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I Belong

Review: Surrender by Stephanie Tyler

Title: Surrender

Author: Stephanie Tyler

Genre: Military/Suspense Romance

Series: Section 8 (Book 1)

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451413490 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451413499 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Shirene



For former Navy SEAL Dare O’Rourke, Section 8 was legendary. The son of one of its missing members, he grew up in the shadow of its secrets. All he knew was that it was a cabal of operatives discharged from branches of the military and reassigned to extremely dangerous, off- the-books international missions. And that their handler was as shrouded in mystery as the missions themselves.


Now the handler of Section 8 has given orders to kill any remaining members, along with their families. Dare must save his long-lost half sister, Avery, whom he was never meant to meet. Determined to fight for their lives and find their missing father, Dare and Avery bring together for one last mission those who are in danger because of their relationship to Section 8—to avenge their families and to survive.

Quick & Dirty: The past can destroy your future and the lives of your loved ones if you let it.

Opening SentenceThe explosion threw him forward hard, the heat searing his body, debris cutting into his back as he covered his face and stayed down.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book came as a refreshing change after all of the paranormal romances that have been my stable diet of books recently.  The world was very easy to slip into especially when you add the historical references about Katrina.  The devastation of Louisiana and the aftermath following the destruction was fresh while reading this story and helped to ground not only the reader but the story.

The story begins with a mission gone wrong twenty years ago.  Readers are thrust into the middle of an explosion quite literally and the author really captured feelings of the heat and zing as the debris fragments fell around Darius.  By the end of the chapter there is one decision to be made, which of the two men will take the last spot in the helicopter and survive while the other will provide for the safe exit of the entire rest of the team.  In the end, Darius is sent ahead and Simon stays behind to fight off the wave of warriors coming to kill them all.

The following chapter starts with our meeting Dare O’Rourke, our hero who is Darius’ son.  Dare has left the military following a botched murder attempt and slunk back to lick his wounds after the death of his entire team.  He is a man with no reason to keep living and yet he manages to survive perhaps in spite of it.

Dare finds out from a woman that basically raised him that his half sister is in trouble.  She had killed two men and was currently running from the law but unfortunately there was an even greater threat to her because of her connection to The O’Rourke family.  All the family member’s connected with Darius’ team were slowly being murdered and the O’Rourke family was the next in the hot seat.

Avery O’Rourke is what my family would call a spit fire.  This is not a woman that takes any bull.  She knows how to use a gun and isn’t afraid to pull the trigger and has done so to kill 2 of the men responsible for murdering her mother.

Grace Powell has been a woman on the run from a lunatic ever since she escaped with Darius years earlier.  She had been using her resolve and gumption to save other woman that were being victimized by their spouses/boyfriends.  She is a woman with a gift that hasn’t worked in years but as soon as Dare takes her into his arms, she starts to see visions again.  This could lead to all sort of complications if Dare isn’t an honorable man.

These are just the three main characters in this book.  One of the things that struck me while I read this story was that I really struggled to keep track of which character was which one in part because there were so many to keep track of constantly.  Once the characters are in separate locations this is much easier so do not let that be a detractor from grabbing this book off the book shelf.

This was an enjoyable read and if you are looking for a break from the paranormal series you are currently reading, this is a good book to pick up.  There was one “You got to be kidding me” moment in this book and I look forward to when an author can do that to me as a reader.

Notable Scene:

He stared at the back of Grace’s head.  She’d turned when he first stared tuning the guitar, but she couldn’t see him, no matter how hard she tried.

Interrogation had its uses, but he’d have to soften her up first.  She was strong and angry, and she would not go down easily.  If she was left alone, her mind would take over.  He wouldn’t have to do much more than that, let her get hungry and tired.

By the time he interrogated her, her own fear would’ve done more to her than he could’ve ever brought himself to do.  She’d be working over her options in her mind, tiring herself out like a hamster on a wheel.

Will you be doing the same damned thing out here?

Section 8 Series:

1. Surrender

2. Unbreakable (November 5, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Surrender. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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