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Sarah's Surrender

(Bound and Determined #2.5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In Lavinia Kent’s scorching new eBook original novella, two wounded hearts find that only the sweet release of temptations long denied can heal the pain of past sins.

Five years ago, Miss Sarah Swilp had been deeply in love with Jonathan Perry, the second son of an earl. But when Jonathan inherited his aunt’s lands and money, he turned cold, demanding Sarah’s maidenhood and
ebook, 96 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Loveswept
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Sarah Robinson
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first historical erotica read but definitely not my last. Lavinia Kent is a master of steam, and this book will have you hot and bothered from the very start.
What to say ? Sweet Sarah Swilp is going to have to agree to marry Mr Meyes, a man her fathers age and a creditor of her fathers . Not only is this a bad night because her last hope has just proposed to another leaving her no other choice, but the one man she loved and broke her heart five years ago, Jonathan ; show up on this very night .
The draw she feels to him is undeniable even after being hurt all those years ago, but he is still bitter over how they came to an end to spite that his own st
Jessica Alcazar
Short ~ Sweet ~ Historical smuttiness ... check, check, cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeck! lol

Do not be fooled by the shortness of this story. It packs a heart-wrenching punch! You will be glued to the story and will not put it down till the end. You will get your naughty hotness, as you always do with Lavinia Kent, but your heart is going to hurt for Johnathon and Sarah, both. They've met before. Five years ago. They were young. But now they aren't ..... They each have a past of their own. Their own crosses
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 stars for the first 60%
3 stars for the last 40%
4 stars overall.

I have a love/hate relationship with this series, and I mean that in the best way possible. "Why can't I quit you?" I was asked to review this title after swearing it off, and I caved when its allure dragged me back in.

The Bound and Determined novellas baffle me. In the beginning half of each of the novella, I'm passing out the rarely given 5 star. I fall madly in
WTF Are You Reading?
When a single glance across a crowded ballroom brings Sarah Swilp face to face with Johnathan Perry; she is immediately reminded of all the things that she both loves and hates about the man.
More importantly however, she is reminded of all the things that she desires.

Yes, as much as it pains her to admit. Even a heartbreaking spat between the two and five years of separation, with nary a word exchanged, has done little to quench the flames of unchecked passion that burn only for him.

Her dilemma.
Usually I am not for novellas but this one was good, really good because it took place in a very restricted timeframe so it worked for me!
It’s the 2.5th part of a series called “Boud and Determind” by Lavinina Kent. Anyway, I didn’t know the writer nor was the cover in any way Victorian – it’s a nice cover but it doesn’t fit the timeframe of the story in my opinion.
Sarah needs to marry for money because her father is a gambler, so she wants one night of pleasure, one night to know how it would
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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** I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

At only 96 pages it is hard to say anything about this novella that the synopsis doesn't already say. Basically, in my opinion, the big story happens before this novella begins. I think I would have enjoyed a book that was completely about their past together. Sarah and Jonathan had a shared history t
(Nat) Reading Romances
Sarah's surrender has a dom/sub relationship with very light BDSM touches.Lavinia Kent proposes a sexy historical story of second chances, the blurb really caught my attention. It can be read as a stand alone.

Sarah and Jonathan were apart for five years but seems like Jonathan never grew up emotionally.They talk as their break up was a big misunderstanding, but what actually happened is that they weren't ready for marriage. The couple has a great chemistry together, however, I had a bad time try
Sarah's Surrender is part of the Bound and Determined Series by Lavinia Kent and although it can standalone, its best appreciated when the previous books especially Bound in Bliss is read first. Like the previous books, the main couples sexual encounter is all done at Madame Rouge's which is like a modern BDSM club. Sarah and Jonathan were young lovers once but meeting again 5 years later after their separation seems fated. For Sarah has resigned herself to marrying for money to pay off her fath ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah’s Surrender (Novella) A Bound and Determined Novella by Lavinia Kent.
This is the first time reading this author and I want to read more. First of all, this is a Hot Steamy Erotic Historical Romance, I didn’t know they did stuff like that back then. I felt like the writing was awesome and the story line was fantastic. I loved meeting Sarah Swilp and could understand how she felt, the love of her live left her and now he is back and she is supposed to marry another man, someone she doesn’t r
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this lovely little novella is a great addition to the set.

