Surrender the Dark ~ Review by Brandilyn

Title: The Three Musketeers #1: Surrender the Dark

Author: Donna Kauffman

Release Date: 8 October 2012

ISBN: 9780345537874

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

 From the Publisher:

Surrender the Dark, the first novel in the Three Musketeers series by Donna Kauffman, offers the tantalizing story of a hardened, highly trained operative-and the woman who must save him.

They call themselves the Three Musketeers: three lifelong friends, men who will put it all on the line in the name of honor and loyalty. Jarrett McCullough values those bonds as seriously as he values his job heading a covert group of operatives skilled in handling sensitive international information. But his current mission has suddenly gone very wrong-and he finds himself wounded and near death in the last place he ever expected to be.

Rae Gannon is stunned to find her ex-boss bleeding from a gunshot wound, mere paces from her front door. It has been two years since her move to the remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where she tried to erase the memories and the pain she suffered from having been part of McCullough’s team. Yet as Rae tends to Jarrett’s battered body she realizes that the air between them is still sizzling with a slow-burning need. But this time there are more than just hearts at stake. The mission that almost got Jarrett killed threatens to put Rae back in harm’s way. And if they surrender to their desires, it may cost them their lives.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Blaze of Winter, Light My Fire, and Santerra’s Sin.


My View:

Originally published in 1995, the new release includes a special message from the editor and some sneak previews of other Loveswept titles.  As far as Surrender the Dark goes, it is the first in a series of 3 books centering around 3 close friends and special operatives.  Surrender the Dark focuses on the romance between Rae Gannon and her ex-boss Jarrett McCullough.

*** Spoiler Warning ***

Jarrett McCullough own JMI a very specialized courier service.  They deliver messages where no one else can or will.  Every job they do is life and death for someone, often their own couriers.  Seven years prior to the events of this story Rae Gannon, an orphan with no ties to blood or foster family, becomes one such courier.   Her last mission for JMI goes terribly wrong and leaves her emotionally broken and turns her into a recluse in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fast forward to the present and Jarrett is on a mission for JMI and is compromised.  Left bleeding in the woods not far from Rae’s house, he refuses to darken her door step even to save his life.  However, a young wolf he refuses to kill takes that decision out of his hands by leading Rae to him.  Rae proceeds to nurse him back to health despite her negative feelings toward her former boss.

For the first quarter of the book we slowly find out more and more about the events that lead Rae into seclusion.  Finally they kiss and the relationship truly starts to shift.   Jarrett and Rae are both emotionally unavailable in their own ways.  We watch as Jarrett and Rae helpto heal each other.  We watch as they fall in love and find their classic happily ever after.

*** End Spoilers ***

The premise of this book was a classic enemies to lovers tail.  The Hero and Heroine start out with many misconceptions about their past relationship leading them to be wary of each other.  On Rae’s part, it lead to down right loathing of her former boss.  As for Jarrett, he feels responsible for the emotional toll that was inflicted on Rae while she was in his employee some 2 years previous.

I would give this book 3.5 stars.  It was a little formulaic, but still an enjoyable read.  It is a fast-paced romantic suspense and I would recommend it.

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Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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About BrandilynRC

Brandilyn is a middle-aged (When the hell did that happen?) stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful children (of course she is biased). She started reading M/M Romance and Gay fiction in early 2012 and was quickly hooked. In her first 18 months as a M/M Romance fan, she read over 900 titles in the genre (not counting re-reads), ranging from shorts to epic novels. She reads across all tropes within the Gay Fiction genre…. except Regency, she has never found a love for Regency. A native Texan she finds Texas to the be almost perfect… except for one thing, their treatment of the GLBTQ community. This blog is her brain child and she is happy to welcome some fellow GLBTQ supporters to review here and help promote equality (oh and of course fangirl/fanboy over their favorite authors and works).

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