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Surrender of a Siren

(The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  4,715 ratings  ·  384 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
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chan ☆
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
through (mostly) no fault of its own, this is definitely my least favorite tessa dare book

i think it's important to note that had i gone on synopsis alone, i probably wouldn't have picked this book up. as much as i love the ocean, i loathe books set at sea and especially dislike books about pirating. i have no clue why, it just... doesn't do it for me.

the story is about Sophia, who we learn about in the first book. she is seen as a proper lady and is betrothed to a proper gentleman but she crave
Well, this was the perfect start to my weekend. I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with it. But I did.
My heart is warm.

I'm in need of a feel-good to start off my weekend. Tessa Dare always delivers.
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
2.75 Slightly Bummed & Lacklustre Stars

Benedict Adolphus (Dolly) Grayson known by all but his little sister as Gray is a roguish charmer, seriously it seems to be an innate component of his character rather than something that feels forced, and it made me smile, at least after the first scene with him and Sophie, that first interaction he didn’t exactly endear him to me.

Sophia is an innocent lady desiring to leave the constraints of Polite Society, and so she does something which she is sure wi
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Historical Romance is my total brain candy; it’s my escape, my leave the world behind and soak in a bath with a glass of wine and melt the world away kind of reading.  Surrender of a Siren has your typical Rogue of a male lead and the virginal Lady trying to get away from the trappings of society.

Sophie is running away from home
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, series
3.3 stars
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Perhaps it was just bad timing, but I wasn't feeling this one...

It's the story of Sophie, an heiress who runs away from home in order to escape a proper, loveless marriage and experience passion and adventure instead. Early in her adventures she meets Gray, former privateer, aka legal pirate, who is trying to become respectable for the sake of his family.

The two are immediately intrigued by one another, but try their best to keep their distance, something rather difficult to do confined in a shi
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
You mean to tell me that these two spent a month on a ship, doing the nasty, and never showered, and yet she still smelled like roses?!. Gurl, that’s not how the female body works. You best believe she was all kinds of dirty.
And a book that uses the words “tender assault” together in a sentence should be put behind bars.
Will still be reading book three because i have no self control.
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
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
Trigger warnings: violence, animal death, fire, lying. I think that's all??

3.5 stars.

I was very much looking forward to getting Sophia's story after loving her as a secondary character in the first book in the series. And for the most part, I really enjoyed this. I liked getting a Regency character who's very aware of her body and what she wants to do with it. I liked that she went out of her way to educate herself. I liked the friendships that she struck up with the crew and that she was dete
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, libby
Originally, “Surrender of a Siren” is as delightful as Tessa Dare’s books usually are. When you are reading a Tessa Dare, you know that you will be getting a whip-smart, witty heroine and a psychologically (and at times physically) scarred hero. With this book, Dare delivers on what is expected.

I liked that Sophia, our heroine, was an artist. Dare is great at making me wish I could see and experience colors the way artists can because she does such a great job of describing them. There is a para
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Considered giving it a 3 star rating but then I wrote my review and I knocked it down to 2.

I enjoyed the first book in this series well enough to want to pick up the sequel. The character of Sophia was intriguing enough in the first book that I was moderately excited to pick this one up. I don't think my excitement had changed the way I have experienced this book, sadly it was a let down.

Let me start with the thing that bothers me the most: I really think that, based on the 4 stories I have read
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals, so 3.5 stars - bumped up for the narration.

Originally published in 2009, Surrender of a Siren is the second book in Tessa Dare’s Wanton Dairymaid trilogy, and is her second published novel. It was released in audiobook format earlier this year, and although I’ve never listened to narrator Gabrielle Baker before, I decided to pick it up for review. In fact, the narration turned out to be the best thing about the listening experie
Karen A. Wyle
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm rounding up a little.

This historical romance revolves around two original, well-crafted characters. Both, and perhaps Sophia more than Gray, have definite flaws, but we sympathize with and in some ways admire both. Their mutual attraction is convincing, and the (literally and figuratively) tempestuous progress of their relationship held my interest. In particular, there was one scene whose suspense went well beyond such stakes as reputation, portable property, or fortune -- and Dare handled
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 actually. The first half was SO slow and nothing really happened. But I loved the second half!
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
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, she did it again. This is such a goofy title, and I wouldn't necessarily say that Sophia surrenders to anything (except LOVE), but I loved Sophia's pirate love story.

If you read the first book in the series, you know that Sophia was Toby's intended...and you know how that ended. This book picks off with Sophia setting off on an adventure of her very own. In a ballsy move, she lies about her name and her rank and goes off on a ship to go across the sea to a colony to...well, I'm not quite
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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellen

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