This afternoon I finished Surrender by Amanda Quick. I'm an avid fan of historical novels and don't mind the steamy, scandalous tales or the tamer variety that merely highlight the glitter, glamour and romance. Surrender, however, fell short for me on both counts. I struggled through it. I generally enjoy Amanda Quick, but this one just didn't hold my attention.
The story was predictable and the mystery wasn't very mysterious. The hero & heroine didn't have a lot of depth. I didn't dislike them, but I didn't love them either. The plot and premise was much like other dime-a-dozen novels (heroine needs money, seeks an heiress, heiress is curious & unconventional, heroine tries to woo and/or seduce her, seduction ends in scandal, someone is out to get one or the other, mystery resolves itself, they live happily ever after.) The intimate scenes weren't necessary or romantic. I don't mind intimate scenes, but these fell flat and, in my opinion, felt like they were added because it's expected. I skimmed them, flipped ahead, and it had no bearing on the story as a whole.
I like my historicals fluffy enough for a quick escape or so multi-dimensional you have to immerse yourself in it. Surrender should have been fluffy, but was actually a bit of a bore. Seriously, I fell asleep while reading the last chapters this afternoon while the boys were entertained with their LEGO Scholastic Readers. I'm thrilled it was a borrowed library e-book.
I very much wish my first review on this blog was positive and happy. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this novel unless you're a huge Amanda Quick fan. If you don't have access to anything better, give it a go; otherwise, just leave it on the shelf.