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I enjoyed this for the crazy train HP it was I never fail to get a kick out of the outrageous things these Greek tycoons will do for revenge and to get their woman I also never fail to wonder exactly how many private Greek islands are off the coast of Greece There must be thousands, because every Greek tycoon hqn hero has one Plus, with all the Greek bazillionaire tycoons, you d think Greece would be the world s greatest financial power Anyway back to the story The h is a British girl who was orphaned as a child Her father had a Greek tycoon friend who stepped in and swept the little girl off to Greece and raised her as his own.Cut to the h s early twenties Her Greek foster father had died several years before and she returned to England and has her own small business and a boyfriend she is thinking of giving her virginity to Then her foster brothers call and the crazy train boards there view spoiler The brothers say there s a serious business issue she must fly to Greece for foster father had given her a share in their shipping company When she gets there, they talk her into signing a betrothal agreement to another Greek tycoon the hero , whom she had seen once at a party and never spoken to although she d subconsciously lusted after him ever since The H is her foster family s arch enemy, however, due to reasons no one will disclose Anyway, the bros have this seemingly bizarre and out of left field plan to get a loan for their failing business by proposing a marriage in the guise of a peace offering to end the feud But, actually, they believe the appearance of an alliance with the incredibly wealthy H will make a bank likely to approve their loan Then, once they get the cash, they ll break the engagement and continue a feudin Yee Haw Her brothers assure her the H will know they are just using him to get a loan and won t take the betrothal seriously and she has no reason to think this gorgeous international playboy would want to marry her The brothers claim they just hope to keep up the appearance long enough to get their loan The h just wanted to get back to England, her boyfriend, and her business as soon as possible so, she gives in and allows herself to be guilt tripped harassed into signing the betrothal agreement along with a bunch of other papers she didn t even bother to read.She goes back to England, where she suddenly and mysteriously feels distant from her bf Then her bros call again and say she must come to Greece immediately ASAP NOW She goes and the chauffeur who meets her at the airport is the H s, not her brother s.Basically, H kidnaps the heroine and locks her in his bedroom He s pissed because the betrothal agreement was broken AND she didn t plan to follow through on another letter she d unknowingly signed, in which she offered to do all sorts of kinky things with him So, the brothers didn t get the money and the H now owns the family business and home for revenge He decides he ll also get a piece of the h as well, since she s obviously a dirty slut, judging from the contents of the letter she supposedly wrote It s ok to rape a slut, obviously rolls eyes The rape isn t violent and no one ever calls it that, but come on You lock a woman in your bedroom and tell her you re going to have her whether she wants it or not She s scared and there are guards outside the door who won t let her get away, even if she can get past the lock She passively goes along, because she knows she has no chance against this big, strong, virile male That s still called rape.So, he discovers she s a virgin and becomes somewhat kinder Then proceeds to blackmail her into being his mistress so that her foster family can stay in their home He does ask her to marry him shortly after she agrees to the blackmail scheme, but she just thinks he s doing it out of guilt and turns him down Cue her being kept essentially a prisoner on the island All sorts of sexy times misunderstandings ensue Neither will admit their feelings for fear of rejection so they fight and act distant in turns.The h finally succeeds in escaping him and returning to England because she thinks he doesn t love her the way she loves him and can t bear it any.Anyway, the hero comes after her Admits he loves her desperately and that he had taken the initial betrothal offer seriously because after he d seen her at the party years before, he d asked for permission to court her and was turned down by the foster father The h never knew this, but the brother s apparently did hence their brilliant plan That s why he was SOOOO pissed about the broken betrothal agreement and nasty kinky letter He d loved her at first sight and was terribly disappointed to find out she was a lying, scheming, slut Then once he found out she was innocent, he proposed marriage and was turned down, so he was determined to hide his real feelings.Hugs, kisses, tears HEA hide spoiler At 17 Natasha attends her first grown up party, sees handsome playboy Alex and is instantly something what is this feeling, so sudden, so newAlex is the son of her foster family s bitter enemy, so the glance is all she gets She s still thinking about it four years later He was so hot, and there is much attempt to articulate inarticulate yearnings.Natasha is an orphan and her Greek millionaire foster father carried her off to Athens to grow up with his own children She loved him and her foster mother, although their grown up children are pretty rotten When the foster father dies Natasha is left a seat on the board and a salary which of course she waives, because she s good hearted and independent , but it means that she