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John Garrett is a cynical multi-millionaire who is rarely denied anything he wants, until the day he meets Sarah McAlister. Sarah's been hurt in the past and everything about the brooding rancher sends her defenses on high alert. She tries her best to stay out of his path, but his relentless pursuit makes him all but impossible to resist. John Garrett is a cynical multi-millionaire who is rarely denied anything he wants, until the day he meets Sarah McAlister. Sarah's been hurt in the past and everything about the brooding rancher sends her defenses on high alert. She tries her best to stay out of his path, but his relentless pursuit makes him all but impossible to resist.


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John Garrett is a cynical multi-millionaire who is rarely denied anything he wants, until the day he meets Sarah McAlister. Sarah's been hurt in the past and everything about the brooding rancher sends her defenses on high alert. She tries her best to stay out of his path, but his relentless pursuit makes him all but impossible to resist. John Garrett is a cynical multi-millionaire who is rarely denied anything he wants, until the day he meets Sarah McAlister. Sarah's been hurt in the past and everything about the brooding rancher sends her defenses on high alert. She tries her best to stay out of his path, but his relentless pursuit makes him all but impossible to resist.

30 review for Sarah's Surrender

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    4.5 stars. John is a true Alpha Male. Way OTT. Too controlling. He wants something and he will get it come hell or high water. I have read some of Lynda’s other books and yes, her Male Hero is usually tall, dark, grouchy, in charge – personally I love to read a book like this every now and again. Would I like such a person in real life – doubt it – but that’s what books are there for, for us to escape our reality and delve into our imaginations …. He fully admitted to himself that he was unsocial. 4.5 stars. John is a true Alpha Male. Way OTT. Too controlling. He wants something and he will get it come hell or high water. I have read some of Lynda’s other books and yes, her Male Hero is usually tall, dark, grouchy, in charge – personally I love to read a book like this every now and again. Would I like such a person in real life – doubt it – but that’s what books are there for, for us to escape our reality and delve into our imaginations …. He fully admitted to himself that he was unsocial. He flat-out didn’t enjoy people. Didn’t care for large crowds, didn’t like small talk of any kind. Usually he wasn’t quite so picky, just wanting a quick lay. But tonight, for reasons he didn’t care to analyze, not one single woman looked to be fuck-worthy. Real nice, John!! He was beyond arrogant; he was beyond egotistical. He was infuriating, maddening, totally beyond the pale, and way, way too sexy for his own good. ….. conceited, controlling, obscene and unrefined. And evidently she was the stupidest woman alive because she was seriously considering starting something with him. Naw, Sarah, not stupid. Would do the same myself. And I got my Seriously, every book should have one…..

