Title: Surrender to Sultry by Macy Beckett
Sultry Springs Series Book Three
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B+
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Leah McMahon is back in Sultry Springs, Texas to help her dad recover from surgery. But there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s none other than Colton Bea, the wild-as-weeds boy who stole her heart a decade earlier.
Colt’s a changed man, and the feelings between these high school sweethearts are stronger than ever. But Leah’s got a secret so devastating that he may never forgive her. Can she find a way to earn absolution and build a future with the sultry man she’s loved half her life?
The final book in Macy Beckett’s divine Sultry Springs series, Surrender to Sultry is another laugh out romance that is heartwarming and a little poignant. A beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness, readers finally get the full story behind bad boy Colton “Colt” Bea’s and preacher’s daughter Leah McMahon’s ill-fated teenage romance.
In the previous books in the series, Colt is a hard-drinkin’, unrepentant, womanizing deputy who is still nursing a broken heart from his long ago romance with Leah. Two years after a one night stand ran him down and put him in the hospital with numerous broken bones Colt has cleaned up his act. Now a respectable Sheriff, he has a whole passel of regrets for his past misdeeds. At the top of the list is his remorse for the cruel high school prank he pulled on Leah. When Leah returns to Sultry to nurse her father back to health, Colt is determined to make amends with Leah and in the process, he hopes to win her back. Unbeknownst to Colt, Leah is harboring a secret that will destroy his trust in her and threaten their fledgling relationship.
Colt and Leah have a lot to overcome. Both made terrible decisions as teenagers and their choices continue to haunt them. Their reflections on their failed relationship provide valuable insight into their long ago actions. Colt is truly remorseful for hurting Leah and his unwavering attempts to apologize are heartfelt and quite moving. Given Leah’s background as a preacher’s daughter, it is easy to believe that she truly has forgiven Colt but she has good reasons for keeping him at arms’ length.
Colt finally works his way past Leah’s defenses, but she knows she has to confess the reason she left Sultry. But as she suspects, Colt does not take the news well. The resolution to this part of the storyline is beautifully handled with very little angst and while it does not happen overnight, it is wrapped up fairly quickly.
Macy Beckett’s Surrender to Sultry has plenty of down-home charm, sass and steam. It is a sexy and sweet second chance at love story that is sure to delight old and new fans of the Sultry Springs series. I have loved every book in the series and I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances.
You can read my review of the other books in the series HERE.