Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway! "Surrender To Me" by Monica James


(I Surrender Trilogy, Book Two)

Ava Thompson left the love of her life, Jasper White, to unearth her destiny. Even though the decision was the toughest of her life, it was the only way for Ava to grow into the woman she’s always wanted to become.

Sadly, that destiny has led her back to the place that broke her.


And more importantly, it has led her back to the man who broke her.


But Ava is no longer the scared, lost girl she once was. Ava is stronger, and she will not allow her past, taint her future.

Six months later, Ava travels back to Los Angeles for an event that embraces the true meaning of love. Sadly for Ava, her meaning of true love has been lost.

And that’s because of one life changing event that has altered her life forever.

Los Angeles is not how Ava left it. Things have changed. People have changed. She has changed. But what has remained untouched is her passionate love for Jasper White.

But does Jasper feel the same?

5 Stars

“Surrender to me,” he whispers, droplets of water running down his face, into his parted lips. And I am mesmerized by those lucky beads of water caressing his face like a lover’s touch.

Angst-driven! Passionate! Hot! “Surrender To Me” was an amazing sequel that, for the life of me, I could NOT put down!

The story picked up a few months later from where it ended in “I Surrender”. It started with Ava on a plane back to LA from Singapore for V’s wedding, with none other than…. Harper. *deep breath* I automatically knew at that moment, I was in for one hell of a ride with this book. This was what I feared would happen when I first read book one’s ending. But rest assured, Monica James took things to whole different level and captivated my full attention throughout the entire book.

“I can’t believe you’re the same person, because that person lied to me and broke my heart.” - Jasper

When Jasper and Ava came face-to-face for the first time in months, you could have cut the tension in half with a knife. The way this book was written allowed me to feel every.single.emotion these characters felt. Suffice it to say I was at the brink of an anxiety attack! My heart dropped, broke, and beat at 100mph, several times along the way. There were a few moments where I just wanted to grab Jasper and Ava’s heads and MAKE THEM kiss and make up!!! Hahaha!!

Even though this book was only written from Ava’s POV, I always knew what Jasper was feeling. There was no doubt in my mind he was still head-over-heals in love with Ava. The things he not only said, but did?? Panties, meet floor.

“The only thing that’s important to me is you. Everyone else can go to hell.”

“I missed you Ava. And being close to something that belonged to you helped that ache go away.”

“When I got to know you, you made me feel alive. You made me want to be a better person because of you, you are my everything.”

This guy…. This guy… *swoon*. And OMG -- the pool scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaahhh!! I was over the moon with happiness while reading it!!!!!! I totally did a weird happy dance… I mean, it was a pretty hot scene so I was kind of squirming while happy dancing! True story. All I’m going to say is that this author can sure steam up a scene. ;)

Okay well, back to the plot. If I could have kicked Harper in the balls, I would have. Gladly. Ugh. I also wanted to smack two particular ladies that had their eyes set on Jasper throughout the book. I may or may not have yelled at my Kindle: BACK OFF! *sigh* This book had A LOT of juicy drama, angst, and a few surprises here and there. Towards the end, there was a twist that literally made me gasp. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!!!! I’m telling you, this was a great book.

Lucas and Veronica were amazing secondary characters and I loved how much THEY loved Jasper and Ava. They were always patient, understanding, and sneaky (you’ll know why once you read this book) where Jasper and Ava were concerned. I found myself giggling while reading their interactions because they were like this crazy family that understood each other in their own way. Amazing chemistry.

The ending of this book was a happy one BUT, this being the SECOND out of THREE books, OF COURSE there’s more to come. In fact, this ended in a sort of *gasp* moment. To me, it was more like a “squeeee!! YAY!!!!” moment. But oh well, to each their own. :) I DEFINITELY liked THIS ending way more than book’s one ending. I HIGHLY recommend you buy this series!! Can’t wait for book THREE!!!!! Eeekkk!!

“My heart is yours. It beats for no one but you. Do you hear me? Only you.”


The I Surrender Trilogy

I Surrender
 (I Surrender Trilogy, Book 1)

Singapore has stolen a piece of Ava Thompson.

It took one life shattering moment, for her to realize, her EX is not the man she believed him to be. Returning home to Los Angeles was never going to be easy for Ava. Her heart has been shattered to smithereens and she’s convinced it’ll never heal. Or, so she thought.

Enter Jasper White.

Unbeknown to Ava, Jasper White will change her life forever.
The attraction is instantaneous which troubles Ava, who has sworn off men indefinitely. But, she is finding resisting Jasper, with his tousled bedroom hair and piercing cerulean eyes, harder than she ever imagined. And that’s because Jasper knows what he wants, and he wants Ava.

But, can Ava surrender to her feelings for the one man who compels her to love again? Because, what happens if love does not triumph all? What happens if love isn’t enough?

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About the Author:

Monica James

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. Listening to the likes of Elvis to Fiona Apple and everything in between has been her inspirational tool to write. Her varied musical and literary tastes have shaped her into the writer she has become. Monica partook in extra Literature and Writing studies in High School. She studied a Bachelor of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University Victoria, Australia, majoring in Philosophy and Cinema Studies for three years. When she is not writing she is running her own business, but always finds a balance between the two. Monica enjoys reading honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories that leave an imprint on her. She put pen to paper because she wanted to write a book that she would want to read. She draws inspiration from her surroundings, hopeful others enjoy reading about the world as she sees it.



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