We have met Sarah before, and heard of her woeful life due to her gambling father, and are too well aware that she deserves better. Now that we get her story it is even clearer that she is the victim of a great, yet foolish wrong. She is however pragmatic and resourceful - characteristics that will serve her well!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent story. Wish it could have been a little longer.
However, I did enjoy reading it.
Pamela Fernandes
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book cover is not historical. I deducted one star for that. I also feel the story was quite stunted as things progress very quickly from physics to a proposal. Jonathan tells Sarah, he won't marry her and walks away from her. After five years he returns and tells her he was testing her. ??? I didn't like the hero at all. This book could have been better, but I like this author's work and will wait for more historicals.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly quick and sexy read...

‘Sarah’s Surrender,’ is a novella in the Bound and Determined series...and I find that it did soften my feelings toward Miss Swilp and her earlier comments of Bliss (in the previous novel). This novella did enlighten on whom she once was... and who she will be again. And all due to one man, Jonathan Perry.
Zeinab Dh
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read and review this book. I enjoyed this one. I read this one before the ones before it and waw nice ones I liked the characters change in each one it showed me a different glimpse of the main character who she was and who she has become can't wait for the next one

Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
I have mixed feelings about this book. Although it is well written, I had problems with the plot and the flow of the story. That's not to say that I did not enjoy it, it;s just that I wanted more - plus the story just ended before it even started!. Sarah's Surrender is an e-novella that follows right after the second book Bound by Bliss and centers on the jilted fiance, Sarah Swilp.


Sarah is in a bind. She is already bound for spinsterhood and her family has money problems and
Jenn_COBB - Collector of Book Boyfriends
 photo ARC REVIEW_zps2snz3i0j.jpgAbout the book:
Sarah Swilp is a young, beautiful girl that comes from a good and respected family.
Her father has gambled away most of the fortune they had and they are on the bridge of losing even their home because of his debts.
That would cause a great embarrassment to their family especially to her mother who did nothing to deserve this awful situation their father put them in.
She has no other choice then to finally accept her father's friend proposal and in that way escape this financial dis
Cris Conquers
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
After years apart, Sarah comes face to face with the man she loved with all her heart and was ready to give herself to, until he uttered the heat-breaking words: "You do know I won't marry you." Right in the middle of a hot and heavy makeout session that was swiftly moving into more he cynically points out that he will never marry her, even if she gives him her virginity and all of the love she holds in her heart. Little does Jonathan realize that an unmarried woman of the time, especially one w ...more
Sheila Melo
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
"You do know I won't marry you."

FINAL DECISION: I am a fan of Kent's but this novella was not my favorite. I never really got over my annoyance with how the characters had acted five years earlier. On the plus side, the story was very sexy and well paced especially for a novella.

THE STORY: Sarah Swilp was in love with Jonathan Perry five years ago when he inherited a fortune and turned cold toward her. He told her that he would never marry her but wanted to sleep with her. She was devastated and
The second in this series I have read, the first being a full-length novel, and we are again returning to the world of Lavinia Kent’s creation. Sarah had been utterly in love with Jonathan years ago until his unexpected inheritance and unbelievable cruelty pushed her away. She’s been (we are told) reeling from that ever since, unwilling to enter into another relationship that will challenge her emotions.

