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Surrender (Bound Hearts #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  6,435 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Book 1 in the Bound Hearts series Cole has wanted Tess for years. And he's warned her of this several times. He's also warned her HOW he wants her. Tied down in his bed, under his domination, surrendering to his desires...
ebook, 82 pages
Published November 2003 by Ellora's Cave (first published March 27th 2003)
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Emily May
Jul 05, 2011 Emily May rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica, 2011

I read this and Fyre Brand in the book: Surrender To Fire.

The moral of this story: the quickest way to a woman's heart is through her ass.

This story was the slightly better of the two I read in the Surrender To Fire book and the sex scenes were fairly hot at times. I'm still unsure why anal sex is a requirement that goes hand in hand with love when it comes to Lora Leigh's writing, but I didn't feel quite as sick during the dirty talk episodes. Unfortunately, the guy was as openly foul-mouthed
~E~ Riverina Romantics
Yowzat!!!! Hot shit on a stick this was raunchy!!!

I started Lora Leigh's Breeds series when I was an erotica virgin and let me tell you Lora Leigh is not the sorta lady you give your erotica cherry to. She is all kinds of kinky and quite frankly when I first laid eyes on her work I was like a little bitch curled up in the feotal position in the corner.

But now that I am becoming the Queen of Smut I find the XXXXX porn style dialogue kind of enjoyable....ok, i'm a dirty, dirty girl and I like to r
I have the most recent 3 Bound Hearts books, so I wanted to go back and start from the beginning. I read this one last night in one sitting. It's a short story (so this review will be short).

This first book is a pure erotic romance short story. It's about a young woman, Tess, who because of her mother's influence has been hiding her dark sexual nature. Her father's business partner, Cole, sees the submissive inside her and he's waited for two years for her to come to terms with it. Now he's done
Apr 25, 2010 DarienMoya rated it it was ok
^^^ HUH ^^^

So I am not a big fan of M/F erotica, apart from the few that I enjoy like Lauren Dane. This one started out hot and I thought hmmm I might enjoy this, well nope it came tumbling down after the first 20pgs. It wasn't horrible just weird, I know every moldy bread has its cheese. Well this moldy bread is ditching this cheese and trying some butter instead.

Tess Delacourte is sexually frustrated and depressed, living at home with her psycho mom. She dreams of the day when her life will b
Jan 03, 2011 Sans rated it did not like it
How annoying can a heroine be? Annoying to the point where I was hoping she'd have a fatal allergic reaction to the lube dude was using on her. Or get the ropes he was tying her up with caught around her neck by accident. Maybe suffocate when she was squished between dude and dude's BFF. There was absolutely nothing sympathetic about her. Not a damn thing. She was bitchy, protested waaaaaaay too much when it was obvious to everyone she really did want the dude, and took her "snappy" comebacks wa ...more
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
DNF - 47%


This book disgusts me on so many levels I can't even...


I find it degrading and devoid of anything human. The way the guy acts towards the girl... I would just scream for help and call 911 first chance I get. And he has an obsession with her back door.

No, just no!

Jan 09, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it
A short story full of hot sex w/ some bondage and anal play, and a little menage mixed in as well.

I'm a huge fan of Lora Leigh and this series is great! She manages to develop the characters so that we care about them, and provides a full story with lots of hot, steamy sex. The stories are short and sweet, and each one is different in the sexual needs/desires of the characters. I highly recommend them!
May 03, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of erotic fiction
This was the first Lora Leigh book I've read and I really loved it. Wow! What a wild ride! This book is not for people who are too sexually inhibited and uptight, I read this knowing its genre and was prepared for what lay ahead.

Reading erotic fiction is nothing new to me; the writing style was very effective, Ms Leigh new how to turn up the heat, there was a lot of sexual tension, and the actual scenes were both kinky, passionate, and I admit to having knots in my stomach while reading them.

I l
Feb 28, 2016 Karen111 rated it it was ok
The sex scenes were hot, but the rest was completely ridiculous, and certainly not worth the £4.25 price tag.

