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Ann Somerville
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The Surrogate

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  149 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The Surrogate tells the story of Nikolas as he is swept up into a dark world of slavery and abuse, where he might be the only hope of those trapped for a lifetime serving the needs of an evil and rapacious god. This story includes graphic depictions of rape and torture. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. Reincarnate is the sequel to The Surrogate.
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Emma Sea
This is a beautifully-written book, with acres of character development.

Because I am shallow, libidinous, and slightly warped I was hoping for a lot more hurt and a little less comfort.

The first part of the book (95 of 249 pages) was great. Nikolas is chosen as a temple slave to sexually perform for the incarnation of a god. There's midnight tears, a secret, a betrayal, and abuse. While the abuse was graphic, there wasn't very much of it, it didn't go on for long, it wasn't truly horrible, and
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Surrogate is comprised of two stories:

The Surrogate - rating 3.0
The Reincarnate - rating 2.0

Together I would rate as 2.5

The first half of the story, Surrogate, kept me interested and wondering about the outcome of Jamie and Nikolas and to learn exactly what defined the Surrogate in the story. It became evident the title applied to more than one storylines. That Jamie and Nikolas pairing was less about romance and more about surviving the horrible situation Jamie in particular has endured.

This is a wonderful story about the strength of the human spirit and even if life takes you to places you never wanted to go, you'll end up just where you need to be. The characters are wonderfully complex and very human. I loved how there were no easy answers and no quick fixes. The journey that these 3 men took was long and painful and Somerville held nothing back. This is a powerful book but it's very dark and very raw. I expect nothing less than great things from Somerville and she has yet t ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lendable
I bought this book for my Kindle so it came with the sequel, Reincarnate. All I can say is WOW!!! What a story! I don't give 5 stars lightly and I haven't found a 5 star worthy book in a while. Finally a book with a good, complete and deep storyline. No puffy, sickeningly sweet story here. There are a two very brutal rape/torture scenes but if you can get through those, it's well worth the story (just skim the scenes if you can't read them) although they are a bit crucial to the story. LOVED the ...more
May 16, 2011 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-yummies
What an unusual story !

Nikolas is such a good-hearted boy/man, you couldn't fail to like him - even though he was (and probably still will be) a little brash and blatantly honest.

The relationship between Jamie and Seve was heart-breaking, but I did like how it turns out in the end.

I have Reincarnate to follow up, so I hope it's a HEA for all three of them !
*Sigh* Basically all I can say about this story.

It's a love/hate relationship:

I loved (as in adored, would read many times again) the Surrogate, which is only the first 95 pages of the novel. I hated (as in couldn't finish, so that's why I've marked this as abandoned) the second half, the Reincarnate.

It's a love/hate relationship:

I loved Nikolas from the get-go. He's personable, amusing, and honest. Truly, Nikolas might be one of the most refreshing characters I've read in a really long time.
Sep 04, 2015 Benjamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fantasy
In desperation Nikolas, an amiable young man with a big heart, takes a job at the Temple where it appears his sole task is to engage in the occasional intimate public sex performance with Jaime, the young man from the Temple who selected him, for the benefit and arousal of the Temple god. But nothing is as it seems; Jaime is cold and distant, resentful of Nikolas' presence even as they share a bed. But there is worse as Nikolas gradually learns, the Temple has a mysterious hold over Jaime, and t ...more
Alysa H.
Basically a very elaborate hurt/comfort fic, with three sympathetic main characters suffering from PTSD after going through terrible abuses. This book was not what I was expecting from the description, but it was a fairly pleasant surprise.

The supposed 'sequel' -- nearly double the length of Part 1 -- is included. In fact, the two parts don't seem ever to be sold separately; at least, I haven't found any evidence that they've ever been sold separately. So this is really just one long book, with
Jul 14, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SlashReaders: The back of this book doesn't really tell you a lot about it, I picked it up mostly out of curiosity. I have enjoyed some of Somerville's other works. Now, if you like dark, angsty stories, you'll probably enjoy this one. At least, I couldn't put it down. Though, I must admit there were times when I wanted lock all three characters in a room until they figured things out... Unfortunately I don't think that would have worked.

