First Surrender: Hayden and Sierra
(The Serafina: Sin City #1)
He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…
Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.
And he’s about to make his claim…
Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.
First Surrender by Katie Reus is the first book I have read of hers that is a contemporary. I have read her paranormal and really enjoyed it but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her contemporary, but whatever I was expecting it was not this… What I got was hot hot hot!!! So sizzling I think my Kindle may have caught on fire! Hayden, oh my wow! Talk about sexy, and protective, and total hotness. Covered with full sleeve tattoos, ex-military, tall and gorgeous and would even kill for his woman. I thought it super cute that he had such a crush on Sierra for such a long time and even had a weekly standing “date” with her as friends just so he could be near her. You would have thought a man who oozed so much self-confidence would have made a move but he had a fear of rejection just like everyone else. Man if this dude really existed I’d be super jealous of Sierra, because I’d want him for myself!
Sierra, is a bit on the shy side, a guess a culinary genius because she’s the executive chef at a casino at the age of 22 if I remember correctly. Now this I found a bit hard to swallow, I guess knowing some chefs I know how competitive it is and being obtaining that position that young.. hmmm.. But anyway roll with it I guess. Add to that, she’s super gorgeous and still a virgin.. ehh.. again I just rolled with it. I guess the worldy guy with the young innocent virgin is still going strong. It’s not my favorite but since Hayden is Hayden, I can overlook it. Despite the young innocent virgin thing Sierra was actually pretty likeable. She’s super sweet but holds up well under pressure and violence and she can stand up to Hayden’s sheer will. That takes some kahones.
The story itself is actually pretty short. I really wish it had been a full length story because I think these two deserved a full length, but you gotta make do with what you’ve got. As previously mentioned Hayden has been hesitant to make a move on Sierra even though he’s been in love with her for close to a year. There is even a pool to see when he will finally break down and ask her out which I found pretty funny! Its not until she is threatened that he realizes nothing is going to get in the way of him and Sierra any longer and he directs all of that alphaness into protecting her. The who’s after sweetheart Sierra plotline keeps things moving along when these two aren’t scorching up the sheets of Hayden’s bed, or his floor, or the kitchen… There was a nice bit of action in the bedroom and out of it. The story flew on by and before I was ready it was over. : ( This story did make me want to go back and read the series that this book is a spinoff from as well as look forward to the future books in this series.) I enjoyed it way more then I was expecting too! So go forth and read it!