Now engaged to a man who can erase her father’s debts, Sarah is convinced that love is elude
Ellen Klock
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Miss Sarah Swilp is caught in a bind. Her father wants her to marry his "friend", Mr Meyers, an old goat willing to pay off some outstanding gambling debts. Sarah had her eyes on another possibility, but that gentleman is now engaged to someone else. Then there is her one true love, a childhood companion who she assumed would be her life partner. Only he had made it clear that their union would not include a marriage proposal. After her refusal to his terms, he had abruptly left town. Five years ...more
Tiffany Willams
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"He'd looked at her as if she were all he'd ever wanted, all he'd ever need. She'd been his whole world. Or so she'd thought. He'd certainly been hers."

Historical Romances are a weakness of mine and this one has just been added to my favorites list!

I was instantly sucked into Sarah and Jonathan's story! I mean who doesn't love a rekindled romance?!

These two went through a bad breakup five years prior and because of that, they have always been scared of future relationships.

All it took was one lo
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the ways in which novellas can be effective is if the reader is dropped in medias res, with the character working though a previous history. I am usually more forgiving of tropes in a novella than I would be in a full novel, especially in when the book is in the hands of a talented writer and Lavinia Kent is a good writer with a great skill in regards to character motivation. Even if you don't agree with characters actions, you mostly understand why they behave the way they do.

Miss Sarah
Tracy Emro
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** I received an eARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

I really enjoyed this installment of the series. It is short, but it doesn't feel rushed and the author gives us enough of Sarah and Jonathan's past to make the story believable.

I really liked these two - they had a falling out 5 years ago and haven't seen or spoken to each other since. They meet again on the night Sarah has finally decided to accept a marriage proposal to a friend of her fathe
Arec Rain
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn’t pay too much attention that this was a novella until I started reading it. It may be a short story, but it was packed full of heat and emotion. At first, I thought this would be one of those novels where the protagonists are pig-headed and constantly misinterpreting each other, but was pleasantly surprised by when that wasn’t the case. Of course there was a misunderstanding, one that stemmed from childish selfishness, but I was pleased to read how the characters handled it and how they ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
***3.5 out of 5 stars***
Review copy provided by publisher

I’ve enjoyed each of the stories in the Bound and Determined series so far and was excited to read Sarah’s Surrender. Sarah’s Surrender is a novella length story, so it is a really fast read.

I really liked both Sarah and Jonathan in Sarah’s Surrender. Sarah is being forced to marry a man her father’s age to get him out of debt, but wants one night with Jonathan before she has her choices taken away. I felt like Sarah was really a much stro
Amanda Richardson
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good! Five years ago, Sarah was in love with Jonathan, she was ready to consummate their love, but cruelly Jonathan told her he would never marry her. Sarah didn't want to be ruined and disgraced so she didn't sleep with him and he left town.
Sarah's circumstances are much reduced in the last five years, her father needs her to marry a man who will take care of his debts, but she wears hand-me-down gowns and can't attract a suitor. She decides that it is inevitable that she will have to marr
Mary Mattson
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarah Swilp loved Jonathon. She was ready to give him her heart, soul and virginity. But just before that happened, he told her he would never marry her. Sarah was devastated, destroyed by the love of her life, and ranted in anger and heartbreak at Jonathon words she never remembered saying. Jonathon stormed from her life, and she didn’t see him for 5 years. Now she is set to marry a man she detests, but must to save the family from ruin. But she wants that night with Jonathon that never happene ...more
Lavinia Kent is a recent discover for me. I really like her erotic Regency series and this novella is no exception. Despite having read the previous books in the series, I truly had no idea who Sarah was or how she was tied to the previous characters. My best guess is that she had wanted to marry to last hero, which didn’t happen. This is a reunion story between Sarah and Jonathan. They were childhood friends and sweethearts. However, five years before, Jonathan had cruelly told Sarah he would n ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an Arc I received from the publisher and author through netgally. For an honest review. I have to say it was freaking perfect I don't normally read alot of books like this but this author has won me over with this series. It makes you feel apart of history I love seeing how things were so different in these times. Jonathan did frustrate me sometimes but he was just protecting himself. Sarah was just this beautiful heartbroken young lady trying her best to survive in the cruel times. The ...more
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