So, what is this book about? There are some general over a
Mar 08, 2013 ErinSC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: menage, abuse-themes
Like many other reviewers, I enjoyed The Surrogate far more. Reincarnate was a nice story, but to read it immediately following The Surrogate, I found the dramatic difference in the pace somewhat disconcerting. Maybe if I had not read them back-to-back it would have been better.

5 stars The Surrogate
3 stars Reincarnate

I absolutely fell in love with Nikolas, he is selfless, honorable and the sweetest man ever. I did not even get mad at him for being a doormat (which I generally have ZERO toleranc
"silver and metal collar" silver now not a metal? Unless they were referring to the color? In which case, why can't it just be "silver metal collar"?
Wait. Unless it's silver and some mysterious other metal. ...still feel like there's probably a better way of phrasing this.

Sassy MC is sassy :D

Overall...idk. I didn't think it was bad. I'm holding off on reading Reincarnation, so maybe I shouldn't put this in read yet, but whatevah.

I think it...I don't know. I didn't dislike it, that's
Len Evans Jr
Sep 01, 2014 Len Evans Jr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for both "The Surrogate" as well as it's sequel "Reincarnate".
Ms. Somerville has in these 2 stories managed to write one of the best gay romance stories I have ever read. The telling at times so vivid and gripping that the evil described in the 1st half was at times almost so too much to bear; yet even when at times I had to put down my E-reader; it was never more than 15 mins; and then I found myself drawn back needing to know and experience what was next. The 2nd part was just
I went in aware of the warnings, but found that I just couldn't go any further following the horrific beating Jaime was given. I may come back to this book at some later date, but right now it is just too much. The writing was very good, the world surrounding the characters was fascinating, and I liked the characters. Maybe that's why it was so hard to read about what happened. I believe this is a good read for some folks, but I'll wait until after the holiday season to tackle it again. I need s ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I would have been beyond angry if Reincarnate had not been attached because of the Surrogate's abrupt ending. The first half was so full of tension but read like a dream. The second was angst-filled but enjoyable. Seve made me laugh every time he said, "Don't leave me." I was satisfied with the ending because nothing else would have been acceptable. Sommerville is a smooth writer who allows the words to flow over you eyes and can only get better
Ms. Nikki
Apr 23, 2010 Ms. Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
More like 2.75 Stars**
There was a lot of therapy going on between the MC's after their hardships in The Surrogate that frayed my own patience and I found myself skimming when the dialogue became monotonous. I really couldn't get past the fact that Nikolas was used (willingly or not) thoroughly throughout the book.
Liked the first story. But felt a bit bogged down with the second and lost interest. (Too much emotional and psychological whatnot from what I recall...also kinda repetitive and too long.)

So overall, definitely not my favorite from this author. But she has so many other wonderful stories to choose from and enjoy, that I don't even mind.
Duane Colwell
Jun 19, 2012 Duane Colwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The surrogate was excellent and deserving of five stars. Reincarnate was not as good, actually it bacame rather boring. The fighting and making up went back and forth between the three characters so many times that it just got old. I became bored near the end.
Nov 21, 2010 Zuyuan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Surrogate was ok but I skipped almost half a story of Re-incarnate. Dialogs between Jai and Seve gave me the depth of characters but I found it too much. Plus I'd love to read via Nikolus' perspective like in The Surrogate more than this two, I found him more interesting. Fine story though.
Oct 25, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-disability, slavery
Surrogate I would rate 5 stars.
reincarnate I would rate 3 stars.

All the anguish and heartbreak in the first book were a little lost in the sequel. I thought the characters lost part of the strength that made them do appealing in the first book. But it was a very good read. Loved
Sep 18, 2011 Syn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Love this book. The plot was original, it wasn't full of filler sex, and it had a really good story.
Zoe Cannon
Jan 28, 2013 Zoe Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars for The Surrogate; five for Reincarnate.
Jul 27, 2013 Hyde2 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 200 pages is interesting.
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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees (this time in science and IT), an English husband and a staggering case of homesickness, ...more
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