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First Surrender

(The Serafina: Sin City #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,162 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still
ebook, 70 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by Smashwords
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
First Surrender by Katie Reus

The 1st in the Serafina Sin City series.
Hot and steamy romance. Short and thrilling and spicy.

Hayden has been in love with Sienna since she started at the casino as Chef. He hasn’t gone beyond the friendships level afraid of scaring her off.
Sierra has been enamored with the ex-SEAL since she met him wishing that their friendship would evolve into some of her favorite risqué fantasies.
When Sierra is attacked, Hayden goes into protector mode and immediately lets her
Alex ♈
I don't want to offend anyone, but it was a long time I genuinely laughed while reading a book. So good! 👍

Was he a SEAL, a security chef or a OB-GYN?
Coz the man was so skilled! After he fingered her for a 1st time, he came to the conclusion, that she was a virgin, coz she was very tight. Bravo!

It's a common knowledge non-virgins (even worse the moms) are not tight anymore. Booh!

I even won't bother to discuss the fact, that our 22 yo inexperienced virgin had an orgasm while losing her tightness
Sweet and hot novella. Hayden wanted Sierra the minute he saw her a year ago and Sierra felt the same way. Neither wanted to make a move, afraid they'd scare the other off and lose the friendship they developed. Circumstances force Hayden to finally make his move. This would have definitely been a 5 star read if it was longer.

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 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
Heroine was weak and a bit pathetic to be honest. But kudos for the hero who was faithful to her for a year. If only authors would write more faithful heroes now. I got the sense that he was a bit of a whore before he met the heroine. Also the heroine was a virgin. 🙄

“Because I don’t want anyone else but you. I’d rather use my own hand and imagine bending you over my desk while I masturbate than actually fuck anyone else.”
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve never read anything by this author before and maybe because this was published back in 2013 but it seems to me as if at that time she was a new author. The writing is a bit green or amateurish not sure how to really describe it.

It is a super short read (maybe just a couple hours) with action & smut, a decent combo but it just wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be.
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4 Sexy Alpha Loving Stars!!!

This is my first Katie Reus book, and I'm looking forward to reading many more of her books!!! This was a great start to the Sin City series and now I'm anxious to read the rest of the books in series.

Hayden is a 32 yr old ex Navy Seal who is now head of security at a Las Vegas Hotel, Sierra is a 22 yr head chef at one the popular restaurants within the hotel. Hayden is also Sierra's best friend but she's in love with Hayden and longs to be more than just his frie
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Narrator Review: Ryan Hudson
Distinguishable between characters: 5 Stars
Impersonating opposite sex: 5 Stars
Accents: N/A
Any critiques: None
Overall enjoyment of Performance: 5 Stars
Recommend audible version: Yes
Borrowed on Audible Romance Package

Story Review: 3.5 Stars
Based at the Serafina Casino...head chef, Sierra and security and ex-seal, Hayden are best friends. Both are secretly attracted to each other. It takes an attack on Sierra for Hayden to stop being a gentlemen and claiming her.

For suc
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
This was a quickie novella, and I mean a quickie; it took me around an hour to read it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it.

I'm a sucker for the friends to lover romances. So when I read the blurb to this book, I knew I had to read it.

Sierra has been lusting after Hayden since the moment they met. Working together at the same hotel has allowed them to form a very close friendship. But Sierra has never been able to get rid of her attraction to the man. And really, who can blame her? He's a sexy,
2.5 fast stars

First Surrender for me was a quick predictable read. It was a fast paced book, that covered too much in such a short period of time. A friends to lovers book that I had no time to form any real opinion on the characters or the book. It wasn’t a bad book, nor was it a great book either; for me it was just okay. People wonder why I read shorties, I think you never really can judge a book by its cover, length or popularity, plus it gives me an idea for the author’s writing style. The
Lady Heather

Nice intro to this series.
This is my virgin read of this author, and I was quite impressed with her writing.
For a novella, the characters were well developed, and the story was good.
I finished the story feeling satisfied that I read a 'complete' story.

I will definitely continue with this series.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for: Where the Night Kind Roam

First Surrender by Katie Reus is the first book I have read of hers that is a contemporary. I have read her paranormal and really enjoyed it but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her contemporary, but whatever I was expecting it was not this… What I got was hot hot hot!!! So sizzling I think my Kindle may have caught on fire! Hayden, oh my wow! Talk about sexy, and protective, and total hotness. Covered with full sleeve tattoos, ex-military, tall and gorgeo
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A short but very hot, friends to lovers story, especially loved alpha-Hayden. Rawr!

Vanessa theJeepDiva
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2013, request, ebook
I’ve gotten used to the Katie Reus books having a little less spice to them compared to her Savannah Stuart books. First Surrender is HOT! Hayden is absurdly HOT. I must say I was just a bit jealous of Sierra getting all of that man's attention. Let me assure you he was very attentive.

Sierra and Hayden have been hanging out as friends for what Hayden sees as far too long. He wants more from Sierra than just her friendship. Sierra has the same thoughts, but due to some minor insecurities she bel
First Surrender is a 70 page romantic suspense novella that kicks off the Serafina Series by author Katie Reus. The Serafina series is a spin-off series of the Red Stone books and I'm guessing will follow a similiar formula as that series. I was happy to pick this one up for free today since I had it listed on my TBR list but then realized First Surrender is also included in an anthology I already owned, Wicked Firsts. Definitely a case of too many books, not enough time.

