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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,735 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Ravenel Hayes is a perfect daughter, a loving sister, a loyal friend, and an excellent student. Returning home to complete her MBA and be closer to her family, she has her future all mapped out. That is until her path leads her straight into Declan Collins. The dark haired, tattooed singer with a sinful body is a distraction, one that’s way out of her league. He wasn’t par ...more
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Published November 20th 2013
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Carol Seymour It is part of a series. The second book is Surviving. The 3rd book, Salvation follows characters previously introduced with a 4th book due out in 2016…moreIt is part of a series. The second book is Surviving. The 3rd book, Salvation follows characters previously introduced with a 4th book due out in 2016. (less)

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Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who Loves a Rocker boy!


5 Sparkling and Steamy Hearts!

Holy.Hotness indeed!!

This book had everything! It was refreshing read really. It wasn't really that hard to connect with the story as the writing is pretty awesome. When I was reading, it felt as if a friend was telling me her story. I just really loved that. You'll get hooked just by reading the first few pages. This book was very easy to love!


A job well done on t
**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

Well, damn. I don't even know what to rate this book right now. About the first 60% I was cruising along, reading at a fast pace, enjoying the characters and the plot. It had sexual tension, a possessive, obsessive hot rocker, great bantering and humor and I was all in. Then the story just changed for me. I don't know...I'm trying to pinpoint what it was exactly. The pace kind of came to a standstill for me. I was pushing myself to read the last sec
Dec 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: na-ya, ending-sux, d-n-f
From what I have read of it, this seems to be a by-the-numbers NA romance between a hot rocker (natch!) manslut and a hot virgin. Their friends and relatives are also all very HOT! It's as if Paris Hilton was writing this.

Putting aside all the gramatical errors and typos, the author can't tell the difference between weary/wary and incredulous/incredible. Buh-bye!

Ravenel Hayes is working to get her MBA and for the first time in her life is ready to let loose and just live her life as a college girl. Raven is a good girl who knows to have fun but also knows how to stay away from players. When she literally bumps into Declan Collins the first time she has him pegged, especially once he opens his mouth.

Rising rock star Declan can't believe the girl he hit on and was shot down is his sisters new roommate. Declan is not a relationship type of guy, but somethi
Paulette Instone
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I rarely cannot finish a book. I made it to 58% and I'm done. This was the most poorly written, juvenile book I have ever tried to read. It isn't young adult but I had to check to make sure. The main character of the story, Raven, is depicted like some kind of knock out wonder. Every single person falls to her feet and worships her beauty. The supporting characters are somewhat well written but the security detail storyline is such fantasy and young girl thoughts that it is very hard to continue ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm completely okay with suspending reality but this is beyond the realm of make believe. This reads like a teenager's fantasy of what she and her friends would all look like, how college life will be like for her while she lives off campus and parties with her model gorgeous friends and OTT hot guy friends. I could not tolerate this book beyond 35%. Thank goodness I got this while it was on sale for a buck. Hell no would I even read book 2 - not even if it was free. ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rockstars
When I read the description of this book it sounded like it was going to be a great read. Especially with so many great reviews, I was really looking forward to it. From the first few pages I started rolling my eyes. I found myself looking at the page count hoping there wouldn't be too much left but omg I was only on page 22 & ready to punch someone. I hate not finishing books so I pushed through this. I love badass, alpha males as much as the next girl but Declan's jealousy was way out of contr ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know what's come over me but I'm rereading this series and however I'm changing my review.

We meet the beautiful Raven and her hot friends and then an arrogant hot ass by the name of Declan Collins which I found annoying at times but all I can say is that he's too over confident of himself but while he has POVs here and there I grew to like how he is just vying for Raven's love. But, again I love the writing style of how this author brings each of her characters to life and make this boo
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had so much trouble with this book, I don't know where to start...
there was just too many factors that didn't fit, too many obstacles were just thrown in there and it all looked like a huge movie set up, overly choreographed, overly acted and mismatched in too many aspects of the story...not to mention it took me too long to read it inspite the number of pages.
I don't care what happens to them, or what's in store for them, will they make it, will they save their love...I don't give a shit, so

This is the first book of Ahren Sanders that I’ve read and all I can say is WOW! I give this book 4 1/2 stars.

Surrendering’s two main characters are Raven Hays and DeClan Collins. Although there are a host of secondary characters that this story could not be told without. All of the characters are so well developed. They are all so believable and I just felt like I was a part of this big wonderful group of friends! This book is definitely a character driven book...which I love!!! But this book w
Nadine Bookaholic
Let's start by saying I LOVED this book and I couldn't put it down.

Ravenel "Raven" Hayes is a graduate student studying to get her MBA. Since she has never lived off campus she decides that she would like to rent a house with other students. She finds the perfect place to live, her two housemates are Ella and Abbi Collins. Raven meets their brother Declan the lead singer of Sayge and realizes that she had previously ran into him at the literately ran into him, and she felt the spar
Kathy Coopmans
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a ARC of this book from the Author for a honest review.

