I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Surrender at the Border by Risa Leigh
Published by Entangled Publishing on February 15th 2016
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
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ATF agent B.J. Carleton's first priority is stopping the flow of guns into Mexico until sassy Callie Snowden finds herself in the sights of a ruthless gunrunner, a man B.J. suspects killed her husband. After the tragedy Callie retreated home to her small Texas town, thinking she'd found safety. Now secrets from the past plunge her into a nightmare. When she and B.J. are kidnapped by ruthless cartel henchmen and taken into the Chihuahuan desert, B.J. must protect Callie from the killers and harsh terrain. As they run for their lives, the past continues to play itself out and catches them in its deadly spiral. And if B.J. gives in to his overwhelming attraction for her, he may lose everything...for both of them.
Risa Leigh’s Surrender at the Border is a gripping, romantic suspense story. ATF agent B.J. Carleton is out to stop guns from being taken over the border into Mexico when he meets librarian Callie Snowden. The agent needs her help when the trail leads him to the computers at the public library, and may be the only way to identify the gunrunner. What B.J. doesn’t count on is his growing attraction towards the sassy, young window.
The last thing Callie wanted was to become interested in another cop. When her husband’s murder left her reeling, Callie swore off all men who wear a badge, because there was no way she could endure that pain again. However, the attraction she feels towards B.J. is too strong to fight. Helping him bring down a criminal keeps him in her orbit, as does the crazy stalker Callie’s trying to dodge. When their case leaves them stranded in the Mexican desert, B.J. and Callie have more than just their attraction to fight.
I thought that Surrender at the Border was a tense, suspense story with lots of action. The characters are very well-developed, and I loved how the romance didn’t overshadow the case. Instead, the romance was an added bonus. However, while the majority of the book was well-written, I wasn’t a fan of the abrupt ending, which left me feeling cheated. I knew off the bat B.J. and Callie would end up together, but the fast ending felt like the characters pulled a 180º turnaround. Insta-love abounds in romance novels, however when the main characters spend the majority of the book denying it, a HEA ending should take a little more time to develop in order to remain true to the characters. While I enjoyed this novel, it could have benefit from a time-jump and possibly an extra chapter to make the ending more believable.