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Series: Urban Seductions #8
Published by Ellora's Cave Genres: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo
Kiera Patrick is a Strategist who has gained an excellent reputation and track record on the strategies she has come up with. So when her boss and mentor calls her into a meeting, Kiera doesn’t expect anything unusual. Big mistake, because she, a co-worker, and a stranger are about to be asked to do something that will change their lives forever.
Hayden Foxworthy is a special Operative who happens to be on leave of absence after his last mission in which he came up close and personal to the worst type of dark magic. Because it was his partner who conducted that dark magic, Hayden’s reputation is a bit smeared, even though he didn’t know anything about it until the end. Now he is brought into another situation that is dealing with the even darker and deadlier magic. Not exactly something Hayden wants to be a part of in any capacity.
The Tribunal, a counsel of wizards and witches who lead wizard kind, has gained possession of a seriously dark magic book. However, at least one member isn’t sure that it should be given to the entire Tribunal, like would normally happen. So Kiera, Hayden, and one other are asked to examine the book and find out what the future holds with the various strategies that can be observed. When the decision is made to destroy the book with a certain safety precaution taken, none of the threesome expects what happens next—that someone on the Tribunal has turned and now a price has been placed on everyone’s head. Kiera and Hayden go on the run and try to find out who has put the contract on them and what they can do to survive until that member of the Tribunal can be discovered and the contracts voided.
Dark magic brought together two people of light, and the outcome was love while facing danger at every angle. Kiera and Hayden are on a race for their lives while falling in love in Strategic Surrender. After seeing Hayden having to deal with is evil partner before, I was happy to see him find love. I had also seen Kiera help other friends before, so it was a pleasure to see her and Hayden come together. Watching how the decision was made to destroy an evil book, I really wasn’t surprised to see that everyone involved now had a contract out on them or that it came from someone within the Tribunal. I loved watching how both Kiera and Hayden tried to protect each other in their own ways. While the danger isn’t over yet, I know that the love that Hayden and Kiera found together will help them survive the worst until they can stop running and just enjoy their lives again. Strategic Surrender is full of suspense and danger, while equally filled with passion and finally a love that will last the ages and overcome evil.