COMING HOME by Lydia Michaels is the climax (no pun
intended-well maybe a little) of the Surender
is similar in content to E. L. James' Fifty Shades of
It's not nearly as graphic, but the concept is the same. A
rich-beyond-belief man wants to control every thing in a
poor down-on-her-luck woman. She literally is a street
person with a crack whore for a mom and who doesn't know
who her dad is. He is rich and privileged and into
domination and exhibitionism sex.
COMING HOME refers back to the previous books Falling in
(#1) and Breaking Out (#2) constantly. Unfortunately, I
didn't read these books, so there are big holes in the
narrative. That isn't a problem if a person is reading the
entire series, but in my case, I was just reviewing the
single title. I can say conclusively that COMING HOME is
not a stand alone story.
The character of Evelyn "Scout" Keats is one to be pitied.
She has gotten herself involved in more than she can deal
with. She is virtually illiterate, and is trying to
herself so that she feels like a better person who isn't
constantly taken advantage of. She has made herself
totally dependant on the domineering hotel tycoon, Lucian
Patras, and is attempting to extricate herself from a
damaging relationship. She still has feelings for him,
believes that he doesn't really care about her because of
betrayal that happened in the previous book. She doesn't
trust him any more. Will she finally be able to live a
purposeful life on her own?
As for the character of Lucian, he has lots of grudges
he is holding on to. His father (who put him in control of
the family business) hasn't ever shown any affection
him. He distrusts and is jealous of everyone who is close
to Scout. He believes that control is the most important
thing in life. Supposedly, he only feels free to be
when he is around Scout, so he refuses to let her leave
life. Even from afar, he manages to control her without
knowledge (he's a bit of a stalker).
If you prefer romances with deep, complicated characters,
you probably won't enjoy the book, COMING HOME. However,
you like unrealistic escapism romance with a fantastically
rich man pursuing a poor, beautiful woman and super hot
scenes, then this book is for you. But read the other
in the SURRENDER SERIES by Lydia Michaels first.
The conclusion of the savage, sensual Surrender trilogy in
which betrayal, pain, and vengeance threaten to destroy a
passion between two damaged souls.
Evelyn “Scout” Keats thought she finally found her
long-sought happiness in billionaire Lucian Patras. But
though Lucian has always treated her like a queen, she has
discovered she is nothing more than a pawn in his own
Worse, her long-time friend and supposed shining knight,
Parker Hughes has also used her for his own interests by
playing a part in Lucian’s game. Everyone’s honor is
suspect, and no one can be trusted. It is Scout’s worst
nightmare come to life.
As she struggles to comprehend the cost of a broken heart
and the value of love, she must choose, once and for all,
how much her pride can endure—and how much she is willing
risk to be truly happy.