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In Total Surrender

(Secrets #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,930 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Andreas Merrick is the king of London's dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth and power...and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe Pace.

Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother an
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Avon
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Juliana Philippa
UPDATE: December 2016
Reread this book and what a wonderful book it is! So quote-worthy, made me regret that I owned a paper copy and note also an eBook version, which makes them so much easier to highlight and share. Am very tempted to buy the eBook version in another year or so just so I can reread and finally keep track of all the wonderful lines and passages. Andreas is just SO dreamy! The epitome of the rough, tortured, haunted hero. Delicious to the nth extreme!

The POV being only from Andre
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All HR fans!
“It builds character to be told no.”
“You must have a lot of character then.”
“That is kind of you.” Warm smile.
“I was being rude.”
“Well, then at least I can say you are an honest man.”

I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!!!!!!

“I am a vile man.” He gave her a feral smile, letting the darkness rise. “The absolute worst you will ever meet.”
“That is absurd, Mr. Merrick.” The darkness froze, then began undulating, snapping at an unseen threat. “How do you know what kind of men I might mee
Fani *loves angst*
Well, it's been a while since I enjoyed a romance as much as I did this one. Mostly the honors go to Andreas, one of my favorite heroes ever, but Phoebe was a lovely, feisty heroine who matched him perfectly while the banter between them was amazing. Though the tone was dark and sentimental mostly, there were many scenes that made me laugh out loud, lightening the mood and making me read them again and again, as if I couldn't get enough of them.

Our story starts when Miss Phoebe Pace visits Mr Me
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Anne Mallory. Perhaps if I had read books 1 and 2 of the Secrets series I would have enjoyed this and been able to understand it more. I found myself floundering, trying to get a grasp on the plot. However, I have read numerous other historical romances where I have started mid-series and easily been able to read those books as stand-alones. So I'm unsure whether this is due to the author's writing style or simply that In Total Surrender must be read as part of a whole s ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-historic
Loved it. A keeper. A joy. (Not perfect -- see end bit -- but perfect for me.) This is a subtle love story, not a bodice ripper, despite the cover art. Gradually the sexual anticipation simmers, ending in sweet and sizzling fade-to-black love scenes. Its greatest strength is relationship development and characterization. Not a lot of action / adventure, but enough. Part of a series, yet it stands alone just fine.

Andreas is a BAD MAN who trusts no one but his brother and his old nanny. He is the
What an absorbing book! This is why I love Anne Mallory.

I’m the kind of reader who finishes a book and immediately moves on the next one. I’m having trouble maintaining that pattern after this one – I don’t want to let it go. I can totally understand why sometimes readers will finish the last page of a book and head straight back to page one to read it again. This is that kind of book.

It’s also the kind of book that I find impossible to review. There’s so much I want to say, but I don’t have the
EXCELLENT!! Almost as good as Seven Secrets of Seduction. :)

Are there going to be more books in this series? Me wants!

Note: I received this eARC from HarperCollins via NetGalley. That had no influence on my rating.
4.25/5. Cantakerous hell-owner gets bested by heiress to a carriage business empire. Andreas Merrick is feared by most of London and has made quite a few enemies over the 20 odd years it has taken him to transform from a frightened, abandoned young boy to the undisputed ruler of the London Underworld. Always on guard against constant assassination attempts, he has gotten to where he is through ruthlessness, intimidation and never yielding an inch. His trust is sparingly given to a select few, an ...more
Gio Listmaker
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tortured Anti Hero

My Reaction To This Book

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It Had Some Of The Things I Usually Loathe In A Romance

The Hero Andreas Was Tortured Grumpy And Aloof But I Liked Him

Our Heroine Phoebe Seems Naive And Chipper But I Loved Her

Heroine Chases

No Steam (It Eludes To Sex But This Book Was PG-13)

Internal Conflict/Angst

Pushing Away By The Hero

How Did This Book Change My Mind?

