Review: Beautiful Surrender, by Priscilla West

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Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No, it’s the last installment in a three book series.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Self-published.

Pages: 132.

Blurb:

“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The conclusion to the Surrender Series by Priscilla West.

No one is who they seem to be.

Kristen let Vincent into her heart because he seemed so different from everyone in her conservative world of wealth management. She thought they shared something special, but when she realizes that Vincent has been playing her the entire time, her heart is crushed.

As Kristen’s relationship with Vincent reaches a crisis point, a man from Kristen’s past returns looking for a second chance. Is her ex-boyfriend really looking for redemption or is his goal something more sinister?

Kristen struggles to hold herself together, until she discovers a revelation that will change everything.

 

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REVIEW:

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This last installment in the series is how I predicted it would be. I’ve read the three books in the series in 3 days. Each installment is rather short so in a matter of a few hours I was able to finish them.

When I was finished with the second installment, I was afraid that the author would unleash everything regarding Marty’s plot at once and resolve the issues between Vincent and Kristen fast.

That’s what happens here.

The sub-plot regarding Marty should have been interesting and thrilling in a creepy way. In the end, I was just a spectator of it all, from afar and not feeling very invested. I’m not going to say that I didn’t feel at all for Kristen and Vincent at one point, but the whole thing lacks emotions.

The emotions in the series and especially in this last installment are not developed enough. Everything is told, but not showed. Sometimes I couldn’t even believe in the dialogues. More descriptions, more characterizations would have been very much welcomed.

That doesn’t mean the author isn’t talented, but I think this series could have, should have even, been more developed to fully explore everything from the characters to the plots and sub-plots. The execution is lacking and this last installment disappoints me.

The more I think about it, the more I feel frustrated. In the end, the whole “forbidden“ aspect of Vincent and Kristen’s relationship isn’t used. It’s told several times that she’s not supposed to date him because of her work, etc, but in the end we don’t see any issue with it, we don’t see any consequence. Wasn’t it supposed to be the appeal of this story?

The issues pilling up between Vincent and Kristen just vanish too. Just with one talk. Just one. In my opinion it’s not enough and it negatively impacts the characterization of both main characters.

Also, starting this last installment with a flashback completely breaks the rhythm of the series. It’s a little maddening to be honest. Just like the very small part with Vincent’s POV. I don’t see the purpose, not really at least.

Honestly, it’s a miss for me. I see the potential, see the material for an epic and amazing love story, but I can’t feel any emotions, don’t care that much for the characters and the plot and subplots aren’t well-used and aren’t that well-built.

If you’re looking for a short series, something you’re going to read fast and easily, something that isn’t necessarily deeply emotional, but has hot sex scenes then maybe this series is for you. I was probably expecting something else and that’s why I end up being so disappointed.

 

RATING:

2.5 to 3 for the effort. I almost rated it 2 stars.

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