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    Sarah's Surrender was an alright read. Though the main reason I found it alright was because of John. I found him quite interesting, hot and a little bit...crazy? It kinda worked for him, I think. Though if anyone had put that shit up with me, my hand would be meeting his face quite fast. Sarah was just...there. There was nothing special about her, nothing that made me love her as a woman, but John needed a female character so it might as well be her. “I’m not crazy. You’re wet for me al Sarah's Surrender was an alright read. Though the main reason I found it alright was because of John. I found him quite interesting, hot and a little bit...crazy? It kinda worked for him, I think. Though if anyone had put that shit up with me, my hand would be meeting his face quite fast. Sarah was just...there. There was nothing special about her, nothing that made me love her as a woman, but John needed a female character so it might as well be her. “I’m not crazy. You’re wet for me already, hon. If you think for one second I’m going to let some guy in Dallas dictate to me, you’re insane.” The story was nothing out of the ordinary. I've read plenty of books like this, but I kinda knew it when I started reading it, however I just wanted something simple, and simply and easy I got. Nothing really happened, expect us getting to know the characters sexually and how they act with each other. As I said: a simple story. Not really complaining though. He wanted to fuck her. Nothing more, nothing less. Quick basic facts: Genre: - Contemporary Romance Series: - Standalone Series Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No, not between the main characters, though Sarah's engaged in the beginning. (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)] Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Not sure... what she written more than this series? Would I recommend this book/series? - Yes, if you like a quick read if insta-lust and a possessive alpha male. Will I read this again in the future? - No. Rating - 3 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Sarah’s Surrender first caught my eye as I was looking over the bestselling books on New York Times. Many more indie and self-published authors are making this list, which means they’re selling thousands of copies in a week. As for the actual number sold in order to make the New York times, specifically the best selling ebook list, that’s a bit of a mystery. I’ve heard the minimum is 8,000 in order to be in the top 20, but then I’ve heard 15,000 must be sold in one week. Regardless of the amount Sarah’s Surrender first caught my eye as I was looking over the bestselling books on New York Times. Many more indie and self-published authors are making this list, which means they’re selling thousands of copies in a week. As for the actual number sold in order to make the New York times, specifically the best selling ebook list, that’s a bit of a mystery. I’ve heard the minimum is 8,000 in order to be in the top 20, but then I’ve heard 15,000 must be sold in one week. Regardless of the amount, when a book hits the New York Times, it’s a big deal. One such self published author, Lynda Chance has made the New York Times and USA Today with Sarah’s Surrender, a 165 page romance being sold at $2.99. The reviews for this one have been mixed, mainly because of the questionable actions of the hero regarding the heroine, but after reading the first chapter, I was interesting enough in buying the book. What a mistake that was. Sarah’s Surrender annoyed me to no end. What we have here is another stereotypical, rich, brooding cavemen alpha hero who lays claim to the innocent, almost annoyingly naïve heroine who tells the hero no with both words and her body, but the hero doesn’t care. Christine Feehan’s heroes come to mind (and I don't mean that as a compliment) when I think of John Garrett, the multi-millionaire rancher of some sorts who has a big chip on his shoulder based on the way he's written. John is peeved because he feels he has to keep giving out hand outs to every charity case in the area, including help making his town a better place. John is not a happy man and prefers to live a hermit lifestyle, but can’t because he has sexually needs that have to be taken care of. He doesn’t have a high opinion of the female race because of his spoiled and faithless hussy of an ex-wife. We know all of this because Lynda falls back on the not so successful way of allowing the reader into the character's mind to info dump and explain about the motivations of that character. She does this with John so the reader can gain sympathy for his situation. Unfortunately the more we know John’s internal musing, the more annoying he is and how unstable and almost psychotic his thoughts are that lead to disturbing actions he imparts when it comes to the heroine. The heroine is Sarah McAlister, a school teacher from Dallas who is on vacation. She has come back to this podunk town where she spent time with her grandparents and has fond memories. She has left behind her boyfriend, a safe and kind man who wants to marry her. Sarah is thinking of marrying her safe and kind boyfriend because he’s the total opposite of her ex-husband who was over the top controlling and possessive. How do we know this? Because Sarah tells the reader from her internal thoughts. Sarah stops for gas and that’s where she meets John. Since Sarah doesn’t have any idea how to pump her own gas, John takes over and does it for her with the purpose of getting to know her and hopefully sleep with her. But all bets are off when she says she’s engaged. John is now angry. He can’t get Sarah off his mind and it’s her fault. He goes to some bar to let off steam and release some of his unbridled sexual tension thanks to Sarah, that cocktease. He spots Sarah at the bar in very tiny shorts and he grows even angrier. How dare she be out and about in such tiny shorts, showing her cocktease legs, on the prowl to get laid when she told him she has a fiancé. He’ll show her! He grabs a woman and gives her a kiss in front of Sarah and then will use an office he’s given the okay to use by the owner of the bar, grab Sarah inside, invade her space and make her admit she wants him. He orders her to dump her fiancé at home so they can have sex, because he refuses to go after a woman who's promised to another. John scares Sarah but she can’t help respond to him and for no reason I can think of, she gives John a chance. Their paths cross again because she needs John help because he has money and the only way he’ll give it to her is if she accepts him, basically paying her for the right for her body in the guise of giving her a job. They dance around one another until John can’t take it any longer and one thing leads to another and Sarah allows him to plunder her body and soul in typical bodice ripper type fashion. Sarah’s Surrender is everything wrong in romance. This is a book I wouldn’t recommend to anyone and I wish I could return it for my money back. I know it became a WTFckery of a read when John plies Sarah with orange juice and vodka in the attempt to loosen her up so he can take her to bed. He thinks this, how he’ll get her drunk and seduce her, but then in the next sentence changes his mind so he’s shown that he isn’t a bad guy. This happens throughout the whole novel. John will make Sarah pay, he will seduce and have her, he will claim her, but then he’ll change his mind. This is Lynda’s way of showing the reader he’s not a bad guy and we can forgive him for his near psychotic and obsessive tendencies toward this woman who should run far, far away from this man. There's nothing engaging or appealing about John that I could find. So what if he’s virile, handsome and mega rich? His personality and outlook on life makes him unattractive and the way he treats Sarah is almost abusive. The fantasy factor can only go so far with this type of story and I really can’t see how anyone would think John is a woman’s fantasy come to life or that Sarah is a heroine we can admire. The ending is rushed and abrupt with some lame cutesy happily ever after ending that doesn’t fit the story in anyway. The plot is one-dimensional and has no real meat to it. It’s all surface reading and the love scenes are the typical, been there, done that ones I’ve read time and again. Sarah’s Surrender is a big fail and is promoting the dark side of love romance with John, who is the farthest from what a hero should be. A big pass on this one. Horrible. I want a refund.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ~Nichole~ Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