regularly has to leave her nice business in London and travel to Greece to sign Important Papers.Her foster brothers have made a huge mess of the business and it s about to go under I mean, it s a really huge mess if they d just swanned around rich places complaining about how damn busy they were running this big global company while doing nothing, everything probably would have been fine Now Alex the enemy has offered to buy in, and the brothers have this crazy scheme They re going to the banks to say, hey, give us money, we re attractive to big investors And to distract Alex, Natasha is to write a letter offering to marry him.No I bloody won t, says Natasha, but the brothers and their wives and the evil foster sister who has always hated her say do it, do it, do it So she does.Months later the inevitable has happened and Alex the enemy is now actually buying the company out for some tiny pittance, and Natasha has to head back to Athens to sign some Important Papers At the airport she s herded into a car and taken to Alex s lair.So what s going on Ah, Alex is claiming the other thing that he purchased, which is her Natasha says umm, no, that was marriage and it should have been fairly clear that was phony, so let me go, fiend But Alex then whips out letter number two and says, haha minx Explain this filthy missive The contents of that letter are never really explained, but it s sex acts Both of them will later talk about it as if it s the most horrific thing that their eyes have ever encountered, so I m assuming it s not just position descriptions It needs to be taken as given that when Alex refers her to paragraph two, it says something like I want you to forcibly seduce me and no matter how hard I beg, don t take no for an answer Natasha does try to explain that this is fake, that she doesn t want to, and that this is wrong, but we re sticking with the paragraph two defence, so it s on Natasha pretends to be a block of wood, and Alex has a conversation with her hymen.So, he says afterwards, had much sex Oh yeah, tons, she says, all fab except for that one time just then with you And he says, yeah no, I know a hymen when I pierce one Let s take a shower and maybe have chats The shower is all confusing tender feels, but Natasha is not up for chats The next morning, Alex explains that she s going to jolly well go along with his plan for them to have sex, otherwise he s going to take the family s mansion in Athens and her fragile foster mother will be out on the streets, homeless So Important Papers are signed and except for the mother the family are awful and Alex yells at them for being awful He explains to Natasha that her brothers can now choke on the fact that she took one for the team and it s all their fault, but I don t think this is particularly satisfying The brothers, after all, wrote a creepy sex letter and pretended that it was from their sister, so I m not convinced that knowing she s bought their house with her innocence is going to wreck them I d have been better satisfied if Natasha cut them, because I m getting to that stage in reading HP when I just want to take the heroine aside and tell her that, although I know she s hurting, I really need her to be the slayer right now.Alex has a flunky who will look after Natasha s nice business while she s busy with all the sex he s going to do to her, and Alex and Natasha sail off around the Greek islands in his boat and eat lots of really amazing food that is lovingly described Alex s heart really isn t in being a brutal seducer, and he keeps trying to be nice to her, which when she notices is awkward and difficult, because she just wants to hate him and maybe they could have hate sex Not even a little bit They go to Alex s island home and his servants all give her side eye because they aren t interested in any hussy sans ring Natasha is very generous about seeing their pointless point and not cutting them They work out the bedroom stuff, and Alex s character is retrofit as a super nice guy which doesn t quite blend with his ruthless businessman image, but I appreciated the effort enough to like him, and to like them together The ending with it s final devastating misunderstanding is fun. If I was still a 12 years old teen, I would no doubt think a hero acting like a butthole thoughout the book and explaining at the end that he did everything he did because he fell in lurve from looking at the 17 year old heroine across the room so that makes everything all right, oh, so romantic However, I am no longer twelve and now realize that such jailbait loving heroes belong in jail.I may have changed but these books haven t since it s still being published in 2010.Content warning forced sexP.S The story happens a few yrs after the hero first sees the heroine so she is no longer 17. I m mildly ashamed to admit that I liked this book lolFirst things first, let s get the major point of contention out of the way.Their first sexual encounter, if not strictly rape , was most definitely dubious consent Honestly I m leaning towards the rape designation, as seen in my keywords He doesn t physically force her, but when a man tells you to get naked and get in the bed or else he ll have his men come and forcibly undress you, that s rape So Ick and yet..I still liked the book hangs head in shame It was nice to find out that while Alex hadn t been a saint, that a lot of his previous reputation was exaggerated, and it was plain to see that he was actually devoted to Natasha Of course, it earned a spot on my notorious oh noes u saw me nekkid shelf, which is, as some of you may know, a pet peeve of mine I can t stand when a hero sees