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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  14,345 ratings  ·  831 reviews
Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption.

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fig
Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published March 29th 2013 by Gossamer Publishing
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Let me start off by saying that this book was not awful. Was it good enough to want to read (and pay for) the other three books in the series? Probably not.

Here's the hard truth of why I picked it up:
1. I've talked to people who said it was a decent series (and I give into book-related peer pressure)
2. It was FREE on iBooks
3. I keep seeing quotes from the series on Pintrest & Tumblr
4. The author's books are all over the best seller charts

The Good Stuff:
* It was free on iBooks.
* It was a
May 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ummmm...OMG? This book was a spectacular failure. To be honest, I can't believe I actually finished it. The writing itself was underdeveloped; the dialogue became increasingly corny and soap-opera. It just wasn't well done.

There were major character issues, as well. Rafe wasn't the damaged hero; he was the villain. He started out okay, if a little cliche. However, with Ari's continued "resistance," Rafe rapidly devolves. I say devolves, because his "villain" identity is by no means complex.

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Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption.

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs,
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I have to say that I think this is one of those books that people either love or hate. I personally was drawn in by the end and can't wait to pick up book 2 since this one ends with a cliffhanger. I've begun to attempt to wait on all of the books in a series to come out before I start because I feel like the whole story is just told better if you can read it all at once. I find it easier to feel and remember all of the emotions and what's going on if you don't have to wait. Yet here I g ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE


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This review is from: Surrender (Kindle Edition)

I was so sure I wouldn't like this book, I was actually prepared not to like it. For one thing, men who are so demanding and domineering are taboo for me. This is how I perceived Rafe Palazzo in the beginning, but was I wrong! He is actually a generous, kindhearted, indulgent with his siblings wants, a p
Holy cliffhanger. Honestly this is not one of my favorites. More of a 2.5 than 3 stars. The hero was a paint by colors alpha male stereotype. The heroines friends were horrible. They were pushy and not funny at all. Overall if I had known about the cliffhanger I would not have read this book. This one reminded me of a 70s bodice ripper with a massive cliffhanger.
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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It was ok. Had a really hard time liking Rafe or
Ari. Mostly it felt really drawn out. The same scene just played out over and over. And geez. The cliffhanger - seriously?!!
Rough Draft Book Blog
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Surrender by Melody freakin' Anne!!!!

Rafe & Ari


I know I've said this before about another one of Melody's books... but it bares saying again... maybe twice... HOLY EFF YOU SEE KAY!!! I am astonished! When I started reading this, it had one review (a 2 star) and it was essentially bitching about Rafe and his methods... Hello individual with the 2 star review, you need to get a grip and ride the Rafe tidalwave! First and foremost, it's a book, A FICTIONAL BOOK! Second, it wa
Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 01, 2013 marked it as freebie
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Catherine Arnaud
I was told this was steamy and it's free, what's not to love?

Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption.

They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable wa
J. Grayland
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After finding his wife in bed with another man Raffaello Palazzo swore off relationships, now he just takes what he wants with no emotional attachments to women, he hires them to be his mistress for a contracted time. Now he needs that position to be filled by Arianna Harlow who desperately needs money to pay for he sick mother's medical bills and care. But will she give in to becoming a paid whore for Rafe to help her mother? I really tried with this book but there were just so many things wron ...more
There was far too much flip-flopping, will she/won't she going on for me to give this more than 3 stars. I felt like I got to the end still waiting for the story to start, then was left with a blackmail cliffhanger (grrrr). So, despite my misgivings, I'm now on book #2. I think this author is a evil marketing genius. Personally, when I read something like this, I'm looking for a OTT train wreck resulting in the heroine leaving the H, who then has to work hard (hopefully) to get her back. So, I'm ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best Melody Anne book to date! and that ending! Are you trying to kill me woman! Lucky the next one is available. Review to come!
He might have all the money in the world, and he might even have more power than the president of the United States, but he was still just a man. The bottom line was that he couldn’t force her into anything – no matter who he was.
If they’d been in certain foreign lands, he could probably have just shot her right there on the spot with no consequences, but she was here in the land of the free, where she was safe. Feeling as if she actually had a choice gave her hope.

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Ginny Lamere
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Oh my this book was so fantastic I could not put it down until I was done. Rafe my man I think you have met your match in Ari, Ari keep giving him fits girl. Rafe is divorced and no longer interested in love, he wants a woman for one thing and one thing only. Ari is trying to find a good job to pay the bill and take care of her mom, she see's an ad for a job to good to be true (and it is) she goes to the interview and so starts the game. I loved the friends from work they are trying to get Ari t ...more
I know this is supposed to be a review of Surrender (#1), but I think readers should know what they have to look forward to in Submit (#2) before they even start this series.

