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To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin #2)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  290 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
An expert in antiquities, Lady Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath to excavate newly discovered Roman ruins-only to find herself caught in a web of evil intrigue by a blackmailer threatening to expose her scandalous past. The one man who can help her is Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson, a fellow member of the expedition and a sinfully handsome rogue whose tempting pre ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Forever (first published May 14th 2010)
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Mar 22, 2010 Verity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The much-anticipated sequel / dueling match between Black Jack vs the hot-tempered Marchesa Alessandra. The story picks up where TSWAS left off, Alessandra’s outraged that Jack tied Isabella, Alessandra’s 8 y/o daughter to a tree. Their fireworks are as fine as in the prequel.

Jack is a respected war hero & the 5th son of a Duke. He has a secret luv for art (back then, it’s not something a manly man can brag about) & a fascination for antiquities. Much to Jack’s surprise, his eldest bro’
Aug 01, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lud, what another great book from Cara Elliott (sorry couldn't resist with the lud, just cracks me up reading in in her books along with la!). This book picks right up were To Sin With A Scoundrel leaves off and while not necessary to read that one first, you do get to meet our hero and heroine for the first time there and see the sparks fly! Lady Alessandra della Giamatti is not at all amused when she is told that Lord James Pierson tied her daughter to a tree to protect her. She is, of course, ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things are off to a rocky start between Lord Jack Pierson and Lady Alessandra della Giamatti. Jack has just tied Alessandra's daughter, Isabella, to a tree! It's not how it sounds-if he hadn't, adventurous and curious Isabella would surely have fallen off a cliff to her death. Jack and Alessandra fight to vigorously, they hope to never see each other again after their friends, Ciara and Hadley, are rescued. But unbeknownst to them at the time, they share a passion for antiquities. Both are assig ...more
Lady Alessandra della Giamatti is not just another pretty face, but she's also one of the foremost experts in Roman artifacts and archeology. She's intelligent, sharp-tongued, and harbors a secret. A secret large enough to cause her to flee Italy in the hopes that England can help her hide from her past.

"Black Jack" Pierson is the best friend of Lucas (our hero from To Sin With A Scoundrel) and since Alessandra also happens to be a very good friend of Ciara (our heroine from TSWAS), they've had
I did something I never do, I let the good reviews for this book lead me to buy it. I have no idea why this book had a 5 star rating across the board at Ami. It was definitely over rated! The first 100 pages was so boring and did nothing to grab me and make me want to read it. In the beginning I liked the foul mouth child of the heroine and then it dawned on me that the child alone would not be able to keep this book entertaining, and I was right.
Laura de Leon
I did enjoy this book. I just had my expectations too high from the previous book, which could have been written to order for me. This one seemed much more ordinary. I don't think there was anything wrong with it, but nothing jumped out as being particularly special, either.

I wish we'd had more of the Circle of Sinners, and that Alessandra had confided her predicament to them. They only were present in this book enough to remind me of how interesting they all were before, and to set up the chara
Shannonreads like crazy
Book 2 of the series. Well, I could cut and paste a lot of my review of book one.

1) Stop with the overuse of the expression "lud"!!

2) Yes, I get that the heroine and hero irritate each other but the extreme bitchiness of the heroine over minor things just drove me nuts.

3) This one did have more sex scenes (yes, I like them) than the first book and I felt they were better done (forgot to include that in my review of book one). My thoughts of the sex scenes in the first one were that they were kin
Oooo, the heroine needs a good slap in this one. She comes across as totally superior, very unpleasant, with very few redeeming character traits at all, and in the process of raising a horrible brat as a daughter. So what if she looks gorgeous? The hero's OK, but there's too much going on with him. He's an artistic, sensitive type hidden behind a dark, brooding, warrior exterior, which seems a bit much in one character. I really found myself wandering why he'd find such a shrew attractive even i ...more
Jackie Reed
Apr 17, 2011 Jackie Reed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Not my favorite read. The ebook was poorly created and wouldn't allow me to adjust the font from a tiny size that was hard on my eyes. The plot was interesting enough, but the dialogue was repetitive and the characters often said the same thing over again in multiple languages, which, while I understand the author's desire to give her readers a translation, is not something that most people do in real conversations. The story often got bogged down by the scientific details which made it a somewh ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
For me this book let me down in many ways. It had so much potential to be great. The two main characters are very headstrong and very passionate and when they are near eachother sparks fly. My problem is that there is so much inner dialogue and not enough with the eachother. Also, when they realize their feelings for eachother, I felt that it was not natural and forced. I never felt that either character had any true feelings besides lust for the other. To be honest I was more interested in the ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Binggay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not take the stubborness of Lady Giamatti. After a while she was bordering on being rude already. She just kept on badgering and after a while it was not fun reading anymore. The romance was no where in the making and I was already half of the book. Too much attention on the intrigues that romance was put on the side.

I lost ineterest after a while and did not even bother to finish the book.
Mary Gramlich
Jan 09, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 in The Circle of Sin Series
June 2010 - Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 384 Pages

Wow this book is too wonderful for words –

Lord James “Black Jack” Jacquehart Pierson had been a soldier who fought bravely regardless of the situation and without fear. He always stood strong with his brothers and friends doing right by those he felt had been wronged. But when he is going toe-to-toe with Marchesa Alessandra della Giamatti with her lect
I love Cara Elliott's Circle of Sin series. The heroines aren't the usual helpless, lost women looking for a wealthy and powerful lord to save them from their circumstances. Instead, the members of the Circle of Sin are well educated, unconventional, and deeply interested in learning. These women have interests that go well beyond fashion, men, and children. Each woman has a different area of expertise and the heroine of To Surrender To A Rogue is the archeologist Lady Alessandra della Giamatti. ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would have been a fairly pedestrian historical romance had it not been for the art, architecture, and archaeology.

