This wildly captivating novel blew me away with the vivid and oh-so-real descriptions. Heat and spice vie with action, intrigue, and betrayal in this one of a kind novel. Havens ramps up to a very action packed and suspenseful ending that leaves you wanting & needing to know where the series will go next. This is definitely a SciFi/dystopian tale like no other. The well-developed history of the world puts everything in context. Readers not only know what’s happening now, but how it came to happen. The various factions and organizations are brought forward in a very complex yet revealing manner. I really appreciated the prologue of this novel. It really set things up for me, allowing the story to take off from there.
The variety of different peoples that we meet are not only well-developed as races but are completely unique. Havens highlights the differences between them, but let’s their similarities bring them together. Top this off with a fantastic cast of characters and you have something that you won’t soon be able to forget. The contrasts between the main characters adds a great deal of conflict and depth to the story. It also packs an emotional punch and makes them seem even more real.
This is so much more than just a racy story, even though it definitely is that. I would give anything to be as imaginative and articulate as this author. I definitely can’t wait to read more of her work in the future.
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
5 Stars – Three Please!
I read sci fi, paranormal erotica more than any other genre. While the storylines and origins of the people and other worldly may change, the basis seems to stay relatively the same. Not so here. NOT AT ALL. I was impressed and intrigued from the moment I read the first page. I actually thought I wasn’t going to be able to understand the intricacies of this new world(s). Instead, the story pulled me in. I was there. I could see their worlds. I wanted to be Fay (still do if truth be told) read a bit and tell me you don’t! All of this is to say that I really thought this book to be not only a great story, it was sweet, naughty and hot all at the same time. Oh and did I mention descriptive?? HA wait and see! I might also add that for those of you ladies who think Fifty Shades of Gray was hotness, I can assure you that was a starter book. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Menage!!! Loved it!
By Kaylyn Davis
This review is from: Sinful Surrender (Psychic Ménage, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Holy crap when does the next book come out!?! Normally I’m not a fan of cliffhangers but I figured there would be one for Chandra’s story before I even finished the book… and then I finished it and was like “OMG, please let the next one be out!” Nope it isn’t, sad day, but when I will be buying it the day it comes out (which I hope is soon!). Fay is a very cool character. She can mind travel and while doing it notices things aren’t as the UG (underground Government) say it is. Being the obstinate and stubborn woman she is, she goes on a fact finding mission. I also think she secretly hope to find her own ménage! Lol I love how she opened up to sex pretty quickly even when her mind said it was immoral her body wouldn’t let her give the men up. Arlo is a romantic and so cute. Though I did think him to be the most naïve of the brothers. He wouldn’t even entertain the idea that she could be a spy until she admitted she was. Drakker is the alpha male who is into a little light BDSM. That fit his character perfectly but he oozed this “Dom” quality. I would take his idea of interrogation anyway. lol Logan was my favorite and I think it was because I know the harder they resist the harder they fall at the end. He fought his feelings in the beginning but when Fay got hurt I could see his act. Wow talk about hot! These character radiate sexual tension and then when they finally come together it is explosive! I like that all three of the men had different needs. Arlo was the most “vanilla” but I say that as a general term because a ménage is far from vanilla. Lol Drakker is the dominant one who enjoys bondage while Logan is the voyeur. It made the sex scenes have a different depth than other books I read. Houston Havens made a fan for life with me. I will be adding her to my must-buy list. Sinful Surrender is amazing and it isn’t just because of the hotness. The plot was full of depth and pulled me right in. She took time to set up “her world” and you could tell because she described everything so well.
I give Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens Five Stars, and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for book two to come out in this awesome Psychic Ménage Series. I love ménage stories and this one really intrigued me, because of its storyline and the sexy scenes. This was a fantastic multi-genre story. I was captivated by the author’s ability to start the book off at a run and didn’t slow down. It kept my attention throughout the story by weaving a stimulating tale that keeps you guessing. Havens has created worlds that fascinate, with characters that step off the page to seduce you. The sex scenes are scorching!Fans of the Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy romance genres will really like this. Even though this has post- apocalyptic and dystopian themes, they do not overshadow the story. So if you’re not a fan of post- apocalyptic and dystopian you’ll still enjoy this story. I highly recommend Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens.
