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Surrender (Volume 1) Audiobook

Surrender (Volume 1)

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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "RIP OFF .. This "book" doesn't end, it stops"

    I am disgusted..don't worry about a "spoiler" this story stops in the middle!. Shame on the author AND AUDIBLE BOOKS for fleecing $$$ from us because we'd have to buy the next "book" in the series. Personally I will NOT!!!!

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    K. Velthaus USA 02-06-17
    K. Velthaus USA 02-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    not keen on narrators voice or inflection. overall a great steamy storycant wait for volume 2

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    G. D. Whitfield 11-09-16 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader/listener of all things, though not so avid about science fiction. The books I could not get through are very few!

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    "REALLY!!!!!?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A "girl" under 16......maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Melody Anne again?

    Yes. I'm much better off reading her books. I have not come across a narrator for her books that makes them worth my money nor my time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In all ways!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NOT ONE!!


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    AHC 08-08-16
    AHC 08-08-16
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    "very poor narration and a cliff hanger..."

    The narration was horrible, with no sense of context, tone or inflection. I think the story was much better than it came across, although the cliff hanger made me want a refund on this free book.

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    RDK58 07-30-16
    RDK58 07-30-16
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    "hate cliffhangers"

    ended with a cliffhanger. too predictable. narrator's style isn't as enjoyable for me as otjers

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-16
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    "horrible narration"

    The narration was so overly dramatic, I really couldn't tell if the content was decent or not. Update: I'll never know. I finally gave up after realizing there were three more volumes. There's hi way I could make it through them so I've decided to cut my losses.

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    kytten 06-11-16
    kytten 06-11-16 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Seriously? No."

    This was obviously another author trying to replicate the popularity of FSOG and failing horribly. Not only was the miserable ass of a "Dom" so much less sympathetic than Christian, the wilting boo-hoo poor me "sub" was even more pathetic than Ana. Though I should have expected it, I hoped that there'd be at least a half decent ending to the first book but, no... a cliffhanger. As much as I prefer to finish a story, I won't be buying any more of these books.

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    Cathy Henderson 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Surrender"
    Where does Surrender (Volume 1) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good and I enjoyed it. With the exception of an error where the narrator used the voice of the guy to say something by the female. She did a good job.


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

    Overall a good story. Typical Melody Anne stories which I enjoy.


    Have you listened to any of Saskia Maarleveld’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She did an ok job. Some of the characters sounded very similar.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't like the fact that this book had a cliff hanger. In fact the first 3 books end in a cliffhanger. I didn't like all the women in these four books going back and forth so much about if they loved the guy or not! It was ridiculous. One minute they are telling the guy no and then end up in bed with them the next minute.


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    Kay 01-15-16
    Kay 01-15-16 Member Since 2012

    Kay

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    "The reader performed Rafes voice horribly."

    I got no sense that Rafe could ever have any redeeming qualities because the reader made him sound like a filthy old evil, vile creep. I couldn't picture him as attractive, but as a short, hunched over, old Egore, and it was hard for me to connect the kindness he showed for his family to the gruff and discussing dirty evil monster that the reader forced me to picture.

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    7/3/14
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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