Tess's parents were WAY too involved with her sex life, Cole came across as creepy, and I don't like it when a H tells a h that they know them better than they know themselves.
Oct 22, 2012 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3, doms-n-kink, freebie
"You're mine." He wasn't asking her anything. "Taken by me, Tess. Mine to hold and mine to love now."

Really good for a short story :) Not having much luck for finding a heroine I love, but totally loving the hero, Cole. Tess was sweet and confused, but she was relentless is her denial of what she needed / wanted. He knew her more than her own self, and he showed her again and again until she knew that she was his ... sigh!

Jan 27, 2017 Ray rated it it was amazing
Intense and unapologetic, I loved the heated actions and will surely read more of her work. Loved this!
Qualcuno mi deve chiarire una cosa: perché ci si accanisce contro gli erotici? Perché ci si lamenta che i protagonisti non fanno altro che saltarsi addosso? Che c'è troppo sesso? Che senso ha leggere un'autrice di erotici e lamentarsi di quello che si legge? Qualcuno mi illumini, per favore, perché io non capisco.

Perché qualcuno compra un racconto intitolato Sottomessa, un racconto di 116 pagine, e poi lo stronca criticando proprio quegli elementi che lo rendono ciò che è? Non sarebbe meglio non
Nov 30, 2009 Janna rated it it was ok
Shelves: menage, m-f
I'd never read a book of Lora Leigh before, but so many readers and reviewers were very positive about her novels (on weblogs and booksellerssites). So I decided to try one, from the Bound Hearts Series. Surrender is the first in the series, and is a short story (ca. 60 pages). It's about Tess and Cole, who have wanted each other for years now. But Cole had made it clear that he wants to control Tess, tie her to his bed and take her every way he desires. Tess doesn't want to admit that she reall ...more
Aug 19, 2010 Soraia rated it it was ok
Though I liked the whole message - be free with your sexual desires - and it had some very hot scenes, it wasn't as good as it could have been. Tess is a woman repressed by her mother and who believes she's depraved for wanting the things she desires. It takes Cole, a sexy associate of her father, to teach her how to embrace what her body craves.

It started with a severe case of a lady protesting too much and the whole "I want but can't accept it because that would make me bad" attitude that onl
Jun 19, 2014 Nancy rated it did not like it
The whole series is not what I hoped
There is no story whatsoever, just how fast the characters can get in eachothers pants.
Don't get me wrong!: I loooooovvveee good sex scenes! But some form of story, suspense and character- building would be nice.
After book 5 I just kept thinking: up her ass again? Aaaannnnd....... There is that second guy to fuck.....Yawn....
Very 1 dimensional characters. Oh, and the names...... They blend. James, Jason, Jesse. Hard to keep apart....
Terrie and Telly. I kept th
Nov 30, 2012 Britt rated it liked it
Shelves: erotic, romance
3.5 stars

This is a short 85 page book so I am going to keep my review equally short and sweet.

Warning: Don't read this book without a boyfriend or a BOB. And you should probably keep them in close proximity.

It may only be 85 pages but it is 85 pages of HEAT HEAT HEAT. The sex scenes were incredibly hot and their actually was a storyline.

