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Surrender (Volume 1) | [Melody Anne]

Surrender (Volume 1)

Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He's looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she's looking for redemption. They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him.
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Publisher's Summary

Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He's looking for a no-emotions-attached mistress. She's looking for redemption. They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him.

Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it's too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for. Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He's got the Midas touch, since every endeavor he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party's come out mutually benefited.

Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she's ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that's too good to be true. It turns out she's right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she's sent on her way, only to find out her mother's near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom's only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother's the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?

©2013 Melody Anne (P)2013 Melody Anne

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-27-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "WOW! So good that I am upset volume 2 is not out.."

    I really like this book so so much... I was really upset at the end, b/c I just knew volume 2 wasn't out. I usually wait until at least 2 book in a series are out before I get it... But I took a chance and I loved this. Now I am left wanting more...

    Rafe was HOT! Ari was so cute on how she tried to be all serious but completely gave in to Rafe. I liked Rafe's family too. His sister were a hoot! Great Great book... will leave you wanting more... Cliffhanger ending!!! BEWARE!!!

    Great Credit or Buy... but you might want to wait until book 2 comes out b/c it will leave you craving more...

    Narration was great.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-12-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-12-13 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Had potential"
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    It's a shame the narrator was not good as the story has potential. I did not like Saskia's portrayal of Rafe's voice at all. It grinded on my nerves the entire book. If another narrator is used for the next book i might continue with the series but i will give it a miss if Saskia is narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 01-06-14
    Karen Oxford, New Zealand 01-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.

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    "Disappointing Ending"

    While I had read other reviews advising of a cliffhanger ending, I hadn't realized just how much of a cliffhanger it was. There is no resolution to this story, and having looked at reviews of the second book in this series it seems that the second book ends just as abruptly. To be honest, I just don't care enough about any of the characters in this book to worry about what happens next so I won't be bothering to read anymore. I did, however, enjoy Saskia Maarleveld's narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I love audio books that the characters come to life and have me feeling as if I was there too.

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    "Oh this series started off gooodd... :)"

    There was a contract, resistant, drama, stalking, oh and that cliffhanger had me raging and wanting so much more!! Audibles needs more MA books ASAP. This book already has me ready to "Surrender" my money for the rest of the series. Happy Listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris 11-12-13
    chris 11-12-13
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    "Narrator makes you go to sleep."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. The voices of the different characters were hard to tell apart. She does not do male voices well. It would be better if she didn't try sounding male.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Melody Anne? Why or why not?

    The story was pretty repetitive. She drug it out too long. It wasn't real to the world.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She really needs to work on her male voices and she also needs to add a little, not be so bland sounding.


    Was Surrender (Volume 1) worth the listening time?

    No.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-11-13
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    "Story, 5 stars - Narrator, 1 star!"
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    I love this story but the narrator is the worst ever. I stopped listening about half way through & bought the book on Amazon & finished reading it myself. She made the voice for all the characters sound like they were really angry all the time & her voice for Rafe sound like he was a 60 year old balding fat man, when in reality he was a 31 year old extremely hot man. I recommend this book...TO READ, but skip the audio. I hope for the rest of the books in this series they get a different narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Carroll 09-17-14
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    "Self-righteous woman and Billionaire"
    What made the experience of listening to Surrender (Volume 1) the most enjoyable?

    Not really a bad story. Ari didn't bother me that much when I read the story but when I heard it audibly, I wanted to slap her!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saskia Maarleveld?

    ANYONE that doesn't take a loud audible breath at the end of EVERY FREAKING sentence!


    Any additional comments?

    Between Saska and Ari I won't, can't bear to listen to it again or the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renada GREENSBORO, GA, United States 07-03-14
    Renada GREENSBORO, GA, United States 07-03-14
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    "Please help the NARRATOR SASKIA!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Surrender (Volume 1) to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the printed version, because the narrator made it impossible for me to enjoy the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surrender (Volume 1)?

    It was hard for me to enjoy the book due to how it was read!! And I love this book and Melody Anne.


    What didn’t you like about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance?

    she ws horrible the way she spoke and made Rafe sound was horrendous. Saskia extended her words a little too much and cause me to have many headaches throughout the story!!!! My question is WHY keep it posted allow some one else to reread the book and repost it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bend to my will......becasue I never lose.


    Any additional comments?

    Please re do this book and give it the glory that it deserve!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LISA 06-22-14
    LISA 06-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A VERY DUMB ENDING"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Surrender (Volume 1) to be better than the print version?

    DIDN'T READ


    What other book might you compare Surrender (Volume 1) to and why?

    SHADES OF GREY- BUT SHADES GREY SERIES ALL HAD GREAT ENDING.


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    ARIA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE BROKEN UP INTO VOLUMES. THE AUTHOR IS BEING GREEDY!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    IF ALL HER BOOKS ARE WRITTEN IN UNFINISHED ENDININGS, I WILL NOT BE FOLLOWING OR PURCHASING ANYMORE OF HER BOOKS. THIS IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST.

    THOUGH I DID ENJOY THE STORY. IT SHOULD BE ONE CREDIT NOT THREE.

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    Buffy Red Springs, NC, United States 06-02-14
    Buffy Red Springs, NC, United States 06-02-14
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    "Surrender is trully the best name for this book."
    Would you listen to Surrender (Volume 1) again? Why?

    Yes, yes and yes. I loved the going back and forth between the two of them. It was such a turn on to see what was going to happen next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rafe, cause he is so darn sexy.


    What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way she exspress the different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to Book 1 and book 2 back to back with cat naps in between. I just could not wait to see what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    Melody Anne you are a awesome writer, I cant wait to see what you do next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "There are better books to spend a credit on"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think this book had potential, it needed a stronger and less predictable story line.

    Saskia had a nice tone, I am not sure she did the Raf's character any justice.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Saskia Maarleveld?



    Robert Petkoff


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