becomes 21. She manages to get 600 pounds, which she will live on until she can inherit the rest of her trust fund. Gray owns the ship Aphrodite. His brother Joss is the captain. Sophia arranges passage on their ship to take her to Tortola in the Caribbean. She uses a fake name “Jane” and tells them she is a governess planning to work for someone on the island. She is an artist and creates pictures of Gray and others on the ship during the voyage. Gray used to be a privateer (a pirate with the blessings of England to plunder ships from enemy countries). Now he has a legitimate shipping operation. Joss is angry with Gray over past incidents. Gray is trying to mend their relationship and wants to do what Joss asks. Joss asks Gray not to kiss or seduce Sophia during the voyage. The main conflict between Sophia and Gray for over half of the book is Sophia wants to lose her virginity to Gray. Gray refuses because he told Joss he wouldn’t. Gray wants her but doesn’t let her know it. She thinks he is rejecting her. REVIEWER’S OPINION - CAUTION SPOILERS: My major problem was I didn’t like the reasons for conflict – lies, misunderstandings, and logic I didn’t understand. Gray avoids Sophia because he told Joss he would. Later when Gray and Sophia became a couple, Joss was fine with it. I didn’t understand the logic of Joss’s initial request and later change of mind. The next conflict is Gray being mad at Sophia for lying to him about her identity. Another conflict was her decision to leave him but not telling him why. She decided that his life would be better without her, without giving him a chance to discuss alternatives. Another conflict was letting him believe she had left him, when she really hadn’t. I also found it hard to believe that a judge believed a lie. I was also uncomfortable with the logic of Sophia’s action at the end. She believed she would be tainted and rejected by her family and society, yet she gave away her money. The consequence could have been destitution unless she lived with missionaries or got some kind of a job – neither of which would allow her to pursue her passion in life which was her art. There was nothing special or different about the conversations. I’m sad to say that I wanted the book to be over. On the positive side, I enjoyed the character Davy and the events surrounding him. I also enjoyed the action scene involving Gray and another ship. DATA: Story length: 384 pages. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 6. Total number of sex scene pages: 25. Setting: 1817-1818 Gravesend, United Kingdom, the high seas, and Tortola in the Caribbean. Copyright: 2009. Genre: high seas regency romance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    3.25 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    catechism

    This was ludicrous. Society Heiress gets tired of being perfect and ladylike so she steals her own money and runs away, buying passage on a ship full of privateers who all fall chastely in love with her -- except for the pirate captain! He falls not-so-chastely in love with her. She does a lot of pornographic drawings, the ship is full of goats, the word "tumescent" does not appear.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Great hero and heroine in this one. The heroine looks like a prim, correct missy, but has two particular skills, lying and painting. She is blessed with an overactive imagination, and is feisty and saucy - in fact, her appearance and personality have very little in common with one another. I just loved her! It's wonderful to have a heroine that is comprised of such contrasts - some authors seem to start out that way, but their heroines just don't convince - they're just not naughty enough, or w Great hero and heroine in this one. The heroine looks like a prim, correct missy, but has two particular skills, lying and painting. She is blessed with an overactive imagination, and is feisty and saucy - in fact, her appearance and personality have very little in common with one another. I just loved her! It's wonderful to have a heroine that is comprised of such contrasts - some authors seem to start out that way, but their heroines just don't convince - they're just not naughty enough, or way too naughty. This one works. The hero, meanwhile, is something of a reprobate and is trying to reform himself, aided and abetted by his brother, a son of a slave, mourning the loss of his wife. I read this one after The Goddess of the Hunt, but also the Stud Club trilogy, and it has the same combination of naughty playful language and really lovely, intense intimacy, which I enjoyed from the Stud Club. It's such an entertaining, fulfilling style to read. I loved the witty, crisp language ("witch's tit" has got to be one of the best phrases ever - I wander how I'll fit that into watercooler