Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare
Narrator: Gabrielle Baker
Series: Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #2
Published by Tantor Audio on March 19, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 13 hours, 15 minutes
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Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold.
To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest—until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly, he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?
Historical Romance is my total brain candy; it’s my escape, my leave the world behind and soak in a bath with a glass of wine and melt the world away kind of reading. Surrender of a Siren has your typical Rogue of a male lead and the virginal Lady trying to get away from the trappings of society.
Sophie is running away from home and a marriage she doesn’t want. She wants adventure and to be loved for how she is and not just some stepping stone that her family is using to move up in society. When she discovers that on her 21st birthday the money that would be used for her dowry will be hers to control, a haphazard plan forms to sail on a ship bound for a sugar plantation and hide there until her birthday, when she will gain control of her fortune.
Gray is trying to go respectable. He was a pirate privateer during the war seizing and looting ships in the name of the crown. But now that the war is over, he needs a new way to make a living on the seas. In his new legitimate life, he has converted his ship to have passenger cabins and passed the role of Captain to his brother while he is the owner of their newly formed shipping company. He is trying very hard to leave behind all of his roguish ways be respectable but when he meets Jane Turner (Sophie in hiding) thoughts of her consume him and makes that plan very difficult.
The romance between Gray and Sophie has moments that are endearing and cute as they circle each other the sexual tension between them building, it also has moments where I want to pull out my hair. Sophie is pretending to be someone she is not and Gray can be an asshat at times. I liked how Sophie challenged him in a lot of ways but hated a few of the things she said that tricked him.
Overall it is an old school Historical Romance (Rogue/Virgin) that definitely gets to where it is going and does have some very cute moments to go along with some frustrating ones. It is the second book in The Wanton Dairymaid trilogy and you do not need to read them in order as this stands alone well. If you like books which involve trials at sea, I think this would be a fun read.
“You ought to take care how you bat those eyelashes, sweetheart. One of these days, you’re likely to knock a man overboard.”
Gabriella Baker did a decent job with the characters given to her to portray. I think I might have struggled more with Gray had she not softened some of the harsher words he said to Sophie. She was able to make the book come to life.
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