Title: Total Surrender
Author: Erika Wilde
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25 June 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
Contemporary fairy tales with a dirty, sexy twist!
How far would you go to make the man that destroyed your family pay?
Maddux Wilder is a man consumed, a beast in a three-piece suit. Rich and powerful, he built his empire with one thought in mind: revenge.
After years of patience and planning, the wait is finally over. Tonight, Maddux will finally watch Theodore Cole’s kingdom crumble. At a lavish ball in the New York City castle the Wilder siblings call home, the man that killed their parents will atone for his sins.
If only he’d planned for her.
Arabella Cole is Theodore’s only child; his cherished and sheltered daughter. She’s an innocent, captivating beauty that would do anything to save her loving father, including sacrificing herself.
With her freedom gone, she must surrender to a man she hates. A man that makes her want things she shouldn’t. A man that awakens deep, forbidden desires.
But everyone knows that roses don’t bloom in darkness.
Enter Maddux Wilder, a man that doesn’t believe in fairy tales.
Can the beauty tame the beast or will revenge cost them both everything that matters most?
Total Surrender is a lovely twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy-tale; with the emphasis on actions towards others being ‘ugly’ or ‘beastly’ as opposed to physical appearance.
Maddux has been consumed by revenge for he past fourteen years, having sworn to avenge the death of his parents. All of his efforts are about to come to fruition where he can destroy the man responsible for the loss of his parents and the destruction of his home.
However, the man guilty of the crime against the Wilder family also happens to have a beautiful and kind daughter, Arabella, whom Maddux finds himself inexplicably drawn to on the eve of his retribution.
Arabella is truly selfless and innocent of any knowledge as to her father’s criminal activity. Unfortunately, her eyes are opened when she stumbles upon her fathers meeting with Maddux. Although she only exposes the tip of the iceberg. Despite the circumstances, the passion between Maddux and Arabella burns brightly although the extent of her father’s crimes creates a considerable barrier to a deeper relationship.
I adored Arabella, she is giving and loving without being submissive unless it is in the bedroom. Arabella does the right thing even when it is difficult. Even though her whole world is blowing up around her, Arabella maintains her dignity and remains true to herself. I especially liked her humor and sass which added to her appeal.
The resolution of the story occurs rapidly although it did not feel forced in any way. The foundation has been laid for other fairytale twists to take place with the Wilder siblings as the stars of the story. I cannot wait to see if Maddux’s brother, Hunter, finds his Cinderella 😍💖