“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”
The conclusion to the Surrender Series by Priscilla West.
No one is who they seem to be.
Kristen let Vincent into her heart because he seemed so different from everyone in her conservative world of wealth management. She thought they shared something special, but when she realizes that Vincent has been playing her the entire time, her heart is crushed.
As Kristen’s relationship with Vincent reaches a crisis point, a man from Kristen’s past returns looking for a second chance. Is her ex-boyfriend really looking for redemption or is his goal something more sinister?
Kristen struggles to hold herself together, until she discovers a revelation that will change everything.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
**CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1 AND 2**
Beautiful Surrender is the final installment of Vincent and Kristen’s story and it begins with a long and winding trip down memory lane. As we discover in the first two books, Kristen fled her life in Boston to get away from a scary and abusive relationship. Thinking she was safe in a new city was her first mistake and though Vincent has taken steps to help protect Kristen, crazy is crazy and her ex comes a calling looking for a second chance. The situation quickly devolves and before she can mace the bastard, Kristen’s ex is attacked by her two neighbors and Vincent.
In the wake of the attack/rescue, Kristen finds her head spinning with trying to understand everything that has happened. Her ex is back, her neighbors are bad ass security guys hired by Vincent and, there is still the matter of the phone snooping and what she discovered at dinner. Kristen feels, among other things, heartbroken, scared and, betrayed. In a move that is sheer cowardice, Kristen refuses to talk to Vincent until she can sort out her feelings. Without so much as giving him a chance, Kristen decides it is time for a break and determines this is what will happen between she and Vincent. Vincent has other plans!
Vincent gets where Kristen is coming from and when he convinces her to rationally and calmly talk about their situation, he is able to convince her that they are far better together than apart. Both knows their relationship is on shaky ground but each wants to make the relationship work. In an effort to build a more solid foundation, Vincent introduces Kristen to his sister and nephew. Kristen takes the opportunity to learn more about Vincent and his past and sees, perhaps for the first time that he is very much committed to her and their relationship and he is a man that can absolutely be trusted.
As fate and Priscilla West would have it, the universe isn’t quite done screwing with the couple. Kristen’s ex is well and truly bat-sh*t crazy and in what is one totally terrifying scene, makes every effort to take Kristen away from Vincent. Seriously, this is one intensely scary scene that not involves extreme violence but a bombshell secret that Kristen intended to share with Vincent in a very, very different manner and setting. It is only when all the cards are on the table, more than a few bones are broken and, the crazy man is finally contained that Kristen and Vincent can focus on nothing but the two of them!
The Bottom Line: I’m truly glad I chose the Forever Series for my first real adventure into the world of billionaires. Vincent didn’t inherit his money and he certainly didn’t have it handed to him and I think that is what made such a huge difference for me where this character is concerned. I very much liked Vincent’s honesty, his intensity, his sex drive, his willingness to be there for Kirsten and help her in any way he possibly could. Though Vincent certainly spends money, he doesn’t use it as a means of controlling Kristen or as a way to bribe (for lack of a better word) her to be with him. In this way, Vincent felt like a very genuine character for me. Kristen on the other hand . . . .bleh!!!! At some point, I think I sort of began to tune her out and only really “listened” to her when she was having sex with Vincent. Clearly, this series and these three reads have been all about the boy for me. J From a purely technical perspective, West creates an entertaining and exciting series. There is plenty to keep the reader involved including loads of backstory (I LOVE backstory!), tense moments, scary situations, dirty awesome sex and, a plot that comes full circle in the end with no cliffhangers or unanswered questions. In all, I found Vincent and Kristen’s story to be well worth the time and effort it took to read about them.