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Surrender of a Siren (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,178 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tessa Dare is definitely on my authors-to-watch list now. I loved her debut novel, Goddess of the Hunt, and even though this sequel wasn't as amazing as the previous book, it was still a great read.

Sophia Hathaway has just abandoned her fiancé Sir Toby Aldridge at the altar, and she's decided to finally live her life as she wants and not as her parents and society expect. She seeks passion, adventure and excitement, and she knows she isn't likely to get that by marrying a man she doesn't love. S
A runaway. Men-who-are-technically-not-pirates. A strong sense of loyalty.

Sophia, the protagonist, is rather…naïve. That’s not necessarily a bad trait, but sometimes, I’m just like, What the fuck are you doing, Sophia???? She can be frustrating. I’m more of a logical person, and I really couldn’t make sense of her reasoning sometimes. I mean her concerns in the book are valid in a way, but she tends to overreact and run away. Anyway, she does grow up a bit throughout the book. I like that she be
Beanbag Love
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half for this one.

I liked it a lot. It was very unique in that the location is pretty much the same throughout the book. It didn't bother me, though. Every once in a while I would think "Wow! We've been on a ship the entire time." But it was only a surprised observation and not a complaint.

There were some great side characters and the hero, Gray, is very lovable. The heroine is Sophia, a character featured in Goddess of the Hunt. She's the one who gave me some problems. I thought she
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sophia Hathaway has run away from everything, jilted her groom and is on a secure passage on the ship Aphrodite. Posing as a governess, Sophia things she has everything planned out to the last letter, until her heart pounds and passion flares when she lays eyes on the charming Benedict “Gray” Grayson.
Gray is trying to live his life on the more noble side. After years as a privateer, Gray feels it’s time to straighten out his life and work to secure a future for his brother, his brother’s son a
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say that this book can be read stand alone, altho it will be a richer, more nuanced read if you have read the first book – Goddess of the Hunt (GOTH). Sophia only appeared in a handful of scenes there but the general consensus seems to be that she stole what scenes she was in. A lot of readers seem to love her and looked forward to her story.

I was not one of them.

I generally don’t respond well to characters with . . . hmm, how shall I say this? . . . . over-active imagination. I wo
Inshirah Kamal
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Long ago, she’d learned this key to deceit. It was easy to lie, once you understood that no one really wanted the truth.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars...I loved it!

Ok ladies...I've read two of Dare's books and both of them have been 5 Star reads! 2 out of 2?! How rare is that?!

"Surrender Of A Siren" is the second book in this series and I was so worried I wouldn't like it like I did the first. But WoW! Did I ever! This author has a way of making every character come to life, and at some parts this lady is laugh of loud funny!

I wasn't very fond of Sophia in "Goddess Of The Hunt", but let me tell you...Once I got to know her...I loved he
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
For all practical purposes Sophie Hathaway may act like a proper miss of early 19th century British society, but underneath her façade is a woman who has big dreams. She wants adventure and romance, where she will be swept off her feet but some sex hungry man who will have his wicked way with her. Sophia has this fantasy of being ravished by her painting master, Gervais, which she tells in great detail to Lucy in Goddess as well as in Siren to reformed pirate and rogue, Benedict “Gray” Grayson. ...more
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
In Surrender of a Siren, the main character is Sophie from the previous novel. You catch up with her at the beginning of the book as she's trying to board a ship for passage out of England. She's scandalously left home after fleeing from a marriage proposal in the previous book. In a rather unusual fashion she meets Mr. Grayson, the owner of the ship she intends to sail out on. She gives a false name and story to Mr. Grayson and the crew to persuade them to let her board. But over time her attra ...more
Katherine 黄爱芬
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katherine by: Lelyana
Love very much with Dolly ehh... Benedict Adolphus Grayson... ^^ Gabungan semua cowoq bejat favoritku. Mulai dari St. Vincent, Vasili dan Mitya...

Walaupun ada kemiripan setting dgn Secret Fire nya Johanna Lindsey dan Captive of my Desire nya Johanna Lindsey, ternyata kisah2 pelaut dan romansanya msh sangat menarik. Kisah si runaway bride, Sophia Hathaway sang Lady yg menyamar sbg pengasuh yg akhirnya bertemu pemilik kapal Aphrodite, Benedict Grayson. Demi memuaskan hasrat fantasi petualangan, S
Jane Stewart
I didn’t understand some of the logic, and I didn’t like the reasons for much of the conflict.