    Months ago I tried reading this.. To put it down for 2 reasons. 1 Sarah was engaged.. And I was afraid the cheating would make me mad. 2 John was an ass. Like totally. At first there wasn't much more to him except jerk, mean, bossy, arrogant, and so on. Usually I love a lot of the bossy and take charge alpha tendency. But there has to be that underlying care, tenderness, sweetness. So I stopped. I picked it back up after reading the other book because I wanted to know how Lynda would make John b Months ago I tried reading this.. To put it down for 2 reasons. 1 Sarah was engaged.. And I was afraid the cheating would make me mad. 2 John was an ass. Like totally. At first there wasn't much more to him except jerk, mean, bossy, arrogant, and so on. Usually I love a lot of the bossy and take charge alpha tendency. But there has to be that underlying care, tenderness, sweetness. So I stopped. I picked it back up after reading the other book because I wanted to know how Lynda would make John being a widower, and a manwhore after his wife died work. I actually expected to hate him even more but like a car wreck on the interstate I couldn't look away. I'm glad I didn't. Its like slowly he started peeling back that jerk to show the true simple caveman LOL underneath. Its like pure possessive need drove him and he didn't even understand himself as to why he was acting like he did. He had never wanted the things he did with Sarah before. He hadn't ever needed anyone like her before. And all those questions about his marriage and Sarahs engagement were answered to my satisfaction. Simply put this was OTT alpha at its best pure caveman romance and I'm in line for the next Alpha Addicts NotSoAnnonymous meeting that starts in a lot 5 minutes but.. Well I just saw another book by this author on my kindle so Oops I'm not gonna make it. Safety (view spoiler)[ He meets her.. They see each other again later at a bar. He is pissed that she's not giving him the time of day. He kisses a shank.. Hates it.. Then Sarah is engaged to a "nice guy" who doesn't ever show up in the book. She breaks it off by phone.. Yea wasn't much of a relationship. She didn't love him. Her friend didn't even think he was straight lol. So after those 2 things it's safe. Oh and he's a widow but his ex cheated on him so he filed for divorce and she died before signing the papers. Sarah was married before and was cheated on too. They used condoms but he adamantly was opposed to that.. And couldn't figure out why lol (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    MelissaB

    I didn't like the hero at all, he was borderline abusive and I could see him taking it a step further if he was in the heat of the moment. He was just so physical to her and ran rough shod over her, he seemed to care mostly about his wants and needs and barely about hers. Their relationship such as it was seemed to only be about sex and the characters weren't fleshed out very well. I didn't like the hero at all, he was borderline abusive and I could see him taking it a step further if he was in the heat of the moment. He was just so physical to her and ran rough shod over her, he seemed to care mostly about his wants and needs and barely about hers. Their relationship such as it was seemed to only be about sex and the characters weren't fleshed out very well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)

