Title: Surrender
Series: Scandalous Series (standalone)
Author: Ady Anes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2019 Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs
Can you surrender your body without surrendering your heart?
Nicholas Reed, the proud owner of Hedonism, where everything you desire can be found under one roof. Andrea Johnson is everything he wants.
Beautiful. Submissive. Willing to be his.
Andrea knew the moment she met Nic nothing would be the same. He’s offering everything a girl could want, himself. So, what’s the problem? She’ll never have his heart though he’ll likely keep a piece of her forever.
Can she still be his without surrendering all of herself?
**Contains mature content** 
For maximum reading enjoyment – recommended reading order for the Scandalous Series:
Attraction (Book One)
Irresistible (Book Two)
Temptation (Book Three)
Until Him (Book Four)
Reverence (Book Five)
Surrender (Book Six)
Forsaken (Book Seven)
I stare at the computer screen finally finishing the major assignment due for class. Regret and uncertainty swirl together. It isnt anyones fault but mine that Id chosen to give up the chance to go to a nationally accredited school for interior design for senior year of college and possibly pursue a Masters. I was the one who weighed the options and decided to stay. But the what ifs occasionally plague me.
What if I had gone?
Would we all still be as close, even hundreds of miles apart?
Would Nicholas have even noticed my absence?
Doesnt matter now anyways…. Whats done is done. I roll my shoulders trying to ease some of the tension. I love majoring in interior design. I intend to follow in my mothers best friend, Rowans, footsteps. For as long as I can remember Ive always been drawn to color schemes, placement of furniture and objects, windows and lighting, minute details, and thought-out themes. I was the kind of little girl who focused more on her Barbies dollhouse and the layout than the actual dolls and what they were wearing.
I close my laptop pleased with the final product. I love mastering concepts with the computer-aided design software used in classes. The days of sketchpads are slowly being replaced with software programs and design applications. I love both forms: by hand and by computer. I want to excel in every facet of interior design. Fortunately, Ive shadowed Rowan most of my life. Even before applying for college I had hands-on experience with bidding on new projects, sketching preliminary design plans, using computer applications, and overseeing design implementations. Yeah, that isnt everything involved in the process from start to finish but damn I know more than most even now as a college senior. Had I stayed in Chicago, I wouldve had a guaranteed internship with Rowan. Hell, I couldve gone back home during the summer, but instead opted to stay and work at Scandalous with the girls. Rowan will always be there, but Ill probably never get another opportunity like the gig with the girls. It also doesnt hurt that Nicholas is the owner.
“Are you done yet?” Desirae bellows from the hallway. That girl is so impatient. It wont take her long to plow through the door. I put my things away. Its Thursday night which means were going out to dinner. Carinas men, Valentino and Marco, own several nightclubs including the highly sought-after, Club 69. The line to get into that club always wraps around the building. We try to have dinner together once a week, typically Wednesday or Thursday night, since the weekends are so hectic. If the guys arent working, were performing at Scandalous, or completing school assignments. Its amazing we consistently find time to spend together with this size group.
“Im starving” Desirae whines the moment I exit the room.
“Keep your panties on” I roll my eyes at her. Carina, Desirae, Sati, and I all live in a four-bedroom apartment right on campus. Its near impossible to get any size apartment in this complex but thanks to our connection with Jaxon Wright, who so happens to be the nephew of the Dean… well, life is good.
“You know on most days thats questionable” Desirae suggestively waggles her eyebrows.
“No, I dont want to find out” I cut her off knowing shed damn well show me too. “Where are we eating tonight?”
“Griffin insisted on some Hibachi place” she shrugs her shoulders while herding Sati and Carina. “He said hes still scarred from the last place we suggested.”
I snort with the memory of the overenthusiastic waiter who couldnt contain his excitement at so much eye candy in one room. And it wasnt the girls he was eyeing either. Marco ate it up, completely comfortable with his bisexuality while Jaxon and Griffin were on the edge of their seats ready to take off if the waiter made one wrong move.
“Did the guys make a reservation?”
“Yep” Carina replies, “Beatriz cant make it though.”
“Again?!” Ive accepted the fact that Ariel is no longer associating with us after the fallout from Carinas attack but as each day passes we wonder if Beatriz is following in her footsteps too.
“I think Bea was trying to visit Melissa” Sati quietly interjects. Unlike Ariel, Beatriz is trying to remain friends with everyone. Our core group used to contain eight girls PLUS the guys. Now its all changed. The dynamics within the group have altered too. We‘ve gone from having Carina and Desirae as the nucleus with me, Beatriz, Sati, Ariel, Chelsea, and Melissa as part of the group to having Chelsea and Melissa getting kicked out and Ariel following them. It left Beatriz trying to balance a friendship between both groups while remaining impartial to all parties involved. Its not an easy thing to do considering that Chelsea had been intimately involved in a series of events that ended up getting Carina assaulted and her naked image plastered all over the internet. Melissa was a knowing accomplice which immediately got both girls banned. Ariel still believes theyre incapable of something like that despite the damning evidence. And since shes known Chelsea longer than us shes chosen to disassociate herself. Beatriz on the other hand doesnt want to lose Ariel or Melissa as a friend and is trying her best to remain close with everyone.
“Did you hear that she was sent to a rehabilitation facility or something?” Sati questions. Melissa was the most susceptible to Chelseas manipulations and unfortunately brunt most of the aftermath of everything that happened. She testified against Chelsea and Pete, the assailant involved in Carinas attack, with the stipulation that she had to seek help. No ones spoken to her since then.
“I wish her the best”
“I hope she rots in hell” Desirae scoffs, instantly disagreeing with me. “Youre making me lose my appetite even thinking about those cunts. Lets go before I change my mind.”
Carina and Sati sigh but dont reply. Desirae has no qualms about letting her true feelings be known. Hell, if anything after the attack Desirae had gone after Chelsea and beat the shit out of her. I would never dream of crossing her.
“Still I dont want to lose Bea” I firmly state. Desirae may be intimidating as hell, but theres no way Im going to bite my tongue on this. Technically, Des and Carina came into our group and shook everything up. And although Ill gladly admit that it was for the better, they were technically the additions to the group.
“I for one am glad that we have Leticia” Desirae pipes up. The loss of Chelsea, Melissa, and Ariel were worth it with the addition of Leticia. “Beatriz isnt going anywhere Drea… I respect the fact that shes a loyal friend.”
Our eyes widen with surprise. Des isnt exactly known for her compassion and empathy. If she doesnt begrudge Beatriz, then it says a lot about her respect for the girls loyalty towards her friends.
Ady Anes is a dutiful wife and mother in real life, but a dirty girl between the pages. Her love for reading transfers into her passion for writing. She always has stories floating in her head, ready to pour onto blank pages. Ady has a killer sweet tooth, loves music and sports, and names her kids and fur babies after fictional characters.
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