Sophia’s parents arranged a marriage for her to someone she didn’t love. She will receive her trust fund money when she becomes 21. She manages to get 600 pounds, which she will live on until she can inherit the rest of her trust fund. Gray owns the ship Aphrodite. His brother Joss is the captain. Sophia arranges passage on their ship to take her to Tortola in the Caribbean. She uses a fake
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sexytimes
This was ludicrous. Society Heiress gets tired of being perfect and ladylike so she steals her own money and runs away, buying passage on a ship full of privateers who all fall chastely in love with her -- except for the pirate captain! He falls not-so-chastely in love with her. She does a lot of pornographic drawings, the ship is full of goats, the word "tumescent" does not appear.
Great hero and heroine in this one. The heroine looks like a prim, correct missy, but has two particular skills, lying and painting. She is blessed with an overactive imagination, and is feisty and saucy - in fact, her appearance and personality have very little in common with one another. I just loved her! It's wonderful to have a heroine that is comprised of such contrasts - some authors seem to start out that way, but their heroines just don't convince - they're just not naughty enough, or w ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Yes, I liked it, but I didn't loved it like the other Ms. Dare's books.


Because I thought Sophia lied too much about everything!

I could understand the lies at the beginning when she didn't know Gray from Adam, but I hated her when she continued and kept on and on... even when Gray professed his love, when he said that she was the One and Only for him!

And I didn't understand why she didn't wanted to stop lying!! Why, for God's sake, why???

All the other stars are for Gray who was a really nice
Oh, man...and it started off so well. I really liked Gray in the beginning...and then my adoration for him fell away as he got more and more annoying. I felt the same way with the first book as I do with this one -- I hate the female protagonists, Lucy in the first and Sophia in this, don't have as much dignity as I wish they had. This series, so far, is chase, chase, chase from the woman and then the eventual capitulation from the man (which then usually leads to the HEA). It was annoying in th ...more
Maureen Feeney
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sophia Hathaway, is beautiful, rich, and respected by all of society. Engaged to Toby Aldridge, Sophia realises she is tired of being the perfect mindless paragon, so she invents a lover leaves a note and plans to travel to Tortola. Posing as Miss Jane Turner, governess, she convinces ex-privateer, "Gray" Grayson to allow her to travel on his ship.

Gray is now a reformed rake, trying to turn respectable so he can soon launch his sister into society. He promises his brother and ships captain Joss
I liked this one okay, but I wasn't too crazy about the main character Sophia Jane. She was an immature, spoiled young woman who lied and manipulated her way through life. She grew up towards the end of the book, but it was too little too late as far as the story went. But the writing is smooth and enjoyable, the other characters are unique for a HR, including a person of color.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
After leaving a note dumping her fiance, Heiress Sophia Hathaway boards the Aphrodite disguised as a governess on her way to a new job. She doesn't want to marry someone she doesn't love. She wants an adventure. Benedict "Gray" Grayson has gone respectable. No longer a privateer, Gray has opened a shipping company and is traveling on the Aphrodite as the owner of the ship. His first look at Sophia leaves Gray wondering if his plundering days are behind him. But he has promised his brother, the C ...more
Carmen Pacheco
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sophia Hathaway, aka the runaway heiress, has resurfaced from the destruction she inevitably, though unintentionally, caused for her intended groom, Toby, at the conclusion of Goddess of the Hunt (read review here). It's only to procure a more permanent means of escape, however. Headed to Tortola (on the pretense of gainful employment as Jane Turner, a governess), Sophia intends to shed the expectations of an English rose and truly blossom, by her own choosing. Tessa Dare set up Sophia as an app ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Surrender of a Siren is, being partway into the third book now, the best book in this series on a technical level. However, the first one, which is problematic (as described above), is by far my favorite ship-wise.

I don’t really care about Gray and Sophia as a couple tbh. However, the sex scenes in this book are fantastic, and I was totally on board as soon as they started hooking up. I don’t unship them, like I currently do with book three, but I’m not aswoon at their connection. Still, hottest
Lover of Romance
Sophia Hathaway, flees her life in society and escapes frm what would be a loveless marriage. So she goes aboard the ship "Aphrodite" and gains passage from 'Gray (Benedict Grayson) who is the owner and his brother is the captain. Sopia is planning on being a governess and plans on having a life of her own. Now aboard the ship, with her sketchbook, she is in close proximity with the handsome rogue, Gray, whom tempts her with his tantalizing kissing. However there is a little hitch in this love s ...more
Sara ♥
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical, 2011
4.5 stars! Yay for Tessa Dare!

(1) Great story! I'm not sure about the setup. It's hard for me to reason why Sophia would board a ship for Tortola. I get that she wanted adventure and to find love... but go to Italy or something! Why a tiny island in the West Indies? And why would she pose as a governess? What's she gonna do when she gets there? And how did she know to look for Captain Grayson? Where'd she get his name from? Was it just because his ship was named "Aphrodite"?

(2) But once they're
Nikko Lee
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Why I read this book:
I often read books as a form of research into the genres I am interested in. A good book is a good book. Unfortunately there are some common themes or cliches that really annoy me.