I actually liked this book...until the end. I guess the author did her job, she got me to purchase the follow-up right away, though I did so in a fit of pique. This never should have been a to-be-continued story. The sexual tension was great in the first book, but it needed to come to a head. The second installment sees the
It ended at 85%??
I had this on my kindle and started reading not realizing that it was a cliffhanger serial. I am SO over that set up that I won't be reading any more in the series. If it had had an actual ending I would have rated it 3 stars.
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There was no book without Rafe but even he isn't enough to make me read the others.
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Melody Anne's "Surrender" was actually a semi-decent train-wreck read, with a dominant overbearing hero and a heroine who's so needy and stupid, she shouldn't be let out of the house without a bodyguard. It was kind of Kristen Ashley meets 50 Shades without the awful writing (please don't to hate me for saying that!).

Then at 85% mark, just when the heroine is about to show the hero what she thinks of asshole alpha ways...the book ends.


Read part two (and three and four) for the conclusion!

Amanda Smith
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know what to say about this book. I have read everything that Melody Anne has written, and genuinely liked them all. This is the other hand...

I liked the story well enough, but it reminded me so much of FSOG, which don't get me wrong, I loved, but the characters were a lot less like able to me. Ari was just an idiot, and Rafe was a douche. Quite a few times I was like, "Really? He did not just say (or do) that." Maybe that was why I didn't care for it too much. Rafe was a horrib
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I'm giving this 2 stars only for the writing and effort put into this book. Because that's the only plus I could find out of this horrible imitation of 50 Shades.

The 'hero' was manipulative to a level that I found disgusting. It wasn't for Ari's own good but to bully her into being in a ridiculous controlling 'relationship'. There were times when the author tried to inject emotion in Rafe but it fell flat... he was a selfish guy who used women because he was jilted in the past.

I got thi
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was good! I love Arianna's tough personality and self respect. So this is the story... Arianna's mother is in the hospital and being in her early twenties she found herself for the first time taking care of everything including her mother bills. Life doesn't leave you with your arms crossed so now Rafe comes into play. He is a billionaire. Handsome. Wants Arianna for only one reason. Emphasis on One reason only (wink).

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Ugh so annoyed by the way this ended but so glad the way Ari stood her ground. I need to know what Rafe is going to do about the situation between him and Ari. Is he really such a jerk and cold hearted that he believes in the no attachment bull. He annoyed me so much. So I need to get the next one book to find out. Err so irritating.
Alicia Taylor
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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First let me say that you need to read Rafe’s emotions in this book and not just the arrogance! I’ve seen a few people say they don’t like him but to me that just seems like they’ve not read his emotions. It’s obvious to me what his feelings for Ari are even though he can’t or won’t admit them.
He’s scared of allowing any woman to see him for who he really is after a betrayal by his wife, the ultimate betrayal. I can see why he would shut himself off from women after getting his heart broken. Ye
Nancy Crocker
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rafe was burned by his now ex-wife & Best friend. After catching them in bed together he has decided the one thing he needs from a woman is the Sex he can buy from her. He doesn't want to kiss a woman, he doesn't want to sleep in the same bed and he really doesn't have them stay at his home. He is about to have three strikes against him soon. But truly from the minute these two meet you can feel the passion burning between them. Rafe is a little to arrogant for my liking, but I have a feelin ...more
I'm who I always should've been. I quite like myself.

She was finding his raw power to be an aphrodisiac. His seduction was hard to resist.

Ari is stubborn and determined. Life hasn't been good to her lately. She feels like she has to do it all on her own. She's a very independent person. But certain situation requires her to get help she's not ready to accept.

Rafe is persistent. He's in search for a new companion. When Ari walks in not knowing what specific the job was... he was enraptured immedi
Paula Legate
If you enjoyed 50 shades of gray, then I think you will like this book, and series. I can’t wait to read the other books. This is the book that has come the closest in comparison t 50 shades.

Rafe was married once. His heart was shattered when he walked in to find his wife, in bed with his best friend. Now he treats romance like a business deal. He ran an ad to find a mistress. Ari didn’t know what she was applying for. She had 3 interviews. She found out she got the job that she desperately nee
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it

I love a love story that starts as a love hate one, this book is the epitome of that. My only problem was that Ari got on my nerves. I don't know if it was her stupidity getting drunk again after almost getting raped or her hate of Rage,but she was just annoying. I would read book two and I hope she's not as annoying.
Absolutely loved this book. Have been waiting ages for it to come out and I was certainly not disappointed. It's just the wait for the sequel that is going to frustrate me as it ends on a real cliff-hanger. Was also refreshing to read a book where the 'heroine' actually has some backbone, I just hope that given the cliff-hanger she retains it.
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Melody Anne is a NYT best selling author of the popular series: Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, Baby for the Billionaire, Unexpected Hero's, Billionaire Aviators, and some solo titles. I have a Young Adult Series; Rise of the Dark Angel.

As an aspiring author, I wrote for years, then published in 2011, finding my true calling, and a love of writing. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in business, I lov

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