conversation?..) and the interactions between the brothers adds a whole level to the story. Incredibly enjoyable. But there is also a great serious side to the story too. The heroine lies and cheats her way out of a situation she can't tolerate, (for pretty good reasons in HR-land) since that's what she usually does and she knows she has the best chance of success that way. But what happens when she has to undo all that lying and cheating to make another situation right? It's the kind of theme fairly common in HRs, but the way it's handled by this author just feels right. Despite all her lying and cheating and selfishness, I felt sympathy for the heroine, even if I didn't much like her or what she'd done. The characters do seem to embody more of the reality of people, with good and bad points, than most one-dimensional HRs. Excellent read, and as an added not - this must be the first time ever that the pictures on the covers of this trilogy actually look right.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    After leaving a note dumping her fiance, Heiress Sophia Hathaway boards the Aphrodite disguised as a governess on her way to a new job. She doesn't want to marry someone she doesn't love. She wants an adventure. Benedict "Gray" Grayson has gone respectable. No longer a privateer, Gray has opened a shipping company and is traveling on the Aphrodite as the owner of the ship. His first look at Sophia leaves Gray wondering if his plundering days are behind him. But he has promised his brother, the C After leaving a note dumping her fiance, Heiress Sophia Hathaway boards the Aphrodite disguised as a governess on her way to a new job. She doesn't want to marry someone she doesn't love. She wants an adventure. Benedict "Gray" Grayson has gone respectable. No longer a privateer, Gray has opened a shipping company and is traveling on the Aphrodite as the owner of the ship. His first look at Sophia leaves Gray wondering if his plundering days are behind him. But he has promised his brother, the Captain, that he will keep his hands to himself, at least until the end of the voyage. The second book in Dare's Wanton Dairymaid series is a solid historical romance. I thought Gray was a great character. He was both commanding and vulnerable. Other than his siblings, he has never been loved. When he decides Sophia is the woman for him, he doesn't stop until he wins her over. My rating: 4 Stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved Sophia’s character in Goddess of the Hunt, and this story was a perfect happy ending for her. Full of adventure, passion and sweetness.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Surrender of a Siren is, being partway into the third book now, the best book in this series on a technical level. However, the first one, which is problematic (as described above), is by far my favorite ship-wise. I don’t really care about Gray and Sophia as a couple tbh. However, the sex scenes in this book are fantastic, and I was totally on board as soon as they started hooking up. I don’t unship them, like I currently do with book three, but I’m not aswoon at their connection. Still, hottest Surrender of a Siren is, being partway into the third book now, the best book in this series on a technical level. However, the first one, which is problematic (as described above), is by far my favorite ship-wise. I don’t really care about Gray and Sophia as a couple tbh. However, the sex scenes in this book are fantastic, and I was totally on board as soon as they started hooking up. I don’t unship them, like I currently do with book three, but I’m not aswoon at their connection. Still, hottest masturbation scene I’ve ever read so points for that. Dare does some really cool, unique things with this novel; it’s less every romance novel ever. Sophia, of the big ideas and search for passion, runs away with a plan to get her inheritance without marrying and gets on a former privateer’s ship heading to Tortola. She doesn’t mind her reputation being in tatters; she’d rather truly live. As with all Dare novels, Sophia really is the driver for most of the physical relationship, spending much of the book trying to get Gray to do the sex with her. Also different here is that the 2/3 of the way through the book relationship conflict that happens due to Sophia’s having lied about her identity isn’t as dramatic as I’d expected based on book two. Gray was mad but they work through it fairly easily. Then there’s Gray’s brother and the captain of the ship, who is half black. A positive portrayal of a POC in a romance novel! There are a couple other black characters as well, and there’s no painful stereotyping. I love Captain Grayson, and he’s my favorite part of the third book so far. I don’t know that I can really recommend this series, but if you’re stubbornly determined to read all of Tessa Dare’s books, this one does some cool stuff.