Sierra and Hayden have b
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
That was about as ordinary and generic as you can get and I yawned all the way through it. Hero, ex-SEAL, tats, gruff, heart of gold; heroine, virgin, delicate petal, beautiful but doesn't know it (big sigh) because she has a gorgeous but nasty sister; both of them not knowing the other fancies the other, everyone knows they like each other except them, stalker, hero shoots stalker and nothing happens coz of course you can just go around shooting people and everyone is glad he's dead like it hap ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I guess I already read this as part of an anthology... And I loved it then, if I re-read it, I'm sure I would love it now... :D

This story literally takes off with a bang. Both Hayden and Sierra have been in love with the other for ages, and when there's an attempt to kidnap/kill Sierra, Hayden wakes up and claims her for himself. I knew who the bad guy was from the moment he was introduced, making this story a little predictable. But true to the anthology title - Wicked - the characters have ama
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sierra is about to meet her friend and secret crush when plans change unexpectedly and on her way to her car, she´s assaulted.
Hayden can´t belive it, not just that Sierra took off without him on their sort of date night, but that she was ambushed in the parking garage. Lucky for him, he´s got the connections to search for the guy, and the knowledge to keep her safe mean while.
Now he´s getting his chance to keep her by his side and tell her how he feels..
Great, quick read with smutty fluff, ac
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
This was so good! This hero is the best example of how Katie Reus writes the most loyal heroes.
Please give me more like this.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

The first book in the Serafina, Sin City series is a wonderful novella and one of the better introductions to an author’s work that I have experienced. My first option to review a Katie Reus title starts in a Las Vegas casino and features characters that are familiar (I am told) from her Red Stone Security Series.

Sierra is the head chef at the casino’s restaurant, and over the past year she and Hayden have formed a great friendship, although
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough
Amy R
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
First Surrender by Katie Reus is the kick off novella to a new series titled The Serafina: Sin City series. It includes a couple of characters from Katie's Red Stone Security series. In First Surrender we meet Hayden, second in command for security at The Serafina hotel owned by Wyatt Christensen where his wife, Iris is head of security. We also meet Sierra, head chef at the restaurant in the hotel. Hayden and Sierra have been friends for a long time, but it takes an attack on Sierra to push the ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved that this novella starts off immediately with the action. I read it in one sitting because I just had to know the ending. Although I was able to identify the villain pretty quickly, it in no way took from the story. This in my opinion was the love affair between Hayden and Sierra.

I am not a fan of the dreaded "virgin" heroine unless it is in a historical. However, I loved the fact that Katie Reus did not make this the primary focus of the story. The reader finds out at the right time and
Melissa Vasquez
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Great new spin off series.
I believe this will be another great series by Katie.
I enjoyed the humor and possessiveness in Hayden. Sierra played right into that humor. They were just friends. Both wanting more from each other but did not know how the other one felt. When a threat comes along it makes both of them face their feelings for each other.

Thanks for another great story. I will be looking forward to the next one.
Sheryl C. Nash
This was FAN-FREAKIN-BLOODY-EFFIN-AMAZINGLY-TASTIC!!!! Everything that I have come to associate with Katie and her writing; majorly hot and sexy with an UBER-ALPHA male... *PHWOAR* This story is a spin off, of Katie's Red Stone Security series (which I bloody LOVED as well!) and is the start of a new series; The Serafina: Sin City , and all I can say is PLEASE, KATIE, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE ...more
4 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense Novella

This was one of my favorite stories in the Wicked Firsts compilation.
This was hot! I love friends to lovers stories, and it didn't hurt that Hayden was an ex Navy SEAL! With a hint of mystery and a whole lot of scorching hot sex, this is a series I will definitely be keeping up with!
A fun and sexy start to Katie’s Serafina: Sin City series!

First Surrender by Katie Reus is the first smoldering novella in her Serafina: Sin City series set in Las Vegas. It’s a friends-to-lovers tale featuring ex-Navy-SEAL Hayden, who is now the sexy-as-sin, tattooed head of security at the hotel, and Sierra, head chef at one of the Serafina’s popular restaurants. They are besties who harbor secret lustful feelings for each other – but neither will make a move as it may ruin what they have. But
This was sooo good, but wayyy to damn short. It needed to be a lot longer. I wanted to see how they met, and how they fell in love. Also the whole “suspense mystery” was pretty poorly executed and you knew straight away who it was. But I enjoyed this story because the characters were just so cute!

I knew it was a novella but didn’t expect it to be this short. But I’m rating it based on how I felt reading it, and I thought it was just a fluffy short read that made me smile!

Now I’ve realised that
Crystal Pinson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice and quick read. There is a semi-plausible backstory that helps with the shortness of the book. I almost rated it 3 stars because of the fact Sierra was a *gasp* virgin! That is what lead to my semi-plausible comment. While not impossible it is unlikely that a girl in her early 20s who has lived in NY, is an accomplished Chef, and spent the past year with weekly dates with a gorgeous man she found super-attractive and remained a virgin. What saved it from being 3 stars was the author working ...more
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Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. Afte ...more

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“When he’d seen her standing at the stove. . . . that familiar wave of possessiveness and love had welled up in him. He felt it every time he saw her. It was jarring, foreign and…perfect. She’d filled a hole inside him he hadn’t even realized existed. Making the transition to civilian life had been the hardest thing he’d ever done. Somehow she’d made it easier, just by being herself. He couldn’t imagine his life without her. Didn’t want to. Now that he’d finally surrendered to his feelings for her and they’d crossed over from friends to lovers he knew there was no going back for him. The fact that she’d agreed to move in so quickly soothed the most primal part of him. Because he wanted a hell of a lot more from her than that. He wanted forever. It was too soon to ask the big question just yet, but by Christmas of this year, he was going to make sure a diamond ring was on her left hand ring finger. He wanted the whole world to know she belonged with him.” 5 likes
“Not only was Sierra the sweetest, most sensual woman he knew, she f-ing owned him. Even if she didn’t know it yet.” 2 likes
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