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
My rating for this is a B+ 4 Stars
As the first book in the Psychic Ménage series Ms. Havens has crafted a clever and intricate futuristic story about the aftermath from a catastrophic event that has splintered humans into vastly different groups due to the machinations of an unscrupulous government. The author provides a glossary at the start explaining the different groups that have varying degrees of technology, vastly different beliefs and ways of living, with some being damaged for generations due to the government’s genetic manipulations. Each of these groups just want to survive but the most powerful of them all wants to take control of the land as their food and water is running out. These Dirt Dwellers, the people that saved only the best when the event occurred, live below ground, have advanced technology, and have yet another plan in place to introduce a poison to those above ground to aid in their takeover. To help them even further are those individuals able to travel through other dimensions using their minds to discover secrets. One of these spies has become disillusioned with their strict way of life, unsatisfactory sexual encounters that are seen as only for procreation, and the governmental lies that start becoming more numerous in their inhumane methods. Desperate to discover the truth Fay does the unthinkable by defecting above ground to the Airbornes and the one man she’s been told is a threat to them all. This reckless plan changes her life dramatically, introducing her to a life of sensual delights courtesy of three very different brothers, but also brands her a traitor and puts a target on her back as the Dirt Dwellers send their Cyborg army after her in the first step in their plan to take control through annihilation.
Fay comes from a very sterile world where sexuality is frowned upon for anything other than procreation. It’s a drab world lacking color and freedom. It’s reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984 in fact. Her introduction to the Airbornes’ world is exciting, colorful, and full of sexy men who go out of their way to charm her. Though some of the ruggedness of this world scares her she’s more than ready to learn the ways of sex and foreplay and is lucky to have three men happy to teach her. She quickly falls for them and is willing to put her life on the line to keep them safe in numerous action-packed sequences. Fay is a likable and admirable heroine and watching her flourish in this new environment is like seeing a butterfly emerge from the cocoon and made for an entertaining journey.
Arlo, Drakker, and Logan are delightfully sexy group of men who are drawn to Fay the moment they see her, thought they think her a spy at first and have to use some very sexy techniques to discover the truth. All are strong-willed in their own way with some discernible differences. Arlo is the sweet and sensitive type, very chivalrous and a bit shy at times. Drakker is clearly a Dom and uses that in his interrogation of Fay. Arlo tends to think the worst of him because of his kinky nature but he’s equally solicitous of Fay when she needs to be cared for. Logan is their leader and strikes fear amongst the Dirt Dwellers. He’s burdened with the protection of his people and it’s hardened his heart. It takes a lot to convince him of Fay’s wanting to help them but when he does he moves heaven and earth to get her back when she’s taken and tortured. Together these men show Fay what it means to be loved. Their sexual encounters are hot and heavy and leave Fay shocked at how long the foreplay lasts!
From start to finish this is an intriguing tale vividly depicting a dystopian world where technology is only for the elite. The lower classes must work together to survive and we just start getting a glimpse of these other groups in this book. There’s a lot of secondary characters, with some memorable and some getting lost in the shuffle, but they all help propel the action. The sexual interludes are numerous and sometimes overwhelm the story but they’re enjoyable in their sweat-inducing sensuality. With its compelling characters and creative storyline this is a series with bright promise and I look forward to the next installment!
pearls’ review: 4 Stars
SciFi is probably the hardest genre for an author to win me over. Houston Havens’ narrative of a post-Apocalyptical world with warring factions, faeries, aliens, and psychics could have easily become overwhelming on the techie side. Or with its ménage four-some, it could have left the plot as a blurry backdrop, choosing to hide in the bedroom. Luckily, Ms. Havens’ story achieved a perfect balance of both. There was action, adventure, high risk rescues, starships and medical miracles. There was skinny-dipping at dusk, dream sex rendezvous, and the kind of true love that never lets go.
Sinful Surrender is an erotic SciFi version of Plato’s Cave with bits of 1984 thrown in. Fay and her kind have been living a fairy tale version of life. One that is shallow, as passions are forbidden. As a psychic spy, she realizes her government has been telling lies to its people. When she escapes to learn the truth, she encounters an enemy that is loving and caring, a world that is beautiful–and her rising emotions overwhelm her. Faced with her government’s hypocrisy and her deepening emotions, she finds herself lost. She must learn that real emotions are not like the shallow feelings she’d grown up surrounded by and she must decide whether to surrender to their pull and live or to spend her life just barely alive.