    4 Dawn of the Caveman Stars Look.Even I like an Alpha male that talks in 2 syllables from time to time.But Damn Girl ! The hero John is seriously in a league of his own.The hero's crazy obsessiveness almost earned this book a 3 stars from me but his redeeming qualities toward the end of the book convinced me I was being a bit to harsh with the ratings. So a 4 it is. Warning: DO NOT PICK THIS BOOK IF...Overly Possesive stalker kind of boyfriends offend or freak you out. Keep in mind this book is 4 Dawn of the Caveman Stars Look.Even I like an Alpha male that talks in 2 syllables from time to time.But Damn Girl ! The hero John is seriously in a league of his own.The hero's crazy obsessiveness almost earned this book a 3 stars from me but his redeeming qualities toward the end of the book convinced me I was being a bit to harsh with the ratings. So a 4 it is. Warning: DO NOT PICK THIS BOOK IF...Overly Possesive stalker kind of boyfriends offend or freak you out. Keep in mind this book is just a fantasy. A novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    4 stars as it reminded me of the Over-the-top heroes in those angsty un-PC HP books that I love. In the real world the hero would be stalker/control freak material, but in romancelandia, he fits right in. My favorite by this author so far.

  8. 4 out of 5

    CC

    I totally enjoyed this! I thought it was hilarious! I loved the über alpha male antics. It was so much fun!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Well that hero was definitely uber alpha. Having been warned going in I was able just to enjoy the total over the topness of him. Of course dealing with a guy like this in real life might be scary but he was fun to read about. I like the whole primal jealousy thing. Thanks Melissa for the loan.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Note to self: Heroine was pregnant with another man's child. Note to self: Heroine was pregnant with another man's child.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Alpha male anyone?? Ooo, yes right here! John is a loaded, skeptical, all alpha male kind of guy who is well known in not only his town, also in towns crossing over. He always gets what he wants when he wants it, has no qualms using his status as intimidation and is a possessive overprotective sexy Texan. Enters Sarah. She stops into town every summer to live at her family owned ranch while on break from her teaching job, and happens to run into John who at first is a total douche to her (well bec Alpha male anyone?? Ooo, yes right here! John is a loaded, skeptical, all alpha male kind of guy who is well known in not only his town, also in towns crossing over. He always gets what he wants when he wants it, has no qualms using his status as intimidation and is a possessive overprotective sexy Texan. Enters Sarah. She stops into town every summer to live at her family owned ranch while on break from her teaching job, and happens to run into John who at first is a total douche to her (well because hello, he is a skeptic/cynic choose your poison), and then cannot stop thinking about her. Perhaps because she is the first person to deny his help, or is it deny him?? Regardless, there is an extremely fun game of cat and mouse he plays to win her over due to situations that would certainly hinder their relationship. John is willing to play this game and uses the words that would sweep any woman off her feet..Ahem ladies, pay attention: "Romance, huh?" At her nod, he continued, "You're beautiful," he started slowly and then seemed to get into the groove. "You're sweet and kind and deserve someone special." His hand moved back to her hair and her eyes were glued to his, waiting. "I'll never be someone special. I'm just an ordinary guy. But if it's within my power to be even a tenth of what you deserve, I'm going to try my damndest." Ummm SWOON! I'm sure reading that has just put a smile on your face, just as it did mine...It's not all romance though. No no. Not in a book with an alpha male! It's hot and steamy and if I haven't said it enough, I will say it again. John is ALL alpha male and isn't afraid to let it be known! Example?...I was just thinking that :) At a local bar, upon seeing a man putting an arm around his woman, he "attacks""Take a good look and then don't ever look in her direction again. She's mine. You fuck with what's mine and you'll live to regret it." *sighs dreamily* I think my point has been proven...Sadly, I have no more quotes to sum up the goodness of the end, because I do not want to give away what happens! If you are looking for a short and steamy read, Sarah's Surrender is right up your alley :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julz

