Darryn Cavallo is a seasoned photographer and quite used to being surrounded by gorgeous, half-naked women without breaking a sweat but he isn’t ready for the powerful feelings fashion model Hannah Sutherland elicits the minute he sets eyes on her. He’d once made the rookie mistake of falling for a model and it had ended badly, so when another photographer implies he’s also been with Hannah, Darryn uses it as the perfect excuse to walk away.
But when they meet again, Darryn can’t ignore his instincts—Hannah is in danger. Lies and threats make targets of them both and faced with a situation of pure terror, Darryn is forced to realize he’ll do anything to protect her. And to keep her with him, always.
Title: The Ultimate Surrender
Series: The Cavallo Brothers #3
Author: Elsa Winckler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 13, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 3.5 stars
I’m frankly torn about THE ULTIMATE SURRENDER. And while on my own blog this one gets a 3.5-star rating I will probably round that up to a 4-star rating on other posting sites. Why? I don’t believe the book’s (author’s) rating should suffer because I greatly disliked one of the main characters.
Elsa Winckler delivered a riveting romance with touches of angst, danger, family and second chances. I enjoy her writing style and have loved the earlier books in this series. My problem was Darryn. He took the easy way out. It’s that simple. He made the choice to believe a lie without confronting Hannah. And maybe I could stretch and say I understood it because of his previous experience, but it was a crappy move on his part and I expect better from the Hero, even when they’re momentarily acting like a jerk. There are readers who will not see his actions this way, and that’s understandable as we all put our own interpretations on the written word. But for me, I could never like Darryn or be concerned about his happy ending.
THE ULTIMATE SURRENDER is fast-paced, intense and will keep your attention throughout. As I said, it’s still a good story even though I couldn’t like or love one character.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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