Blog Tour: Southbound Surrender by Raen Smith – my review – excerpt & giveaway!

Posted February 2, 2014 by Holly in Blog Tour / 0 Comments

Title: Southbound Surrender
Author: Raen Smith
Release Date: January 21, 2014

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.

:An Excerpt:
I pull the blanket over us and wrap my arms around her. She huddles into me for a moment, burying her face into my chest before I lift up her chin. We kiss then, and I start slow, tasting her with every flick of my tongue and press of my lips. She pushes faster, more frantic against my lips as her hands explore my chest and move down onto my waistband.

            I let out a groan of pleasure and move my own hands to the straps of her bra. I slide my fingers beneath the thin fabric, pulling them down until they’re hanging by her arms. My fingertips play across the edge of her bra before she breaks from me to whisper.
            “Take it off.”
            Again, I obey with full enthusiasm.
            The wet bra unhooks, and I pull it away from her, throwing it aside. She lets out a soft whimper as I explore her breasts, trailing kisses across her skin. Her body is starting to warm beneath my kisses, and all I want to do is keep tasting her. I run my tongue along her hard nipples as she slips her fingers beneath my boxer briefs, and a wave of arousal floods through my body.
            I didn’t know I could want someone this bad.
            My fingers trace down her belly until they find the lace of her underwear, and I’m in them now, feeling every part of her.
            “Cash,” she whispers with her eyes closed as her hips push into me. She begs, “Please. I want you. I’ve wanted this for so long.”
            “Me, too. You have no idea,” I whisper as she climbs on top of me. She reaches down to the floor of the truck and pops back up with the cowboy hat from Wildhorse Saloon. She sets it on top of her head.
            She is so incredibly hot, and it’s taking all of my self-control to keep my composure.
“Yee-haw,” she whispers as she pulls my underwear down to my mid-thighs. I slide her underwear to the side and let her guide me in. She rocks against me, moving her hips in a slow, rhythmic motion that sends shivers through my body. She throws her head back, letting her hair fall to the middle of her back. I run my fingers through it, feeling the strands before I tug at her underwear and pull her closer to me. She moans.
            God, does she moan.

:My Review:
Southbound Surrender was a sweet love story told from the hero’s POV. Our hero, Cash, falls for Piper at 17 but before they can make a go of anything, she’s whisked away to live with her aunt. Fast forward five years…Cash learns Piper is living two hours away from him so he decides he’s giving them a second chance at love and goes to convince her to come on the road with him for a week. I liked this story, Cash was funny and I laughed at the banter between him and Piper. The two of them were cute together, their road trip adventures were fun and flirty. I enjoyed taking their road trip with them and meeting the different people along the way. They did meet some interesting characters, but I liked that each person they met somehow showed them that they were meant to be together. This a was story about fate and following your intuition. Overall this was a fun. quick, enjoyable read for me about second chances at love (which I love!) with funny likable characters. Raen’s writing was heartfelt, witty and descriptive and I look forward to more from her in the future! 
I give Southbound Surrender

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:About the Author:

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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