The Serafina: Sin City #2
Ellie Johansen thought she had finally moved on from her past with a successful career and a perfect boyfriend, but that all changes when her ex-boyfriend gets out of prison. Shame and guilt have kept Ellie quiet about her history but now she can’t escape it. Jay Wentworth is ready to propose to Ellie, so he’s devastated when she tries to protect him by running. Now Jay is determined to protect Ellie and prove that he still loves her no matter where she’s come from.
While I liked Sensual Surrender, it didn’t work for me like other Katie Reus books. I loved the action and suspense and the romance was scorching as always but I have to admit I was a bit bored. Part of that comes from the similarities between Sensual Surrender and Fatal Deception from Reus’s other series.
That being said I did really like both Jay and Ellie; they’re incredibly selfless and work hard to protect the other. Ellie might have made some mistakes in her past but her integrity can’t be questioned. She’s willing to give up everything to protect both Jay and her boss, Wyatt. Jay, of course, refuses to let Ellie slip away and he’s your typical protective, dominant hero. The choice Jay and Ellie make in the ending was a bit different and I’m still a little conflicted over it, but I won’t say anything else because I don’t want to give anything away. I also really enjoyed seeing so much of the other characters in this book. Wyatt plays a big role, but we also see his wife, Iris; Jay’s brother, Hayden, and his girlfriend Sierra (from the previous book) and there’s clearly some set up for Vadim and the twins, Roman and Logan.
3 out of 5 stars
Hidden Identity • Bodyguards/Security
I’m ready to move on. Please don’t search for me. Please just let me go.
The note on the kitchen table shatters Jay Wentworth’s world into bits. Ellie is his lover, his soulmate, his best friend…she’s the woman who stood by him through the aftermath of a horrible explosion, the woman he’s planning to propose to. He’d do anything for her…except let her go. With his fierce protectiveness kicked into overdrive, he teams up with Ellie’s Hotel Serafina boss, billionaire Wyatt Christiansen, to find her. Ellie is family at the casino and they take care of their own.
Ellie is devastated when her secret past finally catches up with her. Stupid to think she could bury the mistakes of her youth and find happiness with a good man. Leaving Jay rips her heart to shreds, but it’s the only way she can protect him from the dangerous people she once ran with. And deep down, she fears he’ll never be able to forgive her for hiding her past from him.
The closer Jay gets to the truth about Ellie, the deeper he plunges into danger. He’ll move heaven and earth to save her, but if she can’t trust in Jay’s love it might be too late for both of them.