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Contemporary fairy tales with a dirty, sexy twist!
How far would you go to make the man that destroyed your family pay?

Maddux Wilder is a man consumed, a beast in a three-piece suit. Rich and powerful, he built his empire with one thought in mind: revenge.

After years of patience and planning, the wait is finally over. Tonight, Maddux will finally watch Theodore Cole’s kingd
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Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Erika Wilde
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
TOTAL SURRENDER by Erika Wilde is the First book in Dirty Sexy Fairy Tales series. This is the story of Arabella Cole and Maddux Wilder.
Maddux and his two younger siblings world changed with the death of their parents and they are wanting to get revenge for who they feel are to blame. Maddux has slowly gain enough money and reputation that they feel the time is to act. What Maddux didn't count on was the feelings that Theodore Cole’s daughter brings out in him. Arabella lost her mother early in
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Amy  Crull
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! I kept thinking that this could totally be made into a movie! It has revenge, kidnapping kinda of, tension and action all packed into this book. Maddux and his family have every reason to want revenge on Arabella's family. They have a plan but things seem to change. Arabella is innocent in all this. She does the ultimate sacrifice for her dad. Maddux still maintains the beast
personality but Arabella has some sass and breaks down his walls. She is fun and flirty. She makes
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Sandy S
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 25, 2019


Contemporary fairy tales with a dirty, sexy twist!
How far would you go to make the man that destroyed your family pay?

Maddux Wilder is a man consumed, a beast in a three-piece suit. Rich and powerful, he built his empire with one thought in mind: revenge.

After years of patience and planning, the wait is finally over. Tonight, Maddux will finally watch Theodore Cole’s kingdom crumble. At a lavish ball in the New York City castle the Wilder siblin
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Pennie Morgan
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a grown up retelling of Beauty and the Beast and very, very sexy. The only question is will the beauty tame the beast or will the beast end up seducing the beauty? Maddux Wilder, along with his younger siblings, Hunter and Temptest, lost their parents 14 years ago in a fire which was intentionally set and the time has come they are set to take down the men who brought about the deaths of their parents. The annual Wilder Charity Ball is the setting and they have invited Theodore Cole and ...more
Kari Hansen
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the last 14 years Maddux has been on a quest to ensure the people that destroyed his family are punished. Everything he has done since that traumatic day has been to ensure that he reaches that goal and reckoning day is finally here, but he hadn’t expected all his plans to go sideways when he meets Arabella.

Bella is excited to be attending the Wilder Charity Ball with her father as she seldom goes out especially to a prestigious event like this. It was like a fairy tale come true when she me
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Erin Lewis
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star review Total Surrender by Erika Wilde
 
Where do I start? Total Surrender is the first book in Erika Wilde's latest series and if this book is anything to go by, she has another winning series on her hands.

Vengeance, that is what Maddux Wilder and his siblings are out for, determined to destroy the man they hold responsible for their parents death, Theodore Cole.

His daughter, Arabella is going to be the one to pay though. I loved Arabella, she is feisty, sassy and smart.

Maddux is totally
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Jennie Fortna
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC for honest review with no compensation 4.5 stars

Total Surrender is book 1 in a new series by Erika Wilde, A Dirty Sexy Fairy Tale.

Maddux Wilder, a “Beast” of a man and self made billionaire has planned and waited for 14 years to destroy Theodore Cole for the pain he caused the Wilder siblings, but what he didn’t plan for was the “Beauty” Arabella Cole, Theodore’s sheltered, innocent beautiful daughter. When Arabella finds out what her father has done to the Wilder family, other people and hi
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Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Total Surrender is a stand-alone book by Erika Wilde. Currently is not listed on Goodreads as a part of a series, but Maddux's brother is going to get a book. His story is going to be a retelling of Cinderella. Maddux and Arabella's story is a retelling of Beauty and the beast most of the plot is based on the Disney movie, but it's told in a modern way that makes more sense. It was similar to the story we know, but it had elements of Erika Wilde's writing and I felt like I wasn't just reading a ...more
Becky Claxon
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful touching love story that came out of pain. I felt so bad for Maddux and his two siblings how their parents died. The pain that Maddux has felt has fueled his adult life. He is finally going to get his Retribution when Arabella steps in to try and save her father. Arabella is so sweet and loving, but also strong willed and her own person. I loved seeing Arabella and Maddux together. It was wonderful to see Arabella bring out the best in Maddux as much as he fought it. There are a ...more
Rhonda
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, I was hooked on this story. Maddux is bent on revenge for the death of his parents but he never counted on Arabella. When she offers herself as payment for her father's debts, Maddux is not prepared for how she will make him feel. Arabella has been sheltered all her life and never knew of her father's "other" life. As the two of them become more emotionally involved, danger rears its head and Maddux realizes what he has to do. This story was emotional, funny, maddening and s ...more
Michele
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddux and his siblings are on a mission to destroy the man who changed their lives forever. They've waited a long time to exact their revenge. They have a plan and nothing can stop them. Enter Arabella, daughter of the man they seek to destroy, and sometimes the best laid plans can go awry.

