Series: Sultry Springs #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 6 August 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
Surrender to Sultry definitely falls more into the sweet category than the sultry. This novel has a bit less humour and more Christian values than the others. If you’ve followed the series, you’ll know that Colton Bea has carried a torch for Leah McMahon since she upped and left town ten years ago. Colton did everything he could to find her but failed. Now Leah is back and Colton intends to win her heart.
Leah, the only child of the local pastor, abruptly fled Sultry Springs when she was seventeen. She worked as a home care nurse and was paid under the table just so she could live underneath Colton’s radar. Her father’s heart attack brings her back to town again and back to Colton. Both Leah and Colton were guilty of immaturity when they were young but Leah’s actions had a greater effect. Leah has a very strong moral compass and tries to do the right thing, no matter what the personal cost is. She needed a lot of courage to confess after all this time and although I respect that, I wish she had found her gumption a little earlier.
Colton has a fairly idealised view of his ‘Angel’. It’s a shame he can’t see the same good qualities in himself however and continues to castigate himself for his treatment of Leah when they were young. Colton tried to forget her with booze and women but after receiving a debilitating injury from an ex-girlfriend, he gave up his tom-catting ways and turned into a really decent guy. Unfortunately the rest of the town hasn’t exactly picked up on his change of heart. If he is going to win Leah’s heart, he has to convince not only her but her friends that he has reformed. There were some very sweet scenes between them, especially when they finally get to dance together. I particularly liked how Colton didn’t muck around – he really worked hard to win Leah over.
The plot isn’t complicated and once Leah reveals her big secret, it is fairly obvious how the big complication between Leah and Colton will play out. I didn’t mind this though as in this series it is more about the journey than the final destination. Previous HEA couples make an appearance and I enjoyed finding out what they had been up to – especially when linked with Colton and Leah’s romance.
I enjoyed my time with the good folk of Sultry Springs and am a bit sorry the series is ending here. I hope Rachel gets a HEA in a novella just to tie up the final loose ends.