a heroine naked without her knowledge or consent drives me bonkers but it seems to be so popular in romances for some reason Get a clue authors that s not sexyclears throat Er Sorry Soapbox issue and all that..Anyway, Natasha earned a place on the TSTL shelf because she actually went along with her brothers scheme to begin with facepalm Yeah sooooo wouldn t have happened in real life, but hey, it s an HP that s why we read them, true And yeah, I guessed what the sister s deal was waaaaaaaay back in the beginning, though I didn t have the specifics quite worked out in my head.Yes, it was contrived Yes, it was melodramatic, and yes, the ending was way too neat and pretty, but that s all part of being an HP You wouldn t read them if you didn t enjoy a bit of a literary soap opera, now would you DSo despite all the negatives, I have to say that overall it was an enjoyable read 4 Stars I d heard a lot of negative comments about this book before reading it, but thought perhaps the people condemning it were newbies to category romance horrors and exaggerating how awful it is No, there really is a rape by the hero in this one, and a particularly cold blooded rape, at that What can seem relatively harmless in an intense, chock full of crazy book from the seventies is a lot nastier when it s presented today, in a completely passionless manner.I m honestly not sure why I didn t throw this at the wall, but I did find the story kind of interesting. Rape disguised as romance is distasteful There was nothing sexy about their first encounter where he is clearly hurting her and does not care Just because she doesn t say no during the act, does not mean she gave her consent, having said over and over in the beginning, how she did not want to have sex with him and begging him to let her go.Now with that being said, I have no problem with forced seduction, where the partner actually wants it But at no time during his assault did she want to Authors need to think seriously about the messages they send in their writing although he clearly raped her in the beginning, its okay because he loves her now I hope that no minor ever reads this They could get the wrong idea.And even shocking, to see others actually trying to excuse what he did to an innocent woman because of what he went through with her step father Wow, just wow. .EBOOK ⚕ The Innocent's Surrender ♷ Natasha Kirby Had Long Been Saddened By Her Family S Feud With The Mandrakis Mennow She S Caught In Its Savage Cross Fire The Family Business Has Fallen Into The Hands Of Merciless Tycoon Alex Mandrakis Summoned To His Bedroom, Natasha Is Given An Impossible Ultimatum Sacrifice Her Virginity, Or He Will Destroy Her Family Captive On Alex S Luxury Yacht, Natasha Finds Her Trembling Fear Turns To Traitorous Shivers Of Desire By Rights She Should Despise Him, But Slowly She Finds Herself Wishing That Her Bittersweet Seduction Could Last Forever This was a re read and I think I enjoyed it the second time around because I knew the forced seduction it was rape I won t sugarcoat it was coming and I wasn t reeling from it when I read on after that scene and I could see the hero s true feelings coming through view spoiler The marriage proposal out of the blue the next night makes perfect sense now He really did have feelings for her even though he knew he had dug a huge hole for himself with no clear way to fulfill his dreams hide spoiler The Innocent s Surrender is the story of Natasha and Alex.Set in Greek Islands and on the long standing rivalry between the Mandrakis and Papadimos clans, this book has all the drama you can want an adopted and indebted heroine, selfish foster siblings, a sacrifice for family s convenience, hymen discoveries, blackmail, hot sex, lack of communication, jealousies, running away, old unrequited love drama and HEA.Honestly, I wished this story would captivate me but I found myself dozing off throughout most of the heroine s tantrums and hero s attempts of seduction Instead of a super angsty read, this was mostly drama and eyeroll moments The reveal at the end was sweet and surprising, but by then the damage had already been done.Ok read.Unsafe2 5 There s a lot of cussing here And spoilers I m annoyed.This was just shit I read it all because I thought, after the forced sex, he s going to be doing some epic groveling to get ole chicky back.Nope No groveling And do you know why Why, because she lurves him And he lurves her It happened in a glance, from across the room, years ago when she was a teenager Granted, when he couldn t get her he went crazy and became a huge hormone driven slut but it s ok cause this is love And nothing says I love you like forced sex Yum yum And while everyone s screaming rape rape can we just say real quick err Wtf is up with ole girl I mean, he has her brought into his bedroom He s there, naked and waiting and is basically blackmailing her into sex and instead of fighting she s all for it She ll do it and make his life hell later Because giving up the v card is no big deal to her What in the ever loving fuck buckets No no no You do not go oh it s ok what s a little rape among friends You do not say I ll make his life hell eventually No, you make his life hell right in that second Because fuck this cocksucker You do not make it easy for someone to hurt you You roast his frank and beans till he can t use the fucking things then offer to stomp out the fire for him.I m not sure what pissed me off about this book, the main character or that a woman wrote this with a clear conscious Like it s perfectly all right for this kinda shit to go on and not only is it alright why, it s romantic Eat my shit