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Sophia Hathaway, flees her life in society and escapes frm what would be a loveless marriage. So she goes aboard the ship "Aphrodite" and gains passage from 'Gray (Benedict Grayson) who is the owner and his brother is the captain. Sopia is planning on being a governess and plans on having a life of her own. Now aboard the ship, with her sketchbook, she is in close proximity with the handsome rogue, Gray, whom tempts her with his tantalizing kissing. However there is a little hitch in this love s Sophia Hathaway, flees her life in society and escapes frm what would be a loveless marriage. So she goes aboard the ship "Aphrodite" and gains passage from 'Gray (Benedict Grayson) who is the owner and his brother is the captain. Sopia is planning on being a governess and plans on having a life of her own. Now aboard the ship, with her sketchbook, she is in close proximity with the handsome rogue, Gray, whom tempts her with his tantalizing kissing. However there is a little hitch in this love story....Sophia has some secrets and ones that could destroy everything that Gray feels for her and she could lose everything that matters.... Surrender of a Siren is the Second in the Goddess Trilogy by Tessa Dare. Now I think I may have read works from this author, but I don't remember which ones, and when I saw this one and the blurb, I could hardly resist picking it up even though it I have had it for a few weeks now. Surrender of a Siren suprisingly kept me intrigued throughout the whole story, and I found myself enthralled by the characters and thoroghly charmed. I found myself almost falling in love just as these characters were, the details so vivid. A Delight!!! My Favorite Quote He released her just as quickly, but a lilt of the rowboat pitched Sophia back into his arms. "Steady there," he murmured through a small smile. "I have you" Never in her life had she felt so acutely aware. Sophia felt that delicious, enticing heat, burn through every layer of her clothing-igniting desire in her belly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Feeney

    Sophia Hathaway, is beautiful, rich, and respected by all of society. Engaged to Toby Aldridge, Sophia realises she is tired of being the perfect mindless paragon, so she invents a lover leaves a note and plans to travel to Tortola. Posing as Miss Jane Turner, governess, she convinces ex-privateer, "Gray" Grayson to allow her to travel on his ship. Gray is now a reformed rake, trying to turn respectable so he can soon launch his sister into society. He promises his brother and ships captain Joss Sophia Hathaway, is beautiful, rich, and respected by all of society. Engaged to Toby Aldridge, Sophia realises she is tired of being the perfect mindless paragon, so she invents a lover leaves a note and plans to travel to Tortola. Posing as Miss Jane Turner, governess, she convinces ex-privateer, "Gray" Grayson to allow her to travel on his ship. Gray is now a reformed rake, trying to turn respectable so he can soon launch his sister into society. He promises his brother and ships captain Joss not to pursue or seduce Sophia. But Sophia(Jane) turns out to be far more tempting than Gray imagined, while Sophia might get her adventure after all. I liked this, maybe not as much as Goddess of the Hunt but its still enjoyable. Gray is Brash, dashing and open in his feelings, but Sophia kept letting her lies catch up with her and then proceeded to cover up by telling more lies. Got a bit annoying but TD worked it all out lovely in the ending. We have a high seas tale with adventure and love which for me was a lovely light fluffy book. Eager to read A Lady of Persuasion, jilted Tobys story with Grays sister.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ~Leslie~

    I liked this one okay, but I wasn't too crazy about the main character Sophia Jane. She was an immature, spoiled young woman who lied and manipulated her way through life. She grew up towards the end of the book, but it was too little too late as far as the story went. But the writing is smooth and enjoyable, the other characters are unique for a HR, including a person of color.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zel Polev