    3.5 I kind of feel guilty that I liked this one because the hero was juuuust a little close to needing anger management at a domestic violence clinic. However, in his defense, he was mostly hot air and empty threats with no real physical violence other than some wrist squeezing. He is meant to be a ubber alpha male and is at least that for sure. I could get all clinical and say that the heroine has a pattern for entering abusive relationships, but that would take the fun out it ;D She was strongi 3.5 I kind of feel guilty that I liked this one because the hero was juuuust a little close to needing anger management at a domestic violence clinic. However, in his defense, he was mostly hot air and empty threats with no real physical violence other than some wrist squeezing. He is meant to be a ubber alpha male and is at least that for sure. I could get all clinical and say that the heroine has a pattern for entering abusive relationships, but that would take the fun out it ;D She was strongish, though, other than letting the hero control her to a maximum degree. I read up on the author and think I will try more of her stories. She likes to write about alpha males who act on thoughts and urges without the restrictions of what you find in most romances today (think Kitty Thomas without the whips and chains, maybe), but who don't share and are monogomous (kind of gives her stories away, eh? ;) So if you like alpha males who might be just a little too much, but you are a stickler for monogomy in your stories and HEAs, well you'll like this story and probably others by the author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deserie williams

    Contain spoilers!! this was an ok read. I didn't like that the H was pushing h to have sex. I love my alpha men but he was a little too much . The h's past bothered me too. I'm assuming no condom with her ex because she got pregnant and I didn't like that.lol other than that I somewhat enjoyed it. Safe with exception H kisses OW . h told him she was engaged so he thought she was off limits. h is engaged to a man when meeting H . she has never had sex with him .she does kiss H before breaking it of Contain spoilers!! this was an ok read. I didn't like that the H was pushing h to have sex. I love my alpha men but he was a little too much . The h's past bothered me too. I'm assuming no condom with her ex because she got pregnant and I didn't like that.lol other than that I somewhat enjoyed it. Safe with exception H kisses OW . h told him she was engaged so he thought she was off limits. h is engaged to a man when meeting H . she has never had sex with him .she does kiss H before breaking it off. both were married before H ex died and cheated on him .h's ex cheated on her while she was pregnant which causes her to miscarry.both didnt really love their exes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CeCe

    This book was an okay read. Nothing like Marcos's Redemption which I loved and will reread. I do enjoy Lynda Chances' alpha males. Therefore, I will be reading more of her books. Plus, I do like the author' s writing style. This book was just missing something. I can't put my finger on it. This book was an okay read. Nothing like Marcos's Redemption which I loved and will reread. I do enjoy Lynda Chances' alpha males. Therefore, I will be reading more of her books. Plus, I do like the author' s writing style. This book was just missing something. I can't put my finger on it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    (ツ) Hache