I almost wished Lora has fleshed this book out more because I wanted to see more of Cole and Tess and their amazing chemistry. But then again if it was fleshe
Devoured!!! Tess was reluctant in excepting her sexual needs and Cole was the one to show her the way. I loved her sassy/flirtatiousness. Very HOT Short, can't wait to continue the series!
Rendición es una novela que no me ha gustado. Por un lado, porque sus prácticas sexuales (sumisión, dolor, ataduras, penetración anal, juguetitos, tríos) no son de mi gusto. Por otro lado, porque me ha parecido un relato de lo más surrealista, que me ha costado demasiado creerme. Por otro lado, porque se sustenta demasiado en lo sexual, y prácticamente deja de lado lo emocional. Porque lo único que hacen los protagonistas durante toda la novela es practicar sexo, o pelearse. Porque los protagoni ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(November) I'm pretty sure this was the first kinky story I read that I really liked! I came across Ties That Bind years ago and I think my eyes bugged out when I read both this story and Jaid Black's that were in the book. Saw this free for Kindle and had to get it! It's really not very good. The story line is silly, and somewhat disturbing. I don't mind the bdsm slant. I don't care if he gets off sharing her w/his friend. But the idea that her dad was somewhat, ewww! I can only i ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies, adult, read-2015
Surrender probably would have been better if I had read it earlier, during my Erotica discovery. I still enjoyed it, but it was just a bit too tame for my liking. Also the language at times was really cheesy and unsexy. Tess has been avoiding Cole for two years, after they had a stolen moment. She knows all about Cole's sexual preferences, and how he's all about domination and Tess is convinced that lifestyle is not for her, even though it does arouse her. Most of this is her mother's doing, sin ...more
Tawny Taylor
Oct 04, 2010 Tawny Taylor rated it really liked it
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Dirty, fifthly kink of the best kind. This is really one long hot seduction long overdue. Tess has long avoided Cole and the wanting she has for him. Her desires are the antithesis of everything her mother has preached at her. But Cole's tired of waiting and he's determined to show her that what she really wants isn't perverted or wrong, but exactly what he wants and can give her.

Liked the chemistry between these two and the sex was definitely hot. This was nicely set up with a lot of backstory
Jul 09, 2010 Lili rated it it was ok
meh meh meh...
very Lora Leigh, meaning, not very good writing, poor character development, terrible/non-existent/boring/absurd plot.
Leigh's books are like a car wreck, I can't seem to not look.
There's always too much sex, and even though I have absolutely nothing against anal, I do think that it does not equal love, as Leigh's book seem to indicate.
I don't think I've ever cared for any of her characters, if they live or die... well... shit happens... whatevah!

Mar 05, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I've wanted to read Lora Leigh's Bound Heart series for ages. Thanks to ebooks I was able to collect the series easily and could read them in order. All the books in the series tell stories of heroes who have a need to share their women with another man. The menage aspects are integral to the stories and are very well done. I've read all 11 stories released to date and have enjoyed them all. If you like your erotica in flavours other than vanilla, you'll enjoy this series!

Indah Threez Lestari
Aug 16, 2010 Indah Threez Lestari rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-english
First of all, I didn't like the story because... there's no story at all. Yeah, yeah, there's a story to explain what the characters are doing, a little tiny-weeny bit plot, but of course there's no love story, just lust story.

This is pure sex novel which contains any-which-way-you-can sex. You can think this book as a reference if you wanna try irregular/kinky sex.

Nov 19, 2012 Vivian rated it liked it
The first twist into the spiral of more decadent reading was a Lora Leigh book. This is an early one and as such doesn't shine quite as brightly as others, but it is the first flicker. Decent read, better if you have perspective on Leigh's writing and enjoy seeing the arc.
Raven Delehanty
Oct 11, 2015 Raven Delehanty rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to do it again every time a new book comes out that she is written I can't get to the bookstore fast enough to buy it
Lora Leigh does better work then this. The story was pretty much straight through without any twists and no surprises. It was mostly sex and I couldn't get close to the characters.
Jan 01, 2013 Adele rated it liked it
better than 50 Shades! need I say more.
Jun 21, 2011 Katie_la_geek rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
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Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Bound Hearts (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Submission (Bound Hearts, #2)
  • Seduction (Bound Hearts, #3)
  • Wicked Intent (Bound Hearts, #4)
  • Sacrifice (Bound Hearts, #5)
  • Embraced (Bound Hearts, #6)
  • Shameless (Bound Hearts, #7)
  • Forbidden Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #8)
  • Wicked Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #9)
  • Only Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #10)
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“He had whispered the dark promise that he would fuck her ass, take her there, make her scream for him. She bit her lips, her fingers moving, one inserting into that tiny, dark hole while she wished she hadn’t packed her vibrator so quickly.” 0 likes
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