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 It was fine. I docked points because I felt Sophia and Gray's romance were a bit contrived. I think this became really apparent to me when they were playing Truth or Eels. I get that it is a device to advance their knowledge of each other. They shared their life with each other but it felt really inorganic for them to play that game together. I felt like they didn't really mesh well as characters and they just came together because they were written to be together. It didn't feel natural and 2.5 It was fine. I docked points because I felt Sophia and Gray's romance were a bit contrived. I think this became really apparent to me when they were playing Truth or Eels. I get that it is a device to advance their knowledge of each other. They shared their life with each other but it felt really inorganic for them to play that game together. I felt like they didn't really mesh well as characters and they just came together because they were written to be together. It didn't feel natural and I felt like you had to squint through the story and ignore the details because they don't make sense. The story revolves around Sophia and Gray. Sophia rode on the ship Gray owned. She left her fiance and was headed for adventure to a new land. She posed as a governess to get passage to the ship. While there, she started a romance with Gray. She was looking for passion and Gray was her target. There were conflicts here and there such as Gray promising not to lay a hand on her. He was reforming himself and he viewed her a temptation he must not indulge in. She was hiding her identity and he has a really big problem with her not telling him her real name or the fact that she was a lady. I found the conflicts a bit dumb because they came across as contrived. They popped up whenever a conflict was needed and it was just too convenient. In the end, they get together. The last conflict was her running off after she gave a convincing testimony of his innocence. He was accused of stealing a ship when in reality, he commandeered it after lighting struck it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Seafaring regency romance + Tessa Dare? Love.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Pacheco

    Sophia Hathaway, aka the runaway heiress, has resurfaced from the destruction she inevitably, though unintentionally, caused for her intended groom, Toby, at the conclusion of Goddess of the Hunt (read review here). It's only to procure a more permanent means of escape, however. Headed to Tortola (on the pretense of gainful employment as Jane Turner, a governess), Sophia intends to shed the expectations of an English rose and truly blossom, by her own choosing. Tessa Dare set up Sophia as an app Sophia Hathaway, aka the runaway heiress, has resurfaced from the destruction she inevitably, though unintentionally, caused for her intended groom, Toby, at the conclusion of Goddess of the Hunt (read review here). It's only to procure a more permanent means of escape, however. Headed to Tortola (on the pretense of gainful employment as Jane Turner, a governess), Sophia intends to shed the expectations of an English rose and truly blossom, by her own choosing. Tessa Dare set up Sophia as an appealing character in the first of the series and lets her take center stage with a paralleled vigor. "...breaking her engagement and ensuring a scandal of Byronic proportions. Seeds of irrevocable ruin, scattered with the wind..." Let's see if Grayson cares about the chaos Sophia left behind in England, shall we? Not likely, I assure you. Truth be told, Sophia has managed to meet Gray during his own personal crossroads. A reformed scoundrel, Gray is now embarking on the life of mercantilism, a completely legitimate profession. Thing is, Sophia's hidden desires behind propriety all her life and Gray is decadent, temptation incarnate. She could not bid caution to overtake the gothic thrill. For Heaven's sake, a pirate. Will Gray's new found business ethic alienate Sophia and send her into the arms of another? How can they be what the other needs when they're pursuing such opposite paths? When Sophia disentangles herself from rich restraints, ready to embrace infamy unbridled, will Gray cease and desist (as a privateer would)...or hold true to his reckless nature? "Come on, Gray," she mimicked saucily, her hips wriggling under his hands. "You're no fun anymore." "No," he growled. "I'm not." I've gone respectable, he reminded himself, as of this voyage. Damned if he could remember why, or what was the bloody rush. Why hadn't he waited another month to reform? The start of the new year would have been a logical choice. What kind of a fool made resolutions in December? The secondary cast of characters displayed loyalty and reveled in a humor so necessary to enduring the rough life of a sailor. There is also a younger Grayson, Captain Grayson, who embodies the moral compass Gray is hell bent on adhering to in lieu of smashing. A visit from King Triton (that I was sure would reveal Sophia's ruse!) was a bittersweet ritual among the brotherhood. There is lots to love! However, 60% into the story before they finally kiss? A rather risque scene prior to their first kiss was scorching, but a few stolen caresses along the way would have heightened the attraction and the ultimate consummation. Leave it to me to complain about this, huh? :D Lies and half-truths. Betrayal and uncertainty. And most signicant, fear. Fear that truth will corrupt love rather than nurture what's taken root. A slow, but steady seduction of the senses. Tessa Dare tugs at your heart, accelerates your heart beat, and assures you that hearts are meant to survive no matter the blows. A Lady of Persuasion is the final installment of this historical romance trilogy. Toby, Sophia's jilted bridegroom, has been humiliated and is considering taking revenge. Did I mention there was a third Grayson? Carmen ;)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikko Lee