It wasn't until I was well into this novel that I realised it was the second in a trilogy, centred around a group of unique but perhaps anachronistic (I'm not sure of this) bluestockings -- ladies of wealth, leisure, personality and intelligence who gather to pursue their scientific interest in male-dominated fields of research.

Not until I'd finished the book and begun checking
Jun 01, 2010 Kelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Surrender To A Rogue is a good read. It is the second book in the Circle of Sin series, but the best thing about trilogies like this, and what I appreciate the most, is that it isn't necessary to read the other books in the series to understand the story-line of any of the others. The main characters of To Surrender To A Rogue are different than the first book.

The first several chapters of the book up until the dig starts were a bit slow. And by that I mean nothing really happened with the p
Jun 16, 2010 Cinnamon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
The second book in the Circle of Sin triology, TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE seems to pick up where the first book left off. Now, the very first thing I'll say here is that I have not read Cara Elliott's first book in this series. Because of this, I think there may have been some key elements that I missed. From the beginning I will recommend that readers pick up To Sin With a Scoundrel. From what I can gather by my quick flipping through the pages of a borrowed copy, TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE would be ...more
May 14, 2010 DKAY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"To Surrender to a Rogue" is the second in the series THE CIRCLE OF SIN. I didn't read the first book "To Sin With a Scoundral" but I felt as though I should have as it took me a little bit to get into the story because I felt like I was missing something but as I read on I got more and more into it and really did enjoy this book. I thought that Alessandra and her daughter were just a bit to powerful of characters than I usually like and I just got the feeling that they were above Jack at times. ...more
Jennifer Defoy
This book had great characters, a pretty good plot, and was written well. I think I read it too fast. It only took me two days to finish it, and I think I read it too fast to really let myself connect to the story.

I did like Alessandra though. She was sharp witted, and usually had a sharp response ready to go. Even her daughter had quite the mouth on her. I also liked Black Jack and his retorts. He really seemed to keep Alessandra on her toes. Plus he made a great hero for the story. The "Circl
Aug 02, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alessandra della Giamatti is an archeologist with a secret to hide. When her only child is threatened, can she trust Lord James Jacquehart Pierson (Black Jack) to help her?

I picked up this book because I had promised it to someone else and thought I would skim it before passing it on. It looked like all the other books with half-naked people on the cover and I wasn't expecting much. I wasn't very happy when the book started with the main characters bickering like an old married couple. I'm glad
Jennifer Rayment
Mini Book Review: Delightfully sinful read full of beautiful strong women and handsome rogues. The perfect read for a day at the beach, a cold Canadian night or just while sitting in your office and reading it instead of doing your boring job -- not mine of course ; ) The characters were intriguing and not stereotypical like in many novels of this genre. Lady Alessandra and Jack have an intense chemistry, but there are also many light moments between them. Also Lady Alessandra's daughter is a de ...more
Lady Alessandra della Giammatti is lucky in that her contemporary male figures accept that she is an expert in antiquities. She is asked to go to Bath and help organize the dig of an ancient Roman ruins. What she didn't know is that "Black Jack" Pierson, the fifth son of a duke, was also going to be on the dig. She first experienced him in "To Sin with a Scoundrel" when he was angrily leaving her friend's house and then when he tied her daughter to a tree. He had good experiences for both but Al ...more
Tam B.
Aug 29, 2014 Tam B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fiery Italian Marchessa and a determined "Black Jack" Englishmen with the fun addition of her equally fiery young daughter (imp of Satan).

We open with a confrontation following the finale of the previous book wherein Black Jack ties Isabella (daughter) to a tree to prevent her from following him scale some cliffs to rescue her friend. Things continue in such a way until they both stop and realise that the other has talents (relating to an archeology dig) and skills and may be trustworthy.

Dec 05, 2012 Marlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
The Heroine Alessandra and the Hero Jack share the same characteristics and plot of the previous Circle of Sin book. Feisty rude bluestocking beautiful female, alpha male rogue who is secretly an intellectual, every time they get together they kiss, culminating in sex halfway through. Female is in danger towards the end and rogue saves her. Even the phrases are the sme, Lud, "Go to Hell" in Italian, Grotto of Venus, and rogue growling. I expect the final book 3 in the series to follow the same f ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Interesting hero, but annoying that the heroine, who was so smart and independent, became a blithering weeper when her child was threatened. I would have preferred to see heroine actively involved in rescuing herself rather than depending on the man to take care of the bad guys for her, but I guess some women like that...
won this book from Goodreads free giveaways. The first copy came in via the post office so damaged that i couldn't even open it. Let the distributor know, and they promptly sent me a replacement. Was very pleased because I was heartbroken when it came in so damaged.
Jan 23, 2013 Tasneem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Another easy, entertaining and passionate read by Elliot. Alessa and Black Jack are wonderful characters. I enjoyed seeing them fall in lust and then love. I loved their passion, his interest in art and the way in which the next story of Marco and Kate is set up. All very nicely and neatly done.
Jun 21, 2010 Mystee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2011 Sarita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this one. I'm not sure if was the writing style, the story, or just me being pregnant and it couldn't hold my attention.
Nov 06, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 19, 2010 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable fluff, but I didn't get the same feel for the characters as I did in Elliott's first book.
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