DAWN OF SURRENDER: New Release Review and Excerpt



From New York Times bestselling author Liliana Hart, comes a sexy, new contemporary romance novella in her MacKenzie Family Series, DAWN OF SURRENDER, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy of this amazing novella today!




MacKenzie vs. MacKenzie…

Cole MacKenzie is content to be the sheriff of Surrender, Montana, but he’s needed for a greater purpose. The United States needs a U.S. Marshal with a certain kind of experience to track the leader of the notorious Silver Creek Bandits, as they leave a trail of bodies in their wake with every bank they rob. The leader is smart, cunning, and ruthless. And he’s also his brother.

Elizabeth MacKenzie never dreamed she’d marry Cole MacKenzie, but thanks to her father’s meddling, Cole was hers to have and to hold. Forever. She needed an equal, not a man to rule her life, and Cole fit the bill every in every way. If only he loved her.

One heart is broken and the other is bent on revenge, but love is a choice, and it’s one Cole and Elizabeth are determined to make.



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Montana, 1892

For all intents and purposes, Elizabeth MacKenzie should’ve died on a Tuesday.

The bank was stifling despite the beginnings of a blizzard outside. As it was almost closing time, they’d already shut the windows and the brazier was burning hot in the corner. Sweat was dripping in some very unladylike places. Not that anyone in Surrender would call her a lady, but it had never mattered much what other people thought.

There was a line of customers who’d waited until the last minute to do their business for the day. Most were shop owners who knew this would be their last chance to make a deposit before the storm shut everything down. And everything would be shut down. With luck, it would only be for a couple of days. At worst, it could be a couple of weeks.

She worried about the cattle and the ranch, but she knew her foreman and the ranch hands would take good care of everything. Even if she wanted to make it back home, there was no way to do it safely. The storm had already found Surrender.

She watched the gray clouds roll toward them through the western wall of windows, the mountains no longer visible and the snow swirling in several directions. The wheeze of the wind could be heard through cracks in the windows and door. The atmosphere in the room was fraught with tension. No one spoke, and everyone was wondering how long they had to see to necessities before things got so bad they had to find shelter in town.

There were only two tellers behind the counter, Leroy Henry and Miss Adelaide Murchison. Lizzie had seen the bank manager, Samuel Peabody, peek out from his office once and then close the door. Lord knew, if work was involved Samuel was the first to disappear.

Leroy barely came up to Elizabeth’s shoulders, and his body was so round he often gave the impression that he rolled from place to place instead of using his feet to walk. Miss Adelaide was unusually tall for a woman, almost a head taller than Elizabeth, and she had a long, hawk-like nose that made it seem as if she were looking down at everyone she talked to.

Leroy was a sweet man, but he worked at half the pace of Miss Adelaide. No one had ever called Miss Adelaide sweet. She was the meanest, most contrary woman Elizabeth had ever known. She’d take slow Leroy over Miss Adelaide any day of the week.




Dawn of Surrender put a big smile on my face! This novella shows us how the legendary Mackenzie family got its start in Surrender beginning with Cole and Elizabeth.

In the late 1800s, women were not allowed to do many things including owning land and managing their own finances. So when Elizabeth’s father realized he was dying, he sought out a man he trusted to take care of his daughter and give her some of the same freedoms she enjoyed that were outside the norm for their time: Sheriff Cole Mackenzie. Of course the man may have been doing a little matchmaking too since he knew Lizzie was quite taken with the handsome lawman…

Unfortunately a quick marriage, 12 year age difference and lack of communication led to a strained first year together but Lizzie and Cole are hoping a few nights tucked away at the town’s hotel might do a little to help improve the situation. A major snowstorm blows in bringing trouble right along with it, and Cole is about to fund out just how spirited his wife can be!

The US Marshals have been trying to recruit Cole for quite some time, but he has no intention if joining them. He would rather focus on his marriage and beautiful wife, but the latest emissary from the government brings some very unwelcome news as motivation. Danger descends on Surrender without warning, and Cole and Lizzie will have to fight side by side to secure their future.

Lizzie is an independent, intelligent woman who is ahead of her time and I loved her character. Cole proves himself to be a worthy partner and just as enamored of her as she is with him once they finally get around to communicating more clearly! There is action, suspense, heat and love aplenty despite the novella length and I found myself wishing for more as soon as I finished it. Whether you are a current fan if the Mackenzie series or you have just been thinking about checking it out, Dawn of Surrender is well worth the 1-click!






About Liliana Hart:

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.



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