Scheherazade Martin hungers to be a part of the elite or the respectable portion of London society. The trouble is when you are the daughter of an actress, you are unrespectable by birth and association. Scher vows never to give herself again, unless the process of a ring and place in society goes along with it. Then she meets Brandon Cate, Viscount Blackstone. He offers for her to be his mistress, but then his cousin, Kit, offers for her to be his wife!!! What a glorious mess. Scher wants the passion Brandon can offer, but her heart longs for the propriety of marriage and children. Brandon cannot give her what she wants, but he can offer what her body desires.
Scher learns that her engagement alone does not make her respectable. She is snubbed, looked down upon, and even treated with open hostility by “proper society”. She must realize that it is not what society thinks of her, but it is what she thinks of herself. Kit may offer a sort of security, but Brandon can give her passion that will be the fire that makes her soul alive and pull her out of her gray semblance of an existence.
Wicked Surrender was to say the least a very interesting read. It embodied the strict restraints the caste system that exists in English society. While it is a love story of sorts, it is almost a political essay on the difficulties of rising from one station in society to another. At times the story gets bogged down with political preaching, but for the most part it is an enjoyable story. The love scenes, few as they are, are erotic and sensuous. The characters are strong and dynamic and it is fun to watch their inner beings unfold within the story. Enjoy.