A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3) by Susan May Warren

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: July 2017

Professional snowboarder Gage Watson fled the limelight after a tragic accident cost a fan his life. Now working as a ski patrol and serving on the PEAK rescue team, Gage can’t seem to shake the ghosts that landed him there or forget the woman he once loved — the same one who betrayed him.

As a young senator, Ella Blair spends most of her time in the public eye. But she struggles to move forward knowing she holds the secret that shattered Gage’s career. If Ella could find a way to put his career back on the right path maybe she could stop feeling so guilty.

With a snowstorm barreling toward the Glacier National Park, Ella’s brother vanishes while snowboarding on one of the most dangerous peaks. When Ella turns to PEAK Rescue, Gage is reticent to help the woman who destroyed his life, especially when she insists on joining the search party. As sparks fly amidst the dropping temperatures, not even they can deny the kindling feelings still beneath the surface, but Ella’s secret threatens to extinguish their tentative truce.

Grab your coats for this one as you’ll feel the chill all the way to your bones. A Matter of Trust delivers a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat tale as Gage and Ella race against nature to save her brother. Susan May Warren brings an icy world to life that has the reader feeling cold and frostbite right alongside the characters.

A story about mistakes and forgiveness, I loved how the characters learned that we are rescued because we need help, not because we deserve it. Such a real, yet often overlooked, concept of what God did for us.

I greatly enjoyed the way the setting popped off the pages, the valuable lessons learned, and the nail-biting quest to find the missing snowboarder. However, the romances — both the main one between Gage and Ella, and the secondary one between Ty and Brette — weren’t my favorites. They happened too fast to feel believable and I question the legitimacy of Ella’s feelings toward Gage considering her actions.

Whether you are a fan of Warren or suspenseful rescue missions, A Matter of Trust is the adventure for you. Though the novel can mostly stand alone, Ian Shaw’s search for his missing niece has arched throughout the entire Montana Rescue series to date. We’ll finally get his and Sierra’s story in the next book. To say I’m doing a happy dance for that one would be an understatement. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Ian and Sierra’s tale since the series started.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

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Rescue Me (Montana Rescue #2) by Susan May Warren

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: January 2017

Deputy Sam Brooks doesn’t do anything half way — not his job with the sheriff’s department, his liaison position with PEAK Rescue, or his relationship with Sierra Rose. After all, safe, dependable and structured Sierra is perfect for him, and he’ll do anything to prove it to her, including help lead a church youth event with her polar-opposite sister.

Willow has loved Sam for as long as she can remember, but after her sister’s recent heartbreak, Sierra deserves a HEA (happily-ever-after) and Sam can give it to her. Not to mention, Willow has more important things to focus on than the handsome deputy, like landing the youth pastor job at her church. But when an outing to the Glacier National Park goes horribly wrong, more than just hearts are at stake. Sam and Willow must join forces to get the teenagers and themselves out alive.

Susan May Warren’s Rescue Me delivers an exhilarating and nail-biting journey of survival. Days after closing the book, I still felt the rain pelting my skin and the cold that burrowed deep in my bones. Warren masterfully brought the setting to life from the towering trees, freezing water, and narrow ledges. I endured the harrowing trek through the Glacier wilderness right alongside Sam, Willow, and the teens.

Sam is every bit the swoony hero even if a bit dumb for not seeing what — or should I say who? — was right under his nose all along. Despite having very little in common with Willow, I could root for her and loved the way she cared for and interacted with the youth.

The hospital scene toward the beginning seemed a bit unrealistic and farfetched. I can’t give away details because … you just have to read it. But it makes one protagonist appear stupid and the other act out of character given claims that follow later. The novel also ends with a few too many pairings to be believable, as though the author tied everything up with a neat little bow. Still, Rescue Me is one of the most enjoyable Warren novels I’ve read in recent years. I haven’t devoured one of her stories so quickly since Take a Chance on Me.

New developments occur in the hunt for Ian’s missing niece. While this book could technically stand alone, Ian and Sierra’s story and their search for his niece does arc throughout all we’ve seen in the series to date, so I would advise starting with the prequel novella (which is free!) and book one. I recommend the Montana Rescue series to romance and Warren fans alike.

Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue #1) by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies-Book CoverGenre: Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: October 2016

Twelve years after joining the military to flee her mistakes, pilot Kacey Fairing returns to Mercy Falls while on leave. Filling in as Peak Rescue’s SAR (search and rescue) pilot for the season will provided her with the much-needed opportunity to reconnect with her teenage daughter.

Benjamin King has worked hard, and succeeded, to build a name for himself in the world of country music ever since Kacey plucked him from her life. When his father, Chet, suffers an accident, Ben has no choice but to return home to help run Peak Rescue while his father recovers.

Neither one suspects Chet’s hidden agenda, until they find themselves face-to-face, confronted with past hurts and the one person they never quite got over. However, with the flash floods sweeping the area, Ben and Kacey must work together to save lives.

Susan May Warren delivers another page turner with Wild Montana Skies. With a heaping dose of romance and adventure, along with a hint of mystery, I couldn’t set down the first installment in the Montana Rescue series. I basked in the rugged setting Warren brought to life, and at times, I half expected to see the tall trees or inhale the fresh air of the Glacier National Park.

The author created sympathetic characters. Ben and Kacey made some foolish and unwise decisions, and I could feel the pain and heartbreak those choices led to, as well as their desire to atone for them. While I enjoyed their story, I must confess it was Ian and Sierra who captured my heart, and the cliffhanger in their thread has left me agonizing for book two.

I recommend this novel to readers looking for a love story with an element of faith and a wild adventure.

Sidenote: The Montana Rescue series opens with the prequel If Ever I Would Leave You, which focuses on Ian and Sierra. While reading it isn’t imperative to following Wild Montana Skies — I myself didn’t stumble across it until after I’d read book one — I would suggest starting there since it appears that Ian and Sierra’s story will arc throughout the entire series. And the e-book is free!

Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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