Author: Monica James
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: July 30th 2013
*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?
I was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ava is left heartbroken after Harper, her boyfriend of four years dumps her. In Singapore. Even after she left her life back home to be with him. What a jerk, right? Exactly. She goes home and vows to better herself. No boys. Until Jasper.
I have been waiting for this book to come out for awhile. It was definitely worth the wait! Monica James wrote a fabulous debut! Ava, although frustrating, is a strong female character. We need more of her in our literary world. Jasper. Holy. Crap. Where do I begin? He is hot AND he sings. When Ava and Jasper meet you could literally see and feel the electricity between them. The author has a nice style of writing where the story flows nicely.
Love is not easy. It’s hard. I love a HEA like anyone else. But, sometimes I want to read a REAL love story, and this is it! There are swoon worthy times and there are times where I wanted to throw my iPad. Life is full of ups and downs. Love can hurt and make you afraid. Sometimes you just have to take a chance on love. Ava and Jasper learn this the hard way. I truly connected to these characters. They were relatable and genuine. There were a lot of “feels” in this book. I felt every emotion as I read.
Overall, I loved this story. It leaves off at a good place. By the end my heart truly felt for what Ava and Jasper have been through. I absolutely cannot wait until the next book in this series. Although their story is not finished, I encourage everyone to read this if you enjoy the new adult genre. It’s not your typical girl gets hurt and meets a new guy love story. It’s real. So, stop reading this and go buy now!
Purchase I Surrender, NOW!
About the Author
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.