Southbound Surrender by Raen Smith

Posted May 17, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Southbound Surrender by Raen SmithSouthbound Surrender by Raen Smith
Series: South Boys #1
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Five days. Fifty square feet. One last shot at love. 

Cash Rowland first laid eyes on the tenacious and irresistible Piper Sullivan when they were both seventeen. He falls for her hard and just when he thinks she's doing the same, Piper is torn from his life without warning. She leaves no contact information but only a vague promise of fate. 

Five years later, their paths unexpectedly cross. When he shows up with his eighteen-wheeler unannounced, Cash persuades Piper to head out on the open road to give him one last shot at love. But what should be a routine delivery across six states suddenly becomes an unforgettable journey when they save a woman with a broken past and discover that second chances are only for the lucky ones.

This book has a totally cute premise, two people meet and have one quick moment in time before becoming separated, and then five years later they find their way back to each other. Cash takes Piper on a five day long-haul truck ride with him in an effort to convince Piper that they are meant to be together. It was a cute premise, and the author mentioned a couple of times, it would make a really cute romantic comedy movie.

As characters, I liked certain aspects of Piper and Cash, but then really didn’t like some aspects of them. For Piper, I liked that she was spunky and spontaneous, and in general she’s a good person. But Piper had certain parts of her personality that I really did not like, she has a a loose relationship with the truth, which I find highly annoying. I also found it really frustrating that she was constantly jumping out of the truck and making Cash chase after her, it was like she didn’t seem to care that he was working and she was along for the ride. Or that she was putting herself in danger, it was just really annoying.

Cash I liked a lot more than I liked Piper, he was a really smart guy who somehow ended up in a career of truck driving. You can tell that he is a good person, he’s a good friend, and he’s a really good son. I really don’t have to many complaints about him, he was a good looking guy and a good romantic character.

I think the hardest part I had with this book is that it seemed to be based on faulty ground. I have a hard time believing one kiss in high school would result in Cash never really dating anyone and spending his whole life looking for her. Just seems like a bit of a stretch. Also at the end the author threw in a twist, that connected Cash and Piper in an unforeseen way, and it felt a little bit rushed. I mean I think it would have made a better plot point if it had come about earlier and was fleshed out a bit more, it may have made the book a bit more interesting.

This book easily fits into the new adult genre, and contemporary romance, so if those are your go to romances, then you might want to check out this book.

About Raen Smith

Raen Smith is the author of the Unraveled Series and Southbound Surrender. She loves writing about complex characters with a sprinkling of happily ever after.

When she isn’t writing novels, she spends her time wrangling two small sons and teaching at a technical college. She lives in a small corner of Wisconsin with her husband and two sons.

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