27 January 2014

Southbound Surrender by Raen Smith - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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.

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Hold on to your seats: You are in for a one heck of a ride for this novel!!

The first time Cash Rowland saw Piper Sullivan – he knew SHE was the one for him. It didn’t matter if he was just seventeen. He fell hard, and just he thought it would likely to be reciprocated, she disappeared.

Five years later, their paths have crossed. He showed up on her doorstep unannounced and convinced her to give him one last shot at love and go with him for a ride on his truck. I wonder how this ride will end…

 But his routine delivery turned out to be something more when they save a woman with a broken past, meet unexpected people, and finally uncover the truth about her disappearance five years ago and SO MUCH MORE.
I missed you Piper, but I always knew you were still out there somewhere. I knew you weren’t lost because I never felt the moment of fully losing you. I knew you were just misplaced.
Well, I just can’t believe that someone with a high test score like Cash Rowland would end up driving a truck for a living. I find his intelligence wasted, he could go to any school he wanted, but he opted to drive his way into living. As for Piper – I love her humor, wit and intelligence. She had some secrets as well, but she opted to keep it to herself, hide and allow fate to work its magic. I wonder what happened to her, what made her disappear except for her angry father – and the secret, although I had a clue what it might be, never failed to knock me off my chair.

It’s a story of love, second chances and fate. Indeed, if two souls are meant to be together, whatever happens, no matter how much time passes, or how long they have been apart – fate will always lead you back to each other. I have always believed in signs, and I’m glad these two are perceptive enough not to ignore it.

I have enjoyed reading the quirkiness and witty conversation of these two intelligent characters. I smiled, laugh a little, fell in love, got surprised, had my heart broken a little, and certainly had one amazing ride with Cash and Piper.

My first Raen Smith novel and I wasn’t disappointed.

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“Damn,” I mutter as I open the door and scramble out. They don’t teach this stuff in trucking school, but …

It’s the woman I love. Plus, if I’ve learned anything in my twenty-two years of life, it’s that thugs can’t be trusted.

So I sprint around the grill of Cash Money and rush to Piper, pulling at her arms that are stocked full of apples. “Let’s go, NOW!”

“Cash, let go!” she yells back as the apples tumble out of her arms and onto the street. “We’ve got to pick this stuff up so we can go –”

“They’re stealing my load!” I sputter. Then she looks back to the woman who’s sitting on the road, barely pretending to pick up anything. Her legs are splayed wide open to showcase what she’s wearing underneath her skirt: nothing. I pull at Piper’s arm again. “We have to get back in the truck before they steal that, too. NOW!”

“Oh God,” she shrieks as she finally follows me back to the truck. I swing around the front to meet the surly eyes of a thug wearing a black hoodie. He raises his hand to display a switchblade. The blade glints in the sun as he jabs it toward me, but it stops short of my body. I’m not sure if the jab is a threat or a promise. All I know is that this guy looks certifiably crazy, and he definitely has plans to steal Cash Money.

“Back off,” he warns in a thick accent. He’s most likely Cuban.

Welcome to the Gateway of America.

I raise my hands in the air and that’s when I hear a sound pierce the sky that nearly breaks me in two. Piper’s bloodcurdling scream comes from the other side of the truck. The thug inches the blade closer, threatening me now, and I do what he least expects me to do.

I punch him.

Because if I’ve learned anything else in twenty-two years, it’s that I’ve outrun a gun with a punch. I’ll take my chances outrunning a knife.

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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