From New York Times bestselling author Liliana Hart, comes a sexy, new contemporary romance novella in her MacKenzie Family Series, DAWN OF SURRENDER, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights!
Dawn of Surrender: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Liliana Hart
on December 12th 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Format: eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About DAWN OF SURRENDER:
MacKenzie vs. MacKenzie...
Cole MacKenzie is content to be the sheriff of Surrender, Montana, but he’s needed for a greater purpose. The United States needs a U.S. Marshal with a certain kind of experience to track the leader of the notorious Silver Creek Bandits, as they leave a trail of bodies in their wake with every bank they rob. The leader is smart, cunning, and ruthless. And he's also his brother.
Elizabeth MacKenzie never dreamed she’d marry Cole MacKenzie, but thanks to her father’s meddling, Cole was hers to have and to hold. Forever. She needed an equal, not a man to rule her life, and Cole fit the bill every in every way. If only he loved her.
One heart is broken and the other is bent on revenge, but love is a choice, and it's one Cole and Elizabeth are determined to make.
Elizabeth’s heart sank. This was it. This was when he’d end it. When he’d tell her he was leaving. She braced herself for it, and hadn’t realized she’d sat on the edge of the bed and closed her eyes.
“I guess that’s my fault,” she said. “I’m not really sure how to be married. My mom died when I was so young…”
“And you think I do?” he asked, sounding surprised. “I just told you about the kind of marriage my parents had. Believe me, that didn’t exactly imprint visions of happily ever after on my mind.”
She scrubbed her hands over her face and got to her feet, and then crossed her arms over her chest. Anger was bubbling beneath the surface and she paced back and forth.
“This is my father’s fault,” she said. “You got trapped into marriage because of your sense of duty. You knew what would happen to me and everything he and my grandfather built if I didn’t have a husband. So you agreed to his ridiculous terms and put all your own dreams on hold. It’s made me realize I don’t even know you. I didn’t know of your plans to become a marshal. I only know about your time in the war because people like Miss Adelaide like to spread the worst of things. Of course, I don’t believe most of what she said, but there’s probably a shred of truth in there somewhere, otherwise the president wouldn’t be trying to recruit you. She knew about the marshal who’d come for you today. Why didn’t you tell me? Were you going to pin on your badge and send me a letter from somewhere in Wyoming?”
“Elizabeth,” Cole said, coming to her. He put his hands on her upper arms to keep her from pacing. Her body was quivering with everything she’d kept inside all this time. “First of all, let’s set something straight.”
Before she knew what was happening, his mouth was on hers and every thought in her head rushed out of her ears. She remembered the first time he’d kissed her, at their wedding, and she understood there was something powerful in the connection they shared that she never would’ve understood if her father hadn’t negotiated her marriage to Cole.
His lips were soft, his mouth hot against hers, and she sank against him, as if her body had a will of its own. It was easy to close her eyes and just feel. To hold on and let their bodies meld together. This was when she felt closest to him, when she felt she really understood him. When their bodies were joined and they were perfectly in sync.
Dawn of Surrender by Liliana Hart is a western themed romance story between Cole and Elizabeth MacKenzie. Cole is the Sheriff of Surrender, Montana, his wife Elizabeth is a very independent woman and rancher. Their arranged marriage allowed her to keep the family ranch in a time when women couldn’t hold property on their own. She has always been in love with Cole but she doesn’t know that he loves her in return. The last year has been trying time since her father passed and Cole has a plan for them to get a couple nights vacation to themselves to connect. Unfortunately a US Marshal comes to town in seach of help finding and fighting Cole’s bandit twin brother.
I liked the aspect of Cole and Elizabeth already being married. There is still an aspect of uncertainty and courting since they have been busy with life for the last year, but they already have that solid connection and know a lot about each other. Cole’s reading of his wife’s mood is cute and funny, particularly a scene involving the US Marshall and a butter knife. Elizabeth’s uncertainty with Cole comes from a place of lacking information and we are given her perspective, but also the resolution comes quickly. This is a short read, but has a good plot and character development that connects the characters even more deeply.
Overall, Dawn of Surrender by Liliana Hart was a fun quick read that I very much recommend. Cole and Elizabeth are a dynamic duo who are witty, romantic and committed to each other, they just needed a free moment or two to talk and a evil twin to bring things to a head.
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