    I'm not sure Lynda Chance's books are supposed to be funny but that's what I get out of them, I just love how she writes her alpha males, so outrageously over the top that all you can really do is just laugh. Sarah meets the H at a gas station and he's instantly lusting after her He had only three thoughts banging around in his brain. Who the hell was she, where did she live, and how fast could he possibly get her naked and horizontal on a flat surface? He wanted to fuck her. Nothing more, noth I'm not sure Lynda Chance's books are supposed to be funny but that's what I get out of them, I just love how she writes her alpha males, so outrageously over the top that all you can really do is just laugh. Sarah meets the H at a gas station and he's instantly lusting after her He had only three thoughts banging around in his brain. Who the hell was she, where did she live, and how fast could he possibly get her naked and horizontal on a flat surface? He wanted to fuck her. Nothing more, nothing less I just love the crude way the author writes. So we have Sarah and she's already engaged to another guy, I didn't really get this relationship because she lived in another town away from him and even mentioned shed never had sex with him. her best friend thinks he's gay of course. He doesn't make an appearance in this book at all. The second time they meet once he knows she's engaged he's already telling her to brake it off, Sarah just thinks he's crazy. “I’m not crazy. You’re wet for me already, hon. If you think for one second I’m going to let some guy in Dallas dictate to me, you’re insane.” “This heat I’m feeling is for me. You want me to fuck you just as damn bad as I want to fuck you. Otherwise you wouldn’t be pissed I kissed what’s her name, and your panties wouldn’t be so wet that I can smell your scent.” So at this point we already know what's going to happen so I wont spoil it anymore. There were some HOT moments and plenty of sexual tension and more outrageous possessive and jealous stuff that happens. There where also a couple moments when the guy would give off this rapey vibe “I’m sick of this shit. I’m sick of walking on goddamn eggshells around you. You’re not going to give it up until I force you into it.” Of course this TSTL girl is all for it. Again I read this for a good laugh, when I need a crude alpha-male fix I come to this author, this is my 3rd book from her and all her characters sound the same.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    04/16/2013 -- Overall Stars = 2.5 Stars Book Cover / Book Blurb = 3 / 3 = 3 Stars Writer’s Voice = 2.5 Stars Character Development = 3 Stars Story Appreciation = 3 Stars Worth the Chili = 3 Stars [$2.99 on Amazon] Okay ... I get it. You read one Lynda Chance, you've pretty much read them all. But, this isn't always a bad thing. She doesn't sell herself as something she's not. She tells you she writes the tough to like alpha. Exactly. Simple reads. Not a whole lotta' whoopla. Just easy to read, put down 04/16/2013 -- Overall Stars = 2.5 Stars Book Cover / Book Blurb = 3 / 3 = 3 Stars Writer’s Voice = 2.5 Stars Character Development = 3 Stars Story Appreciation = 3 Stars Worth the Chili = 3 Stars [$2.99 on Amazon] Okay ... I get it. You read one Lynda Chance, you've pretty much read them all. But, this isn't always a bad thing. She doesn't sell herself as something she's not. She tells you she writes the tough to like alpha. Exactly. Simple reads. Not a whole lotta' whoopla. Just easy to read, put down, and move on. I'm reading her backlist -- as many as appeal right now. As Wanele says, "trying to clean my palate." I've been on a huge run of bad luck trying to read more complex stories, so I'm just enjoying the simple same-ness this author gives me. Happy Simple Reading ... me right now!

  17. 4 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    I'll say 3.25 stars. I might just let loose with a load of cliches. A train wreck & I couldn't look away. The writing was very campy. So OTT and exaggerated. The first few pages were so full of inner thoughts and descriptions, I almost dnf'd right there. It took 3 or 4 pages to talk about pumping gas. Another part: almost 2 full pages about the door bell ringing. Oh boy, where's the dialogue? The plot? It started to get better after about 25%. They started to talk. He started to tell her what to I'll say 3.25 stars. I might just let loose with a load of cliches. A train wreck & I couldn't look away. The writing was very campy. So OTT and exaggerated. The first few pages were so full of inner thoughts and descriptions, I almost dnf'd right there. It took 3 or 4 pages to talk about pumping gas. Another part: almost 2 full pages about the door bell ringing. Oh boy, where's the dialogue? The plot? It started to get better after about 25%. They started to talk. He started to tell her what to do. She would (act like) she was listening. I laughed at parts that were supposed to be serious. I still kept on reading-turning the pages. I couldn't look away. The surprise? I liked it, although I'm very glad that is was a short book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I personally didn't like the overbearing aggressive nature of John. He was more than alpha male. Having said that, I enjoyed the read 3 1/3 to 4 stars. I personally didn't like the overbearing aggressive nature of John. He was more than alpha male. Having said that, I enjoyed the read 3 1/3 to 4 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    MrsShyCage

    Dear Authors, please stop confusing "alpha" with "asshole." They are NOT the same. Dear Authors, please stop confusing "alpha" with "asshole." They are NOT the same.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    The beginning of the story was frightening. She should have slapped him with a restraining order! When they first meet, at a gas station, he is gruff and bad tempered until he sees her well and realizes he wants her. He badgers her for her name, last name, is she married?...later on he gets upset at the way she dresses, if she goes out with her friend to a bar, forces her to take off her engagement ring and break off her engagement, to another man. He was excessively jealous and possessive. But The beginning of the story was frightening. She should have slapped him with a restraining order! When they first meet, at a gas station, he is gruff and bad tempered until he sees her well and realizes he wants her. He badgers her for her name, last name, is she married?...later on he gets upset at the way she dresses, if she goes out with her friend to a bar, forces her to take off her engagement ring and break off her engagement, to another man. He was excessively jealous and possessive. But of course is supposed to mean that he was that much into her from the beginning and that makes it romantic (shrugging shoulders).

