The Promise of Surrender by Liliana Hart….ARC Review

The Promise of Surrender releases TOMORROW!

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Mia Russo spent ten years working undercover, entrenched in the dregs of society before handing in her shield. Opening her own pawn shop is a piece of cake in comparison. All she needs is the bad attitude she developed on the streets and the shotgun under her counter to keep law and order. Until the day Zeke McBride walks into her shop.

Zeke knows Mia has every right not to trust him. He was the one who chose the next op instead of her. And all he can hope is that somewhere under the snarl and cynicism is a woman who can forgive. Because whether she trusts him or not, they’re going to have to work together to bring down the gang that’s decided Mia is their next target.


My Review:

The Promise of Surrender is part of author Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Family series as well as the final book in the 2015 1,001 Dark Nights line-up…and what a year-end finale it was!  This book was not only packed with heat and emotion but also action.  I loved every second of this novella!

The last person pawn shop owner Mia Russo expected to waltz in her shop door was Zeke McBride.  He may still haunt her mind and have a reoccurring role in her dreams but after he broke her heart years earlier, she was done wishing he would do exactly what he was doing right now…coming back into her life.  She only hoped she would be able to keep her walls up and her heart hardened.  She wouldn’t be hurt by him twice.

Zeke knew he made a mistake when he left Mia.  He knew it every day he woke up without her.  But he was going to fix that, and along with figuring out what his latest targets were up to now, he would prove to her he was a different man than the one who left her once.  He wouldn’t make that mistake twice.  Now they just had to survive the danger around them and he would convince her to give him another chance.  He just had to…

Would the years they spent together and the connection they once had get a second chance?

Oh, how I love a good lovers to enemies to lovers story.  I also love a kick ass heroine and an alpha hero.  A story that has all of those elements?  Total.  Win.  Mia and Zeke’s story was the perfect balance of heat and action.  I loved Mia’s tough as nails personality that makes a starring appearance in the very beginning but softens when it comes to Zeke.  Speaking of him, when Ms. Hart has him walking into Mia’s shop?  That goes down as one of my fave book scenes ever.  It oozed a tension that I could practically feel and I was desperate to know more about their past and why both of their emotions were so high. It ends up being a past that is a real doozy with tons of hurt that Zeke has spent their years apart trying to figure out a way to fix.  Luckily Mia has that soft spot I mentioned earlier for him and things get hot and heavy right off the bat.  Talk about delicious! These two are smoking hot together…..I’ve got two words for you: Pool. Table.

I also loved the element of danger woven into the story.  Not only did it kick things up a notch, but it really gave both Mia and Zeke a chance to shine and show off their background and training.  Loved seeing these two in action!

If you haven’t read a Liliana Hart story, this is guaranteed to be your gateway book and if you’re already a Liliana Hart fan I know you’ll love this newest addition.  I cannot wait to see what’s in store next in this series!

5LovesRLBFive Loves

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Book links:

Amazon  |  1,001 Dark Nights


Sexy young couple kissing and playing in bed.



About the author: 

Liliana Hart is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author in both the mystery and romance genres. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.

Liliana is an avid reader and a believer in all things romance. Her books are filled with witty dialogue, steamy sex, and the all-important happily-ever-afters her romantic soul craves. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than 1.2 million ebooks all over the world.

Visit Liliana Hart’s website


  1. Oh, Jilly…you did it again! Darn you, my pile just keeps growing! 😉

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