Terms of Surrender
Adult; Romance; (Market)
The War Between the States not only destroyed all Michael Cantrell loved, it left the young, former Confederate cavalry officer without faith or hope, a solitary, haunted man trying to escape his demons in the vast western frontier. Then, one spring day along the Wind River, he finds himself suddenly in the thick of another life-and-death struggle - Annie Devlin's war.
Desperate to hang on to her ranch and her life, waylaid by gunmen hired by a powerful rancher who covets her land, Annie and her young brother, Robbie, fight a furious, rapidly losing battle for their lives.
When all seems lost, into the fray steps a cold-eyed, steel-nerved stranger - Michael Cantrell - who saves Annie and Robbie, but is himself grievously wounded.
With Annie's care, Michael recovers not only his strength but a portion of his embittered soul as well. Fighting his powerful feelings for her, convinced he has nothing to give, Michael determines to stay with the Devlins only long enough to ensure their safety against the treachery that would destroy them.
Reluctantly, Michael, who for years has known only loss, allies himself with a stubborn, courageous young woman who will take his heart by storm and test the limit of his honor, his courage - and his passion.
A medal winner in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, "Terms of Surrender" takes the reader on a stirring adventure that is also a heartfelt, emotional journey.
Farrelly, a three-time Jeopardy! champion, introduces Michael Cantrell, a paroled Confederate officer, and Annadane “Annie” Devlin, a solitary rancher, in this series launch set in 1866 America. Michael heads west to put the travesties of the Civil War behind him. Crossing through Wyoming, he finds Annie and her younger brother being accosted by three of Elias Randolph’s hired guns. Randolph, a ruthless local rancher, is determined to get Annie’s homestead by any means possible. While Michael manages to save the Devlins, he sustains a serious gunshot wound. As Annie nurses Michael back to health, romance blossoms. The sexual encounters overtake the drama at times, but the plot still moves along quickly. The protagonists are well developed, with their appeal drawing as much from their flaws as from their endearments. Farrelly successfully melds history, romance, and Wild West lawlessness into a steamy adventure. (BookLife)
B. Casto, Readers' Favorite
"Filled with sweet emotion, but also heart wrenching hurt, TERMS OF SURRENDER by Lorrie Farrelly is exactly why I am such a fan of historical fiction! It's a story that had my emotions all over the place...Great characters, a touching romance with a bit of sizzle, and a plot that provides enough danger and suspense to keep it interesting make TERMS OF SURRENDER a stand out historical romance. While this is the first time I have read anything by Lorrie Farrelly it certainly won't be my last."
D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"TERMS OF SURRENDER is about surrender on many levels, from military to surrendering one's heart and preset notions...(From) drama and threats, to humor and emotion: all spring to life...Descriptions are evocative and compelling...Readers can expect to find humor, violence, gritty action, and exquisitely-wrought tension throughout..(This) is for readers who seek more depth and layers in their stories."
Michael McManus, reviewing for Readers' Favorite
Beautifully crafted tale by Lorrie Farelly. This story, a mixture of passion and nail-biting suspense, will engage you and continue to hold on until you read the last page." ~ M. McManus, Readers' Favorite
NjKinny's World of Books
"Fast paced and with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and glued to his seat...A very beautifully written historical romance that will awe and wow you. I highly recommend TERMS OF SURRENDER!"
09/01/2014Medal Winner TERMS OF SURRENDER
Western historical romance TERMS OF SURRENDER has been awarded the Bronze Medal in the Western category at the 2014 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS.
07/29/2105TERMS OF SURRENDER First Place Win in 2014 LARAMIE AWARDS
Western historical romance TERMS OF SURRENDER by Lorrie Farrelly has been named a First Place Winner in the 2014 LARAMIE AWARDS for Western and Civil War Fiction.