  21. 4 out of 5

    J.S. Scott

    Ummm...alpha anyone? What a fun fantasy! Yes. Yes. I know in real life that John might be considered over the top and be slapped with a restraining order, but I always let go of reality and just enjoy my Lynda Chance books and her jealous, irritable and totally sexy heroes and likable heroines. This was a great escape read and I enjoyed every minute of it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    John was just too overbearing for me… he is portrayed as a mega uber super duper alpha male. Not sure I’ve even made my point yet ;) If his character was toned down just a bit more I may have enjoyed the book more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yesenia Gonzalez

    Ott alpha male , I think john was way over the top but for some reason I found it hot. Sarah was very standoffish with him but she had her reasons. When these to finally got together it was explosive, I loved the ending. Hope to get more storys like this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Varied Books

    Annoyed me that H did not open the h car door.

  25. 4 out of 5

    catzkc

    I’m at a loss as to how to rate this. It was so bad! And I don’t mean bad in the cool way. I mean as in terrible, horrible, awful! But it was like watching a train wreck in progress - you can’t tear your eyes away. I would read one scene that was so overboard, over-the-top, wretchedly bad, and put it down saying that I just couldn’t take any more. Then I’d start thinking, what other horrible, abominable thing can this author come up with next? Can she possibly top it? And the answer was usually I’m at a loss as to how to rate this. It was so bad! And I don’t mean bad in the cool way. I mean as in terrible, horrible, awful! But it was like watching a train wreck in progress - you can’t tear your eyes away. I would read one scene that was so overboard, over-the-top, wretchedly bad, and put it down saying that I just couldn’t take any more. Then I’d start thinking, what other horrible, abominable thing can this author come up with next? Can she possibly top it? And the answer was usually “Yes,” and thus recycle! From a sheer entertainment perspective, this was a 5 star - I’ve never laughed, rolled my eyes and guffawed so much reading a romance! And I don’t think that’s what the author intended! If she did, then my apologies!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Waste of time. No character development, story is shitty, hero is bully, heroine is wet just as she sees the idiotic arrogant "hero"...And I just wanted to shoot them both. To make a story even more predictable and shitty author just needed to add some personal drama, she added it and in overly sweet ending she manages to create fairy tale and just to be sure you are truly dead by the end of it all, to negate personal drama... Hero was acting as selfish childlish bully, nothing attractive about th Waste of time. No character development, story is shitty, hero is bully, heroine is wet just as she sees the idiotic arrogant "hero"...And I just wanted to shoot them both. To make a story even more predictable and shitty author just needed to add some personal drama, she added it and in overly sweet ending she manages to create fairy tale and just to be sure you are truly dead by the end of it all, to negate personal drama... Hero was acting as selfish childlish bully, nothing attractive about that. Someone hand him his dummy, please. So....one star and it can be happy I read worse, or it would end in Garbage shelf.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nithu

    For a short and a quick read this book was amazing !!!!!! .........