Total Surrender is the first book in Erika Wilde's new series and it's so, so good!!!! Arabella is a wonderful character. She is smart, witty, and charming. Maddux is a man on a mission, someone who doesn't l
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Ann
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tamed the beast

I loved this story. It had a different spin on the daughter sacrificing for a parent to the enemy. Maddux and Arabella had chemistry from the start. She may have been sheltered but she was assertive and independent.
Michelle
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Ellen Anderson
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining

I was really taken with this story. I loved the fact that Arabella was a strong, yet gentle and fun woman. She was a great fit for alpha Maddox.
Dora Ruiz Davalos Books and Tequila Blog
I love this contemporary fairy tales band wagon some authors are jumping on, a retelling of the classics with a modern twist to them. Total Surrender is a perfect example; it’s based on Beauty and the Beast, but for grown-ups. Trust me, this isn’t a story you want to read out loud to your kids at night, but you could to your partner if you want to liven things up! This standalone was a hot, smexy, quick read that had me fanning myself a few times, and this Beast had a Dom vibe to him that I fo ...more
Monique
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ah the lure of an attractive cover and an irresistible preorder price! Although I had read Ms. Wilde before, I should not have bought this book. The title: TOTAL SURRENDER; I dislike domineering alpha males in a story where BDSM is inescapable; fairy tale retellings leave me cold; I don't particularly care for revenge tropes. Pretty reckless of me, right? I expected a DNF early on due to my own stupidity. Yet, I kept on reading.

While the writing did not induce a case of the vapours, it is very,
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Jami
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*An advance reading copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.*

A tale as old as time… Maddux Wilder and his two younger siblings’ lives were forever changed fourteen years ago with the death of their parents. For all of these years, Maddux has been building his power and wealth in tech security, while bidding his time to get even with the monsters that destroyed his family. This new series opens with his family’s charity ball, where the siblings finally hope to get the revenge the
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Deborah Harrell-jones
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Total Surrender is a story of revenge and domination at it’s finest. You have one family willing to do anything to get revenge on the people that did them wrong. Then you have one person stuck in the middle of it all hoping that what she will sacrifice will make everything better. Maddux Wilder is a billionaire in his own right with only one thing on his mind to make the people who murdered his family pay. After 14 years of planning their demise he finally sets the wheels in motion. That night h ...more
Liza
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Total Surrender is a super sexy contemporary fairy tale that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was absolutely pulled into this story from the very first page and have to say it was one of the best stories I've read from Erika Wilde.

Maddux Wilder and his siblings have every reason to want revenge on Theodore Cole and his business associate Gavin Scott, as he knows they are responsible for his parents’ death. However, when Theodore's daughter Arabella (Bella) hears the financial situation
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Babel
A sensual, modern rendition of Beauty and Beast? I'll take it! :-D

Yes, please, give me all of it. As soon as I knew that this is a retelling of the fairy tale, I had to read it. And it's so rewarding.

With a rich writing style and a provocative theme, this dark romance is pulsing with forbidden feelings. It may start with vengeance and hatred, but it becomes suggestive very soon. Yay!

At a luxurious ball, among princess gowns and wide-eyed joy, Arabella meets a mysterious and gorgeous man who beco
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Emma
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-wishlist
Total Surrender is a lovely twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy-tale; with the emphasis on actions towards others being ‘ugly’ or ‘beastly’ as opposed to physical appearance.

