Release Date: November 3, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Art of Passion #1
By day, he'll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he'll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams. In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star.
SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER
Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden-except the truth.
An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate's soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he'll need to confess the truth before it's too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.
Seven Nights to Surrender was a lovely, swoon-worthy read that had me wishing for a Parisian adventure of my own with sexy stranger.
After graduating from college, Kate left New York to travel to Paris to find herself, her artistic voice and to make some big decisions about her future. She's been in Paris for a couple of days when she got mugged while buying coffee. A sexy stranger came to her rescue and she found herself reluctantly spending the day with him. Rylan had all the right moves and smooth words when picking up pretty girls. He's been living in Paris for a while to distance himself from his family after his father's scandal and avoiding the responsibilities he must now shoulder. Kate soon found herself spending the rest of her trip with Rylan--he as Kate's tour guide around Paris during the day and at night he seduced her promising passion and satisfaction, which Kate lacked with her previous partners... and, yep, he delivered! But Rylan was keeping a big secret and telling Kate might mean losing her even before she goes back home.
I thoroughly enjoyed Seven Nights to Surrender. First of all, it was set in Paris and I love books set in a different country. The author did a great job with the setting--while reading it I experienced the city with the characters like I would've if I was watching a movie set in Paris. The mention of specific locations and art work spurred me to do a whole bunch of image searching, which is something I love to do when I read a book set in a different country and I can vicariously travel with the characters. I even ended up watching Amelie again (probably the 56576th time--love it!!) because Kate and Rylan visit Montmartre. Anyway, I had a great time with the setting!
The characters were amazing as well. I warmed up to Kate sooner than I did with Rylan. We're reminded over and over again that Rylan was a player. He constantly picked up tourist girls and loves the no string attached sex they provide. When he met Kate he was methodical, giving her a line and deliberate touches to essentially get in her pants. He came off a spoiled, entitled rich boy and I didn't like him a first few chapters. But, then we see him falling for Kate and start caring for her and seeing his vulnerable side and I softened towards him. Then, I just wanted to give him a hug because I felt sorry for him with how he grew up with his awful parents and he's such a lonely guy. Soon, I was rooting for him to win Kate because he needed someone like her in his life. Swoon.
Kate suffered from years of belittlement and abuse from her estranged father, and then from her lying ex-boyfriend. Her self-esteem was very much bruised, especially when it came to her artistic ability, but she's working towards gaining it back. She's also on constant guard when it came to men. I felt for Kate and I dreaded her learning that Rylan was keeping a huge secret and lying to her.
Rylan and Kate were amazing together. Things happened pretty quickly since everything happened in a week's time. But it didn't feel insta-love-y or rushed--the pacing of their relationship felt natural. The chemistry between them was off the charts and the sexytimes were steamy and plentiful. I loved the care Rylan took with Kate and her sexual hang-ups. My favorite scene with them was when Kate drew Rylan in the nude. I was getting Titanic vibes there, but it was wonderful.
Seven Nights to Surrender was a winner--very well-written and very readable. Really, this is what new adult should be. I wouldn't call it a light read, but it's not so dark with all the serious issues up the ying-yang and filled with all the drama that it's exhausting to read. There were some fun and sweet moments to balance the more serious ones. Add to that the Paris setting and, all in all, the author did a great up. I loved Seven Nights to Surrender and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series (which won't come out until April--noooo!!) to see what will become of Kate and Rylan. I'm also going to be looking into Jeanette Grey's backlist books because I really like her style and her voice. I highly recommend Seven Nights to Surrender, especially if you're a fan of romance and new adult.
Kate stayed firmly planted in her seat as he offered to help her up. Trying her best to appear unaffected, she arched one eyebrow. "Does this usually work for you?"
The guy didn't pull his hand back or in any other way appear to alter his strategy, and Kate had to give him points for that. "Yes, actually."
The sad truth was, his offer was beyond tempting. The attention was nice, especially after her self-esteem had been beaten down the way it had in the past year. Hell, in the past twenty-two. It wouldn't hurt to have someone who spoke fluent French showing her around, either. That he was as attractive as he was just made the deal sweeter.
"Not working so well on you, then?" he asked as she considered him.
"Not so far."
His smile only widened. "Good. I like a girl who's hard to crack." Standing up straighter, he held his palms out at his sides. "Come on, what have you got to lose?"
"I'd say my wallet, but that's already gone."
"See? Low stakes. Listen, you don't trust me." That was an understatement. Was there a man left on Earth that she did? "I don't blame you. Devilishly handsome man wanders into a café and buys you a drink without asking? Offers to show you around town? Very suspicious."
"So let's make this safe. You said you wanted to see the Louvre? Let's go to the Louvre. I'll show you all my favorites, and then if I haven't murdered you by supper time, you let me take you someplace special. Someplace no guide book in the world would ever recommend."
She was really running out of reasons to say no. It was a good plan, this one. They'd be in a public place. She'd have time to feel him out a little more. And if he wasn't too much of a psycho, well, everyone had to eat, didn't they?
Still, she kept up her air of skepticism. She rather liked all his efforts to convince her. "I don't even know your name."
The way his dimples shone when he lifted up one corner of his mouth was completely unfair. Extending his hand again, he offered, "Rylan. Pleased to make your acquaintance."
Rylan. That was unusual. She liked it.
"Kate," she volunteered in return, and with no more real excuse not to, she accepted the handshake, slipping her palm into his. Warm fingers curled around hers, his thumb stroking the side of her hand, and oh. The rake. He bent forward as he tugged on her hand, twisting ever so slightly so he could press his lips to the back of her palm.
"I'll bet you are." But her pulse was racing faster, and the kiss felt like it seared all the way to her spine.
This man was dangerous.
He straightened up but he didn't let go. Sweeping his other arm toward the door, he asked, "So?"
She hummed to herself as she gazed up at him, as if there was any question of what she was going to do. His blue eyes sparkled, like he already knew her answer, too.
"Well." She rose from her seat, feeling taller than usual. More powerful. Maybe it was all the flattery of a guy like this hitting on her. Maybe it was the headiness of making this kind of a decision. Either way, it made her straighten her shoulders and insert a little sway into the movement of her hips.
"Lead on," she said.
He didn't let go of her hand. "That's what I was hoping you'd say." With a squeeze of her fingers, he took a step toward the door. "Let's go look at some art."
External pressures aside, she had come to Paris to be inspired by beauty. She could find it on the walls of a famous museum. And she could find it in the lines of this man's shoulders and throat. The latter might not have been what she'd had in mind when she'd set out, but what was a little bit of a diversion?
You couldn't find yourself without taking a couple of side trips, after all.
Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn't writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.