Turns Out The Phoebe Is Cunning And Intelligent

Our Hero Reminds Me Of A Feral Animal That Is Only Affectionate To One Person And This Yanked At My Heart St
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Andreas Merrick is the king of London's dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth and power...and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe Pace.

Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother and save her family. Though associating with Andreas means peril and scandal, she never expects to experience a passion so inte
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I haven’t met a more anti-hero hero than Andreas. But I love him for it. He might, in fact, be my favorite Anne Mallory hero yet. Andreas is unfeeling; not incapable of emotion, just unwilling to feel. And he uses this to his advantage in his business dealings. He doesn’t have pleasure dealings because that means having to deal with people. But then he meets the unstoppable Phoebe. It was a great narrative choice to write the book mainly from his perspective. He is so baffled and befuddled and s ...more
Laura V.
¡Lo amé!

Realmente maravilloso. Me ha encantado de principio a fin, si no fuera porque tengo poco tiempo lo volvería a leer porque es muy lindo!
Me encanta, me encanta, me encanta.
Es como totalmente diferente a la hora de desarrollar el romance, Phoebe es maravillosa, es una luz, es enérgica, es divina, es perfecta para Andreas. Ella realmente, realmente es buenísima. Me encanta como se desenvuelve todo, es una conquista de los sentidos, quiero destacar que ellos no sienten una atracción animal-
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Good and the Bad..... I am so torn on this book.

The Good: This book had the all-time best written characters. The witty banter, basically all conversations between the hero and heroine were so so well written. I couldn't put the book down because their interactions sucked me in like no book has done for awhile. The hero's stoic, uninterested, intimidating behavior was such a perfect match to the heroine's sunny, take charge, unintimidated personality.

The Bad: This book had the all-time wor
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr-european
I was in the mood for a little historical. This was a new author to me, so this appealed too. The characters in this book were a real puzzle to me. But they were fascinating enough for me to keep reading. This book was very well written. But I felt somewhat detached from the hero and heroine for some reason...There were occasional glimpses of them in touch with their emotions but not enough to increase the emotional intensity of this book. The sexual chemistry was present but again the writing & ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Dear Anne Mallory,

It has come to my attention that you are currently taking a hiatus from Regency England. I applaud you for your vacation away from home. It is truly commendable of you to frolic and play in a new land, and the yarns you are spinning in the land of young adult fantasy are surely standing out for the creative, clever and utterly binge-worthy stories they must be if your work with Avon is any standard to measure your talent by.

That being said, I must politely inquire as to the tim
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

It was a heck of a lot of fun to read a book where the heroine is the aggressive one, relentlessly pursuing the hero. And Phoebe is just brilliant - even knowing she was smart, that she was setting things up the way she wanted them to play out, I was surprised several times by her absolute brilliance as things fell into place and the extent of her "handling" of the situation became apparent. Phoebe is also remarkably fair. Usually when you are dealing with an anti-hero (which A
This is a book about a lady who's part of her family's carriage-making business mini-empire. She becomes involved with a stern businessman for vague reasons relating to, maybe, conspiracy, financial collapse, and (possibly) murder. She finds Stern Businessman super hot, but alas, Stern Businessman is grumpy and alarmed by his response to her.

I don't understand this book and will probably not finish it. The sexual tension between the two main characters is fine, but it just goes on and on and on
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
There are a lot of things I liked about this book, but I could see how it might not be for everyone. Here are a few of my thoughts:

The bad:
All the bad-ass, unbeatable fighter stuff. Our H regularly takes on five or so "assassins" at one time all by himself. Either the villains who keep taking shots at him are incompetent, or he's Captain America.