Maddux has been consumed by revenge for he past fourteen years, having sworn to avenge the death of his parents. All of his efforts are about to come to fruition where he can destroy the man responsible for the loss of his parents and the destruction of his home.

However, the man guilty of the crime against the Wilder fam
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PP's Bookshelf
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would just say that I prefer this version of Beauty and The Beast by Erika Wilde so much more! She put an interesting and erotic spin to one of my all time favorite fairytale in Total Surrender . And the end result was stunning and sensual.

Caught up in middle of the war between Maddux, the tech giant billionaire bad boy and her father investment farm owner Theodore Cole, Arabella has to make a decision. To let her father die or offer herself to Maddux. Maddux is out for revenge in his cold, ru
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Nikki Reeves
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing


Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite stories, so of course, I had to get this book. And let me tell you, I devoured it in one sitting. I couldn’t stop once I started. It’s amazing seeing the beast being brought to his knees by the sweet and innocent beauty.

Maddux Wilder has had a plan for half of his life almost to end the man who destroyed half of his family. The plans are set in motion, and now, it’s time to make sure they go to plan. Except, he wasn’t ready for sweet and beau
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Eileen
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author, l3, purchased
WOW!!! I loved, loved, loved Maddux and Arabella’s amazing story in Total Surrender by Erika Wilde, book one in her Dirty Sexy Fairy Tales Series. Maddux and his siblings are on a mission to destroy the man who changed their lives forever. For years, anger, pain and revenge fueled Maddux’s hatred. He and his siblings have waited a long time to extract their revenge; they have a plan and nothing can stop them. Arabella, daughter of the man they seek to destroy, overheard their conversation with h ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm an adult who loves fairy tales and sexy romances so Erika Wilde seriously couldn't go wrong with a series of contemporary fairy tales with the dirty sexy twists! And so I'm all kinds in love with Total Surrender because it has even more to it than just those things in it. See, Maddux Wilder lost his parents when he was barely legal so he took care of his teenage siblings, but never forgot who was responsible for destroying their family. So when he finally could destroy Theodore Cole, little ...more
Jen
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.

Beauty and the Beast is undoubtedly one of the most popular fairy tales that authors choose to give their own modern spin to. Erika Wilde's take on it has Maddux as the Beast, but while he has the physical scars due to what happened to his parents the night they died, the emotional scars left behind by their deaths are what have led him into becoming a beast. Arabella has the expected nickname of Bella, which means "beautiful", and
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Ga Books LoverX
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an AMAZING representation of a modern day Beauty and the Beast! The story line included a great plot, a nice build up, a complex climax and a pretty darn good ending!

Maddux is a beast in a designer suit and it is past time that he takes it upon himself to right a wrong that happened 14 years ago. What he did not expect was the man that he despises most in the world to have a daughter that would trade herself for him because he is in poor health. Let's just say that all of Maddux's planni
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Katie
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Total Surrender
By Erika Wilde
5 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I am really enjoying these fairy tales being given an adult modern twist – who wouldn’t want their favourite childhood stories given a naughty twist?!? Beauty and the Beast is still one of my favourites so I was really looking forward to seeing where Ms Wilde would take the story and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think it is probably one of my favourite fairy tales with a twist that I have read – s
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Maria
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Total Surrender is the first in Erika Wilde's modern fairy tale series and what a start!

Maddux (the beast) is out for revenge against Theodore Cole (Bella's - the Beauty) father for killing his parents at their restaurant. Maddux is now a self-made tech industry millionaire. He and his family host a charity ball and Theodore Cole is invited. Bella talks her father into attending. She eavesdrop on a conversation and "surrenders" herself to Maddux in exchange for her father's life.

Their chemistry
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Stephanie Ditmore
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yikes! OMG I loved Maddux and Arabella! It wasn't supposed to happen the way it did. Maddux and his siblings had everything all worked out to a "T" then SHE got involved, overheard conversation, butted in where she didn't belong and turned Maddux's world upside down and made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Anger, pain and revenge has fueled his hatred for years, and now, Bella is changing everything, but how can he allow her to do that? She's the enemies daughter, but the more time they spend t ...more
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Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.