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    3.75 out of 5. This is one of those short novels that you either like or you don't. The hero is pushy, dominant in the extreme in his mannerisms and in his level of inner angst that drives his obsession with Sarah, a woman he first met in a gas station. He protected his soft inner feelings with this distant I'm-in-charge-and-I'm-going-to-have-you-my-way kind of attitude, one that is well calculated to get messy and angry and in Sarah's case, not a real positive response. That she is turned on by 3.75 out of 5. This is one of those short novels that you either like or you don't. The hero is pushy, dominant in the extreme in his mannerisms and in his level of inner angst that drives his obsession with Sarah, a woman he first met in a gas station. He protected his soft inner feelings with this distant I'm-in-charge-and-I'm-going-to-have-you-my-way kind of attitude, one that is well calculated to get messy and angry and in Sarah's case, not a real positive response. That she is turned on by his dominance is, in some ways, beside the point. There is about him a sense of the desperate, a man who is so lost for real connection that he plows his way through women for the satisfaction he needs, yet he knows that down deep he needs the sense of safety, security, and connection that only a trusting relationship can bring. He is scared stiff to have that after being so deeply hurt and betrayed. So he and Sarah circle around each other like two junk yard dogs until John finally cracks and while he is never brutal with her physically, he most definitely "takes" her or claims her as he puts it. I have to say that I really like this author's writing and her stories are always a fun and very erotic read. But there are times when I want to smack John up side his head for being as he is. But then, Sarah has that winsome way about her that breaks him down simply by accepting him as he is. The Good Book says, "A soft answer turns away wrath." And it seems that is what works here. This story is a take off of Ms Chance's earlier novel "Staking his Claim" and there are cameo appearances of some of that novel's characters briefly toward the end of this story. The hero in that story was also the I-saw-her-and-I-want-her-and-I'm-going-to-have-her kind of alpha male as well. What is it with these Texas men? A really fun read. Just had to shave a few decimal points off my rating because the jury is still out over men who are so darn pushy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    B.E.Love

    **re-read** Another great short by Lynda Chance. Sarah stays every summer at her grandparents old farmhouse that was given to her when they passed away. On her way to her ranch house Sarah meets John, there is an instant connection but Sarah thinks John will only hurt her and cheat on her like her ex husband so she tells him she's engaged. Sarah actually is engaged but doesn't love the OM and just stays with him because he is safe(they really don't have a relationship and it's mentioned by her fr **re-read** Another great short by Lynda Chance. Sarah stays every summer at her grandparents old farmhouse that was given to her when they passed away. On her way to her ranch house Sarah meets John, there is an instant connection but Sarah thinks John will only hurt her and cheat on her like her ex husband so she tells him she's engaged. Sarah actually is engaged but doesn't love the OM and just stays with him because he is safe(they really don't have a relationship and it's mentioned by her friend that he is gay and needs a cover). After there first meeting neither can get the other out of their mind, and they happen to see each other again at a bar. John decides he won't take no for an answer and finally convinces Sarah to dump her fiancé( she also realizes that she doesn't want to marry for fear but instead for love) and be with him. As there relationship grows they fall in love but are both scared of what will happens when the summer ends and Sarah has to leave. John is the typical Lynda Chance Hero: strong, possessive, demanding, and all consuming. I loved this book Lynda is great at writing short stories I'm always pulled in and get a great story and a great romance out of her book. She makes me feel like Iv'e read a full length book because she's so good at what she does and never skimps on anything in a book that a lot of authors tend to do with short stories. If you like Lynda chance, or you love a possessive hero this book is a must.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Ok -- in erotica, there's lots of badass alpha heroes. But in "Sarah's Surrender" there's John Garrett, who's so over-the-top aggressive that he must be suffering from a borderline personality disorder.... Sarah McAlister, a sweet and pretty schoolmarm...oops, I mean high school math teacher, meets John when she's driving through town on her way home. As he helps her pump gas, John's immediately attracted to her, and decides to pursue her. When it turns out that Sarah needs John's help with a fun Ok -- in erotica, there's lots of badass alpha heroes. But in "Sarah's Surrender" there's John Garrett, who's so over-the-top aggressive that he must be suffering from a borderline personality disorder.... Sarah McAlister, a sweet and pretty schoolmarm...oops, I mean high school math teacher, meets John when she's driving through town on her way home. As he helps her pump gas, John's immediately attracted to her, and decides to pursue her. When it turns out that Sarah needs John's help with a fundraising project, he persuades her to go out with him, and then persuades her to break her engagement. Sarah has lots of doubts, and says "no" a lot, but is so overwhelmed by John that she gives in..a lot. Evidently, to John "No" doesn't mean NO!...and you almost can't blame him, since Sarah obviously doesn't mean it either. For me, John's not much of hero - or even an anti-hero. As we learn through the story, he's had a marriage go bad, but really...his response is to become an in-your-face jerk? In addition to my problems with the characters, I found the writing style problematic. There's way too much narrative...sometimes there's pages without any dialogue at all, just lots of description. The word usage is awkward and jarring, and I found myself focusing on that, rather than the story.

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