The good:
Mallory does a great job writing our h as the aggressor of the relationship, without making her clingy or desperate. Unfortunately, when femal
Oh my goodness, I so loved this novel. Was thrown at the first as it took me a few pages to realize that I was seeing things through Andreas eyes.
And Phoebe, the soul of lightness who's very inner core of hope and determination that will save Andreas from himself and the darkness he surrounds himself with. Wonderful!
Laura (Kyahgirl)
1.5/5; 2 stars; C-

I thought this book was really poorly written. I found it confusing, aimless, and obscure. I wanted to like it because I really did like the characters of Andreas and Phoebe but for most of it I was checking to see how close it was to being done.
Min Li Li
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazar ile ilk tanışmamız serinin 3. kitabıyla oldu ama ben sevdim,zaten kendisi de çok nazik ve kibar bir bayan,o yönden kalbimi fethetmişti.Kitabı da sevince bundan sonra takip edeceğim yazarlar arasında yerini aldı. :D
I really like this book! The hero and the heroine are both great ! He's so cold , but underneath he has heart . Head tilt :) Loved it!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
leído en Julio 2013

En Total Rendición


El primer beso ya fue bastante peligroso…

Andreas Merrick es el rey de los bajos fondos de Londres que ha amasado riqueza y poder inimaginables… y se ha labrado una feroz reputación que hace que incluso los hombres más valientes tiemblen dentro de sus botas. Pero hay una persona que, por desquiciante que sea, no se deja intimidar por su temible presencia: la insistente señorita Phoebe Pace.

Y un beso siempre lleva a otro…

Dulce e inflexible a partes igu
The couple and the love story were wonderful, especially towards the end, they really grew on me but I didn’t enjoy the rest, confusing plot and don’t like mystery stories.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Oh how I loved this book! It took me a little while to get into the groove of it, but once I did I was hooked. I just couldn't put the book down. In the beginning I felt a bit overwhelmed and I had a little trouble following along. I felt a little lost. I'm not sure if it's because I hadn't read the book previous to this one, or if it's just how it was meant to be. But once I got into the swing of things and got into Andreas Merrick's way of
Amanda Ryan
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Redonk Nutshell: Underworld boss meets his match when a Lady inserts herself into his life

Andreas Merrick is, in short, a bad ass. He and his brother-from-another-mother run London's underworld. Andreas has taken over temporarily while his bro is on his honeymoon, and while under normal circumstances this wouldn't be a problem, it becomes one when Miss Phoebe Pace enters the picture. The Pace family owns and runs a successful carriage manufacturing business, and Andreas has been working behind t
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh!” This was said brightly, as if she was happy he had noticed. “I decided I needed my own workspace, instead of constantly infringing upon yours.So I had a few of the boys move a desk in here.”
He stared at the petite,feminine, desk that was pushed against his. And wondered how the bloody hell she had managed to convince men who were terrified of him to move the desk inside his domain.

“Absolutely not.”


Two hours later, he was still scowling as she happily worked on... whatever the hell it wa
I can't even begin to describe what a difference one book makes.

Looking back at my review for the previous book in this series it seems like I really truelly hated it, and I actually still remember feeling that way all this time later. I hated the characters immensely in the last book....but what a turn-around one book makes...

Oh man I loved these two. I loved Andreas and his skittish, confused mind when he was surrounded by ballsy, sweet Phoebe. I love that he was a true assassin and did assass
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“Oh!” This was said brightly, as if she was happy he had noticed. “I decided I needed my own workspace, instead of constantly infringing upon yours. So I had a few of the boys move a desk in here.”

He stared at the petite, feminine, desk that was pushed against his. And wondered how the bloody hell she had managed to convince men who were terrified of him to move the desk inside his domain.

“Absolutely not.”


Two hours later, he was still scowling as she happily worked on . . . whatever the hell it was she was working on. Across from him. At her desk. How the hell . . .

He remembered saying no. He remembered cursing. Threatening her unborn children. Then there was a sort of hazy period of smiles and calm words. Then she had touched the back of his hand with her naked fingers.

And now, here he was with . . . her desk . . . pressed to his—surreptitiously watching her scratch her paper, the tip of her tongue poking from the side of her mouth as she worked.”
“...Go somewhere else. Somewhere safer.”

Anywhere else. God, please. Or he was likely to do something horribly awful, like surrender his sanity and kiss her.”
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