Sophia Hathaway is running away, running away from everything - her family, her friends, and most importantly, her betrothed… at the altar. She decides to board a ship posing as Jane Turner, a young woman traveling to Tortola to become a governess. She has every last detail planned and is prepared for the adventure - except that she never could have planned or prepared for Mr. Benedict Grayson.
Benedict “Gray” Grayson is not a gentleman. He’s little more than a pirate – a privateer, to be exact. But now that the war is over, Gray is determined to become a respectable man. He owns the Aphrodite and is going to develop a shipping company. This voyage to Tortola is to be his maiden voyage, so to speak, until he meets one Jane Turner, who makes him think decidedly unrespectable thoughts.
Although Surrender of a Siren is the second book in Tessa Dare’s trilogy, it’s the first book I’ve read by her. I admit that I might be a sucker for a good pirate romance, and this one does not disappoint. I liked the interplay between Gray and Sophia, and the chemistry between them was palpable. As a reader, I’m not fond of Big Secret plot lines, and the fact that Sophia is keeping one from Gray does grate at times, mainly because even Sophia recognizes the pain keeping the secret will cause Gray but does not reveal herself until after the damage has been done.
Putting that aside, however, Surrender of a Siren is the kind of book you want to curl up with on the couch on a rainy day and be transported to the high seas, headed for Tortola. I enjoyed both Sophia and Gray immensely and am intrigued by Josiah, Gray’s half-brother. I hope we get to see much more of him in her next book, A Lady of Persuasion.