Rough Surrender

Faith has come to Egypt to participate in a flying expo. She’s shipped her pride and joy, her plane and can’t wait to get up in the sky. Her stepfather hopes that she will meet up with long time friend, Jeremy and agree to marry. Faith thinks that would be like marrying her brother, absolutely no passion or desire in the relationship. Thankfully, Jeremy is of the same mind. Faith has never been truly attracted to anyone, man or woman which is why when she is introduced to Leonhardt she’s startled at the feelings she has.

Leonhardt has been working in Egypt for the last year, ever since he had to leave London and his memories. While visiting a brothel to enjoy his perverted sexual desires, Leonhardt heard one of the women scream. He thought the owner of the brothel would take care of the problem once he was aware but when the woman’s body showed up in the Thames, he knew this was not the case. He should have done more. For the past year he has given up on his sexual practices but when he meets Faith the desire to tie her up and do delectable things to her body is almost overwhelming.

Things would have stayed prim and proper except Faith had to explore these new found emotions and Leonhardt didn’t want to deny her. He put some conditions on this adventure which Faith agrees to. She’s looking forward to learning more about herself.

However, these are two passionate and opinionated people. Faith has to fly and Leonhardt doesn’t trust planes. He wants to keep her on the ground and will do things behind her back to keep her there. Faith isn’t sure about some of the things Leonhardt wants to do to her and is shocked when she likes them. This relationship has to be based on trust but when that trust is broken, outside forces may be deadly.

This is story is a very different historical novel. There are elements in it that give it a fresh, more contemporary feel yet it never breaks the rules of the era it is set in. You may not be aware of the complexity of the story until towards the end of it but once it is revealed; the story comes together in a wonderful way.

Lots of research had to have been done in the writing of this story. It is set in the early 20th century in Egypt yet also refers to Australia, England and France. Each country had to be done perfectly as to not upset the story line and they are all done to perfection. Also, one of the main focuses is early aviation and women in aviation. Again, the research comes across with names of planes, along with descriptions, and the presence of early aviators, including women. Even laws pertaining to brothels in Cairo are thrown into the mix making this story realistic and feel authentic.

The main characters of Faith and Leonhardt are done with as much care as the historic research. Faith is an independent woman who loves adventures yet she has wealth and must conform to many of society’s rules. Her stepfather believes all women should be married and is trying to marry her off. Upon arrival in Cairo, Faith has a chaperone to make sure she isn’t where she shouldn’t be. Faith’s family is mentioned and she comes across as a very well rounded character. Leonhardt actually starts of this book and he’s a bit more mysterious. Still his past is mentioned as is his profession. He comes across as a very likeable character. He’s not perfect but these flaws only make him more endearing.

With Faith and Leonhardt exploring their feelings towards each other, you would and should expect that they would have sex. Actually, they have a lot of it and much of it with some sort of BDSM elements. It’s hot and you are probably going to get a bit bothered. At one point, there was so much sex and sexual tension that the storyline felt a bit missing but it was soon found again. Regardless, each sexual scene was awesome and none of it should have been left out. (Warning: for those use to more vanilla historicals, this is anything but vanilla. Expect graphic descriptions with some bondage and paddling.)

I was leery about reading this story on two counts; I don’t like historical set in the early 20th century and I don’t like books set in Egypt. That being said, I do like Cari Silverwood’s writing style and her stories. She has a great imagination and is able to capture a story, put it on paper and get your attention. So, with a deep breathe, I started reading and found I didn’t want to put this book down. It’s absolutely fantastic.

As I said this book is much more complex that it first appears and each facet is done to perfection. There is a bad guy and he’s really bad. At first, it seems as though that character is only going to be in passing but he’ll be back with a plan that could get someone killed. There are struggles. Leonhardt is trying to understand Faith’s need to fly and when he can’t, he’s faced with trying to force her to give up something she loves or dealing with his fears. Faith loves her time with Leonhardt but is she willing to submit to a husband? There is lots going on which isn’t quickly apparent.

From hot sex scenes to tender moments, I fell in love with this book I wasn’t sure I wanted to read. If more early 20th century historicals were written like this, I might even learn to like them.

I guess the real bottom line is, this book is great and Cari Silverwood writes a terrific story.

Book Blurb for Rough Surrender

One master, one woman who craves surrender, and a sky that will challenge them both.

At a time when airplanes are as new-fangled and sensational as the telephone, Faith dares to fly.

The one territory she has not explored is her own sexuality. In Leonhardt she discovers the man who can teach her how a woman surrenders her body and her mind. However, Leonhardt has a shadowed past and his own learning to do. He doesn't have the right to keep Faith from flying, even if he thinks airplanes are flimsy death-traps made of canvas, timber and their inventor's prayers.

Faith has her limits, Leonhardt has his flaws, and sometimes the nicest people get murdered by unscrupulous bastards. Even if Leonhardt can save the woman he loves, the battle for Faith's heart will be the hardest one of all.

This story is rated "Very Hot" (5 out of 5 flames) and contains F/M pairings.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 5.00