From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Katie Reus, the first novella in her newest series! First Surrender launches The Serafina: Sin City series
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
©2012 Katie Reus (P)2014 Katie Reus
Somehow I didn't know this book was all of 1 hour and a half, but in that short time, it was jam packed with action, humor, and hot lusty sex! It was good. For such a short story, the plot was sensible and kept me listening. If I'm being really honest, the hottie ex-Seal kept me glue to my headphones! I love a man that sees what he wants and goes for it! If the audio production was a bit better, I'd consider giving this 4-stars for sure. If this is on sale, totally worth it, otherwise, wait until there's a deal .
Yes, I would recommend this book to my friends and family. I have read this book and also listened it in the audio version. I loved Hayden and Sierra's story, this book has it all romance, suspense, and very steamy.
The most memorable moment of First Surrender was when Sierra got attacked at work. I loved how Hayden ran out to her and made sure that she was ok. I loved how Hayden finally admitted his feelings for Sierra.
I had a couple favorite scene, the first one was when Sierra was looking for Hayden and she was told that he was on a date, she was upset when she saw Iris Christiansen, and Iris asked if she needed to kick Hayden's ass. I also loved when Hayden's brother told him to wait until next week to tell Sierra his feelings because there is a pool going around to when he finally admits it.
Suspense that is hot and steamy!
I loved Ryan Hudson's voice, I was able to listen and stay involved in the story. His voice is smooth and sexy and was very enjoyable to listen to. This is the first book in the Serafina: Sin City Series. It is a wonderful start to a fantastic series.
It was a short story but was enjoyable. The characters are well developed and fun. It makes you want to listen to more of Katie Reus books. I have most of them and wait for more.
If you want a short book that just keeps you engaged and warms your heart, and has just a hint of mystery too it this is good for you. While very predictable, it is still a wonderfully written book that I completely enjoyed.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Katie Reus books are always enjoyable. This is the first book in the Sin City series, about the Serafina Hotel and it's employees. I like it. Very basic damsel in distress story, but the alpha maleness is what makes this story stand out. So smexy!
Great for a quick listen/read!
Narration was great... no complaints here... Great credit, or sale.
NUMBER OF STARS: 4
Novella’s always leave me wanting more and Katie Reus’ First Surrender is no different. I wanted more of Hayden & Sierra. These two have been tip toeing around each other for a year. Neither knowing how the other truly feels. But when Sierra is attacked at work Hayden realizes that life is short and now is his time to make a move.
That is all you get. Because this is a novella my review is short too. But I did love this novella and can’t wait to see what Katie has in store for us next.
The narrator took me a little getting use to, but after that I really enjoyed his reading
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
The first book in the Serafina, Sin City series is a wonderful novella and one of the better introductions to an author’s work that I have experienced. My first option to review a Katie Reus title starts in a Las Vegas casino and features characters that are familiar (I am told) from her Red Stone Security Series.
Sierra is the head chef at the casino’s restaurant, and over the past year she and Hayden have formed a great friendship, although both have a closer relationship in mind. When she is attacked leaving work one night Hayden feels the need to step in and take care of her. Security is ramping up, and the questions about the ‘who’ and ‘why’ are on everyone’s mind.
Hayden didn’t want Sierra to be alone, so he brought her home with him. While his intentions were leaning to seduction, his absorbed claiming of her, the comfort he feels with her, and the desire to share thoughts, feelings and his past with her have him confused. Always attracted to her, he was more than a bit broken when he retired from his military service, and she was the only one to call him on his bad behavior. Unknown to him, she was also fantasizing about him, and wanting to get closer, the only thing stopping her was her own issues with self-esteem. Growing up she was in the shadow of her older sister, always feeling chubby and less, and still believed that men would want her sister, not her, for romance.
While there are a couple of steamy scenes, the more heartwarming moments are the honest communication and Hayden’s willingness to try to answer questions that are not easy, and his obvious desire to claim her for his very own.
Narration is provided by Ryan Hudson, and he manages to balance soft moments with the harsher responses or action scenes without over-acting or overly emphatic expletives, tone changes or voice manipulation to indicate the different characters. It’s the perfect tone and presentation for a story told predominantly in Hayden’s point of view, and feels natural.
My first Katie Reus book, and it will not be my last – she may even convert me from my lack of interest in ex-military stories, a trope that has never really stirred me to read.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Sierra and Hayden are buddies. (Both have more than “buddy” feelings for each other but are afraid to let on and possibly lose their friendship.) They have a long standing Thursday night date doing “buddy” things. Sierra goes to Hayden’s office to meet him and is told by a co-worker that he is gone on date. Sierra is hurt by this and leaves. She is attacked in the parking garage at work. Hayden then gets his chance to get Sierra to himself and "make his move". Being in proximity they share their feelings with each other. Ryan Hudson did a good job with the narration of this book. He did especially well with the nuances of Hayden's character. The chapters and story flowed well.
This is a fast paced story with very interesting characters. It is suspenseful and has plenty of steamy heat. Sierra has a stalker, Hayden is her overprotective alpha and their chemistry is off the charts. Great story, great author and a fantastic narrator with a wonderful voice.
Gifted a copy for review
I would definitely recommend this book to any lover of romantic suspense. There's an interesting and suspenseful storyline with characters so likable that you easily become invested in their outcome. My attention was grabbed from the beginning and kept until the end. This was a good start to a new series and the perfect length for a listen to after a long work day.
I would compare it to any other of Katie Reus' romantic suspense stories. She writes about strong alpha heroes and the women who complete them.
Everything! The narration was excellent; this narrator really brought this story to life with meaningful pauses and the emotions he brought to the words. The words were clear, well-paced and easy to follow. The use of different voices for the different characters brought a depth to the reading.
I received a complimentary copy from the author for an honest review.
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