Lone Star Surrender
Lone Star Surrender had the potential to be interesting, with an intriguing plot, and a hero and heroine with dark pasts. Unfortunately, the plot, and any relationship development between the hero and heroine take a back seat to sex.
Constantine Vega has spent the last three years undercover, gathering information on a dangerous drug lord. He’s learned to trust no one, including his fellow law enforcement agents. The trial of the drug lord is set to begin, with Constantine as a surprise witness. Ever suspicious, Constantine wants to learn more about the lead prosecutor, to determine if she’s yet another dirty member of the legal community.
Nicole Ward, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office, is on the case. She has a murky past, both professionally and personally. Nicole used to work for her wealthy father’s private firm, helping criminals get off. At her ex-husband’s insistence, she became involved in a variety of sexual activities, including visits to sex clubs. Nicole is ashamed of her past, including the fact that she became addicted to the activities.
As the book opens, Constantine is lusting after Nicole in a bar. He approaches her, without letting her know who he is. A dance, a drink, and heavy petting leading to orgasm for Nicole are enough for Constantine; he trusts her. Given Nicole’s guilt feelings about her sexual past, it made no sense to me that she let Constantine do everything he did.
A few days later, Nicole goes to meet the secret witness and discovers it’s Constantine. Before they can do much more than lust after each other, the drug lord’s men surround the house.
Within minutes, they’re on the run through the hot Texas wilderness, facing rattlesnakes, strangers with guns, and turncoat law enforcement officers. Of course, within hours, they have sex, in a cave, while Nicole is suffering a major claustrophobia attack. Make no mistake; this is not one last desperate chance to have sex between two people who love each other. After just hours of “knowing” each other, the two play sex games in the cave, while being pursued by killers.
This description of the plot gives it more attention than is deserved. The book is about sex, not romance. They have lots of sex while in hiding. Their tongues tangle, they’re primal animals in heat…you get the drift.
I had many problems with this book. Nicole and Constantine have only limited dialog with each other. We’re in their heads too much, and all they’re thinking is how hot the other is, and how they want to have sex. Apparently they talk a lot off page, but we don’t see it since we’re simply told that it occurs through Nicole’s thoughts.
Thankfully, Lone Star Surrender is a very short book. I picked it for review because the plot description sounded interesting. Unfortunately, that plot and any real character development play only minor roles in the book.