Author: .Raen Smith
Published by: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: January 23, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
Not even gonna lie, I picked Southbound Surrender because of the cover. I love the softness and coloring of it, but I think it was those jean shorts that sealed it for me. Haha, that sounds so bad, but it’s true. It wasn’t in a pervy way, it’s just that I’m drawn more to characters that I identify with. That includes the cover images (haha). Anyway, I was looking to try more books from the ‘new adult’ genre and decided to go with this one. It turned out to be a really cute and fun read, with a couple of steamy scenes.
The story is told from Cash’s perspective. That’s right, we’re in the dude’s head the whole time. Cash isn’t the angsty tortured soul type, though. In fact, if you like the sweet good boys, then Cash is your man. The book starts out with a seventeen year old Cash being a peeping tom. Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty funny. The first few chapters have the feel of a coming of age story. Our boy Cash was far from being a badass, though he wishes he was. He was scrawny, intelligent, and always told the truth. His life changed though when he saw Pipper. She’s hot, smart, but she likes to stretch the truth. A lot. When she is shipped off after an incident at school, he can’t forget her.
Fast forward a few years and we have a handsome, yet still sweet, twenty-two year old Cash. He has been pining for Pipper all those years, and when he gets wind of her whereabouts, he sets out to woo her. He convinces her to go on a six day drive with him to see if there is still anything between them. Here is why I was glad we get this story from his perspective; if it had only been from Pipper’s, Cash would have seemed like a total creeper. But the fact that we’re getting it from him, it’s easy to root for guy. Pipper was a fun character, too. Where Cash liked to play it safe and careful, she was a bit more mischievous and carefree. So of course, I loved her.
The romance is actually really sweet, and I enjoyed watching the two of them grow closer. Along their journey, they run into people and situations that make them question whether there is something bigger bringing them together. Is it all a bunch of coincidences or is it fate? If you want a more tame story in the new adult genre that isn’t full of angst and broken people, then this is a good pick. There are a couple of steamier scenes, but it isn’t overly explicit.
Overall, Southbound Surrender didn’t knock me off my feet or cause a feels overload, but I did enjoy it nonetheless.