For Your Literary Pleasure
I read this book on the plane to the USA. I enjoyed it SO MUCH! Maybe I just haven’t read an interesting paranormal dystopian romance in awhile because I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Fay is a spy and has mental powers that allow her to travel out of body. When she discovers strange evidence against her government she decides to investigate in person. I loved the fearlessness of Fay and how the various worlds on Earth have been created. It’s a post apocalyptic universe and I love Havens creation! The characters had great personalities, I loved Drakker and Logan though soul of a poet Arlo probably wasn’t my type. 😉 The relationship was sexy hot and I was so glad for Fay’s Happy Ever After. I’m hoping there will be more books in the series because I really need to know what’s going on with the Dirt Dweller government long term. Definitely one of my favourite menage reads and high on my post apocalyptic romances – give it a read and let me know what you think!
HOT, HOT, HOT,
By Rhonda Jones
This review is from: Sinful Surrender (Psychic Ménage, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I loved this book. I will be reading every book this author puts out in this future world she has built. I won’t recap the book just say that it centers on a woman who has the ability to see other places and times. She suspects her government may be the bad guys using her to hurt innocent people. In seeking the truth she is captured by the Airborne people who she had been spying on. From this point she meets three very hot alpha brothers who lead the Airborne people. All I will say now is their interrogation of the heroine is the hottest thing I have ever read. The action and adventure that follow was a page turner that kept me up all night to finish this book. One word of warning. Don’t be put off by the long and dry list of definitions at the beginning of the book. It is not characteristic of how the book is written. The book is very well written. The author may want to put the definitions in the back of the book next time. BEDEBUG
BOOK LOVER SUE
My Review: I enjoyed reading this futuristic science fiction romance. I found myself drawn into this well written story of a futuristic Earth. Fay was an strong and interesting character who was a mind traveler from the Dirt Dwellers’ Underworld who spied on the other survivors for her government. She is smart and curious about those she observes, that when she starts to question everything that she and the other Dirt Dwellers’ have been told about the above earth, she goes to them to discover the truth. She finds Arlo, Drakker and Logan in this quest for knowledge. These three are Airborne brothers and are doing everything they can to protect their town from the Dirt Dwellers attempts to exterminate them. Fay starts to develop feelings for each of these men and I love how their relationship is created and evolves throughout the book. “Sinful Surrender” has suspense, sexual chemistry and a whole lot of fantastic characters and I had such a hard time putting this book down. This story was so fascinating and entertaining that I am looking forward to more tales in this post apocalyptic world.
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book & want MORE!
By Heather Hand
This review is from: Sinful Surrender (Psychic Ménage, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Once in a while, a book draws you so deeply and completely into it that when you finish and return to your reality, a feeling of loss stays with you. You find yourself thinking about this reality and the people you met, wondering what they would be like if they were real? If you could see and feel and touch the characters with your hands the way you wish….
I am in awe of the creativity, imagination and genius this author has to have. She was able to create not only a physical world with its many layers but the societies that sprung up within those physical boundaries, tied together by a shared (and sometimes hidden) history that impacts all that must happen going forward. She created a current reality so enticing that this reader is eager to return but she also created a history for each facet of her world and has intertwined them in a complex and compelling way. Can the characters discover the truth of their past in order to have a future? This question occasionally runs through my mind as there is a mystery in this story that wants to be solved and teases the reader even when away from the book.
Logan, Drakkar and Arlo came alive to me as I read this book. They became people who’s lives I care about. I followed along on their search for the truths they needed to survive. I marveled at the depth of their love for each other as brothers and their ability to understand each other’s mind and actions, even preparing what to say when one (predictably) started a conversation about trust, betrayal or Fay. Fay seemed to be the one thing they had difficulty agreeing on, perhaps even the one thing that could drive them apart. No matter what they said or felt, they all knew she was somehow a part of their shared destiny.
I hate reviews with spoilers so I can’t say much else other than I LOVED this book, these characters and this interesting world. I want to go back and find out what happens next! I want the next book SOON, please.
