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Southbound Surrender by Raen Smith

*2/5*

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.

Short review: This book contains insta-love and I can’t stand insta-love.

Long review: Had I of known that this book contained love-at-first-sight I wouldn’t have read it. I just can’t take books seriously when characters fall in love before they even get to know each other. So, naturally a book where the characters know each other for less than a week before she leaves without giving him any way to contact her and he spends the next five years fawning over her, seems ridiculous to me. There was no slow build up of emotions, it was just snap – love.

I also didn’t like the use of fate and signs from the universe in this book. Again, because I think it’s ridiculous. They kept on seeing people with blue eyes and believing it to be a sign that they needed to be together. Hate to break it to you guys: blue eyes aren’t unusual. And all of the random comments from said blue-eyed strangers about how he should never let her go = weird. I can’t imagine ever saying that to a random couple, it’s odd.

Another thing I didn’t like: Piper. She liked to “exaggerate” things. Personally I don’t get why you would want to be around a habitual liar. It’s annoying to not know whether you can believe someone.

So. If I didn’t like so much about this book, why did I give it two stars not one? Because of Cash. I quite liked his narration. It was quirky and refreshing. I definitely don’t forgive him for being “in love” with someone he doesn’t really know, but the narration did somewhat redeem him.

If you are into books with insta-love, signs from the universe, and you aren’t bothered by liars, go ahead and read it – you might like it. However, unfortunately this one wasn’t for me.

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