The Surrender of a Lady by Tiffany Clare

Setting: Victorian 1841


Sold. With one word, Lady Elena Ravenscliffe’s destiny changes forever. Forced into Constantinople’s slave market to pay off her late husband’s debts and save her son, Elena reinvents herself as Jinan—a harem girl adored by the rich lords who bid on her favors. But one man instantly sees through her façade.


Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, let Elena slip through his fingers years ago. When he recognizes her on the auction block, he pays an outrageous sum to possess her even if it is for a short period of time. But when his deadline looms, Griffin will risk all in a desperate bid to make her his—and his alone…

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This is my first book from this new author and I have to say I have mixed feelings about it. The premise itself was intriguing and fresh (it’s not every day you read a Victorian-era harem romance), and the story started off really well and was completely fascinating but I found the romance to be unromantic, undeveloped and in some ways downright abusive.

I’ll admit I’ve always had a thing for the danger, luxuries and forbidden pleasures of harem romances and that’s what made me pick up this book in a hurry! I totally enjoyed the first part of the book with the initiation into the harem and found the inner workings and the inside look into harem life fascinating! However what ruined it for me was the hero’s utter selfishness and the heroine’s stupidity in falling for such an abusive, controlling bastard! D:

The heroine is sold into the harem and she accepts in order to save her son, and then re-creates herself as Jinan, one of the most popular harem girls. She was pretty likeable at first and her courage and strength for taking up her new life as a harem girl was admirable to say the least. However, I felt her judgement in loving such an abusive hero was very much flawed. She would have been much better off with the guy who owned the harem who treated her much better!

As for the hero, I did not take to him at all. His idea of proving his love to our heroine was kidnapping her from the harem and keeping her till she admits she loves him! Not to mention the semi-rape he enforces on her to make her ‘see sense.’ :O No, not the kind of man one would leave a harem for! Also, there was no real connection between the hero and heroine and the sex scenes were just repetitive and boring as a result.

As for the writing, the author’s style reminded me alot of Anna Campbell’s darkly erotic romances, only not as good. It’s no wonder Anna’a praise is written all over the cover! However, there was way too much internal dislogue and alot of repetitive questioning! I had such a hard time finishing this book, as all it seemed to be was sex, sex and more sex! Where was the romance?

All in all, a very dark, erotic novel with a complete lack of romance and connection between the H and H. Skip if you don’t like your heroes controlling and abusive. If you like your romances focused more in the erotic than the romantic, this one’s for you.

Not sure I’ll be picking up the next book from this author.

Sensuality Rating: Burning up! (Love scenes are long and very explicit)

Verdict: Lack of romance and a controlling hero make this one to skip!

Rating: 2 and a half out of 5 stars

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