Author: Liliana Hart
Title: Sweet Surrender
Series: 1001 Dark Nights
Release Date: 13 December 2016
It’s been twelve years since Liza Carmichael stepped foot in Surrender, but after her great aunt’s death she has no choice but to return and settle her estate. Which includes the corner bakery that’s been a staple in Surrender for more than fifty years.
After twenty-five years on the job, Lieutenant Grant Boone finds himself at loose ends now that he’s retired. He’s gotten a number of job offers—one from MacKenzie Security—but he’s burned out and jaded, and the last thing he wants to do is carry the burden of another badge and weapon. He almost turns down the invitation from his good friend Cooper MacKenzie to stay as their guest for a few weeks while he’s deciding what to do with the rest of his life. But he packs his bag and heads to Surrender anyway.
The only thing Boone knows is that his future plans don’t include Liza Carmichael. She’s bossy, temperamental, and the confections she bakes are sweet enough to tempt a saint. Thank God he’s never pretended to be one. But after he gets one taste of Liza and things start heating up in the kitchen, he realizes how delicious new beginnings can be.
Let me start by saying, Sweet Surrender by Liliana Hart was so fun. It was typical Mackenzie shenanigans: Hot guys, sassy gals who don’t take anyone’s shit, bad guys and lots of adventure. It’s always impressive when LH can pack it into a novella.
Liza Carmichael hasn’t been back to Surrender, Montana in years, when her aunt leaves her the family bakery, it is perfect timing for her to leave New York. But her plans aren’t to stay in Surrender.
Grant Boone is at a loss for what to do with his life after he is forced to retire from his twenty five year long career with the police department. All he knows is that he doesn’t want to wear another badge almost as much as he doesn’t want another serious relationship.
Liza and Grant are so fun. I love their personalities and their ability to accept life’s ups and downs. Throw in Liza’s answer for everything being she’s Canadian, Cooper’s medically induced need for dancing, and pop ins from some Mackenzie favorites, you’re in for a good time.
Liliana Hart is one of my top one clicks because her writing is forever changing. Each series is uniquely their own and have their own flow and pace, but all keep me turning pages as fast as I can. Thank you for another great read, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
A brisk March wind blew through Surrender.
“Being a cop doesn’t mean I crave donuts.” Grant Boone glared out the window toward the bakery across the street.
Cooper MacKenzie snorted, “You were a cop.”
Grant’s hands fisted in his lap and his gaze dropped to stare at them as the familiar anger raged through his body. His light brown hair, which was long overdue for a cut, hung down to hide his expression. He knew Cooper hadn’t meant anything by it, but damn, the words still pierced him like a knife to the gut.
“My mistake,” he said. “I was a cop.”
“Come on, Grant. You know I didn’t mean it that way. Hell, you’re still the best there is. Your chief will wake up and realize his screw-up before long. Though I’ve always thought you and the city would clash before too long. Hell, look at you. You look like you walked out of one of those Marlboro commercials. What the hell is a country boy like you doing in Detroit anyway?”
Cooper wasn’t the first person to tell him he didn’t belong in the Motor City. But he’d served the city with a purpose. He’d worked undercover, and he’d been an asset to the force. It wasn’t often they came across a six-foot-five, two-hundred-and-forty-five pound bruiser to work the biker bars and clubs.
“There’s no going back, Coop. I gave that shithole city the best years of my life. And for what? A forced retirement under a cloud of an internal affairs investigation.” Grant set his coffee on the desk and knuckled his eyes. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d slept a full night through. God, was he tired.
Liliana Hart is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author in both the mystery and romance genres. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.
Liliana is an avid reader and a believer in all things romance. Her books are filled with witty dialogue, steamy sex, and the all-important happily-ever-afters her romantic soul craves. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than 1.2 million ebooks all over the world.