Surrender by Rachel Van Dyken

Published: June 23, 2020

Many fans of the Seaside Pictures series have been waiting for Drew’s book. I’ll be honest and let you know that I read this series in the span of like 4 days so I had not been waiting and waiting for Drew’s book. However, I did read this full length novel in one day and that hardly ever happens for me. It was just so good that I didn’t want to put it down. While technically you don’t have to read the rest of the series to really enjoy this book it does help to have that background especially since Drew talks about his relationship with Will and Angelica whose book is Steal. It would also mean more if you read the last 1,001 Dark Night novella because the heroine is Braden’s mom. I’ve got to say though I loved that the heroine of the story was an “older” woman. You don’t read many romances where the heroine is just about to turn 40 and is a few years older than the hero. I thought that was so great because it gave a fresh feel to not just the single mom trope but to contemporary romances.

Now Drew is hilarious in this book like we all kind of expected him to be and Bronte definitely has the mom looks down pat in order to get him to “behave”. But what I really loved was how well written the more serious sides of Drew were and how seamlessly he fit into the family that he had always wanted. Additionally, in true romance fashion, Bronte helped him get over the love and loss of Angelica. And she did it without really being told all the sordid details just by being with him and seeing him rather than judging. That is, of course, until the climax when she does get judgy. But you’ll kind of see that coming since you’ll hit the “things are going too good” point. Anyway, this really is a must read book for anyone who is looking for a great contemporary/ single mom/ rockstar/ comedy romance (I think I hit all the tropes). I do really believe that I would have enjoyed this book even if I hadn’t binge read the entire season before I tackled it. That’s how good it was. Oh! And I received an ARC for an honest review of this novel.

—-“Hi, Will.” My voice cracked. / Honest to God, the horse looked back at me and glared.” -Drew—

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