The year is 4860 AD. In the twenty-second century a prophecy of the world’s end, from the sixteenth century, came true. The planet Nibiru passed by the earth causing devastating changes to earth eliminating the majority of the population. Before the prophecy came to fruition, top government officials, the heads of the major religions, a chosen few elite and some of the filthy rich secretly built underground cities two and a half miles beneath the earth’s surface. Only a chosen few were invited to live in this luxurious underground world and are referred to as Dirt Dwellers.
The rest of the population was left on the surface to succumb to the effects of the prophecy, which were devastating. Those that did live, called Airbornes, were targeted by the Dirt Dwellers to destroy the expendable, or unworthy. Women and children were targeted hardest in order to wipe out future Airbornes. These genocide attacks didn’t always kill, but caused infections, sterilizations and genetic mutations.
Because of the lack of women, the men were forced to share a wife for the survival of their race. Not only were they able to survive, but were able to thrive thanks to the help of other races of survivors and currently have the technology equivalent to the nineteenth century. Humanoid aliens and even Fae are just a few of the new races that have emerged since the prophecy.
Back to the present, the Dirt Dwellers have spies called Mind Travelers, gifted psychic individuals who can project their vision to view anything, past, present or future, while remaining in their body. Fay Avalon is one of these Mind Travelers and she has been tasked with spying on the leader of the Airbornes.
However, Fay uncovers two ugly truths about her Dirt Dwellers government that disturbs her enough to venture above ground to find the physical proof and join with the rebel group the Freedom Fighters to begin a revolution. And those truths are, one: The government has lied to the Dirt Dwellers people about ever living above ground and leaving millions of people to die, and two: the Dirt Dwellers are moving back to the earth’s surface but are planning to eliminate the Airbornes by any and every means necessary first and take over their resources.
I felt it important to include part of the back story of the book because I want readers to know that this is not just a ménage book with lots of sex in it. There is a lot of depth and history that’s needed to understand what is happening in the book.
I was very surprised when I started reading the book and discovering the very detailed beginning about the prophecy, the different races of survivors and some of the weapons used. The plot is intricately designed and well-planned. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this complicated new world caused by the catastrophic prophecy.
Fay is one lucky woman! She has not one, not two, but THREE strapping gorgeous men who want to claim her as their wife. Establishing a relationship during all this turmoil was difficult but Fay finally accepted her desire claim the brothers with three distinct personalities that has sated all of Fay’s hidden desires: Arlo, the romantic, Drakker, the alpha male and super freak, and Logan, the logical leader. Fay and the Abán brothers steam up the pages with their dark words of passion and sensual foreplay. There were many times I had to fan myself from all the naughty times in the story. There is a cliffhanger at the end but it’s not really a cliffhanger per se as it is a bridge to the next book.
Overall, the story is well-written, brilliantly plotted and polished. I was completely blown away by the story and the writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi/fantasy and erotica reads. You will not be disappointed picking up this exciting, action-packed read!
Reviewed by Eva
The attraction between Fay and the brothers is smoking hot and the sex scenes are sensual, hot and steamy and scorch the reader with their vibrant intensity including scenes of anal sex, menage, D/s, voyeurism and light BDSM scenes that rock the reader’s world. The author also spices things up even hotter by an unusual element in her characters sexual exploits, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
The author has created an elaborate well thought out future world that it plausible and believable which intensifies the drama of the story and the reader really can’t help but get totally caught up in the story. I really enjoyed this story and the characters, it even brought tears to my eyes at a couple of points, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. This series debut is a success and the author’s thoughtful breakdown of the future culture at the beginning is very helpful as it painted a clear and intriguing picture of what to expect.
Sizzling Hot Books – Review By Robin
– 5 Heart Review
After finishing reading Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens, I find myself at a loss for words which is not normally a good thing. But this book was so amazing and I don’t know if I can adequately describe to you just amazing it is.
Before I set down to read Sinful Surrender, I already had some preconceptions. First of all, the book is subtitled Psychic Ménage. It’s listed as paranormal, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, science fiction. These words don’t even begin to describe this wonderful, original book. It didn’t take many pages into the book before I had to throw out all those preconceived notions. I was able to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Ms. Havens must have one unbelievable imagination to have created this world depicted in Sinful Surrender. But she did so much more than just be imaginative. She took the time to truly think out all the characters, including the sub-characters, and how they relate to this post-apocalyptic world. This is evident in the Prologue where she goes to great lengths to outline the players competing for domination. I must admit that at first that amount of detail scared me, but it turned out to be so helpful in knowing who was who and it showed me that Ms. Havens had put a lot of thought and effort into this book.
