Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Rescue Me" by Susan May Warren

It's two romances for the price of one in Susan May Warren's Rescue Me, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

I've come to expect a fast-paced, engaging, romantic read when I pick up a Susan May Warren novel, and that's exactly what I got with Rescue Me. The second full novel in Warren's Montana Rescue series, Rescue Me focuses on PEAK Rescue member Sam Brooks. Newly dating Sierra Rose, he believes her to be the perfect woman for him. Sierra's sister Willow desperately wants Sierra to have a successful relationship, so she keeps her feelings for Sam hidden. But when Sam and Willow are thrown together again and again, even facing death as they are stranded with a group of teens in Glacier National Park, Willow's feelings can't help but come to the surface...and Sam is surprised to find that he reciprocates those feelings.

Besides fighting for his life and trying to sort out his feelings for the Rose sisters, Sam also has to deal with his complicated relationship with his brother Pete. Pete is also a member of PEAK, but Sam can barely stand to be near him, as he blames Pete for their father's death. Watching Sam and Pete's relationship change throughout the novel was one of my favorite aspects. (For those who read Warren's Christiansen Family series, Sam and Pete's relationship reminds me a lot of Casper and Owen Christiansen's relationship, though it's perhaps not quite as volatile.)

In Rescue Me, Pete gets his own romance—with PEAK Rescue member Jess. Their relationship begins as friends, but it slowly morphs to something more before Jess's secrets and Pete's womanizing ways get in the way of their happily ever after. At novel's end, their relationship is far from stable, and I look forward to watching it develop in future novels.

While not much progress is made in the series' overarching plot, the search for PEAK Rescue founder Ian's niece, Ian and Sierra do begin interacting again, and I'm a huge fan of their romance (begun in the prequel novella If Ever I Would Leave You). So I was quite happy to see Sam move on from Sierra :-)

I started reading Rescue Me one afternoon, and I didn't stop until I'd finished it. It is wholly engaging, full of realistic relationships, and features a healthy dose of action and adventure. I can't wait to read the next in the series. 5 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of If Ever I Would Leave You (4 stars) and Wild Montana Skies (5 stars).

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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