Review: Slow Surrender (Struck By Lightning #1) by Cecilia Tan


He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .

From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn’t known existed and nothing is off limits.

She aches for more . . .

What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James’s sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she’ll break all the rules to get it.


Karina is doing everything she can to get through school, finish up her degree and get on with her life. But what she has never even thought of walks into the bar where is she working one night, her life will change. Instantly and forever. Karina is filling in at the bar her sister manages but in order to do this she has to tell her thesis advisor that she is ill and cannot meet with him. Everything is working out but when that thesis advisor walks into the bar, something has to give. Either he is going to spot her and throw a fit or she is going to hide out until he goes away.

In her best effort to do this, she drags the next patron in the bar to a secluded table. But there is something about him that just sparks something deep within Karina. But what? Well… he’s a very secretive guy, so there is a sense of intrigue and mystery about him. But what it is, Karina has yet to discover, but he is equally as intrigued by her. He sees something there and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But at what cost?

James is a Dom in every sense of the word, but disrespect and lies will get you nowhere with this strong-willed businessman. But there is something about Karina that he knows he wants. He know she would be great for him. This is a strange new world for Karina and she is actually really loving learning about what she likes. James pushes her boundaries and she accepts most of it. They connect on a deep level and in what seems like an instant, she knows she will never have enough of this mystery man.

But James isn’t the only thing going on with Karina… that thesis advisor she was avoiding does the unthinkable and suddenly these two worlds collide. But there is more to James as well. He is not just some run of the mill average business man with a very kinky private life. There is so much more to him. Most of his life is private… He spends a good portion of the book in a complete cloud of mystery. You don’t really know a lot about James until the end and even then, you will still be left with a lot of questions.

Dominate? Definately. Kinkly? All kinds of it. Love? Well… maybe.

This book takes place in such a short amount of time. Just a few weeks, but in those weeks, everything you thought you read in 50 Shades, will be tested to the limit and then some. Delving into a different world with the BDSM and looking at it as a form of art, not just another D/s relationship.

This book was steamy yes but, it was so much more. It has the makings of a great series and I did not hesitate to pick up the second book in the series. Now I am dying to get my hands on the third book. It is that good. I know there is going to be some critism about the D/s relationship and it will be compared (if it hasn’t already) to that beloved trilogy that makes every woman swoon… but this one was a different experience for me.

I loved the artistic flair that this book held within its pages. It made me want to visualize the artwork and visit all of the art museums I could get to easily. it was a strange image to see art worked into such a steamy read. But it didn’t take away from the story at all. Of course, there were similarities to all of the BDSM books but the art form that it took on in this book was something to be admired. Who knew glass could be so beautiful and dirty all at the same time…


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