Silent SurrenderApril 24, 2002After taking a leap forward in her last Intrigue Saving His Son, Rita Herron takes a huge step back with her latest, Silent Surrender Sarah Cutter has been deaf since the fire that killed her parents twenty years ago Now she has received a hearing implant through an experimental technique When she first wakes up after the surgery she hearsthan she expects the screams of a woman being kidnapped The doctors tell her she was dreaming or that the device w Silent SurrenderApril 24, 2002After taking a leap forward in her last Intrigue Saving His Son, Rita Herron takes a huge step back with her latest, Silent Surrender Sarah Cutter has been deaf since the fire that killed her parents twenty years ago Now she has received a hearing implant through an experimental technique When she first wakes up after the surgery she hearsthan she expects the screams of a woman being kidnapped The doctors tell her she was dreaming or that the device was malfunctioning Sarah knows what she heard Her search for answers leads her to Detective Adam Black, whose sister has disappeared Denise was a research scientist on Nighthawk Island Did she hear his sister, and can they work together to find her before it is too late The editor s letter inside the front cover claims this story is truly innovative It s not The basic idea is the same that Herron did in an earlier Intrigue, Her Eyewitness In that one, a blind man received a cornea transplant and saw a murder In this one, a deaf woman receives a hearing implant and hears a kidnapping This book does make better use of the gimmick While Her Eyewitness only used it in the beginning and end and told a regular story in between, Silent Surrender has Sarah hear the woman throughout the book However, like Her Eyewitness, this is a story where I knew who the villains were early on and was left sitting through all the filler until that predictable ending came along The villain may as well be given horns and a pitchfork, this person is so obviously baaaaad And both books are about the cutthroat development of medical products Her Eyewitness has pharmaceuticals Silent Surrender has medical research It s an interesting idea, but this book isn t innovative at all It s a retread I would recommend Her Eyewitness over Silent Surrender It was a better book.Unfortunately, Silent Surrender contains none of the elements that made Saving His Son strong and too many of the ones that made her earlier Intrigues weak Gone is the gritty writing and strong heroine of Saving His Son The worst part of Silent Surrender is Sarah I can t even call her a heroine There is nothing heroic about her Sarah is so fragile she comes off as pathetic She seems to do nothing in this book but cry and sob and have tears in her eyes This is her reaction to her first, very brief sexual thought about the hero Shaken by her own thoughts, her legs threatened to buckle so she clutched the wall for support Page 39 What a ninny A regency heroine might be able to get away with being such a delicate flower What modern woman reacts to one little sexual thought like that Oh no Sex I m going to pass out Her absolute lowest moment comes when Adam and Sarah break into an apartment to search for clues Sarah feels tired, so Adam tells her she can take a nap She does He searches for clues She lies down on the sofa and falls asleep Why did she come along and commit a crime in breaking into the place only to take a nap That s a good indication how useless she is and it s when I officially gave up on her I don t know what the author has against strong heroines but it s women like Sarah that give romance heroines an bad name.Adam isn t that much better, the kind of self pitying, self sacrificing mope whose routine lasts only long enough to delay the happy ending Silent Surrender is readable, though one jaw droppingly awful moment revolving around Eric Clapton s Tears in Heaven had me laughing out loud It s the kind of forced sappy moment that is unforgivable Herron does keep the action coming at a constant rate, so the story at least passes quickly and isn t boring She s also one of the few new Intrigue authors who tries to provide a mystery her heroes, if not her heroines, investigate If only her villains weren t so easily identifiable Silent Surrender looks to be the first in a new series about Nighthawk Island Hopefully the author will be generous enough to give the heroines of those books some spine A Really Good ReadHolds you from the very beginning to the end.Has you wondering what s going to happen,sitting on the edge of your seat with baited breath.A really good read. Gone back and forth with how to rate this story wasn t thrilled with the last line of the book, but I guess I suppose her not being able to hear, seeing their bodies together, ok It felt crude but the rest of the book was good Feel as if perhaps Mrs Herron struggled slightly with the characters but it was ok Loved her wedding vows, and hope that she can get her hearing back as I think she would love to hear the sounds of his voice, the songs he plays But that s me. HI 660 3.5 stars Tough, jaded Adam Black was the best cop in SavannahAnd the loneliest All work and no play made for emptydays and nights until a dark haired beauty appeared in hisoffice and aroused his passion and his curiosity witha bizarre tale that no one would believeSarah Cutter had heard a woman being kidnappedfrom the mysterious Nighthawk Island research centerafter she d been living in silence for years So when themysterious kidnappers targeted Sarah next, Adam hadto risk it all to protect her from harm as he struggledto contain the desire that might threaten to consumethem both