Coming Home (the Surrender Trilogy #3) by Lydia Michaels
Evelyn “Scout” Keats thought she finally found her long-sought happiness in billionaire Lucian Patras. But even though Lucian has always treated her like a queen, she has discovered she is nothing more than a pawn in his own secret game.
Worse, her long-time friend and supposed shining knight, Parker Hughes has also used her for his own interests by playing a part in Lucian’s game. Everyone’s honor is suspect, and no one can be trusted. It is Scout’s worst nightmare come to life.
As she struggles to comprehend the cost of a broken heart and the value of love, she must choose, once and for all, how much her pride can endure—and how much she is willing to risk to be truly happy.
This Surrender trilogy is WOW the whole way through…I couldn’t get enough and I read through this series without stopping, except to eat and sleep. You experience major power play between Scout/Evelyn and Lucian that’s hypnotic and puts you in a trance, yet a glorified trance you never want broken. There’s many players in this trilogy that have both a positive and negative impact on the dynamics in Evelyn and Lucian’s arrangement/relationship. Players include Lucians sisters: Toni & Isadora, business associates: Slade and Shamus, Dugan (Lucian’s driver), Seth, Pearl (Scout’s mother), Parker (Scout’s friend), Lucian’s father, and others I’m sure I’m forgetting. Each of these individuals’ relationship and dialogue with the main characters is crucial. Every lead is answered in this final novel, and I would highly recommend reading this series the entire way through. You can’t read one without the others as it’s a puzzle that wouldn’t fit otherwise. I could absolutely see this trilogy on the big screen or even tv as the plot is filled with the perfect blend of mystery, grief, fear, romance, dominance, struggles, and rawness. We get to journey with Scout while she finds herself, truly watching her grow. The environment of where Scout “lives” and what she calls “home” is raw yet real and then beautiful and comforting, while also being safe. I felt wholeness upon completing this novel, a sense of peace with where Scout ends up and with who she is. To see Lydia bring it all together in the end left me smiling through tears. Give this a try and find your next crush in Lucian!! Rating: 5 homey stars