    Why I read this book: I often read books as a form of research into the genres I am interested in. A good book is a good book. Unfortunately there are some common themes or cliches that really annoy me. My one sentence summary: In Surrender of a Siren, Sophia runs away from her family before she is forced to marry a man she does not love only to find love on the high seas in the form of a buccaneer trying to make an honest name, for once. Kuddos: Sophia is smart, witty, and defiant. Gray is a sympath Why I read this book: I often read books as a form of research into the genres I am interested in. A good book is a good book. Unfortunately there are some common themes or cliches that really annoy me. My one sentence summary: In Surrender of a Siren, Sophia runs away from her family before she is forced to marry a man she does not love only to find love on the high seas in the form of a buccaneer trying to make an honest name, for once. Kuddos: Sophia is smart, witty, and defiant. Gray is a sympathetic rogue. Their courtship was a lot of fun to read. There is an enjoyable push pull between them. I read until the end. Quibbles: The virgin with a desire for sexual freedom falls for the rakish ruffian who turns out to be a refined man at heart. Whether it's because of the time period or subgenre or market demands, I really can't find much appeal in the virgin lead female. There's something about it that bugs me. Maybe it's the deflowering scene that is nothing like my own experience or the experience of many other woman. That being said I read until the end. Sophia is a strong character in many ways, but her virginity feels like a token element of the story instead of being handled with realism. After all the struggles that the two must overcome to admit their feelings and be together I felt cheated by the ending. It was as if with the wave of a magical pen the characters were absolved of the consequences of their actions. Final verdict: I put this book on the donation shelf at work for someone else who might enjoy it more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara ♥

    4.5 stars! Yay for Tessa Dare! (1) Great story! I'm not sure about the setup. It's hard for me to reason why Sophia would board a ship for Tortola. I get that she wanted adventure and to find love... but go to Italy or something! Why a tiny island in the West Indies? And why would she pose as a governess? What's she gonna do when she gets there? And how did she know to look for Captain Grayson? Where'd she get his name from? Was it just because his ship was named "Aphrodite"? (2) But once they're 4.5 stars! Yay for Tessa Dare! (1) Great story! I'm not sure about the setup. It's hard for me to reason why Sophia would board a ship for Tortola. I get that she wanted adventure and to find love... but go to Italy or something! Why a tiny island in the West Indies? And why would she pose as a governess? What's she gonna do when she gets there? And how did she know to look for Captain Grayson? Where'd she get his name from? Was it just because his ship was named "Aphrodite"? (2) But once they're aboard? Smooth sailing! (Figuratively speaking... the sea was actually quite choppy at times...) I love that Gray is trying to reform himself and that he tries his utmost to keep his promise to his brother. He does pretty dang good!! Especially since she's like a siren put there to tempt him... or whatever... (3) I love Sophia's interactions with the crew members, especially the Cook and Davy. I love that she sketches all of them and that Gray gets jealous of that. (4) I love that once he realizes that she's been misrepresenting herself (fake name/occupation), he gets over it quickly (relatively speaking) and falls in love with her no matter what her name is, even thinking she's a thief. (5) It was dumb that she "left" him... Sure, it was "noble" or whatever, but she should have just told him the truth and let him decide whether or not it was worth it. Seriously. (It did make for a really romantic ending though!) Overall, it was totally cute! Sophia and Gray are a great couple!!

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