My one sentence summary:
In Surrender of a Siren, Sophia runs away from her family before she is forced to marry a man she does not love only to find love on the high seas in the form of a buccaneer trying to make an honest name, for once.

Sophia is smart, witty, and defiant. Gray is a sympath
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
l est difficile de faire aussi bien que le premier tome. En effet, le premier reste un roman d’anthologie où l’héroïne – une chipie- marque la mémoire (ainsi que les scènes d’amour – soupirs….).
Bref, donc c’était un challenge de faire un deuxième tome.
Dans celui-ci, on retrouve Sophia, l’amie de Lucie, qui décide de fuir l’Angleterre car elle a soif d’aventures et a une imagination débordante. Elle monte donc dans le bateau de Grey.
Sophie est une héroïne gentille qui tombe amoureuse de cet ancie
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the first book, Goddess of the Hunt, but a really good read nonetheless. What I loved about the debut of this series was the wit and banter between the romantic couple. Laugh-out-loud funny that surprised you and brought a tear to your eye. Although this book had a few funny moments, it didn't seem as well crafted.

That is not to say that this book is without merit. Far from it. Surrender of a Siren is a great yarn, set almost entirely on the high seas, on the passage from E
Mary Kathryn
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book could have been a five star book however...I really don't like the story line of I'm not going to tell you about my past because I don't think you can handle it. It had so many things going for it like one thing they were on a ship how exciting is that? And he used to be a "pirate" also very exciting. But for some reason Sophia thinks that Gray cannot handle her past when he has told her all about his. Which in my opion is much worse than anything she has done. So I found myself extrem ...more
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Engaging, well-written historical romance. Regency characters but the story takes place almost entirely outside of England, on the ship of an ex-pirate/privateer trying to turn respectable. Although the plot drags at one point and the hero's relationship with his brother wasn't entirely believable to me, the romantic relationship is a cut above most romances. Fresh writing, strong characters, excellent romantic chemistry, nice touches of humor, overall just a lot of fun. Really deserves 4 1/2 st ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book (sigh) was definitely swoon-worthy... loved it! Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“Not learning how to kiss, but learning why to kiss. Not in persuasion, not as a prelude to further liberties. Simply to discover the taste of her, delicate and fresh and exquisitely sweet. To tell her things he didn’t dare express in words. To tell her things he had no words to express. He kissed her for no greater pleasure than to kiss, because at that moment, kissing her felt like the greatest pleasure
GREAT book! I did not want to put this one down! I guess it did not get 5 stars from me because I like to hear more about their happily ever after so I give it 4 1/2 stars!! It was a good long while until this book had any steamy scenes, but once it did...WOW! I especially couldn't believe the scene in chapter 16!!!! Definitely read this book! But, don't feel like you have to read Goddess of the Hunt first, although you will understand Sophia much better if you do!
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“I want to have you in every way known to man, and then
invent a dozen more.”
“Well then. Let us begin with essentials. Are you free to marry me?” He exhaled slowly, in a pointed effort not to hold his breath.
“Of course. When I come of age, that is.”
“Tell me your birthday.”
She smiled. “The first of February.”
“It will be our wedding day.” He traced the shape of the birthmark on her hip. “Very convenient for me, for your birthday and our anniversary to coincide. I’ll be more likely to remember both.”
“I wish you would stop touching me there.”
“Do you? Why?”
“Because it is ugly. I hate it.”
He tilted his head, surprised. “I quite adore it. It reminds me that you are imperfectly perfect and entirely mine.” He slid down her body and bent to kiss the mark to prove the point. “There’s a little thrill in knowing no one else has seen it.”
“No other man, you mean.” He kissed her there again, this time tracing the shape with his tongue. She squirmed and laughed. “When I was a child, I would scrub at it in the bath. My nursemaid used to tell me, God gives children birthmarks so they won’t get lost.” Her mouth curled in a bittersweet smile. “Yet here I am, adrift on the ocean on the other side of the world. Don’t they call that irony?”
“I believe they call it Providence.” He tightened his hands over her waist. “You’re here, and I’ve found you. And I take pains not to lose what’s mine.”
He kissed her hip again, then slid his mouth toward her center as he settled between her thighs.
“Gray,” she protested through a sigh of pleasure. “It’s late. We must rise.”
“I assure you, I’ve risen.”
“I’ve work to do.” She writhed in his grip. “The men will be wanting their breakfast.”
“They’ll wait until the captain has finished his.”
“Gray!” She gave a gasp of shock, then one of pleasure. “What a scoundrel you are.”
He came to his knees and lifted her hips, sinking into her with a low groan. “Sweet,” he breathed as she began to move with him, “you would not have me any other way.”
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