Many times in ménage books, the focus is on the sex. The idea is sex, sex and more sex. While the sex in Sinful Surrender was certainly hot and steamy, it was the plot and the characters that took center stage. I won’t go into great detail about the plot because I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment of this book, but suffice it to say that I felt like I was dropped into the middle of an action movie. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen. I found myself holding my breath and talking to my e-reader the same way I yell at my television.
The characters also pulled me in immediately. Each one was his or her own individual and came across as believable and real, even in a science fiction book. Fay is a heroine that will make you cheer. She is smart, sassy, brave, yet vulnerable all at the same time. Her three men are appealing on their own, but combine them and wow! Each one brings something special to his individual relationship with Fay and they won my heart early on.
Fay had reservations about being in a ménage which made her seem authentic and gave the guys the opportunity to show her how it would work. And does it ever work! Yet, Ms. Havens was able to magically balance the romance with the story. It never seemed like she threw in a sex scene just to amp the hotness; instead each sexual encounter naturally flowed as part of the story.
Hopefully this review has intrigued you enough to pick up Sinful Surrender because you won’t be sorry. Just make sure you set aside a chunk of time because once you start, you won’t want to stop. I should also warn you that this book ends on a cliffhanger. And it’s the type of cliffhanger that will have you screaming at your e-reader. Hopefully we will not have to wait too long. Until then, let’s stalk Ms. Havens until she finishes book two.
S.E.X. Review~ Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens
Sinful Surrender, Psychic Ménage 1 gave new meaning to erotic romance. Set in the distant future, Houston Havens delivered an unusual nuance to the status of man and his view of the world. Psychic spies, Dirt Dwellers and governmental conspiracies are just a small snippet to the action that filled the pages of the story.
Fay, a psychic spy, disillusioned with the dealings of the government and the future of her world took matters into her own hands when she stole a cruiser and landed in the hills of the enemy-her destined mates.
The world of Drakker, Arlo and Logan was not the easiest. Survival, always top priority and the customs are not what Fay was used to- one woman, three men. Sexual desires are acted upon and given freely, also an anomaly for Fay.
Drakker and Arlo decided Fay was to be their wife but they needed to convince Logan she was on their side and the perfect woman for them.
Ms. Havens created three very different personalities in the brothers. Strong men, loving and somewhat rough around the edges; each possessed qualities and capabilities making themselves desirable for any woman-especially Fay.
The sexual tension and longings were well-placed and added to the story in lieu of distracting. Smoking hot sex with men of integrity, each man with his kink, spicing up Fay’s sex life and mine!
Grab a lovely glass of red wine; sit back and get ready for an orgasmic high.Sinful Surrender is not for the faint of heart, but for the sexually charged who are prepared for lots of sexy action.
We Love Kink
Review by Kim – 4 of 5 LOVE TAPS
I just finished reading Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was set in the future where the world consists of 3 different societies. In this book we find out a lot about the Airborne’s and the Dirt Dwellers. I loved how the story was revealed and the cultures were explained. The book was graphic and very romantic and erotic. If you enjoy a good love story with romance, domination, bondage, some good kinky sex with some menage thrown in, then this is definitely a book you need to read.
Fay is a mind traveller and her government is very oppressive and controlling. She is a Dirt Dweller spy. Living underground all of her life Fay has not been allowed any type of Intimate relationships. When she escapes on a personal truth finding mission she meets Arlo, Drakker, and Logan, who is the leader of the Airborne’s. The three bothers are sexy, hot and very virile alpha males. They all have different sexual quirks and between the three make up the perfect combination when it comes to what a woman could ever want or need in the bedroom and out of the bedroom.
The war between the races has been going on for centuries and there is no quick end in sight. The characters had to learn to trust and to love each other. It was a page turner not knowing what would happen next. There were surprises and new twists to the plot with each turn of the page.
This story was an entertaining, fast paced intriguing, sexy read. It was a compelling story from it’s beginning to end, it offers readers a well developed complex characters. An passionate and emotionally engaging roller coaster ride from start to finish! I can’t wait for the next book in the series I want to read more about this world and what happens next.