Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Strategic Surrender

Author:  Elizabeth Lapthorne
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL:  www.jasminejade.com
ISBN/BIN:  9781419949005
Genre:  {M/F}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Kiera is called in along with her partner and a Special Operations man, Hayden, to decide what to do with a grimoire.  The result of their solution is a contract on their heads.

Strategic Surrender is the eighth book in the Urban Seductions series.  Readers need to read the last book, Edge of Ecstasy, before reading Strategic Surrender as what happened in that story has some bearing regarding what happens now.

Kiera is breaking her own rule after she meets Hayden.  Both Hayden and Kiera have some explosive chemistry together.  While Kiera doesn’t think Hayden needs to be concerned for her safety, things change once it is learned there is a contract on them.  There are some interesting times both in and out of bed as their relationship grows.

More information is given about the Tribunal governing wizards and witches.  Several questions come up about security when circumstances push everyone into hiding.  How did someone find out what happened before the Tribunal was even notified? Why would someone want what little knowledge was gleaned before the grimoire was destroyed? And who is trustworthy? 

Toward the end of the story, several things regarding answers to these questions were left hanging.  I hope the author will resolve these issues in future stories.  More information about the roles of several secondary characters could be expanded, including what Daniel and Melissa do after they are contacted by Hayden.

All the stories in this series are interconnected, though some stories are resolved, but have that little twist that runs into the next one.  Strategic Surrender has a major twist that will prove very interesting in future stories.

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