Review: First Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City Series) by Katie Reus

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Review: First Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City Series) by Katie Reus

He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.

The Serafina: Sin City Series, #1
Length: novella

Author note: First Surrender is part of the Wicked Firsts anthology. It can be purchased as part of the multi-author box set or individually.

Title: First Surrender
Author: Katie Reus
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Heart of the Jaguar, Breaking Her Rules, Protecting His Witness, Targeted
Series: The Serafina Sin City
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Sensual Surrender, Sweetest Surrender
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: Sept 22, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Box Set Name: “Wicked Firsts” – 6 novellas from 6 bestselling authors

Publisher: The Indie Six, LLC

Pub Date: August 19, 2013

Length: 120,000 words (total collection)

I’ve gotten used to the Katie Reus books having a little less spice to them compared to her Savannah Stuart books. First Surrender is HOT! Hayden is absurdly HOT. I must say I was just a bit jealous of Sierra getting all of that man’s attention. Let me assure you he was very attentive.

Sierra and Hayden have been hanging out as friends for what Hayden sees as far too long. He wants more from Sierra than just her friendship. Sierra has the same thoughts, but due to some minor insecurities she believes that Hayden would never want more from her than the platonic relationship they currently have. She’s a smart gal and is willing to take what she can get from him. When Sierra is attacked everything that is alpha and possessive about Hayden kicks in and he steps up to protect what is his. By the time it is all said and done Sierra will have no doubts about how he feels about her.

Fans of Katie’s Red Stone Security series will be immedaitely notice the setting and a past couple. The Serafina: Sin City series takes place in Vegas at Wyatt Christiansen’s casino. Readers will remember him and Iris from their book Breaking Her Rules.

***Jeep driving heroine!***

Katie Reus

First Surrender

First Surrender – The Serafina: Sin City Series

Copyright © 2013 by Katie Reus

As the elevator dinged, announcing her arrival to the security floor, damn butterflies took flight in her stomach. It always happened when she was about to see Hayden and she hated it. When she’d first met him, she thought he was a big jerk. A big, scary jerk. Okay, a sexy-as-hell jerk with tattooed sleeves covering both his arms. His tats added to that whole tall, dark and intimidating thing he had going on. As a former SEAL, Hayden certainly had the training for his current profession. But she’d come to learn that he was one of the sweetest men she’d ever known. For the last year they’d hung out constantly as friends and Thursday nights they had a standing ritual of dinner, drinks and sometimes she coerced him into going dancing with her and her friends. Usually he just stood guard by one of their tables and growled at any males who got too close. Which made her adore him even more.

God, she really was a masochist. Hayden was never going to be interested in her romantically but that didn’t stop her from wanting him more and more every day. Hayden could have any woman he wanted and she knew she didn’t fit the mold of his type. It was her freaking curse in life. Growing up and in college she had a lot of male friends because of her ‘friendly’ personality but she never dated any of them. One of her college friends had told her that she was way too ‘the girl next door type’, the type of girl you brought home to your mother—which was freaking annoying.

Her flat sandals snapped softly against the marble as she entered the security floor. A giant glass wall greeted her. Behind it she could see desks, and too many television screens to count. Some huge, some small, focused only on dealers’ hands. The array of them still astounded her. Stopping at one of the glass doors, she placed her palm on the biometric scanner. Once it read her palm the door immediately opened with a whoosh. She had no business up here but about eight months ago Hayden had programmed her into the system so she wouldn’t have to bug him every Thursday. Sometimes she got off earlier than him and preferred to wait in the security room as opposed to the bar in her restaurant. She was there enough during the week she didn’t want to hang out in her off time too.

Stepping inside she was inundated with noise and frantic chatter. Men and women were talking into their headsets, some clearly worried. There was normally a fast pace up here but today it seemed different.

Glancing around, Sierra didn’t see Hayden anywhere but assumed he was in his office. Before she’d taken two steps in that direction, Marty, one of the tech guys, jumped up from his desk when he saw her. “Hey, honey. What are you doing up here?”

She normally didn’t like nicknames but Marty called everyone honey, including men. She smiled. “Just stopping by to see if Hayden could sneak away early.”

Marty’s eyes widened slightly. “Oh…he’s not here, honey. He said something about a date.”

A date? The word was like a punch to her gut. For a moment she was totally stunned, but she wasn’t going to show it front of anyone, especially not a coworker. This place was worse than a middle school when it came to gossip. So she pasted on a smile. “Oh, right. He mentioned that, I totally forgot.”


Katie Reus

About the WICKED FIRSTS Box Set:

Six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors (Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Elisabeth Naughton, and Joan Swan) bring you six all-new contemporary and super sexy suspense stories of first loves, first attractions, first temptations, first times and first obsessions.

Meet Author Katie Reus:Savannah Stuart

Katie Reus is the USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, Moon Shifter series and Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. To learn more about her please visit her website, blog, facebook or find her on twitter @katiereus.





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14 Responses to “Review: First Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City Series) by Katie Reus”

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    I love how all the art for each contribution compliments each other. Was it planned that way?

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  5. suzlyne

    Love Katie’s books! You know you’re going to get a great story when you open one of her books.

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    I’m torn between preordering and waiting to see if I win. 99 cents is hard to pass up…. Decisions.

  7. evamillien

    Thanks for sharing First Surrender and the giveaway. I love Katie Reus and I am looking forward to reading this book. evamillien at gmail dot com