Surrendering to Her Will

Alice Wilde doesn’t have time for relationships. She barely has time to go back to her small town to take care of her thrill-seeking aunt when she ends up in the hospital after one of her crazy stunts. Her life as a New York City journalist is simply too demanding and she has no intention of slowing down. But Will Stirling, a handsome restaurant owner who is quick to fall in love, is going to do everything he can to have a relationship with Alice, no matter the cost. 

This book definitely had potential. I was willing to try it because I liked the title quite a bit, especially mixed with the charming cover. Maybe it is just because the title sounds like a dominatrix story when it was clearly not, or maybe because I got a good deal on the book, but I was definitely intrigued. However, it was disappointing.

 

First of all, there were laugh cues. One of the characters would do or say something mildly amusing and then everyone would laugh, which just takes all of the humor out of whatever just happened. Second of all, the characters often fell flat. You have the work-oriented heroine, the lovesick love interest, the eccentric aunt, and the conniving ex-girlfriend. And what’s up with Joe’s character swap half-way through the book? Can that be explained without so much telling and a little more showing?

Despite many of the disappointments, I did like the story okay. Will was very sweet and did everything a love interest was supposed to, and I like the twist at the end, which is different than most work-oriented heroine stories I read.  My biggest problem with the book was the writing style. While Potter’s writing will undoubtedly improve over time, I don’t think I would recommend Surrendering To Her Will to many people.

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