Holy amazing is all I can think of to start with. I am in love with this Author and this series. Those of you who know me know that I do not leave spoilers as I believe you should find things out for yourself when you read it. This book is so worth every penny that you spend buying it. Raven is a beautiful talented and very smart college student with a family who adores each other. Declan is your rocker boy man-whore but so much d
Should've known. Should've listened. This was bad and I mean bad.
On top of everything it ends with a cliffhanger. A bad one at that. It seems everything was pretty awful.
4.5 stars. Really loved it but the hero made a couple of stupid decisions that made me take off half a star. Review to come.
Kathleen Lemke (Page)
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Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arr-funsies
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Verdict: 3 Yummy Man-Candy Stars!

For the record I'd like to state that I was very much looking forward to this read, and while It started out some point past the insta-love it fell flat for me. I know insta-love is quite common nowadays but the quickness with which the male character changed his ways was a bit unconvincing. I feel like instead of the love building as the story progressed, it kind of plateaued and gave way
Apr 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
i cant continue this, tooo boooringggg.. i want to put and find other books..
Lykke Otzen
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

This book has its ups and downs, but overall it’s a really good book!
What I absolutely LOVED about this book? Raven!
After reading a few too many books with a weak, naïve and annoying female protagonist (which makes me want to pull my hair out!), Ravenel Hayes was a breath of fresh air - she wasn’t a doormat, a wimp, an excessive crier and she didn’t suffer from an anxiety attack every two seconds. Now that I think about it, I don’t recall her ever
Margie   'CSR' Fite
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this entire book!!! Talk about twist, turns, saga, drama, love, sex, sexual tension, major romance and LOVE TRIANGLE .... Damn!!!
Way to go!! I couldn't and wouldn't stop reading!! I can not wait for the next book to find out what happens with one hell of a Cliffhanger!! OMG :)
I don't usually get into cliffhanger books so much, I usually wait until there are a couple out before I read the first, because I hate the wait!! But I had to read this book and I am so glad I did !!
Sandy Knox
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH MY FREAKIN WOW!!! This book is SO FREAKIN AMAZING! I loved, loved, loved this book. The story line and the characters are absolutely perfect. Ahren sanders you are an awesome writer and storyteller. I fell instantly in love with Declan & Raven. The sexual chemistry between them is off the charts HOT! Ravens girl friends and Finn and the guys cracked me up. I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. Lol. And at times I cried like a baby. I experienced such a plethora of emotions reading this bo ...more
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
A story of firsts...first love, first boyfriend, first rock band success. This is an emotional and heartfelt story full of the passion we all experienced when we first found love. The struggle to maintain a first relationship; the first time you made love; the first fight you had. If I sound nostalgic, it is because this book brings back memories our own life experiences.

The author has a straight forward writing style that reads as beautiful prose. She excels at describing with a few brushstroke
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided from the author for a honest review. I loved this book and can not wait for the next installment.

First, you have , Raven, a college student that runs in a "hot guy", Declan. He is a typical rocker that happens to be her new roommates brother. Raven has grown up not in a typical family. Dad has a security company that turns out to be more than that.

Then there is Finn, her brothers best friend that has cared for her, but she thinks only as a friend. You can tell in the stor
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
Ok I received this book in return for an honest review, so here goes. This is a typical good girl meets bad boy in band story. BUT it has so much more to it. The book is full of characters who all intertwine with each other. All the characters are very well described enable you to build a good image to keep you going. I must admit at some times Declan was a little too sappy considering his bad boy background but I will forgive him coz he's cute. Raven very quickly fell into her new role as "girl ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I had a real hard time thinking about how to write this review.I liked this book; I just didn't love this book. I can't pinpoint what it is about it that made me not connect, but I just couldn't. And I think that right there was my problem. There is nothing that rubbed me wrong or right. There were parts I really enjoyed, and parts that seemed to drag forever. Hence, the 3 rating.

One other thing- I really hated the Sparkle nickname. I could not see any man calling his girl Sparkle. I mean it ser
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story this was.
345 pages of everything I love in a story. Lots of hot sexy men & gorgeous females mixed with a rock band made me think this book was kinda like other books I read... But I was so so wrong. This had so much more thrown in by this brilliant author.
So much was going on in this book yet the author made it so easy to follow. I was glued to this book from start to finish.
I've only got one complaint & that's the ending... I certainly didn't expect the cliff hanger th
Megan Miller
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I relieved an ARC for an honest review. Wow. This is exactly the reason that I love being a part of the Goodreads community. I cannot believe this is the first book by the author. It was an awesome book. It has a little bit of everything if you enjoy contemporary romance-has it. Rock stars-check. Marines-check. Drama-check. Cannot wait for the next in the series. Definitely worth the time if this is your preferred genre. Thanks for allowing me to read your material. I am a fan.
Juli Hall
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I think this was an incredible book for a first time author. There were parts were I wasn't sure that I was going to get into it but as I continued to read it, it I didn't want to put it down.

I think the author did great with the character development and the storyline had a lot of originality.

A definite cliffhanger... can't wait to read the next book!
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

At 25% of the story, I'm already satisfied with the story...I mean, it could end around 25% and I'd be fine with it!

I like the writing style, the characters and the flow of the story.

The novel is pretty packed, it's long but so worth my time.

I kind of just breeze through after the incident.

Khye Chwin
Writing style was bad. It was written in a very immature, childish way and it immediately gave me the impression that the characters on the book will not act their age. True enough they didn't!! A book that I DNF. ...more
Nov 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing.

Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the so

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