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 now, 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?
Ahhh, Colton Bea! A favourite of mine from the first two of Macy Beckett’s Sultry Springs-set books, I’ve so been looking forward to reading his story. Now, with the imminent release of Surrender to Sultry, we get to catch up with our favourite lawman.
Now the sheriff of the town, he’s a long way from his “colourful” youth and even from his crazy young adulthood. Getting mowed down by an stalker-y ex-girlfriend will do that to you, won’t it, Colt? Trying hard to be the responsible, trustworthy man he has become, Colt finds it a little difficult to be reminded of the follies of his younger days – particularly when he has to arrest one of his high-school cohorts for attempting to ride a Brahmin heifer while drunk and clad only in leather chaps.
However, when Leah McMahon appears back in town after a decade away, Colt finally comes face-to-face with the biggest of all his regrets. Ten years earlier, “Crazy Colt” and the preacher’s daughter were all hot and heavy.
“Together they were light and dark, snow and fire, saint and sinner. He might have been a hell-raiser back then, but making love with Leah was pure heaven.”
Then Colt hurt Leah, and she disappeared into thin air – leaving him with a truckload of regrets.
Leah has had her reasons for staying away (and for running in the first place). However she is determined to get through the month caring for her daddy without anyone (particularly our friend, the sheriff) finding out the truth.
Despite what has passed between them, you can sense that the attraction that drew them together as teenagers is ever-present. It crackles and sizzles more and more with each interaction between them. When the attraction rears its head and boy, does it ever, things get really complicated.
One of the many things that I loved about Colt was that he took ownership of his having been an asshat. He had a real love and need for Leah and screwed it up in that spectacular way only teenage boys can. However, he wasn’t too big to admit it. Oh, and does Colt sound ever so sexy?!? He makes me think of Johnny Depp with Paul Newman-blue eyes. Very nice visual combination.
Leah fights so hard with herself on occasion, I just want to give her a break (and a hug). Yeah, she might not be the angel people once knew her as, but she did as she had to. I like that even though Leah doesn’t want this thing between them to happen again, to feel as she does for Colt, she still admits to herself she wants him.
“Why couldn’t she crave healthy things, like carrot sticks and accountants?”
Now I’m not going to go all spoiler-ish on you and tell what the secrets are that lie between Colt and Leah, because (a) I think you should read it and (b) it’s not out until August. But you won’t be disappointed in any way with how Ms Beckett has Colt and Leah work through to their happy ending.
It was so lovely to catch up with all the citizens of Sultry Springs we’ve grown to know and love – Judge Bea and Pru, Luke and June, Bobbi and Trey and even Bruiser, June’s ever-so-dreadful purple hatchback. As it is with every series, things have to finish up and from what I understand, this is the last in the series. I am sad to see it end, but it won’t be the last I read of Macy Beckett.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
Release Date: 6 August 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in return for an honest review.